Highly Specialised Cardiac Physiologist-Echocardiography

George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust

The closing date is 26 July 2024

Job summary

Job Title -Highly Specialised Cardiac Physiologist-Echocardiography

Hours per week-37.5 hours per week

Permanent/Fixed Term - Fixed Term 12 Months

Salary: £43,742 - £50,056 per annum

Closing Date: 26th July 2024

Interview Date: 9th August 2024

The Cardio Respiratory Unit, at George Eliot Hospital Nuneaton, are looking to recruit a Highly specialist Cardiac Physiologist Echocardiography.

This post may close early due to high numbers of applicationsso you are advised to apply promptly.

All correspondence for this vacancy will be sent by email; please check your account regularly including your Junk and SPAM areas.

A great and friendly place to work, so bring your passion, commitment and expertise and enjoy the opportunities to make a difference every day.

Careers at George Eliot - 'Where you make a difference'

Main duties of the job

Clinical -Highly Specialist

  • To perform adult transthoracic echocardiograms, including urgent portable scans, to a high standard in accordance with BSE guidelines and department standards.
  • To identify and advise when transthoracic echocardiography is insufficient to answer the clinical question and proactively suggest alternative/additional investigations.
  • To produce an accurate and comprehensive report for each study, with responsibility for your own caseload.
  • To over report junior staff workload and ensure minimum data sets are obtained and standards are regularly audited
  • To provide clinical technical assistance with Transoesophageal echo.
  • To ensure adherence to cleaning protocols for TOE probes

About us

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.

Date posted

04 July 2024

Pay scheme

Agenda for change

Band

Band 7

Salary

Depending on experience dependant on experiance

Contract

Fixed term

Duration

12 months

Working pattern

Full-time

Reference number

230-36782466-MED-AB

Job locations

George Eliot Hospital

College Street

Nuneaton

CV10 7DJ


Job description

Job responsibilities

Purpose

The post holder will be a BSE accredited reporting sonographer. They will be required to work along side the Lead Echocardiographer to provide a comprehensive and high quality transthoracic and transoesophageal echo services and will provide professional expertise in this highly specialised discipline.

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 Cardiac investigations department.

Main Roles and Responsibilities

Clinical Highly Specialist

  • To perform adult transthoracic echocardiograms, including urgent portable scans, to

a high standard in accordance with BSE guidelines and department standards.

  • To identify and advise when transthoracic echocardiography is insufficient to answer

the clinical question and proactively suggest alternative/additional investigations.

  • To produce an accurate and comprehensive report for each study, with responsibility

for your own caseload.

  • To ensure that personal knowledge base is current to reflect change in clinical

echocardiography. Leading CPD of junior staff

  • To over report junior staff workload and ensure minimum data sets are obtained and

standards are regularly audited

  • To provide clinical technical assistance with Transoesophageal echo.
  • To ensure adherence to cleaning protocols for TOE probes

Clinical Specialist Technical

  • To undertake a range of cardiac clinical procedures to aid diagnosis and treatment of
  • referred patients to include -
    • To record and interpret resting adult electrocardiograms.
    • To prepare, fit and remove 24 hour cardiac and blood pressure monitors.
    • To issue long term monitoring equipment, programming the device appropriate to patient symptoms
    • To be clinical lead during cardiac exercise tests, performing and interpreting in accordance with British Cardiac Society guidelines and department standards. To produce a diagnostic report.
    • To provide Cardiac Physiologist support during routine/ elective angiography

