Consultant Radiologist Post
1. NHS Tayside
NHS Tayside was established on 1st April 2004. It is composed of a single system operating and
delivery structure with responsibility for secondary care and primary care services. NHS Tayside
continues the effective provision of a comprehensive range of core health services previously provided
by Tayside University Hospitals NHS Trust and Tayside Primary Care Trust to the local population of
Dundee, Perth and Kinross, Angus and North East Fife, and it delivers a number of specialist services
for Tayside region and beyond. There are five principal hospitals - Ninewells Hospital and Medical
School, Perth Royal Infirmary, Stracathro Hospital, Arbroath Infirmary and Dundee Dental Hospital and
School. It has an outstanding reputation for undergraduate and postgraduate medical and dental
education, and provides training for nurses, paramedical and technical staff.
NHS Tayside embraces a wide spectrum of clinical specialties and is at the forefront of service
provision and cutting edge research in many areas. It has a workforce of around 14,000 and a £750
million budget. As a major cancer centre it has benefited from significant investment. A particular
feature of the hospital is the world renowned Minimal Access Therapy and the Surgical Skills Unit.
Biomedical research is a strength of Dundee University especially in the area of basic research into
cancer and vascular disease. A Clinical Research Centre has opened on the Ninewells site with a
dedicated 3T MRI and a PET CT scanner operational from February 2010. A Medipark is adjacent to
the Ninewells site to promote ancillary technological advances.
2. NHS Tayside Management Arrangements
NHS Tayside Board
Chairman Mr. S. Watson
Chief Executive Professor W.J. Wells
Medical Director Dr. A. Russell
NHS Tayside Delivery Unit:
Chief Operating Officer: Mr. G. Marr
Associate Medical Directors: Mr. Nick Townell
Dr. John Colvin
Dr. David Johnston
Associate Medical Director: Mr. Nick Townell
General Manager: Ms. Lorna Wiggin
Joint Clinical Directors: Dr. Alan Cook/Dr. W. Bartlett
Clinical Service Manager Mr. T. Chima
Tayside Radiology Clinical Leader Dr. G. Main
Angus Radiology Co-ordinator Dr. J. Tainsh
Dundee Radiology Co-ordinator Dr. S. Chakraverty
Perth Radiology Co-ordinator Dr. K. Fowler
CT Lead Dr. I. Zealley
MRI Lead Dr. G. Houston
Ultrasound Lead Dr. S. Sanjay
The management structure of NHS Tayside Delivery Unit is configured as three directorates, Access,
Surgery and Medicine. Each Directorate is composed of a number of groups. The Diagnostics group
includes Clinical Radiology along with Microbiology, Haematology, Biochemistry, Immunology, Virology
and Medical Physics.
2. Clinical Radiology Service
Clinical Radiology is part of the Access Directorate and has responsibility for the provision of
radiological services throughout NHS Tayside with major departments in Ninewells Hospital, Perth
Royal Infirmary, Stracathro Hospital and Arbroath Infirmary. There is a GP access plain film unit at
Kings Cross hospital. In addition, radiographic services are provided on smaller sites.
NHS Tayside management recognise the pivotal role of Clinical Radiology in the provision of high
quality clinical services and are committed to the development of our services. This is reflected in
the recent upgrading of the departments at Ninewells, Perth and Stracathro, their support of
clinical radiology specialist registrar training and the implementation of the Tayside Acute Services
Strategy with the complete redevelopment of the imaging department at Stracathro. Advanced
development of a Tayside-wide PACS as part of the Scottish PACS implementation is in place.
Services in Angus, Dundee and Perth are delivered on a filmless basis.
Skill mix is supported with radiographers trained to perform barium enemas and IV injections in CT,
MRI and IVU. A number of qualified sonographers are employed across the area.
Clinical Radiology in Angus
The main radiological services are delivered from Stracathro hospital and Arbroath Infirmary.
