Ever thought of a career in radiotherapy?

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The radiotherapy department at The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough is opening for a special career open day to highlight the careers working in radiotherapy.

Endeavour unit radiotherapy treatmentThe careers open day is being held on Saturday 14 September 2013 between 10am and 12.30pm to offer expert advice on the role and how to train in this specialist area.

Those interested in a career in radiotherapy – including school leavers, college graduates, mature students and careers teachers – are welcome to call into the department, which is located near to the north entrance at James Cook.

Career opportunities in radiotherapy include:

  • Therapy radiographers – who plan and deliver radiotherapy treatment to patients
  • Medical physicists – who look at the physics of treatment such as developing technology/techniques and planning complex treatment for cancer patients
  • Medical technologists – who are responsible for maintaining and servicing complex medical equipment used to diagnose or treat patients

The event includes information stands on each career and the opportunity to speak to staff from Sheffield Hallam University about the therapy radiographers course.

There will also be the opportunity to have a tour of the department concluding with a demonstration of the virtual environment of a radiotherapy treatment room (VERT). The tour lasts 45 minutes, the first starting at 10.15am and the last at 12 noon.

Superintendent radiographer Melanie Clarkson said: “The team is keen to attract school and college leavers considering careers in radiotherapy and medical physics who live locally in the North east to continue to expand the local workforce.

“A lot of people are unaware of the different jobs that exist in this field, and this event is designed to give an insight into the professions and signpost people to the courses which are available. We encourage anyone interested to come along and find out more.”

The radiotherapy and oncology department delivers an integrated service to a population of approximately one million, extending through Teesside and parts of County Durham and North Yorkshire.

For further information contact Melanie Clarkson by email melanie.clarkson@stees.nhs.uk.