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Specialist Cardiac Physiologist/HC Science Practitioner

Employer
The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Location
317 01 Freeman Hospital
Salary
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
2 Jul 2024

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Profession
Healthcare scientist, Physiologist
Grade
Band 6
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Band 5/6 Cardiac Physiologist/Healthcare Science Practitioner within the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. We are seeking to recruit a highly motivated individual to join our busy and friendly team. The department currently provides a wide range of investigations including Electrocardiograms, Holter ECG monitoring, Exercise tolerance testing, a wide range of complex Interventional cath lab procedures, complex CIED implant and follow-up, Electrophysiology and Echocardiography which include a range of physiology led services.
  • Interview Date Wednesday, 10 July 2024
  • 37 Hours 30 Minutes/Week
  • You will be redirected to Trac to apply for the vacancy. Please expand the job details section and read all of the information before applying for the vacancy.


Main duties of the job

The post holder will be given opportunities for development in both invasive and non-invasive cardiology within the department. Continued professional and personal development is actively encouraged and successful candidates will be given opportunities and supported to develop their postgraduate skills.

Unless you are currently working at Band 6 level, you will initially be employed as a Band 5 Cardiac Physiologist/ Healthcare Science Practitioner (Cardiac Science). However, once you have successfully completed the agreed competencies and evidence has been provided to HR within an 18 months timeframe, you will transition to the post of Band 6 Specialist Cardiac Physiologist/ Specialist Healthcare Science Practitioner role.

Successful applicants should have BSc (Hons) in Clinical Physiology (Cardiology)/ BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science (Cardiac Science) or equivalent. Working towards RCCP / AHCS is desirable.

All applicants are required to work towards participating in our interventional on-call rota.

About us

Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the busiest, largest and most successful teaching NHS foundation trusts in the country, with around 16,000 staff and an annual income of �1 billion.

We have a long history of providing high quality care, clinical excellence, and innovation in medical research regionally, nationally and internationally.

We're also proud to be the second largest provider of specialised services in the country. This means we support people with a range of rare and complex medical, surgical and neurological conditions, cancers and genetic orders.

Our staff oversee around 2 million patients 'contacts' each year, delivering high standards of healthcare.

Please see attached information on what Staff Benefits we have to offer at our Trust.

We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and recognise the benefit in providing an inclusive environment. We value and respect the diversity of our employees and aim to recruit a workforce which reflects the communities we serve, and is equipped to deliver the best service to our patients. We welcome all applications irrespective of people's race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity and in particular those from under- represented groups.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Band 6
  • Participate in the delivery of a specialist clinical service and deliver a high standard of care to all patients.
  • Participate in the on-call rota, providing a 24-hour emergency service for cardiac catheterisation labs for adult and paediatric patients.
  • Rotate through sections of Cardiac Services department to build and maintain a body of specialist knowledge and apply this to practice.
  • Continue theoretical and practical training via experiential learning and designated advanced course attendances in order to develop an understanding of a specialist area of practice.
  • Contribute to the delivery of training within the department.

Band 5

Salary �28,407 - �34,581
  • Participate in the delivery of a specialist clinical service and deliver a high standard of care to all patients including provision on the on-call rota.
  • Rotate through non-invasive (ECG, AECG and ETT) and interventional (PCI and TAVI) sections of Cardiac Services department to build a body of specialist knowledge and apply this to practice.
  • Continue theoretical and practical training via experiential learning and in-house training.
  • Contribute to the delivery of training within the department.

As a flexible working friendly organisation, we want to be sure that you can work in a way that is best for us and for our patients, and for you. Speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement. If it works for the service, we will do our best to make it work for you.

Please note it is a requirement of The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust that all successful candidates who require a DBS for the post they have been offered pay for their DBS certificate.The method of payment is a salary deduction from your first months pay.

Person Specification

Meets All Band 6 Criteria

Essential

  • BSc (Hons) in Clinical Physiology (Cardiology) or Healthcare sciences (Cardiac Science Practitioner Training Programme (PTP))
  • RCCP (Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists) voluntary registration or equivalent registration i.e., HCPC or AHCS
  • Immediate Life Support certification
  • Post-qualification experience as a Cardiac Physiologist, Cardiac Healthcare Science Practitioner or a newly qualified Cardiac Scientist with evidence of continuing professional development and demonstrable competency in: Specialist interpretation of both Adult and Paediatric Electrocardiograms (ECG), analysis of data and ability to write a factual report of findings on all ambulatory ECG recordings including Paediatric / Adult congenital heart disease (ACHD) patients and patients with cardiac implantable electronic devices / Ability to set up and use all haemodynamic recording and monitoring equipment in cardiac catheterisation laboratory, including IABP set up and operation / Provide expert support for junior practitioners / physiologists in troubleshooting equipment faults and issues with pressure wire systems (FFR, IFR, RFR) and coronary vessel assessment tools (OCT and IVUS) / Ability to perform temporary pacing checks and rapid ventricular pacing in Trans aortic valve intervention (TAVI) procedures while maintaining accurate reporting throughout the procedure / Ability to provide expert advice to medical team for optimisation of temporary pacing settings and to have flexibility to adapt to any urgent changes which may occur during the procedure or within the environment / Understand and interpret complex Paediatric and adult congenital cardiac anatomy and heart diseases and surgical procedures, relevant to interventional cardiac catheterisation lab procedures (Right and left Heart Catheterisation, Shunt and valve assessment, cardiac output and blood gas analysis) including comprehensive understanding of all haemodynamic measurements
  • Provide support for clinical training
  • Evidence of participation in practice development and CPD
  • Evidence of involvement in training junior staff and local sign off for mentoring others within boundaries of your own knowledge base
  • Availability for on-call work
  • Ability to provide expert physiological assessment of non-invasive blood pressure and ECG interpretation while supervising exercise stress testing for both adult and paediatric patients, creating a comprehensive, scientific report of the results
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills


Desirable

  • Advanced Life Support Resuscitation Certificate
  • Post graduate Mentorship qualification (Practice Assessor Training course (level 6), A1/CAVA, Training Assessment and Quality Assurance (TAQA) or equivalent)


Meets All Band 5 Criteria

Essential

  • BSc (Hons) in Clinical Physiology (Cardiology) or BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science (Cardiac Science)
  • Interpretative knowledge of adult ECGs - (resting and exercise) including ability to interpret data and write a report of findings from ambulatory ECG recordings
  • Ability to provide technical and physiological expertise in both physiologist and medically led exercise tolerance testing (ETT)
  • Ability to perform adult electrocardiographs (ECGs), set up, fit and remove a wide range of ambulatory blood pressure (BP) and ECG monitors
  • Resuscitation skills including defibrillation using both adhesive pads and external defibrillation paddles
  • Ability to set up and use haemodynamic recording and monitoring equipment in cardiac catheterisation laboratory, including IABP set up and operation
  • Ability to provide technical expertise
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills


Desirable

  • Registration with the Academy of Healthcare Science (AHCS) or Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists (RCCP)
  • Immediate Life Support Resuscitation Certificate


Employer details

Employer name

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Address

Freeman Hospital

317 01 Freeman Hospital

NE7 7DN

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317-2024-22-012

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