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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 20/09/2020.

Highly Specialised Clinical Physiologist (Echocardiography)

Job Reference: 175-2021-2-CP2355

Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Cardiac Physiology
Royal Papworth Hospital, Cambridge Biomedical Campus, Papworth Road, Cambridge
£38,890 to £44,503 pa

As the largest and leading specialist cardiothoracic hospital in the UK, Royal Papworth Hospital is dedicated to providing patients with the best possible care through the excellence of our caring staff. We are located in a bespoke, purpose-built hospital on the world-class Cambridge Biomedical Campus, with administrative services based in Huntingdon.

In October 2019, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) announced the hospital was ‘outstanding’ overall and across all five of the CQC domains; safe, caring, effective, responsive, and well-led - this is the first time an NHS hospital trust has achieved an ‘outstanding’ rating across the five key questions.


Highly Specialised Cardiac Physiologist (Echocardiography)

Band 7 - £38,890 - £44,503

Full Time (37.5 hours/week) 

10% R&R on initial employment which rises to 12.5% R&R at 3 years

Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is one of the top performing hospitals in the country, providing specialist cardiothoracic and transplant services both nationally and internationally. We are now located in a brand new, state of the art purpose built facility on the Cambridge Biomedical campus. As a tertiary centre we see an extremely diverse patient cohort and our department provides a complex and comprehensive service covering; pre and post-transplant assessment; advanced heart failure clinics; pre, peri and post TAVI assessment; complex specialist valve; hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and family cardiac screening clinics; complex pulmonary hypertension assessment in the context of pulmonary vascular and chronic thrombo-embolic disease; grown-up congenital heart disease (support would be given to obtain the EACVI ACHD accreditation if desired and suitable) and echo guided CRT device optimisation. Our cutting-edge Echo department is supported by multiple Consultants who continue to expand our service provision and drive forward a programme of clinical and service innovation, efficient service delivery and the outstanding patient care. We are proud to say that our fleet is less than 12 months old with the highest specification next-generation equipment; 3D echo is a routine aspect of our clinical practice, enabling us to develop and deliver service directly to out-patients, wards, ICU, structural labs and operating theatres

We are currently looking to expand our highly-skilled Echocardiography team at Royal Papworth Hospital, with positions available for both established and developing Cardiac Physiologist in Echocardiography. We are seeking an established Band 7 Cardiac Physiologist who is looking to specialise in a tertiary centre, with opportunity to develop expertise in a range complex and specialist patient groups. The post holder would be expected to hold all the relevant skills for: advanced echocardiographic imaging in both physiologist and consultant led settings; effectively managing a team of junior physiologists; conducting high quality and clinically relevant research/audit; teaching and training of all internal and external echo trainees. Full support will be given to obtain STP equivalence.


The department is dedicated to educating all Echo physiologists. Equal opportunities will be offered to Senior Cardiac Physiologists looking to progress in to a Band 7 development role in Echocardiography. This is also an opportunity for Graduating STP Clinical Science students to advance to the level of Highly Specialised Cardiac Physiologist upon completion of a set of competencies. Full support and training will be provided to ensure the post holder is able to perform to the highest standard in 2D and 3D TTE, to develop as a competent member of the team covering: TOE, stress/exercise and Echo guided percutaneous intervention (ASD/PFO closure, LAA occlusion, TAVI, BAV, paravalvular leak closure). The successful applicant will also receive management training with a view to service development in the future.  Regardless of your entry point, the roles offered are designed to develop the skills and principles of a competent and effective Chief Cardiac Physiologist/ Scientist within an ECHO department.

For substantive staff we are able to offer a competitive recruitment and retention package which includes a 10% R&R on initial employment which rises to 12.5% R&R at 3 years, as well as £500 to cover relocation costs. Part-time and job share applications are welcomed.

For further information, or to arrange an informal visit, please contact;

Diogo Martins Lead Cardiac Physiologist, Departmental Lead

Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust  

01223 638000 ext. 86259


Bogdan Sculeanu  ACHD Lead Physiologist

Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust  

01223 638000 ext. 86259

** We reserve the right to close this vacancy once sufficient applications have been received**

Priority consideration will be given to NHS Employees who have been declared at risk of redundancy.

The support and benefits available to staff include:
NHS Pension Scheme, extensive retail discount scheme, subsidised restaurant, staff recognition and award scheme, membership options at Frank Lee Centre Leisure & Fitness (campus gym), salary sacrifice 'cycle to work' and 'car' scheme, enhanced pay progression for Band 5 nurses, career progression opportunities, flexible working

We welcome all applications irrespective of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and belief, sex and sexual orientation. Applicants with disabilities will be offered an interview providing they meet the minimum criteria for the post. The Trust operates job share and flexible working. We are a Smoke Free Hospital.

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome (for eligible posts only) and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test. The UK Border Agency requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UK Border Agency website.

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