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Senior Chief Cardiac Physiologist

Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust
Woolwich, London
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum plus HCA
Closing date
14 Jul 2024

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Healthcare scientist, Physiologist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
To manage the Interventional and Pacing services forcardiology on the QEH site

To work with lead Physiologist to develop and maintain quality Standards of all investigations and staff in a collaborative way to develop and innovate

To support the implementation of state of the art replacement of Cardiac Catheter Lab

To provide leadership for complex pacing implant and follow up services and training for junior Physiologist staffTo provide services required within budgetary limits, maintaining Quality and Governance standards

Previous applicants need not apply.

Main duties of the job

As above with associated managerial and administration duties commensurate to Band 8a Senior Chief Cardiac Physiologist

To ensure audit mechanisms are ongoing and continuous for specific investigations, services or wider service. Acts upon results guiding change when required. Provides data on request as part of audit process

Is aware of income/ expenditure issues for cardiac Department -promotes and monitors proper data recording and collection to assist in this.

Is conversant with the IT systems in use within cardiac Department . Works with finance and other directorates to access data.

Participates in Trust Wide clinical Governance and Directorate Clinical Governance as required

Collaborates with cross site partners for provision of service, staff sharing and service development and maintenance of standards.

To facilitate multi-disciplinary education meetings, present and collation of information for presentations as required.

Promotes the Cardiac Department and services to the wider hospital community by own initiatives i.e. teaching on external courses, care presentations etc.

About us

Our people are our greatest asset. When we feel supported and happy at work, this positivity reaches those very people we are here for, the patients. Engaged employees perform at their best and our Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) initiatives contribute to cultivate a culture of engagement. We have four staff networks, a corporate EDI Team and a suite of programmes and events which aim to insert the 5 aspirations:
  • Improving representation at senior levels of staff with disabilities, from black, Asian, and ethnic minorities background, identify as LGBTQ+ and women, through improved recruitment and leadership development
  • Widening access (anchor institution) and employability
  • Improving the experience of staff with disability
  • Improving the EDI literacy and confidence of trust staff through training and development
  • Making equalities mainstream

  • Job description

    Job responsibilities


    To ensure that the highest possible standards of treatment and care are provided to the patient and to ensure that the quality of patient services are a prime concern of all staff members.

    To be responsible for the effective and efficient deployment of available resources, to identify opportunities for improving services and to assist the Consultants in charge in analysing practices and service performance.

    To provide managerial leadership, direction and staff motivation.

    To be involved in the process of future planning, manpower and equipment requirements.

    To make key management decisions in future planning, manpower and equipment requirements. To review and implement policies and procedures and to keep pace with changing service requirements.

    To manage the delegated budget and to participate in the budget setting arrangements. - identifying inaccuracies and escalating errors to Business partners.

    To ensure that all members of the Cardiac Department are aware of and deliver care in line with the Trusts values.

    Complete accurate manpower and attendance records for staff employed with the department

    Manage Sickness and absence in line with Trust Policies- liaising with occupational Health and other bodies to ensure adherence to process and to ensure appropriate support for staff

    Ensure pastoral care and support for all team members if of the highest standard

    Instigate disciplinary procedures in line with Trust Policies as appropriate

    Be aware of legislation in regarding to working environment, staff contract, HR issues

    Appropriately ensure adherence to Trust Wide policies involving staff- Uniform, health and safety, Equality and Diversity, Confidentiality etc.

    To be responsible for the training and appraisal of staff with the aim of maintaining good staff relations, improving staff development and the retention of staff.

    Define workforce requirements, processing vacancies through Trust Protocols managing the recruitment process from advert to interview and subsequent appointment.

    Liaise with Trust facilities and external providers to source appropriate trained Bank/agency staff to fill resource gaps.

    To maintain good communications with other staff throughout the hospital and within the Department. To promote the cardiac departments services, provide training and to give lectures to the Department users, other Departments including G.P.s, community health and other hospitals.

