Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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Healthcare scientist

Band 7

Main area
Radiotherapy Physics
Band 7
Full time 37.5 per week
Job ref
Churchill Hospital
£33,222 - £43,041 per annum
07/11/2018 23:59

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest NHS teaching trusts in the country. It provides a wide range of general and specialist clinical services and is a base for medical education, training and research.

The Trust comprises four hospitals - the John Radcliffe Hospital, Churchill Hospital and Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Headington and the Horton General Hospital in Banbury.

Our values, standards and behaviours define the quality of clinical care we offer and the professional relationships we make with our patients, colleagues and the wider community. We call this Delivering Compassionate Excellence and its focus is on our values of compassion, respect, learning, delivery, improvement and excellence. These values put patients at the heart of what we do and underpin the quality healthcare we would like for ourselves or a member of our family. Watch how we set out to deliver compassionate excellence via the OUH YouTube channel.


Many of our recruitment programmes use Value Based Interviewing to identify those who have the skills we seek, who share our values and who are able to deliver compassionate excellence from the outset. We know that this makes a significant difference to your job satisfaction and above all the outcomes and experience of our patients and their families.

For more information about our Values and Value Based Interviewing please visit www.ouh.nhs.uk/about/vision-and-values


We are looking to recruit band 7 scientists to join our team in our modern and excellently equipped department – there are two separate posts.

Post 1:  Band 7 Clinical Scientist (fixed term post)

You will ideally already be HCPC registered as a clinical scientist but applications are also welcome from trainees nearing qualification. You will undertake the full range of radiotherapy physicist duties, including treatment planning, checking, brachytherapy, equipment QA, training staff and advising clinicians. There will also be involvement in developing new techniques and collaborative research projects with the University are encouraged.  (Funding for the post is fixed until January 2020)

Post 2: Band 7 Computing Scientist (permanent post)

The main role of this post is to lead the development and management of computer systems deployed within Radiotherapy Physics. Applicants may come from either a radiotherapy physics or scientific computing background and will be expected to possess a relevant degree in computer science/health informatics/bioinformatics, or a degree in a relevant scientific/biological discipline with demonstrated abilities in informatics and computing. The post holder must have programming skills and experience of software development, testing, implementation, maintenance and support.

The Oxford Cancer Centre in the Churchill Hospital has six multi-mode Varian linacs, GE CT scanner, Acuity simulator, Aria and Eclipse TPS, under a PFI Managed Equipment Service.  Recent implementations include SRS/SRT with ExacTrac imaging, SABR under CtE, breath-hold, HDR brachytherapy, MIRADA auto-contouring and transmission dosimetry. We also provide a MPE service for IORT treatments in GWH Swindon.

Planned developments include adaptive radiation therapy based on in-treatment imaging, introduction of new treatment planning algorithms and extension of MIRADA auto contouring to more sites. There are close links with the CRUK/MRC Oxford Institute for Radiation Oncology and Biology, and an expanding portfolio of clinical trials

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

The postholder will have access to vulnerable people in the course of their normal duties and as such this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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Further details / informal visits contact

For informal discussions about these posts, please contact Ralph Roberts, Radiotherapy Physics Operational Manager ralph.roberts@ouh.nhs.uk (tel. 01865 235506) or Prof. Frank Van den Heuvel, Head of Radiotherapy Physics frank.vandenheuvel@oncology.ox.ac.uk

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