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Band 8a - Sonographer, Radiology

West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
£52,963 to £59,360 a year inc. HCA
Closing date
6 Jun 2024

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Other allied health
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
Sonographer role at West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

You will be required to work across all of our sites Hemel Hempstead, St Albans City Hospital and Watford General Hospital.

As West Herts is a teaching hospital, staff supervision and training is a key element of this role and the post holder would promote and deliver high quality ultrasound training to student, sonographers, radiographers, midwives and registrars.

Outside of work you'll also benefit from being on good transport links with London (underground), being a short walk into different shopping centres and our department socials.

Main duties of the job

This role is that of an advanced clinical practitioner working with a high degree of autonomy and clinical decision-making responsibility.

Expert clinical practitioner, managing a complex case load may either be a clinical specialist, a manager or both. Has a role in governance, leadership, quality assurance, teaching and supervision in addition to their clinical case load. May participate in research.

About us

There has never been a more exciting time to join West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust! Major redevelopment works are planned as part of the New Hospital Programme. These will be most dramatic at Watford General Hospital where up to 90% of buildings will be new.

The trust has recently gained 'teaching hospital' status which reflects the dedicated work of many teams and individuals who have set the standard for delivering high quality training, learning and education at all levels of the workforce.

We are a flexible working employer

At West Herts we recognise the importance of a good work life balance and the ability to work flexibly. We are delighted to offer a variety of flexible working options for all staff. Please check out our web page for more information.

We encourage and welcome people with disabilities. If you need help, please ask.

We reserve the right to close this advert early due to the volume of applicants. Please apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

If you do not hear back within 3 weeks of your application, please assume you have been unsuccessful on this occasion.

Job description

Job responsibilities

A wide range of examinations will be performed independently, including more complex and acute cases from a broad range of referral sources.

Areas of specialism will include general medical, obstetrics and gynae or interventional US guided procedures.

The Sonographer will independently produce interpretative reports giving a differential diagnosis of complex findings. Guidance on future patient management may be offered within the report. Provides second opinions to junior staff in their chosen subspecialty. Has a significant role in teaching less experienced staff.

Actively participates in CPD including audit of self and peers providing feedback and learning outcomes as appropriate.

To be independently & autonomously performing a wide range of examinations, including complex cases.

Provide expertise, supervision, peer review and guidance to less experienced colleagues.

Person Specification

Education and qualifications


  • DMU or PgD in Ultrasound


  • Hold or working towards an MSc.
  • Advanced clinical study



  • Complex knowledge of pathologies
  • Detailed knowledge of cross-sectional anatomy
  • Actively participates in CPD including facilitating audit and undertaking research relevant to service development and professional needs



  • Proficient NHS ultrasound experience in Obstetrics, gynaecology and general medical ultrasound
  • Or / Ultrasound guided interventional procedures
  • Previously worked at Enhanced Practice
  • Sonographer level
  • Teaching


  • Sub-specialism



  • Organising workload
  • Supervisory skills
  • Writing protocols
  • Communicating with other departments and specialists
  • Reporting independently
  • Triage and prioritising of requests

Employer details

Employer name

West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust


Watford General Hospital


WD18 0HB

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