Trainee Echocardiographer


Job Title : Trainee Echocardiographer
Location : Doncaster DN2
Company : Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS...
Salary :
Open Date : 2023-03-27
Close Date : 2023-07-27

An exciting opportunity at Doncaster & Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals for an 18-month fixed term full-time training post in Echocardiography. This is part of the Echocardiography Training Programme developed by the National School of Healthcare Science and funded by Health Education England. The post will commence 2nd October 2023.

Successful ETP trainees will be trained to BSE accreditation level 2 and will be awarded a Post-graduate Certificate in Clinical Echocardiography.

For more information, please see the NSHCS website:

It is expected that the interviews will be held w/c 15th May and 22nd May.

The Trainee Echocardiographer will be employed for a fixed term of 18 months during which time they will work through a programme of learning.

In conjunction with and supported by the Designated Training Officer, the Trainee Echocardiographer will be responsible for their own progression through the training programme, completing a mixture of work based competence and experience in NHS scientific departments, completing the learning outcomes as outlined in the Curriculum Library, undertaking the complementary academic Post Graduate Certificate in Clinical Echocardiography and preparing for and completing the BSE Transthoracic Accreditation process.

At all times the Trainee Echocardiographer is expected to work within standard operating policies and procedures of the host department and NHS organisation and adhere to high standards of professionalism, health and safety, risk reduction, confidentiality, patient care and dignity, and respect for equality and diversity as set out in the NHS Constitution.

The post is based in the Cardio-Respiratory Department, Doncaster Royal Infirmary with regular travel to academic institution and rotation into local hospitals for completion of curriculum and learning outcomes.

Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of Yorkshires leading acute trusts, serving a population of more than 420,000 across South Yorkshire, North Nottinghamshire and the surrounding areas.
Hosting three main hospital sites and a number of additional services, the Trust is one of only five Teaching Hospitals in Yorkshire and by 2018 is projecting to train 25% of all medical students in the region, while we currently train 30% of all other healthcare professional students.
A modern and forward-facing Trust employing over 6,000 members of staff, the hospital provides a full range of local hospital services across three sites.

