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Clinical Physiologist Neurophysiology

Employer
Leeds Teaching Hospitals
Location
Leeds
Salary
£28,407 to £34,581 a year
Closing date
26 Jul 2024

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The department of clinical neurophysiology is based on two sites, LGI and St Jamess and provides an extensive range of routine and highly specialised neurophysiology diagnostic procedures for patients of all ages from a range of specialities.

We currently have a vacancy for a band 5 physiologist to cover a period of maternity leave starting August 2024 for a period of 12 months.

This is a perfect role for physiologists wishing to increase their knowledge and skills particularly in the more advanced investigations such as Intraoprative monitoring and video telemetry.

The post holder performs all routine investigations on patients carried out by the department. The post-holder also carries out some investigations of a more advanced non-routine nature and assists more senior physiologists with specialist investigations.

The post holder is expected to work closely and effectively with other physiologists, clinical staff and clerical staff within the department to ensure the delivery of a high quality service.

The post holder interprets results and provides factual reports on investigations carried out.

The post holder participates in CPD and works toward developing more specialist neurophysiological competencies

The post holder undertakes clinical supervision for trainees.

The post holder participates in the training of trainees and other professionals.

The post-holder participates in audit, research and development.

Main duties of the job

Performs and interprets a range of neurophysiological investigations. These are performed on patients of all ages within the neurophysiology department, and in all ward areas, including intensive care units and neonatal units and high dependency units.

The physiologist should be able to perform:

Routine investigations without supervision:

EEG routine

EEG portable

EEG with sleep deprivation+/- sleep

EEG during the administration of drugs/alternative activation procedures

Basic NCS (ie/ CTS/ULN)

Basic VER

Assist with EMG

Assist with Magnetic stimulation, cortical stimulation and intraoperative EMG

Assist with/Perform specialised Investigations with supervision

Ambulatory EEG

Long term Video Telemetry

WADA

MSLT

Extensive NCS

Perform ERG, SSEP and intraoperative SSEP

Record test results and inputs these results into computerised system for the majority of investigations and records observations of the patients clinical state.

Provide factual reports on basic neurophysiological investigations.

Participate with research and development programmes.

Participate in the emergency on call neurophysiology service.

Ensure careful and safe use of expensive complex equipment.

Responsible for reporting equipment faults and taking appropriate action.

Participate in audit.

Work within established policies and protocols.

About us

The Clinical Neurophysiology service in Leeds is continually striving to improve. The department has recently received new and updated EEG equipment. We are currently meeting new service demands within this large teaching hospital where all the major specialities, both adult and peadiatric are covered.

Leeds Teaching Hospitals is committed to our process of redeploying 'at risk' members of our existing workforce to new roles. As such, all our job adverts are subject to this policy and we reserve the right to close, delay or remove adverts while this process is completed. If you do experience a delay in the shortlisting stage of the recruitment cycle, please bear with us while this process is completed, and contact the named contact if you have any questions.

Job description

Job responsibilities

2. JOB PURPOSE

The department of clinical neurophysiology is based on two sites, LGI and St Jamess and provides an extensive range of routine and highly specialised neurophysiology diagnostic procedures for patients of all ages from a range of specialities.

The post holder performs all routine investigations on patients carried out by the department. The post-holder also carries out some investigations of a more advanced non-routine nature and assists more senior physiologists with specialist investigations.

The post holder is expected to work closely and effectively with other physiologists, clinical staff and clerical staff within the department to ensure the delivery of a high-quality service.

The post holder interprets results and provides factual reports on investigations carried out.

The post holder participates in CPD and works toward developing more specialist neurophysiological competencies

The post holder undertakes clinical supervision for trainees.

The post holder participates in the training of trainees and other professionals.

The post-holder participates in audit, research and development

3. JOB DIMENSIONS

The post holder works as part of a team, of typically 7 physiologists. The department is responsible for providing a comprehensive clinical neurophysiology diagnostic service to patients of all ages from a wide range of specialties suffering from a wide variety of medical disorders. The service is provided across the trust, to GPs and other regional hospitals.

As part of this team the post-holder is responsible for performing a range of investigations.

The majority of the post holders time is spent carrying out clinical work. The remaining time is spent carrying out a variety of other duties, such as ordering of stock consumables.

The post-holder participates in the supervision and training of trainees and teaching of other professionals.

5. KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

Essential Qualifications:

BSc (Hons) Clinical Physiology (Neurophysiology) degree

OR

Equivalent qualification e.g., BTEC ONC/HNC in MPPM/ECNE Part 1

OR

RCCP registered (Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists)

Desirable Qualifications

ECNE Part 2

Training and Assessing Qualification

Specialist scientific knowledge acquired through formal training to clinical physiology degree or equivalent level.

Knowledge, skills and experience to perform routine neurophysiological investigations without supervision working within established departmental policies.

Knowledge and ability to interpret routine neurophysiological investigation results.

Knowledge and ability to produce factual reports on investigations carried out.

Knowledge and ability to perform some more advanced non-routine investigations.

Undertakes clinical supervision and some training for trainee staff and other professionals.

Ability to assess and adapt to new techniques and technologies.

Good computing skills.

Ability to compare, interpret and analyse complex facts and results.

Ability to assess a patients condition during investigations.

Ability to work alone and work as part of a team.

