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Published 5th Oct 2011

James Cook University Hospital

A special careers open day is being held at The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough to highlight some of the careers available in the field of radiotherapy.

Radiotherapy and medical physics staff will once again throw open the doors of the busy radiotherapy department to offer advice on how to train in a career in therapy, radiography and medical physics on Saturday 8 October 2011. People are welcome to call into the department, which is located near to the north entrance at James Cook, between 10am and 1pm.

The different jobs and career choices available in radiotherapy will be highlighted and the careers day open to anyone interested in finding out more about radiotherapy and medical physics as a profession and the different training courses available to help them achieve this.

Everyone is welcome to come along and find out more about this exciting and interesting area as a career choice, including school leavers, college graduates, mature students and careers teachers.

The different career choices include:

  • Therapy radiographers – who plan and deliver treatment to patients
  • Medical physicists – who look at the science (physics) part of treatment such asdeveloping 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 will also outline the exciting multi-million redevelopment of cancer services at the Middlesbrough hospital which includes a new ‘stand-alone’ state-of-the-art radiotherapy centre and refurbishing areas of the existing department.

A new £2.5m TomoTherapy machine – an advanced CT scanner with a high-energy x-ray treatment beam that more accurately targets tumours is now operational.

As the department expands, so too will staffing numbers, but a national shortage of qualified and skilled staff means the team are keen to attract school and college leavers to consider careers in radiotherapy and medical physics.

Senior radiographer Hazel Newcombe said: “We’ve found in the past that people who train locally are more likely to stay in the area. As work on the radiotherapy and oncology development is now underway we really need to start growing our future workforce and encourage people to consider these professions.

”A lot of people are unaware of the different jobs available in this field, the event can signpost people to the courses which are available out there and once they’ve finished their training they will then be available for future careers in such roles either in this region or elsewhere in the country.

“As previous open days have been very successful and a number of students have gone on to do relevant degree courses, we have decided to run the open day again to increase awareness of this rewarding career path.”

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.



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