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North Bristol NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
11 Jan 2024

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Other allied health
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you looking for a new opportunity to work in a new modern environment, with interesting/varied lists booked as per SoR examination times, and on-site experienced radiologists support? Or to work where sonographers can develop advanced roles? Then this is the place to be, with relocation expenses up to �8000 available to facilitate this.

We are looking for a Sonographer to join our highly skilled team. Full time and part-time hours, with the option of flexible working available.

The workload is varied and interesting, in specialties such as general, gynaecology, early pregnancy, obstetrics (there is the option to opt out of this) and sonographer lead scans for all inpatient, including ITU, acute care and renal transplant US in theatre. Trained sonographers will undertake MSK, head and neck, baby hips ultrasound. In addition, should you be interested, regular opportunity is given to sonographers to train in these areas.

Find out more about the team in our departmental video:

Imaging at North Bristol NHS Trust

If you would like an informal visit the department, or just to have the opportunity to ask questions, please do get in touch.

Successful post holders should hold:
  • Post-graduate Diploma in Medical Ultrasound or equivalent from a CASE accredited university
  • BSc in Radiography or equivalent
  • Current HCPC registration or be on the RCT register
  • Have experience of working as an independent reporting sonographer in the NHS (or similar size/type of organisation

Main duties of the job

  • This role requires you to have a good scanning technique, the ability to process complex information, good written and verbal communication skills, as well as the ability to work with colleagues from band 2 support staff to consultants
  • Undertake ultrasound lists at Southmead Hospital, as well as in community sites in Cossham Hospital, Clevedon Hospital and Yate Westgate Centre
  • You will be able to competently scan and independently report ultrasound scans, to the level required in the NHS, including assessment and reporting complex information. Training will be given in specific areas as required
  • Vetting ultrasound requests
  • Be actively involved in training trainee sonographers and registrars
  • Be involved in and supporting ultrasound audits and equipment QA
  • Attend clinical governance mornings for training, feedback interesting cases or audit results
  • Be involved in CPD, including attending courses as needed

About us

We currently have a team of 18 Sonographers, 4 specialised in MSK, 4 in head and neck and 4 in baby hips ultrasound. We will have 7 trainee Sonographers in 2024, 5 in general and early pregnancy ultrasound and 2 in obstetrics only. We are implementing new technologies such as CEUS and 3D transvaginal ultrasound. We recently developed and appointed Band 8a Lead Practice Educator and General Ultrasound specific roles.

We have a friendly, diverse team of Sonographers who strive to work to high standards, known by those who work in ultrasound as being very supportive. We strive to keep the patient at the centre of what we do, so are always looking at ways to improve the patient pathway and support the sonographers to do this.

We understand the importance of supporting a healthy work/life balance and staff wellbeing. All our lists are booked according to Society of Radiographers examination times guidance to help support a happy, healthy work environment.

Our award-winning Brunel Building has a large rooftop terrace, staff only zone, with an outdoor seating area with views across the city. Working in a new modern building, staff enjoy comfortable, light filled areas to work, and rest.

Understanding the importance and value of investing in our team at NBT, we regularly send Sonographers to BMUS, study days and have regular clinical governance mornings to feedback peer review audits, and teaching sessions from radiologists/ specialist consultants and staff meetings.

Job description

Job responsibilities

    • The role requires individual accountability for independently performing and reporting routine and complex ultrasound examinations in accordance with the ultrasound departmental guidelines and relevant professional body's code of conduct
    • Understanding the clinical significance of ultrasound findings in the context of the clinical question and patients clinical history, reflecting this in the report
    • Ability to analyse relevant clinical information, including other test results and use this to perform and / or adapt the techniques required to undertake a satisfactory examination and diagnosis
    • Provide advice on future patient management to clinicians and / or relatives where appropriate
    • Ability to communicate scan findings directly to patients and clinicians in an empathetic and sensitive manner. Occasionally having to impart highly distressing information and unpleasant news sensitively and providing counselling and reassurance
    • To maintain the workflow within the hospital of the inpatient workload and to help maintain the six-week referral to scan target for the outpatient workload

What can North Bristol NHS Trust offer you?
  • Flexible working
  • A genuinely interesting and varied workload including working in acute services
  • Working on high end ultrasound equipment
  • Opportunity to develop into an advanced practice role, including support for fully funded university modules
  • Fully funded BMUS conferences/ other study days, including accommodation, travel and study leave
  • On-site support from experienced consultants
  • Relocation expenses for up to �8,000. Please see below for details.
  • Free on-site parking (with a staff parking permit)
  • NHS Pension Scheme
    • a pension for life and your employer contributes the equivalent of 20.6% to your pay to help meet the costs of your benefits. Including the option of a lump sum when you retire, and ill-health retirement pension amongst many other options. This short video has more on this - Benefits of being in the NHS Pension Scheme - YouTube
  • Generous Annual leave
    • 27 days (plus 8 bank holidays) on appointment with no NHS experience
    • 29 days (plus 8 bank holidays) after 5 years NHS experience
    • 33 days (plus 8 bank holidays) after 10 years NHS experience
  • Generous paid parental leave
  • Electric car salary sacrifice scheme
  • Cycle salary sacrifice scheme for up to �3000
  • Day nursery attached to the hospital, with salary sacrifice option to save on VAT and NI
  • As well as all the usual NHS discounts

This post is eligible for relocation expenses for up to �8,000. Which can be claimed once you are in post through expenses, see attached Policy for further details.

For full details of the job description and responsibilities please see the attached job description.

Please note that this job advert will close as soon as sufficient applications have been received. So, if you are interested, please apply for this vacancy as soon as you can.

Due to training commitments we are not able to train sonographers with an overseas ultrasound qualifications that are not CASE accredited and no experience of working in the NHS.

Person Specification



  • Must hold the Diploma of the Society of Radiographers DCR(R) or BSc Radiography or equivalent
  • Must hold current Health Professions Council (HPC) registration
  • Must hold Diploma in Medical Ultrasound (DMU) or PgCert/PgDip in Ultrasound

Work Experience


  • Have experience of working as an independent reporting sonographer in the NHS (or similar size/type of organisation)

Employer details

Employer name

North Bristol NHS Trust


Southmead Hospital


BS10 5NB

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