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West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
Bury St Edmunds
£43,742 to £50,056 Per annum pro rata
Closing date
23 May 2024

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Other allied health
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

We are pleased to be able to offer an exciting opportunity for Sonographers who would like to join our friendly, passionate and supportive team

We are looking to expand our team to support the opening of our Newmarket CDC successful candidates should expect they will be required to work across West Suffolk Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, including the Newmarket CDC and other community sites (Thetford, Botesdale and Sudbury) on a rotational basis.

The successful candidate will need to be self-motivated, diligent, and committed to providing an excellent service to our patients. You will be required to obtain high quality ultrasound images and diagnostic reports within the hospital and community settings.


Staff Car Parking on the West Suffolk Hospital Site is eligible for individuals working outside of the core hours, 07:00 - 18:30.

For individuals working within the core hours, the Trust offers parking off site at the Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club, which is serviced by a regular shuttle bus to and from the Hospital. Details of the bus timetable can be found in the on-line starter pack on the West Suffolk Hospital website.

This parking restriction does not apply if an individual is required to work on a weekend or if they are required to complete on call duties within their role.

The closing date for this vacancy may change if we receive a strong response. Please ensure that you apply for any post you are interested in as soon as possible.

Main duties of the job

You will be responsible for:

Producing high-quality ultrasound images and diagnostic reports autonomously.

Maintaining high standards within the ultrasound team

Training and supervising others, including supporting new staff in induction.

Teaching and promoting awareness and compliance with policies and protocols

Participating in and supporting the governance programme, setting up ultrasound audits where necessary

Participate in the ultrasound QA programme.

Work with other senior staff to ensure essential departmental administration and organisation is undertaken

The care of the patient for the duration of their time in ultrasound, maintaining dignity, physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual needs

Ensuring all personal mandatory training is kept up to date

Carrying out tasks delegated by the Superintendent Sonographer

About us

#BeKnown at West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust. By us. By our patients. By our community

We are a busy, friendly, rural NHS Trust providing high-quality care and compassion to more than a quarter of a million people across west Suffolk. We care for, treat and support people in hospital, at home and in various community settings.

The West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds provides acute and secondary care services (emergency department, maternity and neonatal services, day surgery unit, eye treatment centre, Macmillan unit and children's ward). It has 500+ beds and is a partner teaching hospital of the University of Cambridge.

Adult and paediatric community services, provided in collaboration with West Suffolk Alliance partners, include a range of nursing, therapy, specialist, and ongoing temporary care and rehabilitation, some at our Newmarket Community Hospital.

We do our utmost to achieve outstanding clinical outcomes for patients and our values of fairness, inclusivity, respect, safety and team work guide how we work and behave as a team.

With nearly 5,000 staff, from all over the world, we strive to make our organisation a great place to work. Whatever your role or ambition, we want to help you be the best you can be.

We promote a diverse and inclusive community where everyones voice counts and you can #BeKnown for whoever you are.

Join us. What will you #BeKnown for?

Job description

Job responsibilities

Job summary

To provide the ultrasound imaging service for scans within the hospital and community settings. This may include gynaecological, obstetric, general and vascular examinations.

To maintain highest clinical and safety standards in ultrasound imaging.

Associated tasks include organisational roles, quality assurance and safety procedures. Management of own list.

Job responsibilities


1) Provision of the highest standard ultrasound imaging service. Contribute to the day-to-day organisation of ultrasound services, prioritising workload according to the clinical urgency, liaising with patients, clinicians and other hospital staff.

2) To work unsupervised in a specialist area with autonomy making judgements on appropriate examination and patient management.

3) Effectively communicate with all grades of staff, carers and patients with adaptation of skills when necessary using appropriate language and style for the varied situations. Counselling skills will be required.

4) Manipulate complex, expensive equipment. To be responsible for the management of patients images and data including processing, archiving, and copying if required.

5) To ensure that all examinations are fully, accurately and concisely reported and made available for clinicians to act on.

6) To carry out tasks delegated by the Ultrasound Service Manager.

7) To be involved in discussion, setting up and implementation of new policies for the ultrasound service.

8) To set and maintain high standards within the ultrasound team. Be able to train and supervise others in working towards those standards.

9) Encourage cohesive working arrangements within a small unit and all other working areas, monitoring patient throughput and redistributing where necessary.

10) Be proficient in controlling violence and aggression and talk down skills for when working single-handed with patients and/or relatives.

11) Be proficient in IT skills such as retrieval images on the trusts computerised radiography systems and work stations as well as the patient archiving and communication system.

12) Participate in setting up and implementation of quality assurance procedures.

13) Support new staff in induction. Teach and promote awareness and compliance with policies and protocols.

14) Undertake teaching and supervision of students as required training can be provided if necessary.

15) Maintain and record Continued Professional Development. Participate in formal appraisal programme.

16) Participate in and support the governance programme, setting up ultrasound audits where necessary.

17) Participate and support the Quality Assurance (QA) programme of the ultrasound machines.

18) Be aware of and practice safe working, adjusting equipment height and position maintaining good posture to protect from musculo-skeletal disorders.

Person Specification

Education and Qualifications


  • Qualified Sonographer/Midwife Sonographer with recognised post graduate qualification in medical or clinical ultrasound (or equivalent)
  • HCPC Registration.


  • Specialist training eg vascular.
  • Knowledge of the QSI accreditation process.

Experience and knowledge


  • Interest and experience in gynaecology and obstetric ultrasound procedures


  • Open to the acquisition of new skills in line with service requirements

Skills and abilities


  • Able to work calmly under pressure
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Up to date clinical skills
  • Functions well in the reactive environment, able to prioritise workload and make decisions


  • Good presentation skills

Personal qualities


  • Self-motivated and keen to learn.
  • Assertive but diplomatic and approachable
  • Committed to providing a high-quality service to all users
  • Confident to empower the team.
  • Committed to maintain own personal development with up to date CPD


  • Full Driving Licence

Employer details

Employer name

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust


West Suffolk Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Hardiwick Lane

Bury St Edmunds

IP33 2QZ

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