To structure own patient case –mix, assisting in the daily organisation and advanced schedules of the unit.
The post holder will work closely with other members of the team to ensure the provision of an efficient and effective Ultrasound service.
To work flexible hours and to participate in cross-site working.
To provide a high standard of patient care and ultrasound imaging without supervision according to competencies.
To provide formal comprehensive reports on completed examinations in accordance to competencies.
To support the training and supervision of student sonographers, clinical and other professionals.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities :
1. Provide highly specialised clinical service using ultrasound to aid diagnosis. Be responsible for the delivery of an efficient service and maintain a high standard of ultrasound imaging through quality and protocol standards.
2. Able to conduct a range of examinations within the clinical speciality upon a range of patient types, both as an autonomous practitioner and as part of a multi-disciplinary, in a manner that meets professional, departmental and legal standards and requirements.
3. Must possess good interpersonal skills. Communicate effectively to a wide range of patients and their families or carers, providing them with accurate information reassuringly and bad news sensitively. Maintain patient confidentiality at all times.
4. Work and communicate effectively with Consultant Radiologists, Multi-Disciplinary teams, other user groups and nursing staff to provide an efficient quality service and specialist advise on cases.
5. Demonstrate full responsibility and accountability for own professional actions such as diagnostic reporting of ultrasound cases. Assist in the formulation of improved patient care pathways and imaging protocols.
6. Demonstrate advanced theoretical and practical knowledge in a wide range of ultrasound procedures following post-graduate study.
7. Possess the necessary customer care skills to cope with aggressive patients, and tact and diplomacy when dealing with infective patients.
8. Be responsible for the safe and efficient use of expensive and complex technical equipment. Demonstrate an active role in their daily maintenance and quality assurance checks. Ensure that equipment malfunction or change in mage quality is notified promptly to the Superintendent Sonographer.
9. Implement the professional and technical requirements if the Consultant in Administrative Charge, the Radiology Manager and the Clinical Lead.
10. Maintain professional standards in appearance, manner, punctuality and competence.
11. Contact patients or their carers to arrange patient appointments according to current practice as required, including their preparation and transportation.
12. Maintain a professional approach and a high quality of patient care. Ensure patients are treated with respect and dignity, using a calm empathetic manner in frequently distressing situations.
13. Take an active part in the training and supervision of student sonographers, clinicians and other professionals in addition to specialist training of sonographers in advanced techniques.
14. Possess basic computer skills and ensure correct patient details at all times, working within the requirements of the Data Protection Act.
15. Demonstrate a pro-active approach to continued professional development, including advanced certificates, attendance to conferences, seminars and study days.
16. Organise own workload in liaison with other relevant staff members to ensure efficient and effective utilisation of the Ultrasound equipment.
17. Provide a supporting role to other staff groups within the Trust.
18. Maintain awareness of current trends in all professional matters and advances in ultrasound imaging and equipment, assuring the dissemination of information to colleagues.
19. Devise and participate in regular surveys/ audits and contribute to the departmental quality projects.
20. Ensure safe working practices and a safe working environment.
21. Be aware of the potential risks of work related disorders, such as those of the upper limb and work in such a way to minimise the risks ensuring supervised staff comply with safe systems of work.
22. Undertake annual mandatory training as required by the Trust.
23. Have a flexible attitude towards new ways of working.
-Possess a recognised post graduate qualification in Medical Ultrasound, such as the DMU, Pg Diploma or equivalent. Will have gained at least one years post graduate experience in ultrasound.
- Communication skills
- Decision making skills
- Analytical skills
- Planning ability
- Organisational skills
- Physical skills (speed, accuracy, dexterity, repetition)
Physical effort - Possess the necessary dexterity skills and the stamina required to frequently position patients and equipment in the unpredictable workload patterns, e.g. moving ultrasound machines to wards, clinics etc, working in a restricted area.
Mental Effort - Maintains a high level of concentration for prolonged periods of time whilst scanning patients, communicating with patient or carer and dealing with interruptions from telephone queries and clinicians etc. Must complete written reports, which are often complex in nature, accurately and efficiently in order not to compromise patient management.
Emotional Effort - Frequent distressing situations, such as communicating fetal anomaly or demise, identifying cancers and discussion with terminally ill patients.
Regular performance of vaginal or rectal examinations, using ultrasound coupling gel for all examinations. Contact with unpleasant, hazardous body fluids and dealing with immobile, terminally ill-patients.
- Good salary