Radiologist input in Angus is delivered by Dr. John Tainsh, Dr. S. Sanjay and Dr. K. Brauer along
with support from other consultants. These consultants also have sessional commitments to
The Stracathro radiology department has completed a major refurbishment. A 1.5 Tesla Siemens
Avanto MRI unit was installed in January 2006. A Philips diagnost eleva fluoroscopy unit was
installed in December 2005. A Wolverson arcoma plain film unit connected to a fuji CR system
was installed in December 2005. There are two ultrasound units, both Siemens antares which
were installed in March 2003 and November 2005. A 64-slice GE CT scanner was installed in
February 2009. All reception, patient areas and offices were newly built as part of the
development. The whole new department opened on its new site in Stracathro Hospital in January
There is no on-call radiological requirement for Angus and Angus based radiologists contribute to
the Dundee on-call service.
Stracathro hospital itself is being developed as an ambulatory diagnostic centre. Following the
withdrawal of acute medical and surgical specialities, Stracathro’s role in Tayside has been
redefined and there is committed substantial development of the site to operate as an outpatient
diagnostic centre. Outpatient planned day surgery is provided on site.
The radiology department in Arbroath infirmary has completed a refurbishment with a redeveloped
ultrasound room. It has a digital fluoroscopic room and a Siemens antares ultrasound unit was
installed in March 2006. The examinations are predominantly from outpatient clinics and general
practitioner referral along with a small number of inpatients from the geriatric unit at Arbroath.
The departments have full radiographic support. Mrs. Lynda Marshall is clinical specialist 1
sonographer/Angus radiography manager, Mrs. Ilona Graham is clinical specialist 1 sonographer
and Mrs. Lorna Anderson is the highly specialist radiographer in CT. Mrs. Linda Dickerson is the
specialist radiographer at Arbroath.
Clinical Radiology in Dundee
Consultant Radiologists in Dundee Special Interests
Dr. Raj Bhat Vascular/Intervention
Dr. John Brunton Head/neck, oncology imaging and radionuclide
Dr Roddy Cameron Chest and uroradiology
Dr. Sam Chakraverty Vascular/Intervention
Dr Alan Cook Breast Imaging
Dr Bob Doull Uroradiology
Dr Graeme Houston MRI & Vascular/Intervention
Dr Gavin Main Neuroradiology & Paediatrics
Dr Alan McCulloch GI radiology
Dr Barry Oliver Musculoskeletal, MRI
Dr. Prasad Guntur Ramkumar Cardiac Nuclear Medicine
Dr. Thiru Sudarshan Oncology imaging, head and neck imaging
Dr Tom Taylor CT, GI & Chest radiology
Dr Christine Walker Musculoskeletal & Breast Imaging
Dr. George Watson Vascular/Intervention
Dr. Ian Zealley Vascular/Intervention
Tayside Radiology Clinical Leader: Dr Gavin Main
Dundee Radiology Co-ordinator: Dr. Sam Chakraverty
Dundee Radiography Manager Mrs. Jane Williams-Butt
Senior Charge Nurse: Mrs. Jane Neill
The main department at Ninewells has been substantially developed over recent years. There are
2 G.E. 64-slice CT units which were installed in February 2009. There are 2 MRI scanners, a
Siemens Magnatom Avanto 1.5 Tesla installed in November 2004 and an upgrade for the
Symphony to the Symphony 1.5 Tesla Maestro class system in December 2004. There are two
vascular units, one is in a theatre style environment. Both are Siemens Artis dTA units with flat
plate detectors. The first was installed in November 2004 and the second in April 2005. There is
also a Philips MD Eleva C-arm digital fluoroscopy room, which was installed in December 2004.
There is a Siemens ICONOS digital fluoroscopy unit. In addition there are four plain film rooms.
The A & E x-ray department includes specialised plain film equipment in the resuscitation room. To
coincide with the closure of in-patient facilities in Kings Cross Hospital a new x-ray room has been
built in Ninewells which incorporates digital imaging.
There is a 4 room ultrasound suite which is integral to the department containing three Siemens
antares units installed in March 2006 and one Siemens S 2000 unit installed in April 2009.
As the PACS implementation is complete, all modalities are now reported from workstations
without the need for film.
