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Highly Specialist Cardiac Physiologist

NHS AfC: Band 7

Main area
Technical Cardiology
NHS AfC: Band 7
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Southampton General Hospital
£38,890 - £44,503 per annum
Salary period
21/04/2021 23:59
Interview date

Job overview

We are looking for a Highly Specialist Cardiac Physiologist to help lead our echocardiography team into the future by supporting the development of one of the following specialist services: stress echo, contrast echo or physiologist-led services. This post requires an exceptionally driven, enthusiastic and committed individual with a passion for their specialism.

We are a vibrant and diverse BSE-accredited department, collectively performing around 20,000 echocardiograms each year on all ages. We offer all band 7's the opportunity to train in a specialist area of echo including ACHD and paediatrics. This job role is an ideal opportunity for a Band 7 to diversify into a specialist area and enhance their knowledge and skills.

Our department operates Monday to Friday. You will be asked to participate in Saturday working on a rotational basis with a compensatory day off during the week.

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

Your key responsibilities will include:

  • Performing and reporting adult transthoracic echocardiograms to an expert level.

  • Mentoring and training junior or trainee echocardiographers.

  • Performing and developing a specialist area within echocardiography (e.g. stress echo, contrast echo, physiologist-led service)

  • Taking on one or more management roles (e.g. quality assurance, machine management)

What we're looking for

There are 3 key attributes we are looking for:

  • The ability to perform exemplary adult transthoracic echocardiograms, produce detailed and accurate BSE-standard reports as well as the ability to check reports written by junior staff and provide constructive feedback.

  • Full engagement with the teaching, training and mentoring of our junior staff, and excellent coaching skills.

  • The skills and motivation to develop specialist or physiologist-led services. Existing experience in at least one of the following is highly desirable: assessment of complex congenital heart disease, transoesophageal echocardiography, stress echocardiography, contrast echocardiography, or physiologist-led clinics.

In addition to these attributes, you must hold a suitable qualification (BSc Clinical Physiology or equivalent) with significant post qualification experience in echocardiography. You must hold BSE accreditation in adult transthoracic echocardiography or equivalent.

RCCP/ HCPC / AHCS registration is desirable.

Applicants should be highly self-motivated and possess excellent interpersonal skills.

Evidence of post qualification CPD is essential.

Additional information

Interviews will be held on Wednesday, 05 May 2021

Should you have any queries, please use the contact details below to get in touch.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • BSc or MSc Clinical Physiology (Cardiology) OR HNC/ HTEC in Medical Physics/Physiological Measurement plus specialist courses and equivalent experience OR equivalent.
  • British Society of Echocardiography TTE Level 2 Accreditation (or other MSc equivalent in relevant cardiac specialty).
  • Immediate Life Support Course
  • Evidence of continuing professional development.
Desirable criteria
  • RCCP registration or equivalent


Essential criteria
  • Broad knowledge of a wide range of tests and techniques performed by Cardiac Clinical Physiologists.
  • Superior knowledge of specialist area – able to interpret complex procedures
  • Consolidated post qualification experience in a technical role within a cardiology department (providing evidence of competency achievement)
  • In depth knowledge of the range of equipment to ensure accurate recording and testing.
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of research and development and/or clinical audit.
  • Teaching Experience
  • Management experience.

Aptitudes and Skills

Essential criteria
  • Excellent communication skills – able to clearly and appropriately convey instructions to patients.
  • Good teaching skills – able to adapt level of teaching appropriately.
  • A definite awareness of the boundaries in which to operate with an appreciation of own limitations
  • Able to work unsupervised
  • Able to work as part of a team.
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills – able to appropriately prioritise own workload and that of junior staff.
  • Excellent patient approach.
  • Able to use initiative.
  • Able to competently perform role in emergency situations and to maintain concentration and composure in highly stressful situations
Desirable criteria
  • Contributes actively towards service development and improvement in specialist area.

Trust Values

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.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Karen Taylor
Job title
Principal Cardiac Physiologist
Email address
Telephone number
023 80 777333
Additional information

Alistair Harris

Highly Specialist Cardiac Physiologist


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