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Band 7 Highly Specialised Cardiac Physiologist - Echocardiography

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust
£51,488 to £57,802 per annum inclusive of HCAS
Closing date
2 Dec 2023

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Healthcare scientist, Physiologist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
The successful applicant will join an innovative and expert team within the redesigned Echocardiography service at the Royal Free Hospital and affiliated sites working predominately in PPU . The Trust's echo service is led by consultant cardiologists with significant expertise in echocardiography, and has undergone important changes in the last year. We have upgraded to the newest Philips echocardiography carts (CVX's with version 9+ software) with all of the latest semi-automated 3D and strain imaging. We have a full outpatient and inpatient TTE service that serves the Trust's general and specialist populations the Trust is a centre of excellence for pulmonary hypertension, carcinoid heart disease, liver and renal transplant services and provides tertiary level expertise in interventional cardiology, echocardiography and valvular heart disease. This is an exciting time for the service, having moved on from recent pandemic priorities, and have expanded training opportunities for physiologists into stress echocardiography, specialist valve work, 3D and contrast use. We are a friendly and expert team, and the post offers an enviable opportunity to continue to develop your skills in a facility that is set up to deliver the full range of advanced echocardiography (3D, strain imaging, contrast echo).

Main duties of the job

The post holder will already have BSE or equivalent accreditation as well as significant experience in independent TTE, and will contribute to all areas of the echocardiography programme. The programme promotes close collaboration with our consultant cardiologists across the Trust and our weekly educational sessions are an important part of our educational development. The successful applicant will have a strong track record in education and training which are priorities for the department as we expand our training initiatives. They may also have an interest in research, helping to deliver the department's research goals as part of the expanding programme. This post provides a great opportunity to join a welcoming, supportive and enthusiastic team at a time when we are developing and expanding our echo service.

About us

The Royal Free is a successful Foundation Trust and a major teaching hospital campus within UCL. The cardiology department has expanded greatly in recent years and offers a full range of services. We are the leading European centre for carcinoid heart disease, one of the few UK referral centres for Pulmonary Hypertension and we have close collaboration with the National Amyloid Centre sited at the University site at the RFH.The echocardiography department provides a routine TTE outpatient and inpatient service. More specialised services include 3D, Dobutamine Stress Echo, Exercise Echo, Contrast, Bubble, and TOE.We have weekly review and teaching meetings attended by one or more consultants, registrars, cardiac physiologists and junior staff.All physiologists are encouraged to attend relevant course/meetings as continued professional development is important to our team and post-graduate exams are actively encouraged.Our department has a strong emphasis on teaching/training of echocardiographers, specialist registrars, MSc students, and newly qualified junior members of staff. We support the PTP and STP training programs and the successful candidate would show an ongoing commitment to training in the department.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Informal visits are welcomed and highly recommended prior to interview. The post is graded at band 7. We offer a premia of 10% of your basic pay for recruitment and retention for candidates that meet the criteria.

Person Specification



  • Demonstrable ability to meet the Trust Values



  • Degree in Clinical Physiology (Cardiology) or degree level equivalent education plus extensive experience
  • BSE Accreditation


  • RCCP registration
  • Evidence of ongoing professional development
  • BLS plus defibrillator certification



  • At least 2 years experience as qualified Cardiac Physiologist
  • Perform & interpret echocardiography independently


  • Evidence of service improvement work
  • Evidence of staff management
  • Evidence of training or research portfolio

Skills and Aptitudes


  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to treat patients with respect and understanding
  • Good teaching and supervisory skills
  • Ability to liaise and to develop working relationships with a multi-disciplinary team

Employer details

Employer name

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust


Royal Free Hospital



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