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Sonographer

Employer
Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust
Location
London
Salary
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum plus HCAS
Closing date
23 Apr 2024

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Profession
Other allied health
Grade
Band 7
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
ARE YOU A QUALIFIED SONOGRAPHER LOOKING FOR A NEW JOB WITH A NUMBER OF PERSONAL BENEFITS TO YOU?
  • Further postgraduate training in medical ultrasound (general, obstetric, vascular, and areas of advanced clinical practice eg. Head and neck studies including intervention)?
  • Full or part time hours with flexible working?
  • Enhanced salary including London Weighting and Recruitment and Retention Premia?

THEN, READ ON....

Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust are a committed multi- professional team who provide much-valued hospital and community services to residents in South East London from our two main hospital sites, University Hospital Lewisham and Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolwich, plus Community Hospital sites in Eltham and Dulwich.

The Trust has built a good reputation as a place to enjoy job satisfaction and develop professional skills and experience. Our people value the opportunity to work in a supportive culture and we ensure our team are well rewarded for their contribution. By joining us now, you can play a role in shaping the future of our organisation which continues to put patient and client care first. Whatever the challenges ahead, we're prepared to face them as one team.

In return for your dedication and hard work, we offer a number of staff benefits to keep you totally motivated, feel part of our continuous learning culture, offer you a good work life balance and reward you for your contribution at work.

Main duties of the job

Our department has a clear ultrasound staff structure which includes a consultant radiographer, advanced practitioners, sonographers , trainee sonographers and radiology department assistants. Our sonographers deliver a wide range of examinations including obstetrics, gynaecology, general abdominal, vascular, small parts, MSK and paediatrics across both sites.

We have advanced Clinical Specialist Sonographers in our team who as well as taking a key role in training also lead the EPU clinic, the vascular service and carry out FNAs and biopsies in our dedicated Head and Neck service.

With such a diverse range of services, the department provides excellent opportunities for postgraduate clinical development and supports CPD through internal and external training courses. We have an ongoing commitment to upskill our sonographer workforce, and to free up radiologists to cover other complex specialised imaging examinations.

Sonographer ideally with PgD qualification in Medical Ultrasound required. PgC qualification will be considered.

Sonographer will be required to participate in department rota and cover a wide range of examinations to include general abdominal, small parts & MSK scans. Obstetric and gynae skill are desirable but not essential.

About us

Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust are a committed multi- professional team who provide much-valued hospital and community services to residents in South East London from our two main hospital sites, University Hospital Lewisham and Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolwich, plus a Community Hospital site in Eltham.

Our people are our greatest asset. When we feel supported and happy at work, this positivity reaches those very people we are here for, the patients. Engaged employees perform at their best and our Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) initiatives contribute to cultivate a culture of engagement. We have four staff networks, a corporate EDI Team and a suite of programmes and events which aim to insert the 5 aspirations:
  • Improving representation at senior levels of staff with disabilities, from black, Asian, and ethnic minorities background, identify as LGBTQ+ and women, through improved recruitment and leadership development
  • Widening access (anchor institution) and employability
  • Improving the experience of staff with disability
  • Improving the EDI literacy and confidence of trust staff through training and development
  • Making equalities mainstream


  • Job description

    Job responsibilities

    Job Summary:

    The post holder will be a qualified sonographer, able to work independently within the general ultrasound and/or obstetric department and accountable for their own professional actions. To assess and action ultrasound requests, giving advice and reports to patients and clinicians. To be responsible for carrying out specialised sonographic imaging to a high standard and in a professional manner, providing diagnosis as appropriate at the time of examination.

    The post holder will be working closely within a multidisciplinary team, deputising in the absence of senior staff.

    The Radiology Department provides the Trust with Diagnostic imaging of patients. A high quality of service is given in line with the requirements of clinical need and targets. The patients, from a diverse population, are referred from the Community and all departments across the Trust.

    Key Result Areas:

