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Trainee Sonographer

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £50,056 a year Annex 21 applies whilst in training
Closing date
30 Apr 2024

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Other allied health
Band 6
Full Time

Job Details

Our Ultrasound Department are seeking an enthusiastic and forward-thinking individual to join our friendly team in this exciting role!

As a Trainee Sonographer you will aim to learn and develop a wide range of clinical and managerial skills to assist with the delivery of diagnostic procedures, diagnostic results and patient care in a specialised or general area of work. You will learn to maintain, evaluate and adapt aspects of the clinical imaging service as required.

You will learn to use acquired skills and knowledge to influence your own training and practice and that of others and to develop new and effective ways of working that improve the care of the patient and the daily running of the ultrasound department.

Main duties of the job

You will undertake and participate in research, audit and evidence-based practice. Evaluating results and disseminating them through education and teaching, using them to influence best clinical practice.

You will undertake a PGD in Medical Ultrasound at University of Cumbria, and on completion you will be eligible to apply for a band 7 Advanced Practitioner Sonographer post within the trust. All clinical training will be provided and course fees paid.

The clinical modules will be general medical, gynaecology and vascular ultrasound.

About us

We have 10,000 fantastic people working hard to deliver quality services to our patients. Whatever your role, you help look after 370,000 people in our local area & give specialist care to 1.5 million people across Lancashire & Cumbria.

Working with us gives you the knowledge and sense of pride that every activity you do genuinely does make a difference to support our patients & staff, ensuring we keep thriving & delivering outstanding healthcare right across our local towns.

You'll have access to varied development opportunities, learn new skills, meet fab people & do things you'd never have done. You'll learn about working in a hospital, interacting with people from all different roles to build skills & enhance your career path.

You'll make an impact, be challenged to think differently, be bold & help innovate to keep improving things. Everything we do centres around patient care which means your role is pivotal and something really to be proud of.

Job description

Job responsibilities

This role will be paid as Band 7 Annex 21 over the 18 month training period.

70% year 1 - �35,039.2

75% final 6 months - �37,542

As a Trainee Sonographer you will assist sonographers who will guide you to become competent to take on clinical responsibility and your own clinical work, examination reports and professional development. You will undertake reflective, evaluation of practice, support clinical governance and work as a part of a team with other disciplines towards shared objectives.
  • Work alongside a qualified sonographer to learn the skills needed to become a competent sonographer.
  • Take responsibility for the welfare and comfort of the patient whilst under the care of the radiology department, prior, during and post the ultrasound examination. Ensure that they are kept informed of any factors, such as delays, that are likely to affect them.
  • Provide a high standard of ultrasound work, ensuring departmental standards and quality issues are observed.
  • From the clinical information available on the referral request, determine the type of ultrasound examination required and whether any preparation prior to the examination is necessary. Contact the referring clinician for further information if required as part of the decision making process.
  • Positively identify all patients prior to the examination
  • As part of the clinical examination take a brief history from the patient to confirm and expand on the clinical information already available.
  • Select the correct equipment, including ultrasound transducers and technique and perform the appropriate ultrasound examination to provide the diagnostic information required. Produce digital images of the examination for long term storage of the clinical record.
  • Provide a written diagnostic report, of the clinical results for the referring clinician, with guidance from sonographers, and discuss these results with the patient, where appropriate.
  • Ensure all urgent findings are communicated appropriately and the patient directed accordingly.
  • In order to maintain accuracy of clinical records, ensure that full patient and examination data is entered onto the RIS patient management system and images are correctly stored on PACS. This includes the clinical report.
  • Rotate between the Ultrasound departments at Lancashire Teaching Hospital as well as sessions undertaken at Community sites.
  • Assist the radiologists with ultrasound examinations when required.
  • Hours of work will be discussed at interview.

Person Specification

Qualifications and Education


  • Professional qualification Degree in a health profession
  • Willing to undertake a Post graduate Diploma in Medical Ultrasound
  • Willing to train to report on ultrasound examinations
  • HCPC Registered health Professional


  • Experience in other imaging modalities

Knowledge and Experience


  • Experience working with patients and / or people in an acute healthcare setting
  • Experience of recent & relevant Professional CPD
  • Supported by professional CPD portfolio


  • Experience in Quality Assurance

Employer details

Employer name

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Royal Preston Hospital

Sharoe Green Lane



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