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Specialist Sonographer

Band 7

Main area
Women and Newborn
Grade
Band 7
Contract
Permanent
Hours
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
188-OTH2027
Site
Princess Anne Hospital
Town
Southampton
Salary
£38,890 - £44,503 per annum
Salary period
Yearly
Closing
20/04/2021 23:59
Interview date
06/05/2021

Job overview

We are looking for an enthusiastic Specialist Sonographer to join our busy, friendly imaging department at the University Hospital Southampton, NHS Foundation Trust (UHS). You will be part of a small team of Sonographers, who are well respected and committed to providing a high standard of examinations.

ABOUT THE TEAM

The ultrasound department performs routine and complex obstetric and gynaecological scans to support antenatal and gynaecology outpatients, gynaecology oncology, and Post-Menopausal Bleeding clinics. All Sonographers scan and report autonomously and are supported for further development and training.

In addition we have a self-contained Early pregnancy Unit with all day ultrasound cover, six days a 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

WHAT YOU’LL DO

Maintain clinical practise, providing ultrasound imaging examinations while adhering to all safety regulations and operating equipment effectively. Supervise and support junior staff with clinical activities, providing education and training as required. Flexible working may involve weekends when required.

You will work closely with and be supported by the onsite Regional Fetal Medicine team who provide care to women and their families undergoing high risk or problematic pregnancies requiring specialist care and expertise. You will also work closely and be supported by our lead Obstetrician and Gynaecologist who have a specialised interest in ultrasound.  

To work as part of a multi-disciplinary team developing a centre of excellence in the field of Women’s ultrasound and prenatal screening.

Undertake independently obstetric or obstetric and gynaecological ultrasound examinations according to the unit policies and guidelines to a high standard. Nuchal translucency and foetal anomaly scans should be performed in accordance with guidance from the Foetal Anomaly Screening Programme.

Be responsible for a lead role in a specialist clinical area including Early Pregnancy Ultrasound, Foetal anomaly Screening and high risk pregnancies.

WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR

We require staff with energy, excellent communication skills, a flexible approach and attitude; commitment and passion to deliver and improve the service to women centred care.

  1. HCPC or NMC registered radiographer or midwife.
  2. Degree (BSc Honours in Radiography or equivalent qualification)
  3. Post graduate qualification in Ultrasound , Post graduate certificate in Obstetrics and Gynaecological examinations as a minimum
  4. Experience working in an ultrasound department.
  5. Willingness to take part in a flexible rota
  6. Experience of working in partnership with consultants and participating in creating innovative solutions for new services
  7. Evidence of role specific continuing professional development
  8. Team work ethic
  9. Flexible and adaptable
  10. You will need to be able to drive and be willing to travel to our community locations and have a full driving license

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Interviews will be held on Thursday, 06 May 2021

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

Person specification

Qualifications

Essential criteria
  • Degree (BSc Hons) in Radiography, Nursing, Midwifery or equivalent qualification)
  • Post graduate qualification in Ultrasound, Post graduate certificate in Obstetrics and Gynaecological examinations as a minimum
  • HCPC or NMC registered radiographer, nurse or midwife
  • Evidence of role specific continuing professional development

Experience

Essential criteria
  • The post holder should be an autonomous clinical practitioner.
  • Experience working in an ultrasound department.
  • Experience of working in partnership with consultants and participating in creating innovative solutions for new services
  • Have the ability to make clinical judgements and critical decisions of the highest order, using knowledge, skills and experience
  • Be able to interpret clinician’s requirements, to recognise the urgency of ultrasound requests, prioritise requests and determine the appropriate scanning technique, ensuring that scans are performed in accordance with best practice and research based evidence
  • To interpret scans and provide a comprehensive, independent, diagnostic report on the woman’s condition and make the appropriate diagnosis. Report scan findings using the recommended IT software
  • Be responsible for own workload and effective throughput of patients
  • Be competent in the use of all the equipment in the Ultrasound department. To use initiative in adapting techniques to optimise image quality and diagnostic yield.
  • Identify and participate in research & audit within the department.
  • Undertake examinations of an intimate nature e.g. transvaginal scanning, exposure to bodily fluids

Aptitudes and skills required

Essential criteria
  • Team work ethic
  • Flexible and adaptable
  • Leadership qualities and motivational skills
  • Responsible for maintaining own CPD
  • Decision making skills
  • Demonstrates clarity and breadth in use of verbal and written communications in relation to our patient group
  • To be able to cope with distressed patients and distressing circumstances
  • Breaking bad news
  • Empathy with patients, carers and staff
  • Ability to diffuse conflict and mediate to ensure patient and service needs are met
  • Willingness to take part in a flexible rota
  • You will need to be able to drive and be willing to travel to our community locations and have a full driving license
Desirable criteria
  • Evidence of audit and R&D

Special requirements of the post

Essential criteria
  • To work as part of a multi-disciplinary team developing a centre of excellence in the field of Women’s ultrasound and prenatal screening.
  • To undertake independently obstetric or obstetric and gynaecological ultrasound examinations according to the unit policies and guidelines to a high standard. Nuchal translucency and fetal anomaly scans should be performed in accordance with guidance from the Fetal Anomaly Screening Programme
  • Demonstrate and promote excellent interpersonal skills using written, verbal and non-verbal communication styles, particularly in complex situations and in a manner that is suitable for women and their families.
  • Participate in the training of staff in obstetric and gynaecological ultrasound. This will include staff from all disciplines including medical staff, nurses, midwives and radiographers
  • Promote individualised women centred care, ensuring access, choice, continuity and control. Ensure that at all times women are at the centre of care delivery
  • To contribute to the day-to-day management of the department in the absence of the department lead
  • Undertake a lead role in a specialist clinical area including Early Pregnancy Ultrasound, Fetal anomaly Screening and high risk pregnancies

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.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Name
Brigitte van der Merwe
Job title
Lead Superintendent Imaging PAH
Email address
Brigitte.VanDerMerwe@uhs.nhs.uk
Telephone number
023 8120 5287

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