Other requirements

  • To undertake duties as an autonomous practitioner.
  • To analyse and interpret data, using specialist theoretical knowledge and experience, to produce procedure results and reports, which contribute to patient diagnosis and treatment.
  • To communicate with medical and nursing staff to provide effective services for patient care, and to inform/alert them of any patients requiring immediate or urgent attention following interpretation and analysis of test results.
  • To assess patients physical and mental abilities to perform and follow test procedures, and to use persuasive, motivation and reassurance skills to achieve optimum diagnostic results.
  • To use a range of verbal and non-verbal communication tools to communicate effectively with patients who may have difficulties in understanding or communicating.
  • To manage clinical risk and take responsibility for patient safety during test procedures. This may include initiating and leading Immediate Life Support.
  • To provide specialised advice and instruction to patients, relatives, carers and other professionals on the use of loan equipment and to promote understanding of cardiac services.
  • To have specialist knowledge and skills in the use and application of relevant equipment and to be responsible for your own and others safe and competent use of that equipment.
  • To take appropriate action on unsafe/malfunctioning equipment.
  • To follow departmental, Trust and manufacturers protocols and guidelines in the decontamination and sterilisation of equipment to ensure compliance with Health and Safety standards.
  • To undertake any new technical developments and associated services and be prepared to participate in an on-call rota or flexible shift patterns to accommodate changing trends in health care.
  • To participate in any department research, clinical trials or audit.

Professional:

  • To be responsible for maintaining own competency to practice through CPD activities, and to maintain a portfolio which reflects personal development.
  • To maintain and develop current knowledge of evidence based practice and incorporate new developments into your area of work.
  • To participate in staff Individual Performance Review (IPR) appraisal scheme and be responsible for complying with your agreed personal development program to meet set knowledge and competencies.
  • To attend and participate in in-service training programs, individual training sessions and external courses as expected/identified at IPR.
  • To demonstrate a sound understanding of Clinical Governance and risk management and to apply to the work situation.

Organisational:

  • To work in accordance with Trust and department policies and standards.
  • To ensure that own practice meets the required professional standards of specialist expertise.
  • To attend mandatory training sessions as determined by the Trust.
  • To record activity by updating databases to enable performance monitoring.

Relationships

Internal:

Department colleagues

Patients and relatives

Directorate managers

Consultants and teams

Allied Health Professional department managers

Ward managers and staff

Finance and purchasing managers

Stores and housekeeping

PALS

Information

Complaints

External:

Patients and relatives/carers

CCG

GPs within locality

Company representatives/ service departments

Regional department managers

Voluntary/ charitable organisations

Job description

Job responsibilities

Purpose

The post holder will be a BSE accredited reporting sonographer. They will be required to work along side the Lead Echocardiographer to provide a comprehensive and high quality transthoracic and transoesophageal echo services and will provide professional expertise in this highly specialised discipline.

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 Cardiac investigations department.

Main Roles and Responsibilities

Clinical Highly Specialist

  • To perform adult transthoracic echocardiograms, including urgent portable scans, to

a high standard in accordance with BSE guidelines and department standards.

  • To identify and advise when transthoracic echocardiography is insufficient to answer

the clinical question and proactively suggest alternative/additional investigations.

  • To produce an accurate and comprehensive report for each study, with responsibility

for your own caseload.

  • To ensure that personal knowledge base is current to reflect change in clinical

echocardiography. Leading CPD of junior staff

  • To over report junior staff workload and ensure minimum data sets are obtained and

standards are regularly audited

  • To provide clinical technical assistance with Transoesophageal echo.
  • To ensure adherence to cleaning protocols for TOE probes

Clinical Specialist Technical

  • To undertake a range of cardiac clinical procedures to aid diagnosis and treatment of
  • referred patients to include -
    • To record and interpret resting adult electrocardiograms.
    • To prepare, fit and remove 24 hour cardiac and blood pressure monitors.
    • To issue long term monitoring equipment, programming the device appropriate to patient symptoms
    • To be clinical lead during cardiac exercise tests, performing and interpreting in accordance with British Cardiac Society guidelines and department standards. To produce a diagnostic report.
    • To provide Cardiac Physiologist support during routine/ elective angiography

