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Senior/Chief Cardiac Physiologist

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
Bury St Edmunds
£35,392 to £50,056 Per Annum
Closing date
24 May 2024

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Healthcare scientist, Physiologist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you looking for a new and exciting challenge? Are you committed to delivering the best and safest care to patients? Would you like to work in a dedicated Cardiac Centre which is continually expanding its services? This is a great opportunity to develop your clinical skills, progress your career and make a difference to our patients.

We are looking for passionate, and dedicated individuals with BSc in Clinical Physiology or equivalent and looking to progress in either Echocardiography or Cardiac Rhythm Management (CRM) positions.

We are part of a dedicated Cardiac Centre, including a Cardiac Ward and state of the art Cardiac Catheter Lab with an excellent multi-disciplinary team. Diagnostic Cardiology is a small, friendly department and we are very proud of the quality of services we offer including Trans-thoracic Echo, Stress Echos, Trans-Oesophageal Echo, Specialist Valve Clinics, Diagnostic Coronary Angiography, Pacemakers, CRT and Implantable Loop Recorders. We provide tailored training and support for trainees across a range of entry routes, including the Apprenticeship and STP programmes. We actively encourage staff progression and support staff to obtain / maintain professional accreditation for echo or pacing. Our Diagnostic Cardiology staff consists of a mix of cardiac physiologists, cardiographers, assistant technical officers and administrative support staff.

Main duties of the job

It is essential that the applicant holds BSc Clinical Physiology or equivalent. As a progression post, the department will support candidate through either Echo or CRM qualifications and into Chief Cardiac Physiologist Band 7 positions. As a Chief Cardiac Physiologist, there will be a degree of managerial responsibilities and the Trust will support you in developing this knowledge and skills.

To arrange a visit to the department or for more information, please contact Chris Pidgeon (Principal Non-Invasive Physiologist) or Anna Mills (Principal Invasive Physiologist): email / or telephone 01284 712536.


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.

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

The post holder will work as part of the Diagnostic Cardiology team to provide high quality cardiac diagnostics, with patient care at the forefront.

As a band 6 senior cardiac physiologist, you will participate in the day-to-day operation of the department, including teaching and training. The successful applicant should be competent at performing ECGs, provocative ECG and ambulatory ECG/BP analysis. The post holder should be competent in angiography/pacing or at performing echocardiograms, ideally working towards national accreditation for either CRM or Echocardiography.

The post holder will maintain an interest in the profession, and knowledge of new techniques and protocols attending courses where necessary, in line with the service demand. This will include following a personal development plan as part of the appraisal system.

The post holder will remain professional at all times, liaise with other clinical teams and maintain good public relations on a one-to-one basis with the general public and other interest groups.

The post holder will work as part of the Diagnostic Cardiology team to provide high quality cardiac diagnostics, with patient care at the forefront.

As a band 7 Chief Cardiac Physiologist you will expected to perform complex diagnostics independently, as well as actively contributing to service development.

The department currently conducts 12 lead ECGs, provocative ECG including MIBI and ETTs, ambulatory monitoring, Holter analysis and transthoracic echocardiography. We also provide transoesophageal echo, stress/contrast/bubble echo and physiologist-led valve disease clinics. We have a modern state-of-the-art Cardiac Catheter Laboratory, where diagnostic angiography, ILR, pacemaker and CRT implants are performed. Alongside this we run a full in-clinic and remote bradycardia pacing and ILR follow up service, with a CRTP follow up service which we hope to expand.

The post holder will be expected to contribute to an area of service delivery, as well as line-manage and train junior staff. The post holder will be expected to take an active role in service development, contributing to education, audit and quality assurance within the department.

Person Specification

Education and qualifications


  • BSc in Clinical Physiology, or equivalent
  • Working towards echo BSE/pacing IBHRE/BHRS accreditation
  • Working towards RCCP/HCPC registration
  • ASCST diploma or equivalent - Band 7
  • Possession of BSE Accreditation/IBHRE or HRUK/BHRS Devices - Band 7
  • RCCP or HCPC registration - Band 7


  • Intermediate Life Support Certification.

Experience and knowledge


  • High degree of knowledge / clinical acumen in cardiology.
  • Proficient in performing and independently reporting: oProvocative ECG oAmbulatory monitor recordings oInternal loop recorder downloads oEchocardiograms/Pacing implant and follow up oCarry out diagnostic angiography
  • Competent IT skills.
  • Advanced knowledge / experience in cardiac diagnostics. - Band 7
  • Previous line management experience - Band 7


  • Experience of leading projects
  • History of teaching/training
  • Current experience in advanced practice
  • Experience of project management - band 7

Skills and abilities


  • Skills in teaching/training.
  • Able and willing to take charge.
  • Good time management skills.
  • Able to contribute to change.
  • Sound interpersonal organisational and communication skills.


  • Engagement in national or regional educational programmes. - Band 7

Personal qualities


  • Evidence of good time keeping and attendance.
  • Able to work well under pressure.
  • Ability to cope with stressful and emotional circumstances.
  • Willingness to learn and participate in self-directed learning. - Band 7

Employer details

Employer name

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust


West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust

Hardwick Lane

Bury St Edmunds

IP33 2QZ

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