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Trainee Echosonographer

North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
5 Jun 2024

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Other allied health
Band 6
Full Time
Band 6 Trainee Echo Sonographer 37.5 hours Fixed term

The Cardiology Department in North Cumbria Integrated Care Trust has an exciting opportunity for an 18-month fixed term full-time training post in Echocardiography. This is part of the Echocardiography Training Programme developed by the National School of Healthcare Science and funded by Health Education England.

Train to develop a wide knowledge and expertise in the performing Echocardiography, employing the highest standards in testing, interpretation, reporting and treatments in order to achieve the very best quality of patient care.

Main duties of the job

Successful candidates will be trained to BSE accreditation level 2 and will be awarded a Post-graduate Certificate in Clinical Echocardiography. For more information, please see theNSHCS website. It is expected that you will be highly motivated to learn echo and have understanding of the role of the Echosonographer. You will have a degree in clinical Physiology or other relevant subject.

You will be based at the West Cumberland Hospital, Whitehaven but will rotate in to the Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle.

The department performs a full range echo investigations as well as other invasive and non-invasive procedures within cardiology. The West Cumberland Hospital is located in Whitehaven which lies close to the Lake District and the Cumbrian coast. The Trust now has 10 Cardiologists working at the Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle and The West Cumberland Hospital, Whitehaven.

About us

At NCIC, we have an ambition to deliver outstanding healthcare services to the population of North Cumbria. The Trust is committed to creating a centre of excellence in providing rural and remote healthcare and provides a wide range of community and acute services throughout our county.

Our 5 key principles demonstrate our belief in the delivery of 'safe, high quality care every time':

Being a clinically led organisation

Quality and safety at the heart of our Trust

A positive patient experience every time

A great place to work

Managing our money well

As an organisation we are serious about supporting a diverse workforce that reflects our local community and are very much focused on being an inclusive and compassionate place to work.

Across the North East and North Cumbria we are working together to deliver our ambition to be the greenest region in England by 2030. All staff are expected to support sustainability.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached job description and person specification for further information regarding the role and the essential and desirable criteria required to be met by applicants.

Please note, due to changes implemented by the Government to the UK immigration policy, individuals who require a Health and Care Visa or a Skilled Worker Visa may no longer be eligible for sponsorship where the UKVI salary threshold is not met or if the occupation is not included in the updated Immigration Salary List (ISL). Applicants must check their eligibility to be employed in any role they are interested in applying for, prior to completing an application for employment.Any applicants who do not meet the eligibility criteria will not be progressed.

If you are applying under the Disability Confident Scheme or Armed Forces Covenant and you meet all the essential criteria for a post, you will be guaranteed an interview.

Relocation assistance may be available for successful applicants moving to the region for certain posts. Please see our Policy for eligible vacancies.
  • Please ensure that you document evidence of meeting all the essential criteria in the supporting information.
  • If sufficient response is received this post could be closed earlier than the specified closing date, please apply as soon as possible to ensure that your application is considered.

Important Information

Candidates who have been successfully shortlisted for interview will be asked via an email notification to log on to their Trac account to select an interview time. This will usually be within 2 weeks of the closing date.

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  • Junk Mail is checked regularly

Disclosure and Barring Service:

On 28 November 2020, the new Disclosure and Barring Service filtering rules will come into effect.

The changes mean that:
  • youth cautions, reprimands and final warnings will no longer be subject to automatic disclosure
  • the multiple conviction rule has been removed, meaning that if an individual has more than one conviction, regardless of offence type or time passed, each conviction will be considered against the remaining rules individually, rather than being automatically disclosed.

If you are unsure about whether you need to disclose certain criminal record information, free confidential advice may be sought from one of the charity bodies listed below. These bodies can advise you on what you are legally required to declare and may also be able to advise you on how you can disclose criminal record information to a prospective employer and your legal rights when doing so.

Nacro Tel: 0300 123 1999, or email:

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The Trust is committed to safeguarding adults and children therefore if the post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (ROA) 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended) the successful candidate(s) will be subject to a criminal records check with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The cost of the DBS must be met by the successful candidate(s) through salary deduction. DBS charges are as follows if applicable to the post:

Standard Check: �18 + Administration cost of �3.85 = �21.85. Deducted at �6.85 from 1st month salary and �5 deducted from salary over following 3 months.

Enhanced Check: �38 + administration cost of �3.90 = �41.90. Deducted at �11.90 from 1st month salary and �10 deducted from salary over following 3 months.

As part of the one of the largest employers in the UK NCIC future employees will have also access to the following benefits.

A lease car may be available for this position further details will be provided upon appointment if applicable.

27 day holiday scheme rising to 33 after 10 years

Flexible working Scheme

Excellent opportunities for development

Competitive NHS Pension scheme

Access to NHS discounts with retailers and leisure companies

EAP (Employee Assistance Programme) a free, confidential counselling and information service to assist with personal or work-related problems

These schemes are subject to availability

Person Specification



  • A 1st or 2:1 in Cardiac Physiology (PTP) or a relevant scientific subject (examples include Physiology, Pure or Applied Physics, Biology or Human Biology, or Sports Science (if significant scientific content) or equivalent experience and appropriate underpinning knowledge and skills in cardiology - as evidenced for example by appropriate voluntary registration with the Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists or Academy for Healthcare Science.



  • Relevant post-qualification employment in a health care setting.
  • Ability to use, maintain and troubleshoot scientific equipment.
  • Explain analytical, scientific and clinical aspects of the work to a variety of people including scientific colleagues, clinical professionals, service managers and patients and to listen to their needs.
  • Good IT skills and knowledge of common computing packages for word processing, spreadsheets, presentation packages and databases.



  • Has an understanding of the role of an Echocardiographer in healthcare and disease and its application in a healthcare setting.
  • A committed, in depth interest in Echocardiography and its application to direct clinical care of patients in a clinical environment.
  • Have an understanding of quality control and management assurance in a science or work based context.
  • Ability to develop proficiency in the performance of routine and complex techniques currently in use where they are training (ability to follow Standard Operating Procedures accurately).


  • Specialist advanced investigations performed. Equality impact assessment.



  • Ability to analyse complex information.
  • Committed to developing skills.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Able to prioritise workload to meet deadlines, maintaining accuracy.
  • Ability to follow policies and procedures.
  • Able to work alone and as part of a team.
  • Highly developed co-ordination skills with good dexterity and hand-eye co-ordination and those skills required for the performance of fine analytical techniques.

Personal Circumstance


  • Reliable and flexible.
  • Empathy.
  • Positive approach to change.
  • Ability to perform a wide range of duties according to the Job Description.

Other requirements


  • Flexible approach to working patterns.
  • Able to work across sites if required.

Employer details

Employer name

North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust


West Cumberland Hospital



CA28 8JG

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