Other requirements

  • To undertake duties as an autonomous practitioner.
  • To analyse and interpret data, using specialist theoretical knowledge and experience, to produce procedure results and reports, which contribute to patient diagnosis and treatment.
  • To communicate with medical and nursing staff to provide effective services for patient care, and to inform/alert them of any patients requiring immediate or urgent attention following interpretation and analysis of test results.
  • To assess patients physical and mental abilities to perform and follow test procedures, and to use persuasive, motivation and reassurance skills to achieve optimum diagnostic results.
  • To use a range of verbal and non-verbal communication tools to communicate effectively with patients who may have difficulties in understanding or communicating.
  • To manage clinical risk and take responsibility for patient safety during test procedures. This may include initiating and leading Immediate Life Support.
  • To provide specialised advice and instruction to patients, relatives, carers and other professionals on the use of loan equipment and to promote understanding of cardiac services.
  • To have specialist knowledge and skills in the use and application of relevant equipment and to be responsible for your own and others safe and competent use of that equipment.
  • To take appropriate action on unsafe/malfunctioning equipment.
  • To follow departmental, Trust and manufacturers protocols and guidelines in the decontamination and sterilisation of equipment to ensure compliance with Health and Safety standards.
  • To undertake any new technical developments and associated services and be prepared to participate in an on-call rota or flexible shift patterns to accommodate changing trends in health care.
  • To participate in any department research, clinical trials or audit.

Professional:

  • To be responsible for maintaining own competency to practice through CPD activities, and to maintain a portfolio which reflects personal development.
  • To maintain and develop current knowledge of evidence based practice and incorporate new developments into your area of work.
  • To participate in staff Individual Performance Review (IPR) appraisal scheme and be responsible for complying with your agreed personal development program to meet set knowledge and competencies.
  • To attend and participate in in-service training programs, individual training sessions and external courses as expected/identified at IPR.
  • To demonstrate a sound understanding of Clinical Governance and risk management and to apply to the work situation.

Organisational:

  • To work in accordance with Trust and department policies and standards.
  • To ensure that own practice meets the required professional standards of specialist expertise.
  • To attend mandatory training sessions as determined by the Trust.
  • To record activity by updating databases to enable performance monitoring.

Relationships

Internal:

Department colleagues

Patients and relatives

Directorate managers

Consultants and teams

Allied Health Professional department managers

Ward managers and staff

Finance and purchasing managers

Stores and housekeeping

PALS

Information

Complaints

External:

Patients and relatives/carers

CCG

GPs within locality

Company representatives/ service departments

Regional department managers

Voluntary/ charitable organisations

Person Specification

Qualification and Professional Traing

Essential

  • BSC in Clinical Physiology (Cardiology) or equivalent APEL and ONC, plus HNC in Medical Physics and Physiological Measurement (MPPM)
  • Master level degree or equivalent qualification in Healthcare Science
  • Accreditation with BSE or BHRS
  • p of the Society for Cardiological Science and Technology (MSCST)

Desirable

  • HCPC registered
  • Intermediate Life Support
  • Mary Seacole NHS Leadership Award or equivalent
  • DClinSci or PhD

Experience and Knowledge

Essential

  • Minimum of 5 years' experience post qualification
  • Extensive experience in a formal leadership role within an NHS Hospital Trust
  • Experience as an independent practitioner across the range of routine and specialised investigations and therapeutic interventions, such as but not limited to o 3d Echo o Stress echo and TOE
  • Evidence of clinical research and audit
  • Developing and implementing training packages
  • Experience of working with multidisciplinary teams
  • Experience with governance, QA and/or complaint management
  • Experience of planning and developing specialist services including contributing toward local and national policies

Desirable

  • Experience of Improving Quality in Physiological Services (IQIPS) accreditation process

Skills and Abilities

Essential

  • Day-to-day local rota management
  • Comprehensive leadership and management abilities
  • Self-disciplined and self-motivated
  • Ability to manage and lead team in emergency situations
  • Ability to engage the team and develop changes in working practices including research and audit
  • IT competency
  • Evidence to demonstrate continual professional development
  • Excellent communication skills written and verbal
  • Excellent analytical and influencing skills
  • Able to prioritise workload as changes occur and to simultaneously focus on a particular task to meet set deadlines
  • To be able to assist patients to dress and undress
  • To be able to push, maneuver and assist patients to transfer from wheelchair to examining couch
  • To be able to deal sensitively with anxious patients and relatives attending the department for tests and to answer patient complaints/ queries.
  • To be able to deal with occasional exposure to distressing circumstances
  • To be able to deal with and advise on personal and professional staff issues.
  • To be able to apply concentration in the interpretation and analysis of test data and results, together with a high level of concentration during patient test procedures.
  • To be able to concentrate for prolonged periods when producing service reports, business cases and planning.