Physically fit. (Able to walk long distances, move patients and move diagnostic equipment)

Excellent communication skills.

Ability to communicate complex information in a variety of forms to patients, relatives and carers including patients with learning difficulties.

Ability to plan own duties and training sessions.

Require manual dexterity, co-ordination, and sensory skills for the use of diagnostic equipment and placement of numerous electrodes.

Need to have a sensitive understanding of patients (adults and children) using persuasion and reassurance where necessary.

Ability to cope and deal with occasional distressing conditions and situations.

Need to be motivated and enthusiastic.

6. THE LEEDS WAY VALUES

Our values are part of what make us different from other trusts, so we see this as a strength, as well as a responsibility. They have been developed by our staff and set out what they see as important to how we work. Our five values are:

Patient-centered

Collaborative

Fair

Accountable

Empowered

All our actions and endeavours will be guided and evaluated through these values

Additionally, the following are core values which relate specifically to this post:

To ensure a high standard and high quality of work. To achieve this the role requires effective teamwork, motivation, integrity, and honesty.

7. CORE BEHAVIOURS AND SKILLS

Work within agreed Trust policies and protocols.

Work within established departmental policies.

Work on own initiative.

Skills to perform a range of routine and some advanced Neurophysiological investigations and assist with specialist investigations.

Skills to interpret Neurophysiological investigation results.

Ability to adapt to new techniques and technologies.

Supervision of trainee staff.

Participate in training for trainee staff as well as other professionals.

Ensure personal compliance with regards to mandatory, professional and personal development.

Ensure personal compliance with CPD guidelines.

Willing to undertake further training in more advanced techniques.

Need to have a sensitive understanding of children and adults who may be suffering from a wide range of medical conditions.

Need to have the skills to communicate information effectively to patients, relatives and carers.

Need the ability to concentrate on investigations carried out daily and occasionally required to concentrate for prolonged periods for monitoring patients where the investigations are of a prolonged nature.

8. CORE KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING

A key area of the post is to perform, interpret and provide factual reports on routine and some more advanced non-routine neurophysiological diagnostic procedures on patients of all ages from a wide range of specialties.

Expertise is required to carry this out which is underpinned by theory and experience.

Scientific knowledge is acquired through formal training to clinical physiology degree or equivalent level (e.g.,ONC/HNC MPPM) and through in-service training provided to acquire the ECNE part 1 examination. Scientific knowledge is also acquired by attending scientific meetings, through training courses and through continuous professional development.

The above scientific knowledge and experience are required to enable the post holder to supervise trainee staff on a day-to-day basis and to participate in training.

Awareness of the trusts policies and protocols relating to mandatory training and personal development is required to ensure personal compliance.

Some knowledge and understanding of how the department is managed, the management structure and understanding of the organisation is required to enable the post holder to work as part of a team to ensure the delivery of a high standard of work.

This knowledge and understanding can be gained through cascaded information from the lead/specialist physiologists and senior managers.

Aware of and works within current professional, trust policies and procedures with regards to delivering the Neurophysiology service.

9. PRINCIPAL DUTIES & AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Clinical

Performs and interprets a range of neurophysiological investigations. These are performed on patients of all ages within the neurophysiology department, and in all ward areas, including intensive care units and neonatal units and high dependency units.

Investigations may be carried out at any other hospital sites within the Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust.

The physiologist should be able to perform:

Routine investigations without supervision:

EEG routine

EEG portable

EEG with sleep deprivation+/- sleep

EEG during the administration of drugs/alternative activation procedures

Basic NCS (ie/ CTS/ULN)

Basic VER

Assist with EMG

Assist with Magnetic stimulation, cortical stimulation and intraoperative EMG

Assist with/Perform specialised Investigations with supervision

Ambulatory EEG

Long term Video Telemetry

WADA

MSLT

Extensive NCS

Perform ERG, SSEP and intraoperative SSEP

Record test results and inputs these results into computerised system for the majority of investigations and records observations of the patients clinical state.

Provide factual reports on basic neurophysiological investigations.

Participate with research and development programmes.

Participate in the emergency on call neurophysiology service.

Ensure careful and safe use of expensive complex equipment.

Responsible for reporting equipment faults and taking appropriate action.

Participate in audit.

Work within established policies and protocols.

Work within the trusts policies and protocols.

Work with the physiologists within the department to facilitate investigation of any complaint regarding the service.

Comment on proposed changes to procedures.

Undertake some administrative duties. These include booking patient appointment, reception duties, organising transport for patients and the ability to manage the departmental filing system (paper and computerised)

Involved with the archiving of patient records (paper and computerised)

Responsible for stock control including ordering of stock.

Education, Training and Development.

Supervise trainee staff.

Participate in the teaching and training of trainees and other professionals.

It is anticipated that the post holder agrees, shortly after appointment, a career progression pathway to develop more advanced neurophysiology competencies to enhance professional development and to ensure progression in terms of employment

Person Specification

Experience

Essential

  • In depth knowledge of basic neurophysiological procedures carried out within the department which enables the performance, understanding and interpretation.
  • Knowledge of some advanced neurophysiological procedures.
  • Willingness to develop more specialist neurophysiological competencies
  • This in-depth knowledge is required to train and supervise and trainees.


Desirable

  • Knowledge of advanced neurophysiological procedures.


Qualifications

Essential

  • BSc (Hons) Clinical Physiolog
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