Clinical Radiology in Perth
The main radiological service is provided from Perth Royal Infirmary. There are limited plain film
facilities at the community hospitals in Blairgowrie, Crieff and Aberfeldy. All general radiology
including reporting, ultrasound and CT is shared between the consultant radiologists, who also
have a range of special interests. There is further activity in MRI supported by other Tayside
The on call work is shared equitably between 7 whole time equivalents consultants based at Perth
Royal Infirmary. This equates to a frequency of 1 in 5.65 on call when prospective cover for annual
and study leave is included.
Consultant Radiologists in Perth Special Interests
Dr Martin Barta CT, MRI
Dr Janet Flinn (part-time) Breast Imaging, CT, Ultrasound
Dr Kenneth Fowler CT, MRI, Breast Imaging
Dr Peter Gamble GI, US, CT, Interventional
Dr. Avinash Kanodia MRI, CT, Neuroradiology
Dr Suzanne McClelland (part-time) CT, MRI
Dr Robin Pearson CT, MRI, Neuro, GI
Dr. Kenneth Fowler is the Perth clinical radiology co-ordinator.
Perth based radiologists are on call for the provision of emergency radiology services in Perth.
Senior Radiographic Staff in Perth
Superintendent Radiographer/Radiographer Manager Mr. Douglas Mitchell
Superintendent 3 Miss Beryl Pritchard
Superintendent 3 (CT Scanning) Mrs. Linda Cruickshank
Ultrasound Clinical Specialist I Mrs. Margaret Taylor
Ultrasound Clinical Specialist II Mrs. Gill Millar
The Department of Radiology in Perth Royal Infirmary comprises:
• Fluoroscopy – Siemens Axiom Luminos TF installed October 2008
• Fluoroscopy – Siemens D40 remote control table with Fluorospot digital imaging (including
• General – IGE
• Dual couch tomography/IVU – Siemens
• General/A&E – Siemens Orbix
• Mammography –Siemens Novation full field digital mammography unit and Opdima stereotactic
biopsy unit installed April 2006
• Dental – Philips OPG, Siemens IO unit
• Toshiba Aquilion TSX101A 64 multislice CT scanner with 2 Vitrea workstations installed
• 2 Siemens antares scanners both installed in March 2006
Siemens antares scanner March 2007
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Siemens Avanto 1.5 T Class fully specified unit was installed in April 2009.
3. East of Scotland Postgraduate Clinical Radiology specialist registrar,
student radiographer and nurse training schemes
NHS Tayside is accredited by the Royal College of Radiologists for Higher Training in Clinical
Radiology. The scheme is run in conjunction with Edinburgh for year 1 training and some
specialist blocks. There are currently 12 radiology SpR NTNs. The specialist registrars are trained
at Ninewells, Perth Royal Infirmary, Stracathro hospital and Arbroath Infirmary.
The academic lectures to support training before sitting parts 1 and 2a of the FRCR exam as well
as some subspecialty blocks are delivered in Edinburgh.
Regional Postgraduate Education Adviser Dr. Tom Taylor
Tayside Programme Training Director Dr. George Watson
Angus College Tutor Dr. Sukumara Sanjay
Ninewells College Tutor Dr. Ian Zealley
Perth College Tutor Dr. Robin Pearson
Specialist Registrar Year Started
Dr. P. Coates 2005 (Royal Navy additional post)
Dr. W. Erng 2005
Dr. N. Thomas 2005
Dr. G. Ananthakrishnan 2006
Dr. A Leslie 2006
Dr. G. McCreadie 2006
Dr. A. Romsaurova 2007
Dr. R. White 2007
Dr. S. Pal 2007
Dr. A. Gatt 2008
Dr. M. Budak 2009
Dr. M. Szwczyk-Bieda 2009
Student radiographer training
The department is involved in the training of diagnostic radiography students as part of their
Robert Gordon University BSc course. In year 2008/2009 a total of 21 student radiographers were
in attachments, 4 in first year, 4 in second year, 5 in third year and 8 in fourth year. There are also
