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Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum pro rata
Closing date
20 Apr 2024

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Other allied health
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

We are seeking to recruit enthusiastic and motivated band 7 Sonographers to join our busy, friendly ultrasound team at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead. We have full time and part time hours available.

It will be expected that the successful applicant/s has a high standard work ethic that is driven by a commitment to improve patient care. You must be willing to work within the current shift rota to cover the 7 day service at all radiology locations, and be able to remain flexible to be able to meet the demands of the service. Essential skills for this post include completion of clinical competencies to scan and report ultrasound independently, have the ability to prioritise workloads and a high level of interpersonal and communication skills.

Our Ultrasound department covers a range of specialities including obstetrics, gynaecology, general ultrasound, head and neck including FNA's, core biopsies, drainages, paediatrics, MSK and contrast, and we are committed to supporting our sonographers with advanced practice.

The Clinical Screening and Support Directorate is committed to training and development and encourages all aspects of CPD. Applications are invited from highly motivated sonographers who wish to work in a busy and well-supported team environment.

You must hold a UK recognised Pg. Diploma in Medical Ultrasound in any of the disciplines mentioned above. You must have at least 2 year's experience working in the NHS.

Main duties of the job

To work as a sonographer within the ultrasound team. Responsible for producing high quality ultrasound images within the radiology service both at QEH and satellite diagnostic sites delivering a first class service meeting the needs of referrers and patients.

To perform and independently report on a comprehensive range of ultrasound protocols in accordance with departmental protocols while maintaining the highest quality of patient care and imaging.

About us

Based in the North East of England we provide a range of hospital and community health services from our leading facilities including the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Blaydon urgent care centre, Bensham Hospital, and soon to include our community Diagnostic centre at the Metrocentre all within Gateshead.

Established in 2005, we were one of the first foundation trusts in the country and since then have consistently achieved the highest levels of care for patients.

As a group we employ around 4,200 staff and currently provide 600 hospital beds across Gateshead. Our primary focus is on providing excellent general health services to our local community complemented by key specialist areas including Gynaecology, maternity, palliative care and old age psychiatry.

Alongside a full range of local hospital services, we provide breast screening services for Gateshead, South Tyneside, Sunderland and parts of Durham - and we are the North Eastern hub for the National Bowel Cancer and AAA Screening Programmes, covering a population of around seven million people.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To work as part of the ultrasound team performing a comprehensive range of ultrasound examinations without supervision.
  • To independently interpret ultrasound images, produce comprehensive clinical reports and communicate information regarding diagnosis directly to referrers and patients in accordance with departmental protocols.
  • To support the Ultrasound Services to deliver a first class ultrasound service.
  • Contribute to Service Development, Quality Improvements and take an active role in Safecare (Clinical Governance) activities. Support Lead Radiographer in improving quality of service whilst working towards the Imaging Services Accreditation Scheme.
  • To contribute towards the efficient deployment of resources enabling patients to receive safe, accurate and timely examinations.
  • To prioritise patients and organise workload from a variety of referral pathways to meet the needs of the service.
  • To contribute towards finding solutions that will meet the changing demands on the ultrasound service.
  • To be competent in the safe use of complex ultrasound equipment.
  • To maintain a high standard of patient care and professional conduct.
  • To be responsible for the implementation of Trust and Radiology policies and procedures within the ultrasound department.
  • To provide services in a manner that supports the Trusts Equality and Diversity ethos.
  • To have a flexible approach to work to support trust objectives and departmental plans.
  • To contribute towards finding solutions to meet the rapidly changing demands on the ultrasound service.

Person Specification

Qualifications and Training


  • DMU / PGDip Medical Ultrasound from Consortium Accreditation Sonographic Education (CASE) accredited institution
  • HCPC registration or registration with the Professional Standards Authority sonographer register.

Skills, Knowledge and Aptitude


  • Scan and report ultrasound independently
  • Ability to prioritise and manage workload according to clinical needs
  • work effectively within a team
  • work flexibly within work rosters that meet a 7 day service
  • Working knowledge of NHS policies that impact practice


  • undertake audits and act upon results to improve practice



  • evidence of continuing professional development
  • Completed preceptorship and post qualification NHS practice in General Medical Ultrasound


  • Completed preceptorship and post qualification NHS practice in MSK US
  • Completed preceptorship and post qualification NHS practice in Obs US
  • Completed preceptorship and post qualification NHS practice in Vascular US

Employer details

Employer name

Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust


Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Queen Elizabeth Avenue



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