Radiographer Band 5
- Band 5
- Full time - 37.5 hrs p.w
- Whittington Health NHS Trust
- Imaging Level 3
- £25,655 - £31,534 £25,655 to £31,534 pa +HCAs
- 01/11/2021 23:59
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We are looking for two enthusiastic full time Band 5 Radiographers to join our professional and friendly team. Our patient experience feedback is overwhelmingly positive and this is because of the cohesion and team spirit of the department.
The Hospital site has 2 MRI scanners, 2 CT scanners, 6 digital x-ray rooms, 3 new DR mobiles, SPECT CT scanner, DEXA scanner, fluoroscopy and interventional fluoroscopy suite sited in theatre as well as several US rooms. Over 200,000 exams will be performed this year and a large scale equipment replacement programme due to finish this this year has seen installation of all new Samsung DR x-ray rooms, a new CT scanner, mammography unit and fluoroscopy machine as well as replacement of our US units.
This vacancy is also open to newly qualified Radiographers who have just graduated.
For further information or to arrange a visit please contact Adrian.firstname.lastname@example.org or Mustafahassan@nhs.net
Main duties of the job
The post holder will be expected to operate within a competency framework and participate in the 24/7 shift system including days/nights and weekends.
They will justify (under protocol) and perform Radiographic examinations, ensuring the highest standards of care in line with best practice, to provide a high quality diagnostic imaging service in order to assist in the management of patients referred from clinicians and other Health Professionals.
The post holder will be a qualified radiographer, able to assess and treat own workload of
patients/clients and to ensure provision of the highest standards of patient care.
Strong emphasis is placed on documentation on the Radiology Information System (RIS) and Picture Archiving Communications System (PACS) associated with each completed patient
They will be able to work autonomously, consulting senior staff as and when necessary, will be accountable for their own professional actions.
They will work as part of the wider multidisciplinary team.
The post holder will participate in the supervision and teaching of other less experienced Radiographers, Assistant Practitioners and Student Radiographers as appropriate.
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
Act independently in the assessment of referrals for X-Ray examinations, taking full responsibility for the justification of general X-Ray examinations (under guidance of Imaging Protocols) in order to reduce unnecessary ionizing radiation exposure of patients in accordance with IR (ME) R 2000.
Maintain a high level of expertise in the safe operation of X-Ray equipment and manage faults effectively and in accordance with guidance given in induction.
To comply with and contribute to the implementation of departmental and professional policies and procedures such as
a. Health +Safety including risk assessment and COSHH
b. Radiation Protection Procedures IRR 99
c. Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposures) Regulations 2000 (IR (ME)R 2000).
d. Quality Assurance Program
· Provide Supervision to students
· To be responsible for the care and safe handling of equipment and accessories in the area of work
· To ensure that equipment faults are recorded appropriately and acted upon according to departmental guidance.
· To ensure that the iCARE values are upheld at all times and that poor behaviour is challenged as appropriate in the workplace or escalated where a one to one conversation is not possible or appropriate.
· To escalate to a senior member of the team as soon as possible where there is difficulty in taking mandatory breaks or managing the workload within resource.
· To ensure that checks are done in the area of work to ensure that no images are unsent and no exams left incomplete from the day before or the day at work. This should be undertaken at 4:50pm or escalated to a colleague who can perform the task.
· To become familiar with the organisational structure and appraiser with whom career goals and aspirations can be discussed.
· To actively contribute to changes in policy/procedure and competency frameworks taking the initiative to do this with support from the management team.
· Work as part of a team to ensure effective communication and delivery of care.
· To obtain patient consent and co-operation for examinations with implied or written consent as appropriate.
· Prioritise workload depending on the severity of a patient condition and the direct impact on their management.
· Liaise with fellow healthcare workers and referring clinicians to provide a high quality imaging service to patients.
· Provide advice to clinicians on the nature of a diagnostic image either verbally or using the red dot system to identify possible pathology, escalate concerning images immediately to a radiologist or the referrer immediately even if unable to delineate the appearances.
· Maintain accurate patient records by input of accurate information to reflect the service provided and meet professional standards, in accordance with the Data Protection Act.
