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Clinical Scientist (Medical Physics Expert) in Nuclear Medicine

Please Note: The application deadline for this vacancy has now passed.

Role Summary

The post holder will provide scientific support to Nuclear Medicine, Radionuclide Therapy, the University of Exeter’s PET-CT service and other regional services; playing a key role in service maintenance and development.

Particular focus to be given to quality assurance of measurement and imaging equipment, image optimisation and the radionuclide therapy service, acting as Medical Physics Expert in Nuclear Medicine under the Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations.

Provide highly specialised advice to colleagues, external service users, patients and carers.

Supervise and/or train staff/students/trainees on the safe delivery of Nuclear Medicine.

About the Role

For more information on the Job Description and Responsibilities please click the link below.

More detail about the role

Due to team expansion, an opportunity has arisen for an experienced and highly motivated Band 8A Nuclear Medicine Clinical Scientist to join our team at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital. This post is suitable for applicants who are registered clinical scientists with MPE certification and significant relevant experience to allow them to coordinate and supervise specific areas of the service. Candidates who can demonstrate expectation of certification as MPE within a reasonable timescale will be considered for appointment at an appropriate banding.

The successful candidate will provide scientific support to Nuclear Medicine, Radionuclide Therapy and the University of Exeter’s PET-CT research facility and other regional services; playing a key role in service maintenance and development. They will also work with service leads, RPA and RWA to demonstrate Trust compliance with regulations.

The Nuclear Medicine Department at Royal Devon carries out around 3000 imaging investigations per year on 2 gamma cameras, one of which is due for replacement. The Radionuclide Therapy service currently offers radioiodine therapies for benign thyroid conditions and thyroid cancer to patients of North, East and South Devon, treating about 100 patients a year. The Trust has a dedicated I-131 in-patient room and a dedicated clinic room for outpatient therapies. The postholder will take a leading role in the expansion of this service to include other treatments in the coming years.

Medical Physics also provide services to the University of Exeter Mireille-Gillings Imaging Centre, equipped with a state-of-the-art Siemens Biograph Vision 600 PET/CT, currently used for dementia research.

Our friendly Medical Physics Team at Royal Devon forms part of the wider SEND (South, East & North Devon) network, with other 40 physicists, technologists, engineers, trainees and administrators.

The department encourages staff training and development and is an accredited training centre for the NSHCS STP and PTP training schemes. By September 2023 there will be 7 STP trainees across Medical Physics in SEND, and the post holder will be involved in delivering STP, PTP and other training. We actively encourage staff development and support all avenues for such as apprenticeship, STP, route 2, HSST and HSSE.

The postholder will participate in and help lead the provision of high-quality scientific support to Nuclear Medicine, Radionuclide Therapy and PET/CT, ensuring that all activities are carried out according to best practice guidance and are compliant with regulatory requirements. They will take a key role in the delivery of the radionuclide therapy service, equipment quality control, training and radiation protection advice within nuclear medicine. They will also assist with commissioning of new equipment and setting up new radionuclide therapies.

Working Pattern: Full time 37.5 hours

Interview Date: To be confirmed

For further information please contact Michelle Scott-Cleasby (Lead Physicist for Nuclear Medicine) or Susan Manoy (Lead Physicist for Nuclear Medicine) on 01392 402125 or

Preference will be given to staff with ‘Priority’ and 'At Risk' status including NHS At Risk staff throughout Devon.

The Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust reserves the right to close vacancy when sufficient applications have been received.

The Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust was established in April 2022, bringing together the expertise of both the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust and Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust.

About Us

Stretching across Northern, Eastern and Mid Devon, we have a workforce of over 15,000 staff, making us the largest employer in Devon. Our core services, which we provide to more than 615,000 people, cover more than 2,000 square miles across Devon, while some of our specialist services cover the whole of the peninsula, extending our reach as far as Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

We deliver a wide range of emergency, specialist and general medical services through North Devon District Hospital and the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (Wonford). Alongside our two acute hospitals, we provide integrated health and social care services across a variety of settings, including community inpatient hospitals, outpatient clinics, and within people’s own homes. We also offer primary care services, a range of specialist community services, and Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARC).

Our state-of-the-art equipment, leading technologies and strong links to local universities put us at the forefront of research and innovations, enabling us to provide world-class care to our local communities.

Our values are at the heart of everything we do, click here to find out more

It has never been a more exciting time to join the Royal Devon, as you will help to shape our services as we continue along our integration journey.


Looking after you is important to us.

We strive to help our staff create a healthy work-life balance through flexible working schemes and our family friendly policies.

If you are starting out in the NHS, you’ll start with 27 days paid annual leave (plus bank holidays), rising to 33 days plus bank holidays.

You will benefit from access to our own comprehensive occupational health services, including counselling, onsite wellbeing activities and groups.

We will work together to maintain a culture that develops and supports you and your team.

This might include funding for a care certificate, a degree or leadership qualifications. Or it might include days off to study, engage in CPD or rotational placements to help you hone your skills. Wherever you are heading in the NHS, we will help you get there.

Salary is not the only financial benefit

You will have access to an extensive range of staff discounts on shopping, fitness and leisure options and you can spread the cost of technology and home appliance purchases from major retailers. You will also have access to other benefits including:

  • National discount services such as the Blue Light Card and Health Service Discounts.
  • Salary sacrifice options including our OFSTED rated outstanding nursery onsite at Exeter
  • Car lease schemes.
  • The NHS Pension scheme (one of the most generous and comprehensive in the UK).
  • Cycle to work scheme

These are just a few of the benefits available – if the role is something you are interested in, we would love to hear from you.

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