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Specialist Cardiac Radiographer

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 £35,392 - £42,618 Per Annum Pro Rata
Closing date
25 Nov 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen to join our team as a band 6 specialist radiographer in Cardiology and X-ray (Plain Film) imaging. We are looking to recruit an enthusiastic HCPC registered Radiographer to join our dynamic imaging team at UHPT. Applications are welcomed from radiographers with NHS experience demonstrating a sound clinical knowledge of diagnostic radiography. Previous experience of working within a Cardiac Catheter Laboratory and participation in a 24/7 on call service is highly desirable but the right candidate will be given appropriate support to train in the labs if necessary.

Within this role you will be expected to work within a multi-disciplinary team to support the diverse range of cardiac procedures and therapies offered by UHPT as the Tertiary Unit for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery in the South West.

The department is currently undergoing refurbishment with the intention of having 3 Philips Azurion 7 Cardiac Imaging Systems by the end of September 2023. There will be rotation into the general x-ray department and an on-call commitment to the specialty. Currently, there are weekend ACS lists with the future possibility of extended days.

Recent collaboration with Cardiology has enabled suitably motivated cardiac radiographers to study at post graduate level in Echocardiography with a view to career progression and possible reporting opportunities at Band 7 level.

Main duties of the job

As a senior radiographer you would be expected to provide clinical excellence and assist with the day-to-day organisation of the clinical area providing effective and efficient co-operation with the multi-disciplinary team.

The service hosts undergraduate radiographers on placement from the University of Exeter and the University of Plymouth as well as training apprentice radiographers, so you will be expected to be actively involved in their training and supervision as part of your role, whilst supporting the wider team. All candidates must be enthusiastic about teaching and supporting learners in the clinical environment.

This position carries a commitment to Agenda for Change compliant 7 day working at Derriford Hospital and you will be expected to work flexible hours across the week.

Our Trust core values are 'Put people first', Take ownership', 'Respect others', 'Be positive' and 'Listening, Learning and Improving'. If you agree that these values should be integral to your work, then Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust has much to offer you.

If you would like further details about this post or to arrange an informal visit, please contact Adrian Cann, Lead Cardiac Radiographer on 01752 431113 or Jeanette Owen, X-ray (Plain Film) Service Lead Radiographeron 01752 432469.

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

  • To deliver a high quality, effective and efficient radiographic service to the highest professional standards. To become actively involved within the X-Ray modality where you will carry out duties commensurate with a senior radiographic post within the service.
  • To work within a tertiary cardiac catheter laboratory, liaising within a multidisciplinary cardiology team.
  • To maintain specialist cardiac area competencies. It is envisaged that this post will work within specialist area a minimum of 50% of rostered time.
  • To support and create effective learning placements within the organisation in line with national agendas and Higher Education Institutions. Supervising, assessing and supporting students and apprentices in the department.
  • To support an Agenda for Change compliant 24-hour 7-day roster, including bank/public holidays as required by the needs of the service including rotation to peripheral sites.
  • This post requires a specialist cardiac on call commitment.

***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.***

Person Specification

Knowledge & Experience


  • oDemonstrable post graduate experience and proven knowledge of radiography.
  • oMust have demonstrated an aptitude in, or sustained interest in clinical education.
  • oProven knowledge and demonstrable experience of mentorship or practice assessment, education and development.
  • oProven evidence of recent CPD
  • oA thorough understanding of the physiological, psychological and social needs of all patients and their families.
  • oAn ability to employ manual handling techniques, with and without mechanical aids, both within the department and on wards and in theatre.
  • oComputer literate, confident in the use of Microsoft Word, databases, presentation software and to evaluate data and produce reports using Microsoft Excel
  • oA working understanding of current radiation protection legislation (IRR and IRMER).
  • oAwareness of current professional issues.
  • oDemonstrable experience and understanding of education/audit requirements in clinical settings.
  • oProven knowledge and understanding of equality issues and legislation and the ability to put equality policies into practice.
  • oDemonstrable experience with mentoring
  • oAbility to demonstrate an understanding of evidence-based practice.


  • oAwareness of NHS policies and documents
  • oDemonstrable experience of planning and organising complex activities requiring the formulation and adjustment of plans.
  • oDemonstrable experience in service improvement project
  • oHave conducted appraisals on junior staff.
  • oDemonstrable experience in a senior position
  • oProven evidence of understanding and utilisation of a range of methods to ensure effective communication within the Modality, Imaging Service and Trust.
  • oDemonstrable experience in cardiac catheter laboratory (or similar).



  • oCurrent HCPC registration
  • oBSc in Diagnostic Radiography or equivalent


  • oStudent assessor qualification/training.
  • oPost graduate qualification linked to your specialist area, or willingness to obtain one.
  • oLeadership qualification/course.
  • oValid ILS (Intermediate Life Support) Certificate.

Aptitude & Abilities


  • oAbility to accurately position patients thus ensuring a good radiographic technique.
  • oAble to communicate effectively at different levels of an organisation in both verbal and written form, whilst demonstrating fluency, clarity and effectiveness.
  • oGood organisational skills and ability to prioritise workload.
  • oShow initiative and be responsive to service need.
  • oAbility to concentrate on the task in hand despite the distractions of a busy department.
  • oAbility to adapt to change within the work area.
  • oMust be able to function as part of a large team.
  • oDemonstrable leadership qualities and the ability to act as a role model and mentor - ability to inspire and motivate others.


  • oAbility to interpret the Trust's policy on Violence and Aggression in order to maintain a safe working environment for yourself and colleagues.
  • oExcellent research and audit skills
  • oAbility to analyse and discuss problems from both sides of a situation and provide a report on it.
  • oGood presentation skills

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust


University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust

Cardiac Catheter Laboratories, South West Cardiothoracic Unit, Level 6, Derriford Hospital



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