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Student Sonographer/Student Midwife Sonographer

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
Bury St Edmunds
£35,392 to £50,056 Per annum, pro rata
Closing date
17 May 2024

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Nurse, Midwife
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for a dedicated health care professional to train to be a sonographer/midwife sonographer within our ultrasound team.

The successful candidate will need to be passionate and committed to providing an excellent service to our patients and your studies. You will be required to train to takehigh quality ultrasound images and diagnostic reports within the hospital and community settings. This will include gynaecological and obstetric examinations. Further training to include abdominal scanning may be considered at a later date.

Once qualified you will be required to work unsupervised making judgements on appropriate examination protocols and patient management. You will maintain high clinical and safety standards and will be expected to actively participate in associated tasks including quality assurance. You will engage as a proactive member of the ultrasound team, using effective communication skills to support a cohesive working environment.

Main duties of the job

To undertake post graduate training to become a qualified sonographer, including working in community settings.

Engage with the training programme to ensure learning is maximised.

Participate in the departmental QA programme.

To maintain high clinical and safety standards within ultrasound imaging.

Ensure the care of patients during the ultrasound scan is paramount - maintaining dignity, physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual needs.

Ensure mandatory training and e-learning for healthcare modules are up to date

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

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 responsibilities

1) To undertake post graduate study to become a qualified sonographer focussing on obstetric and gynaecological scanning. Additional study to complete the abdominal module may be considered at a further date.

2) To work supervised in a specialist area gaining knowledge to, once qualified, work autonomously 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, with support from the supervising sonographer.

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 ensure the high standards within the ultrasound team are adhered to.

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 with the supervising sonographer.

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 departmental quality assurance (QA) programme of the ultrasound machines.

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

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

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

Ensure the care of patients during the ultrasound scan is paramount maintaining dignity, physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual needs.


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.

Person Specification

Education and qualifications


  • Qualified healthcare professional with relevant undergraduate degree.
  • HCPC or NMC registration.


  • Knowledge of QSI accreditation.

Experience and knowledge


  • At least 1 year post qualification experience working as a healthcare professional.
  • Interest and experience in gynaecology and obstetrics ultrasound scans.


  • Open to the acquisition of new skills in line with service requirements.
  • Visited an ultrasound department to shadow an ultrasound list.

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

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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