Echocardiography Training Programme – Trainee echocardiographer person specification

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Echocardiography Training Programme
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A 1st or 2:1 in either an undergraduate honours degree (including an integrated master’s degree) in Cardiac Physiology (PTP) or a relevant scientific subject (examples include Pure or Applied Physics, Biology or Human Biology, or Sports Science (if significant scientific content).

A 2:2 undergraduate honours degree plus relevant cardiology experience and approval from the relevant HEI.

Alternative/vocational qualification plus sufficient and relevant experience and appropriate underpinning knowledge and skills in cardiology – as evidenced for example by appropriate Voluntary Registration with the Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists or Academy for Healthcare Science and approval from the relevant HEI.


Scientific skills

Demonstrated in a work or study context.

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Has an understanding of the role of an Echocardiographer in healthcare and disease and its application in a healthcare setting. Application and interview
A committed, in-depth interest in Echocardiography and its application to direct clinical care of patients in a clinical environment. Application and interview
Knowledge acquired through study and experience to formulate appropriate advice and judgements, including clinical judgements involving facts or situations that impact on patients. Application and interview
Have an understanding of quality control and management assurance in a science or work-based context. Application and interview
Ability to develop proficiency in the performance of routine and complex techniques currently in use where they are training (ability to follow Standard Operating Procedures accurately). Application and interview
Able to identify problems associated with scientific equipment, inappropriate testing, incompatible results and to investigate these, plan corrective action confirming appropriateness with senior colleagues and follow up. Application and interview
Ability to analyse and assess scientific, technical and medical literature. Application and interview
Ability to use, maintain and troubleshoot scientific equipment. Application and interview
Good IT skills and knowledge of common computing packages for word processing, spreadsheets, presentation packages and databases. Application and interview
Ability to analyse complex information. Application and interview

Transferable skills

Demonstrated in a study, work or non-work contexts.

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Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both writing and speaking in English language in order to:

  • Explain analytical, scientific and clinical aspects of the work to a variety of people including scientific colleagues, clinical professionals, service managers and patients and to listen to their needs.
  • Make formal presentations to groups of colleagues.
Application and interview
Good active listening skills to build rapport with the listener to encourage an open discussion. Application and interview
Self-aware and flexible enough to adopt a range of evaluative or empathising listening styles according to the needs of the listener and the situation. Application and interview
Ability to work autonomously in the planning and execution of their own work and under the guidance of their Departmental Supervisors. Application and interview
Flexibility to acquire the skills to organise, plan and monitor the workload of others. Application and interview
Ability to work under pressure (emotional resilience and ability to prioritise and plan work). Application and interview
Under guidance develops good interpretative skills in the formulation of advice to multi-disciplinary team members on diagnosis and appropriate treatment of patients. Application and interview
Good personal organisational skills. Application and interview
Effective team worker, willing to adopt a role working in collaboration with others. Application and interview
Good understanding of ethics and professional practice, the NHS constitution and the importance of patient-centred care. Application and interview
Ability to support patients (or their carers) including those with a range of acute or chronic clinical conditions and disabilities in a variety of healthcare settings. Application and interview

Personal requirements

Reasonable adjustments will be made in accordance with the Equality Act 2010.

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Reliable and flexible Application, Interview and References
Ability to perform a wide range of duties according to the Job Description. Application and Interview
Highly developed co–ordination skills with good dexterity and hand-eye co-ordination and those skills required for the performance of fine analytical techniques. Application and Interview
Ability to meet the travel requirements of the training role. Application and Interview

Last updated on 13th February 2024