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Clinical Specialist Radiographer in Trauma Computed Tomography

St James’s Hospital

  • Dublin
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  • Permanent full-time
  • Updated 13/10/2017
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Clinical Specialist Radiographer in Trauma Computed Tomography, DiagIm Directorate


Role Profile:


Role Title

Clinical Specialist Radiographer

- Trauma Computed Tomography

Purpose of the Role

The Clinical Specialist Radiographer is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Computed Tomography (CT) service. The CT Department has two Clinical Specialist Radiographers (General and Trauma) who support and liaise with each other to optimise the delivery of CT services.





Reports to:


Radiographic Services Manager

Key Direct Reports  


Senior Grade Radiographers and Basic Grade Radiographers



Clinical Specialist Radiographer

Salary Scale


€50,591 – €59,758

Job Reference Number:



Enquiries To:


Ms. Suzanne Dennan, Radiographic Services Manager, Phone: 01 416 2762

Closing Date:


Sunday, 15th October 2017



Key Duties and Responsibilities



  • Provide management support and leadership in Computed Tomography (CT).
  • Ensure the delivery of an efficient and caring CT service to patients.
  • Ensure the comfort of patients in the CT Department.
  • Provide patients with empathy and emotional support.
  • Ensure that best practice and quality service principles are adhered to on a daily basis.
  • Supervise and organise work as appropriate.
  • Supervise and maintain patient and service records.
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of operational policies, protocols and guidelines.
  • Participate in planning and development of the CT service in conjunction with other staff as appropriate.
  • Supervise the appointment system to ensure good workflow practices.
  • Ensure that appropriate screening procedures are adhered to.
  • Report and investigate the following as appropriate:
    1. Complaints from patients.
    2. Accidents involving staff, patients or members of the general public.
    3. Damage to equipment.
  • Promote and maintain a safe environment for patients and staff.
  • Promote the ALARA principle.
  • Maintain and update knowledge of European and national legislation and guidelines regarding medical ionising radiation protection.
  • Support and liaise on an on-going basis with the other Clinical Specialist Radiographer in CT to optimise the delivery of CT services.
  • The Clinical Specialist Radiographers in General CT and Trauma CT will deputise for each other.
  • Liaise on an on-going basis with Radiographic Services Manager to ensure smooth running of the Department. 
  • Any other duties as assigned by the Radiographic Services Manager.


  • Responsible for the supervision of all specialised work in the CT Department.
  • Identify training needs of new staff in equipment and procedures specific to CT.
  • Responsible for the training of all Radiographers and other staff as appropriate. Inform the Superintendent Radiographers of the progress of each Radiographer throughout their training. 
  • Contribute to the development of the CT service.
  • Participate in and support role extension as appropriate.
  • Prepare and review protocols for procedures. Ensure they are available to Radiographers.
  • Participate in the production and review of patient information material, e.g., patient information leaflets, patient information on the Hospital internet / intranet etc.
  • Ensure appropriate infection control measures are utilised where necessary.
  • Be skilled in the performance of intravenous cannulation and the operation of the automatic injector.
  • Maintain an up to date knowledge of radiographic, technical, safety and where appropriate clinical developments in CT and promote awareness of new developments.
  • Participate in research projects, clinical audit and service development initiatives.
  • Adhere to the Professional Code of Conduct for Radiographers.

Quality Assurance

  • Assist in the development and maintenance of a Quality Assurance Programme.
  • Ensure all equipment is in good working order and cleaned as appropriate.
  • Highlight and report equipment faults and problems to appropriate personnel.
  • Supervise all ancillary equipment.
  • Maintain all protective equipment.
  • Ensure that good radiation protection practices are observed for staff and patients.



Communication/Working Relationship

The post involves a high level of communication with staff inside the Radiology Department and also throughout the Hospital and other Hospitals. The Clinical Specialist Radiographer also has a key role in dealing with patients and patients’ relatives and family to address concerns and solve problems.



* The above Role Profile is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all duties involved and consequently the post holder may be required to perform other duties as appropriate to the post which may be assigned to him/her from time to time and to contribute to the development of the post while in office. This Role Profile will be subject to review in the light of changing circumstances.



Academic/Professional Qualifications and/or relevant Experience


Required :
(a) Possess a Degree in Radiography or the Diploma of the College of Radiographers*


(b) Possess a qualification at least equivalent to (a) above*




(c) Possess a recognised postgraduate qualification in CT and 3 years clinical experience in CT


(d) Have not less than six years clinical experience in CT


*Applicants are required to register with the Radiographers Registration Board of CORU, the Health and Social Care Professionals Council. 





