Trainee Echocardiographer

Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust

The closing date is 28 June 2022

Job summary

**Trainee Echocardiographer**

The Trainee Echocardiographer will be employed for a fixed term of 18 months during which time they will work through a programme of learning.

In conjunction with and supported by the Designated Training Officer, the Trainee Echocardiographer will be responsible for their own progression through the training programme, completing a mixture of work based competence and experience in NHS scientific departments, completing the learning outcomes as outlined in the Curriculum Library, undertaking the complementary academic Post Graduate Certificate in Clinical Echocardiography and preparing for and completing the BSE Transthoracic Accreditation process.

Main duties of the job

The trainee will undertake the full training programme in order to progress through the academic and practical elements of the training scheme. In so doing they will learn how to perform and interpret clinical and specialist scientific processes underpinned by theoretical and applied knowledge and practical experience and will learn how to:

  • Perform and interpret routine cardiac investigations.
  • Perform specialised diagnostics investigations.
  • Carry out complex scientific and clinical roles, including those working directly with patients.
  • Analyse and interpret and data compare investigative and clinical options.
  • Make judgements, including clinical and differential judgements, involving complicated facts or situations that impact on patients.
  • Initiate and undertake innovation, improvement and R&D and be involved in the education of healthcare science trainees and other learners in the workplace.
  • Carry out audit to continuously improve patient care and service needs.
  • Participate in the training and development of both external university students and junior team members.
  • Communicate and interact effectively within a multidisciplinary team to ensure a positive patient experience.
  • Assist the Principal Cardiac Physiologist and other senior members of the team in the day to day organisation and delivery of the cardiothoracic diagnostic service.

About us

At the Royal Berkshire Hospital we have a rich history for providing healthcare to the people of Reading, West Berkshire and South Oxfordshire stretching back over 180 years. We are always looking ahead to the challenges of the future and the health and wellbeing of the people we use serve.

The Trust provides services over five hospital sites and delivers services over a wide range of specialities. We are one of the country's largest general hospital foundation trusts - serving a population of more than 500,000 people - and the primary provider of acute and specialist care services for West Berkshire. Our reputation for delivering high quality, well-led services in a hospital is rated as "GOOD" by the CQC.

Reading sits on the River Thames and is served by great road and rail links to London, Oxford, and Southampton. With excellent leisure and shopping facilities, and a thriving cultural scene, Reading is a wonderful place to live, work, and play and provides excellent facilities for families, including some of the best state and private schools in the UK.

The CQC recently rated the care provided by the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust as Good.

Our values: Compassionate, Aspirational, Resourceful, Excellent, reflect the type of Trust we aspire to be and you can join our dedicated and talented staff to make this happen.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Principal Responsibilities

Actively participate in a broad range of service provision following a period of training and assessment. Maintain discipline and standards of technical competency in the provision of invasive and non-invasive investigative services within the department, in accordance to national and local guideline. Candidate will be completing a preceptorship year and will complete a competency logbook alongside their training.

Uphold trust care values- located on trust intranet

Person Specification



  • 1st or 2:1 in Cardiac Physiology (PTP) or a relevant scientific subject ( examples including Physiology, Pure or Applied Physics, Biology or Human Biology, or Sports Science


  • Skills in Cardiology with evidence by relevant voluntary registration (AHCS/RCCP)

Interspersonel skills


  • Good communication skills


  • Previous NHS work experience

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).

Employer details

Employer name

Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust


Royal Berkshire Hospital

London Road



Employer's website (Opens in a new tab)

For questions about the job, contact:

Usha Mistry


Date posted

13 June 2022

Pay scheme

Agenda for change


Band 6


£32,306 to £39,027 a year per annum


Fixed term


18 months

Working pattern


Reference number


Job locations

Royal Berkshire Hospital

London Road



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