Trainee congenital echocardiographer
University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust
The closing date is 02 October 2022
At UHS we have a unique and exciting opportunity for a highly motivated and enthusiastic cardiac physiologist to join the congenital echocardiography team. This role will provide training for the individual to develop an expertise in congenital cardiac physiology, specialising in paediatric and adult congenital transthoracic echocardiography, whilst maintaining their adult echocardiography skills and supporting the adult echocardiography department.
We are looking for someone who has a keen interest in congenital cardiac physiology, and who is dedicated and motivated to learn and develop their echocardiography skills and knowledge. You will be working with neonates, children and adults of all ages in highly stressful and acute situations so excellent communication and interpersonal skills will be essential. The role will involve self-directed learning as well as working within the adult echocardiography team therefore a highly driven, organised and conscientious person will be required.
Main duties of the job
Attached you will find the person specification document which provides more detail about the essential and desirable skills and experience needed for this role. We highly recommend you review this document and use it when completing your application as these criteria are used by hiring managers as guidance during shortlisting.
For an overview of the main duties of the role please see the 'Job Description and Main Responsibilities' section below. To understand the day-to-day responsibilities in more detail please read the full job description document attached.
What we can offer you
As one of the largest acute teaching Trusts in England, we offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. UHS is rated 'Good' by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care.
All non-clinical roles may involve a mixture of on site and remote working, Specific details and flexible working options can be discussed as part of the interview process. UHS employees are able to access a range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata), and we offer a generous pension scheme.
Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and direct trains to London. The New Forest National Park and beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than London and 14 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted.
Your Responsibilities What youll do
Perform and report adult transthoracic echocardiograms to a high standard as per BSE guidelines
Undergo training to perform, interpret and report advanced transthoracic echocardiography in children and adults with congenital heart disease
Work towards EACVI Congenital Echocardiography accreditation
Maintain skills in another area of cardiac physiology to prevent RSI (e.g. Non-invasive cardiology (Holter analysis/Provocative testing))
University Hospital Southampton is a tertiary adult and paediatric/congenital centre. We are a BSE accredited department performing over 30 000 transthoracic echocardiograms (of which 25% are congenital) a year. We have a diverse team of specialist and highly specialist cardiac physiologists who are involved with a range of specialist roles including physiologist-led TOE, supporting interventional cases (PFO/ASD closures), physiologist led valve clinics and contract echocardiography.
Our department operates Monday to Saturday, with full time staff working 4 days per week. You will be asked to participate in the Saturday and Bank Holiday working on a rotational basis. You may be asked to work off-site, at community or peripheral clinics.What were looking for
- An individual with a good foundational knowledge of echocardiography including physics and instrumentation, the BSE minimum transthoracic dataset and methods to assess a broad range of common cardiac pathology.
- Enthusiasm, a keen interest and commitment to congenital cardiac physiology
- Desire to work with children
In addition to these attributes, you must hold a suitable qualification (BSc Clinical Physiology or equivalent) with at least 1 year post qualification experience in echocardiography. BSE accreditation in adult transthoracic echocardiography or equivalent is desirable but not essential. We would expect you to be working towards BSE or EACVI accreditation.
Applicants should be highly self-motivated and possess excellent interpersonal skills.Additional information
Interviews will be held on Thursday, 20 October 2022
Should you have any queries, please use the contact details below to get in touch.
Qualifications / training required
Previous or relevant experience necessary
Aptitudes and skills required
Values and behaviours
Special requirements of the post
Disclosure and Barring Service Check
This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.
Certificate of Sponsorship
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