Clinical Specialist Radiation Therapist - UPMC Whitfield Hospital - UPMC

Clinical Specialist Radiation Therapist – UPMC Whitfield Hospital

Please send letter of application along with an up-to-date CV to Natalie Moore, HR Business Partner, UPMC Whitfield Hospital, Cork Road, Waterford, or by email to mooren11@upmc.ie

Closing date for receipt of completed applications is Sunday, 20 June 2021.

Clinical Specialist Radiation Therapist

Based at: UPMC Whitfield Hospital

Reports to: Operations Manager
Accountable to: Operations Manager and Medical Director

 

Overview of the Post

A clinical specialist radiation therapist, as a member of the mutli-disciplinary team, is responsible for the preparation and treatment of patients with a cancer diagnosis or other benign conditions requiring radiotherapy, providing psychosocial support throughout the course of treatment. A clinical specialist radiation therapist is responsible for the justification of pre-treatment imaging and accurate treatment delivery. S/he must not only adhere to and implement all radiation safety regulations in their work environment, must assess the quality of their own work on a continuous basis and engage in continuous professional development in line with the state registration guidelines of CORU but also encourage and monitor other members of the Radiotherapy team to do the same. The suitable candidate should possess strong leadership qualities, as well as management skills and must be able to efficiently manage the workflow their designated clinical area.

Responsibilities

  • Maintains an atmosphere of caring, concern and support for patients of all age ranges, visitors, medical staff and co-workers on a consistent basis.
  • Delivers radiation treatment according to written prescription and treatment plan.  Provides safety in patient care through the consistent practice of departmental procedures for treatment administration.  Recognises deviation from prescribed treatment delivery and reports all deviations to the clinical and physics teams.
  • Assures the quality of treatment delivery through the complete and accurate documentation of treatment records.
  • Assures the quality and consistency of treatment by acquiring, interpreting and evaluating electronic images and implementing any required changes according to departmental procedures. Explains treatment procedures to patient and/or family.  Refers medical questions to appropriate personnel.
  • At the request of a radiation oncologist, performs CT simulation/clinical mark ups after identifying and performing the optimal and most appropriate immobilisation procedure for the specific patient.   Responsible for the administration of oral contrast and IV contrast (with additional competencies) agents requested by a radiation oncologist for simulation procedures.  Performs measurements for use during treatment calculation.  Collects and documents data acquired during the simulation procedure and accurately inputs this data into ARIA.
  • Assists in the orientation and supervision of students during clinical rotations.  Assists the appointed Student Liaison Radiation Therapists in evaluation of student performance.
  • Assists as needed in all treatment-related procedures.  Assists at other UPMC Ireland locations as needed.
  • Uses effective communication techniques and interpersonal skills to provide explanations for treatment-related procedures.  Responds effectively to patient concerns.  Observes patients for expected and unexpected reactions to treatments and communicates this to appropriate staff members.  Reinforces patient education/side effect management information and indicates non-compliance to medical/nursing staff.
  • Performs and documents daily and weekly QA activity for assigned equipment.  Documents findings outside the range established by physics.  Notifies the physics team immediately of findings outside the normal range of operations.  Participates in programs to measure and improve the quality of care within the Department. Assists and attends departmental QA meetings.
  • Attends multidisciplinary team meetings for coordination of patient care.
  • Completes the daily treatment schedule.  Maintains an accurate record of procedures, including billing information and codes.
  • Maintains a safe, orderly treatment room.
  • Provides on-call coverage for the treatment of patients in emergency situations.
  • Oversees the day to day running of treatment units and CT unit.  Ensures the smooth running of the daily list and adequate skill/grade mix cover of radiation therapists working on the unit.
  • Work alongside more junior members of staff, make decisions and take responsibility for those decisions made relating to treatment of individual patients.
  • Trains and supervises more junior radiotherapy staff and ensures competencies in the different areas are complete.
  • Is involved in the individual performance review process and contributes to the implementation of staff development.
  • Assists the radiotherapy service manager in developing and implementing new technology and procedures while providing a leadership role to staff in managing and implementing such change.
  • Maintains familiarity with the administrative tasks associated with the running of the department, such as billing and scheduling procedures and generation of statistical reports, providing cover for these tasks as necessary.
Standard Responsibilities 
  • Performs in accordance with system-wide competencies/behaviours.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • Lives the UPMC Values

Qualifications/Experience Essential to the Post

  • Completion of a qualification in radiation therapy recognised by the Radiographers Registration Board at CORU, see www.coru.ie
  • Maintain annual registration with CORU.
  • Candidate must have at least six years appropriate post qualification experience, subject to merit.

 

This job description is intended to be an outline of the areas of responsibility and deliverables at the time of its writing. As the UPMC Whitfield Cancer Centre and the post holder develop, this job description may be subject to review in light of the changing needs of the Centre.

 

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