Principal Cardiac Physiologist

Barts Health NHS Trust
£63,541 to £72,639 a year Per annum inc
Closing date
5 Jun 2023

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Healthcare scientist, Physiologist
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

Barts Heart Centre are looking for dynamic, enthusiastic and collaborative leaders to take up two Principal Cardiologist positions. One of the roles will have responsibility for leading on Echo services, and the second will focus on Rhythm Management and Cath Labs. Both posts are 8bs and will report into the General Manager for the directorate.

The team is inclusive and supportive and supports a number of services across the Barts Heart Centre including one of Europes busiest Cardiac centres. The Heart Centre Cath Lab has 10 labs, and a busy diagnostic centre. Career development is encouraged, and staff are given the space amongst their clinical duties to develop both personal research interests, but also CPD.

The centre is biggest cardiac diagnostic centre in the UK, and as such these two roles are pivotal within the heart centre and will give the successful candidates the opportunity to network both regionally, nationally and beyond.

Main duties of the job

Barts Health NHS Trust cardiac physiology department provides a specialist EP and cardiac device service based at the Barts Heart Centre and non-invasive cardiac testing at the UCLH, Royal London, Newham and Whipps Cross Hospitals. As the accountable lead for BH the post holder will be responsible for ensuring that all departments deliver the service tothe required level of quality at specified sites within the available level of resource.The post holder will lead their services at BHC and also have managerial responsibilities at specific sites across the Trust for pay and non-pay budgetary management, staff management and development, service and policy development and service delivery.

There are 3 x 8bs within the Physiology Structure at SBH - 1 covering networks, CDC and NEL diagnostic strategy, the 2nd post covers Echo and the 3rd covers Rhythm disorders and Cath labs.A key function of the role will be to develop a strategy for the delivery of the service across

Barts Health to ensure that services are delivered in a standardised way and to the requiredlevel of quality at all sites

About us

Barts Health is one of the largest NHS trusts in the country, and one of Britain's leading healthcare providers.

The Barts Health group of NHS hospitals is entering an exciting new era on our improvement journey to becoming an outstanding organisation with a world-class clinical reputation. Having lifted ourselves out of special measures, we now have the impetus and breathing space to chart a fresh course in which we are continually striving to improve all our services for patients.

Our vision is to be a high-performing group of NHS hospitals, renowned for excellence and innovation, and providing safe and compassionate care to our patients in east London and beyond. That means being a provider of excellent patient safety, known for delivering consistently high standards of harm-free care and always caring for patients in the right place at the right time. It also means being an outstanding place to work, in which our WeCare values and behaviours are visible to all and guide us in how we work together.

We strive to live by our WeCare values and are committed to promoting inclusion, where every staff member has a sense of belonging. We value our differences and fully advocate, cultivate and support an inclusive working environment where staff treat one another with dignity and respect. We aim to create an equitable working environment where every individual can fulfil their potential.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To ensure the systematic provision of high quality cardiac physiology services across Barts Health and partner organisations

Consistently provide high quality leadership in a visible and highly professional manner, acting as a positive role model

Lead teams towards the achievement of departmental, Trust and nationalobjectives relevant to area

Raise the profile of patients and carers at departmental level, obtainingfeedback on their experience and positively responding to feedback

Provide strategic leadership to the delivery of cardiac physiology servicesacross all Barts Health sites

Act as source of expert reference to other members of the department givingsupport, advice and recommendations

To continue to demonstrate advanced physiology skills in practice, maintaininga high level of clinical competence and using professional knowledge andcompetence to influence processes, policies and procedures

Able to resolve complex issues, carefully considering options to ensure actionsare balanced, informed and in the interests of the individual and the Trust.

Be responsible for the management of cardiac physiology staff within the Trust.Responsibilities include leading recruitment; induction; performancemanagement; appraisal; training and development; sickness and absencemanagement.

Ensure that roles, responsibilities and expectations are commensurate with job banding across all sites.

To develop a culture within the service area which positively welcomes diversity and change, using an approach which promotes staff involvement and encourages individual, team and cross functional learning.

Role model the trusts values and expected behaviours

Support the Service Leads development of a strategy for meeting the training requirements for cardiac physiologist staff and other cardiac teams, that includes formal assessment tools, educational sessions, supervision, and shadowingEnsure that all cardiac physiologists are working within national occupational standards and guidelines from professional bodies

To participate fully in the Trusts policy on appraisal of self and others including knowledge and skills process by reviewing performance, setting objectives and providing regular feedback to direct line reports and ensuring that a system of supervision and appraisal is fully implemented within the service area.To ensure that all new appointments undergo a period of local induction and have access to a senior member staff acting as mentor to support theirdevelopment.

Person Specification



  • Experience at highly specialist level with any relevant accreditations (BSE/BHRS/IBHRE etc.)
  • Evidence of communicating specialist information to key stakeholders including clinicians
  • Experience of analysing, interpreting and providing expert advice for a specialised service
  • Experience with training all grades of staff
  • Experience of planning and developing specialist services including contributing toward local and national policies
  • Experience of developing/contributing to service plans, business cases and cost improvement plans
  • Experience with leading diverse teams


  • 12months+ of experience of leading a team/project/service.



  • Budgetary management
  • Cross site 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
  • Fully competent in clinical procedures relevant to area applying within.



  • Expert theoretical and practical knowledge in intervention and Non-Invasive testing
  • Importance of confidentiality
  • Health and Safety
  • Data Protection
  • Work under pressure and to deadlines
  • Maintain CPD through attending conferences/ courses and up to date with new developments


  • Ability to utilise research in clinical practice, applying an evidence based practice approach



  • BSc Clinical Physiology (or equivalent)
  • Understands the theory and practice of management
  • RCCP Registration
  • Accreditation in BSE/IBHRE/BHRS or equivalent


  • Assessors qualification
  • Teaching certificate
  • Managerial qualification



  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to engage the team and develop changes in working practices
  • Well organised and ability to work autonomously
  • Able to concentrate for prolonged periods whilst operating equipment and communicating with patients
  • Able to fully participate in an on call rota as required

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