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Specialist Nurse Sonographer

County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust
Bishop Auckland
£43,742 to £50,056 a year pro rata
Closing date
26 Nov 2023

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Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
County Durham and Darlington NHS Trust are looking for a highly motivated, experienced and enthusiastic Specialist Nurse Sonographer to join our friendly Gynaecology Diagnostic and Early Pregnancy/ Emergency Gynaecology clinic teams.

The role is suitable for candidates who hold a Post Graduate Certificate (Masters Level) in Medical Ultrasound (First trimester and Gynaecology). Professional Nursing or Midwifery registration is also required.

There will be a requirement to train other staff to perform scans, so a passion for teaching would be an advantage.

You will need to be able to work independently, demonstrating a high level of competence and will need to have excellent communication skills.

Interview date: 4 December 2023

Main duties of the job

This post has links with both the Gynaecology Diagnostic service and the Early Pregnancy/ Emergency Gynaecology clinics. Within the Gynaecology Diagnostic service the successful candidate will be required to perform and independently report gynaecology ultrasound examinations. Within the Early Pregnancy/ Emergency Gynaecology clinics you will independently undertake the assessment, examination including ultrasound scans and management of the patient accessing these services.

As a qualified Specialist Nurse Sonographer you will be expected to maintain clinical competencies, providing holistic, high quality women centred care in a range of settings. You will be able communicate highly sensitive information and support and enable patients and carers to make informed decisions.

About us

If you are being interviewed you must accept an interview slot in the system to continue, even if you have arranged with the manager

You must be able to produce ALL certificates stated essential in the person specification or you will not be able to complete pre-employment checks

We provide hospital services from two acute sites - Darlington Memorial Hospital and University Hospital of North Durham. We have a centre for planned care in Bishop Auckland and provide care from community hospitals in Chester-le-Street, Shotley Bridge, Barnard Castle, Sedgefield and Weardale as well as over 80 other community based settings and providing care in patients' homes.

We particularly welcome applications from disabled and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates as BAME and disabled people are currently under-represented

We are unable to offer sponsorship for roles that do not require a professional registration, to apply you must have Right to Work in the United Kingdom. If you are in the UK on a VISA please ensure you have no restrictions that would prevent you from taking this post

Full Job Descriptions can be found in the adverts supporting documents

Job description

Job responsibilities

To independently perform and report transvaginal and transabdominal ultrasound scans. Communicate the results to the patient and other staff. Make appropriate decisions regarding management/ referrals, working within established quality standards of practice, adhering to Ultrasound Guidelines such as BMUS< RCOG and NICE guidelines for clinical excellence.

Provide Nurse-led clinics including history taking, ultrasound scans, cannulation, venepuncture, speculum examinations and taking swabs.

Perform surgical management of miscarriage under local anaesthetic (MVA) within the outpatient setting. This will be following a period of training and assessment by the Consultants in line with departmental guideline/protocols

Manage patients according to protocols and guidelines. Ensure that protocols and guidelines are evidence-based, fit for purpose and updated in accordance with guidelines produced by NICE and RCOG.

Proactively support and engage with the multi-disciplinary team to ensure an effective, efficient delivery of service in order to maintain departmental standards.

Act as a professional role model and provide facilitative and effective clinical leadership to other team members

To assess, plan/deliver treatment and evaluate outcomes for own caseload in close liaison with senior clinicians, ensuring all patients are fully informed about their investigations and plan of care.

Understand the need for effective communication in the department and involve the Consultant on call when required.

The post holder is required to develop and maintain expert technical knowledge of the equipment used. This is to ensure the correct and safe use of the equipment. They must be able to identify any malfunctions and to act appropriately by reporting them to the unit manager/budget holder.

Ensure that all Trust policies are adhered to in order to promote the safety and wellbeing of patients, visitors and staff.

Actively participate in clinical research and audit and encourage others to do the same.

To be willing and open in the development of new procedures and gynaecology services in collaboration with the multidisciplinary team, contributing to the delivery and development of the Gynaecology diagnostic and Early Pregnancy/ Emergency Gynaecology services.

To participate in teaching, education and training (within the service and trust wide)

Person Specification



  • Registered Nurse or Midwife with current NMC registration
  • Post Graduate Certificate (Masters Level) in Medical Ultrasound (First trimester and Gynaecology)
  • Mentorship course or equivalent
  • Demonstrates evidence of continuous professional development


  • Management & Leadership
  • training
  • Nurse prescribing qualification



  • Acute Gynaecology Nurse experience at band 6 or above
  • Experience of bereavement care
  • Ability to work on own initiative using
  • sound decision-making and problem
  • solving skills
  • Venepuncture and Cannulation
  • IT literate


  • Quality improvement work

Statutory Registration


  • Registered Nurse or Midwife with current NMC registration

Special Skills & Knowledge


  • Demonstrates patient focused
  • approach
  • A good knowledge of Gynaecology
  • disorders & Womens Health issues Knowledge of relevant and current national policies relating to gynaecology and care provision

Special Requirements


  • Cross site working

Employer details

Employer name

County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust


Bishop Auckland General Hospital

Cockton Hill Road

Bishop Auckland

County Durham

DL14 6AD

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