Sonographer

Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust

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Job summary

We are seeking to recruit an enthusiastic and motivated Band 7 Sonographer on a permanent contract to join our busy, friendly ultrasound team at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead.

It will be expected that the successful applicant/s has a high standard work ethic that is driven by a commitment to improve patient care. You must be willing to work within the current shift rota to cover the 7 day service at all radiology locations, and be able to remain flexible to be able to meet the demands of the service. Essential skills for this post include completion of clinical competencies to scan and report ultrasound independently, have the ability to prioritise workloads and a high level of interpersonal and communication skills.

Our Ultrasound department covers a range of specialities, and we are committed to supporting our sonographers with advanced practice.

The Clinical Screening and Support Directorate is committed to training and development and encourages all aspects of CPD. Applications are invited from highly motivated sonographers who wish to work in a busy and well-supported team environment.

You must hold a a UK recognised Pg Certificate in Medical Ultrasound, additional ultrasound qualifications would be desirable and you must have at least 2 year's experience working in the NHS.

We would require successful applicants to scan at our main hospital site, Blaydon and at the Metrocentre.

Main duties of the job

To work as a sonographer within the ultrasound team. Responsible for producing high quality ultrasound images within the radiology service both at QEH and satellite diagnostic sites; delivering a first class service meeting the needs of referrers and patients.

To perform and independently report on a comprehensive range of ultrasound protocols in accordance with departmental protocols while maintaining the highest quality of patient care and imaging.

This vacancy is part of our 'refer a friend' scheme, this means if a friend who currently works for us has told you about this vacancy you could both receive a cash payment. The full scheme details are included with the additional documents for this role.

About us

Based in the North East of England we provide a range of hospital and community health services from our leading facilities, including the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Blaydon urgent care centre and Bensham Hospital, all within Gateshead.

Established in 2005, we were one of the first foundation trusts in the country and since then have consistently achieved the highest levels of care for patients.

We now employ around 4,800 staff and currently provide 444 hospital beds across the Gateshead region.

Our values should be the 'golden thread' which runs through everything we do - they are the core of who we are. Our five values can easily be remembered by the simple acronymICORE; Innovation, Care, Openness, Respect, Engagement.

We have a number of staff networks including the BAME network, D-Ability network, LGBTQ+ Network and the Women's Network, to challenge us and help us to constantly improve. Our armed forces network is one of our emerging networks.

The health and wellbeing of our staff is one of our highest priorities, and we offer a range of support and initiatives as part of our 'Balance' programme balancegateshead.com to cater for our diverse workforce, so that your individual needs can be supported, allowing you a happy and healthy working experience with us.

Date posted

27 June 2024

Pay scheme

Agenda for change

Band

Band 7

Salary

£43,742 to £50,056 a year per annum pro rata

Contract

Permanent

Working pattern

Part-time

Reference number

297-6205208-A

Job locations

Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Queen Elizabeth Avenue

Gateshead

NE9 6SX


Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To work as part of the ultrasound team performing a comprehensive range of ultrasound examinations without supervision.
  • To independently interpret ultrasound images, produce comprehensive clinical reports and communicate information regarding diagnosis directly to referrers and patients in accordance with departmental protocols.
  • To support the Ultrasound Services to deliver a first class ultrasound service.
  • Contribute to Service Development, Quality Improvements and take an active role in Safecare (Clinical Governance) activities. Support Lead Radiographer in improving quality of service whilst working towards the Imaging Services Accreditation Scheme.
  • To contribute towards the efficient deployment of resources enabling patients to receive safe, accurate and timely examinations.
  • To prioritise patients and organise workload from a variety of referral pathways to meet the needs of the service.
  • To contribute towards finding solutions that will meet the changing demands on the ultrasound service.
  • To be competent in the safe use of complex ultrasound equipment.
  • To maintain a high standard of patient care and professional conduct.
  • To be responsible for the implementation of Trust and Radiology policies and procedures within the ultrasound department.
  • To provide services in a manner that supports the Trusts Equality and Diversity ethos.
  • To have a flexible approach to work to support trust objectives and departmental plans.
  • To contribute towards finding solutions to meet the rapidly changing demands on the ultrasound service.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To work as part of the ultrasound team performing a comprehensive range of ultrasound examinations without supervision.
  • To independently interpret ultrasound images, produce comprehensive clinical reports and communicate information regarding diagnosis directly to referrers and patients in accordance with departmental protocols.
  • To support the Ultrasound Services to deliver a first class ultrasound service.
  • Contribute to Service Development, Quality Improvements and take an active role in Safecare (Clinical Governance) activities. Support Lead Radiographer in improving quality of service whilst working towards the Imaging Services Accreditation Scheme.
  • To contribute towards the efficient deployment of resources enabling patients to receive safe, accurate and timely examinations.
  • To prioritise patients and organise workload from a variety of referral pathways to meet the needs of the service.
  • To contribute towards finding solutions that will meet the changing demands on the ultrasound service.
  • To be competent in the safe use of complex ultrasound equipment.
  • To maintain a high standard of patient care and professional conduct.
  • To be responsible for the implementation of Trust and Radiology policies and procedures within the ultrasound department.
  • To provide services in a manner that supports the Trusts Equality and Diversity ethos.
  • To have a flexible approach to work to support trust objectives and departmental plans.
  • To contribute towards finding solutions to meet the rapidly changing demands on the ultrasound service.

Person Specification

Qualifications

Essential

  • DMU / PGDip Medical Ultrasound from Consortium Accreditation Sonographic Education (CASE) accredited institution
  • HCPC registration or registration with the Professional Standards Authority sonographer register.

Skills

Essential

  • Must be able to scan and report Ultrasound scans independently to a high standard
  • prioritise and manage workload according to clinical need

special requirements

Essential

  • Must be able to work flexibly within the US rota to maintain extended 7 day servicee
  • Able to work at main hospital site and all satellite sites

Experience

Essential

  • Evidence of continuous professional development
  • At least 2 years NHS experience
Person Specification

Qualifications

Essential

  • DMU / PGDip Medical Ultrasound from Consortium Accreditation Sonographic Education (CASE) accredited institution
  • HCPC registration or registration with the Professional Standards Authority sonographer register.

Skills

Essential

  • Must be able to scan and report Ultrasound scans independently to a high standard
  • prioritise and manage workload according to clinical need

special requirements

Essential

  • Must be able to work flexibly within the US rota to maintain extended 7 day servicee
  • Able to work at main hospital site and all satellite sites

Experience

Essential

  • Evidence of continuous professional development
  • At least 2 years NHS 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).

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

Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust

Address

Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Queen Elizabeth Avenue

Gateshead

NE9 6SX


Employer's website

https://www.qegateshead.nhs.uk (Opens in a new tab)

Employer details

Employer name

Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust

Address

Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Queen Elizabeth Avenue

Gateshead

NE9 6SX


Employer's website

https://www.qegateshead.nhs.uk (Opens in a new tab)

For questions about the job, contact:

Ultrasound Modality Leads

Gavin Hope or Gemma Norris

gavin.hope@nhs.net

01914458323

Date posted

27 June 2024

Pay scheme

Agenda for change

Band

Band 7

Salary

£43,742 to £50,056 a year per annum pro rata

Contract

Permanent

Working pattern

Part-time

Reference number

297-6205208-A

Job locations

Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Queen Elizabeth Avenue

Gateshead

NE9 6SX


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