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Sonographer

Employer
Whittington Health NHS Trust
Location
London
Salary
£49,178 to £55,492 Per Annum Inclusive of HCAS Pro rata
Closing date
8 Mar 2024

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Profession
Other allied health
Grade
Band 7
Hours
Full Time
As a sonographer at Wood Green CDC, you will be at the forefront of providing exemplary patient care through the skilled performance and accurate reporting of ultrasound examinations, as prescribed by healthcare professionals. Adherence to our established departmental protocols and procedures is paramount, as we strive together to elevate the quality of patient care to its highest standard through dedicated personal action and a commitment to ongoing improvement.

Core Responsibilities:
  • You will conduct a comprehensive range of ultrasound examinations, including but not limited to abdominal, renal, gynaecological, testicular, abdominal wall and groin scans, ensuring each patient receives the utmost care and accurate diagnostic information.
  • As part of our commitment to meet and exceed patient needs, we are on a path to broaden our ultrasound service offerings to include thyroid and musculoskeletal (MSK) scans by the end of 2024.
  • While your primary focus will be on ultrasound services, you may be required to rotate through other clinical areas for up to 25% of your working week
  • You will be expected to participate in the extended working day and working weekends where necessary as per AfC terms and conditions

*Important note about pay*

All sonographers will be paid a retention premium and an additional reporting allowance based on skill set. Please see the section on pay for more details

Main duties of the job

Provide a professionally competent Ultrasound service to patients in a safe clinical environment.

Provide a caring, confidential diagnostic service to all patients, ensuring their dignity and privacy are not compromised.

About us

This is an exciting opportunity for sonographers new to the NHS or those already in the NHS to work in a different, more flexible way that provides a dynamic and responsive service to our population whilst allowing staff the opportunity to focus on their professional development.

This is the chance to be part of something transformative and innovative that has a positive impact on how we improve patient pathways.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Main Duties/Key Results Areas:

Act independently in the assessment of referrals for Ultrasound examinations, taking full responsibility for the justification of general Ultrasound examinations. Supervise Sonographers in this process if required.
  • Maintain a high level of expertise in the safe operation of Ultrasound equipment and manage faults effectively.
  • To comply with and contribute to the implementation of departmental and professional policies and procedures such as:
  • Health +Safety including risk assessment and COSHH
  • ALARA principles
  • Quality Assurance Program
  • Clinical Effectiveness
  • Clinical Audit
  • To be able to exercise personal responsibility and make decisions in complex and unpredictable circumstances e.g. Prioritising patients according to clinical need in an ultrasound and radiological situation.
  • To work as part of a team within the Imaging Department and the wider Trust environment to ensure effective communication and delivery of care
  • To work in a team under challenging circumstances always maintaining a calm and collaborative manner.
  • To raise issues appropriately and face to face with relevant individuals to resolve conflict keeping the organisational iCARE behaviours uppermost.

MANAGEMENT DUTIES
  • Provide leadership and supervision more junior grades in difficult situations such as very busy periods and with patients requiring multiple examinations.
  • To be responsible for the care and safe handling of equipment and accessories in the area of work
  • To ensure that equipment faults are recorded appropriately and reported to the relevant Lead Sonographer
  • To trouble-shoot equipment faults and make suitable provision for the service in the event of equipment failure. Notifying the relevant senior member of staff in the area
  • To provide advice and reassurance to more junior members of staff and assist in their handling of patients concerns
  • To provide help and advice to more junior staff in prioritising their work and delegate other non-clinical tasks
  • To maintain a high level of expertise in the safe operation of Imaging equipment and manage faults effectively per departmental policy and procedure
  • To assist in implementing and developing service protocols and audit programmes within the Ultrasound Department
  • To act independently in the assessment of referrals for Ultrasound examinations, taking full responsibility for the justification of ALARA principles. Supervise Sonographers in this process if required
  • To maintain knowledge of technological and technical advances in methods of diagnostic Imaging in order to promote a culture of continuous improvement within the department
  • To delegate appropriate tasks and supervise more junior Sonographers and Sonographic Helpers to achieve the desired quality of patient care
  • To be actively involved in the training and assessment of student sonographers, Radiographers and other learners on clinical placement, always providing direct supervision. Maintain the required knowledge and skills to provide effective training, keeping up to date with current advances in technology and diagnostic techniques
  • To manage competing demands including a requirement to take accountability for own list which includes explanations to patients regarding delays or re-bookings.
  • To ensure that time and slots are used effectively and efficiently maximising capacity where possible.

