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Lead Echocardiographer

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£48,526 to £54,619 per annum pro rata for part time staff
Closing date
28 Nov 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
Sheffield Teaching Hospitals has an exciting opportunity to offer a Lead role in Echocardiography integrating advanced clinical echo skills with leadership and management skills and responsibilities.

This is an exciting opportunity for the successful candidate to build upon successes and develop outstanding physiology services for the future.

The successful candidate would work closely with the Head of Cardiac Physiology to manage cardiac science services in the Echo department. This includes implementing and aligning processes and protocols across the echo service, quality assurance, service development and working towards national accreditation as well as provided day to day clinical leadership to the wider team.

The ideal candidate would be a Cardiac Physiologist / Healthcare Scientist with Level 2 Transthoracic BSE accreditation and possess either a BSc in Clinical Physiology, MSc Clinical Science (Cardiac, Vascular, Respiratory and Sleep Sciences) or BTEC / HNC in Medical Physics and Physiological Measurements and hold RCCP / AHCS / HCPC registration.

Main duties of the job

To be responsible to the Operational Manager and Head of Diagnostic Cardiology Unit for the co-ordination and day to day running of the Echo Service.

To liaise with Highly Specialised Cardiac Clinical Physiologists.

In conjunction with Consultant Cardiologists to perform a wide range of highly advanced Echo investigations.

To personally deliver clinical sessions within Echocardiography.

Provide accurate, clinically comprehensive technical reports at independent level.

To provide a high standard of supra-regional cardiology services.

To provide leadership for the development of the Specialist Echocardiography service.

To ensure that staff are offered appropriate opportunities for training in the Echocardiography services.

Undertake clinical supervision and training of other qualified professionals (including physicians), junior.

To assist in the training of Cardiac Physiologists to degree level in conjunction with the departments training coordinator. Regularly participate in CPD, other developmental activities, research and clinical trials.

To plan and deliver a high level of quality assurance in Trans-thoracic echocardiography services, by participating in audit and managing all service delivery issues within the echocardiography team.

Responsible for initiating regular clinical audit activities, research and development and equipment evaluation.

About us

You will be working for an organisation which values and respects all of its staff and the community it serves. The Trust is a leader in the NHS and research sectors and provides excellent benefits for its staff. This includes commitments to professional development but also many policies to support employees in balancing their personal and professional lives.

The Diagnostic Cardiology Unit provides an extensive range of non-invasive, invasive and specialist cardiac investigation to the South Yorkshire region. The investigation provided by the department include
  • 12 Lead ECG
  • Ambulatory ECG Monitoring
  • Ambulatory Blood Pressure
  • Tilt Table Testing
  • Signal Average ECG
  • Exercise Tolerance Testing
  • Simplex and complex cardiac device follow up including CRT optimisation and His Bundle Pacing
  • Physiologist led ILR implantation and extraction
  • Trans-thoracic Echocardiography including 3 Dimensional assessment, Valve assessment, Stress and Congenital heart disease.
  • Tran-oesophageal Echocardiography including 3 Dimensional assessment
  • Cardiac catheter Laboratory support for:-
    • Left and Right Heart Catheterisation including PCI / PPCI, FFR, IVUS, PVR, IABP
    • TAVI
    • Simplex and Complex device implantation
    • Cardiac Device Extraction
    • Simple and Complex electrophysiology procedures including SVT, AT, VT, 3D Mapping

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please view the attached Job Description and Person Specification documents for full details regarding this post.

When completing your application please ensure that you clearly demonstrate how you meet the role criteria.

Person Specification



  • BSc in Clinical Physiology, MSc Clinical Science (Cardiac, Vascular, Respiratory and Sleep Sciences) or equivalent
  • Level 2 Transthoracic BSE Accreditation
  • Active Registration with RCCP, AHCS or HCPC
  • Intermediate Life Support or equivalent
  • SCST parts I & II (if applicable to qualification route)


  • Postgraduate diploma in management or equivalent level of knowledge and skills gained through a combination of postgraduate study and/or experience plus relevant short courses.
  • Registered as a clinical scientist with HCPC



  • High level of competency in all non-invasive diagnostic cardiology procedure
  • Highly developed specialist clinical knowledge in Echocardiography with a high level of clinical competence
  • Evidence of leadership skills required for this level of responsibility.
  • Experience in research and Audit
  • Experience working at Highly Specialised Cardiac Physiologist level
  • Extensive experience of training and supervision of junior staff
  • Staff leadership experience, including the setting of objectives, appraisal, recruitment and disciplinary issues.
  • Experience of managing within a complex organisation.
  • Experience of operationally managing clinical services.
  • Experience of managing rotas
  • Experience of working in the NHS
  • Experience of building effective working relationships with both immediate management and wider clinical teams.
  • Ability to negotiate and influence staff at all levels of seniority.
  • Ability to access, analyse and translate to clinical teams, complex data and information, in order to facilitate service improvement.
  • Evidence of report writing and presentation skills.
  • Experience of using Microsoft Office for the preparation of reports and presentations, particularly Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Wide experience of providing cardiac physiological services.


  • Experience of capacity planning in a clinical directorate
  • Management of stock
  • Capacity and demand planning
  • Asset management
  • Experience of leading and delivering service improvement or modernisation initiatives.
  • Experience of the development of business cases/ proposals for investment.
  • Experience of developing and implementing strategic service plans.

Further Training


  • Demonstrable commitment to continuing professional development, proactively seeking out new learning opportunities
  • Evidence of further specialist training.



  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent analytical skills and the ability to prepare high quality reports.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work proactively and cooperatively with senior management and clinical staff.
  • A detailed understanding of clinical and corporate governance.
  • Ability to identify improvement opportunities and contribute to policy and procedure change.
  • A clear understanding of confidentiality when dealing with matters relating to staff and patients.
  • Excellent organisational skills and an ability to prioritise an unpredictable workload with frequent disruption.
  • Demonstrable leadership skills and the ability to motivate others and demonstrate honesty, integrity, fairness and tenacity.
  • A commitment to promoting equality and diversity in the workplace and in service delivery and development.
  • Enthusiasm and ability to seek out and resolve problems in order to improve patient care including an appetite to challenge the status quo.
  • Ability to cope with working in a changing and uncertain environment.


  • Ability to develop clinical capacity plans.
  • Experience of database use.
  • Ability to interpret and explain financial information.
  • A detailed knowledge of 18-week, capacity and activity targets for clinical services.

Other Factors


  • Team player
  • Self-motivated, Persuasive
  • Lateral thinker
  • Good communicator
  • Flexible approach to working

Employer details

Employer name

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Northern General Hostital


S5 7AU

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