Specialist Cardiac Physiologist - Echocardiography

University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust

The closing date is 02 October 2022

Job summary

We are looking for a motivated, enthusiastic and conscientious Specialist Cardiac Physiologist to join our echocardiography team. This role will provide valuable opportunities to develop skills in transthoracic echocardiography, and once BSE-accredited, further development in areas such as contrast echocardiography and physiologist-led services.

We are a vibrant and diverse BSE-accredited department, collectively performing around 30,000 echocardiograms each year on all ages. Our team are involved in a wide range of specialist services including congenital and paediatric echocardiography, TOE, stress echo, and physiologist-led clinics. We pride ourselves on actively supporting continual professional development through educational and mentoring sessions.

Our department operates Monday to Saturday. Full time staff work 4 days per week. You may be asked to participate in Saturday and bank holiday working on a rotational basis with a compensatory day off during the week.

Main duties of the job

YOUR MAIN DUTIES

You can read an overview of the main duties of the role in the section below: Job Description and Main Responsibilities.

To understand the role in more detail please read the full job description and person specification documents attached.

About us

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.

We support flexible working and will consider requests taking into account the needs of the service. 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.

Date posted

31 August 2022

Pay scheme

Agenda for change

Band

Band 6

Salary

£33,706 to £40,588 a year pa

Contract

Permanent

Working pattern

Full-time

Reference number

188-NM3767

Job locations

Southampton General Hospital

Tremona Road

Southampton

SO14 2AA


Job description

Job responsibilities

YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES WHAT YOULL DO

Your key responsibilities will include:

  • Performing and reporting adult transthoracic echocardiograms to a high level.
  • Taking on additional supporting management roles within the echo department.
  • Working towards local sign off to scan and report adult transthoracic echocardiograms.
  • Working towards BSE accreditation in transthoracic echocardiography.
  • Starting to gain experience in speciality echo areas.

A full list of your roles and responsibilities can be found within the Job Description document.

WHAT WERE LOOKING FOR

There are 3 key attributes we are looking for:

  • 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 to continue your professional development and evidence of this.
  • Excellent team player.

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 accreditation.

RCCP/HCPC/AHCS registration is desirable.

Applicants should be highly self-motivated and possess excellent interpersonal skills.

Evidence of post qualification CPD is essential.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Interviews will be held on Friday, 21 October 2022

Should you have any queries, please use the contact details below to get in touch.

Job description

Job responsibilities

YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES WHAT YOULL DO

Your key responsibilities will include:

  • Performing and reporting adult transthoracic echocardiograms to a high level.
  • Taking on additional supporting management roles within the echo department.
  • Working towards local sign off to scan and report adult transthoracic echocardiograms.
  • Working towards BSE accreditation in transthoracic echocardiography.
  • Starting to gain experience in speciality echo areas.

A full list of your roles and responsibilities can be found within the Job Description document.

WHAT WERE LOOKING FOR

There are 3 key attributes we are looking for:

  • 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 to continue your professional development and evidence of this.
  • Excellent team player.

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 accreditation.

RCCP/HCPC/AHCS registration is desirable.

Applicants should be highly self-motivated and possess excellent interpersonal skills.

Evidence of post qualification CPD is essential.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Interviews will be held on Friday, 21 October 2022

Should you have any queries, please use the contact details below to get in touch.

Person Specification

Qualifications / training required

Essential

  • BSc or MSc Clinical Physiology (Cardiology) OR HNC/ HTEC in Medical Physics/Physiological Measurement plus specialist courses and equivalent experience OR equivalent
  • Working towards British Society of Echocardiography TTE Level 2 Accreditation (or other MSc equivalent in relevant cardiac specialty)
  • Immediate Life Support Course

Desirable

  • RCCP registration or equivalent

Previous or relevant experience necessary

Essential

  • Broad knowledge of a wide range of tests and techniques performed by Cardiac Clinical Physiologists
  • Superior knowledge of specialist area - able to interpret complex procedures
  • Consolidated post qualification experience in a technical role within a cardiology department (providing evidence of competency achievement)
  • In depth knowledge of the range of equipment to ensure accurate recording and testing

