There are facilities for use of iridium wires and hairpins, and low dose rate manual after-loading caesium sources. All these facilities are supported by computerised planning facilities, a modern Simulator and Mould Room and Workshop support, and rooms for patient planning and review. There is a dedicated session on the hospital CT scanner each week for radiotherapy planning, and in due course the department will acquire a CT in the department.
Chemotherapy facilities include on site Pharmacy, with cytotoxic preparation and a spacious dedicated out patient facility for drug administration. In-patient facilities are available for those requiring overnight administration, and Adelaide ward is the joint oncology and haematology ward.
During the first two years of the Training Scheme, trainees will be expected to attend the London MSc Course on a day release basis. Module A takes place on Fridays. In Year 2, Module B occurs on Thursdays.
Trainees will be expected to attend the formal Wednesday afternoon teaching sessions and play a part in organizing and delivering these.
: Presentation of audits and research is encouraged at a Local and National level in years 1-2 and Internationally in years 3-5.
The Training Programme Director will organise formal annual assessment of all trainees taking part in the Rotational Scheme, with the assistance of the Clinical Tutors, and Consultants involved in training.
There will also be an appraisal at the beginning and end of each six month attachment, to set objectives for the attachment and ensure satisfactory progress of the Trainee. Appraisal will also ensure that appropriate training is being delivered by the Oncology Departments.
This post is recognised for training for the Fellowship of the Royal College of Radiologists, leading to the Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT). Each post is for five years, with review after one year.
The Department recognises the importance of training for Specialist Trainees, and between one and two sessions per week are designated specifically for either study, or to develop research projects. There are opportunities to collaborate with the Radiobiology Research Institute, the CRUK, or develop clinical projects with the Department. On appointment, the Specialist Trainee will discuss his/her training needs with the College Tutor and Training Programme Director.