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University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
3 May 2024

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Other allied health
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
The Ultrasound Department is staffed by 19 qualified Sonographers, including 1 Advanced Practice Sonographer, 2 non medical Consultant Sonographers and 1 Superintendent Sonographer.

Sonographers have varying skill sets, such as head and neck ultrasound, fine needle aspirations, biopsies, MSK joint injections, HyCoSy, neonatal head ultrasound and contrast studies.

We are recruiting qualified Sonographers, who are registered with HCPC or RCT, to join our hard working and friendly team.

Candidates considering applying for this post must possess at least a postgraduate diploma, which must include abdominal and gynaecology ultrasound. Obstetric ultrasound is not required.

The candidates must be able to demonstrate experience in performing and reporting ultrasound scans independently. It would be desirable if the candidates can evidence recent experience of working in an NHS Ultrasound or Imaging Department, and ability to perform scans for acute inpatients.

We welcome informal discussions and/or visits. This can be arranged by contacting Jo Dunn, Ultrasound Rota Coordinator, on 01752 432015.

***Preference will be given to internal Trust staff, as well as 'Priority' and 'At Risk' status including NHS At Risk staff throughout Devon who are able to display recent relevant experience as dictated by the Person Specification.***

Main duties of the job

  • To provide high quality ultrasound service, performing ultrasound scans as directed.
  • To independently report examinations according to the level of reporting authorization agreed with the Consultant Sonographer and Clinical Lead in Ultrasound.
  • To be able to independently manage an ultrasound list.
  • To collaborate with colleagues in Ultrasound, Imaging and wider Trust where required.

About us

We are a people business - where every member of staff matters and can make a difference. Patients are at the heart of everything we do. Joining University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust means becoming part of a team of dedicated staff, who are committed to leading the way through innovation, clinical excellence and great customer care. The Trust has great opportunities for career development in a highly progressive working environment. We offer all of this in a vibrant, modern city with a historic reputation for adventure. PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL COMMUNICATION WILL BE ELECTRONIC, PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAIL ACCOUNT REGULARLY. If you have any issues with applying online and need additional support including reasonable adjustments with the application process please contact the recruitment team on 01752 432100. We recognise that work life balance is important for our colleagues and so we invite requests from applicants around less than full time/flexible working for our advertised roles. Please contact the recruiting manager to discuss this prior to your application submission. We commit to giving this full consideration in each case. We encourage people from diverse backgrounds to apply for our roles, as diversity strengthens our teams. It is sometimes necessary to close vacancies before the closing date. If you have not heard from us within 4 weeks of the closing date, please assume that you have not been shortlisted.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • The candidate must possess at least a postgraduate diploma qualification in ultrasound.
  • Formal qualifications must include abdominal and gynaecological ultrasound.
  • Other ultrasound skills required are testicular and DVT ultrasound, and may be developed with in house training.
  • Depending on service needs and training capacity, there may be opportunity for the candidate to develop further skills in paediatric, head and neck or musculoskeletal ultrasound etc.

Please see attached job description for full details.

Person Specification



  • Postgraduate Diploma qualification in Ultrasound, which must include general and gynaecological ultrasound.
  • Professional registration with the Health Professions Council or Register for Clinical Technologists.


  • Teaching qualifications



  • Demonstrable experience of working in a hospital imaging department familiarity with the common medical imaging techniques, practices and terminology.
  • Demonstrable experience in working directly with patients, unsupervised, on a one-to-one basis


  • Recent demonstrable working experience for last 2 years (including time as trainee sonographer) in Ultrasound department within a large clinical setting.
  • Demonstrable experience of training, appraising, supervising or managing trainees in a clinical environment.
  • Able to perform and report ultrasound scans for acute inpatients.



  • Excellent communication skills in written and spoken English, including the ability to construct clear reports, convey bad news, communicate moderately complex clinical information at an appropriate level to both the public and fellow healthcare professionals
  • Able to manage your own workload and deliver a service to patients in a friendly, supportive and competent manner.


  • More advanced clinical judgement and communication skills.

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust


Derriford Hospital

Derriford Road



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