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Barts Health NHS Trust
£46,836 to £52,849 per annum inc
Closing date
22 Sep 2023

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Other allied health
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you a highly motivated, enthusiastic sonographer? If so we may have the job for you and we would like to invite you to join our friendly team.

We cater to a very diverse community with very differing needs, and liaising with the multidisciplinary team to ensure the best care is provided. There is a 5k recruitment retention premium.

Main duties of the job

The post-holder will work as a part of a multi-disciplinary team in Imaging, liaising with those involved to ensure the appropriate imaging, reporting and management of the patient is provided when and where necessary. They will maintain a high professional and technical standard of ultrasound imaging. The Sonographer will undertake clinical work within established quality standards of practice, adhering to Ultrasound Guidelines such as those published by BMUS, RCOG, RCR and NICE. The post-holder will work as a practitioner in the delivery of all ultrasound imaging, reporting and management of the patient within the department protocols.

The post- holder will liaise with key Lead Nurses, Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in the directorate of Women and Children's. In the absence of a Site Lead Sonographer, the post-holder will oversee the day-to-day workload to ensure staff and resources are allocated to the area and managed effectively. They will promote patient advocacy and communicate effectively with other health care professionals together with outside agencies regarding patient care and progress.

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

  • Develop and maintain relationships and effective communication mechanisms with staff and their representatives in a multi-disciplinary
  • To communicate effectively by taking an active role through verbal, electronic or written methods with professional colleagues including chairing staff meetings where necessary, providing feedback on service progress and departmental planning and to ensure that information is disseminated throughout the whole team.
  • To ensure collaborative working between directorates and Imaging communicate daily in a professional, concise, accurate and detailed
  • 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 in order to promote understanding of the aims of the imaging procedure. The explanation and delivery of patient ultrasound results with appropriate management of the patient care
  • To engage in the breaking of bad news to patients via effective communication and counseling plus communicate findings to the referring clinician and on call emergency team.
  • To communicate with patients and clients through the use of advocates, information leaflets and if necessary family members in an appropriate manner to their level and understanding.
  • To be able to deal with initial complaints from patients, carers or other professionals and refer where necessary to the appropriate Lead for appropriate action to be taken. To have an understanding of the Trusts complaints
  • Organisational
  • To be responsible, in the absence of a Lead Sonographer, for the designated areas of work, as agreed. To plan, prioritise and organise the workload efficiently and effectively with regard to patient management, use of time and workload prioritization, including professional demands of the
  • To undertake a wide range of ultrasound examinations on rotation as required. This will include Obstetrics, Gynaecology, Fertility, Small Parts and General Abdominal Ultrasound Imaging on a cross-site
  • To co-ordinate and prioritise the day-to-day work practices within a designated
  • To provide reports and fast response delivery of results to GP, Outpatient clinics, wards, ED, MFAU, EPAU and
  • To be responsible for the practical induction of rotational, locum, new staff, assistants, ultrasound trainees and student Radiographers plus supervise caseload, monitor working hours and appropriately provide feedback to more senior staff regarding the re- deployment of locum staff to cover a fluctuating team workload in conjunction with the Lead
  • To participate in the clinical Supervisor scheme for academic students participating in the PG Cert / Diploma for Medical Ultrasound and RCOG component of Obstetrics / Gynaecology certification to practice medical
  • To frequently work alone with patients, both in and out of the departmental setting and be aware of the risks associated with such lone working. To comply with the lone working policy and flexible working
  • To activate the departmental Major Incident Plan during stand by hours when working as the most senior member of staff in the department.
  • To deal with all patient queries and complaints during stand by hours and take the appropriate action as required, logging all complaints and providing the correct information as and when
  • To assess the clinical justification for ultrasound referrals in line with both national regulations and local
  • To book appointments - evaluating clinical information to determine degree of
  • Professional:
  • To maintain own continuing professional development (CPD) and career pathway by attending various post graduate training courses to develop, implement and maintain high clinical standards within the Imaging
  • To undertake internal and external training where required, including Statutory and Mandatory Training (STAM), and utilise these skills in the supervision and teaching of others.
  • To participate in the staff appraisal scheme and Personal Development Plan (PDP) and be able to undertake and implement recommendations from performance review meetings plus identify individual needs for
  • To deliver training and support to other members of the Imaging department and outside agencies to improve their clinical skills. To disseminate information on the role and scope of Sonographic practice in the clinical area and wider inpatient hospital
  • To provide direct supervision and training of Radiographers, Midwives, Obstetricians, Gynaecologists, Radiology Registrars, Student Radiographers and Imaging Assistants in the section that the post-holder is working. To conduct student assessments following student clinical assessment
  • Clinical:
  • To professionally and legally take responsibility to ensure a high standard of clinical care and patient welfare for all patients whilst in the Department and under your management, supporting more junior staff to do
  • To interpret, analyse and report clinical and non-clinical facts to form an accurate and justified procedure in a wide range of complex conditions. To recommend the best course of imaging intervention and procedure and provide optimum quality images for accurate
  • To carry out comprehensive assessments demonstrating skills while working independently on a wide range of patients / clients of varied ages, levels of ability, communication barriers, ethnic backgrounds and social
  • To accept clinical responsibility for a designated caseload of patients in working area, and to organise this effectively and efficiently with regard to clinical priorities and use of time.
  • To assess capacity, gain valid informed consent and have the ability to work within the legal framework with patients who lack the capacity to consent to treatment (including intimate examinations such as Transvaginal and Testes scanning).
  • To maintain accurate and concise records of all imaging received by the patient and track images effectively and efficiently using the appropriate ICT / PACS
  • To use and promote correct manual handling techniques to all staff in work
  • To be responsible for the safe use of ultrasound regarding imaging safety guidelines within a specialist area including fertility and fetal
  • To ensure that all members of staff and students under post holders supervision follow the infection control policies and procedures within work
  • To be responsible for the care of equipment and accessories in the section in which the post-holder is working and to ensure that equipment used is cleaned and kept in good order.
  • To ensure that all equipment problems and operational difficulties are reported immediately to the Lead Sonographer or medical physics team without delay. To participate in the Quality Assurance Programme in accordance with the policies of the department
  • To undertake the measurement and evaluation of your own work and current practices through the use of Evident Based Practice (EBP) plus audits and outcome measures, either individually or with a clinical specialist or manager. To make recommendations for change.