Professional responsibilities

  • At all times to work in accordance with the AHCS, SCST or ARTP Codes of Professional Conduct
  • To ensure that investigation protocols and procedures are followed and to supervise more junior staff in doing the same
  • To maintain the highest standards of patient care at all times, ensuring comfort and dignity of patient during investigative procedures
  • Performance of basic care procedures and techniques
  • Report patients presenting with conditions that may be potentially dangerous or a cause for concern to the appropriate medical staff
  • To utilise a variety of strategies to communicate effectively with patients and those involved in their care. The post-holder must also communicate effectively with staff within the Trust, within other organisations and with the general public.
  • To at all times respect patient confidentiality and, in particular, the confidentiality of electronically stored personal/manual data, in line with the requirements of the Data Protection Act.
  • Accurate documentation of records
  • To conform to Trust Policies, and report discrepancies immediately that they are discovered.
  • To complete necessary training for the scope of professional practice.
  • Conduct of investigations with due regard to health and safety risks
  • Compliance with local fire and manual handling procedures
  • To participate in Performance Development Appraisal annually.
Scientific and Clinical Practice
  • Undertake a range of clinical and scientific investigations as appropriate to the role.
  • Acquire and maintain a high level of professional competence in the performance of all tests, investigations and measurements carried out.
  • Interpret and act upon results of tests, investigations and measurements in accordance with departmental policies, procedures and quality systems.
  • Comment and advise on new proposals and protocols, especially for service improvements.
  • Assist in the provision of advice to medical, nursing and other healthcare staff on the optimal and safe use of scientific procedures and highly complex equipment, including assisting in the design of new facilities.
  • Assist with the procurement, acceptance and use of medical devices and consumables.
  • Be responsible for the safe use of complex scientific and medical equipment, including recording all maintenance and calibration procedures performed and any corrective actions undertaken.
  • Use reagents, consumables, hazardous materials and equipment safely and in accordance with Health and Safety policies.
  • Participate in risk management procedures including risk assessment and the investigation and reporting of adverse incidents.
  • Participate in internal and external audit processes and quality systems
  • Undertake R&D within the department as an integral part of training and acquire relevant skills to undertake clinical audit.
  • Assist with supervision and training of support staff, students and new appointees, and participate in departmental seminars and scientific meetings to disseminate knowledge acquired through study or research.
Education and Learning
  • Successfully complete the training and assessment programme in conjunction with the local Training Coordinator and designated Academic institution to achieve certified competence awarded by the British Society of Echocardiography.
  • Undertake suitable training within the host department and other placements to successfully acquire core competencies and thereafter maintain the required standards of competence when undertaking duties.
  • Take responsibility for own learning and development by recognising and taking advantage of all opportunities to learn, including appraisal, supervision, academic course and problem based learning and maintaining a personal portfolio of learning.
  • Ensure that own learning needs, identified with the Training Coordinator and reflecting the requirements of the curriculum, are met.
  • Retain sufficient flexibility and adaptability in learning in order to ensure full contribution to improving services in response to changing health care needs.
  • Maintain knowledge of recent scientific developments and undertake supplementary training to develop both knowledge and skills.
  • Attend mandatory training (both vocational and academic) as required.
  • Participate in internal and external assessment processes.
Patient management and clinical care
  • Delivery of patient care – experience and contribution in the following areas: • Provide support to specialist clinics and specialist treatment interventions
  • Perform, report and interpret a range of investigations undertaken indirectly for or directly with patients within a range of care settings
  • Specialist care and treatment interventions for patients across the range of clinical pathways and health care settings
  • Appropriate clinical and scientific advice and interpretation of analytical results
  • Participate in multidisciplinary meetings
  • Apply and promote evidence based practice and use of relevant clinical protocols and procedures
  • Ensuring that all equipment used on patients and the public is handled and applied in accordance with health and safety requirements and other national or international guidelines
  • Communication and interpretation of complex clinical, scientific and technical information to a wide range of people including clinicians, managers, patients and the public
  • Liaise with senior scientists and clinical users of the service on appropriateness of investigations, interventions and tests
Quality Audit
  • Contribute to audits to inform patient management and clinical care
  • Contribute to quality audits relating to accreditation and regulation
  • Perform quality assurance , process and outcomes audits relevant to the specialism
Clinical Governance
  • Maintain standards for health & safety procedures
  • Comply with quality and governance procedures within the department including risk management and risk mitigation
  • Maintain high standards of professional and personal conduct
  • Ensure that patient safety and experience and effectiveness of service are maximised.
Supervisory, management & administrative duties
  • Organise own tasks on a day-to-day basis within the limits of the role
  • Handling telephone queries
  • Participate in stock control and stock rotation – highlighting low stocks to the relevant Physiologist.
  • Filing test reports and distribution of same to appropriate staff
  • Follow local departmental procedures when dealing with enquiries from patients, staff or other agencies.
  • Understand and follow departmental local procedures relating to urgent test requests and reports, ensuring any issues are resolved in a timely manner.
  • Prioritise work to ensure ensure urgent tests are processed according to local procedures.
IT skills
  • Input and retrieval of patient information using the Tomcat (CVIS) and ISCV Information Systems
  • Use of the CAMIS system to search for patients
  • Will be expected to use other various computer systems necessary for duties of the post
Occasional Duties
  • To carry out any other reasonable duties to achieve learning and experience that may be required, which are commensurate with the grade and nature of the post
  • This job description outlines the main current duties and responsibilities of the training post. The job description will need to be reviewed and subsequently may be altered. Any resulting changes will be subject to consultation
  • In addition to regular assessment and planning meetings, the trainee will have a biannual meeting to discuss progress and to consider issues relevant to the wider training programme

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