The Dudley group NHS foundation trust is looking to expand the ultrasound department.We are looking for sonographers qualified in general abdominal, gynaecology and specialist small parts. It is a hard-working department, and we are keen to encourage sonographer advancement in their practice.Main duties of the job
- To independently perform all routine ultrasound examinations, clinically evaluating the information gained, recording relevant images in line with departmental protocols and issuing a written report of the examination findings to a high standard.
- To participate in any extended day, weekend, on-call and bank holiday service provided by the Ultrasound Department, and to work cross site as required by the service needs.
Please see Job description for full details.About us
At the Dudley Group our patients and staff are at the heart of all that we do and that is to provide a world class service that aligns with our vision of excellent health care, improved health for all. We are seeking to recruit staff who share our vision and values of making Dudley Group an incredible workplace.
We are committed to becoming a diverse and an inclusive employer and where people feel sense of belonging. Seeking to expand diversity within our teams, we positively encourage applications from under-represented groups such as ethnically diverse, disabled and LGBTQ+ groups. We are also under-represented in-terms of gender within nursing roles and we would welcome applications from people from male and non-binary backgrounds.
Dudley Group offer many opportunities for our staff to develop and grow within their roles through our Learning & OD department. These include topics such as communication, wellbeing, team development, cultural competency, and values, plus much more. For those in a Management/Leadership role, there are additional programmes to support you to develop the skills you need. These include our Managers Essentials Programme and a Leadership Programme that all managers will attend as part of your Dudley Managers Induction. Our Learning Prospectus is a great way to discover the details behind what's available for you here at The Dudley Group.
We are committed to home life balance through flexible working and making reasonable adjustments where possibleJob descriptionJob responsibilities
Person SpecificationQualifications & EducationEssential
- To provide specialist advice and care to patients and to sensitively communicate clinical condition related information, including breaking bad news, on the findings of the ultrasound examination.
- To work independently, being accountable for the efficient and effective management of a clinical caseload, making a diagnosis, giving opinion, writing reports and making decisions regarding the clinical management of the patient.
- To communicate with patients to obtain a more detailed clinical history prior to ultrasound examination, to explain the findings of the examination relaying clinical condition related information which may include breaking bad news. To act in the patients best interests arranging urgent referral to the appropriate clinician.
- To deal with body fluids e.g. sweat and blood. Cleaning and decontamination of patients and equipment in accordance with the Control of Infection Guidelines.
- To provide written and verbal explanation and advice for the investigation, patient preparation, and aftercare, ensuring that the patient fully understands complex information regarding the examination, consents to the procedure and knows how and when he/she will receive the results.
- To be an effective member of the multi-disciplinary team maintaining and promoting effective working relationships and working practices and contributing to:
- Individual patients case discussions
- Evaluating developing and implementing changes to ultrasound sessions/practice
- Monitoring waiting lists and planning workloads to optimise resources
- Assessing the urgency of cases and prioritising and allocating appointments accordingly
- To participate in the development of multi-professional Clinical Care Pathways to improve patient care.
- To establish working relationships with all other members of the health care team to develop clinical practice.
- 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 service.
- To liaise with service providers to arrange routine equipment servicing, maintenance and attendance for equipment breakdown. To be responsible for ensuring that any scheduled patient appointments are rescheduled according to clinical urgency.
- Ensure that infection control procedures are adhered to in relation to personnel and equipment.
- Ensure that patient confidentially is maintained within the ultrasound department.
- To manage own time effectively whilst ensuring all patients are cared for to the highest of standards.
- Be professionally accountable, flexible and autonomous with freedom to act and refer independently.
- To ensure a working knowledge of the trust incident reporting system and to report on near misses or incidents in a timely manner.
- We are also involved in actively teaching sonographer to other AHP colleagues , medic's ,midwifery and other students.
- Post Graduate Certificate in Medical Ultrasound
Communication & Relationship SkillsEssential
- Diploma of the College of Radiographers or BSc in Radiography or equivalent midwifery qualification
- Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing, with the general public and all levels of staff, including senior management, health professionals. Must have a good command of written and verbal English.
- Must be able to convey complex/distressing news in a sensitive manner
- Enthusiasm to develop the service
- Relevant experience within an ultrasound department.
- Knowledge of strategic governance processes and their application
- Ability to use problem solving techniques to ensure identified risks to patient safety are effectively managed.
- Experience of working as part of a multidisciplinary team within a complex organisation
- Highly developed organisational skills. Must be able to demonstrate an ability to work to deadlines and to management targets
- Knowledge of Radiation Protection standards
- Evidence of IT skills
Analytical & Judgement SkillsEssential
- Able to demonstrate evidence of teaching and assessing staff in current role
- An understanding of the principles of the development and modernisation of the NHS, particularly in relation to imaging and the education of the healthcare workforce
- Safe use of expensive or highly complex equipment.
Planning & Organisational SkillsEssential
- Handling highly confidential material, complying with Caldicott principles and the Data Protection Act.
- Ability to start new projects where standards are continuously changing, requiring rapid grasp of the requirements and medical concepts.
- Evidence of decision making when presented with complex issues.
- Ability to concentrate for long periods of time while analysing data.
- Self-motivated with a high drive for success.
- Working to tight deadlines.
- Used to working in complex organisation with competing priorities
- Time management and ability to prioritise workload effectively.
- Experience of assisting service planning taking into account finance, manpower, equipment and organisational factors.
- Must be able to concentrate intensely for long periods of time with frequent interruptions
Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Trust ValuesEssential
- Working under pressure
- Flexible and adaptable
- Working environment can be variable, however it is primarily office based. May be seated for long periods.
Employer detailsEmployer name
- Able to provide safe, caring, and effective services
- Values and behaviours that reflect the Trust values of Care, Respect and Responsibility
- Commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace that is free from discrimination and where people feel they belong and their contribution is valued
The Dudley Group NHS Foundation TrustAddress
The Dudley Group of Hospitals, Russell's Hall Hospital
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