Desirable

  • Experience of research and development and/or clinical audit
  • Teaching experience
  • Management experience

Aptitudes and skills required

Essential

  • Excellent communication skills - able to clearly and appropriately convey instructions to patients
  • Good teaching skills - able to adapt level of teaching appropriately
  • A definite awareness of the boundaries in which to operate with an appreciation of own limitations
  • Able to work unsupervised
  • Able to work as part of a team
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills
  • Excellent patient approach
  • Able to use initiative
  • Able to competently perform role in emergency situations and to maintain concentration and composure in highly stressful situations
  • Dexterity, co-ordination and sensory skills for the use of diagnostic equipment often under time limitations e.g. when performing tests on children

Desirable

  • Contributes actively towards service development and improvement in specialist area

Values and behaviours

Essential

  • Patients First
  • Always Improving
  • Working Together
  • Empathic
  • Conscientious - attention to detail required when processing test results
  • Reliable
  • Excellent patient manner with adults and children

Desirable

  • Innovative - able to identify better ways of working or potential for improvement in systems and procedures

Special requirements of the post

Essential

  • Able to participate with on call OR Saturday working
Person Specification

Qualifications / training required

Essential

  • BSc or MSc Clinical Physiology (Cardiology) OR HNC/ HTEC in Medical Physics/Physiological Measurement plus specialist courses and equivalent experience OR equivalent
  • Working towards British Society of Echocardiography TTE Level 2 Accreditation (or other MSc equivalent in relevant cardiac specialty)
  • Immediate Life Support Course

Desirable

  • RCCP registration or equivalent

Previous or relevant experience necessary

Essential

  • Broad knowledge of a wide range of tests and techniques performed by Cardiac Clinical Physiologists
  • Superior knowledge of specialist area - able to interpret complex procedures
  • Consolidated post qualification experience in a technical role within a cardiology department (providing evidence of competency achievement)
  • In depth knowledge of the range of equipment to ensure accurate recording and testing

Desirable

  • Experience of research and development and/or clinical audit
  • Teaching experience
  • Management experience

Aptitudes and skills required

Essential

  • Excellent communication skills - able to clearly and appropriately convey instructions to patients
  • Good teaching skills - able to adapt level of teaching appropriately
  • A definite awareness of the boundaries in which to operate with an appreciation of own limitations
  • Able to work unsupervised
  • Able to work as part of a team
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills
  • Excellent patient approach
  • Able to use initiative
  • Able to competently perform role in emergency situations and to maintain concentration and composure in highly stressful situations
  • Dexterity, co-ordination and sensory skills for the use of diagnostic equipment often under time limitations e.g. when performing tests on children

Desirable

  • Contributes actively towards service development and improvement in specialist area

Values and behaviours

Essential

  • Patients First
  • Always Improving
  • Working Together
  • Empathic
  • Conscientious - attention to detail required when processing test results
  • Reliable
  • Excellent patient manner with adults and children

Desirable

  • Innovative - able to identify better ways of working or potential for improvement in systems and procedures

Special requirements of the post

Essential

  • Able to participate with on call OR Saturday working

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

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Additional information

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

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust

Address

Southampton General Hospital

Tremona Road

Southampton

SO14 2AA


Employer's website

https://www.uhs.nhs.uk/home.aspx (Opens in a new tab)

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust

Address

Southampton General Hospital

Tremona Road

Southampton

SO14 2AA


Employer's website

https://www.uhs.nhs.uk/home.aspx (Opens in a new tab)

For questions about the job, contact:

Echocardiography Service Lead

Charlotte Atkinson

Charlotte.Atkinson@uhs.nhs.uk

02381208063

Date posted

31 August 2022

Pay scheme

Agenda for change

Band

Band 6

Salary

£33,706 to £40,588 a year pa

Contract

Permanent

Working pattern

Full-time

Reference number

188-NM3767

Job locations

Southampton General Hospital

Tremona Road

Southampton

SO14 2AA


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