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Echocardiographer Training post

Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 Per Annum (Pro Rata for Part Time)
Closing date
18 Jun 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Full Time
Here at Basildon Hospital we have an exciting opportunity for an 18-month fixed term full-time training post in Echocardiography. This is part of the Echocardiography Training Programme (ETP) developed by the National School of Healthcare Science (NSHCS) and funded by NHS England.

Successful ETP trainees will be trained to BSE accreditation level 2 and will be awarded a Post-graduate Certificate in Clinical Echocardiography. For more information, please see the NSHCS website at

Our mission is to improve the health/quality of life for our patients by building an organisation that develops and invests in the individuals that work here and this can only be achieved with the recruitment of the right people.

The Essex Cardiothoracic Centre is a leading tertiary Cardiac Centre and is committed to developing the future work force for Cardiac Physiologist/Healthcare Scientists.

If you are interested in the role and believe you hold the qualities we require, then apply today!

Main duties of the job

The trainee will undertake the full training programme in order to progress through the academic and practical elements of the training scheme. In so doing they will learn how to perform and interpret clinical and specialist scientific processes underpinned by theoretical and applied knowledge and practical experience and will learn how to:
  • Perform specialised cardiac diagnostics investigations.
  • Carry out complex scientific and clinical roles, including those working directly with patients.
  • Analyse and interpret and data compare investigative and clinical options.
  • Make judgements, including clinical and differential judgements, involving complicated facts or situations that impact on patients.
  • Initiate and undertake innovation, improvement and R& D and be involved in the education of healthcare science trainees and other learners in the workplace.
  • Carry out audit to continuously improve patient care and service needs.
  • Communicate and interact effectively within a multidisciplinary team to ensure a positive patient experience.

They will be expected to complete work-based training and assessment alongside the academic course to exit the programme with eligibility for Accreditation with the BSE and be working towards, registration with the Academy for Healthcare Science (AHCS).Post qualification and with appropriate additional experience and competencies, graduates from this scheme would be eligible to apply for Clinical Scientist equivalence and HCPC registration.

About us

Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust is now one of the largest in the country, with a workforce of approximately 15,000 who serve a population of 1.2 million people.

We work together, and in conjunction with MSE Health and Care Partnership, to deliver excellent local and specialist services, to improve the health and wellbeing of our patients in a compassionate way, and provide a respectful, but vibrant place for staff to develop, innovate and build careers.

From facilities through to consultant specialists we want to be the best, to achieve this we need to recruit not just those who are the finest in their field but also those who have the potential to be. Yes, experience is important but so is outlook - if you are dynamic, forward-thinking and enthusiastic we want you to join us.

We not only offer you a good working environment with flexible working opportunities, but also the opportunity to develop your career with access to appropriate training for your job and the support to succeed and progress

Job description

Job responsibilities

For further details, please refer to the attached job descriptoin and personal specification.

We look forward to receiving your application

Person Specification



  • A 1st or 2:1 in either an undergraduate honours degree (including an integrated master's degree) in Cardiac Physiology (PTP) or a relevant scientific subject (examples include Pure or Applied Physics, Biology or Human Biology, or Sports Science (if significant scientific content). OR A 2:2 undergraduate honours degree plus relevant cardiology experience and approval from the relevant HEI. OR Alternative/vocational qualification plus sufficient and relevant 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 and approval from the relevant HEI.

Commitment to the role


  • A committed, in depth interest in Echocardiography and its application to direct clinical care of patients in a clinical environment.
  • Has an understanding of the role of an Echocardiographer in healthcare and disease and its application in a healthcare setting


  • Good understanding of ethics and professional practice, the NHS constitution and the importance of patient-centred care



  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both writing and speaking in English language


  • Good IT skills and knowledge of common computing

Team working


  • Effective team worker, willing to adopt a role working in collaboration with others


  • Self-aware and flexible enough to adopt a range of evaluative or empathising listening styles according to the needs of the listener and the situation.

Quality and Safety


  • Have an understanding of quality control and management


  • Ability to use, maintain and troubleshoot scientific equipment

Employer details

Employer name

Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust





SS16 5NL

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