Personal Qualities

Essential

  • Professional manner
  • To demonstrate the ability to lead and organise a team of staff
  • To be able to combine the demands of leading a team with the commitment to clinical input
  • Ability to form positive working relationships
  • To demonstrate the ability to facilitate changes in practice
  • Flexible and reliable
  • Good previous health record
Person Specification

Qualification and Professional Traing

Essential

  • BSC in Clinical Physiology (Cardiology) or equivalent APEL and ONC, plus HNC in Medical Physics and Physiological Measurement (MPPM)
  • Master level degree or equivalent qualification in Healthcare Science
  • Accreditation with BSE or BHRS
  • p of the Society for Cardiological Science and Technology (MSCST)

Desirable

  • HCPC registered
  • Intermediate Life Support
  • Mary Seacole NHS Leadership Award or equivalent
  • DClinSci or PhD

Experience and Knowledge

Essential

  • Minimum of 5 years' experience post qualification
  • Extensive experience in a formal leadership role within an NHS Hospital Trust
  • Experience as an independent practitioner across the range of routine and specialised investigations and therapeutic interventions, such as but not limited to o 3d Echo o Stress echo and TOE
  • Evidence of clinical research and audit
  • Developing and implementing training packages
  • Experience of working with multidisciplinary teams
  • Experience with governance, QA and/or complaint management
  • Experience of planning and developing specialist services including contributing toward local and national policies

Desirable

  • Experience of Improving Quality in Physiological Services (IQIPS) accreditation process

Skills and Abilities

Essential

  • Day-to-day local rota management
  • Comprehensive leadership and management abilities
  • Self-disciplined and self-motivated
  • Ability to manage and lead team in emergency situations
  • Ability to engage the team and develop changes in working practices including research and audit
  • IT competency
  • Evidence to demonstrate continual professional development
  • Excellent communication skills written and verbal
  • Excellent analytical and influencing skills
  • Able to prioritise workload as changes occur and to simultaneously focus on a particular task to meet set deadlines
  • To be able to assist patients to dress and undress
  • To be able to push, maneuver and assist patients to transfer from wheelchair to examining couch
  • To be able to deal sensitively with anxious patients and relatives attending the department for tests and to answer patient complaints/ queries.
  • To be able to deal with occasional exposure to distressing circumstances
  • To be able to deal with and advise on personal and professional staff issues.
  • To be able to apply concentration in the interpretation and analysis of test data and results, together with a high level of concentration during patient test procedures.
  • To be able to concentrate for prolonged periods when producing service reports, business cases and planning.

Personal Qualities

Essential

  • Professional manner
  • To demonstrate the ability to lead and organise a team of staff
  • To be able to combine the demands of leading a team with the commitment to clinical input
  • Ability to form positive working relationships
  • To demonstrate the ability to facilitate changes in practice
  • Flexible and reliable
  • Good previous health record

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

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

George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust

Address

George Eliot Hospital

College Street

Nuneaton

CV10 7DJ


Employer's website

http://www.geh.nhs.uk/ (Opens in a new tab)


Employer details

Employer name

George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust

Address

George Eliot Hospital

College Street

Nuneaton

CV10 7DJ


Employer's website

http://www.geh.nhs.uk/ (Opens in a new tab)


For questions about the job, contact:

Lead Echocardiographer

Kam Rai

kam.rai@geh.nhs.uk

02476865128

Date posted

04 July 2024

Pay scheme

Agenda for change

Band

Band 7

Salary

Depending on experience dependant on experiance

Contract

Fixed term

Duration

12 months

Working pattern

Full-time

Reference number

230-36782466-MED-AB

Job locations

George Eliot Hospital

College Street

Nuneaton

CV10 7DJ


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