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Senior Cardiac Physiologist

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£42,471 to £50,364 per annum incl HCAS
Closing date
31 May 2024

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Healthcare scientist, Physiologist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Senior Cardiac Physiologist - Band 6

Chelsea and Westminster hospital Foundation Trust

We are seeking a suitably qualified experienced Senior Cardiac Physiologist to join our friendly service at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital Foundation Trust.

You will providing clinical leadership to the junior Physiology team which includes acting as a team leader and expert practitioner, coordinating, guiding and advising the team in the provision of optimum patient care.

You will be able to provide and deliver a high standard of non-invasive Cardiac Diagnostics to patients including Holter tape analysis, ETT, assisting DSEs/TSEs and leading on Tilt table testing. You will work closely with the Chief Cardiac Physiologist and Service Manager and multi-disciplinary team members in monitoring and maintaining excellent clinical standards of physiological practice. You will be responsible for the continuing professional development and overall performance of staff by acting as a mentor with the support of other senior colleagues.

Main duties of the job

Job Summary

Under the guidance of the Chief Cardiac Physiologist and Service Manager the post holder will be proficient and be able to work unsupervised, providing a quality service for patients requiring non-invasive cardiology investigative procedures. The post holder will be responsible for delivering training and support to the Junior Physiologists team.
Key working relationships
  • Lead/Senior Chief Cardiac Physiologistand Senior Cardiac Physiologists
  • Physiology Services Manager and Head of Diagnostics
  • Cardiology Consultants and Junior Doctors
  • Assistant General Manager
  • Administration and performance Co-ordinator
  • Receptionists
  • Clinical Nurse Leads
  • Cardiology Nurse Specialists
  • Outpatient Department Sister
  • Members of the multidisciplinary Team

About us

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is proud to be one of the top performing and safest trusts in England. We have two main acute hospital sites--Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and West Middlesex University Hospital, plus our award-winning clinics across North West London and beyond.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Roles and responsibilities Clinical
  • To be technically proficient and competent in carrying out the following non-invasive specialist cardiology procedures:
  • Electrocardiograph for inpatients, outpatients and General Practitioners. To provide reports of the investigation for the cardiologist and in cases where immediate attention or treatment is required ensure that appropriate medical staff are informed.
  • Inpatient and outpatient Holter electrocardiograms and other ambulatory monitoring, analysing and producing reports. The Post holder will also be responsible for ensuring that Medical staffs are informed and appropriate action is taken where serious arrhythmia is detected and urgent/immediate treatment is necessary.
  • Inpatient and outpatient Exercise Stress Testing and interpretation of the electrocardiograms produced with a written report. The post holder will also supervise junior staff.
  • Setting up and safe usage of expensive complex medical equipment above and beyond routine cardiology e.g. stress and Transoesophageal echocardiography.
  • The post holder will be expected to lead on Tilt Table tests and process relevant reports in line with departmental Protocols.
  • The post holder will be responsible for ensuring the checking and safe use the departments diagnostic equipment and associated computer hardware that they are using and that any faults are reported promptly.
  • To be competent in basic Cardio-pulmonary Resuscitation technique and be proficient in Intermediate Life Support. Initiate treatment and support Medical Staff during cardiac Resuscitation.

Managerial and Training
  • To report equipment and environmental problems to the Service Manager.
  • To prepare the daily rota for non- invasive and managing junior staff annual leave and sickness in accordance to trust policy
  • Ensuring Performance development reviews are completed for all junior non-invasive staff.
  • Ensuring Protocols are up to date and junior staff members are completing test to the required standard.
  • Assist with the process of adequately stocking the department ensuring orders of supplies and stock are made in line with trust processes.
  • To assist with research studies, audits and quality initiatives as appropriate.
  • To assist with departmental administration, including but not limited to booking appointments, and responding to patient queries.
  • To assist and support the Principal physiologist with the collection departmental statistics. Set up local databases to assist with this as required.
  • To respond to patient and staff complaints in accordance with Trust protocol.
  • To attend meetings as directed and feedback information as appropriate
  • To assist with the process of formulating new policies and procedures relating to service provision and comply with Trust Policies and Procedures.

Clinical and Professional
  • To be responsible for maintaining high standards of care and to be an effective role model.
  • Be responsible for ensuring that reports and results processed by post holder are recorded / stored safely and accurately.
  • To take necessary actions to sustain and improve own knowledge and professional competence. Participate in Clinical Governance activities and wherever possible ensure practice is research based.
  • To communicate with all groups of staff within the Cardiology department to ensure dissemination of information., and maintain effective links with all other disciplines, wards and departments in the Trust
  • Promote ideas and suggestions for improvements in care for patients attending the department.
  • You will be expected to offer support and guidance and train junior team members and students attending placements.
  • To be responsible participating in the daily checks of the resuscitation trolley.
  • To work in accordance with the National Service Framework.
  • To be actively involved in monitoring the quality of the service provided.
  • Understanding the requirements of vulnerable patients and the processes that are required to maintain their safety.

Infection Control
  • Demonstrate knowledge of infection control techniques
  • Demonstrate knowledge of safe disposal of sharps into appropriate container
  • Understand universal safety techniques with regard to spillages.
  • Dispose of body fluids, soiled linen, clothing etc. in line with the Trust Infection Control Policy and Waste Disposal Regulations
  • Adheres to trust policy on hand hygiene, including bare below the elbows

Person Specification

Skills and knowledge


  • Effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Problem solving skills
  • Able to work independently within the role limitations and identify priorities
  • Overall knowledge of caring for patients with cardiac disorders
  • Computer literate



  • Cardiac Physiology degree BSc
  • Analyse and read Blood pressure and ECG Tapes
  • Perform Stress test unsupervised
  • Perform and Read ECG unsupervised


  • Experience in teaching / leading a team
  • Perform Tilt testing
  • Pacing knowledge

Employer details

Employer name

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Chelsea and Westminster Hospital /West Middlesex University Hospital

Fullham Road


SW10 9NH

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