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Trainee Nurse Sonographer

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 £43,742 - £50,056 Per Annum Pro Rata - Annex 21
Closing date
24 Nov 2023

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
The successful candidate will have a degree or equivalent clinical experience with the ability to study at master's level, have excellent communication skills and the ability to work autonomously. It will be necessary to undertake the PG Certificate in Gynaecology and 1st Trimester Ultrasound at a CASE-approved establishment with practical training being provided in UHP. The course takes up to 1 year and the successful candidate must be willing and able to travel to UWE Bristol for the theory components of the course. To be offered full time part time hours may be available but, in order to meet the demands of the course, it will be necessary to work at least 28.5 hours/week clinically.

The Emergency Gynaecology Unit and Early pregnancy unit is a Nurse-led service with support when required from the Consultant on call. A willingness to take responsibility and make decisions after careful history-taking and examination is essential along with the ability to explain all findings to the patient and involve her in making plans for further investigation and/or treatment. The role can be psychologically demanding, particularly in the Early Pregnancy Unit where you will often have to break bad news but it can also be very rewarding.

***Preference will be given to internal Trust staff, as well as 'Priority' and 'At Risk' status including NHS At Risk staff throughout Devon who are able to display recent relevant experience as dictated by the Person Specification.***

Main duties of the job

To undertake training to the required standard in the assessment, examination and management of patients accessing Gynaecology and Early Pregnancy services.

To undertake PG Certificate in Gynaecology and 1st trimester ultrasound at a CASE-approved establishment. The expectation will be that the training will be completed within one year with progression to independent practice as a nurse sonographer after a 6-month period of post-qualification preceptorship.

To work as a key member of a small team, the post holder will contribute to the future development of the emergency service for patients experiencing gynaecological or early pregnancy problems, through participation in development initiatives.

The post is not area specific all trust employees will work as appropriate to the needs of the service.

About us

We are a people business - where every member of staff matters and can make a difference. Patients are at the heart of everything we do. Joining University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust means becoming part of a team of dedicated staff, who are committed to leading the way through innovation, clinical excellence and great customer care. The Trust has great opportunities for career development in a highly progressive working environment. We offer all of this in a vibrant, modern city with a historic reputation for adventure. PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL COMMUNICATION WILL BE ELECTRONIC, PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAIL ACCOUNT REGULARLY. If you have any issues with applying online and need additional support including reasonable adjustments with the application process please contact the recruitment team on 01752 432100. We recognise that work life balance is important for our colleagues and so we invite requests from applicants around less than full time/flexible working for our advertised roles. Please contact the recruiting manager to discuss this prior to your application submission. We commit to giving this full consideration in each case. We encourage people from diverse backgrounds to apply for our roles, as diversity strengthens our teams. It is sometimes necessary to close vacancies before the closing date. If you have not heard from us within 4 weeks of the closing date, please assume that you have not been shortlisted.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Communicate with people in a form and manner consistent with their level of understanding, culture, background and preferred ways of communicating.
  • Communicate relevant information to patients and their families in a manner that is consistent with and meets their individual needs.
  • Develop and maintain communication with people about complex matters or difficult situations.
  • Communicate effectively and professionally with colleagues in a manner that is consistent with relevant legislation, policies and procedures.
  • Communicate appropriately with members of the multi disciplinary team in relation to the care of individual women.
  • Keep accurate and complete records of all activities and communication consistent with legislation, policies and procedures.
  • Anticipate barriers to effective communication and take action to improve.
  • Always maintain confidentiality as required by legislation and trust policy.
  • Break bad news in an appropriate and empathetic manner.
  • Actively try to resolve issues and complaints at local level, or ensure clear and concise advice is given to people on the complaints procedures in place (PALS, names and addresses of the senior team etc)

Person Specification

Knowledge and Experience


  • Demonstrable experience within a similar role
  • IT literate


  • Previous demonstrable ultrasound experience



  • Registered General Nurse with current NMC registration (Registered Midwife with current dual registration would be considered)
  • Proven evidence of continuous professional development


  • Counselling qualification

Apitutde and Abilities


  • Good communication skills, written and verbal, with ability to demonstrate fluency, clarity and effectiveness at all levels.
  • Attention to detail.


  • Ability to complete master's level studies.

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust


UHP Derriford Hospital

Derriford Road



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