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Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust
Huddersfield and Halifax
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
25 Nov 2023

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Other allied health
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
The main focus of the post is to:
  • Work as an Advanced Practitioner performing and reporting on a range of ultrasound examinations
  • Provide a high standard of care at all times to patients and relatives.
  • Be responsible for professional leadership and the education, training and development of self and others.
  • Work across professional and organizational boundaries to improve patient outcomes.

Newly qualified and those who are to qualify this year please apply- band 6 preceptorship available

Main duties of the job

  • To perform a range of scans and report on highly complex images whose acquisition is operator dependent, accurately differentiating between normal and pathological findings
  • To perform biopsies and other interventional procedures (if suitably qualified) when appropriate
  • To be a source of expertise for clinicians and more junior team members
  • To work as a team member with a multidisciplinary approach to the service provided
  • To provide a high standard of patient care at all times.
  • To be responsible for education, training of self and others.
  • Work in collaboration with other health care professionals and medical staff and across medical boundaries
  • To facilitate a single team approach to develop a cross site ultrasound service
  • To assist in developing cross site working patterns which will allow the delivery of an efficient and effective ultrasound service.
  • Undertake out of hours duties as required by the service.

About us

Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust is an exceptional place to work with many amazing teams of hard working and dedicated staff, delivering high standards of patient care. We have made significant changes in the way we work to meet the challenges of the changing NHS.

This as an exciting time for our continuing development and we are ensuring that the organisation is fit for purpose by introducing and embedding new skills and behaviours.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Clinical Duties
  • To plan and perform complex ultrasound examinations in accordance with Trust and departmental agreed working protocols, ensuring high standards are maintained.
  • To analyse clinical histories to perform the most appropriate technique/examination to answer the clinical question.
  • To be responsible for the quality of work of all staff and that of students, other health professionals and medical personnel being trained within the department, ie act as a clinical role model.
  • To ensure the highest standards are maintained to accommodate the clinical, physical, mental and cultural needs of the patient.
  • Use of clinical skills to recognise and act swiftly in emergency situations, ie, cardiac arrest, respiratory arrest, MAJAX cascade.
  • Assist Consultant radiologists with complex procedures.
  • Supervise and support/mentor students and junior staff & undertake staff assessments when required.
  • Ensure safety of patients, staff, carers and visitors when operating all ultrasound and related equipment within the department
  • Participation in quality assurance programmes recording faults and take action where appropriate.
  • Promote best practice, advising and sharing knowledge to the profession and beyond.
  • Provide clinical counselling to the patient and their relatives following good, bad, unexpected unwelcome news, ie discovery of malignancy
  • Acknowledging when changing care is required and having the authority to recommend further imaging.

Professional Duties
  • To communicate effectively with patients of all ages and abilities to gain a positive identification and co-operation in order to obtain high quality images
  • To communicate effectively with all grades of staff and clinicians in and outside the clinical area
  • Freedom to act independently on own interpretation of findings
  • Ability to work autonomously when justifying the relevance of requests, taking into account previous examination and reports using clinical details and obtaining a verbal history
  • Prioritising and managing workload as an individual and as part of a team
  • Communicating results immediately in certain situations to enable rapid response from clinicians, ie when working on ITU/SCBU
  • Instigating a fast track pathway where necessary to ensure appropriate treatment is commenced in a timely way, ie, Haematuria Clinics, TIA Clinics etc. Patients are prioritised with reports being typed immediately for One Stop clinic situation
  • Provide care and support to women and their families following diagnosis of foetal abnormality
  • Provide a high level of tact, empathy, discretion and sensitivity in emotional situations
  • Develop new protocols using evidence based practice and participate in delivering strategies outlined in guidelines which have been produced
  • Maintain awareness of current trends in all professional matters in the field of ultrasound
  • Effective cleaning and disinfecting of equipment and ancillary equipment in line with the Trust policy on infection control
  • Participate in MDT meetings, justifying accuracy of biopsies/reports
  • Maintain personal contact with patient/clients and relatives and other HCPs
  • Close involvement with the universities and medical schools involving setting out courses and content for future development of the service
  • Participation in the attendance of courses to update knowledge and cascading of information to the rest of the team
  • Completion of equipment check lists to ensure the use of new equipment is understood by all
  • Taking responsibility for own CPD with accurate and up to date records
  • Attendance of courses to update knowledge and cascading of information to the rest of the team
  • Arrange equipment checks as and when required
  • Assess equipment for suitability of purpose
  • Collaborate with all service areas
  • Participate in research and development and clinical trials as required
  • Maintain awareness of current trends in all professional matters in the field of ultrasound
  • Promote best practice, advising and sharing knowledge of the profession and beyond
  • Bring up-to-date relevant reports, guidelines and policies on health and clinical practice and implement where required
  • Managerial Duties
  • Organise the induction of new staff, including medical staff within the department
  • Assess students undertaking ultrasound courses from the university as required throughout the region.
  • To be aware and comply with the Trust and departmental and clinical/non clinical incident reporting
  • To undertake quality assurance initiatives and audit projects related to all aspects of current practice
  • Escalate reports of incidents to Team Leader/Service Lead with responsibility for risk management
  • Ensure all equipment is in good working order and maintain a safe working environment for patients, staff and visitors
  • Ensure safety of patients, staff, carers and visitors when operating all ultrasound and related equipment within the department
  • Participation in quality assurance programmes recording all faults and bringing to the attention of the Team Leader /Service Lead.
  • Financial Duties
  • Ensure all trust resources are utilised in an appropriate manner & not wasted.
  • Managing Self.
  • Identify, develop and agree your own development plan with your Line Manager using the Trust appraisal scheme
  • Comply with all Trust policies, procedures and protocols.
  • Carry out duties with due regard to the Trusts Equal Opportunity Policy.
  • Seek advice and support from Line Manager whenever necessary.
  • Maintain professional conduct including appearance at all times.
  • Ensure maintenance of Professional Registration.
  • Attend all mandatory training as stated by the Trust
  • To be aware and comply with the Trust and Departmental systems of work and policies, ie Health & Safety, COSHH, manual handling and clinical/non clinical incident reporting

3.6 Undertake all such reasonable other duties as may be required as part of the role.

Person Specification



  • BSc/DCR
  • PG Diploma in Medical Ultrasound or DMU Ultrasound (at Masters level)
  • Evidence of self-development and CPD
  • Attendance at relevant updates
  • Study days and courses


  • HCPC Registration
  • Evidence of further studies i.e. MSc in Medical Ultrasound
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Breast Ultrasound
  • Post graduate certificate in vascular ultrasound Management qualification in-house or otherwiseDXXX



  • To be aware of current trends in all professional matters in ultrasound.
  • Counselling skills


  • Musculoskeletal experience
  • Neck scanning
  • Paediatric scanning
  • Interventional procedures
  • Experience in ultrasound of carotid and sonovenogram examinations or other vascular procedures
  • Knowledge of computers.
  • Evidence of extended role, for example, interventional work
  • Evidence of audit/research projects



  • Use own initiative
  • Methodical and accurate
  • Pay attention to detail
  • Excellent organizer
  • Ability to prioritise work
  • Ability to work under pressure

Employer details

Employer name

Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust


Calderdale and Huddersfield

Huddersfield and Halifax


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