2 Healthcare Academy students present within the department.
4. Academic radiology
Research and Development
Clinical radiology has a key role in the Tayside research and development activity undertaken
across a broad range of clinical specialities. Over the last 5 years, individuals within the radiology
department have been involved in obtaining £4.6 million in grants associated with multidisciplinary
collaborative projects developed with other departments and centres. The department is actively
involved in several ongoing national multi-centre trials in association with other university and NHS
departments. These are focused on predominantly MRI and vascular topics. In addition the
department undertakes CT, ultrasound and plain film examinations as part of multicentre and local
research projects conducted primarily by other departments. Current departmental research
activities have a particular emphasis in joint projects with the departments of clinical
Pharmacology, Vascular Medicine and Surgery in vascular imaging, and with the oncology
departments in cross sectional imaging and with neurosciences in neuro imaging. The department
has established links with non-radiological post graduate students who are researching aspects of
imaging which inter-relate with areas of their specialist research interest, and there are students
working in the department who are studying for MSc, MD and PhD degrees.
Dundee University has a new medical curriculum and achieved the highest award of “excellent” in
the SHEFC Assessment. Undergraduate teaching in radiology involves formal lectures, student
attachments, special study modules and integrated teaching.
The University of Dundee in collaboration with NHS Tayside opened a Clinical Research Centre
(CRC) in May 2008. This contains a Siemens 3 Tesla MRI scanner and a Siemens PET CT
operational from February 2010. The clinical research centre represents a major investment by
the University of Dundee and NHS Tayside and its anticipated that there will be heavy utilisation of
imaging aimed at facilitating joint clinical/imaging research activity across the university and NHS.
NHS radiologists support imaging based research in the CRC and this will increase with the
appointment of a planned additional consultant.
The University plans has created 2 professors in imaging. Professor Andrew Evans started in
November 2009 and Professor Graeme Houston took up post in December 2009. These positions
are intended to link between the NHS clinical department and the university to facilitate academic
and research activity throughout clinical radiology and continue to build expertise in the fields of
imaging as an integral component of our cancer, cardiovascular and neurosciences research
5. East of Scotland Vascular Network (ESVN)
The ESVN is a developing Managed Clinical Network for the care of patients with vascular disease
in the Tayside and Fife Health Board Areas covering a total population of 750,000. Out-patient
services are delivered at multiple localities in Tayside and Fife. In-patient services are based on a
dedicated 24 bed ward at Ninewells Hospital and an 18 bed ward at Queen Margaret Hospital. All
emergency services are centralised at Ninewells Hospital. Fife-based surgeons rotate to Ninewells
when on call, and during this time, their elective work is performed in Fife by rotating Tayside-
based surgeons. There are currently 6 vascular surgeons, 4 vascular physicians and 5
radiologists with a vascular/interventional interest contributing to network services. Vascular
laboratory services are present on all sites. One of the vascular surgeons is trained in
endovascular techniques and performs a list within the Radiology department at Ninewells. All
patients from Fife and Tayside undergoing radiological and surgical investigations and treatments
are discussed at a weekly multidisciplinary meeting at Ninewells which is linked to rapid clinic
review. There are regular surgical audit meetings and close links and regular vascular access
meetings with nephrology services on both sites. TIA clinics are run in close co-operation with the
6. East of Scotland Breast Screening and Imaging Service
Breast screening is combined with the Dundee and Angus symptomatic breast service in one
breast imaging unit which is separate from the main radiology department. Managerially, this unit
is within the Surgical Directorate. Dr. John Colvin is the Associate Medical Director, and within
breast imaging Mr. Douglas Brown, consultant surgeon is Clinical Leader. Dr. Denis McLean is a
full time dedicated breast radiologist and is involved in the screening and symptomatic breast
services. Dr. Katrin Brauer, Dr. Alan Cook and Dr. Christine Walker each have input into breast
screening. Mrs. Elizabeth Stormonth has an extended departmental role and undertakes
screening mammography film reporting and stereotactically guided core biopsy.
In Perth Royal Infirmary the surgical and radiology departments deliver all symptomatic breast
services and have developed a one-stop service. Dr Janet Flinn and Dr Kenneth Fowler are the
The breast services are delivered by a multi-disciplinary team with breast surgeon, breast clinician,
specialist breast nursing, and pathologist and radiologist input. The symptomatic service has
weekly multi-disciplinary team review meetings.
