Obstetric Clinical Lead Sonographer
The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
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We currently have an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic and experienced Obstetric Sonographer to lead the Obstetric Ultrasound Service at The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Trust. We are a regional tertiary referral centre for fetal and maternal medicine, with a large team of midwife sonographers and radiographer sonographers. If you are a dynamic and motivated individual with excellent leadership skills looking to embark on a new opportunity, we would like to hear from you!
You must be able to demonstrate initiative and prioritise a complex workload whilst working both as an autonomous practitioner and as part of a multidisciplinary team. The right candidate will have strong organisational skills, ability to use own initiative and work under pressure, as well as excellent communication skills to deal appropriately with complex, sensitive, or contentious issues with patients and colleagues of all grades.
The successful candidate must demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills and be committed to providing and developing a high-quality obstetric ultrasound service. They should ensure that appropriate imaging, reporting and management of patients is achieved.
- Interview Date 13/06/2023
- 37 Hours 30 Minutes/Week
- You will be redirected to Trac to apply for the vacancy. Please expand the job details section and read all of the information before applying for the vacancy.
Main duties of the job
- Provide highly specialist knowledge and care to patients, referring clinicians and team members with relation to Obstetric Sonography.
- Perform and independently report obstetric ultrasound scans.
- Line manage a team of sonographers in relation to appraisals, absence management, competency assessments/reviews, rosters etc.
- Ensure that service provision matches demand and there is efficient use of available resources (staff and equipment).
- Be responsible for the coordination of the training and supervision of sonography students.
- Be involved in local and regional ultrasound strategy, planning and development.
- Liaise with maternity colleagues including screening coordinators and service managers.
- To provide expert guidance and opinion to the Antenatal Services Matron.
Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the busiest, largest and most successful teaching NHS foundation trusts in the country, with over 18,000 staff and an annual income of £1 billion.
Rated 'Outstanding' by theCQC for the second consecutive time in 2019, we have a long history of providing high quality care, clinical excellence, and innovation in medical research regionally, nationally and internationally.
We're also proud to be the second largest provider of specialised services in the country. This means we support people with a range of rare and complex medical, surgical and neurological conditions, cancers and genetic orders.
Our staff oversee around 1.84 million patients 'contacts' each year, delivering high standards of healthcare.
We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and recognise the benefit in providing an inclusive environment. We value and respect the diversity of our employees and aim to recruit a workforce which reflects the communities we serve, and is equipped to deliver the best service to our patients. We welcome all applications irrespective of people's race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity and in particular those from under- represented groups.
- Trust wide responsible for delivery of an effective and efficient high quality obstetric ultrasound service and patient care that meets the needs of patients and referrers. Provides highly specialist knowledge and care to patients, referring clinicians and team members.
- Acts as the lead radiographer sonographer/midwife sonographer in the obstetric ultrasound department, setting and maintaining standards, managing and providing direction to the staff and expert advice on specialist equipment to the directorate, as well as advice to users, patients, colleagues etc.
- To perform and independently report obstetric ultrasound scans.
- Liaise with the wider Trust, NENC LMNS Foetal Medicine and other Regional / National bodies as necessary for ultrasound strategy, planning and development.
- Co-ordinate service requirements that arise from our role as the NENC Foetal medicine centre.
The postholder will line manage a team of obstetric sonographers providing supervision and specialist advice and expertise to them, as well as the wider Maternity team. They will provide regular feedback on compliance with key performance indicators for this service and ensure all aspects of clinical governance are delivered and monitored.
You will coordinate service requirements that arise from our role as a tertiary centre and will liaise with Regional and National colleagues within the field of Obstetric Ultrasound, to maintain a high quality service.
Please note it is a requirement of The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust that all successful candidates who require a DBS for the post they have been offered pay for their DBS certificate.The method of payment is a salary deduction from your first months pay.
As a flexible working friendly organisation, we want to be sure that you can work in a way that is best for us and for our patients, and for you. Speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement. If it works for the service, we will do our best to make it work for you.
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