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Cardiac Physiologist job description
• Perform a wide range of complex diagnostic clinical procedures and interpret results to provide a written clinical report. Including: Electrocardiography, Ambulatory ECG and BP, Cardiac Catheterisation, Specialist Lead extraction, Cardiac Device Therapy, Pacemaker and ICD Implantation, Electrophysiology, Transthoracic Echo.
Education & Training:
• Act as an educator of other professionals in own area of clinical expertise
• As a certificated assessor plan and carry out formal assessments of students on clinical placement.
• Actively involved training and education in relation to CPD for qualified cardiac physiologists.
• Lead in the organisation and undertaking of in-house assessments of qualified staff in preparation for their annual review.
• Deliver tutorials and practical training sessions to trainees, qualified cardiac physiologists and other healthcare professionals.
• Arrange, organise and deliver practical and theoretical ECG training for nursing and other clinical staff.
• Organise training timetable for students on clinical placement and for work experience students.
• Organise and deliver tutorials and practical training covering the ASCT Part I & II, the Certificate of Electrocardiography and BSc Record of Clinical Practice.
• Carry out regular, practical assessments and formal KSF Reviews for Clinical Assistant staff in order to maintain high quality of service.
• Be actively involved with promoting cardiac physiology as a career.
• Assist with career promotion at Health Board and other careers events (Science Week, NHS Open Week and Wales Jobsfair).
• Professional body examiner.
As an advanced independent practitioner the post-holder will provide a high level of expertise and assistance in a comprehensive range of specialist diagnostic cardiac procedures to produce clinical reports that are used in the treatment and diagnosis of heart disease.
You will provide training and education to own and other healthcare staff, and as a qualified assessor undertake the supervision, training and assessment of clinical placement students.
BSc Clinical Physiology or equivalent.
One of the following advanced Masters level qualifications: BSE, IBHRE or HRUK.
Minimum of 3 years post registration experience.
To include at least 2 years in a senior cardiac physiologist role.
Extensive (> 2yrs) experience in a wide range of complex invasive and non-invasive procedures.
Good written, verbal and interpersonal skills.
Proven record of teaching and supervision of other staff.
Evidence of autonomous practice.
Problem solving skills.
Evidence of managerial skills.
Manual dexterity for using a wide range of specialist medical equipment.
Complex pacing procedures for heart failure.
ICD implant and follow-up.
Diagnostic EP Studies.
You will be required to deputise in a number of diagnostic clinical sections that will include the day-to-day management responsibility for a team of cardiac physiologists.
• As a highly specialist practitioner use a range of negotiating and problem solving skills when dealing with complex or technically challenging situations particularly when communicating sensitive information to patients, relatives and other healthcare professionals.
• As an advanced practitioner is able to deputise in all specialist areas as and when required to ensure appropriate service delivery at all times.
• Deal with complex issues that arise, analysing and making decisions in relation to patient risk and care.
• Provide advice and information to patient group, trainees, colleagues and other healthcare professionals.
• Works with and provide day to day management to team of cardiac physiologists, establishing and maintaining ongoing contact and regular meetings to set and monitor objectives, performance and discuss personal development.
• Effectively leads and directly manages staff in order to deliver results; inspiring others to be positive in their support of continuous improvement.
• Ensures cover for the team at all times and co-ordinates as appropriate.
• Provides a leadership style which is underpinned by strongly held values around equality, diversity and openness.
• Promotes diversity and equality in people management techniques and leads by example.
• Develop and maintain a team-oriented approach to service delivery.
• Assist with recruitment and selection of new starters.
• Provide appropriate induction for new Health Board staff.
• Monitor workflow and activity to ensure staff resources are utilised appropriately and provide a monthly report.
• Ensures the effective and efficient use of resources within their own sphere of responsibility.
• Assist with stock control of routine and specialist consumable items.
• Use Oracle purchasing to place orders and receipt goods in.
• Ensure both staff resources and equipment resources are utilised appropriately using initiative to make daily alterations in order to meet fluctuations in service demands.
• Participate is service planning and provide professional advice as require
• Prioritises their own workload within agreed objectives deciding when to refer to others as appropriate.
• Participates in the appraisal system, matching organisational aims with individual objectives and undertaking appropriate training as required.
• Takes responsibility for their own and others’ health and safety in the working environment.
• Complies with policies and procedures.
• Ensures that a professional service and image is maintained at all times.
• Ensures their own actions support the equality, diversity, rights and responsibilities of individuals.
With the HOD assist in the structuring and writing of departmental policies and procedures for your specialist area of work and be responsible for their implementation.
Assist with research projects as and when requested.
Undergo training in the use of PMS and be competent to use a wide variety of clinical databases.
Keep detailed equipment records – service contract, repairs, modification etc.
Ensure all equipment used in specialist clinical area is tested regularly and is in good working order for others to use.
Ensure all work carried out is to the relevant professional and quality standards.
Assist the HOD in regular audit of the diagnostic service provided in specific clinical area for quality and accuracy and patient satisfaction. Analyse results and formulate an action plan to improve services.
• Maintain own development in line with the requirements for State Registration.
• Continue to develop, maintain and provide advanced clinical skills and knowledge across a wide range of diagnostic clinical procedures.
• Participate in the voluntary emergency on-call rota as per department policy.
• Undertakes a range of clerical duties. Answering the telephone and dealing with a wide variety of enquiries from internal and external sources. Is able to provide specialist advice to patients, carers and other healthcare professionals.
• In agreement with their line manager carries out such other duties as may be reasonably expected in accordance with the grade of the post.