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Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 Per annum, +10% RRP
Closing date
2 Mar 2024

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Other allied health
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We are seeking a qualified sonographer with UK experience to join our friendly team on the Bedford Hospital Site.

You will work in both the obstetric and main ultrasound departments performing a variety of scans to include general, gynaecological and obstetric scans( nuchal, anomaly and growth scans, Uterine artery / Umbilical artery dopplers and cervical length scans).

FASP NT accreditation is desirable however in house supervision and training can be provided.

Team working is of paramount importance and any new recruit will be welcomed and nurtured in a supportive environment.

We are seeking an enthusiastic , empathic and friendly sonographer with excellent communication skills. You must be a team player with an open minded and flexible approach to working.

Our team consists of the lead sonographer, deputy and 8 other sonographers supported by nurses, CSW's , radiologists and admin staff.

Our extended scope sonographers scan MSK, small parts , groins and hernias.

We are committed to CPD and there will be an opportunity to train, learn and develop new skills.

Come and join our team.

Main duties of the job

You will be expected to provide a high level of expertise in Gen Abdominal/Doppler/ Obs and Gynae US scanning and must be able to independently dictate and report on your findings. You must be familiar with both CRIS and PACS systems. You must have excellent communication skills and a patient focused attitude to working.

At Bedford Hospital Site we work closely with the radiologists, medical staff, nurses and support staff to provide an effective patient focussed service. You will have the opportunity to further your career by appropriate post graduate study.

For further information or to arrange a visit contact Caroline Byrne Lead sonographer on 01234 355122 ext 4025

Although we are committed to learning and development , skills and experience from your previous employment will be required in order for your time with us to be a real success. These can be found in the Person and Job Description attachments. However we have highlighted three of them below
  • To make an accurate diagnosis from the ultrasound scan and to issue a factual report for each scan performed, collaborating with professional colleagues when necessary.
  • To safely use all ultrasound equipment, to be able to resolve first line problems, recording accurate details of equipment faults, reporting faults and liaising with and supervising engineers.
  • To participate and understand quality assurance program for ultrasound equipment reporting trends and changes to the superintendent radiographer.

  • About us

    Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust provides hospital services to a growing population of around 700,000 people living across Bedfordshire and the surrounding areas across two busy hospital sites in Bedford and Luton. Both hospital sites offer key services such as A& E, Obstetrics-led Maternity and Paediatrics.

    You will be joining a friendly, high performing Trust committed to ensuring the health and wellbeing of staff. As one of the largest NHS Trusts in our region you will have access to a programme of high quality training and development to help you grow your career.We have state-of-the art facilities placing us at the heart of cutting edge health care. The Trust continues to be committed to delivering the best patient care using the best clinical knowledge and technology available.

    Please note that vacancies may close prior to the advertised closing date when sufficient number of applications have been received. Please ensure that you make your application as soon as possible.

    All new staff will be subject to a probationary period covering their first six months in post. Travel between hospital sites may be required.

    Please review all documents attached to this advert to ensure you familiarise yourself with all requirements of the job.

    Job description

    Job responsibilities

    To organise and co-ordinate the area to which they are rostered, undertaking general and Doppler exams ensuring that work is appropriately prioritised and working according to their professional training. To maintain clinical standards according to the departments written protocols and guidelines, ensuring that patient care is paramount in the general ultrasound department and obstetric unit. On a daily basis to undertake a wide range of complex ultrasound examinations interpreting and analysing the clinical and non-clinical facts on the request card, following established protocols in a timely and confident manner. This will require an in depth knowledge of equipment and its capabilities to be able to adapt technique to suit patient condition. To make an accurate diagnosis from the ultrasound scan and to issue a factual report for each scan performed, collaborating with professional colleagues when necessary. To safely use all ultrasound equipment, to be able to resolve first line problems, recording accurate details of equipment faults and reporting faults, liaising with and supervising engineers. To accurately input details on to both the Radiology Information System(CRIS) and PACS To interrogate the system(s) for patient details, updating and recording information as required. To understand the appointment system for the speciality/ area(s) in which the sonographer works. To be fully conversant with the department guidelines, policies and procedures for the speciality/area(s) in which the sonographer works. To be conversant with Trust Policies and to deal with complaints and grievances that may occasionally arise in their area of work.

    Person Specification



    • Diploma College of Radiographers or Bsc Radiography
    • HPC Registered
    • US Post Graduate Qualification



    • Previous experience as a qualified sonographer



    • Ability to independently analyse and make judgements on complex information relating to patient care.
    • IT skills at an intermediate level with ability to use word, e-mail etc
    • Ability to use own initiative maintaining judgement when under pressure
    • Ability to resolve and manage conflicting demands on service resources.

    Personal Skills & Qualities


    • Ability to motivate, organise and manage a multidisciplinary team of staff and pass skills and knowledge onto others
    • Ability to communicate sensitive and sometimes distressing information to patients
    • Ability to communicate with all levels of staff within the organisations and external users of the service General Practitioners, suppliers University etc


    • Open/Reflective/Warm
    • Enthusiastic and self-aware
    • Creative and Flexible
    • Team focussed
    • Reliable, Adaptable and Dependable

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


    Bedford Hospital

    Kempston Road


    MK42 9DJ

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