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Principal Sonographer

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year pro rata
Closing date
25 Jun 2024

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Other allied health
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
As the Principal Sonographer you will be responsible for managing all aspects of the ultrasound service provided at Manchester Royal Infirmary and leading a team of sonographers and radiology department assistants.

Supervising senior and junior staff to ensure a high-quality imaging service is consistently provided across the department.

Liaise with other clinicians in other departments to promote good teamwork across departments and directorates and keep up to date with any service developments that may affect Imaging.

Provide guidance and advice to Sonographers who are new to the department and to ensure that new staff have completed all the necessary induction and training to perform the necessary level of competence. To identify any staff who are not performing at the required level and put in place actions plans to ensure that staff are supported appropriately.

To report to the Divisional Modality Lead - Ultrasound as required.

Duties include management of the department, collaborative production of staff rotas to ensure all services are covered.

Completion of monthly attendance sheets, including calculations and checks.

Support the wider department in management tasks as appropriate/delegated by the Directorate Manager.

Main duties of the job

Manchester University Hospital Foundation Trust (MFT) is the leading Trust for teaching, research, and tertiary specialist services in the Northwest of England. This post is open for all experienced Sonographers and will be based at Manchester Royal Infirmary.

Across our site we have new Siemens Redwood and Sequoia ultrasound machines. We offer a high quality and specialized service in abdominal, musculoskeletal, neck and scrotal ultrasound scans.

Providing an efficient ultrasound service and a welcoming atmosphere for patients in bright and modern surroundings, you'll be a vital member of a team of dedicated sonographers who work together to deliver the best possible service and patient care.

To succeed, you'll need proven ultrasound experience and the ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of patients and carers. Flexibility in your approach to work is essential. Working as part of dynamic team and you may have opportunities to provide teaching and mentoring with the support of our Clinical Tutor in Ultrasound.

In return, the Directorate offers education and training for all staff with continuing professional development opportunities such as upskilling into specialised areas and enhanced practice such as sonographer performed neck FNA procedures.

We are currently able to offer a Recruitment and Retention Premium after 12 months service.

About us

MFT is one of the largest NHS Trust In England with a turnover of �2.6bn & is on a different scale than most other NHS Trusts. We're creating an exceptional integrated health & social care system for the 1 million patients who rely on our services every year.

Bringing together 10 hospitals & community services from across Manchester, Trafford & beyond, we champion collaborative working & transformation, encouraging our 28,000 workforce to pursue their most ambitious goals. We set standards that other Trusts seek to emulate so you'll benefit from a scale of opportunity that is nothing short of extraordinary.

We've also created a digitally enabled organisation to improve clinical quality, patient & staff experience, operational effectiveness & driving research, and innovation through the introduction of Hive our Electronic Patient Record system which launched in September 2022.

We're proud to be a major academic Research Centre & Education provider, providing you with a robust infrastructure to encourage and facilitate high-quality research programmes. What's more, we're excited to be embarking on our Green Plan which sets out how MFT continues to play its part in making healthcare more sustainable.

At MFT, we create and foster a culture of inclusion and belonging, provide equal opportunities for career development that are fair, open, and transparent, protecting your health and wellbeing and shaping the future of our organisation together.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To find out more about the key responsibilities and the specific skills and experience youll need, take a look at the Job Description & Person Specification attachments under the Supporting Documents heading. So that youre even more equipped to make an informed decision to apply to us, youll need to take time to read the Candidate Essentials Guide that sits with the Job Description and Person Specification. This document provides you with details about the Trust, our benefits and outlines how we care for you as you care for others. Most importantly, it also contains critical information youll need to be aware of before you submit an application form.

Diversity Matters

MFT is committed to promoting equality of opportunity, celebrating and valuing diversity and eliminating any form of unlawful discrimination across our workforce, ensuring our people are truly representative of the communities we serve. All individuals regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation are encouraged to apply for this post. As an inclusive employer, we are here to support you. If you have any special requirements to help you with your application, email our team at

Were looking forward to hearing from you!

Person Specification



  • Holds suitable ultrasound qualification and HCPC registration


  • Holds a Masters degree in ultrasound or management



  • Significant scanning experience in General Medicine Ultrasound
  • Experience in a senior sonographer/leadership role
  • Experience teaching/mentoring junior staff



  • Ability to communicate effectively and in a logical manner
  • Ability to work within a team

Employer details

Employer name

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust


Manchester Royal Infirmary

Oxford Road


M13 9WL

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