Under the leadership of the Radiation Therapy Clinical Manager lead and manage the local radiation therapy staff to ensure daily patient treatments and simulations are provided in an environment focused on safety, quality, and patient centered care. Collaborate with the local physician, clinical, and hospital leadership in the development and implementation of policies, protocols, and procedures that focus on effective patient care, efficient clinical operations, and supportive staff development. Maintain skills and proficiencies are maintained across all technologies, treatment modalities, and tumor types to ensure the ability to provide direct patient care, to advise on the delivery of patient care, and to provide assistance when needed.
Effectively services as the liaison between the therapist team and the physician and clinical leadership, and effectively serves as the liaison between the local therapist team and the Radiation Therapy Clinical Manager. General Description: The radiation therapist must adhere to Johns Hopkins Health System and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine policies, procedures, regulatory standards set forth by JCAHO, and HIPAA as well as the policies and procedures stated in the Radiation Therapist policy and procedure manual. The Lead Therapist takes responsibility for managing the efficiency and effectiveness of the therapist team at their assigned unit and works to promote exemplary standards of safety, efficiency and caring service. The Lead Therapist will be the primary RTT responsible for communicating to all parties as well as identify problems and discuss areas that could be improved within the radiation treatment process, develop potential solutions and communicate effectively with team members in both written and verbal forms.
Work requires interpersonal skills to deal effectively with Oncology patients for up to eighty percent of work time. Must have computer skills for simulation and treatment machines. Uses strong leadership skills to problem solve and effectively communicate with other staff members. Ability to read and interpret patient images and make appropriate decisions on patient set-up and alignment as well as determine when physician input is necessary.
Ability to provide leadership and guidance in identification, analysis and resolution of program-related problems. Ability to negotiate conflict and to offer diplomatic solutions when challenged. Ability to resolve philosophical and/or process problems among team members. Simultaneously support a number of complex projects. Ability to communicate effectively in writing and verbally.
o Liaison between the East Baltimore Radiation Oncology Department and the local site for all radiation therapy operations
o Participation in the development of universal policies and procedures
o Works with East Baltimore and local clinic leadership to insure high standard of technical performance and patient care.
o Supervises radiation therapy clinical spaces and workflows including radiation therapy operations within simulation and treatment rooms.
o In collaboration with East Baltimore, the local Department leadership, and the clinical staff, develops and enhances of appropriate therapist workflows associated with planning, quality assurance, safety, and protocol development.
o Implementation of policies and procedures including staff training, implementation oversight, and performance measurement
o Lead the implementation of local safety and quality programs including such programs as Variance Learning, Check List Utilization, Mosiaq Utilization, and EMR orders and note communication
o Work with Department leadership to plan and implement new clinical programs
Radiation Therapist staff management and development
o Oversee the performance of the local radiation therapy team including the establishment of performance standards, enhancement of staff engagement, and development of performance improvement if necessary
o Employee counseling: Investigates issues and discusses the issues and potential resolutions with the Radiation Therapy Clinical Manager. Responsible for implementing any resulting action items.
o Investigates unsatisfactory procedures or problems and makes recommendations for their solutions.
o Meet with each staff member at a minimum of twice annually to review performance and discuss development opportunities and/or needs
o Conducts Therapy Staff meetings: In coordination with physician leadership, create agendas, and schedule and facilitate meetings, minutes and follow-up.
o Ensure that all staff have appropriate training and competency across all equipment. Develops the rotational schedule for all therapist staff focusing on ensuring staff development, patient safety, and continuity of care
o Oversee the implementation of this training by ensuring that therapist rotations across the equipment is effectively management to ensure staff development, patient continuity and safety, and efficient utilization of equipment
o Determine and coordinate appropriate training opportunities at other sites
o In collaboration with the Radiation Therapy Clinical Manager, conduct annual performance evaluations, develop annual goals, and assist in any other human resource related activity
o Effectively manage vacation and leave calendars to ensure clinical coverage goals. Proactively work with Radiation Therapy Clinical Manager to address any current or anticipate gaps in staffing
o As a working therapist, ensure competency across machines with the ability to proactive assist at any time
o Oversee the management of the weekly schedule developed and implemented by the radiation therapy team
o Direct liaison with the local physicians, physicists, nurses, and dosimetrists team to address any challenges in the clinic include equipment performance, patient schedule challenges, emergent patient needs, etc. Implements recommendations and/or follow-up items regarding any therapy related patient issues
o Participate in local clinic huddles and attend appropriate staff meetings as the radiation therapist team lead.
o In cooperation with the physician and administrative leadership, maintains knowledge of hospital, local, and federal agency guidelines, educates the therapist team on the appropriate protocols, and collaborates with the local Department leadership in the site visit, including preparation. Examples include The Joint Commission and DC Department of Health.
o Participates with the local clinical leadership and the Department Director of Quality and Safety on the review of Variance Learning System data, on the facilitation of any Root Cause Analyses, and on the implementation on new safety and quality protocols.
o Works with physician and nursing leadership to ensure all therapist clinical space is maintained to support the appropriate preparedness for patient emergency needs.
o Maintains all equipment in safe, clean, and satisfactory working order by reporting all defects or deficiencies as they arise to physician leadership, local medical physics, and the Radiation Therapy Clinical Manager.
Registered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists in Radiation Therapy. -State certification for Medical Radiation Technologist. Five years (preferred) clinical experience in all modalities as a radiation therapist, three of which in a comprehensive cancer center.
Internal Number: 2494-en_US
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