An exciting opportunity has arisen for a permanent band 7 highly specialised cardiac physiologist to join our busy CRM department at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS). The post is included in our newly approved R&R reward scheme which will see the appointed applicant receive a £5000 bonus payment after two years of continuous employment. The successful applicant will have specialist skills in cardiac implantable electronic device (CIED) follow-up. Additional specialist skills in CIED implantation and/or electrophysiology and ablation would also be extremely desirable.
CIED follow-up at UHS includes all aspects of follow-up including onsite and remote follow-up of adult and paediatric/ACHD patients. Devices followed-up range from simple ILRs and single chamber pacemakers through to CRT-Ds, leadless pacemakers and subcutaneous ICDs. Our CRM department serves around 4500 device follow-up patients, with the largest remote follow-up population in the UK.
CIED implantation at UHS includes loop recorders; pacemakers (including leadless systems); ICDs (transvenous and subcutaneous); CRT-P/Ds (CS and endocardial LV leads); complex paediatric/ACHD implants and vagal nerve stimulators. The CRM physiologists also support the regional lead extraction service which uses both the laser and rotational cutting sheath systems. The department actively operates as part of a multidisciplinary team which includes supporting surgically implanted epicardial leads and systems. The physiologists have recently been given approval to start implanting loop recorders unassisted.
EP procedures range from simple diagnostic studies through to complex 3D mapping of AF/AT, VT and paediatric/ACHD arrhythmias. We currently have the Carto and Rhythmia mapping systems and use RF and cryo ablation technologies.
The role will include supporting the lead physiologist for CRM and the lead physiologist for invasive cardiology, and as a training hospital the post holder will be expected to work with and teach junior members of staff and trainees. The cardiac physiologists at UHS provide two on-call services, one for emergency device checks and one for emergency cath lab procedures. The successful will be expected to participate in the CRM on-call rota as part of this post.
All physiologists working within CRM are actively encouraged and assisted to undertake BHRS and/or IBHRE exams and are fully supported with their PDP. We are extensively involved in device trials and research, including becoming the first UK centre to implant the leadless Micra pacemaker in 2016.
UHS provides services to 1.9 million people living in Southampton and south Hampshire, plus specialist services such as neurosciences, cardiac services and children's intensive care to more than 3.7 million people in central southern England and the Channel Islands. The Trust is also a major centre for teaching and research in association with the University of Southampton and partners including the Medical Research Council and Wellcome Trust.
We have 4 dedicated cardiac catheter laboratories (with two specialising in CRM), plus an interventional radiology lab and a newly opened hybrid theatre. There are four consultant electrophysiologists and three heart failure consultants, all of whom implant complex devices. As such, the CIED patient population is set to continue expanding rapidly over the next few years.
As a cardiac physiology department we actively engage with MSC and we have a dynamic STP and PTP training program.
Part-time applicants are welcomed and will be looked at on an individual basis.
If you are interested in this post and would like an informal chat about the vacancy or would like to arrange a visit then please use the contact details below.
This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.
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