Clinical Scientist (RT Physics) – Research Fellow Breast Radiotherapy

Job details
Posting date: 27 May 2024
Salary: Not specified
Additional salary information: £50,952 - £57,349 per annum pro rata
Hours: Part time
Closing date: 26 June 2024
Location: Maidstone, ME16 9QQ
Company: Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust
Job type: Contract
Job reference: 6332418/359-6332418-T1

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A Vacancy at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust.

As one of the largest radiotherapy departments in England, the Kent Oncology Centre provides specialist cancer services to those living in Kent, Medway and parts of East Sussex through its centres in Maidstone and Canterbury

We have an exciting opportunity for a part time, fixed term role for a Clinical Scientist in Radiotherapy Physics with expertise in radiotherapy service development.

The post holder will work alongside the Clinical Oncology Research Fellow in Breast Radiotherapy, with support from Clinical and Clinical Science colleagues, and as part of a multidisciplinary team, to develop the breast radiotherapy service at the Kent Oncology Centre.

This role is fixed term for 12 months, part time at 0.4 WTE, 15 hours per week and anticipated to be a working pattern of two days per week but with some flexibility and to be confirmed on appointment.

The Kent Oncology Centre currently has nine Varian linear accelerators across the two sites, including six Varian TrueBeam and two Halcyon machines, dedicated CT-Simulators on each site, Varian HDR Gamma-Med Plus iX and Prostate Seed Brachytherapy facilities at Maidstone and access to MRI and PET-CT imaging. We have Varian Eclipse, Varian Brachy TPS and Variseed for treatment planning and ARIA networked across the two sites.

The fellowship service development project addresses the anticipated increase in breast radiotherapy nodal treatment across Kent. The post holder will work in a joint project with the clinical research fellow encompassing three workstreams:

1. Development of local VMAT radiotherapy techniques to reduce external referrals and optimise local treatment delivery (radiotherapy including IMC and simultaneous integrated boost).

2. Implementation of Artificial Intelligence (AI) solutions for auto-contouring to improve efficiency of the breast radiotherapy planning process, crucial to sustaining the expansion in service.

3. Workload capacity projections: the implementation of a SIB technique may create additional treatment unit capacity but will require careful workforce planning to meet the increased demands on resources.

This will involve multidisciplinary working with clinicians, physicists, dosimetrists and therapy radiographers to develop and implement the service. Teaching and training of the multidisciplinary team as part of the implementation will be a crucial aspect of the role.

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust is a large acute hospital Trust in the county of Kent.

The Trust provides a full range of general hospital services and some areas of specialist complex care to around 760,000 people living in the south part of West Kent and the north part of East Sussex.

The Trust’s core catchment areas are Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells and their surrounding boroughs. We work from two main clinical sites: Maidstone Hospital and Tunbridge Wells Hospital at Pembury. Tunbridge Wells Hospital opened in 2011 and provides single rooms with en-suites for all in-patients – the first of its kind in the country.

We employ more than 7,000 full and part-time staff in a huge range of clinical and non-clinical roles across both of our hospital sites.

Would you like to work flexibly? In the NHS, we are reminded every day of how important life is. As a flexible working friendly organisation, we want to be sure that you can work in a way that is best for us, for our patients and for you. Speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement.

Once your pre-employment checks have been completed you will be contacted by Recruitment to arrange your start date which will be in line with one of our Corporate Inductions.

Please note that appointment to this post will be subject to a satisfactory Disclosure & Barring Service Check at Standard Level. (Enhanced level now includes regulated checks against vulnerable adults and children).

At MTW, we seek to develop a culture where everyone can reach their full potential with opportunities to grow and develop their career. We recognise and value the unique contributions that each of our staff bring, delivering the best quality care and service to our patients. We are committed to being a diverse employer and strive to reflect everyone in our local communities. We welcome applications from people of diverse backgrounds, perspectives and experiences and celebrate the diversity of thought, viewpoints and ideas that will make our Trust the best place to work.

We support our staff with disabilities to ensure they have the adjustments they need to be the best they can be in the workplace. Collaborating with Access to Work means that our staff are assessed by experts in the workplace and we ensure that their recommendations are implemented as quickly as possible. You can find out more here: Access to Work: get support if you have a disability or health condition: What Access to Work is - GOV.UK (

Interview Date: To be confirmed

This advert closes on Thursday 13 Jun 2024

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