Skip to main content

This job has expired

Lead Sonographer - Radiology Ultrasound

Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum
Closing date
19 Apr 2024

View more

Other allied health
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

The successful candidate for this key role will be responsible for managing and developing the general and vascular ultrasound services across multiple sites. You will manage and support the team of sonographers and trainees. Key highlights will also include the leadership and coordination of service developments, in line with our departmental vision and NHSE Strategy.

As an expert practitioner, the new post-holder will competently strengthen and develop great close working relationships with the departmental leads and other members of the wider team. The post holder will provide expert support and guidance to service users.

Effective delivery of training and education will also be a requirement of the role, ensuring all service improvements are delivered safely, efficiently and within budget where appropriate.

We look forward to welcoming prospective candidates and wish you all the success in your application to join the wonderful Radiology team at Royal Berkshire Foundation Trust.

Main duties of the job

  • The postholder will function as an independent practitioner within the Ultrasound Department with responsibility for the provision of a comprehensive, high quality, cost effective and efficient ultrasound service
  • The postholder will have delegated line management responsibility for human and financial resources and for the day to day operational management of the ultrasound service
  • They will contribute towards the strategic development of the service, in conjunction with the Directorate Manager / Deputy and Medical Lead. They will ensure all developments align with the overall objectives of the Radiology Department and with wider Trust strategy
  • The postholder will be recognised as a specialist in their field, interpreting and reporting a range of ultrasound examinations. They will maintain the highest standards of care and will provide specialist diagnostic judgement with a thorough understanding of complex clinical conditions
  • The postholder will provide leadership to other practitioners and engage in clinical supervision activities to support them in that role. They will be a role model for the profession and will have delegated responsibility for staff induction, training and development
  • The postholder will participate in the review and revision of scanning techniques and make recommendations regarding changes in practice and service improvements

The postholder will exercise autonomy within professional and managerial boundaries.

About us

The Trust is based in Reading, which sits on the river Thames, and is served by great road and rail links to London, Oxford and Southampton. With excelled leisure and shopping facilities, and a thriving cultural scene, Reading is a wonderful place to live and work.

The CQC recently rated the care provided by the Royal Berkshire Foundation Trusts as Good.

We have many opportunities for development and have been awarded University Status by the University of Reading.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Independently performs and reports a wide range of complex ultrasound examinations. Recognises the sonographic characteristics of normal and abnormal tissues, structures and blood flow adjusts scanning technique to optimise image quality
  • Demonstrates the specialist professional knowledge and skills necessary for the interpretation, reporting and diagnosis of a range of complex patient conditions provides an authorised report of clinical findings to the referring clinician
  • Evaluates referrals with respect to appropriate clinical details and gathers relevant information from the patient or their representative. Uses such information to develop or adapt the procedure to optimise the diagnostic outcome
  • Indentifies any contraindications to the procedure such as medication, insufficient patient preparation or any inability or unwillingness on the part of the patient to tolerate the procedure
  • Is responsible for the clinical management and care of the patient ensuring patient safety, privacy and dignity is maintained at all times
  • Communicates with the patient or their representative the purpose of the ultrasound examination and where applicable the significance of the results. Is aware of barriers to understanding and is able to present and explain potentially complex clinical information
  • Organises and participates in the vetting of ultrasound referrals by both manual and electronic processes. Prioritises the urgency of referrals and advises the administrative team with regard to scheduling requirements
  • Acts as a source of information and expert advice for colleagues, both internal and external to the department, with regard to both general and vascular ultrasound
  • Contributes to the patient care pathway through participation in multidisciplinary team meetings (MDT) as required
  • Managerial:
  • Supervises radiology staff working in own area of responsibility. Staff groups include Student and Qualified Sonographers, Health Care Assistants and Radiology Department Assistants
  • Prioritises and plans the daily activities of the unit ensuring patients are imaged in a safe, timely and efficient manner works in cooperation/conjunction with other staff groups
  • Proactively contributes to the delivery of objectives and targets relevant to the Radiology service, in particular the Department of Health 6 week Diagnostic Waiting Time target (DM01). Monitors ultrasound waiting times and notifies the Associate Director and/or Directorate Manager of any issues likely to impact on performance
  • Performs appraisals for Student & Qualified Sonographers under the Trusts Values in Action process, with support from the Directorate Manager as appropriate ensures that Trust targets for completed appraisals are met
  • Monitors the performance of staff working in own area of responsibility against set competencies, rectifying any errors and reporting to the Directorate Manager as necessary
  • Undertakes the first stages of performance management in line with Trust policy escalates issues to the Directorate Manager, as necessary
  • Performs Return to Work interviews in accordance with Trust policy undertakes first stages of absence management notifying the Directorate Manager of any issues
  • Participates in the recruitment and selection of staff within own area of responsibility actively promotes diversity in the recruitment, management and development of staff. Ensures relevant paperwork is completed for new starters, leavers etc.
  • Is responsible for the management of annual leave within own area of responsibility ensures that leave requirements are balanced against service needs and that Trust and departmental leave policies are followed
  • Is responsible for the efficient use of resources within own area of responsibility. Manages stock levels and submits orders via the eProcurement System
  • Ensures all ultrasound equipment is in safe working order and that regular checks, quality assurance and preventative maintenance is performed and recorded according to agreed schedules
  • Has a sound knowledge of ultrasound equipment technology is able to identify and rectify minor faults. Is fully conversant with processes for reporting faults, contacting engineers/suppliers and supervising engineers on site. Ensures all faults are appropriately logged
  • Is involved in the evaluation, procurement and implementation of new equipment in conjunction with the Directorate Manager and relevant Consultant Radiologists this may include participation in the tendering process and in the preparation of business cases etc.
  • Contributes to strategic planning in conjunction with the Associate Director, Directorate Manager and Medical Lead works with the Directorate Manager to manage and implement changes relating to clinical service developments, changes in working practice or patterns of work
  • Contributes to the development and implementation of Clinical Governance processes relevant to own area of responsibility attends the monthly Radiology Clinical Governance meetings
  • Ensures appropriateness and currency of documentation in own area of responsibility is responsible for local documentation including Standard Operating Procedures, Safe Systems of Work, Risk Assessments etc. Ensures local risk assessments are incorporated into the Radiology Risk Register
  • Ensures local data compliance and IT security consistent with Trust policies and practices
  • Is responsible for the timely & effective investigation of PALS concerns or complaints relating to own area of responsibility. Prepares responses or reports as appropriate, in conjunction with the Associate Director and/or Directorate Manager.
  • Is responsible for identifying and reporting adverse incidents, near misses or potential risks takes action in line with Trust and departmental procedures, informing the Associate Director and/or Directorate Manager as appropriate
  • Represents own specialist area of responsibility / subdivision at the monthly Radiology Leads meetings

