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Radiographic Assistant

Band 3

Main area
Band 3
Full time - 37.5 hours per week (37.5 hrs p.w)
Job ref
Whittington Health NHS Trust
Employer type
Imaging Level 3
£20,330 - £21,777 Per Annum + HCA
Salary period
28/10/2021 23:59

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Job overview

We are looking for an enthusiastic full time team member who can deal with a varied clinical and administrative work. You will be dealing with both clinical and non-clinical staff from across the trust as well as patients and their carers/relatives, and we aim to deliver a high standard of patient care.

To work on the Radiographic Assistant team you will need some experience of working in an health care environment. The successful candidate will be proactive, dynamic and meticulous in their work taking pride in what they do. There is an expectation to work flexibly as core opening hours extend 8am-8pm Monday to Sunday and therefore weekend working can form part of the working pattern.

It is essential that the successful candidate has good organisation and communications skills as well as competent IT skills. We work with two systems in Imaging, our Radiology system Sectra and the main electronic patient record system Medway.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will work within a multi-disciplinary team consisting of radiographers, nursing, clerical and medical staff providing outpatient and inpatient care and assessment.

The post holder will be expected to undertake care, clerical and administrative duties as part of a team, ensuring the maintenance of basic and essential services is met.

Training will be given to ensure that full functions can be carried out effectively and safely. The post holder will be assessed and certified competent.

The post holder will communicate effectively with other departments and disciplines across the Trust.

It is important that the post holder portrays a welcoming, professional and caring image.

The post holder is expected to have a flexible and “can do approach” in ensuring the work of the department is carried out to the required high standards. 

Working for our organisation

Whittington Health serves a richly diverse population and works hard to ensure that all our services are fair and equally accessible to everyone. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the way we look after our staff.  We aim to employ a workforce which is as representative as possible of this population, so we are open to the value of differences in age, disability, gender, marital status, pregnancy and maternity, race, sexual orientation, and religion or belief.  The Trust believes that as a public sector organisation we have an obligation to have recruitment, training, promotion and other formal employment policies and procedures that are sensitive to these differences. We think that by doing so, we are better able to treat our patients as well as being a better place to work.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

General X-Ray, Ultrasound, A+E, GP, out patients, in-patients and Fluoroscopy. Radiography helpers may also assist patients attending for CT, MRI, Mammography and Angiography if suitably trained. To provide a high quality, efficient and effective Radiology services to the local population.

  1. Assist Clinical staff in moving and handling of patients to ensure a safe environment.
  2. Provide reassurance to patients by way of clear explanation as to the nature of an examination.
  3. Prepare the examination rooms for different types of examination, ensuring rooms are kept clean and tidy and stocked with supplies.
  4. Administrative and clerical duties include, answering the telephone, booking appointments, photocopying and assisting the reception staff if required.
  5. Organise portering services under the direction of the Radiographers. Assist the X-Ray porter if required.
  6. Assist Medical staff with special procedures after adequate training.
  7. Assist the Radiographers with cassette reading and image processing on the CR System under their direct supervision.
  8. Monitor stock levels for consumables and change laundry when required. Ensure clean gowns are available for patients at all times.
  9. Work as part of a team to ensure effective communication and delivery of care.
  10. Liaise with fellow healthcare workers and referring clinicians to provide a high quality imaging service to patients.
  11. Observe Divisional policies in respect of patient care, Health and Safety and Radiation Protection. 12. Act as a chaperone if required for the patients and clinicians benefit.
  12. Duties will depend on workload, patient and clinical requirements.
  13. The radiographic assistant will work closely as part of the multidisciplinary team in Imaging with other disciplines including medical, nursing and AHPs with regard to diagnostic imaging.
  14. To assist with patient care, hoisting, changing, moving and administration of patients within the Imaging department, and continue that care where necessary throughout the imaging process.
  15. To assist healthcare professionals in performing imaging procedures in designated areas of the Department eg. room preparation, preparation of contrast media and general patient care.
  16. To be familiar with all routine procedures within area (Fluoroscopy, MRI, Ultrasound and plain film) and provide support for a defined range of specialist procedures, e.g. biopsies, HSGs, paediatric procedures, patient monitoring so as to facilitate individualised patient care and smooth running of the service.
  17. To support infection control measures in the Imaging Department, eg. assist with preparation of rooms and cleaning up afterwards
  18. To be responsible for the general cleaning and assist in quality assurance programmes for associated equipment.
  19. To be responsible for stock control in area and storage management of contrast agents and routine deliveries.
  20. To assist in the training of new non-radiographic staff, enabling them to become fully conversant with the duties applicable to them.
  21. To be familiar with, and comply with, the Health & Safety, Ionising Radiation and COSHH policies as outlined by the Trust or department.
  22. To ensure that all clinical and other information records are fully and accurately completed, including the radiology computer system and hospital information system.
  23. To follow policies and protocols as defined by the local work area, Imaging Department and Trust.
  24. To ensure appropriate tidiness and efficiency is maintained in the work areas and assist other areas as necessary.
  25. To be responsible for the care and comfort of the patient whilst they are in the Imaging Department and respecting their privacy, dignity and religious and cultural beliefs.
  26. To undertake cannulation and/or phlebotomy as required.
  27. To report all potential and actual faults and hazards.
  28. To rotate through designated areas of the Department and be responsible to qualified practitioners (radiographers) and consultant radiologists for their actions.

Person specification

Education / Qualifications

Essential criteria
  • • NVQ L3 or equivalent level of experience
Desirable criteria
  • • Certificate of competence in IV injecting

Skills & Abilities

Essential criteria
  • • Good standard written and spoken English.
  • • Computer skills particularly competence in Microsoft Office 2010, use of PowerPoint, Word and Excel

Knowledge & Experience

Essential criteria
  • • Previous Basic Life Support training and Manual Handling training
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Applicant requirements

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the United Kingdom (UK) are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. Please note that from January 2021, to work in the UK all candidates who are not UK or Republic of Ireland (RoI) nationals require sponsorship unless you have permission to work via another route. Non UK / RoI candidates wishing to apply can self-assess the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship here. It is vital that you provide full and accurate details of your current immigration status on the application form. Overseas applicants applying for entry clearance into the UK must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided in continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Guidance can be found here. Not everyone needs a ‘Skilled Worker’ visa. If you are applying for a vacancy in health or adult social care, check if you’re eligible to apply for the Health and Care Worker visa instead. It’s cheaper to apply for and you do not need to pay the annual immigration health surcharge

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Chloe Hubbard
Job title
Assistant Service Manager
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If you have problems applying, contact

Whittington Health NHS Trust
Magdala Avenue
N19 5NF
0207 288 5925