Head of radiotherapy electronics

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust - More jobs by this advertiser

Are you looking for a new challenge? We are recruiting for a head of radiotherapy electronics.

A fantastic opportunity has arisen at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS). We’re looking for an experienced and enthusiastic engineer to lead our dedicated team of specialists in delivery of high quality radiotherapy equipment technical services.

This is an exciting time to join UHS with an ongoing equipment replacement programme replacing all of our linear accelerators to deliver a fleet of six Elekta Versa HD linacs. The first two are in place supported by Exactrac imaging systems, and Hexapod couches to allow us to offer efficient, effective and targeted treatments to our patients. The rest are scheduled for replacement over the next two years.


Our electronics engineering team consists of five staff, dedicated to supporting the imaging and treatment machines within radiotherapy. The team are actively involved in commissioning of new equipment as well as supporting routine maintenance, trouble-shooting, and quality assurance. We support and encourage our team to innovate, and they are able to develop expertise in areas of particular interest. We work closely with clinical scientists to ensure maximum uptime of the linear accelerators, CT scanners and other radiotherapy equipment.

Radiotherapy physics is part of the medical physics department which has an active seminar programme to encourage shared learning and afford opportunities for wider collaborative working. The department supports BSc and MSc projects, as well as smaller development projects.

The oncology centre currently also has the only mobile electron accelerator in the UK for delivery of intraoperative radiotherapy, two dedicated CT Simulators, and an Xstrahl 200. We are also equipped with HDR remote afterloading equipment, and we are networked with Mosaiq – providing an integrated oncology IT system.


In this role, you’ll find variety, excitement and that no two days will be the same. Some days will be spent doing a routine service on a Linac, another may be holding a tutorial to go over a particular complex fault with the team, and the next you may be supporting a scientist with some commissioning measurements.


You’ll have a BEng in electronics or equivalent knowledge gained through qualification and work-based training. You’ll also need:

  • significant prior experience of servicing and repair of radiotherapy treatment equipment
  • prior experience of supervision and training of junior staff in a technical environment
  • enthusiasm and drive to develop and lead the service

If not already a member of one of the UK Engineering Council accredited professional bodies, you’d be expected to apply for registration with the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM) as a clinical technologist.


University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS) is one of England's largest acute teaching trusts. We've recently been rated ‘Good’ by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey we ranked seventh in the country for staff engagement, and fourth best nationally for our proportion of staff saying that they would recommend the hospital as a place to work or to receive care.

Recently ranked the third best city in the UK to live and work in, Southampton is an attractive city situated on the south coast with an international airport and only an hour on the train from central London. The New Forest National Park and the beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than those in London, 13 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted and 13 nearby green spaces to enjoy.


This post attracts a recruitment and retent...

Please be advised that this vacancy may close earlier than stated if large numbers of applications are received.

Due to the volume of applications we receive, we are unable to acknowledge receipt of your application. If you have not heard from us within four weeks of the closing date of this post, please presume that you have not been selected for interview.

Applicants from University Hospitals Southampton NHS Foundation Trust whose posts are considered to be ‘At Risk’ will be given prior consideration for this post

Our Trust runs the return to practice course each year for nurses who have been out of the profession and wish to return.  To find out more please visit our website:


http://www.discoversouthampton.co.uk/   Information on Southampton as a place to live and enjoy

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Getting to Work

Application can be made for parking on site at UHS or through one of the park and ride schemes.  This will be based on specific criteria to determine eligibility for site parking as this can be very limited.  UHS encourages staff to utilise other green methods of getting to work such as cycling or walking where possible.   UHS is well connected through bus services to the city centre and other areas.

Please note that we will not accept any applications or queries via agencies, under any circumstances.

Our staff are positive about working at UHS and rate us above average compared to other NHS Trusts in the  Staff Attitude Survey. We are rated strongly on a number of areas including teamwork, communication and engagement.

Equality remains at the centre of all Trust policy making, service delivery and employment practice with all employees being given equality of opportunity to develop, apply for promotion and have working arrangements that enable them to achieve a manageable work-life balance.

The Trust actively promotes a work environment free from harassment and discrimination and provides training for managers and staff to ensure this happens. The Trust also closely monitors recruitment activity, training and development and employment practices to ensure equality of practice with regard to race, colour, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, gender, sexual orientation, disability, marital status and age.

As a service provider the Trust ensures equality of access and delivery of our services through the provision of interpreter services, facilities for the disabled and sensitivity for patients ethnic and religious differences and needs.

Relocating to Southampton

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University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

Southampton, Hampshire (United Kingdom)

Phone: +44 123456789
Web: http://careers.uhs.nhs.uk/

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11 February 2019
Location: United Kingdom Hampshire Southampton
Salary: £42,414 -£49,969 pa GBP per year
Work type:
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Healthcare and Medical
Allied Health
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