  • Teaching, Training & Research:
  • In conjunction with the Directorate Manager and Practice Educator is responsible for the training and induction of both Student & Qualified Sonographers.
  • Assesses the knowledge and proficiency of staff, addressing training and development needs as appropriate and reporting any deficiencies to the Directorate Manager, as necessary
  • Develops and delivers formal and informal training relevant to own area of expertise. Ensures training is in accordance with local and national professional standards and policies
  • Participates in Research & Development initiatives, as appropriate
  • Undertakes clinical audits as appropriate, evaluating the outcomes and proposing changes to working practice

  • Professional Role Responsibilities:
  • Practices in accordance with the professional, ethical and legal codes of the Health Professions Council (HPC), and Trust and NHS protocols and guidelines. Is accountable for own practice and maintenance of HCPC registration status
  • Develops own skills, maintaining and developing competencies across the repertoire of the department as appropriate
  • Demonstrates highly developed specialist knowledge underpinned by theory and experience has the ability to use this knowledge to provide highly specialist advice
  • Exercises autonomy within professional and managerial boundaries, working independently and without supervision in the provision of services
  • Participates in the Trust appraisal programme Values in Action , and works towards identified development needs. To include attendance on mandatory training courses
  • Demonstrates active participation in Continuous Professional Development, ensuring personal standards of clinical proficiency are maintained
  • Displays and maintains an appropriate level of IT skills
  • Participates in the development and implementation of policies and procedures which impact on own area of responsibility
  • General Responsibilities:
  • Communicates effectively with staff groups from inside and outside the Trust, including clinicians and other healthcare professionals, patients and their representatives, senior Trust management, external agencies, commercial suppliers, manufacturers, service engineers and visitors to the unit
  • Demonstrates and maintains a high level of IT skills is fully conversant with the computerised systems within the Radiology Department
  • Accurately inputs details on to EPR / RadNet is able to interrogate the system for patient details, updating and recording information as required. Maintains accurate, up to date and comprehensive documentation in line with legal and departmental requirements
  • Is conversant with departmental policies, and supports the Radiology management team in ensuring that staff performance complies with professional standards
  • Is aware of the requirements of Clinical Governance, Data Protection, Patient Confidentiality, IR(ME)R, COSHH and local and national Health and Safety Policies
  • Abides by current policies and procedures of the Trust and/or the Radiology Department, and complies with the Health and Safety at Work Act
  • Participates in departmental and team meetings as appropriate.
  • Undertakes other duties appropriate to grade, as delegated by the Medical Lead for Radiology, the Associate Director or Directorate Manager

  • Person Specification

    Person Specification


    • Registration with HCPC


    • Management qualification or significant managerial experience

    Person Specifification


    • BSc Degree in Radiography or equivalent radiographic qualification, DCR(R)


    • ECDL

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust


    Royal Berkshire Hospital

    Craven Road


    RG1 5AN

    Any attachments will be accessible after you click to apply.



    Get job alerts

    Create a job alert and receive personalised job recommendations straight to your inbox.

    Create alert