Post: Radiation Therapist
Reports To: Clinical Specialist RT
Accountability To: Operations Manager, Medical Director and all Managers and Clinical Staff
Overview of the Post
The Radiation Therapist, as a member of the multi-disciplinary team, is responsible for the preparation and treatment of patients with a cancer diagnosis or other benign conditions requiring radiotherapy, providing psychosocial support throughout the course of treatment. The Radiation Therapist is responsible for the justification of pre-treatment imaging and accurate treatment delivery. S/he must adhere to and implement all radiation safety regulations in their work environment, must assess the quality of their own work on a continuous basis and engage in continuous professional development in line with the state registration guidelines of CORU.
Responsibilities of the Post
- Maintains an atmosphere of caring, concern and support for patients of all ages, visitors, medical staff and co-workers on a consistent basis.
- Delivers radiation treatment according to written prescription and treatment plan. Provides safety in patient care through the consistent practice of Departmental Procedures for treatment administration. Recognises deviation from prescribed treatment delivery and reports all deviations to the Clinical Specialist/Physicist.
- Assures the quality of treatment delivery through the complete and accurate documentation of treatment records.
- Assures the quality and consistency of treatment by acquiring, interpreting and evaluating electronic images and implementing any required changes according to departmental procedures.
- Explains treatment procedures to patient and/or family. Refers medical questions to appropriate personnel.
- At the request of a Radiation Oncologist, performs CT simulation/clinical mark ups after identifying and performing the optimal and most appropriate immobilisation procedure for the specific patient. Responsible for the administration of oral contrast and IV contrast (with additional competencies) agents requested by a Radiation Oncologist for simulation procedures. Performs measurements for use during treatment calculation. Collects and documents data acquired during the simulation procedure and accurately inputs this data into ARIA.
- Assists in the orientation and supervision of students during clinical rotations. Assists the appointed Student Liaison Radiation Therapists in evaluation of student performance.
- Assists as needed in all treatment-related procedures. Assists at other UPMC locations as needed.
- Uses effective communication techniques and interpersonal skills to provide explanations for treatment-related procedures. Responds effectively to patient concerns. Observes patients for expected and unexpected reactions to treatments and communicates this to appropriate staff members. Reinforces patient education/side effect management information and indicates non-compliance to medical/nursing staff.
- Performs and documents daily and weekly QA activity for assigned equipment. Documents findings outside the range established by Physics. Notifies Clinical Specialist or appropriate senior member of the Radiation Therapy team immediately of findings outside the normal range of operations. Participates in programs to measure and improve the quality of care within the Department. Assists and attends departmental QA meetings.
- Attends multidisciplinary team meetings for coordination of patient care.
- Completes the daily treatment schedule. Maintains an accurate record of procedures, including billing information and codes.
- Maintains a safe, orderly treatment room.
- Provides on-call coverage for the treatment of patients in emergency situations.
- Be responsible for your own continuous professional development in line with the state registration guidelines of CORU.
Performs in accordance with system-wide competencies/behaviors. Performs other duties as assigned. Lives the UPMC Values
Qualifications: Completion of a qualification in Radiation Therapy recognised by the Radiographers Registration Board at CORU, see www.coru.ie.
Experience: 1 years’ experience desirable.
Job Specific Competencies and Knowledge:
Licensure/Certification: Irish / European / US / Canada appropriate license. Professional outlook
This job description is intended to be an outline of the areas of responsibility and deliverables at the time of its writing. As the Cancer Centre and the post holder develop, this job description may be subject to review in light of the changing needs of the Centre.