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Specialist Cardiac Healthcare Scientist (Echocardiographer)

Employer
University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust
Location
Plymouth
Salary
£43,742 to £50,056 £43,742 - £50,056T Per Annum Pro Rata
Closing date
4 May 2024

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Profession
Healthcare scientist
Grade
Band 7
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

Job Details

Available as Annex 21 training role.

This is a very exciting time for our Cardiology Department. We have been fortunate to secure and complete a full departmental rebuild and refurbishment. This is just part of a multi-million-pound investment in redevelopment across the whole hospital, to establish us as the largest and most modern NHS Hospital in the Southwest.

We are also part of the Plymouth Community Diagnostics Centre (CDC) build that now has full planning permission and due to go live in the summer of 2025. We are currently looking to expand our echocardiography service with a focus on patient pathway improvement and are open to all forward thinking and innovative ideas/solutions.

We are a Centre of Excellence, looking to expand our cardiac physiology team with opportunities for specialists in electrophysiology, cardiac devices and echocardiography.

As the tertiary hospital and cardio-thoracic centre for the Southwest, we provide a full range of non-invasive and invasive procedures (including a large congenital non-invasive service). We work closely with surgical teams performing structural interventions and ablations. As the regional trauma centre and a university teaching hospital we have close links with the local university.

Main duties of the job

***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.***
  • To act as a Highly Specialised Cardiac Physiologist .
  • To develop services with the Cardiologists, Lead Cardiac Physiologists and Service line manager with an emphasis on Physiologist led services.
  • To provide a leadership role for the Physiologist team performing staff supervision, training, and appraisals.
  • To update existing and create new local policies, procedures and guidelines promoting best clinical practice.
  • To undertake routine and complex diagnostic cardiac investigations and interpret results to provide accurate clinical reports that can be clearly understood, adhering to local and national guidelines.
  • To take an active part in promoting a culture of continuing professional development amongst scientific and medical staff.
  • To act as a source of expert advice and knowledge assisting in the teaching and training of Cardiac Physiology students, junior medical and scientific colleagues, and medical students.
  • To participate in providing the out-of-hours emergency Cardiac Physiology clinical-technical service to achieve 24-hour/7-day/365-days cover


  • 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

    KEY RESULT AREAS

    1 - To be highly competent in performing a broad range of routine and complex Cardiac Physiology clinical-technical procedures / techniques and be an advanced practitioner in at least one specialist field.

    2 - As an advanced practitioner, to take a proactive role, together with the Lead Physiologists and other Cardiac Physiologists in the department, in developing and providing organised and efficient clinical-technical input to the diagnostic investigations and therapeutic services of the department.

    3 - As a professional Advanced Healthcare Scientist, manage accordingly the maintenance of standards and quality in the clinical-technical Cardiac Physiology services, including responsibility for the training of trainees, junior staff and peers when they are rostered to the specialist areas in which the post-holder is highly competent.

    4 - To foster and develop good working relationships through adequate, timely and appropriate communication with all other staff, and Patients, with whom the post-holder interacts during their work.

    5 - To participate in providing the out-of-hours emergency Cardiac Physiology clinical-technical service to achieve 24-hour/7-day/365-days cover.

    PRIMARY DUTIES

    Echocardiography:
    • Transthoracic Adult Echocardiography: Preparing and manipulating Patient / operating ultrasound scanning equipment / imaging / recording / measurements / analysis / interpretation / diagnostic reporting / signing-off.
    • Contrast Echocardiography: Preparing and manipulating Patient / operating ultrasound scanning equipment / preparing contrast agent / administering agent / imaging / recording / measurements / analysis / interpretation / diagnostic reporting / signing-off.
    • Physiological Stress Echocardiography: Patient preparation / ECG recording / BP measurements / supervising exercise / operating ultrasound scanning equipment / imaging / recording / measurements / analysis / diagnostic reporting / signing-off.
    • Dobutamine Stress Echocardiography: Patient preparation / ECG recording / BP measurements / operating ultrasound scanning equipment / imaging / recording / measurements / analysis / diagnostic reporting / signing-off.
    • Trans-Oesophogeal (endoscopic) Echocardiography [TOE]: Preparing Patient / operating ultrasound scanning equipment / manipulation of probe / operating pulse oximetry equipment / imaging / recording / measurements / analysis / interpretation / diagnostic reporting / signing-off.
    • Adult Congenital Heart Disease: Preparing and manipulating Patient / operating ultrasound scanning equipment / imaging / recording / measurements / analysis / interpretation / diagnostic reporting / signing-off.