  • Experience in the supervision of staff




Technical/Clinical Competencies



  • Radiographic skills to provide a comprehensive service to patients in CT
  • Working knowledge of radiation protection legislation and guidelines
  • Practical application of best practice guidelines and protocols in CT
  • Teaching skills to provide in-house training to Radiographers in CT
  • IT skills



  • ·         Basic life support




SJH Behavioural Competencies


Competency Required





Level Required






The following “Descriptors” are a further clarification of the behaviours required.  Candidates should use these descriptors as a “guide” when assessing their suitability for this role and also when preparing an example of where they have demonstrated this competency in the past for inclusion in the required Application Form.


Continuous Learning and Development





  • Demonstrates application of theory to practice; persuades others in this regard
  • Is self-directed in terms of learning and professional development
  • Provides constructive feedback to team members
  • Organises and structures environment to facilitate learning



Quality Service




  • Utilises research and evidence based practices when providing services
  • Shows resourcefulness, flexibility and initiative in difficult situations
  • Understands and respects the rights of service-users
  • Demonstrates compassion and consideration for hospital patients at all times





Up to 2


  • Actively listens, accurately reflecting back what was heard
  • Keeps key people informed, sharing information in a timely and open manner
  • Facilitates two-way communication between conflicting parties
  • Clearly and confidently articulates ideas and opinions and their underlying rationale



Team Player


Up to 2


  • Is open and approachable to discuss issues
  • Utilises team strengths and attributes in achieving goals
  • Encourages input from all team members
  • Helps others; proactively takes on different roles according to the needs of the team




Problem Solving and Decision Making





  • Able to act quickly to address urgent matters
  • Demonstrates lateral thinking to generate non-obvious solutions to problems
  • Consults with others to improve decision-making
  • Grasps how all decisions (both big and small) might affect other colleagues/customers, departments or the hospital



Leadership Potential



Up to 2


  • Shows strong initiative; can work outside of standard protocol when necessary
  • Leads by example – engenders trust and respect from others
  • Is energetic; has a positive “can-do” attitude
  • Can be directive without being dictatorial, i.e. can delegate effectively



Competency Desirable



Level Required



Appropriate Descriptors












Proficiency in the English language


A level of proficiency in the English language, written and spoken, is a requirement of all roles within St. James’s Hospital. You will be required to self assess your proficiency level in the Standard Application Form.  In addition,your proficiency in spoken English will be assessed during the interview process appropriate to the role available.




Particulars of Office

  1. 1.    The appointment to this post will be Permanent, Full-Time & Pensionable.
  2. 2.    Annual Leave allowance is 30 days per annum.
  3. 3.    The person appointed must not give less than one month’s notice, in writing, of intention to resign.
  4. 4.    Normal working hours will be 37 hours per week.
  5. 5.    You will be required to work the agreed roster / on call arrangements advised to you by your line manager.  Your contracted hours of work are liable to change between the hours of 8.00am - 8pm over seven days to meet the requirements for extended day services in accordance with the terms of the Framework Agreement.
  6. 1.  The Hospital Board will not be responsible for the loss or theft of personal belongings.
  7. 2.  Fire orders must be observed and staff must complete fire training every 2 years
  8. 3.  All accidents within the department must be reported immediately.
  9. 4.  In accordance with the “Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005”, all staff must comply with all safety regulations.
  10. 5.  St James Hospital  is a smoke free Campus. Smoking is not permitted within the Hospital Buildings or on the grounds.
General Conditions

In the course of your employment you may have access to or hear information concerning the medical or personal affairs of patients and/or staff, or other health services business. Such records and information are strictly confidential and unless acting on the instructions of an authorised officer, on no account must information concerning staff, patients or other health service business be divulged or discussed except in the performance of normal duty. In addition records must never be left in such a manner that unauthorised persons can obtain access to them and must be kept in safe custody when no longer required.




A candidate for and any person holding the office must be fully competent and capable of undertaking the duties attached to the office and be in a state of health such as would indicate a reasonable prospect of ability to render regular and efficient service.


Infection Control & Hygiene

It is the responsibility of all staff across the hospital to ensure that infection control and hygiene standards are adhered to and maintained at all times.



Recruitment Process

  • Approval to Hire (VAF process)
  • Hiring Manager – Role Profile
  • Advertising
  • Application Process (Standard Application Form)
  • Shortlisting of Candidates will be based on information provided in Standard Application Form
  • Interview Process
  • All applicants who move to the 2nd stage of the Selection process (i.e. post interview) will be subject to Reference Checking X 2, Self Declaration, Garda Clearance and Occupational Health Screening (Questionaire)
  • ·         All external successful candidates who take up appointment will be required to attend a 1 week Mandatory Induction Programme.


Application Procedure:

For External Applicants:


The Application Form is available under Allied Health Professional section of Careers webpage.


Alternatively, please contact the Human Resources Directorate for an application form, Phone: 01 416 2559


Please note closing date Sunday 15th October 2017receipt of completed application forms, C.V.s will not be accepted.


A panel may be formed from which future vacancies will be filled


St. James’ Hospital is an Equal Opportunities Employer





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