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Ultrasound Clinical Lead Sonographer

Barts Health NHS Trust
£56,388 to £62,785 a year per annum inc
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Other allied health
Band 8A
Contract Type
Job summary

We are looking for an enthusiastic and highly motivated sonographer to lead our busy ultrasound department. You will work closely with the modality lead to deliver a high quality service for our patients whilst meeting waiting list targets.

As an imaging team we have gone through a period of structural reorganisation. We are now managed through a site based division and feel this has given us the oversight, and support to deliver on our ambitions.

This Ultrasound leadership team will have a new structure with a Clinical lead and a Modality lead. Together you will with focus on targets but also clinical excellence aiming to deliver an effective, high quality service.

You will support the Modality lead in overseeing the day-to-day running of the Ultrasound department and line managing the team. You will work clinically to the top of your training and promote extended sonography roles. You will audit and respond to the training needs in the department. You will ensure that the sonographers skills are maintained and developed.

You will advise the department on new techniques and best practice.

You will work closely with the North East London (NEL) Ultrasound Academy to respond to and identify training needs.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will act as a Clinical Lead Sonographer for Non-Obstetric Ultrasound and will be responsible for managing and upholding a safe and effective general ultrasound imaging service. They will undertake both clinical and managerial duties and deputise for the Ultrasound Modality Lead Sonographer when required.

We are dedicated to being an outstanding place to work and will work with you to get the best experience. We know flexible working is not a one size fits all and will mean something different to everyone. We are inclusive, so if you are interested in flexible working, please speak to the recruiting manager.

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.

We particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian and minority ethnic candidates as they are underrepresented within Barts Health at this band.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Communication and Working Relationships

To develop and maintain relationships and effective communication mechanisms with staff and their representatives in a multi-disciplinary team to provide an effective and efficient ultrasound service. Effectively liaise with all user groups specifically in the development of the ultrasound service.

To be the first line communicator and point of contact between imaging assistants and Band 7/8a sonographers in relation to any issues regarding the clinical aspects of general ultrasound and patient care.

To develop and maintain relationships and effective communication mechanisms with multidisciplinary staff and their representatives to provide an effective and efficient ultrasound service. Effectively liaise with all user groups specifically in the development of the General ultrasound service.

To communicate effectively by taking an active role through verbal, electronic or written methods with professional colleagues including chairing sonographer staff meetings and attending meetings as required and where necessary, providing feedback on service progress and departmental planning ensuring that information is disseminated throughout the whole team.

To ensure collaborative working between directorates and Imaging modalities, communicating daily in a professional, concise, accurate and detailed manner.

To frequently use both verbal and non-verbal communication skills to effectively communicate with patients who often present with complex barriers to effective communication, including aggressive and abusive behaviour. This will include providing advice to patients, carers, and family members to promote understanding of the aims of the imaging procedure and in addition, explanation, and delivery of patient ultrasound results with appropriate management of the patient care pathways.

To have an understanding or the Trusts complaints procedures and be able to deal with complaints from patients, carers or other professionals according to the relevant timescales.

To communicate with the Imaging Governance Lead and the site clinical governance team and any relevant meetings with regards to any complaints or any other issues relating to the Ultrasound service.

To communicate shared learning to staff regarding the outcome of any clinical governance cases.

To communicate with staff in the primary sector including accepting telephone referrals after clinical discussion

To communicate with patients via telephone/written responses with regards to complaints/concerns.

To engage in the breaking of bad news with effective communication and counselling and communication to the referring clinician and on call emergency team.

Person Specification



  • Extensive experience in ultrasound imaging post qualification
  • Evidence of continuing professional development.
  • Experience of post graduate teaching.
  • Experience of recruitment.


  • Undertaking appraisal practices.
  • Training in DVT ultrasound
  • Attendance of a clinical supervisor course.
  • Managing a budget.
  • Writing business cases and policies.
  • Demonstrable operational management experience in the health service.



  • High level inter-personal and communications skills.
  • Able to work collaboratively with other disciplines.
  • High level of work organisation, self-motivation, drive for performance and improvement plus flexibility in approach and attitude.
  • Ability to deal with conflict and stressful situations.
  • Ability to work under pressure.
  • Effective leadership and team working.
  • Computer literate.
  • Ability to analyse complex problems and develop practical and workable solutions to address them.
  • Ability to manage and deliver deadlines.
  • The post holder is expected to develop his or her IT and managerial skills and take responsibility for organisation and running of the area they are working in and the supervision of all staff working with them.


  • Presentation skills.
  • Achievements in managing change.
  • Ability to collaborate constructively with internal and external partners.
  • Show evidence of being able to adapt to change and respond to major incidents, for e.g. covid pandemic
  • Experienced scanning skills to include DVT's, groins, Hernias, Testes, MSK, Kidney Transplants, Paeds.



  • An up-to-date knowledge of current and emerging ultrasound techniques and relevant topics / professional issues.
  • Knowledge of current policies and legislation affecting service delivery.
  • A good understanding of clinical governance and risk management


  • Participation experience of NHS leadership programs.



  • Post Graduate qualification in Medical Ultrasound.
  • Current and up to date state registration through HCPC or other regulatory body.
  • MSc in Medical Ultrasound or equivalent knowledge and experience
  • Managerial qualification or equivalent knowledge and experience


  • To hold a BSc Hons degree or DCR in Diagnostic Radiography.



  • Sufficient ability to perform the duties of the post with any aids and adaptations.
  • A commitment to improving patient services through an ability to sustain a clear performance focus on achieving demanding goals
  • Be of smart personal appearance.

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