Clinical academic and honorary consultant in PET Imaging
This is an exciting opportunity to join the team running a high-quality PET/CT and PET/MR service at the King’s College London (KCL) and Guys and St Thomas’ PET Centre based at St Thomas’ Hospital and at the Guy’s Cancer Centre. The appointee should be fully trained and have extensive experience in clinical PET imaging with relevant nuclear medicine and / or radiology training and have experience and commitment to academic activities including research and teaching.
Clinical duties will be shared with the other clinical members of the team and include reporting and MDM attendance. In addition to clinical duties, the appointee will assist with teaching of visiting postgraduate doctors, staff groups within the PET Centre and contribute to teaching in the School, including the MSc in Nuclear Medicine. The post-holder will be expected to contribute to research and medical audit within the department and encouraged to develop their own research interests. The appointee will interact with the clinical team, other key PET Centre staff and academic colleagues in the School of Biomedical Engineering and Imaging Sciences. The appointee will maintain continuous professional development and revalidation as required by the employer and the General Medical Council for registration. The appointee with have inductions from both GSTT and KCL. They will also have a local induction into the department and will have a named academic mentor during the probation period.
This post will be offered on an indefinite contract
This is a full-time post (40 hours per week)
- Activities related to Clinical PET service (clinical diagnostic work and consultant support of the clinical service)
- MDM attendance or cover
- Academic activity – teaching and research proportional to academic time in job plan (up to 50%)
The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.
Skills, knowledge, and experience
1. Full GMC registration with licence to practice and eligible for entry on Specialist Register for Nuclear Medicine or Radionuclide Radiology
2. MRCP(UK) or an equivalent qualification
3. Ability to hold an ARSAC licence for PET radiopharmaceuticals
4. Independent reporting of oncological PET studies
5. MDM experience
6. Commitment to undergraduate and post graduate teaching and training
7. Commitment to leading and supporting research
8. Understanding of the concepts and application of clinical governance
9. Commitment to and understanding of service improvement activity
1. MSc in Nuclear Medicine
2. Non-oncological PET experience and expertise
3. Teaching and research experience and training
All KCL employed clinical academics are employed as Clinical Lecturers (or at a higher level depending on academic experience and credentials) and will be expected to maintain academic output (e.g. teaching hours, research outputs, involvement in grant applications) proportional to academic time in the job plan and will be eligible for REF submission. Participation at a formal KCL teacher training course may be required depending on experience. A 3-year academic probation period applies.
The King’s College London and Guy’s & St Thomas PET Centre
The PET Centre is part of both Guy's & St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust and the School of Medicine, King's College London where it is department in the School of Biomedical Engineering and Imaging Sciences. It is one of the leading clinical PET centres in the UK with a large and varied clinical service and a substantial and expanding research track record. Our work includes providing a clinical PET service for patients under the NHSE PET II national contract and carrying out clinically related research with collaborators from the Hospital, the Medical School and other institutions. We currently scan in the region of 8000 patients annually. Facilities include a cyclotron and radiochemistry facility for production of routine clinical and research radiotracers in addition to a scanning facility with 2 GE PET-CT Discovery 710 scanners (St Thomas’), a Siemens Biograph PET-CT scanner (Guy’s Cancer) and a Siemens MMR PETMR scanner (St Thomas’).
Key to the operation of the centre is a team of specialist staff covering a wide range of disciplines including clinicians and radiographers, and radiochemistry, medical physics, computing, administrative and technical staff. Several of these staff hold academic appointments in the School of Biomedical Engineering and Imaging Sciences.
Members of the unit are active in many professional bodies and committees on issues relating to PET scanning and how it is used. The department has authored international and national clinical recommendations on the application of PET/CT and houses the UK PET Core Lab for Clinical Trials supported by the Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre.
The current Consultants in the department are
Prof Alexander Hammers, Head of PET services
Prof Gary Cook, Professor in PET Imaging and Honorary Consultant PET Imaging
Prof Sally Barrington, Professor in PET Imaging and NIHR Professor and Honorary Consultant PET Imaging
Dr. Sugama Chicklore, Clinical Lead PET Imaging, Clinical Lecturer and Honorary Consultant PET Imaging
Dr.Malene Fisher, Senior Clinical Lecturer and Honorary Consultant PET Imaging
Dr. Manil Subesinghe, Clinical Lecturer and Honorary Consultant PET Imaging
Dr. Eliana Reyes, Clinical Lecturer PET Imaging
The department is also supported by 4 other consultants from CLIMP directorate (Clinical Imaging and Medical Physics)/GSTT (15 PA).
Research. The PET centre has an active research programme involving basic science (instrumentation, chemistry, data analysis) and imaging in oncology, neurology, cardiology, bone metabolism and inflammation and infection. Routinely used tracers include [13N]ammonia, [18F]fluoride, [18F]FDG, [18F]fallypride, [18F]choline, [18F]FLT, [68Ga]PSMA and [68Ga]dotatate for clinical and research applications.
Current sources of research funding include EPSRC, MRC, Wellcome, Cancer Research UK, BCN, PCUK, EU F7, DoH and BHF. Medical and scientific staff make regular contributions at major international conferences and to leading journals.
Teaching. The PET Centre supports Clinical Fellows, radiology and nuclear medicine trainees, MD and PhD students and Clinical Research Fellows. Staff contribute to both undergraduate medical teaching and the School's portfolio of masters training programmes including MSc in Radiopharmaceutics and PET Radiochemistry, MSc in Nuclear Medicine Science, MSc in Medical Engineering and Physics, and MRes in Medical Imaging Sciences. The Centre also regularly provides training for visiting physicians, radiologists and scientists.
The job plan will include at least 50% clinical work (reporting/MDM/SPA). Evening reporting (until 18:30) will be required on one day per week. The amount of academic time in the job plan may depend on the relevant experience and individual negotiations but approximately 50% is expected.
The job plan will be negotiated between the consultant and his/her clinical director and Head of School at least annually.
• Please note this a proposed job plan but may be adjusted to ensure clinical provision relates to the other consultants employed by GSTFT and KCL at the time of appointment. There is no on-call provision.
This post is subject to Disclosure and Barring Service and Occupational Health clearance.