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Principal Physicist in Radiation Safety (Radioactive Substances)

Band 8a

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Radiation Safety Physicist
Band 8a
37.5 per week
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Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
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Guy's Hospital
£46,897 - £54,983 p.a inclusive of HCA
23/01/2018 23:59

Join us and become part of the most engaged workforce of any NHS trust in England, according to the latest national NHS Staff Survey results – for the second year running.

You will be joining a dynamic and forward-looking organisation in the heart of the capital where you can develop your career and broaden your horizons.

We think you will enjoy working for us but you don’t have to take our word for it – 79% of staff who took part in the latest national NHS Staff Survey would recommend Guy’s and St Thomas’ as a place to work.

Guy’s and St Thomas’ is one of the largest and oldest hospital trusts in the country and includes St Thomas' Hospital, Evelina London Children's Hospital, Guy's Hospital and community services in Lambeth and Southwark. 

The Trust employs around 15,300 staff; an annual turnover of more than £1.5 billion; and 2.4 million patient contacts a year. Our hospitals have a long and proud history dating back 900 years and have been at the forefront of medical progress and innovation since they were founded. We continue to build on these traditions and have a reputation for clinical, teaching and research excellence.

We provide a full range of hospital services for our local communities in Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham, as well as specialist services for patients from further afield, including cancer, cardiothoracic, women's and children's services, kidney care and orthopaedics. We have one of the largest critical care units in the UK and one of the busiest A&E departments in London. 

 In addition, we are part of King's Health Partners, one of the first Academic Health Sciences Centres (AHSCs) in the UK, with our partner organisations: 

As an organisation we are committed to developing our services in ways that best suit the needs of our patients.  Innovation and research projects are significantly encouraged. We also have a positive approach to corporate social responsibility and are keen to engage our staff in an agenda that ranges from promoting environmental sustainability to the creation of local employment opportunities.

 The Medical Physics department provides scientific and technical support to a wide range of clinical and laboratory services in the Trust and to many external clients including other Trusts. With a large staff of scientific and technical personnel, and good facilities, the Department provides advice and support in applying physical science and engineering to a wide range of techniques and facilities in health care.

We work closely with colleagues in Kings Healthcare Trust and in Guy's, King's & Thomas' School of Medicine to provide a wide range of learning opportunities - from the safe use of syringe pumps through to a doctorate in philosophy. 

Radiation Safety Experienced scientists and technicians aim to ensure the safety of all patients, visitors and staff coming into contact with radiation of all types.  A wide range of advice and support is offered for work with: radioactive materials, personnel dosimetry, diagnostic radiology & imaging, laser physics, radiation protection, teaching and calibration of radiation instruments.

An important part of this work is to ensure that the Trust and its partners/customers follow relevant legislation and guidelines.

What we are looking for

We are looking for an enthusiastic and friendly principal physicist with a strong interest in radioactive materials safety and sound interpersonal skills.  The post holder will support the lead radioactive Substances (RAS) physicist in preparing EA permit variations, carrying out laboratory and clinical area audits, liaising with radiation protection supervisors in various departments, providing radiation safety advice to Nuclear medicine, PET and laboratory areas including incident management and security concerns.  In addition, the postholder will supervise the monthly audit of radioactive stock and waste inventories and will contact department RPSs regarding any anomalies.       

The post holder will also work collaboratively with key stakeholders to help optimise projects and operational tasks carried out by the service and will carry out other duties deemed appropriate to their role by the Head and Deputy Head(s) of the Radiation Safety section. The role will involve support, encouragement and mentoring of trainee and junior staff in the radiation safety team in working towards the service objectives (including R&D) of Radiation Safety, the Medical Physics Department and more generally the Trust.

A key role of this post will be in organising and providing the one day radiation safety training courses for staff and students.  Training subjects will include ‘safe use of radioactive materials in the laboratory’, ‘radiation safety for plumbers’ and ‘radiation risk assessments’.   In addition, the post holder will jointly organise the 2 day ‘off site’ annual RPS Course for sealed and unsealed sources and will begin work on preparing a one day RPS ‘refresher’ course held on site. 

It is expected that the postholder will be working towards RPA/RWA status.

The postholder may also be involved in the wider work of the section from time to time and as the service dictates, including: diagnostic radiology physics, personal dosimetry, environmental dosimetry, lasers, teaching and equipment calibration.

Closing Date: Monday 23rd January 2018 at Midnight

Interview Date: Wednesday 7th February 2017


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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the resident labour market test. UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UKVI website. From 6 April 2017, Tier 2 skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) will also be subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal Records Checks for Overseas Applicants.

The postholder will have access to vulnerable people in the course of their normal duties and as such this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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Further details / informal visits contact

For further information and an informal visit contact: David Gallacher, Head of Radiation Safety Service Tel: 0207 188 3810, E-mail: or Julie Robinson, Deputy Head of Radiation Safety, Tel: 020 718 83769 Email:

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The main telephone number for recruitment is 0207 188 1700.