An exciting opportunity
has arisen for the right candidate to join our small but specialist team of Echocardiographers in the Heart Investigations Unit here at Birmingham Children's Hospital.
The post is based at our city centre Children's Hospital, a leading UK specialist paediatric centre, offering expert care to 90,000 children and young people from across the country every year. Rated as 'Outstanding' by the CQC in February 2017, we are a world leader in some of the most advanced treatments, complex surgical procedures and cutting-edge research and development.
Our Heart Investigations Unit currently provides a full range of cardiac investigations for outpatients, cardiac and non-cardiac inpatients and critical care patients. The successful candidate will take an active role in all areas of our echo service. You will work within a well-equipped echo department amongst some of the leading specialists in congenital heart disease, inherited cardiac conditions and cardiac imaging. We have strong clinical input and support and you will have the ability to work with our medical colleagues to develop your skills and knowledge.
The post is for 19 hours per week, worked over 2 days on an 8am until 6pm working pattern.
We would encourage you to arrange a visit to the department to find out why our work in paediatric cardiac services is uniquely rewarding and varied and to see what we could offer.Main duties of the job
While this post would be ideal for an Echocardiographer with congenital and/or paediatric experience we would also very much welcome applications from an experienced adult Echocardiographer with the interest and motivation to develop new skills and knowledge in the area of paediatric and congenital echocardiography.
The successful candidate is expected to:
- Hold an appropriate accreditation for congenital echocardiography.
- Perform transthoracic echo for both inpatients and outpatients in a range of settings.
- Support trainees and junior staff in their development.
- Participate in Quality Assurance.
- Support research activity.
- Maintain CPD.
- Support the wider Heart Investigations team as required.
Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust is the first of its type in the UK. Our Trust was formed in February 2017 to drive forward our commitment to provide the highest quality, world-class physical and mental health care for our women, children and families. Uniting our hospitals means more seamless care more investment to make greater advances in our specialist treatment and world-leading neo-natal and fetal work. Importantly, it also gives us a greater voice in shaping the future of family-centred care.
Birmingham Children's Hospital is a UK leading specialist paediatric centre with an international reputation in several areas.
Birmingham Women's Hospital is one of two dedicated women's hospitals in the UK, with the busiest single site maternity unit, delivering more than 8,200 babies a year offering a full range of gynaecological, maternity and neonatal care.
Forward Thinking Birmingham (FTB) Mental Health Services are a unique, innovative community and inpatient mental health partnership. Alongside partners FTB offers care pathways of mental health assessment and treatment for young people aged 0-25 years old.
Our Trust is committed to creating the best place to work. We believe in promoting and enhancing inclusion, diversity and equality and encourage applications from all areas of the community, who meet the criteria for the role, regardless of age, gender identity, disability, race, religion or sexual orientation.Job descriptionJob responsibilities
Please refer to the attached job description and person specification to view the full details for this opportunity at Birmingham Womens and Childrens NHS Foundation Trust.
When completing your application, please ensure you have evidenced how you meet the job description and person specification to include transferable experience, qualifications, skills along with professional registration details (if applicable).
Occasionally we receive a large number of applications for our roles and when that happens we sometimes bring the closing date forward, so please apply promptly to avoid disappointment.Person SpecificationExperience and QualificationsEssential
- BSc Clinical Physiology (with Cardiology specialist option) from RCCP / SCST approved educational provider or equivalent qualification / experience as approved by RCCP / SCST
- Specialist accreditation in Echo with British Society of Echocardiography (BSE) or accreditation with EACVI or equivalent.
- Strong underpinning knowledge of cardiac anatomy and physiology.
- Competent in performing and reporting detailed ventricular function assessment studies according to current professional body guidance.
- Able to perform highly specialised Echocardiography unsupervised.
- Extensive experience of employment as a Senior Echocardiographer in a Clinical setting
- Strong written and verbal communication skills to include presentation skills. Able to convey complex and sensitive information.
- Good team player
- Good organisational and time management skills. Able to delegate. Efficient and effective.
- Capable of working with a high degree of autonomy where required
- Shows willingness to accept accountability for decision-making
- Professional in appearance
- Good health record
- Desire to work with Children
Employer detailsEmployer name
- Accreditation in paediatric and/or congenital echocardiography (BSE/EACVI)
- Immediate Life Support (ILS) provider
- IT qualification to include competency in MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Access eg ECDL or equivalent
- Experience of employment in an NHS setting
- Experience of employment as a Senior Echocardiographer within a paediatric or ACHD setting
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