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Senior Sonographer - Band 8a

Job Description

We provide Acute Hospital services across four sites.Our organization has grown in size and reputation since it was established as a Trust in1993. We currently have a workforce of approximately 3000 staff across a wide range of professional and specialist groups.

As an ambitious organisation we are continuously looking for ways to enhance and improve the services that we offer patients. We have recently been successful in developing an acute care collaborative with Guys and St Thomas’s NHS Foundation Trust, allowing us greater service development opportunities under the new ‘Vanguard’ partnership programme. In 2016 we also intend to further develop services at Queen Marys Hospital in Sidcup.

We are a brilliant place to work, and our staff responses to the national staff survey show that on a number of key findings we are among the best trusts in the NHS. In the last survey (2015) we scored in the top 20% of acute trusts on a number of factors including opportunities for flexible working, communications between senior management and staff, staff engagement and staff feeling recognised and valued by managers and the organisation. Staff engagement is fundamental to our success and we have been voted one of the ‘Best Places to Work in the NHS’ for two years running by the Health Service Journal (HSJ).

Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust is a progressive and forward thinking Trust serving a growing local population of 340,000. DarentValleyHospital is one of the most modern hospitals in Kent built to care for a growing community. It provides an extensive range of acute, mainly hospital-based health services to the people of Dartford, Gravesham, Swanley, Bexley and neighboring districts across South East London and Kent. It offers patients the latest technology for their treatment in safe, comfortable and clean surroundings. The hospital's team of around 3000 friendly and professional staff provides care for patients across a full range of day patient, in-patient and out-patient care.

Dartford and Gravesham has also been named consistently over the last seven years as one of the best performing Trusts in the United Kingdom in the CHKS (Comparative Healthcare Knowledge Systems) Top Hospital Awards. This accolade is testament to its dedication and efforts to improve performance and provide the best possible service for its patients

The Radiology Directorate has an extensive range of modalities including CT, MRI, breast imaging, nuclear medicine, bone densitometry, interventional and cardiac angiography, all aspects of general and fluoroscopic radiography, with ultrasound performed across our two sites, DarentValleyHospital and QueenMarysHospital.

We are looking for HPC registered, highly motivated professionals, with good leadership skills and commitment to ongoing service improvement and development to join our friendly but forward thinking department. Applications are invited from enthusiastic and motivated advanced practice sonographers prepared to work flexibly within the department (and cross site) in order to deliver a range of examinations which include: obstetrics (including NT’s, Doppler), gynaecology, general, paediatrics, small parts, MSK and vascular. All sonographers independently report examinations performed.

You must possess a Diploma in medical ultrasound. Vascular and MSK training would be an advantage however we can offer good training opportunities.

Applications are also invited from sonographers who hold the Post Graduate Certificate in Ultrasound for Obs/gynae .Post Graduate training for these candidates would be positively encouraged and supported. Nuchal accreditation/training would be desirable.

CPD is positively encouraged with regular allocated sessions available.

Since April 2016 the department offers extended day working and rotational Saturdays with time off in lieu as part of our core hours. Part time hours would be considered and this can be discussed at interview with working days and shift patterns to be agreed by the line manager to meet the needs of the service.

Darent ValleyHospital is centrally placed in the South-Eastern region and has excellent transport links to London and the South-East.

For an informal visit please contact Lesley Northam, Lead Sonographer on  ( Phone number removed )  or via ( Email address removed ) or alternatively, contact Andrew Jessup Operational Lead Radiographer on  ( Phone number removed )  or via ( Email address removed ).

The Trust has a strong commitment to equality and diversity. We aim to employ a representative workforce that reflects the communities we serve. 'Positive action' initiatives can be used whenever an under-represented group is identified. As our workforce is currently under-represented in bands 6, 7 and 8, we encourage applications from people with black or minority ethnic backgrounds.

Working days and or shift patterns will be agreed by the line manager to meet the needs of the service.

Interviews to be held w/c 3rd October 2016

The Trust is committed to ensuring that flexible working policies are in place to promote a healthy work life balance. This enables the Trust to consider and support applications for flexible working; such as term time, part time and job sharing.

Please note this vacancy may close earlier than stated to aid efficient processing of applications. To ensure your application will be considered, please submit it at your earliest convenience.

If you have not heard from us within 21 days of the closing date, please assume that you have not been shortlisted on this occasion. We wish to stress that no discourtesy is intended in following such a procedure, and you should not let this deter you from future applications.

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If you have any difficulties submitting your application on-line, please contact:-

Medical Staffing on  ( Phone number removed )  for recruitment of doctors
Recruitment Office on  ( Phone number removed )  or  ( Phone number removed )  for nursing, AHP, Scientific and administration posts

Please note, that due to the limited number of car parking spaces, car parking permits will be allocated subject to compliance with the Trusts eligibility criteria and availability of spaces. Permit holders are not guaranteed a car parking space.

For further details about car parking, please refer to the Trust’s Parking Policy.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship (formerly a Work Permit)

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome 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 Visas and Immigration department 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 Visas and Immigration website.

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