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Head Cardiac Physiology Invasive Lead

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
1 May 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 invasive physiology cardiology team/service across Somerset.

The clinical physiology lead will have a high level of experience as a specialised invasive i.e. Cath lab, pacing cardiac physiologist.

The cardiology invasive physiology lead will work closely with cardiology consultants, senior managers, non-invasive physiology lead, Cath lab nursing and radiology leads taking responsibility for the operational management and strategic direction of the 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 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, Non-Invasive Physiology Lead, Cath Lab nursing and radiology leads taking lead responsibility for the operational management and strategic direction of the 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 providing high quality face-to-face service provision in their field of expertise

About us

As an organisation, Somerset NHS Foundation Trust offers employees a wide range of benefits including flexible working, NHS pension scheme, generous annual leave allowance and a commitment to career development.

You will be eligible for our Blue Light Card and a wide range of NHS exclusive shopping & leisure discounts.

We are proud of our skilled, diverse workforce and as an inclusive employer we welcome applications from all backgrounds.

Working in Somerset enables you to enjoy the idyllic countryside, areas of outstanding beauty and stunning coastlines 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.

Somerset offers the countryside and the cosmopolitan - there is truly something for everyone!

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to Job description for full details.

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.

Lead in the handling of complaints and incidents to ensure early and satisfactory resolution of concerns, ensuring actions are taken to support learning requirements.

Ensure that day to day staffing and resources meet the needs of services. 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.

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.

Be responsible for a complex caseload including providing expert opinion for other members of the multidisciplinary team, including medical staff, allied health professionals, own and other clinical departments.

To demonstrate a high standard of clinical and physiological proficiency in a wide range of CRM/Cath Lab investigations and procedures.

Person Specification



  • MSc Clinical Science (cardiac science) or Degree in Clinical Physiology (cardiology) with equivalent professional training to Masters level.
  • CRM accreditation holder (BHRS, IBHRE or EHRA
  • BSE Accreditation
  • HCPC registration as clinical scientist or clinical physiologist
  • Teaching/Mentoring qualification
  • Substantial experience in a senior physiology role in a specialist field within invasive. physiology e.g. Cath Lab, Pacing
  • Extensive physiology experience including significant sub-specialty experience
  • Experience to analyse complex clinical issues and make decisions
  • Experience of leading and motivating a team
  • Track record of managing multi-disciplinary services
  • Experience of performance management leading to a positive outcome
  • Proven achievements in delivering service objectives, establishing, and implementing innovative solutions.


  • Management/Leadership qualification
  • Change management

Employer details

Employer name

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust


Cross County (Musgrove/Yeovil)

Parkfield Drive



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