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Highly Specialised Cardiac Physiologist - Echocardiography, Band 7

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
9 Jul 2024

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Healthcare scientist, Physiologist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
The Echocardiography section of the Cardiology Investigation Department is continuing to expand with the appointment of a forth Specialist Imaging Consultant and new state of the art equipment. We are continuing to build our Specialised Physiologist led services and are looking for passionate, forward thinking Cardiac Physiologists to continue to lead and develop these services

There is strong focus on educational development of all Cardiac Physiologists and the successful candidate would play an active role in teaching and research.

The successful candidate will support the core activities of the department including training of junior physiologists and wide range of medical professionals.. They will demonstrate clinical leadership and work as part of a multidisciplinary team. We are working towards departmental accreditation and the successful candidate would be expected to take part in achieving this.

So if you are an aspirational, committed individual looking to make a real difference come and join our friendly team where a warm welcome and a future full of opportunities await you.

Main duties of the job

Candidates will have BSc in Clinical Physiology or equivalent with a substantial years post BSc (or equivalent) experience. BSE accreditation with proven experience as an autonomous practitioner.

The successful candidates should have good organisational skills with a positive can-do attitude, be a team player with a passion for service development and improvement. They will independently perform and report adult transthoracic Echocardiograms to BSE standard as part of everyday practice both within the trust and in the Community Diagnostic Centre. Provide clinical supervision to other Cardiac Physiologists and multidisciplinary healthcare professionals. The post holder should have excellent communication, interpersonal and IT skills being able to communicate complicated information effectively within the multi-disciplinary team. To be responsible for the management of junior Cardiac Physiologists as required.

About us

The Cardiology Investigation Department forms part of the wider Cardiology services within Gloucestershire. Cardiology has 15 Consultants with varying sub specialty interests and is supported by a team of Associate Specialists, Specialty Doctors and Registrars.

We are a small, friendly team currently providing 17,000 BSE level adult TTE and complex Echocardiograms for inpatients and outpatients across two hospital sites. With the appointment of a forth Specialist Imaging Consultant the Echo department is expanding and developing, particularly its specialised Echocardiography services and Physiologist-led clinics. Educational development of the Cardiac Physiologists is achieved through individual teaching sessions and monthly clinical meetings, in which all Echo Physiologists are expected to participate. Training and development is actively encouraged. Opportunities will be provided and encouraged to become involved in research.

This post carries a 12% R& R

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is the largest employer in the county and with over 8,000 staff, we are one of the largest NHS trusts in the UK.

Job description

Job responsibilities

We are looking for a passionate, forward thinking Cardiac Physiologist to continue to build on the good work already achieved in developing an outstanding Echo service. Time and training will be given to achieve the required competencies to lead a Physiology service including clinical assessment. They will demonstrate clinical leadership and work as part of a multidisciplinary team, providing appropriate training to a wide range of medical professionals.

The post holder will be a fully independent practitioner, autonomously performing and reporting a full range of routine and complex adult Echocardiograms on both inpatient and outpatients to BSE standard. They will organise and prioritise their own daily workload, providing clinical reports in a timely manner.

Participate in Transoesophageal, Dobutamine Stress and Exercise Stress Echocardiography

Assist with bubble studies and contrast Echocardiography

Keep up to date with current developments and advances in

Echocardiography and general Cardiology whilst maintaining own CPD.

Establish and maintain good working relationships with all members of the organisation.

Provide portable echocardiograms on hospital in-patients on all wards, department of critical care, coronary care unit and emergency department.

Work on a rotational basis at the community diagnostic centre

Provide Echo training for Regional Registrars

To be aware of the health and safety implications for Echocardiographers in relation to ergonomics whilst scanning and take all necessary steps to minimise injury to oneself.

Participate in the departmental appraisal process and the management of junior Cardiac Physiologists.

Person Specification

Qualifications. Experience


  • BSc Clinical Physiology (Cardiology) or equivalent
  • BSE accreditation
  • Current ILS
  • Autonomous practitioner
  • Experience with full range of Echocardiography
  • In depth knowledge of Cardiology
  • Able to apply theoretical knowledge to patient care
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Adaptable to various conditions
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Caring and compassionate attitude
  • Reliable and dependable
  • Physically fit to endure prolonged periods of scanning and manual handling daily


  • Post graduate certificate/diploma in medical ultrasound
  • IT experience
  • Previous training of junior members of staff and other medical staff

Employer details

Employer name

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Gloucester Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust



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