Resident Medical Officer, Radiotherapy - UPMC

Resident Medical Officer, Radiotherapy

Please send letter of application along with an up-to-date CV to Natalie Moore, HR Co-ordinator, UPMC Whitfield, Cork Road, Waterford, or by email to

Closing date for receipt of completed applications is Wednesday, 21 October 2020.

Resident Medical Officer, Radiotherapy

UPMC Whitfield Hospital, Waterford
Reports to: Radiology Services Manager
  • Ensure the provision of quality patient care, whilst maximising efficiency in accordance with company policies and procedures.
  • Provision of medical services in medical and radiation oncology
  • Main responsibilities include:
    • Maintains an atmosphere of caring, concern, and support for patients, visitors, medical staff, and co-workers on a consistent basis and works effectively as part of a team.
    • Completes patient assessment within time frame laid down in departmental policy.
    • Communicates to inpatient staff and referring physicians clinical and treatment related information as needed.
    • Assists with scheduling of required outpatient lab tests, x-rays, scans, etc., as needed.
    • Maintains standards in all aspects of work, with reference to current standards of practice.
    • Maintains current basic life support skills and attend all in-house health and safety training (e.g. fire, manual handling, etc.) as required.
    • Performs related responsibilities as required, e.g. patient reviews, cannulation, and assisting with radiation treatment planning.
    • Assist with audits and research as needed or required by the department.

Skills Essential to the Post

  • Current registration with the Irish Medical Council.
  • Must possess competent clinical and interactive skills with adult and geriatric patients.
  • Effective team player both as a facilitator and in the course of work.
  • Ambitious and diligent.
  • Flexible and adaptable approach to work.
  • Experience of working within multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to motivate, influence, inspire, and encourage different ways of working.
  • Ability to prioritise and deliver on short deadlines.
  • Completion of mandatory training as required by UPMC management, including but not limited to:
    • Fire training (annual)
    • Radiation Safety training (annual)
    • Infection Prevention and Control training (annual)
    • BCLS training (biennial)
    • ICHGCP training (biennial)
    • ICORG PI training (triennial)
    • Manual Handling and patient movement training (triennial)

Candidate Specification

  • Appropriate undergraduate and post-graduate qualification that enables full registration with the Irish Medical Council. A copy of the certificate is required.
  • Current medical insurance liability. A copy of the certificate from HR is required.
  • Current certificate of compliance with professional competence.
  • Current documents certifying compliance with mandatory training programs (BLS, GCP, radiation safety, fire safety, etc).
  • Appropriate post-registration clinical experience as determined by the medical director.
General Personal Competencies
  • Provision of an open, caring environment for all referred patients, where proper explanation of treatment approach, careful treatment delivery, and appropriate follow up is provided.
  • All posts in UPMC Hillman Cancer Centre require a high level of flexibility to ensure the delivery of an effective and efficient service. Therefore, the post holder will be required to demonstrate flexibility as and when required by their manager and/or hospital management.
  • Maintain strict confidentiality with patients, employees, or any information in accordance with all UPMC Whitfield Hospital policies and procedures.
Clinical Duties
  • Provision of medical services within the scope of the departmental policy for the provision of care in the inpatient and outpatient settings, on site at UPMC Whitfield Hospital and University Hospital Waterford.
  • Thorough clinical evaluation, careful explanation to patients and family, and considered and collaborative decision making is necessary for the proper delivery of radiation and medical oncology services to the patients referred to our facility.
  • Liaise with other clinical disciplines within the department (nursing, radiation therapy, physics, medical oncology, pharmacy) in relation to patient care.
  • Liaise with the wider hospital for any function related to the care of a radiotherapy or medical oncology patient, with inpatient staff for our patients in the ward, with radiology for any investigations, with the laboratory, and with theatre for any patients booked for procedures.
  • Provide cover for our department on a rostered basis to ensure on-site physician presence at all time when there are patients being treated.
  • Participate in an on-call roster – possibly in conjunction with the NCHD’s of the main hospital.
  • Possibility of being trained to perform procedures such as prostate biopsy and fiducial marker placement.
Radiation Treatment Planning
  • The provision, with appropriate assistance of dosimetrist and physicist support, under the supervision by a consultant radiation oncologist, of contouring for the purpose of treatment planning.
  • Participation with the medical physics staff in the process of treatment planning.
Radiation Treatment Delivery
  • In line with the relevant departmental policy (ref), it is a requirement, where possible, for there to be a physician on site at all times while patients are receiving radiation treatment.
  • In conjunction with the consultant radiation oncologist and the allied health professional teams within the department, oversight of on treatment evaluations and medical care of patients on active radiotherapy treatment programmes.
  • Accurate and complete, legible record keeping.
  • Timely maintenance of physician-related administrative function, including all documentation in the electronic medial record.
Quality Assurance
  • Participation in any and all quality control related functions as set down by the medical director:
    • Management meetings (medical director).
    • New patient review meetings.
    • Planning review meetings.
    • Morbidity and mortality review.
    • Continuous quality initiative meetings.
    • Radiation safety committee meetings.
    • Hospital management meetings (medical director).
Education and Research
  • Participation in departmental educational meetings.
  • Mandatory clinical and non-clinical training (BLC, GCP, fire safety, etc).
  • UPMC/D3 e-Rounds.
  • Other education activity (conferences, lectures, etc.) to meet the requirements of the statutory rules regarding professional competence assurance, as well as to acquire and maintain the necessary skills relevant to the proper function of UPMC Hillman Cancer Centre.
  • Participation, within the departmental framework and guidelines, in research that may be multi-institutional (ICORG) or internal.

This job description is intended to be an outline of the areas of responsibility. As the UPMC Whitfield Hospital and the post holder develop, this job description may be subject to review in light of the changing needs of the centre.

About UPMC

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Providing high-quality healthcare in the South East since 2006, UPMC’s operations in Ireland now include UPMC Whitfield Hospital in Waterford, UPMC Kildare Hospital in Clane, the UPMC Carlow Outreach Centre, UPMC Hillman Cancer Centre radiotherapy locations at UPMC Whitfield and in Cork, and the UPMC Concussion Network. UPMC is the Official Healthcare Partner of the GAA and GPA.

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