Cardiographer - Congenital heart disease

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

The closing date is 03 July 2022

Job summary

To perform electrocardiograms on a range of patients from neonates to adults.

Assist with the fitting and sending out of ambulatory monitors.

To assist in the smooth running of the Paediatric outpatient department.

Other general administration tasks relating to ECG testing.

Main duties of the job

- Performing 12-lead ECGs on patient in the outpatient department and on inpatients in the ward environment

- Uploading of ECGs to the electronic patient record

- Assisting with the fitting and sending out of ambulatory monitors.

- Communicate clearly and effectively for the smooth running of the outpatient department, which includes clinics and other physiological testing

- Maintaining high standards in infection control

- Replenishing stock as required and stock taking

About us

The Evelina London is one of the leading children's hospitals in the UK and a premier paediatric cardiac centre within the Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital trust. The Evelina, although less well known to the general public, has an equally long and distinguished history dating back to its foundation in the 19th century. The Paediatric Cardiac service at the Evelina was formerly located within Guy's Hospital and has a proud history of clinical innovation and "world firsts" in the field of Paediatric Cardiology. Since the move in 2005 to our purpose built, award winning new building, Paediatric Cardiology and Cardiac surgery at the Evelina has continued this long tradition for excellence and innovation.

The Department of Congenital Heart Disease, sits within the Surgery, PICU and Theatres directorate and our cardiac program manages the full spectrum of congenital heart problems on one campus, providing continuous care from the fetus (Fetal Cardiology Unit, Evelina), throughout childhood (Paediatric Cardiology, Evelina) and into adult life (Adult Congenital Heart Disease - ACHD at St. Thomas' Hospital). Many of our patients are referred from a network of regional hospitals but, due to the highly specialised services we offer, patients may also come from other UK centres or from abroad for treatment and surgery. Because of this diverse referral pattern, the case mix seen at the Evelina is extremely varied and often clinically very challenging.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Principle Responsibilities and duties:

Electrocardiograms (ECGs);

  • To prioritise own outpatient and inpatient work load in terms of clinical urgency.
  • To run outpatient ECG clinics.
  • To clearly and concisely explain the procedure to the patient.
  • To perform ECGs accurately to the standard of the Society for Cardiological Science and Technology (SCST).
  • To be aware of any ECG findings which need to be brought to the attention of medical/ nursing staff and to act accordingly.
  • To provide the correct documentation on the ECG and departmental log.

Ambulatory ECG Monitors

  • To set up a range of monitors in preparation for the patient.
  • To provide clear and concise instructions to the patient on what the test entails, including advice on how to record information in the patient diary.
  • Apply the ambulatory monitor to the patient in accordance with the departmental protocol, ensuring all relevant documentation is completed.
  • To remove monitors from patients, ensuring that all symptom information has been noted in the patient diary.
  • To download stored information onto the appropriate database.
  • To assemble the packs required for the sending out of ambulatory tests directly to patients

Ambulatory BP monitors

  • To issue and apply ambulatory blood pressure monitors to patients, ensuring clear and concise instructions are given to the patient relating to what the test entails and how to record any details on the patient diary.
  • To recognise the causes of erroneous recordings and to rectify where possible.
  • To download data onto the appropriate database ensuring accurate data management.

Defibrillation trolleys:

  • Check the cardiac arrest trolley and defibrillators on a rotational basis ensuring 100% compliance with the trust guidelines.

Assist with Exercise Testing:

  • Briefly explain the procedure to the patient.
  • Apply ECG electrodes, ensuring safe and accurate positioning for exercise testing.
  • Assist the Cardiac Physiologist where necessary and observe the patient throughout the test.
  • Enter patient information onto the relevant databases.

Other Duties:

  • Carry out cleaning and basic maintenance of equipment and clinical areas as required.
  • Ensure and maintain adequate stock levels.
  • Keep accurate records and documentation.
  • Deliver reports to wards, clinics and departments in a timely fashion.
  • Carry out reception duties as directed.
  • Will liaise with admin team regarding appointment bookings.
  • Deal with general enquires from staff, patients, visitors and members of the public in a helpful and courteous manner.
  • Carry out responsibilities within ones own capabilities, qualifications and training.
  • Observe all security regulations currently in force when handling medical records and patient information, and ensure patient confidentiality is maintained at all times.
  • Maintain standards of conduct and dress in accordance to Trust policy.

Training and Development:

  • Fully contribute to the departmental team always demonstrating a flexible and co-operative attitude.
  • Attend training sessions as agreed with the Senior Cardiac Physiologist.
  • Attend any in-house training programmes, developing knowledge on how to interpret ECGs.

Other responsibilities:

  • To undertake any other responsibilities commensurate with the grade and required by management.
  • You are expected to participate as a member of the major incident team when required.

Person Specification

Qualifications

Essential

  • Evidence of secondary education

Desirable

  • Evidence of higher level education
  • Certificate of Electrocardiography (SCST)
  • Cardiology experience/qualification

Experience

Essential

  • Previous work experience in a healthcare/clinical environment

Desirable

  • Experience working in a cardiology department
  • Experience working in Paediatric cardiology

Skills

Essential

  • Ability to perform ECGs indepedently

Desirable

  • Ability to fit various ambulatory monitors
  • Experience with paediatric patients

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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Employer details

Employer name

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

Address

Evelina London Children's Hospital

Westminister Bridge Road

London

SE1 7EH


Employer's website

https://www.guysandstthomas.nhs.uk/careers/careers.aspx (Opens in a new tab)


For questions about the job, contact:

Hannah Heard

hannah.heard@gstt.nhs.uk

02071889225

Date posted

20 June 2022

Pay scheme

Agenda for change

Band

Band 3

Salary

£24,938 to £26,385 a year p.a. inc. HCA

Contract

Permanent

Working pattern

Full-time

Reference number

196-LIS6764

Job locations

Evelina London Children's Hospital

Westminister Bridge Road

London

SE1 7EH


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