Nuclear Medicine Consul (University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust)
Published on: January 16, 2023
This is an exciting opportunity for a consultant radiologist or physician to join our nuclear medicine team(including one consultant radiologist and one nuclear medicine physician) to provide specialist diagnostic and therapeutic nuclear medicine services. The team provide comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic services to the Plymouth region and across the Peninsula. The post will be based within Derriford Hospital, which is a major teaching hospital located on the outskirts of the city of Plymouth and is part of Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust.
We have 3 consultants (including this post), dedicated medical physics and technologist staff and 4 gamma cameras. We provide the full range of imaging, non-imaging and therapy procedures, including for children, and undertake some work for patients from neighbouring hospitals.
The department has a good track record of introducing new procedures and practices and optimising existing ones. Since 2002 we have introduced whole-body bone SPECT, SPECT-guided CT for bone scans, cardiac MIBG scans, 111In transferrin, 99mTc-DPD, 111In erythrocytes and platelets, HIDA scans with morphine provocation and 131I-MIBG, 223Ra and 177Lu-DOTATATE treatments. We are currently working to introduce 99mTc PSMA and 177Lu PSMA. The new post holder would be very welcome to make a significant contribution to continuing innovation.
Main duties of the job
The post is to share responsibility for provision of a comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic nuclearmedicine service with the existing consultants (1 radiologist, 1 physician).
The post holder should have experience in PET/CT reporting using both FDG and non-FDG tracers namelycholine, PSMA and amyloid.
The post holder will contribute to providing resilience to the therapy service working with the existingphysician; this will require an expectation for mutual cover of annual and study leave.The post holder will be required to run a weekly thyroid clinic for patients referred for 131I therapy forthyrotoxicosis and thyroid cancer, including treatment with thyroid hormones/antithyroid drugs as requiredand follow-up.
The post holder will be expected to perform 177Lu-DOTATATE treatment, including follow-up.The post holder will need to participate in 223Ra treatment, but for this further training could be given ifnecessary.A contribution to leading cardiac stress tests would be welcome. Further training for this can be given in house.The post holders will be expected to share the on-call commitment for nuclear medicine (only relating toadvice for PET scanning by phone) equally with the existing consultants.All radiology consultants are actively involved in teaching for the Peninsula Medical School and PeninsulaRadiology Training Program.The Trusthas a mentoring programme for new consultants.
The post offers the opportunity to live in an area of outstanding natural beauty with:o Highly desirable country and executive properties at realistic priceso An excellent standard of education from both state and private schoolso Good road and rail communicationso Easy access to the moors and the coasts of Devon and Cornwall
Any person who is unable to work full time for personal reasons, will be eligible to be considered for the post. Changes to the job plan and content would be discussed on a personal basis if such a person was appointed, in consultation with consultant colleagues. Suitably qualified job share candidates will receive proper consideration.
Candidates are welcome to visit the department.
If you have trained in the UK, you must be included in the GMC Specialist Register for Nuclear Medicine within 6 months of the interview. This post is not suitable for radionuclide radiologists with year 5 training only.
If you do not have an ARSAC license, please explain why you think you fulfil the requirements laid out in the ARSAC Notes for Guidance.
If you have trained overseas, please provide sufficient detail in your application to demonstrate that you can expect to be included in the GMC Specialist Register for Nuclear Medicine and to be granted an ARSAC practitioner license within 6 months of the interview.
Dr Lucy McGavin (Clinical Director for Imaging) on 01752 432460 / 33454 or Joan Audas Service Line Radiology Manager on 01752 432470
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