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Highly Specialised Cardiac Physiologist, Band 7

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
2 Dec 2023

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Healthcare scientist, Physiologist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Band 7 - Plus 20% R& R & an Additional �4,000 incentive staged payment over a 2 year period.

Highly Specialised Cardiac Physiologist (Pacing / Devices) x 2

The Cardiology department is particularly forward thinking with 13 Consultant Cardiologists. A wide range of procedures are performed within the department, including the two catheter laboratories (complex device implantation & PCI).

The Trust provides an extensive follow-up service for all devices and includes a well-established remote follow-up service. The remote service has been expanded and developed during the Covid-19 pandemic.The successful candidate will be expected to rotate through CRM & the intervention lab as service demand dictates.

At present the service is co-located between Cheltenham General Hospital & Gloucestershire Royal Hospital with plans presented being incorporated to bring all of Cardiac Services onto one site at the Gloucestershire Royal Hospital (within 12 months) & an additional 3rd lab to follow, with a view to delivering EP locally.

Main duties of the job

The post-holder is expected to be a self-motivated, enthusiastic individual, using their experience and knowledge to provide a highly professional standard of care. The successful candidate will have BSc in Clinical Physiology or equivalent and be expected to have a level of skill and autonomy appropriate to the Band 7 level.

The successful candidate will have experience leading brady and complex device implant and follow-up as the lead physiologist. BHRS Devices or EP certification, or recognised equivalent, is essential.

Independent invasive technical expertise will be expected during diagnostic and interventional cardiac cath lab cases, including acquisition of haemodynamic data for left and right heart studies, PCI, PPCI and IABP set up and monitoring.

The department does offer a 24/7 PPCI service which the successful candidate will be an active member of this team.

About us

Band 7 - Plus 20% R& R & an Additional �4,000 incentive staged payment over a 2 year period.

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is the largest employer in the county and with over 8,000 staff, we are one of the largest NHS trusts in the UK. We offer a generous annual leave allowance, excellent bank rates, access to the excellent NHS Pension Scheme, discounts for local shops, restaurants and services, access to our health and well-being hub, access to our two on-site nurseries, flexible working options, discounted public transport, reward and recognition schemes, exercise and activity classes and membership to our popular hospital choir.

There has never been a more exciting time to join the Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Major redevelopment works are due for completion by 2023 or soon after, this will allow for all Cardiac Services to be centralised on one site with 2 new built labs & an additional 3rd lab by 2024.

We encourage and welcome people with disabilities. If you need help please ask.

We reserve the right to close this advert early due to the volume of applicants. Please apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

If you do not hear back within 3 weeks of your application, please assume you have been unsuccessful on this occasion.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Job responsibilities

The post holder will acquire and maintain a high level of professional competence in the performance of all tests, investigations and measurements carried out under the band 7 remit. They will be expected to interpret and act upon results of tests, investigations and measurements in accordance with departmental policies and procedures.

The individual will be expected to contribute to new proposals and protocols, especially for service improvements, and share the responsibility for quality assurance. Active involvement in the personal and professional development of other clinical cardiac physiologists and assistant cardiac practitioners is required.

The post holder will work in a multidisciplinary team that includes other cardiac physiologists, assistant cardiac practitioners, radiographers, consultants and medical staff, nursing staff and all other personnel either hospital or externally based. The post holder will report to and is accountable to the two Lead Cardiac Physiologists.

Main duties and responsibilities

To assist in the responsibility for the day to day management for the pacing and ICD service this includes developing and maintaining policies and protocols. Provide expert technical advice within this area, this includes first line trouble shooting for equipment maintenance

To perform in PCI & to participate in the 24/7 PPCI on call rota as required.

To assist in the responsibility for stock control ensuring levels are maintained appropriately.

Responsible, with other senior physiologists and medical disciplines, for the planning and deactivation of defibrillators as requested.

Work independently without medical supervision in all areas of both non-invasive and invasive Cardiology, including complex ICD clinics

To assist in the line management for the physiology team by participating in the appraisal process for junior members of the team, identifying training and development needs

Knowledge and skills

Provide and receive complex technical information and interpret results for the care of cardiology patients and is a source of expert advice to patients, relatives and other healthcare professionals

Clinical supervision of students and junior trained staff within the team

Work unsupervised and to follow professional guidelines and protocols within the department

Undertake formal teaching duties as necessary in particular in the field of pacing and devices.

If the candidate has EP experience then there would be an encouragement to maintain these skills at a tertiary centre, one day per week.Information

Input data into computerised systems and maintains patients records to ensure accuracy

Maintain the pacemaker and ICD database, including audit data

Maintain and develops systems for remote follow up of devices as required

To assist & to maintain the box change service for all device patientsFinance

To be aware of budgetary restrictions, and ensures appropriate selection of complex highly expensive devices

Ensures equipment is kept safe and trials products and equipment as required


Attend regular updates on equipment and technical changes, and organises equipment training for physiology staff for cath lab and pacing equipment including programmers

Participate in CPD and other developmental activities

Make recommendations which impact on own area this may involve new ways of working

Participate in recruitment of staff

To assist in day to day issues for physiology staff such as amending rotas assigning duties and training, this will often include liaising with other disciplines


Undertakes research and development within the department particularly during pacemaker and ICD follow up studies.


Undertakes any additional duties as deemed necessary directed by the Principal Physiologist

Person Specification



  • BTEC, HTEC MPPM or degree in Clinical physiology or equivalent
  • Various short courses to demonstrate up to date clinical knowledge
  • RCCP registration or HCPC registration
  • BSE/BHRS/IBHRE accreditation - working towards if not already accredited
  • Management training - appraisals, recruitment and absence management



  • Experience with full range of non-invasive and invasive cardiology procedures to include biventricular and ICD implants
  • If not a solo implanter the candidate should be working towards this
  • Database experience


  • Teaching and training

Knowledge/ Skills


  • Communication skills
  • Promotes a positive team environment
  • Ability to prioritise and organise own work load
  • Physical ability to wear a lead apron when working with X-rays
  • Team Leader

Employer details

Employer name

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust





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