    1. Performance 2. Workforce 3. Finance 4. Partnerships 5. General

    1. Performance

    The post holder may be required to carry out sonographic duties on both the University Hospital, Lewisham and Queen Elizabeth, Woolwich sites, with examinations performed on a diverse patient population, which can include those from high dependency units and the critically ill.
    • To independently undertake and report diagnostic ultrasound procedures, maintaining high professional standards of technical competence and ensuring excellent standards of care at all times. To be accountable for own professional actions and work within codes of Practice and professional guidelines
    • To diagnose pregnancy failure, fetal abnormalities, complications and stillbirths
    • To interpret complex data in order to ascertain and identify any pathological or incidental findings observable, including those with potential cancers, diverse or complex presentations/ multiple pathologies. Consider and report diagnoses as appropriate.
    • To assess and adapt techniques following assessment for each procedure to meet individual needs of the patient. To analyse the clinical information and determine most appropriate scanning method, utilising judgement and skill to incorporate different techniques (on which training and competencies are maintained such as trans-abdominal, trans-vaginal, Doppler) in order to obtain required information.
    • To handle potentially stressful, upsetting or emotional situations in an appropriate empathetic manner.
    • To assist in invasive procedures.
    • Assist patients as required, i.e. disabled, elderly patients with undressing and dressing.
    • To maintain knowledge and be fully aware of the safety aspects and hazards, and related emergency procedures for the working area
    • To independently assess and adapt/modify techniques and protocols following assessment for each procedure, possibly on a patient by patient basis.
    • To take responsibility for the care of the patient whilst undertaking the procedure. This includes manual handling, moving patients in wheelchairs, beds and trolleys.
    • To provide appropriate support for carers, recognising their anxieties and concerns.
    • Being able to work using visual display units for long periods of time is required, to enable the correct images to be processed.
    • Provide a comprehensive diagnostic report on images obtained to relevant medical personnel.
    • To offer advice and guidance to patients, carers and other health professionals on ultrasound procedures and issues taking due consideration of patients conditions.
    • To supervise and provide clinical assistance to Radiologists, Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, assistant practitioners, Radiology Department Assistants and students.
    • Ensure the safe use of specialist ultrasound equipment.
    • To identify and report equipment failures immediately, by liaising with third party equipment support centres to arrange services and emergency call out for faulty equipment.
    • To use own initiative to re-arrange work lists in the event of equipment failure, organise alternative cover and ensure relevant staff in the Trust are informed, particularly if this occurs out of normal working hours.
    • To assist in the evaluation and procurement process for any new equipment within the Radiology Department.
    • Be fully conversant of appropriate actions to take in the event of an untoward incident in the area.
    • To work outside the hours of 08:30 and 17:00, Monday to Friday, in order to provide extended working hours for the Radiology Department.
  • Workforce
    • To ensure accurate use, including recording and reporting, on the Trusts computerised information systems.
    • To train new staff, student radiographers, student sonographers, specialist registrars, medical students and work experience students in specialist areas.
    • To be actively involved in departmental quality groups and pro-active in the sharing of good practice.
    • To give lectures and presentations within the Trust and to outside organisations on areas of special interest.
    • To be actively involved in recruitment processes for new staff.
    • To be responsible for leading and co-ordinating the team in an allocated area in the absence of the Superintendent Sonographer. This will involve being able to cope with frequent interruptions from both colleagues and other medical and non-medical staff of the Trust.
    • To make proposals for, assist and/or lead in the implementation of changes in working practice as agreed by departmental working groups.
    • To be able to continually prioritise the imaging of patients within the department throughout the day.
    • To identify and act in accordance with local guidelines, any potential high-risk diagnosis either whilst imaging or directly following completion of an examination.
    • To maintain a clean working environment, this includes clearing blood body fluids and products of conception in accordance with policy.

    3. Finance

    To be continually mindful of using resources in an efficient manner.
    • To use and supervise the use of very expensive, specialist equipment with care and due diligence.
    • Assist in ordering, checking and monitoring of stock and escalating concerns appropriately with the lead sonographer in the area.
    • To sign timesheets and vouch for the hours worked by Agency and Bank staff engaged in the department.
    • There is no budgetary knowledge required other than to have a general awareness that any increase in use of consumables will increase the cost of service provision.

    4. Partnerships

    To offer advice and guidance to patients, carers and other health professionals on sonographic and specialised procedures, taking due consideration of the patients condition. To inform and promote radiology guidelines and departmental policies to other healthcare professionals
    • To obtain informed consent from patients or their carers prior to undertaking procedures as appropriate to individual circumstances and barriers.
    • To communicate the results of normal and abnormal scans to patients and relatives and ensuring that information is clearly understood.
    • To use communication skills to impart bad news to distressed patients and relatives sensitively, and with empathy, and assist in determining appropriate referral pathway to other health care professionals
    • Be able to use computer hardware/software proficiently whilts processing images , e.g. reporting processing of images on specialised equipment to create 3D images needing a high level of dexterity and hand/eye coordination.
    • To promote good relations with other directorates and hospitals
    • To attend any meetings as required by the Radiology Business Manager, Head of Radiography or a Superintendent Radiographer/Sonographer.

    5. General

    To attend any relevant study days and in-house lectures and training afternoons, including all compulsory staff training courses.
    • To provide assistance and be actively involved in departmental projects and audits
    • To take part in the departments personal appraisal scheme (PDR).
    • To apply performance management of staff supported by the Trusts policy
    • To deliver and take part in CPD
    • To deliver and take part in 1-1 coaching.
    • To take every opportunity for self-development in extended sonographic roles
    • To give lectures and presentations within the Trust and to outside organisations on areas of special interest.
    • To carry out all responsibilities with regard to all Trust Policies and relevant legislation


    Person Specification

    Qualifications and Training

    Essential

    • DMU/Pg Certificate in clinical ultrasound
    • Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Registration (or equivalent professional registration)


    Desirable

    • Pg Diploma or other post graduate qualification and relevant experience
    • Current postgraduate nuchal certificate
    • MSK experience


    Experience

    Essential

    • Demonstrate high standards of technical skills
    • Enthusiasm for training students
    • Demonstrate a high level of patient care, able to cope with the diversity of patients needs
    • Relevant clinical ultrasound NHS experience
    • Experience of working unsupervised and taking responsibility where necessary
    • Experience in Clinical Governance and CPD


    Desirable

    • Experience of supervising and assessing junior staff and students
    • Experience of teaching and training a range of staff groups


    Knowledge

    Essential

    • Appropriate medical IT system experience
    • Progressive attitude to CPD
    • Aware of current trends in ultrasound


    Desirable

    • Knowledge of IT systems/applications e.g. Radiology Information System (RIS), Picture Archiving & Communication System (PACS), Image Exchange Portal (IEP) etc


    Employer details

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