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Specialist Echocardiographer

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
19 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
This exciting new post has been created to support the professional development of junior echocardiographers who are currently undertaking or have recently undertaken the Echocardiographer Training Programme. Consideration will be given to those candidates who have not yet fully completed the programme, however are almost independent with practical and reporting skills and close to completion. The candidate will have a structured tailored progression plan in place for when full BSE accreditation is awarded. Opportunities will be provided to those candidates who wish to work in other areas of the service.

Main duties of the job

Have recently completed the ETP training programme or be close to full completion to successfully achieve certified competence as awarded by the BSE.

Take ownership for own learning and professional development to maintain personal portfolio

Perform and interpret routine non-invasive cardiac investigations

Undertake high quality TTE studies adhering to relevant clinical guidelines and protocols with support required as needed.

Work within the echocardiography service across both hospital sites alongside the Clinical Service manager and Lead for Echo

Work effectively within the department team to ensure delivery of a patient focused, quality service.

Be involved in the training and development of future Echocardiographers and contribute to a progressive learning environment for all members of the department.

Work within the principles of good scientific practice including participation in QA/QC and involvement of research projects

Help develop the echocardiography service, with innovative and novel approaches, to maintain high levels of patient care amidst an ever-increasing demand for diagnostic healthcare.

Provide and partake in weekend echo lists on a rotational basis.

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

To participate in the provision of the full technical echo service to BSE and local standards.

To provide an efficient running of the technical service by prioritising daily workloads.

To maintain standards of technical competency in the provision of non-invasive diagnostic cardiac procedures.

To take shared responsibility for the daily review and prioritising of inpatient requests for echocardiograms, by liaising with ward/medical staff and ensuring availability of technical staff/resources. To contribute to the day to day running of the echo service, ensuring that all equipment is operational and clean and that stock levels are adequate.

To promptly report equipment faults and directly resolve these with the relevant company engineers.

To provide first line interpretation and full technical reports of individual tests performed whilst reviewing/assisting with the reporting of studies performed by junior staff.

To participate/lead in bi-weekly Echo MDT meetings

To respond to emergency situations appropriately, maintaining relevant BLS/ILS training.

To assist with research studies as required.

To remain up to date with latest trends in clinical physiology, translating these into practice and disseminating knowledge to staff.

To ensure all patients receive appropriate and individualised care.

To undertake other area of service provision if required.


To provide statistical records and audits when required.

To be responsible for the management of junior echo personnel.

To assist with the recruitment and retention of all staff within the department.

To work with the lead Echo Physiologist and clinical service Manager to ensure procedures are in place to achieve service targets.

To develop protocols, guidelines and polices within the department to achieve/maintain departmental BSE and/or European accreditation.

To implement local polices and guidelines and ensure these are always adhered to and ensure these incorporate current professional recommendations and evidence-based practice.

To work in accordance with standards set by the British Society for Echocardiography, the Society for Cardiological Sciences and Technology (SCST), the Academy for Healthcare Science (AHCS)

To be familiar with the use of ISCV and any other computerised systems integral to the running of the department.

Person Specification



  • BSc Clinical Physiology or equivalent level of experience
  • Member of the British Society of Echocardiography or equivalent



  • Evidence of excellent communication skills at all levels.
  • Ability to demonstrate good communicating skills to junior staff.
  • Ability to communicate with all patient ages (including children) and those with hearing and speech impairments
  • Ability to overcome language barriers.

Employer details

Employer name

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust


Royal Wolverhampton Trust

Wolverhampton Road


WV10 0QP

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