Radiography Department Assistant

X-Ray / Ultrasound

Posted: 1 year ago

University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust

£18,546 - £21,777 pa/pro rata


We recently went into partnership with Bournemouth University and, with the merger of Poole Hospital and Royal Bournemouth & Christchurch Hospital NHS Foundation Trusts, became University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust this is a really exciting time to join us!

Our ambitious multi-million pound plans to develop our sites are well underway, including developing RBH as the major acute and emergency hospital in East Dorset, PH as the major planned care hospital, and ambitious plans for Christchurch to support on-going patient treatment.

Joining UHD gives you the opportunity to enjoy all that Dorset has to offer. Bournemouth is a vibrant university town , and Poole has a large natural harbour and is perfect for water sports or relaxing at a quayside restaurant.

With both the New Forest and Isle of Purbeck on our doorstep, over 7 miles of stunning sandy beaches and coastal paths, we are located within an area of amazing beauty providing a great place for you to achieve your rewarding work life balance.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic and motivated individual to join our Radiology team at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital. The successful candidate will work up to 37.5 hours and in addition take part in a shift rotation covering weekends. There will also be an occasional requirement to work in the Radiology Department at Christchurch Hospital.

This is a Band 2 – Band 3 progression grade which entails developing the job competencies needed to carry out the full range of duties of the role through work experience and on the job/tailored training activities. Progression to Band 3 will follow the successful completion of all training and sign off of the specific job responsibilities. This is likely to take around twelve months and progression to Band 3 will be effective from formal sign off.

The Radiology Directorate undertakes a wide variety of examinations including x-rays, ultrasound scans and procedures under radiology guidance. Radiography Department Assistants (RDA’s) work in all these areas undertaking various roles. The main duties are:

  • Performing basic nursing duties and care of the patient including applying dressings, dealing with bodily fluids, taking observations etc.
  • Assisting Consultants and advanced practitioners with procedures under radiology guidance such as biopsies, drainages and aspirations.
  • Inputting data into the department computer systems such as the Radiology Information system (RIS) and the image archive system (PACS).
  • Assisting patients to prepare for examinations by helping them undress and explaining the procedure to them whilst maintaining privacy and dignity.
  • Preparing procedure rooms for the forthcoming patients by laying up sterile trolleys, mixing barium compounds etc.
  • Assisting the patients through examinations, helping them to manoeuvre on the examination table, providing re-assurance and giving an explanation of what is happening.
  • Liaison with other wards, departments and staff members to arrange patient appointments/care.

You will be working with Consultant Radiologists, Sonographers and Radiographers. A basic knowledge of nursing, or experience in a caring profession would be an advantage but is not essential as full training will be provided.

Applicants are advised that they must make an appointment for a visit/informal discussion to fully appreciate the job requirements prior to applying for this position.

In accordance with the Equality Act 2010, Part 1, Schedule 9, this post is open to female candidates only to preserve decency and privacy due to the intimate physical contact required during the course of the postholder’s duties.

Base Location: Royal Bournemouth Hospital

Interview Date:to be confirmed

Please be aware that this advert may close early due to a high number of applicants.

For further details / informal visits contact:

NameJessica AilesJob titleX-ray and Ultrasound RDA ManagerEmail addressjessica.ailes@uhd.nhs.ukTelephone number0300 019 6465Additional contact information

Applicants are advised that they must make an appointment for a visit/informal discussion to fully appreciate the job requirements prior to applying for this position.

We believe that having a diverse workforce, and allowing people to be themselves, is essential in ensuring we offer an inclusive, welcoming and productive place to work.

We especially welcome applications from minority groups in the community who may be underrepresented in our workforce.

At UHD our active staff network groups are Black Asian Minority Ethnic Group (BAME), Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Network Group (LGBTQ+), European (EU), Pro Ability Staff Network, and the Armed Forces Support Group.

As a Trust we are proudly signed up to the Disability Confident and Armed Forces Covenant guaranteed interview schemes.

Please note:

COVID-19 vaccination remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course our patients from the virus when working in our healthcare settings. Whilst COVID-19 vaccination is not a condition of employment at this time, we do encourage our staff to get vaccinated.

Staff recruited are expected to be available to work flexibly across all our Trust locations when service demands require it.

This advert may be closed early if sufficient applications are received.

Internal Candidates: staff employed prior to merger who voluntarily change jobs will be appointed to UHD terms and conditions.

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