  • Person Specification



    • Post Graduate qualification in Medical Ultrasound.
    • Current and up to date state registration through a regulatory body (HCPC NMC or GMC) or RCT.


    • To hold a BSc Hons degree or DCR in Diagnostic Radiography.
    • MSc in Medical Ultrasound.
    • DQASS Nuchal Translucency certification.

    Knowledge / Experience


    • An up to date knowledge of current and emerging ultrasound techniques and relevant topics / professional issues.
    • Able to demonstrate the ability to carry out and report on a full range of ultrasound examinations in Obstetrics, Gynaecology and General abdominal.
    • Evidence of continuing professional development.


    • Training in vascular ultrasound.
    • Training in MSK ultrasound.
    • Experience of post graduate teaching.
    • Attendance of a clinical supervisor course.



    • High level inter-personal and communications skills.
    • Able to work collaboratively with other disciplines.
    • Ability to deal with conflict and stressful situations.
    • Ability to deal with patients in an empathic and considerate fashion
    • Experience of breaking bad news to patients.
    • Ability to work under pressure.
    • Computer literate.
    • High level of work organisation, self-motivation, drive for performance and improvement plus flexibility in approach and attitude.
    • Able to prioritise, organise and delegate
    • Decisive, use of sound judgement in decision making and delivering work in a timely and confident manner.

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Barts Health NHS Trust


    Newham University Hospital

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