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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
23 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 patients and to completing the required academic and clinical training. You will be required to train to produce high quality ultrasound images and diagnostic reports within the main 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 engage as a proactive member of the ultrasound team and a senior member of the Radiology department.

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. The 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.

You will also be expected to participate in a 7-day working model in the near future.

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

As a trainee (Band 6):

1) 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) Work supervised in a specialist area gaining knowledge to, once qualified, work autonomously making judgements on appropriate examination and patient management.

3) Take responsibility for the care of the patient for the duration of their time in ultrasound maintaining dignity, physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual needs.

4) 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. Some patients may be elderly, confused, intoxicated, aggressive, have special needs or paediatrics and adaptation of skills is required. Empathy, tact and persuasion skills may be needed.

5) Be able to access patient records using various electronic systems. Be proficient in using the Radiology RIS and PACS. Able to process data as required on relevant clinical systems.

6) Manipulate complex, expensive equipment, ensuring safe use at all times.

7) Ensure that all examinations are fully, accurately and concisely reported and made available for clinicians to act on, with support from the supervising sonographer.

8) Carry out tasks delegated by the Ultrasound Service Manager.

9) Be involved in discussion, setting up and implementation of new policies for the ultrasound service.

10) Ensure the high standards within the ultrasound team are adhered to.

11) Encourage cohesive working arrangements within a small unit and all other working areas, monitoring patient throughput and redistributing where necessary.

12) Be proficient in controlling violence and aggression and talk down skills for when working with the supervising sonographer.

13) 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.

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

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

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

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

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

19) Participate in mandatory training of Fire safety, Resuscitation and Manual handling procedures and ensure these are followed.

20) Maintain professional registration.

21) Adhere to all Trust and departmental policies and procedures.

Upon qualification (Band 7):

In addition to the responsibilities above the post holder will be expected to:

1) Work unsupervised in a specialist area with full autonomy. Make judgements on appropriate examination and patient management.

2) Produce high-quality diagnostic ultrasound reports to aid patient management.

3) Set and maintain high standards within the ultrasound team, encouraging others to work to the same standards. Be able to train and supervise others in working towards those standards.

4) Undertake teaching and supervision of students as required.

5) Support new staff in induction. Teach and promote awareness and compliance with policies and protocols.

6) Deliver ultrasound imaging services to WSFT patients at community locations, including the Diagnostic Imaging Centre (CDC) at Newmarket Hospital.

7) Take responsibility for a specific duty or task e.g. a clinical audit or link role


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.
  • Spent time in an ultrasound department shadowing a sonographer


  • Previous experience of governance and audit activities

Skills and abilities


  • Able to work calmly under pressure
  • Excellent communication 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
  • Able to represent the department
  • Committed to maintain own personal development with up to date CPD
  • Flexible approach to working hours and duties
  • Good manual dexterity
  • Able to travel to community settings

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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