    Work with Multi-disciplinary teams to devise and promote patient care pathways and develops pathways and strategies in line with guidance from forums such as HRUK, NICE, NSF, Kings Fund

    Is aware of requirements for external and advisory bodies both general CQC and cardiac Specific bodies networks, alliance partners, BCIS etc.

    To interpret on a range of cardiac tests and give advice to medical staff if necessary. - escalates abnormal investigations as required ensuring best practice guidelines and best treatment pathways for patient specific presentations

    To maintain wait lists within Trust Specific targets for waiting times and to escalate and take appropriate remedial action to manage when these are not achieved. Utilises all resources available appropriately to ensure these targets are met safely.

    To have responsibility for reporting failures of equipment, liaising closely with the Works Department and EME and managed equipment services. . Drives the process for replacement of equipment and identifies and assesses new or replacement

    To maintain standards of resus and fire training of staff. And ensure staff are compliant within Mandatory training requirements and are able to attend relevant additional training as required within the specific duties of each postholder

    To ensure that Health and Safety and Risk Assessment standards and policies are understood and enforced in the workplace.

    To participate in and manage an effective on-call rota for provisions of a clinical service, when required and in general to ensure adequate provision of out of hours Physiologist support as required

    To oversee management of daily work schedules within the Department, ensuring appropriate prioritisation of patient investigations- to include first triage of diagnostic requests and communicating with medical teams when key requirements are not met regarding Trust or external guidelines for specific investigations.

    To manage Direct Access Diagnostic services- maintenance of wait lists, quality. Liaises with GPs to accept feedback or to discuss with GP as required either abnormal diagnostics results or where clinical information is required. Ensures pathways are clear and well maintained for the management of abnormal investigation

    Work with Service Manager to review new requirements for support services to be provided by this department to end users with rational discussion and proper consideration of all parties.

    Write business cases either in isolation, with management or other service users to facilitate the development of new services or extension/improvement if existing service.

    To be involved in stock for all areas of the Department, liaising with specialist staff for designated areas ensuring best quality product procurement within budgetary limits- works with supplies/procurement to achieve best outcome.

    To be responsible for work experience placements and volunteer staff ensuring work content is appropriate for this group.

    To work with our University partners and training partners to place and train students and to be involved on the changing face of Healthcare Science whilst promoting the best for the future services. Is aware of all training options and associated qualifications to assist in staff development

    To have a comprehensive understanding of infection control and associated practices to ensure that the Department is compliant with all Trust procedures.

    Person Specification

    Qualifications and Training


    • Senior physiologist registered with a professional body
    • Degree or equivalent clinical/advanced practice
    • Minimum 5 years post registration
    • Master's Degree or working towards.


    • Evidence of post registration/ qualification
    • Management/Leadership qualification



    • Clinical expertise relevant to the post
    • Management/Clinical Leadership experience
    • Experience of successfully leading and implementing change
    • Experience in analysing complex problems and implementing workable solutions
    • Ability to think and plan strategically, operationally and creatively and to prioritise work programs in the face of competing demands



    • A good understanding of the changing NHS environment
    • Highly developed written and verbal skills
    • Ability to be intellectually flexible and to look beyond existing structures, ways of working, boundaries and organisations to produce more effective and innovative service delivery and partnerships
    • A strong sense of personal and team accountability, coupled with a clear understanding of the boundaries around delegated authority.


    • Ability to work on service development projects

    Personal Qualities


    • Excellent inter-personal and communication skills
    • High level of work organisation, self- motivation, drive for performance and improvement
    • Flexibility in approach and attitude
    • Strong sense of commitment to openness, honesty and integrity
    • Able to work with staff at all levels across the Trust
    • Self-confident, assertive and pro-active
    • Able to work to tight deadlines and cope under

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust



    Stadium Road

    Woolwich, London

    SE18 4QH

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