Band 7 MRI Radiographer - UCLH - University College London

University College London Hospital (UCLH) are on the lookout for a committed, passionate, and qualified Radiographer to join their highly skilled radiology team.

UCLH NHS Foundation Trust was one of the first Foundation Trusts in the UK, and are committed to delivering top-quality patient care, providing excellent education to their staff, and undertaking world-class research. The Radiology Department at UCLH is equipped with a range of state-of-the-art equipment, enabling the highest quality of clinical service to be delivered by a specialist clinical team. Radiology is at the forefront of medical research and academia being undertaken at UCLH, with several radiology research projects being led at any given time by an expert team of consultants, professors, and research radiographers.

Key Results Areas 

The post holder is required:

• To be responsible for the organisation of workload and supervision of junior staff for a designated modality on a rotational basis, providing on-going tuition for junior staff as required.  
• To ensure that the department delivers a high quality patient experience
• To ensure the safety of all patients, staff and visitors to the department
• To liaise with the other modalities within the department to ensure that room utilisation is maximised and to prioritise patients to ensure optimum efficiency and service quality between different areas within the department
• To provide timely professional support to colleagues, radiographic, radiological, nursing and all other staff groups
• To ensure that the images produced are of the highest possible quality as befits a department with an international reputation and to lead by example
• To support the modality superintendents and deputise for them on occasion
• To ensure all data inputs are accurately recorded in order to maintain integrity of data for both patients and service
• To ensure that a high personal level of professional practice is maintained and extended though participation in Professional Development
• To participate in departmental and division activities such as Health and Safety, Audit, Research, Clinical Governance and investigation of adverse incidents and complaints

Main Duties and Responsibilities 

Clinical Responsibilities

• To produce and promote images of the highest technical quality as befits a high profile department/hospital, adapting and tailoring the examination to the needs of the patient, whilst keeping the radiation dose as low as reasonably practicable.
• To critically evaluate images both technically and clinically in order to ensure that the best possible imaging is produced, taking the patient’s medical and psychological condition into account.
• To liaise efficiently and effectively with clinical staff and other service users, advising on planning and execution of radiological procedures.
• To advise medical staff on the appropriateness of the different modalities available within the Neuroradiology department.
• To advise medical staff on the technical applications and limitations of the different modalities and procedures available within the Neuroradiology department
• To advise medical staff as to the application of the department’s Referral Criteria for Radiological Examinations.
• To work in accordance with the IRR9(17) and IR(ME)R 2017 legislation as it relates to departmental policies and procedures
• To observe and promote all Local Rules for Radiation Protection and MRI safety ensuring that radiation safety is of paramount importance
• To advise on issues of radiation protection and safety commensurate to the post, referring complex enquiries appropriately.
• To advise on issues of MRI safety, referring complex enquiries appropriately.
• To ensure safety of staff and patients in 3T environment advising on suitability of patients for 3T scanning
• To ensure the safety of patients, staff and visitors to the Neuroradiology Department in accordance with departmental policy
• To ensure a high standard of patient care and participate in the monitoring of standards
• To ensure that patients, relatives and staff are appropriately informed of any discussions relating to patient examinations
• To assess the physical, mental and communication abilities and needs of individual patients
• To be able to undertake specialised neuroradiographic examinations unaided and teach such skills to more junior radiographers. 
• To undertake specialised neuroradiographic procedures unaided, prioritising requests for imaging on the basis of clinical need.
• To appropriately adapt their standard techniques to ensure that diagnostic images are obtained from patients with limited capabilities of any kind
• To accurately position patients for the appropriate examinations, taking into account their abilities, needs and limitations
• To undertake intravenous injections of contrast medium in line with Trust and departmental policies and procedures.
• To operate accurately and safely complex radiological equipment requiring a high degree of manual dexterity
• To undertake complex neuroimaging techniques such as perfusion imaging, fMRI etc.
• To investigate and advise on the appropriateness of performing a MRI procedure on a patient with an implant, referring complex issues appropriately.
• To seek advice from colleagues and senior staff when required
• To assist in radiological procedures, utilising their patient care skills, knowledge and experience
• To fully assses the images produced following examination, and ensure that any necessary additional imaging is undertaken within a single patient attendance where possible.
• To ensure that any unexpected findings are brought to the attention of the medical staff of the department, and that the patient is managed in an appropriate and supportive manner
• To diligently record all necessary fiscal and technical data, using departmental and hospital paper and electronic systems i.e. RIS, PAS, CDR and in the future EPR, to ensue rapid and accurate transit through the admin and clerical systems of the Trust
• To act as safety officer during iMRI cases ensuring the safety of all patients, staff and visitors 
• To take part in the out of hours, extended working day and weekend rotas.

Operational Responsibilities
• To use the equipment in the department safely and effectively, ensuring adherence to the manual handling regulations at all times
• To organise the workload for the allocated modality, taking into account clinical priority.
• To react swiftly and appropriately to changing circumstances relating to the patient’s condition, staffing or workload
• To use imaging equipment in the correct manner at all times and to report any faults appropriately. All equipment faults must be reported in the fault books provided.
• To make initial investigations into equipment failures, undertaking preliminary fault finding procedures and communicate details of the problem effectively to the manufacturer and Superintendent Radiographer 
• To clearly label, or remove from circulation, any faulty equipment to minimise the risk of it’s continued use
• To communicate effectively with all users of the service , both internally and externally, in order to ensure the provision of an efficient, timely and high quality service
• To ensure that any documentation relating to routine servicing or equipment breakdown is correctly completed and filed, and any information is disseminated appropriately
• To ensure that all clinical and non-clinical or incidents in the work area are promptly brought to the attention of the Superintendent radiographer in line with Trust policy and when requested, co-operate with any investigations undertaken. 
• To participate fully in the department’s Quality Assurance programme, as directed by the Superintendent Radiographers.
• To participate in departmental administration duties as required, including the collection of data for statistical information.
• To work in accordance with the IRR (17) and IR(ME)R 2017 as it relates to departmental policies and procedures.
• To attend and participate in staff meetings and any other Directorate meetings as required


Important Requirements:

  • HCPC Qualified or qualification in diagnostic radiography
  • At least 6 months previous experience in NHS & Radiology department in last 3 years
  • Strong initiative and commitment to mentoring talent, acting as a role model and resource to junior staff
  • An honest individual with integrity, and a caring approach to patients
  • Excellent administrative, verbal, and written communication skills

Our Bank Staff Radiographers are invaluable to us, so we provide the following advantages as a thank you for their dedication and commitment:

  • Flexible working hours
  • Access to free Bank Partners Core Skills training
  • Weekly salary
  • Opportunity to book and monitor shifts via online timesheet
  • Priority of shifts over all agency workers
  • Competitive pay

Apply now for this fantastic opportunity by uploading your CV, and a member of our recruitment team will be in touch shortly.

Bank Partners is an employment agency/employment business (as defined by the Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses Regulations 2003) and is acting on behalf of its client in relation to this vacancy.