    AND/OR

    - Invasive/interventional procedures:
    • Provide specialist technical support in Coronary angiography, Percutaneous Coronary intervention, Valvuloplasty and trans-aortic valvular insertion (TAVI).
    • Intracardiac Pressure monitoring/recording/measuring/interpreting.
    • Near-Patient real-time blood analysis & monitoring: coagulation monitoring/oxygen saturations, etc
    • Intra-Aortic Balloon Pumps: set-up/maintenance/troubleshoot/continuous care
    • Right heart studies:

    blood saturations/monitoring/calculations/record/measure/analyse
    • External cardioversion: set-up/delivery of energy
    • Intra-vascular ultrasound, pressure wires, rotablation, Optical Coherence Tomography and shockwave: set-up/measure/record
    • Temporary pacing: equipment set-up/threshold testing/rapid pacing
    • All as solo operator

    - Implantable device follow-up:
    • Pacemakers single chamber and dual chamber: interrogate/ analyse/ interpret/ program/ troubleshoot/ report/ administrate
    • Implantable cardioverter defibrillators and CRT devices: interrogate/analyse/interpret/program/troubleshoot/report/administrate
    • Implantable loop recorders: interrogate /analyse/ interpret/ program/ troubleshoot/ report/ administrate
    • Remote follow-up/ Home monitoring: download/ interpret/ report/ administrate
    • (Auditing outcome, measurements, and comparison = diagnosing)
    • All as a solo operator

    With either:
    • - Implantable device implantation:
    • Device implantation: Pacemakers single and dual chambers: Equipment set-up/ device prescription/ patient preparation/ monitor/ record/ measure/ test/ analyse/ interpret/ program/ troubleshoot
    • Device implantation: implantable cardioverter defibrillators, CRT and SICD devices: Equipment set-up/ device prescription/ patient preparation/ monitor/ record/ measure/ test/ analyse/ interpret/ program/ troubleshoot
    • System extraction: equipment set-up/ patient preparation/ monitor/ interpret/ troubleshoot
    • Internal and external cardioversion: equipment set-up/safe delivery of energy
    • All as a solo operator

    Or:

    Electrophysiology and Ablation:
    • Electrophysiology studies and standard ablation: Equipment set-up/ Patient preparation / Monitoring / Recording / Measuring / Analysing / Interpreting / Reporting / troubleshooting - using programmable stimulator, EP lab system and lesion creation technologies (radio frequency, cryo)
    • Complex ablation (ablation of atrial fibrillation and tachycardia / ablation of ventricular tachycardia): Equipment set-up / Patient preparation / Monitoring / Recording / Measuring / Analysing / Interpreting / Reporting / troubleshooting - using 3D non-fluoroscopic mapping and navigation systems (Carto 3, Velocity).
    • Intraoperative TOE: Equipment set-up / Patient preparation / Monitoring / Recording / Measuring.
    • All as a solo operator
    • - Emergency TTE performing emergency echocardiography to FICE equivalent standard.

    To perform the recordings, measurements, analysis / interpretation and clinical - technical reporting for the cardiology procedures carried out, to the requiredstandards.

    Person Specification

    Qualifications

    Essential

    • o Proven relevant BSc (Hons) or equivalent professional qualification (BTEC, ONC or HNC (MPPM), Dip HE in Clinical Physiology
    • o Post-graduate professional qualification in the specialist area of Electrophysiology, Cardiac Rhythm Management or echocardiography (IBHRE / BHRS / EHRA/ BSE or equivalent professional accreditation)


    Desirable

    • o Teaching qualification or work based assessor certification


    Knowledge & Experience

    Essential

    • o Post qualification clinical experience
    • o Demonstrable experience in a similar highly specialized role


    Desirable

    • o Demonstrable experience in similar specialist lead or cardiac managerial role


    Aptitude and Abilities

    Essential

    • o Proven record of teaching and mentorship in cardiac physiology
    • o Excellent organisational and administrative skills with a proven ability to organise own time


    Desirable

    • o Conceptual flexibility - holds different options in focus simultaneously and evaluates their pros and cons
    • o Able to think laterally to identify innovative solutions to problems


    Employer details

    Employer name

    University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust

    Address

    University Hospitals Plymouth NHS trust

    Plymouth

    PL6 8DH

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    216-LA-M6230921

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