CLINICAL DUTIES
  • To perform abdominal, renal, gynaecological, testicular, abdominal wall, and groin ultrasound examinations, in accordance with the departmental policies and protocols, having first assessed the clinical requirement
  • To provide a formal report of the ultrasound findings according to an agreed protocol
  • To provide expert clinical advice to clinicians for gynaecological, general, testicular, groin, abdominal wall and thyroid examinations either verbally or via a written report
  • To obtain patient consent and co-operation for examinations in accordance with the Patients Charter and departmental policies
  • To prioritise workload depending on the clinical condition of the patient and the direct impact on their management. Organise Ultrasound or Radiographic cover appropriately
  • To be responsible for referring patients for follow-up examinations both ultrasound and other imaging modalities when clinically necessary
  • To develop knowledge and understanding within evidence-based framework and transfer to situations encountered in practice
  • To present educational material to colleagues on a regular basis
  • To provide advice to more junior staff on guidelines for relevant Ultrasound examinations
  • To maintain accurate patient records with proper use of the departmental systems and procedures, in accordance with the Data Protection Act
  • To participate in mandatory training and actively pursue Continuous Professional Development, keeping an up-to-date personal record
  • Liaise with fellow healthcare workers and referring clinicians to provide a high-quality imaging service to patients
  • Provide advice to clinicians on the nature of a diagnostic image either verbally or using the red dot system to identify pathology
  • Maintain accurate patient records by input of accurate information to reflect the service provided and meet professional standards, in accordance with the Data Protection Act
  • Have skill in adapting imaging technique for patients with injuries and illness, and utilise developed motivational and persuasive skills to acquire correct position and reduce mobility to produce an acceptable diagnostic image
  • Develop knowledge and understanding within evidence-based framework and transfer to situations encountered in practice
  • Consult with senior sonographers who will be available on a daily basis and provide direct supervision and training when required
  • Participate in appraisals undertaken by the Superintendent or Senior Sonographer in order to agree an annual performance development plan

TEACHING AND TRAINING DUTIES
  • To participate in the induction and training of new staff and support the undergraduate and post graduate degree programmes.
  • To assist in the training of sonography and medical staff in specialised areas.
  • To provide assistance and be actively involved in departmental projects and audits.
  • To attend mandatory training.
  • To actively pursue training courses/study days applicable to the role in order to maintain a high level of expertise and current knowledge
  • Using knowledge and skills attained through experience, training and CPD be actively involved in the training and development of more junior members of staff

PAY

A retention premia of �2K per year will be paid to all sonographers.

A reporting allowance will be paid to all sonographers based on skill set as described below:

Grade 1 (5% midpoint of band)

Grade 2 (10% midpoint of band)

Grade 3 (15% midpoint of band)

PgC only and qualified > 6months general/gyn

Qualified > 6 month post qualification PgD in general/gyn + one skill from the list below

Qualified > 6 month Competent in general/gyn

Plus MSc and competent in with two skills from the list below

OR

Qualified > 6 month Competent in general/gyn

PLUS 3 or more additional skills from list below

*Must be signed off competent by US lead and have university accredited qualification and be practicing independently in all areas of obs/gynae

*Must be signed off competent by US lead and have university accredited qualification and be practicing independently in all areas of obs/gynae and abdominal scanning.

*Must be signed off competent by US lead or Substantive Consultant Radiologist and have university accredited qualification

Sonographer Skill Sets

MSK

Neonatal hips

Hernia

Thyroid

Testes

Breast

Paediatrics

Management

Lumps and bumps

Person Specification

Qualifications

Essential

  • oPgC or higher in Ultrasound (or equivalent)


Desirable

  • oMSc in Ultrasound
  • oEvidence of Continuing Professional Development
  • oEvidence of involvement in audit PgC or equivalent in appropriate reporting modality
  • oDCR or degree in Radiography


Experience

Essential

  • oExperience across a wide range of ultrasound examinations including gynaecological, general, testicular, groin, abdominal wall and thyroid
  • oExperience of teaching/training
  • oUnderstanding of IM& T systems in Radiology


Desirable

  • oNHS experience.
  • o1 year post Ultrasound Diploma experience
  • oMSK experience


Knowledge

Essential

  • oExcellent communication and interpersonal skills, including a professional telephone manner
  • oAbility to demonstrate good working relationships with staff of all grades / professional groups
  • oGood written and oral communication skills.
  • oStrong leadership and willingness to help others grow


Desirable

  • oCareFlow
  • oSectra RIS/PACS
  • oDevelop, and deliver presentations
  • oAbility to contribute to development of sonographic procedures/ processes


Employer details

Employer name

Whittington Hospital NHS Trust

Address

Wood Green NHS Community Diagnostic Centre

Wood Green Shopping Centre, 159 High Road

London

N22 6YQ

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