· Act in accordance with Information Governance when handling patient data or discussing confidential information in areas shared with other patients.
· Work independently when providing an on call and shift service to patients requiring urgent imaging due to acute trauma or illness.
· To participate in the shift system to be implemented in 2017/18 and 2018/19 using Health Roster to request annual leave and establish shift rotation.
· Be able to exercise personal responsibility and make decisions in complex and unpredictable circumstances e.g. Prioritizing patients according to clinical need in a multiple trauma situation.
· Maintain moderate physical effort at several points during the shift positioning and manoeuvring patients, equipment and lead shielding.
· Utilise highly advanced hand/eye co-ordination and physical manipulation skills to achieve the best possible imaging in challenging conditions.
· Working with challenging patients or in emotionally challenging situations with unwell patients either in trauma or oncology settings.
· Have skill in adapting imaging technique for patients with injuries and illness, and utilise developed motivational and persuasive skills to acquire correct position and reduce mobility to produce an acceptable diagnostic image
· To undertake portable X-Ray examinations on the wards, A&E Resus and Theatres, ensuring radiation protection of patients, staff and visitors.
· Be actively involved in the training and assessment of Student Radiographers on clinical placement, providing direct supervision at all times. Maintain the required knowledge and skills to provide effective training, keeping up to date with current advances in technology and diagnostic techniques.
· Undertake IV cannulation for patients requiring the injection of contrast media following the required training and assessment of competence.
· Subject to career progression goals identified in appraisal or according to departmental need train in one or more of the following areas:
Training is not grade specific therefore you may be expected to participate in training in the areas above, competency does not earn automatic progression to Band 6 however it may help in your application should a post become vacant.
· To participate in mandatory training and actively pursue Continuous Professional Development keeping an up to date personal record
· Maintain knowledge of technological and technical advances in methods of diagnostic Imaging in order to promote a culture of continuous improvement within the department.
· Develop knowledge and understanding within evidence-based framework and transfer to situations encountered in practice.
· Consult with Senior Radiographers who will be available on a daily basis and provide direct supervision and training when required.
· Participate in appraisals undertaken by the Superintendent or Senior Radiographer in order to agree an annual performance development plan.
Education / Qualifications
- BSc (Hons) in Radiography or equivalent
- Currently state registered.
- Evidence of post graduate education or working towards PgC or PgD
- IV injecting
Skills & Abilities
- Able to prioritise clinically and in terms of service requirements/good organisational skills
- Commitment to undertake shift work, nights, days and weekends (12 hour)
- Able to work under pressure and self motivate.
- Excellent written and spoken English
- Excellent communication skills with patients, colleagues and other clinicians.
- Able to work flexibly to meet departmental and organisational needs
- Computer skills particularly competence in Microsoft Office 2010, use of PowerPoint, Word and Exce
- Understanding of what patients’ expectations are from the imaging service
- Ability to motivate staff & students to reach their full potential
- Proven ability to teach students and share knowledge and information
- Ability to work effectively as part of a team
Knowledge & Experience
- Previous Basic Life Support training and Manual Handling training
- Understands the importance of data collection and the role of the Radiology Information System in the functioning of the Radiology Service.
- Experience in each modality to gain knowledge and skills required to operate in that discipline
- Excellent working knowledge of Radiation Protection.
- Excellent clinical knowledge including Radiographic technique, anatomy and abnormality detection
- Understanding of the need for daily workplace checks for infection control
- Understands the importance of data collection and the role of the Radiology Information System in the functioning of the Radiology Service
- To be a self -motivated individual and have the ability to use initiative, to take responsibility and act in a supervisory capacity
- Logical approach to problem solving
- Smart, professional personal appearance and adhere to theatre wear regulations and observance of sterility standards
- Situational control and understanding of how to resolve professional conflict
You must have appropriate UK professional registration.
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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.
Documents to download
Further details / informal visits contact
- Mustafa Hassan
- Job title
- General Superintendent
- Email address
- Telephone number
If you have problems applying, contact
Whittington Health NHS Trust
- 0207 288 5925