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Research MR Radiographer

University of Sheffield

Sheffield, United Kingdom

An opportunity has arisen for an experienced senior radiographer to take up a full-time post as part of our small group of six MR radiographers.

The Academic unit of Radiology operates 4 scanners (two GE 1.5T, a whole body Philips 3T scanner and a GE 3T neonatal research scanner) based across three sites at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Northern General Hospital and Jessops Women’s Hospital. We carry out internationally recognised research in the fields of pulmonary vascular imaging, lung imaging with the use of hyperpolarised agents as well as neuro research imaging (including functional MR) and in-utero fetal imaging.

The unit also performs clinical MRI imaging.

It is expected that you will have significant post-qualification experience with specific work experience in MRI scanning and research. Role development within our research groups and contribution to research output is actively encouraged.

It is important that you have the ability to produce high-quality MR images and are able to make a meaningful contribution to the work of the team. You should also have a comprehensive and up to date knowledge of MR systems, procedures, safety issues, policies, legislation and quality standards. It is essential that applicants are HPC-registered.

The role is spread over four working days.

You can view the supporting documentation by clicking on About the Job and About the University located near the top of your screen

Main Duties and Responsibilities
 HPC Registration is essential. Accountable for professional actions whilst following professional guidelines. Required to work independently within clearly defined professional and departmental policies and protocols.
 Assume responsibility for your own, colleagues’, patients’ and visitors’ safety within the Academic Unit of Radiology and the safe use of expensive and potentially highly dangerous equipment, with particular respect to the high field strength magnetic field.
 Work with the superintendent and other radiographers to ensure optimum use of equipment and maximise both financial gain and academic output for the Academic Unit of Radiology.
 Work unsupervised to manage the daily work load, assessing and prioritising patients and volunteers.
 Work alongside senior academics and other radiographers to ensure that both written and technical scanner protocols are optimised, accurate and up to date in order to ensure high quality research output is constantly achievable.
 Ensure any persons (patients, volunteers or staff) entering the MRI controlled areas are safe to do so, referring where appropriate to latest guidelines, departmental policies, procedures and professional experience. Continually refer to and assist in updating, where appropriate, the safety guidelines.
 Ensure that daily quality assurance tests are carried out on the scanner and that any failures are reported and acted upon appropriately.
 Contribute to the implementation and co-ordination of complex and specialist research programs (e.g. Diabetes, Multiple Sclerosis and Psychiatric research studies) adapting imaging methods and techniques using technology which has significant impact for external clients and grant provision (e.g. STH NHS Trust, Wellcome Trust).
 Regularly participate in the departmental research and development programmes including scanning patients in ongoing trials.
 Accurately obtain, analyse, record, archive, export and recall data as required in order to ensure availability for research academics and collaborative analysis centres, both in the UK and overseas.
 Use expert, specialist knowledge and experience of clinical and research procedures to evaluate individual patient care (mobility, mental and physical wellbeing, age) in order to achieve optimum image quality.
 After undergoing relevant training, regularly perform intravenous cannulation and administration of intravenous contrast media within local policy and guidelines.
 Provide specialist guidance and training to new research fellows and undergraduate students, both internal and external to the University.
 Provide the physical, professional and caring support required when dealing with patients, patients’ relatives, clients and volunteers. Have the ability to deal with exposure to distressing and emotional situations which require perception and understanding to overcome barriers to communication e.g. language, mental disability, childhood.
 Meticulously maintain patient, volunteer and all other departmental records.
 Carry out and record CPD as required by the HPC in order to fulfil requirements of registration and be prepared to provide evidence on request of the HPC.
 Carry out audit of extended practice in order to fulfil requirements of local policies.


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