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Chief Cardiac Physiologist

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

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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 an passionate, ambitious and dedicated individual to join our growing Non-Invasive team with a speciality in Echocardiography.

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

Fixed term position covering Maternity leave.

It is essential that the applicant holds BSc Clinical Physiology or equivalent, and in addition holds BSE Accreditation or equivalent. This post will involve a degree of managerial responsibilities therefore, experience in leadership or management roles would be desirable.

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

Please see job description for further details.


Participate in and lead audit and quality control exercises.

Assist the Principal Physiologist in day-to-day maintenance of activity records for cardiology.

Update and maintain computerised and paper-based patient records and databases.

Access and retrieve data on the echo and pacing databases.

Clinical and Professional

Provide high quality cardiac diagnostic testing and reporting independently.

Demonstrate expert knowledge of cardiac diagnostics.

Provide rapid and accurate interpretation and reporting on patient conditions using complex clinical data from diagnostic cardiac testing, in urgent and emergency situations.

Remain accountable for own professional actions.

Demonstrate expert knowledge and care of diagnostic equipment.

Responsible for patient wellbeing whilst under your care, maintaining their dignity, physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual needs.

Adhere to relevant departmental, trust wide and national policies and protocols.

Person Specification

Education and qualifications


  • ASCST, or equivalent
  • Degree in Clinical Physiology, or equivalent
  • Possession of BSE Accreditation/ IBHRE or HRUK/BHRS Devices


  • Intermediate Life Support Certification.
  • RCCP/HCPC registration

Experience and knowledge


  • High degree of knowledge / clinical acumen in cardiology
  • Proficient in performing and independently reporting ECGs, ambulatory monitor recordings and echocardiograms
  • Competent IT skills


  • Experience of project management
  • Previous line management experience
  • Current experience in advanced practice

Skills and abilities


  • Skills in teaching/training
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Leadership skills and ability to work as part of a team
  • Good time-management skills
  • Ability to develop empathy and compassion for patients and relatives
  • Quick to grasp new concepts
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to carry out manual handling of patients
  • Ability to cope with stressful and emotional circumstances
  • Ability to participate in out of hours rota work as required in future


  • Engagement in national or regional educational programmes

Personal qualities


  • Initiative and motivation
  • Good time keeping
  • Able to work well under pressures
  • Assertive yet approachable
  • Patient, conscientious and caring
  • Flexible approach to working to working hours and duties
  • Willingness to learn and participate in self-directed learning

Employer details

Employer name

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust


West Suffolk Hospital

Bury St Edmunds

IP33 2QZ

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