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Highly Specialist Cardiac Physiologist- Echo

Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
27 Sep 2023

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Healthcare scientist, Physiologist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time

We are looking to appoint a Highly Specialist Cardiac Physiologist at Band 7 level to join our echo team.

This is an exciting opportunity to join a busy department striving to deliver the highest quality of care to our patients. We are a BSE accredited department since 2015and perform approximately 11,000 transthoracic echoes per year. We are based within the hub of the Royal Berkshire Hospital (Reading) and deliver clinics at West Berkshire Community Hospital (Newbury). We area close-knit team well supported by the Consultant Cardiologistswho are active in supporting the echo service and exploringnovel ways of working to optimise service delivery.

Main duties of the job

Applicants would be expected tohave full BSE transthoracic accreditation (or EACVI equivalent) and have some managerial experience to help drive delivery of the echo service on a daily basis.

Additional expectations are:
  • To be able to scan and report independently for both inpatients and outpatients.
  • Superviseand deliver training for cardiac physiologists, STP and ETP trainees, and CardiologyRegistrars.
  • Participate fullyin our range of well-established specialist clinics:
    • Physiologist-led valve clinic
    • Physiologist-led exercise stress echo
    • Adult Congenital echo (a thriving monthly clinic run by visiting Cardiologists from the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford)
    • Inherited disorders clinic
    • Cardio-oncology clinic
    • Cardio-obstetrics clinics
    • Transoeophageal echocardiography (Consultant led).
    • Deputise for echo lead in their absence.
    • Attendance at weekly echo MDT meetings (which are very well attended and supported).
    • Willing to support delivery of clinics at spoke sites (i.e. West Berkshire Community Hospital in Newbury

About us

The Cardiology department at the Royal Berkshire Hospital has an outstanding reputation and a proud record of achievement. We achieved University department status in 2020 and have successfully achieved re-accreditation this summer. This was granted by the Health Innovation Partnership who offers a programme for collaborative research and education innovation funding recognising clinical, teaching and research excellence. As a department we continue to invest in our service and staff. This includes a current project to improve the space in the department to provide a more relaxed and spacious area for the team to enjoy their breaks. We are also investing in new equipment (ECHO machines) to improve service delivery and ensure our staff have access to the best possible technology to enhance the quality of care delivered to our patients.

Job description

Job responsibilities

We are committed to continued professional development, training and support for all our staff. As a member of the team, the successful applicant would have access to:
  • Weekly team huddles (where we discuss immediate concerns and recent successes) and monthly team meetings (for training and general team support)
  • Further training and development opportunities relevant to your personal development i.e. staff have completed Chartered Business Management Degree atHenleyBusiness School or CMI Level 3 Certificate in Principles of Leadership and Management
  • Coaching and mentoring within the Royal Berkshire Hospital (internal programme)
  • Charity funding for further courses or training (individual basis)
  • Rotation through all aspects of the department (if desired). This is a Band 7 position predominantly within our Echo service, although we wholeheartedly welcome applications from those wishing to retain existing skills in other areas such as Cath Lab, pacemakers/ICD implants, Holter analysis. Informal enquiries for discussion on this are welcomed.
  • Flexible working - 4 day working with a fix day off per week and the opportunity for additional work at highly competitive rates.

Access to the Trust Health & Wellbeing Centre providing facilities for therapies (yoga, massage, reflexology), financial support, mental health support and many other support packages available to all staff.

Visits to the department are greatly welcomed and encouraged. Please contact Cardiac Physiology Service Manager-Usha Mistry (0118 3225541) for more information or to arrange a visit.

Person Specification



  • BSc Healthcare Science
  • BSE accreditation


  • Evidence of recent continuous professional development



  • Experience of working in an acute clinical environment at Band 6 for minimum of 2 years


  • Experience in people management

Employer details

Employer name

Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust


Royal Berkshire Hospital

London Road



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