7. Nuclear Medicine Service
The Nuclear Medicine Department in Ninewells is one of the busiest in Scotland. It provides the
full range of diagnostic imaging studies, laboratory based studies and Nuclear Medicine therapies
with unsealed sources.
The imaging department is located in the polyclinic complex adjacent to Radiology. At present it
has three gamma cameras which perform approximately 7100 imaging studies per year. The
department possesses one single headed GE Millenium camera, one dual headed variable
geometry Picker Axis camera with attenuation correction capabilities and a new GE Infinia
Hawkeye dual headed variable geometry camera.
Plans are established to developing a nuclear medicine department in PRI and to relocate nuclear
medicine to a new build site in Ninewells.
The imaging service supports virtually all of the clinical specialties across Ninewells, the Royal
Victoria Hospital, PRI and Stracathro sites. We are supported and supplied by an on-site
radiopharmacy which also provides the sterile product handling required to provide a labeled white
cell scan service.
The Department has a total of 10 PA’s from a combination of a Nuclear Medicine Physician, Dr.
John Davidson and a Consultant Radiologists Dr John Brunton and Dr. Prasad Guntur Ramkumar.
There are three Medical Physicists, 8 whole time equivalent Nuclear Medicine MTO’s, 2 Grade E
staff nurses and 1.5 w.t.e A&C staff.
The imaging service provides a comprehensive range of investigations including bone scans, V/Q
lung scans, myocardial perfusion imaging, isotope renography, MUGA, labeled white cell
scintigraphy, DaT scans, thyroid and parathyroid imaging, MIBG scans and Octreotide scans.
The Department is actively and enthusiastically involved in teaching at both and undergraduate
and postgraduate level. The Department is heavily committed to the training programme of
Specialist Registrars in Radiology based in Ninewells and is one of only two recognised training
centres in the East of Scotland.
The Department also continues to have a number of research projects made up of NHS clinical
projects and commercially funded studies.
8. Duties of the Posts
Successful applicants will be expected to:
• work flexibly with other members of the imaging teams;
• participate in the work of the departments as allocated on the duty roster (see appended job
plans which are subject to annual review).
• participate in the provision of the on call service;
• contribute to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching;
• participate in audit and research activity;
• support clinical-radiological meetings;
• undertake the administrative duties associated with the care of his/her patients and the running
of his/her department;
• be flexible in any future discussion re: allocation of duties.
9. Conditions of Service
The terms and conditions of employment will be subject to the Terms and Conditions of Service for
Consultant Grade (Scotland) and the General Whitley Council conditions of service, both as
amended from time to time.
Membership of the NHS Superannuation scheme is not compulsory, but all medical and dental
staff are entitled to choose if they wish to join the scheme. Until such time as a positive option not
to join the scheme is expressed, a member of staff will be regarded as a member of the scheme
from the first day of service. This will not affect any individual rights to make alternative
arrangements. Initially, the employment covered by this contract will be contracted out of the State
The appointment will be on a whole-time or maximum part-time basis at the option of the
The post holder requires to be a car user.
Working in Tayside provides opportunities for a full and active lifestyle. There is a good supply of
affordable quality housing in Tayside. There are many opportunities with leisure and educational
pursuits with easy access to fine countryside but also good transport links to the rest of Scotland
10. Responsibility for Records Management
All records created in the course of the business of NHS Tayside are corporate records and are
public records under the terms of the Public Records (Scotland) Act 1937. This includes email
messages and other electronic records. It is your responsibility to ensure that you keep appropriate
records of your work in NHS Tayside and manage those records in keeping with the NHS Tayside
Records Management Policy and with any guidance produced by NHS Tayside specific to your
Applications should be submitted in the form of 7 CV’s (including the supporting documents
available from the NHS Scotland Recruitment website) to Imogen Scott, Workforce Services Team
Leader, Workforce Directorate, NHS Tayside, Level 9, Ninewells Hospital, Dundee, DD1 9SY by
20 July 2010.
12. Further Information
For further information on Tayside please visit the following websites:
29 June 2010