CT-MRI Radiographer - B6 - Portsmouth

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Title: CT/MRI Radiographer

 

Band: Band 6

Reports to: CT/MRI Superintendent

 

 

Job Summary:

  • To conduct a wide range of CT/MR scans upon a range of patient types, both as an autonomous practitioner and as part of a multi-professional team, in a mannerthat meets profession, departmental and legal standards and requirements
  • To proactively assist in the management of the MRI and CT scanning departments on a daily basis whilst fostering a safe and efficient environment for patients, staff and visitors.
  • To supervise, and teach junior radiographers, student radiographers and RDAs and to actively help, teach and support training SPRs
  • Ensure patient safety is maintained and patient experience is positive by treating all patients, relatives and colleagues with respect, dignity and courtesy in accordance with Trust values.
  • Ensuring that at all times you act within your sphere of competence.

     

    Key Responsibilities:

     

    Clinical/Operational

  • To observe all manual handling criteria when;
    • Moving patients from waiting areas into the scanning rooms
    • Transferring patients on and off the scanner tables
    • Positioning patients into the correct scanning position
    • Moving the scanner equipment

       

  • To undertake the departmental and Trust induction programme and all annual statutory training
  • To train new staff and facilitate their development.
  • To maintain own level of competence through continuing professional development through participation in internal and external development opportunities and to maintain a portfolio of evidence in support of CPD undertaken.
  • To undertake and participate in clinical audit and research and to act on the findings where possible.

     

    Communication

    To communicate effectively and appropriately, with all users of the service, across all age groups and abilities, observing confidentiality and information governance.  This will include: -

     

  •  Patients, Carers & Relatives: to explain procedures, pre and post care, to check allergies and other contra indications, follow up procedures, radiation issues; appointments.  To overcome barriers to understanding patients with special needs. To communicate sensitive/complex information to some patients.
  • Radiologists:       to discuss examination techniques, results and outcomes, appointments,
  • Other Health Care Professionals:  to discuss patient examinations, preparation and post procedure care, diagnostic results; radiation issues, appointments; service issues and problems
  • Wards/Depts: on any issues involving patients; on any issue affecting the provision of the CT/MR service
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  • To co-ordinate effectively with the Superintendent radiographer in order to be responsible for staff and resources within a designated clinical area.
  • To carry out all aspects of general and specialised CT and MRI scanning, and to manage their own workload.
  • To check completed scans against accepted diagnostic standards, including patient’s details and to act appropriately according to the findings.
  • Ensure all systems processes are completed accurately and appropriately.
  • To undertake CT and MR scans in the absence of a radiologist according to agreed protocols.
  • To undertake IV injections with no supervision ensuring a patient allergy history is always obtained.
  • To be able to relate to all manner of patients with understanding and care, respecting their privacy and dignity to provide a caring and confidential service.To ensure that a positive identification is obtained from all patients prior to their examination.
  • To participate in the night shift rota covering CT scanning and on call MRI.
  • Be responsible for the consumable stock control necessary to support designated clinical areas, within the agreed financial limits.
  • Undertake any duties assigned by the Management Team commensurate with the post.
  • Deal with complaints and grievances from staff and patients within the department.
  • Demonstrate specialised keyboard skills required for image manipulation and workstation development.
  • Promote optimal, accurate and correct use of PACS and other associated digital technology within the Diagnostic Imaging Department and the Trust to effectively contribute towards the achievement of key service and corporate objectives. To be able to use the departmental radiology information computer to register patients, to check results and appointments.
  • Participate in the management of performance, both of the service and of individuals, as appropriate and in liaison with the Management Team.
  • To actively influence and implement changes to clinical practice using clinical knowledge and expertise with the long-term aim of developing best practice.Contribute towards service development and optimal use of resources.
  • Support and advise team members in best clinical practice.
  • Encourage and facilitate learning in others.
  • Promote and ensure the best available departmental environment for patients, visitors and staff.
  • Co-ordinate maintenance programmes for the CT and MR scanners and associated equipment, including the reporting of faults and liaising with engineers.
  • To undertake quality control procedures within CT and MR, including Quality Assurance on a daily basis to test for image quality, equipment safety, and to help with clinical audits within the scanning department.
  • Monitor performance of all associated equipment and act upon all reported potential and actual faults and hazards.
  • Report and take appropriate action where necessary/possible, to deal with all undue events with a potentially adverse outcome in keeping with the Department and Trust incident reporting policy.
  • The post-holder will be responsible for the appropriate health, safety and welfare matters affecting themselves, patients, visitors, professional and non-professional authorized staff within a designated, controlled or supervised area within the Diagnostic Imaging Department or the Trust.

