Radiotherapy careers open day

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The radiotherapy department at The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough is opening its doors to make people more aware of the wide range of careers available in this specialty.

The careers open day is being held on Saturday 3 November 2012 between 10am and 1pm to offer expert advice on 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 treatment to patients
  • Medical physicists – who look at the science (physics) part of treatment such as developing technology/techniques to show what is happening in the body 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 and a tour of the department concluding with a demonstration of VERT (a virtual environment of a radiotherapy treatment room). The tour lasts 45 minutes – the first starting at 10am and the last at 12.15pm.

The event will also highlight the multi-million redevelopment of cancer services at the Middlesbrough hospital which includes its new state-of-the-art radiotherapy centre.

Superintendent radiographer Melanie Clarkson said the team are keen to attract school and college leavers to consider careers in radiotherapy and medical physics who live locally in the North east to continue to expand the workforce.

She said: “A lot of people are unaware of the different jobs that exist in this field, but this event is designed to signpost people to the courses which are available.”

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