Medical Physicist

Job reference: 003154

Location: Edinburgh/Glasgow

Job closing date: 27/08/2019

Job posted date: 06/08/2019

Salary: Band 8B (£53,291 - £62,259)

Employment type: Permanent

Job Type: Healthcare Sciences

Hours of work: 37.5

Department: Facilities PCF (Sub-Dept)

Employer (NHS Board) : NHS National Services Scotland

As a vital part of NHSScotland, NHS National Services Scotland’s mission is to enable and support the delivery of better health and better care, working in partnership. We do this by providing a range of specialised support services that enable NHS Boards to focus their efforts on delivering health improvement and patient care.

An opportunity has arisen in the provision  of a comprehensive medical physics service to the NHS Scotland Breast Screening Programme.  NSS encourage agile working and the job entails opportunities to travel Scotland-wide.  You will work within a team of 3 physicists & 2 product specialist/technologists.  The team delivers medical physics services at six Breast Screening Centres (in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness and Irvine) and to a fleet of 20 mobile breast screening units.  The install base currently includes 40 digital X-ray systems, 15 ultrasound scanners and associated image viewing equipment.

You will undertake the function of medical physics expert within the team, including advising on exposure optimization and equipment procurement, performing imaging equipment quality assurance and provision of training.  Opportunities for innovative projects and mammography development may also arise, subject to  availability of resources.    

You will hold as a minimum an honours degree or equivalent qualification in a physical science or an appropriate engineering discipline e.g. electrical or electronic engineering.     

Corporate membership of IPEM and registration as a Clinical Scientist (Medical Physics) with the Health and Care Professions Council are essential. You should have sufficient post-qualification experience (including mammography) to act as a medical physics expert.  Computing skills are required and experience of testing digital mammographic and ultrasound equipment would be highly advantageous.    

You must be able to demonstrate initiative, written and verbal communication skills as well as tact, diplomacy, and scientific skills. You must have the ability to work as part of a team.  As the post requires travel to remote areas of Scotland with a complement of survey equipment, a full UK driving license is necessary.      

Our benefits package includes final salary pension scheme, comprehensive range of work life balance policies (including flexible working), occupational health services, learning resource centres and discounted leisure, financial and shopping benefits.    

Part time working will be considered (0.7–1.0 WTE), with the hours to suit the individual, the line manager and the needs of the service.  Home working will also be considered.    

For an informal discussion on the post, please contact Katherine Schofield, Lead Medical Physicist on 07796 194120 / 0131 275 6755    

Closing date for completed applications is 27th August 2019    

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