Band 7 Sonographer - University College London Hospital

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH) is one of the most complex NHS trusts in the UK, Serving a large and diverse population. We provide academically-led acute and specialist services, to people from the local area, from throughout the United Kingdom and overseas.

They are looking for band 7 Sonographers to join their bank team. The post holder will work as a specialist diagnostic practitioner in ultrasound and be responsible for a variable caseload of patients.  Patients will present with a full range of complex conditions and the post holder will be responsible for carrying out the appropriate diagnostic procedures to support the diagnosis of complex conditions.  The post holder will supervise, support and assist students and junior sonographers in service delivery and personal development.

Main Duties will include but are not limited to:

  • To undertake a specialist practitioner role for a defined area of the Ultrasound service.
  • To perform a wide range of specialised ultrasound procedures across a variety of complex clinical presentations and pathologies, to a required standard.
  • To propose changes and work with other members of the multi-disciplinary team to implement improvements and development of the service.
  • To operate a variety of Information technology systems to a high level, including the Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) and Radiology Information System (RIS) and Soliton & ensure that all data inputs are accurately recorded in order to maintain the integrity of data for both patients and the service.
  • To provide timely professional support to colleagues and other members of the multi-disciplinary team.
  • To deputise for a service or modality lead, in their absence.

Essential Requirements for the role;

  • Right to work in the UK
  • A minimum of 6 months experience working within the NHS
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Able to communicate accurately and effectively

  Working through the Bank you will benefit from:

  • First opportunity for work placements before agency staff
  • Competitive pay rates
  • A dedicated booking consultant available to assist with any queries and advise on suitable assignments tailored to you
  • Electronic timesheet system with weekly payroll

Please apply directly to this advertisement, with full and correct contact details and an up to date CV dating back to educational history stating the month and year you both started and finished in each educational institution/workplace specified. If there are any gaps in your CV due to unemployment, travelling etc, please specify the month and year you were in these circumstances.

The post holder is required:

  • To aid in the provision of high quality imaging service that is responsive to the needs of the patient in areas designated on a rotational basis.
  • The post holder will be expected to ensure that the images produced are of the highest possible quality as befits a department with an international reputation.
  • All requests for imaging from the ward should be actioned on the same day and out-patient appointment time should be adhered to taking into account clinical priority.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Clinical Responsibilities

  • To work in various MRI scanners within the department on a rotational basis as directed by a Superintendent Radiographer
  • To undertake intravenous injections of contrast medium in line with departmental policies and procedures.
  • To be responsible for the cleanliness, and the provisioning of, the allocated scanner within the department under the direction of the Band 7 Radiographer for that area.
  • To ensure that all clinical and non-clinical accidents or incidents in the work area are promptly brought to the attention of the Radiology Services Manager and Health and Safety Representative, and when requested, co-operate with any investigations undertaken. Employees must be aware of the responsibilities placed on them under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, to ensure that the agreed safety procedures are carried out to maintain a safe environment for patients, employees and visitors.
  • To promote the care of patients in an allocated scanner by responding to their needs in the most appropriate and effective manner
  • To critically evaluate images both technically and clinically in order to ensure that the best possible imaging is produced taking the patient’s medical and psychological condition into account.
  • To ensure the safety of any patients, relatives and visitors in the MRI controlled area
  • To take part in the out of hours, extended working day and weekend rotas.

 Operational Responsibilities

  • To produce and promote images of the highest technical quality as befits a high profile department/hospital, adapting and tailoring the examination to the needs of the patient
  • To participate in routine extended day and weekend working
  • To observe Local Rules for Radiation Protection and Magnetic Resonance Imaging Safety, ensuring that safety is of paramount importance.
  • To work in accordance with IRR 17 and IR(ME)R 2017 as it relates to departmental policies and procedures.
  • To advise medical staff as to the application of the department’s Referral Criteria for Radiological Examinations.
  • To report any potential hazards to the appropriate person.
  • To use imaging equipment in the correct manner at all times and report all equipment faults to the Band 7 Radiographer so that remedial action can be taken immediately.  Ensure faults are also fully documented and reported to a Superintendent Radiographer.
  • To participate in the Q.A. programme for the department as directed by a Superintendent Radiographer.
  • To diligently record all necessary fiscal and technical data, using departmental and hospital paper and electronic systems i.e., RIS, PAS, CDR and in the future EPR.
  • To take an active role in Radiology Audits as required.
  • To participate in administrative duties as directed by a Superintendent Radiographer.
  • To participate in any research programme within the department as requested by senior radiographic personnel.
  • To maintain and develop an interest in CPD – (this should include personal reflective practice as well as imparting knowledge to others).
  • To participate in the induction and training of new personnel to the department and specifically help in the training of student radiographers.
  • To attend any courses, study days as requested by the Radiology Services Manager which will enhance personal development or improve the service provided.
  • To participate in the department’s appraisal programme, as it affects the radiographic establishment.
  • To set a good example in dress, time keeping and professional attitudes.

Training, Audit and Governance Responsibilities

  • To participate in clinical audit
  • To participate in the induction and training of new staff in MRI.
  • To act as a ‘buddy’ for new staff of the same grade and act as a mentor to junior staff
  • To instruct and teach student radiographers and more junior staff and to take an active part in teaching sessions within the department, performing assessments when required
  • To take an active role in the departmental mentoring scheme as requested by the Superintendent Radiographers.
  • To attend any courses or study days, as requested by the Radiology Services Manager, which will enhance personal development or improve the service provided and make known their training needs to a Superintendent radiographer
  • To actively participate in any research study within the department as requested by the Radiology Services Manager and senior Neuroradiology personnel.
  • To play an integral role in the training of other staff in the Neuroradiology department, including radiographers, physicists, surgeons, anaesthetists and other members of the theatre team
  • To undertake presentations to the department, feeding back from study days, Postgraduate courses and audit projects
  • To maintain and develop an interest in Continued Professional Development, continuously updating and expanding their professional skills and knowledge
  • To maintain the highest standards of personal practical and theoretical knowledge.
  • To ensure that they are adequately trained in the use of any piece of equipment before using it unsupervised
  • To ensure all training logs are completed and filed appropriately

Bank Partners is an employment agency/employment business (as defined by the Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses Regulations 2003) and is acting on behalf of its client in relation to this vacancy.