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Highly Specialist Healthcare Science Practitioner/Cardiac Physiologist

Employer
County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust
Location
Darlington
Salary
£43,742 to £50,056 a year pro rata
Closing date
4 May 2024

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Profession
Healthcare scientist, Physiologist
Grade
Band 7
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
We are seeking 2 enthusiastic and highly motivated Highly Specialist Healthcare Science Practitioners / Highly Specialist Cardiac Physiologists / Clinical Scientists to work as part of our friendly team providing

a diagnostic Cardiology and Respiratory service to both in-patients and out-patients. The principal hospitals within County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust are Darlington Memorial Hospital, The University Hospital of North Durham, Bishop Auckland Hospital and Shotley Bridge Hospital. The Cardiac & Respiratory Investigations Units comprise a team of approximately 40 staff who provide a broad range of invasive and non-invasive procedures including echocardiography, stress echocardiography, trans-oesophageal echocardiography, diagnostic angiography, pacing implant / follow-up, complex device follow up, tilt tests and Nerve Conduction tests. We are actively developing services and encourage personal development / extension of roles. We are committed to providing learning and development opportunities to all of our staff we actively encourage and support all appropriate professional development. The hospital base for this post is Darlington Memorial Hospital.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidates will work as part of a team in the busy Cardio-Respiratory departments. They will be a specialist in Echocardiography and will have a responsibility for the delivery of the highest quality echocardiography services within their designated team. They will work closely with colleagues to ensure that protocols and procedures meet local and national requirements for good practice and service delivery. They will provide a range of cardiology / respiratory investigations, and producing evidence-based clinical reports. They will provide training to other healthcare professionals and students and will supervise junior staff, as well as deputise for more senior staff on occasions.

About us

If you are being interviewed you must accept an interview slot in the system to continue, even if you have arranged with the manager

You must be able to produce ALL certificates stated essential in the person specification or you will not be able to complete pre-employment checks

We provide hospital services from two acute sites - Darlington Memorial Hospital and University Hospital of North Durham. We have a centre for planned care in Bishop Auckland and provide care from community hospitals in Chester-le-Street, Shotley Bridge, Barnard Castle, Sedgefield and Weardale as well as over 80 other community based settings and providing care in patients' homes.

We particularly welcome applications from disabled and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates as BAME and disabled people are currently under-represented

We are unable to offer sponsorship for roles that do not require a professional registration, to apply you must have Right to Work in the United Kingdom. If you are in the UK on a VISA please ensure you have no restrictions that would prevent you from taking this post

Full Job Descriptions can be found in the adverts supporting documents

Job description

Job responsibilities

The candidates will independently perform a range of Cardiac investigations, specialising in echocardiography, and will derive clinical reports from highly specialist diagnostic procedures. They must have experience of working in a Cardiac Investigations department at Band 6 level and have achieved the minimum academic qualifications in the Person Specification. They must be registered on the RCCP / AHCS / HCPC register or be working towards Practitioner Training Programme equivalence or Scientist Training Programme Equivalence, followed by acceptance onto AHCS / RCCP / HCCP professional register.

They must have British Society of Echocardiography Adult Accreditation or equivalent, with at least 6 months of operational experience in trans-thoracic echocardiography, post accreditation. They must also hold a current certificate in Immediate Life Support.

Person Specification

Qualifications

Essential

  • BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science: Cardiac Physiology or MSc Clinical Science (Cardiac Science) or equivalent, with acceptance onto AHCS / RCCP / HCCP professional register.
  • Or BSc in a relevant scientific subject and working towards Practitioner Training Programme equivalence or Scientist Training Programme Equivalence, followed by acceptance onto AHCS / RCCP / HCCP professional register.
  • British Society of Echocardiography Adult Accreditation or equivalent, with at least 6 months of operational experience in trans-thoracic echocardiography, post accreditation.
  • Immediate Life Support


Desirable

  • Teaching / mentoring qualification.


Statutory Registration

Essential

  • Registered with RCCP or AHCS or HCPC, or working towards Practitioner Training Programme equivalence or Scientist Training Programme Equivalence, followed by acceptance onto AHCS / RCCP / HCCP professional register.


Special Skills & Knowledge

Essential

  • Specialist in the field of echocardiography, able to provide clinical advice to a range of healthcare professionals, as well as patients and carers
  • Ability to provide operational leadership for echocardiography
  • Organizational skills
  • IT skills
  • Experience of involvement in programmes of research/audit
  • Ability to audit and supervise the work of others
  • Ability to prioritise workload
  • Good communication skills, written and verbal.
  • In depth knowledge of pathologies relevant to Cardiology
  • Ability to analyse complex information, interpret results and provide accurate reports to Medical staff and other Healthcare professionals within primary and Secondary care.
  • Able to provide advice to clinicians.
  • Ability to assess patient condition and seek expert assistance when required.


Desirable

  • Ability to train other staff of all levels and act as mentor.
  • Ability to liaise with other staff, both in Primary and Secondary care.
  • Able to manage resources within budgetary limits and service requirements.
  • Presentation Skills.
  • Able to use evidence based practice to ensure quality standards.
  • Negotiation skills
  • Leadership skills


Special Requirements

Essential

  • Able to travel across Trust sites to meet the requirements of the post


Experience

Essential

  • Significant experience in the field of echocardiography, with highly specialist knowledge.
  • Experience at specialist level (Band 6 level) or equivalent.
  • Experience of working within a Cardiac investigations Unit.
  • Experience of a broad range of diagnostic procedures within Cardiology.
  • Experience of audit and quality assurance programmes
  • Experience of training staff from a range of disciplines.


Desirable

  • Experience of Stress echocardiography / trans-oesophageal echocardiography.
  • Experience of supervising staff teams
  • Experience of service development and change management
  • Experience of participating in local, regional and national professional meetings and conferences
  • Able to work in a range of clinical environments.
  • Experience of implementation and reviewing new services
  • Experience of budget management.


Employer details

Employer name

County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust

Address

Darlington Memorial Hospital NHS Trust

Hollyhurst Road

Darlington

County Durham

DL3 6HX

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C9439-24-0419

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