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Non-invasive Principal Cardiac Physiologist - Band 8a - Cardiology

Job Reference: 179-603-21-M

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
Cardiac Technology
Bury St. Edmunds
£47,126 to £53,219 pa

About the West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust

At the West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, we want to tell your story. We want to help develop your career. With us, the opportunities are endless.

We strive to deliver the highest quality and safest care for more than a quarter of a million people. We aim to provide the right care, in the right place, at the right time – whether in the hospital or community settings across west Suffolk.

We deliver high-quality services in a variety of settings including people’s own homes, care homes, day centres, schools, GP surgeries and health centres, as well as the Newmarket Community Hospital inpatient unit and clinics, and our main site, the West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds.

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Key achievements

  • For the last two years the National Hip Fracture Database (NHFD) have rated us as the top hospital in England, Wales and Northern Ireland for meeting best practice criteria for patients treated for a hip fracture.

  • We’re among the top 10 hospitals in the country for hip, knee and joint replacement outcomes.

  • Our stroke services regularly achieve high ratings in the Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme (SSNAP) scores.

  • We consistently achieve high early detection of cancer, and cancer survival rates in the NHS West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group area are the best in the east of England.

Non-invasive Principal Cardic Physiologist – Band 8a – Cardiology – 37.5 hours per week – Permanent

Could you help West Suffolk Hospital to deliver the best quality and safest care to our local community?

Our patients are at the heart of everything we do. We’re dedicated to delivering the best quality and safest care to our local communities and need dedicated and skilled people to help us achieve this.

Would you like to work in a dedicated Cardiac Centre which is looking to expand its services? The post holder will manage and develop the Diagnostic Cardiology Department, in partnership with the Invasive Principal Cardiac Physiologist, to ensure the provision of a high quality and effective service. The post holder will be responsible for professional, educational, and training needs of departmental staff, contributing to the continuous improvement and expansion of the service. This is a great opportunity to develop your clinical and leadership skills, progress your career and make a real difference to the lives of those who use our services.

What you can expect from us?

  • A supportive, friendly team that is very proud of the quality of services we offer - our diagnostic cardiology staff consists of cardiac physiologists, trainee healthcare scientists, apprentices, cardiographers, assistant technical officers and reception/admin support staff

  • Variety - located in a brand new dedicated Cardiac Centre, including a state-of-the-art Cardiac Catheter Lab, we can provide opportunities for a range of cardiac investigations: stress echoes, Transoesophageal echocardiography (TOE), specialist valve disease clinic, angiography, pacing, Cardiac Resynchronisation Therapy (CRT-P) and implantable loop recorders; working towards physiologist-led services, including stress echoes and an implantable loop recorder service

  • A consultant lead with extensive experience working with the British Society of Echocardiography, enabling our department to be at the forefront of policy and protocol

  • Career progression and ongoing professional development – we actively encourage staff progression and support to obtain/maintain accreditation for echo or pacing

  • High standard and quality - we are currently working towards IQIPS and BSE departmental accreditation, and are supporting a number of staff through the Scientific Training Programme (STP) Equivalence process.

  • A minimum of 27 days annual leave per year plus bank holidays (pro rata for part-time staff)

  • The opportunity to join the NHS Pension Scheme

  • Access to a range of employee benefits including, exclusive and free health and wellbeing services at Abbeycroft Leisure, staff discounts, salary sacrifice schemes, discounted staff restaurant.

  • Quality of life and super location in Suffolk

What we ask of you?

  • Professional knowledge acquired through degree in Clinical Physiology or equivalent experience 

  • British Society Echocardiography Accreditation or equivalent experienc


  • Experience as a Chief Cardiac Physiologist proficient in highly specialist non-invasive clinical technical cardiac investigations
  • Managerial experience
  • Able to work well under pressure
  • Good team player

  • Assertive yet approachable

  • Flexible working hours and duties

  • Sound interpersonal, organisational and communication skills.

If you have the necessary skills, experience and qualities to help us to put patients first, please contact Hannah Bloomfield 01284714345 Assistant Service Manager

**In order to improve efficiency, all correspondence relating to this vacancy, including invitations to interview will be by email only, via NHS Jobs. Would you therefore please ensure you check your emails on a regular basis**


In submitting an application form, you authorise West Suffolk NHS FT to confirm any previous NHS service details via the Inter Authority Transfer (IAT) process, should you be appointed to the post.


CAR PARKING - This post does not entitle you to apply to park on the Hospital site. The Trust offer parking off site at the Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club, which is serviced by a regular shuttle bus to and from the Hospital. Details of the bus timetable can be found in the on-line starter pack.


If required to work on a weekend, the restriction does not apply Parking is allowed on site Saturday and Sunday please visit the car park office before you leave site and the car park team will validate your parking at the staff daily rate.


For posts that include “on call” duties successful candidates will be able to access on site parking for their ‘on call’ rostered days only. Please provide details of your on call days to the car park office who will validate parking at the staff rate on these days only.


The successful candidate for this post will be required to apply for a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) Disclosure at Enhanced level.


For Band 1 and Band 2 posts, the cost of the DBS Disclosure will be met by the Trust. However, any employees at Band 1 and Band 2 who leave the Trust within six months of commencing their post will have a £10 administration fee deducted from their final salary. For posts at Band 3 and above, the cost of the Disclosure will be met by the appointed employee and deducted in instalments from their salary over a period of three months. If the employee leaves the Trust within three months of commencing their post, any outstanding payments will be deducted from their final pay.


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We are an equal opportunities employer, with a range of flexible working options.

The Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. DBS clearance (Disclosure and Barring Service - Police checks) will be required for relevant posts.

Final Salary Pension Scheme and Life Cover.

Key Worker Living Housing Initiative available to applicable staff groups.

We welcome applications from the Armed Forces community.

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