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Specialist Cardiac Physiologist - Echocardiography

Band 6

Main area
Technical Cardiology
Band 6
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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Southampton General Hospital
£31,365 - £37,890 per annum
Salary period
26/04/2021 23:59
Interview date

Job overview

We are looking for a motivated, enthusiastic and innovative Specialist Cardiac Physiologist to join our echocardiography team at the University Hospital Southampton, NHS Foundation Trust (UHS). This role will provide valuable opportunities to develop skills in transthoracic echocardiography, and once BSE-accredited, further development in areas such as stress and contrast echocardiography and physiologist-led services. 


We are a vibrant and diverse BSE-accredited department, collectively performing around 20,000 echocardiograms each year on all ages. Our team are involved in a wide range of specialist services including congenital and paediatric echocardiography, TOE, stress echo, physiologist-led clinics and more. We pride ourselves on actively supporting continual professional development through protected educational and mentoring sessions. 

Our department operates Monday to Saturday. Full time staff work 4 days per 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 a high level.
  • Taking on additional supporting management roles within the echo department.
  • Working towards local sign off to scan and report adult transthoracic echocardiograms.
  • Working towards BSE accreditation in transthoracic echocardiography.
  • Starting to gain experience in speciality echo areas.

A full list of your roles and responsibilities can be found within the ‘Job Description’ document.


There are 3 key attributes we are looking for:

  • A good foundational knowledge of echocardiography including physics and instrumentation, the BSE minimum transthoracic dataset and methods to assess a broad range of common cardiac pathology.  
  • Enthusiasm to continue your professional development and evidence of this.
  • Excellent team player.

In addition to these attributes, you must hold a suitable qualification (BSc Clinical Physiology or equivalent) with at least 1 year post qualification experience in echocardiography. BSE accreditation in adult transthoracic echocardiography or equivalent is desirable but not essential. We would expect you to be working towards BSE accreditation.  

RCCP/HCPC/AHCS registration is desirable.

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

Evidence of post qualification CPD is essential.


Interviews will be held on Wednesday, 12 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 equivalen
  • Working towards British Society of Echocardiography TTE Level 2 Accreditation (or other MSc equivalent in relevant cardiac specialty).
  • Immediate Life Support Course
Desirable criteria
  • RCCP registration or equivalent

Physical requirements

Essential criteria
  • Health and physical abilities sufficient for the post (if necessary with reasonable adjustments with respect to the Equality Act/Disability Discrimination Act)

Previous or relevant experience

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
  • Demonstrates clarity and breadth in use of verbal and written communications in relation to our patient group
  • 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
  • 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
  • Dexterity, co-ordination and sensory skills for the use of diagnostic equipment often under time limitations e.g. when performing tests on children.
Desirable criteria
  • Contributes actively towards service development and improvement in specialist area.

Values and behaviours

Essential criteria
  • Able to demonstrate behaviours that meet the Trust Values: Patients First
  • Able to demonstrate behaviours that meet the Trust Values: Always Improving
  • Able to demonstrate behaviours that meet the Trust Values: Working Together

Special requirements

Essential criteria
  • Able to participate with on call OR Saturday working

Values and behaviours

Essential criteria
  • Empathic
  • Conscientious – attention to detail required when processing test results.
  • Reliable
  • Excellent patient manner with adults and children
Desirable criteria
  • Innovative – able to identify better ways of working or potential for improvement in systems and procedures
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Applicant requirements

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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Principal Cardiac Physiologist
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