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Non- Invasive Cardiac Physiology Lead

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum
Closing date
30 Apr 2024

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Healthcare scientist, Physiologist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
The Clinical physiology lead post is an exciting opportunity to provide leadership of the non-invasive physiology team/service across Somerset.

The clinical physiology lead will have a high level of experience as a specialised non- invasive cardiac physiologist.

The non - invasive physiology lead will work closely with the cardiology consultants, senior managers and clinical leads (including invasive physiology lead) across the multidisciplinary teams taking lead responsibility for the operational management and strategic direction of the non- invasive physiology services to ensure the service provides responsive, high quality, safe and innovative patient care on a daily basis

Main duties of the job

  • The post holder will be responsible and accountable for the day-to-day leadership of the non-invasive physiology team/service across Somerset and provide leadership within the Department, ensuring compliance against standard operating procedures and performance metrics.
  • The post holder will work closely with cardiology consultants, senior managers, Invasive Physiology Lead, and clinical leads across the multidisciplinary teams, taking lead responsibility for the operational management and strategic direction of the non-invasive physiology service to ensure the service provides responsive, high quality, safe and innovative patient care on a daily basis. To be visible, easily identifiable and accessible to patients, relatives and colleagues working within the clinical area as service needs, providing leadership, support and direction for the service.
  • To lead the professional development of the multi-disciplinary physiologist team, including the implementation and development of relevant Trust guidelines, training and development of physiologist and recruitment and retention initiatives.
  • Develop workforce plans, using and developing appropriate workforce and service redesign and skill mix models to deliver services and workforce infrastructures which are fit for purpose.
  • To maintain National Accreditation in their particular area of clinical expertise by participating in regular clinical practice.

About us

Yeovil District Hospital is now part of Somerset NHS Foundation Trust. As an organisation, the NHS offers a wide range of benefits including flexible working, pension contributions, market leading annual leave allowance, career progression, and regular conversations, not to mention our Blue Light Card and NHS exclusive discounts.

The benefits of working in Somerset include the idyllic countryside, with our areas of outstanding beauty and stunning coastlines. You will get to enjoy these perks whilst still only being a stone's throw away from bustling city centres like Bristol, Bath and Exeter and only two hours away from London.

There are excellent educational facilities in the area and, when compared to other regions, house prices are reasonable. You will experience the best of both in Somerset, the countryside and the cosmopolitan - there is truly something for everyone!

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to Job description for full details.

Communication and Key Working Relationships Exercise open and honest communication with all staff groups to ensure awareness of service priorities, plans and objectives. Create a culture which fosters staff involvement, a progressive attitude to work life issues, is free from harassment and bullying and respects the dignity and diversity of all staff. Take a lead role in communicating complex, sensitive or contentious issues, such as changes to service, roles and responsibilities, process and system changes. This will involve robust negotiation and influencing skills. Support the implementation of effective communication and engagement with patients, carers and other sectors. Ensure patients and their families/carers visiting the department are treated with dignity and respect and information is conveyed clearly and in a timely. Lead in the handling of complaints and incidents to ensure early and satisfactory resolution of concerns, ensuring actions are taken to support learning requirements. Communicates complex and sensitive information to patients. Planning and Organisation Organise and plan own day-to-day workload or activities to meet the demands of the job role. Ensure that day to day staffing and resources meet the needs of services. Responsible for the effective management of staff sickness and absence including leave as well as maintaining an overview ensuring absence percentage targets are not breached, acting where required. Analyse departmental performance, identifying patient needs, staff issues, and improvement opportunities. Reporting findings and recommendations and lead the development and implementation of improvement actions. In conjunction with key stakeholders, assist in comprehensive service capacity mapping and demand profiling to inform the service delivery and workforce plans and to monitor achievements. Use information obtained from patients, families and colleagues to make changes to the patient environment and care, where appropriate or necessary. Assist with the production of business cases, options appraisals, briefing documents and bids, including new training programmes, service developments, and national bids. Collaborate with Service and Senior Operational Manager in business cases where appropriate to support increases in demand affecting capacity assessing/ implementing different ways of working. Development of Action Plans in timeframe requested as required by Senior Leadership team.

Responsibility for Supervision, Leadership & Management To be responsible for the line management of the non- invasive cardiology workforce team. Work in collaboration with the Invasive Physiology Lead ensuring cohesive team working and service delivery across invasive and noninvasive cardiology services. To cultivate an open performance culture ensuring staff can work to their full potential, enabling and supporting engagement and innovation at every level in the Trust. Ensure that an effective system of performance review and feedback is in place throughout the team, including implementing the Trust requirements for an annual appraisal system for all staff. To ensure that the equality and diversity agenda is fully incorporated into the business of the directorate and that all staff are treated fairly in line with trust policies. To act as an ambassador for Somerset NHS Foundation Trust and lead by example, promoting a can do and proactive culture throughout the service. To undertake effective attendance and performance management in line with Trust policies in the most flexible and productive way possible. To deal with capability and disciplinary matters up to and including final written warning. To performance manage staff effectively and in line with Trust policies to undertake roles which meet patient needs in the most flexible and productive way possible. To be responsible for developing and implementing systems to ensure the engagement of staff in Trust business. To be responsible for the active promotion of staff well-being as a key business goal. To be responsible for the recruitment and retention of staff within the portfolio, including workforce development and identifying training needs, ensuring the professional registration and continuing education needs are recorded, planned and met. Develop workforce plans, using and developing appropriate workforce and service redesign and skill mix models to deliver services and workforce infrastructures which are fit for purpose. To manage staffing levels to ensure service is maintained during annual leave, sickness, training and major incidents. To support the organisation in developing business continuity plans for the services. Develop and maintain links with educational resources e.g., Link with local Universities. Lead, assist in education for the Echo services, actively maintaining a progressive learning environment for all grades of physiological and clinical staff. Act as a mentor and supervisor participating in clinical, physiological and scientific teaching and training of peers, undergraduates, postgraduates (i.e. BSc., PTP, MSc, STP, HSST and MD students) and other healthcare professionals within relevant areas of practice. Work with external organisations such as British Society of Echocardiography (BSE) Society of Cardiological Science & Technology (SCST), Academy of Health Care Science (AHCS) and Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) to promote and develop the role of Cardiac Physiologists and Clinical Scientists within the field of Echocardiography.

Person Specification



  • oMSc Clinical Science (cardiac science) or Degree in Clinical Physiology (cardiology) with equivalent professional training to Masters level.
  • oBSE Accreditation
  • oHCPC registration as clinical scientist or clinical physiologist
  • ooTeaching/Mentoring qualification
  • oSubstantial experience in a senior physiology roles in a specialist field within non-invasive physiology e.g. echocardiography
  • oExtensive physiology experience including significant sub-specialty experience.
  • oAbility to work as an independent practitioner in their specialist field
  • oExperience of leading and motivating a team
  • oTrack record of managing multi-disciplinary services
  • oExperience of performance management leading to a positive outcome


  • oManagement/Leadership qualification
  • oChange management.

Employer details

Employer name

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust


Cross county - Musgrove & Yeovil

Parkfield drive



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