     

    Professional

    • To autonomously manage a designated clinical area within the diagnostic imaging department, leading a team of radiographers, student radiographers, and RDAs.
    • To train new staff, to mentor junior staff and facilitate their development.
    • To provide an active learning environment for all grades.
    • Make effective use of non-medical staff in delivery of departmental service requirements.Including planning rotas and allocating staff.
  • Assist the appropriate Superintendent in identifying staff training and development needs.Including RIS, PACS, and scanning technique training.
  • Ensure all examinations and work practices are carried out in a professional and appropriate manner in keeping with:
    • Ionising Radiation Regulations and Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposures) Regulations
    • Local Rules
    • COSSH Regulations
    • Hospital and Directorate Clinical Governance Strategy
    • Data Protection Act
    • MR Safety Rules
  • To be able to relate to all manner of patients with understanding and care, respecting their privacy and dignity to provide a caring and confidential service.

  • Encourage and participate in active feedback of ideas, concerns and suggestions to the appropriate level and in an appropriate forum.
  • Ensure all staff have access to the appropriate communication forum and are familiar with the Department’s objectives, plans and relevant Trust issues.
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    Physical Effort & Working Conditions

    • The post holder will: -
  • Have frequent use of VDU equipment.
  • Have regular exposure to distressing or emotional situations on a daily basis e.g. caring for terminally ill or badly injured patients, giving feedback of a negative nature to trainees.
  • Have regular exposure to highly distressing situations e.g. severe trauma cases, cardiac arrest, discovering cancers.
  • Have frequent exposure to body fluids e.g. blood, urine etc and infection risks and occasional exposure to fleas/lice.
  • Have occasional exposure to intoxicated, aggressive or abusive patients and relatives.
  • Have daily exposure to unpredictable workload.
  • Be required to position and manoeuvre patients and equipment on a daily basis.In any clinical situation, patients may be ambulant, in a wheelchair, or on a bed or stretcher.Transfer to an X-ray couch is necessary.

 

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Person Specification

 

Personal Qualities

  • Enthusiastic, positive and caring attitude
  • Self-motivated
  • Able to use initiative
  • Flexible, punctual and reliable
  • Able to handle stressful situations
  • Confident manner
  • Cheerful disposition

 

 

Qualifications & Experience

 

Essential

  • BSc (Hons) degree or Diploma in Diagnostic Radiology
  • Hold a current state registration certificate
  • 2years post graduate experience
  • Have a portfolio evidence of CPD

     

    Desirable

  • 3+ years post graduate experience
  • Extended Clinical role e.g. IV cannulations qualification
  • Post graduate qualification
  • CT Colonography experience

     

     

    Skills and Knowledge

  • Demonstrate specialized keyboard skills required for image manipulation
  • Good organisational skills
  • Ability to work as part of a team or alone
  • Good communication skills
  • Good attention to detail
  • High levels of concentration required
  • Demonstrate co-ordination and sensory skills required for precise positioning of patients with narrow margin for error
  • Speed and accuracy
  • Understanding of current Ionising Radiation Regulations

 

Other

  • Motivation to meet the patients’ needs for self and others.
  • Ability to demonstrate confidentiality and trustworthiness.
  • A willingness to be flexible and part of a team.
  • Ability to juggle many priorities at one time, whilst remaining calm

 

Working Together For Patients with Compassion As One Team Always Improving

Strategic approach (clarity on objectives, clear on expectations)

 

Relationship building (communicate effectively, be open and willing to help, courtesy, nurtures partnerships)

 

Personal credibility (visibility, approachable, back bone, courage, resilience, confidence, role model, challenge bad behaviour, manage poor performance, act with honesty and integrity)

 

Passion to succeed (patient centred, positive attitude, take action, take pride, take responsibility, aspire for excellence)

 

Harness performance through teams (champion positive change, develop staff, create a culture without fear of retribution, actively listen and value contribution, feedback and empower staff , respect diversity)

 

Job holders are required to act in such a way that at all times the health and well being of children and vulnerable adults is safeguarded. Familiarisation with and adherence to the Safeguarding Policies of the Trust is an essential requirement for all employees. In addition, all staff are expected to complete essential/mandatory training in this area.

 

 

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.

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