Locum Nuclear Medicine Technician Job In Birmingham
- West Midlands, United Kingdom
- Ref: VAC-56946
- Salary: £25-30
- Start Date: ASAP
- Division: Radiography
- Disciplines: Nuclear Medicine
At Globe Locums we have a range of Nuclear Medicine jobs on a locum and full-time basis. If you're a qualified Nuclear Medicine Technician seeking a new job opportunity, please take a look at our vacancies.
At Globe locums, our mission is to match highly qualified Nuclear Medicine Technicians & Radiographers with exciting locum and permanent Nuclear Medicine jobs. We are a clinician-led healthcare recruitment agency, which gives us valuable insight into the best nuclear medicine jobs available in the UK and abroad for clinicians. Although we operate from Central London, UK, we have a global reach and work with Nuclear Medicine Technicians & Radiographers of the highest standards to ensure the right person is dispatched for each job. We offer:
Nuclear medicine is a sub-division of radiography that uses small volumes of radioactive materials. These “radio-tracers” are usually injected into the blood stream, but can also be swallowed or inhaled. The pathway of the radioactive substance is followed by a radiographer or radiologist to assess the function of the body, and to identify or treat diseases.
There are some common applications for nuclear medicine, including the detection of an overactive thyroid, thyroid cancer, kidney disease, lymphomas and the spread of cancer to the bones. Unlike plain imaging, using radioactive materials allows radiographers to see not only the structure of the organs or systems, but how well they are functioning, too.
Nuclear medicine is highly specialised. If you would like to focus on this aspect of radiography long-term, choosing a permanent or locum job via Globe Locums can help you to successfully further your professional development.
To work in nuclear medicine, radiographers first need to be awarded a BSc in Diagnostic Radiography or similar. To work in radiography in the UK, you must be registered with the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC). Nuclear Medicine Technicians can however work without HCPC registration currently in the UK.
Applicants for Nuclear Medicine jobs should feel confident working in high-pressured environments with patients who may be very unwell. Excellent communication skills and a calm bedside manner are a must. Nuclear Medicine is fast developing with many technological advances, so radiographers & Technicians must be committed to keeping up to date with the latest research. Some radiographers & Technicians will choose to take on teaching roles or conduct their own research studies within a hospital setting to widen their own experience.
The starting salary for a radiographer is £24,907 per annum. To work in a nuclear medicine job role, a year’s experience post-graduation is generally required. At this stage, radiographers could see their salary rising towards £30,000. Locum Nuclear Medicine Radiographers and Technicians often receive a higher hourly rate than staffed members of the team. A locum could receive £25-38 per hour, with an uplifted rate for any shifts worked at night or over a weekend. The uplifted rate could be 1.3 to 1.5 times higher than the standard hourly rate.
The work pattern for a locum tends to be similar to that of a permanent member of staff in nuclear medicine. However, locum shifts tend to be more flexible, allowing locums to choose whether or not they work unsociable hours. There is also geographical flexibility, and the opportunity to select work within large teaching hospitals or smaller district general hospitals.
On the flip side, permanent staff may spend a long time building rapport with their team members and understanding the processes within the department. A locum needs to hit the ground running, quickly forging good working relationships and ensuring safe patient care at all times. Locums tend to earn a higher rate of pay, and may be able to experience a greater number of radiography specialties by being selective about the shifts worked. Locum work can be a great opportunity to become a well-rounded and experienced clinician within nuclear medicine. If you are considering working as a locum in a Nuclear Medicine job role, you can check out our latest available positions in the UK and Ireland.
Globe Locums is pleased to offer a range of highly respected jobs in nuclear medicine, with permanent and locum positions available. Within nuclear medicine, you may see patients with:
There has never been a better time to work in Nuclear Medicine. Due to a shortage in many countries, your skills are in high demand. By utilising Globe Locum's free service you will not only benefit from hearing about all the UK & world wide opportunities as they become available but you will also benefit from the excellent rates we pay our candidates.