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Link Grade Trainee Sonographer

Barts Health NHS Trust
£40,701 to £48,054 per annum Inc
Closing date
17 Jul 2024

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Other allied health
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
  • We are pleased to be able to offer an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated individual to join our friendly and dynamic team to develop their career as a Sonographer. The successful applicant will undertake a CASE accredited Post Graduate Certificate or Diploma in Medical Ultrasound through a well-structured and full-time training programme that consists of a blend of academic study days at the university and clinical placement within Newham University Hospital ultrasound department and NEL Ultrasound Training Academy (hosted at Whipps Cross Hospital). You will also be assigned a supervisor who, alongside the Clinical Lead Sonographers and NEL Sonography Practice Educators, will regularly assess your progress and discuss learning objectives with you throughout the training period.
  • Upon successful completion of the Post Graduate qualification and an agreed set of link grade competencies, you will move into a Band 7 Sonographer post at the Trust however you will be required to attain these within the necessary timeframe (12 or 24-months depending on the academic programme being undertaken).
  • All applicants must hold a 2:1 or above undergraduate degree in a relevant science / health care field, already hold UK registration with an appropriate regulatory body

Main duties of the job

  • To undertake and successfully complete a CASE accredited Post Graduate Certificate/Diploma in Medical Ultrasound and an agreed set of link grade competencies through block or day release academic study, self-directed study and clinical placement within the ultrasound department to be able to progress into a B7 Sonographer post following the 12 or 24-month training period (dependent on the programme being undertaken).
  • The post holder will perform, under the supervision of a qualified Sonographer, a range of ultrasound examinations in line with nationally established guidelines and quality standards of practice and local departmental protocols. Working as part of a multi-disciplinary team and contributing to a safe, high quality and efficient ultrasound service that provides high professional standard of care ensuring that the appropriate imaging, reporting and management of the patient is provided when and where necessary. The postholder will also promote patient-centered care and uphold the Trusts values, communicating effectively with patients, relatives, carers and other healthcare professionals always.
  • All trainees are expected to rotate through the NEL Ultrasound Training Academy, based at Whipps Cross Hospital are part of their clinical placement. They will liaise closely with their line manager, supervisor and the NEL Sonography Practice Educators to ensure that their academic targets are met and are linked with clinical progress to ensure timely qualification.

About us

Barts Health is one of the largest NHS trusts in the country, and one of Britain's leading healthcare providers.

The Barts Health group of NHS hospitals is entering an exciting new era on our improvement journey to becoming an outstanding organisation with a world-class clinical reputation. Having lifted ourselves out of special measures, we now have the impetus and breathing space to chart a fresh course in which we are continually striving to improve all our services for patients.

Our vision is to be a high-performing group of NHS hospitals, renowned for excellence and innovation, and providing safe and compassionate care to our patients in east London and beyond. That means being a provider of excellent patient safety, known for delivering consistently high standards of harm-free care and always caring for patients in the right place at the right time. It also means being an outstanding place to work, in which our WeCare values and behaviours are visible to all and guide us in how we work together.

We strive to live by our WeCare values and are committed to promoting inclusion, where every staff member has a sense of belonging. We value our differences and fully advocate, cultivate and support an inclusive working environment.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The full job description provides an overview of the key tasks and responsibilities of the role, and the person specification outlines the qualifications, skills, experience, and knowledge required. For both documents, please view the attachment/s below.

Person Specification



  • Science or Health Care based undergraduate degree at 2:1 or higher.
  • If undergraduate degree is less than a 2:1, evidence of further postgraduate study must be provided.
  • Statutory registration with a regulatory body (such as HCPC or NMC).



  • Clinical experience post completion of undergraduate qualification.
  • Attendance at an Ultrasound Taster Day and/or work experience within an ultrasound department.


  • Completion of e-learning for healthcare ultrasound modules.
  • Experience of challenging conversations / delivering difficult news to patients, carers and relatives.
  • Supervisory / teaching experience.
  • Participation in research and audit.



  • Level 7 ILTES or above must be evidenced if English is not first/native language.
  • Understanding of the ultrasound training programme and awareness of diagnostic ultrasound in a healthcare setting.
  • Understanding of clinical governance.
  • Able to recognise own strengths and limitations, seeking assistance when required.
  • Understanding of team working and recognises own role as part of an effective team.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development.


  • Awareness of local and national policy concerning patient care and professional issues.



  • High level of interpersonal skills, with ability to communicate clearly and concisely.
  • Competent ICT skills.
  • Ability to build relationships and work collaboratively at all levels across the multi-disciplinary team.
  • Able to deal with conflict and difficult situations.
  • Use of sound judgement and critical reasoning to make decisions and solve problems / queries
  • Ability to work under pressure and be adaptable to change.
  • Engage with others (including staff, patients, carers and relatives) in a considerate and compassionate manner.
  • Able to organise, prioritise and delegate.
  • Use resources efficiently and cost effectively.


  • Presentation skills.
  • Teaching / Supervisor skills.



  • Sufficient ability to perform duties of the post with any aids and adaptations.
  • Must demonstrate behaviours consistent with the Trust's values and lead by example, promoting the highest standards of professional and personal conduct and integrity.
  • Shows enthusiasm and a commitment to developing self and the improvement of others.
  • Commitment to developing a culture of openness and psychological safety.
  • Flexible approach to working and be able to participate in extended working hours and/or 7 day working pattern if required

Employer details

Employer name

Barts Health NHS Trust


Newham University Hospital


E13 8SL

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