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Sonographer

Employer
The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust
Location
Wolverhampton
Salary
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum pro rata
Closing date
21 Jul 2024

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Profession
Other allied health
Grade
Band 7
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
We are going through an exciting period of positive change at Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust as we grow our services and our teams. We hope you will be our next key team member.

The Ultrasound departments at New Cross and Cannock Hospitals care for a range of patients including Out Patients, In Patients, the Acutely unwell and Antenatal patients. We currently have 16 Ultrasound machines and will be expanding our services with 4 new ultrasound rooms in the Community Diagnostic Centre in Cannock which is due to open in July 2024.

You will work alongside an innovative team of professionals, performing a wide range of Ultrasound examinations including Obstetrics, Gynaecology, General Abdominal, MSK, and Vascular . As a major teaching hospital, you will also be actively involved in providing support, guidance and training to junior members of staff and trainees.

We are passionate about providing excellent patient care and as a reporting sonographer, you will be an integral part of the patients journey through radiology. We are equally committed to growing you as a professional and have multiple opportunities for growth and career progression including post graduate training and advanced learning/development.

You must have a Post Graduate Diploma or equivalent qualification in Medical Ultrasound

Hours will include weekends and Bank Holidays.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be highly committed, enthusiastic and innovative with excellent clinical and communication skills and willing to join our expanding team of ultrasound professionals.

The post holder will work within the ultrasound department, to provide a high-quality ultrasound service, comprising of unsupervised scanning sessions across all ultrasound units within the trust - this will include cross site and cross specialty working (including Obs, gynae and FMU).

To work as an independent practitioner, performing scans to a high diagnostic standard, prioritising workload, formulating a comprehensive, accurate report, and communicating the results via the agreed method to clinicians/patients.

To be accountable for your own professional actions, maintaining high standards of knowledge relevant to your specialty. To regularly undertake CPD and audit remaining up to date with current practices in line with professional registration standards.

To train, supervise and assess Undergraduates, Postgraduates, Apprentices and Clinicians, in the specialist field of Ultrasound.

About us

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust is one of the largest NHS trusts in the West Midlands providing primary, acute and community services and we are incredibly proud of the diversity of both our staff and the communities we serve. We are building a workforce that can help us to fulfil our values, improve the quality of care for patients, and solve the health care problems of tomorrow. We're passionate about the value that diversity of thinking and lived experience brings in enabling us to become a learning organisation and leader in delivering compassionate care for our patients.

We are delighted that we have been rated as Good by CQC. We have achieved numerous awards The Nursing Times Best Diversity and Inclusion Practice and Best UK Employer of the Year for Nursing Staff in 2020.

The Trust is a supportive working environment committed to creating flexible working arrangements that suit your needs and as such will consider all requests from applicants who wish to work flexibly.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Clinically justify/authorise ultrasound requests in accordance with agreed protocols and ultrasound specific guidelines. To give specialist and expert advice to a wide range of healthcare professionals in line with these guidelines and to make decisions on patient preparation to optimise scanning.

To give a clear explanation to patients regarding ultrasound examinations including risks, benefits, accuracy and limitations, in order to gain informed consent within an ethical and moral framework.

Perform general and specialised ultrasound procedures according to trust, departmental and statutory regulations. To position patients accurately, carefully, and respectfully for examinations, adapting technique to complement the patients ability or condition.

To use analytical and judgment skills to interpret highly complex images whose acquisition is operator dependent, accurately differentiating between normal and pathological findings.

To prioritise patients independently and to organise workload from a wide variety of referral pathways. To ensure that urgent patients receive a fast efficient service.

To be aware of the importance of complementing diagnostic investigations. To make recommendations when reporting for further imaging assessment and referral where necessary after consultation / discussion with a Radiologist.

Understand ergonomic principles relevant to scanning and promote their use.

Deal with a range of operational pressures and developments withinultrasound on a day to day basis providing specialist support to staff.

Accurately and sensitively communicate highly complex information regarding diagnosis / treatment directly with clinicians and patients and within a multidisciplinary team setting as required.

To ensure that a high standard of cleanliness of the environment and equipment is maintained. To adhere to Infection Control guidelines during high risk procedures involving bodily fluids.

Seek assistance when/where necessary to maintain a safe and effective service for patients and staff.

To maintain a flexible approach to working hours such as extended days and weekend working to promote a 7-day working ultrasound service.

To train, supervise and assess Undergraduates, Postgraduates, Apprentices and Clinicians, in the specialist field of Ultrasound. To make judgements about their competency and to escalate concerns where they arise.

To challenge, in a positive manner, current working practices and promote a culture of continuous improvement and development.

Maintain fitness to practice in line with the trusts Professional Code of Conduct and to assist in developing a learning environment within the Department by maintaining an up-to-date professional knowledge through CPD.

Be accountable for your own professional activities using a high degree of autonomy within the limitations of personal expertise and skill.

Promote best practice when advising and disseminating knowledge to the profession and beyond.

To be competent in the operation of the Radiology Information System /PACS System.

Act as a role model to all other staff.

The above is a summary of the main responsibilities of the role. For full details, please see the attached JDPS.

Person Specification

Personal Statement

Essential

  • In less than 200 words, please tell me about any relevant personal and professional experience that would recommend you for this role.


Qualifications

Essential

  • BSc (Hons) or Equivalent qualification in Medical Ultrasound


Desirable

  • Qualified in a minimum of 2 Ultrasound disciplines e.g., Obs/Gynae/General/Vascular


Experience

Essential

  • NHS experience or equivalent in a large organisation (500 bed capacity or more)


Desirable

  • Experience with teaching students/undergraduates


Employer details

Employer name

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust

Address

New Cross Hospital

Wolverhampton Road

Wolverhampton

WV10 0QP

Any attachments will be accessible after you click to apply.

225-Div3-6418077

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