University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust
Plymouth, UK
08 Nov 2019
08 Dec 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust is a dynamic and challenging environment, which provides acute healthcare for people in Plymouth, South West Devon and South East Cornwall, and has more than 6,500 staff working in its services.

The Trust became a teaching hospital with the opening of the Peninsula Medical School, a joint venture with the Universities of Plymouth and Exeter and We are the largest teaching hospital in the South West and have an active commitment to developing and supporting our staff.

The Trust is one of the largest acute healthcare providers in the country. Our services include Emergency and Acute Assessment units, General Medical and Surgical Services, Cancer Care, Orthopaedics, Paediatrics, Dentistry, Ear Nose and Throat, Neurosciences and Renal services. We offer a full range of general hospital services to around 450,000 people in Plymouth, North and East Cornwall and South and West Devon. These include emergency and major trauma services, maternity services, paediatrics and a full range of diagnostic, medical and surgical sub-specialties.

We are a people business - where every member of staff matters and can make a difference. Patients are at the heart of everything we do. Joining University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust means becoming part of a team of dedicated staff, who are committed to leading the way through innovation, clinical excellence and great customer care. The Trust has great opportunities for career development in a highly progressive working environment. We offer all of this in a vibrant, modern city with a historic reputation for adventure.

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Plymouth Hospitals is the largest hospital trust in the South West Peninsula and is a teaching trust in partnership with Plymouth Medical School. We use state of the art ultrasound equipment (mostly Toshiba Aplios/Canon) and adhere to recommended appointment times advised by the Society and College of Radiographers. We have 6 ultrasound rooms within Imaging, with additional rooms located in the Antenatal Clinic, Orthopaedic Outpatients, Children's and Young People's Outpatients, Surgical Assessment Unit, Acute Assessment Unit, Peninsula Radiology Academy and peripheral external sites.

The work is interesting and varied. We provide ultrasound services for patients from primary care, acute secondary care, and tertiary level services including renal transplantation, liver transplant evaluation, hepatobiliary surgery and neonatal intensive care.

We are recruiting Sonographers to join our hard working and friendly team within the Ultrasound department. This vacancy is for Sonographers who must already be independently performing and reporting on general and gynaecological ultrasound examinations. The ultrasound qualification must be from a CASE accredited course. The Sonographer must be registered with HCPC. We will consider full time, part time, flexible or extended hours which fit in with the department to support your work life balance.

All Sonographers in our department have a set of core skills which include abdominal, gynaecological, testicular and lower limb DVT scans. We can provide training in some of these specific areas if required. It would be desirable but not essential if the candidate is also competent in either obstetric, musculoskeletal, neck or paediatric hip ultrasound scans. If the sonographer is not already qualified in these areas, training may be required at a later date to support the service.

We actively encourage and provide training for role extension with an increasing number of Sonographers performing fine needle aspirations, joint injections and contrast enhanced ultrasound studies. We have a career structure within the department and our Sonographers (band 7) are fully supported by a Consultant Sonographer (band 8b) and Consultant Practitioner in MSK (band 8b). We are also supported Consultant Radiologists with a special interest in ultrasound. Our department prides itself on the quality of its ultrasound scanning and reporting service. The Sonographers have regular feedback from the Consultants through our ongoing monthly reporting audit. Additionally, the department benefits from excellent administrative support.

We actively encourage continuing professional development, both internally and externally and set aside some protected time each week to undertake internal CPD. We are fortunate to have a training fund for sonographers and fully fund external courses as appropriate.

The Department provides ultrasound training for trainee sonographers, radiology registrars from the Plymouth Peninsula Radiology Academy, medical students and clinicians from other departments. We would expect the successful candidate to participate in this training programme. There are plans to further develop the Peninsula Radiology Academy into an ultrasound training centre which will provide more career opportunity for Sonographers.

We welcome informal discussions and/or visits. This can be arranged by contacting Jo Dunn. Ultrasound Administrator on 01752 432015.

***Preference will be given to internal Trust staff, as well as 'Priority' and 'At Risk' status including NHS At Risk staff throughout Devon who are able to display recent relevant experience as dictated by the Person Specification.***

*Previous applicants need not apply

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