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Deputy Principal Cardiac Physiologist

Barts Health NHS Trust
£58,698 to £65,095 Per annum inc
Closing date
29 Sep 2023

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Healthcare scientist, Physiologist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
The new Barts Heart Centre has brought together the services of some of the best cardiovascular experts in the country, who will work together to create a single specialist centre for cardiovascular disease to cover all our local communities.

Barts Health NHS Trust Echo service is one of Europe's largest Cardiac ultrasound services, with an annual activity of nearly 48,000 scans. St Barts Heart Centre has ten echo rooms, including TOE, Stress Echo, and Grown-Up Congenital Heart (GUCH) specialist services. In addition, there is a significant GUCH echo and EP service. There are also 10 lab cardiology services, with five operating in EP and devices and 5 in intervention. We also run six device follow-up rooms and one of Europe's most extensive remote monitoring services.

Main duties of the job

Our Echocardiography department holds dual accreditation with both the British Society of Echocardiography (BSE) and the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging (EACVI), so this is an exciting opportunity to develop your career as a competent Echocardiographer with opportunities to progress to training in advanced specialist areas.

It is a fantastic opportunity for current 8a or experienced band 7 Cardiac Physiologists to further their career at St Bart's Health NHS Trust.

We seek a forward-thinking, dynamic, and motivated individual to support the Principal Cardiac Physiologist for Echocardiography in leading the Echo Quality and Training. The department/service has a rigorous quality assurance program designed to teach and develop changes to maintain high standards of practice. We also have a high success rate in training Echocardiographers and ensuring top passing marks with any accreditation body such as BSE or EACVI. The department trains a combination of physiologists/clinical scientists, STP, ETP, registrars, nurses and non-cardiac consultants.

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..

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post will comprise clinical, management and teaching responsibilities, with simple and advanced Echo imaging expertise. In addition, you should have experience in all types of non-invasive cardiac physiology.

We have a supportive environment for training and development and attendance at National Conferences. However, you will be expected to demonstrate maturity and experience consistent with this grade to contribute fully to the improvement and advancement of the service.

Applicants who do not have a BSc Clinical Physiology degree (or international equivalent) and BSE/EACVI accreditation (or international equivalent) will not be short-listed therefore, please do not apply.

The full job description provides an overview of the key tasks and responsibilities of the role, and the person specification outlines the qualifications, skills, experience, and knowledge required. For both documents, please view the attachment/s below

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

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

Person Specification



  • Experience specialist level with relevant accreditations (BSE or European equivalent
  • Experience with leading and training all grades of staff and clinicians
  • Experience of echo QA processes


  • Experience of planning and developing specialist services including contributing toward local and national policies
  • Experience of developing service plans, business cases and cost improvement plans
  • Evidence of communicating specialist information to key stakeholders including clinicians



  • Day-to-day frontline operational management
  • Ability to manage and lead team in emergency situations
  • Comprehensive leadership and management abilities


  • Fully competent in Echo and other Cardiac diagnostic tests



  • Expert theoretical and practical knowledge in Echocardiography
  • Work under pressure and to deadlines
  • Utilise research in clinical practice, applying an evidence-based practice approach



  • BSE/ESC accreditation
  • BSc Clinical Physiology (or equivalent)


  • Managerial qualification



  • Ability to engage the team and develop changes in working practices
  • Knowledge and understanding of Equal Opportunity and diversity issues

Employer details

Employer name

Barts Health NHS Trust


St Bartholomew's Hospital



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