Senior Radiation Therapist - UPMC Whitfield Hospital - UPMC

Senior Radiation Therapist – UPMC Whitfield Hospital

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

Closing date for receipt of completed applications is Friday, 8 October 2021.

Senior Radiation Therapist

Based at: UPMC Whitfield Hospital, Waterford

Reports to: Radiotherapy Services Manager / Operations Manager via Clinical Specialist RT Group 

Overview of post

  • Maintains an atmosphere of caring, concern and support for patients of all ages, 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 specialist/chief therapist/physicist.
  • Assures the quality of treatment delivery through the complete and accurate documentation of treatment records.
  • Assures the quality and consistency of treatment portal placement by taking and reviewing electronic portal images according to departmental procedures. Adjusts treatment fields as indicated.
  • Explains treatment procedures to patient and/or family. Refers medical questions to appropriate personnel.
  • Under the direction of a radiation oncologist, takes localization radiographs according to planned treatment delivery. Assists physician or nurse in the administration of contrast agents used during treatment localization. Performs measurements for use during treatment calculation. Collects and documents data acquired during the simulation procedure.  Accurately inputs treatment-related data into the verify-and-record system.
  • Assists in the orientation and supervision of students during clinical rotations. Assists the clinical specialist/chief therapist in evaluation of student performance.
  • Assists as needed in all treatment-related procedures.
  • Assists at other UPMC 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 clinical specialist/chief therapist 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 functions
  • 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.
  • Helps the Lead RT and clinical specialists in the day to day running of treatment units and PET CT unit, ensuring the daily list is run as smoothly as possible.
  • Future development of the new machines will be a key part of this role so we are looking for someone who is dynamic and motivated.

Essential skills

  • Completion of a formal radiation therapy technology program in an Irish/EU/AMA-approved institution.
  • CORU registration required.
  • Must have at least 3 years relevant and appropriate post graduate radiotherapy experience.

UPMC appraisals enable staff to achieve personal and professional goals. CPD is supported and encouraged

Salary is competitive and negotiable.

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

About UPMC

A $23 billion healthcare provider and insurer, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based UPMC is inventing new models of patient-centred, cost-effective, accountable care. Working in close collaboration with the  University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences, UPMC shares its clinical, managerial and technological skills worldwide through its innovation and commercialisation arm, UPMC Enterprises, and through UPMC International.

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, UPMC Aut Even Hospital in Kilkenny, 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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