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University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust (279)
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum pro rata
Closing date
29 May 2024

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Other allied health
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you thinking that this year you want to develop your career?

Wanting a new challenge and want to do it in a supportive progressive environment?

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust are excited to invite you to our Community Diagnostic Centre (CDC) Open Day on Thursday 6 th June at Southlands hospital, Shoreham-by-Sea. We welcome you to apply for a range of diagnostic practitioner and support worker positions for our new CDC at Southlands. You will be invited to a welcome session, when we will tell you more about our Trust, the CDC programme, you will meet leaders from the different services and you will be interviewed on the day.

We at University Hospital Sussex have lots of opportunity for you. 2023 saw us open phase 1 of our CDC hub at Southlands, with brand-new Radiology facilities. In Autumn 2024, we are excited to open phase 2 of this project. This will provide diagnostic pathways including echocardiography, lung function testing, ultrasound and gynaecological treatments. We are now recruiting our staff for this purpose built unit, which will provide amazing educational opportunities for staff to grow and develop in their careers.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be an effective member of our ultrasound team, providing the highest standard of ultrasound service to patients in our care. The aim of this role is to work as an independent sonographer performing a wide range of ultrasound examinations:

The post holder will:
  • Prioritise, justify and manage workload as an individual and as part of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Provide theoretical and clinical training for Trainee Sonographers, Specialist Registrars and Student Radiographers.
  • Be required to work collaboratively with clinical, managerial and admin colleagues to develop and enhance ultrasound imaging services.
  • Be responsible for own CPD and professional and personal development through personal study, reflection, attendance at MDT meetings and ultrasound education meetings. They will participate and support clinical audit and quality assurance testing, promoting the continuous improvement in service delivery and quality within ultrasound imaging.
  • Follow policies, procedures and protocols relating to and underpinning the ultrasound service in line with national guidance.
  • Work flexibly to meet the demands of the service.

About us

At UHSussex, diversity is our strength, and we want you to feel included to help us always put the Patient First, as shown in our Outstanding for Caring CQC rating. Your uniqueness and experiences will be part of our creative and innovative community where everyone is encouraged to succeed. We have a range of Staff Networks to help break down barriers, and can offer a buddy to help new members settle in. We're proud to be a Disability Confident Employer (Level 2) and a Veteran Aware Trust.

We treat our patients and staff with the same compassion and empathy we expect for ourselves. We're here for them when they need us, and we go above and beyond to meet their needs. This can be seen in ourWellbeing Programmefor staff which is extensive and designed to support you when you need it - because we know that to look after others we must first look after ourselves.

As a university trust and a leader in healthcare research, we value learning, teaching and training so that we can be the best that we can be. From the moment you start with us and throughout your career we will help you to grow and develop. We hope that in choosing UHSussex you are choosing a long and happy career where you will be able to see the difference you make and feel valued for all that you do.

We look forward to receiving your application and the start of your journey with UHSussex.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Ensure safe patient care and welfare whilst under ultrasound care.
  • To observe and care for patients under investigation, liaising with clerical staff, porters, nurses and medical staff as appropriate in the best interests of the patient and any escorts
  • If appropriate explain images during ultrasound scans to the patient, discuss normal findings with the patient and provide reassurance
  • Maintain high standards of infection control & ensure appropriate decontamination procedures are in place and followed. Documentation of decontamination products used should be made.

Communication is a vital aspect for this position, and the suitable candidate is required to:
  • Counsel patients when communicating sensitive and complex information relating to the procedure and diagnosis.
  • Promote a good working relationship and teamwork with the multi-disciplinary team within Imaging.
  • Providing advice to clerical staff booking appointments.
  • Promote good working relationships with the clinical teams and ward staff to ensure patients are investigated appropriately and on time.
  • Communicate incidents/complaints to the Lead Sonographer and participate in the investigation of complaints as requested.
  • Communicate with patients through the use of advocates, information leaflets and if necessary family members in an appropriate manner to their level of understanding.
  • To provide practical and theoretical training, with verbal and written feedback for Trainee Sonographers, Specialist Registrars and Student Radiographers. Specialist Registrar and Trainee Sonographer primary images and reports will also be checked, secondary reported and authorised by the post holder.
  • Advise clinicians when a delay may have a direct impact on morbidity and mortality.
  • Escalate and accurately document communication with the Referrer, clinicians or nursing staff when ultrasound findings are important or unexpected. If appropriate, the reporting sonographer should advise on further management, or book follow up ultrasound examinations, following departmental protocols.

Person Specification



  • An appropriate professional qualification such as those recognised by The Society of Radiographers. Eg. BSc in Diagnostic Radiography or equivalen
  • Post graduate Ultrasound qualifications PgC, PgD, MSc, DMU. Evidence of continual professional development
  • Commitment to continuous professional development. Knowledge of non-clinical incident reporting. Quality Assurance Knowledge of principles of clinical governance and risk assessment Evidence of audit and R & D
  • To ensure good working relationships both between all staff within the Imaging Department and across multi-disciplinary teams. FMF Licence
  • Able to prioritise own work load of academic and supervised clinical work

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion


  • Evidence of having undertaken own development to improve understanding of equalities issues
  • Evidence of having championed diversity in previous roles (as appropriate to role).

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust (279)


Southlands hospital


BN43 6TQ

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