Lead Echocardiographer Clinical scientist
George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust
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Job Title-Lead Echocardiographer Clinical Scientist
Hours per week-37.50
Salary-£50,952 - £57,349 per annum
Closing Date-23 November 2023
The post-holder will work in co-operation with the Clinical service manager for physiological sciences to ensure operational delivery of the highest standards of patient care in both standard and advanced echocardiography.
This post may close early due to high numbers of applicationsso you are advised to apply promptly.
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A great and friendly place to work, so bring your passion, commitment and expertise and enjoy the opportunities to make a difference every day.
Main duties of the job
The post holder is responsible for organising and delivering theoretical and practical training in echocardiography cardiac physiology to a wide range of staff. Also, be responsible for supporting and encouraging both medical and physiologist staff to work towards professional accreditation (BSE). The post holder will maintain a high standard of clinical practice and will act as a role model for junior members of staff within the Cardiology department.
Here at George Eliot our vision to 'excel at patient care' takes centre stage. An ever evolving clinically-led acute service provider we are on a journey to continually provide high quality, safe and responsive services delivered by inspiring, friendly and compassionate staff who share our corporate values which underpin everything we do. Our values are not just words on a piece of paper, they bond us together, reflect our ambition and shape who we are:
Effective Open Communication
excellence and safety in everything we do
Challenge but support
Expect respect and dignity
Local health that inspires confidence
Benefits:On-site nursery, 27 days minimum annual leave plus bank holidays, cycle to work scheme, flexible working, extensive in-house course learning directory, buying and selling of annual leave, subsidised restaurant, tranquillity garden and generous subsidised on-site parking.
Support the medical team by providing highly specialised and advanced procedures within the echocardiography service.
- Develop and maintain clinical pathway/protocols and ensure they reflect national guidance and development of knowledge base
- Performs (on a daily basis) highly specialised cardiac investigations, interprets the results investigations include but are not limited to:
- Performs, or supports TOE & Stress Echo
- The post holder is required to have a high level of clinical skill, with the ability to quickly assess and evaluate patients, recognising and responding to the adult who is critically ill without delay and supporting the team to meet their needs.
- Produces factual reports to clinicians in order to facilitate patient care. These reports are prepared and issued without being checked by a clinician and often have significant influence on patient care and management.
- Calibration and quality assurance checks are performed on a broad range of equipment to ensure the accuracy and validity of the results obtained.
- Assists (when required) with basic personal care duties such as helping patients to dress/undress for a variety of procedures.
- To assess and monitor Risk in own and others practice acting on results thereby ensuring safe delivery of care.
- Maintain confidentiality at all times.
- To be responsible for the safe use of complex and expensive equipment e.g. ultrasound equipment.
- To assess and adapt clinical techniques following assessment for each procedure to meet the individual needs of the patient.
- To be responsible for quality assurance of the routine and specialised tests within the department, including external assessment, internal monitoring and taking corrective action where the need is identified.
- To disseminate highly complex scientific knowledge, gained through private study and research and development projects, by peer reviewed publications and presenting to large groups at local and national meetings.
- To initiate, participate in and supervise local and national research projects and audits within the department, to achieve improved clinical governance.
- To possess the I.T. skills required for:
- Microsoft Office for report writing, audit and data management and presentations e.g. word-processing, spreadsheets development, PowerPoint.
- Statistical packages for analysing scientific and clinical data, e.g. SPSS, Stata.
- Laboratory computer system for entering, retrieving, and validating results.
- Online databases for literature searches.
- Support the Clinical service manager in achieving long-term objectives of the department and its strategic direction including devising and revising COPs and guidelines as needed.
- Deputise for the Clinical service manager for echocardiography science services in their absence.
- To oversee the quality of the echocardiography science services and ensure all the protocols/procedures are followed and all work correctly documented/recorded. Have knowledge of accreditation and certification standards required for delivery of echocardiography science services.
- Ensure good communication and efficient performance within the department by actively participating in regular operational meetings.
- Participate in the competency-based assessments and training of junior staff within the team. To ensure areas of concern in the clinical and operational performance of staff within the team are identified and reported to the Clinical service manager.
- To be responsible for implementation of National, Trust and Departmental policies within the Department. Responsible for producing local and regional policies within broad professional and NHS guidelines, which will lead to changes in working practice for the Department and result in improved performance.
- To maintain a high personal standard of professional practice and behaviour to meet the required professional standards (e.g. HCPC, IQIPS (UKAS)) and encourage others within the team and under your supervision to do likewise.
- Work flexibly covering the work of colleagues during peak periods or absence.
- Responsible for the transfer of new technologies, tests or testing methods into routine diagnostic service.
- To ensure that the IT systems and clinical technology is appropriate for the needs of the Department for data entry, spread sheets and report writing.
- To recognise the opportunities to plan and initiate cost improvements and income generation schemes via service reviews and audits.
- To interpret national and international relevant policies for disease testing and standardise validation practise in the department.
- Ensure that appraisal and personal reviews for allocated staff are completed. Participate in the recruitment of staff.
- To be actively involved in departmental quality groups and pro-active in the sharing of good practice.
- To make proposals for, assist and/or lead in the implementation of changes in working practice as agreed by departmental working groups.
Research and Development
- Required to take a lead role in research and audit, clinical audit and evaluation of equipment.
- Presentation of results at local, regional or international level may be required.
- Responsibility for maintaining personal development by keeping up to date with recent advances in the profession, by attending relevant courses./educational events and by reading appropriate literature.
- To identify own personal needs to work at advanced levels and beyond and take appropriate action to ensure that these needs are met.
- To assist with the development of the role and succession planning.
Qualification and Professional Training
Experience and Knowledge
Skills and Abilities
Certificate of Sponsorship
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