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Consultant Radiation Oncologist, UPMC Ireland

  • Location: Across All Locations
  • Job ID: CROI001
  • Reports to: Medical Director, UPMC Ireland
  • Job Post Close Date: 30 September, 2022


The post holder will work as part of the UPMC Ireland network of UPMC Hillman Cancer centres as a Consultant Radiation Oncologist. The post holder’s primary location will be UPMC Whitfield Hospital.

Informal enquiries can be made to Mary Hickey, Director of Oncology Services UPMC Ireland at 


The post holder will be required:

. To participate in development of and undertake all duties and functions pertinent to the Consultant Radiation Oncologists scope of practice, as set out by the Medical Director, in line with policies as specified by the Employer. 
. To ensure that duties and functions are undertaken in a manner that minimises delays for patients and possible disruption of services. 
. To work within the framework of the hospital /or levels of service (volume, types etc.) as determined by the Employer and Medical Director. 
. To cooperate and help implement the service plan for the department and contribute to the evolution and improvement of the service. 
. To participate in the development and operation of the department and represent the UPMC positively. 
 . To provide, as appropriate, consultation in the Consultant’s area of designated expertise in respect of patients of other Consultants at their request. 
. To ensure in consultation with the Clinical Director that appropriate medical cover is available at all times.
. To supervise and be responsible for diagnosis, treatment and care provided by non-Consultant Hospital Doctors (NCHDs)/ RMOs treating patients under the Consultant’s care. 
. To participate in selection processes for non-Consultant Hospital Doctors and other staff as appropriate. 
. To participate in clinical audit and proactive risk management and facilitate production of all data/information required for same in accordance with regulatory, statutory and corporate policies and procedures. 
. To participate in and facilitate production of all data/information required to validate delivery of duties and functions and inform planning and management of service delivery. 
. To participate and contribute to legislative inspections and accreditation within the Radiotherapy department.

Responsibilities of the Post:
Managing Services 
. Contributes to the development of business and service plans to achieve service goals. Manages resources to ensure the delivery of safe and efficient services. 
. Manages people by providing direction, reviewing performance, motivating others and promoting equality and diversity. 
. Manages performance, holding themselves and others accountable for service outcomes. 

Setting Direction 
. Identify the contexts for change, demonstrating awareness of the political, social, technical, economic, organisational, and professional environment. 
. Applies knowledge and evidence, gathering information to produce an evidence-based challenge to systems and processes to identify opportunities for service improvement. 
. Makes sound evidence-based decisions consistent with the values and priorities of the organisation and profession. 
. Measures and evaluates outcomes taking corrective action where necessary and being accountable for decisions. 

Improving Services 
. Ensures patient safety by assessing and managing the risk to patients associated with service developments, balancing economic considerations with the need for patient safety. Critically evaluates services to identify where services can be improved, working individually or as part of a team. 
. Encourages improvement and innovation, creating a climate of continuous service improvement. 
. Facilitates transformation, actively contributing to change processes that lead to improved healthcare. 

Demonstrating Personal Qualities 
. Is aware of own values, principles and assumptions and is able to learn from experience. 
. Organises and manages self while taking account of the needs and priorities of others. 
. Learns through participating in continuing professional development and from experience and feedback. 
. Acts with integrity, behaving in an open, honest and ethical manner. 

Qualifications and Experience:

Key requirements of this post: 

. Clinical expertise as a Radiation Oncologist, as evidenced in CV through Fellowship in Radiation Oncology, and/or consultant experience to date, is expected. For this post, ideally the appointee will have additional skills in some advanced Radiation technique(s) such as brachytherapy and/or stereotactic radiotherapy.
. The new appointee will undertake both elective and emergency care of Radiation Oncology patients.
. The appointee will be expected to arrange his/her working schedule for the provision of outpatient care as part of the Radiotherapy Service. 
. This will comprise the clinical assessment and Radiotherapy opinion/decision to treat of all new patients referred- electively and as emergency. It will also include the design and evaluation of radiotherapy plans, the monitoring of patients on radiotherapy and clinical assessment of their outcome(s). It is envisaged that this appointee, in collaboration with colleagues, will also expand the advanced radiation services programme in accordance with his/her skill set. 
. The appointee will be expected to participate in clinical research and advance the developing oncology clinical trials portfolio within UPMC Ireland.
. Administration duties will include involvement in attending governance and departmental meetings, and the maintenance of quality of the service for which he/she has accountability.
. He/she will also be expected to contribute to the strategic planning of services based on caseload and case-mix of the department, technological developments, and optimal use of resources. 
. Develops networks and works in partnership with patients/service users, carers, and colleagues within and across systems to deliver and improve services.
. Builds and maintains relationships, listening, supporting others, gaining trust, and showing understanding. 
. Works within multidisciplinary teams to deliver care and improve services.

Person Specification 
Registration as a specialist in the Specialist Division of the Register of Medical Practitioners maintained by the Medical Council in Ireland in the specialty of radiation oncology. 

Entry to competition / recruitment process 
No candidate will be appointed as a Medical Consultant unless (s)he is registered as a Specialist in the Specialist Division of the Register of Medical Practitioners maintained by the Medical Council of Ireland 

A candidate for and any person holding the post must be fully competent and capable of undertaking the duties attached to the post and be in a state of health such as would indicate a reasonable prospect of ability to render regular and efficient service. 

A candidate for and any person holding the post must be of good character

Minimum 12 months full time clinical consultant experience

Job Specific Competencies and Knowledge:
Acts in accordance with the UPMC vision, mission, and values of the company and in compliance with the corporate policies and JCI quality standards

This job description is intended to be an outline of the areas of responsibility and deliverables at the time of its writing. As the Radiotherapy Centre and the post holder develop, this job description may be subject to review in light of the changing needs of the Centre. 

A $24 billion healthcare provider and insurer, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based UPMC is inventing new models of patient-centred, cost-effective, accountable care. Working in close collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences, UPMC shares its clinical, managerial and technological skills worldwide through its innovation and commercialisation arm, UPMC Enterprises, and through UPMC International. 
Providing high-quality healthcare in the South East since 2006, UPMC’s operations in Ireland now include UPMC Whitfield Hospital in Waterford, UPMC Kildare Hospital in Clane and UPMC Aut Even Hospital in Kilkenny. Outpatient care is available at the UPMC Carlow Outreach Centre, UPMC Hillman Cancer Centre radiotherapy locations at UPMC Whitfield and in Cork, the UPMC Sports Medicine Clinic at WIT Arena and the UPMC Concussion Network. UPMC is the Official Healthcare Partner of the GAA and GPA. 

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