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Cardiac Physiologist

Band 5

Main area
Cardiovascular & Thoracic
Band 5
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Southampton General Hospital
£24,907 - £30,615 pa
Salary period
15/04/2021 23:59
Interview date

Job overview

An exciting opportunity to fast-track as a cath lab and cardiac rhythm management (CRM) physiologist at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS) has become available.  The successful applicant will be a newly qualified cardiac physiologist or be due to graduate from the practitioner training program later this year.  

CRM device follow-up at UHS incorporates all aspects of post implant care including onsite and remote follow-up of adult and paediatric/ACHD patients.  Devices followed-up range from simple ILRs through to CRT-Ds and subcutaneous ICDs.  We have the largest CIED remote follow-up population in the UK.  

Device implants in the cath lab include loop recorders; pacemakers (including leadless systems); ICDs (transvenous and subcutaneous); CRT-P/Ds (CS and endocardial LV leads); complex paediatric/ACHD implants and pulmonary artery monitors.  The CRM physiologists also support the regional lead extraction service and surgical epicardial device implants.


Main duties of the job

You can read an overview of the main duties of the role in the section below: Job Description and Main Responsibilities.

To understand the role in more detail please read the full job description and person specification documents attached. 

Working for our organisation

 As one of the largest acute teaching Trusts in England, we offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. UHS is rated ‘Good’ by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care. 

We support flexible working and will consider requests taking into account the needs of the service. UHS employees are able to access a range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata), and we offer a generous pension scheme.

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and direct trains to London. The New Forest National Park and beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than London and 14 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

The first six months in post will be focused on becoming independent at the more basic cath lab procedures and CRM device follow-up.  The second six months will concentrate on more advanced CRM device follow-up and cath lab procedures with a view to joining one of the on-call rotas by the end of the first year in post.

All physiologists working within CRM are actively encouraged and supported to undertake IBHRE and/or BHRS exams.  As a cardiac physiology department we actively engage with MSC and we have a dynamic STP and PTP training program.

The cardiac physiologists at UHS provide two on-call services, one for emergency device checks and one for emergency cath lab procedures.  The successful applicant will be trained towards participating in one of these on-call services.

We are extensively involved in device trials and research, including becoming the first UK centre to implant the leadless Micra pacemaker in 2016. 

The post will be particularly suited to PTP students that have enjoyed their cath lab and CRM time on placement, and would like to focus on these areas of cardiac physiology post qualification with a view to progressing quickly.

Part-time applicants are welcomed and will be looked at on an individual basis.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • BSc in Clinical Physiology
  • Immediate Life Support qualified
Desirable criteria
  • Working toward or having RCCP voluntary registration


Essential criteria
  • Broad knowledge of a wide range of tests and techniques performed by Cardiac Physiologists
  • Good understanding of the overall service requirements and of own role in the maintenance of an efficient service
  • Good IT skills – able to record results into a range of databases
Desirable criteria
  • Some experience in teaching and training

Aptitudes and skills required

Essential criteria
  • Excellent communication skills at all levels internal and external to the department
  • Able to prioritise own workload and that of junior staff
  • Able to act on own initiative and work independently with consideration to the team working efficiently
  • Self-motivated and effective when working under pressure
  • Able to motivate others
  • Excellent patient manner and communication, to create a relaxed environment in order to obtain the best quality results from any test performed
  • To perform tests with an appreciation of individual patient needs, age, clinical condition, emotional state and cultural differences
  • Able to analyse tests, assessing test results against acceptability criteria

Special requirements of the post

Essential criteria
  • Able to work towards participation with an on-call roster

Values and behaviours

Essential criteria
  • Patients First
  • Always Improving
  • Working Together
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Karen Taylor
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