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Lead Sonographer for Obstetrics posted by North Bristol NHS Trust

Full Time
Southmead, Bristol
£44,606 - £50,819 / year
NHS Band 8A/Band 8B

Job Description

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Please note that this job advert will close as soon as sufficient applications have been received. So if you are interested, please apply for this vacancy as soon as you can.


An exciting opportunity has arisen, for a lead Sonographer to work with a well established team of sonographers specializing in Obstetrics at Southmead Hospital, Bristol. We are seeking to recruit an enthusiastic, motivated, full time band 8A Lead sonographer to join our busy, friendly Ultrasound team at North Bristol NHS Trust (NBT). We provide a comprehensive obstetric ultrasound service and part of this opportunity will be a day a week to maintain general ultrasound skills within the general department in the main hospital department.

The successful candidate will be part of a vibrant multidisciplinary team consisting of midwives and sonographers, working closely with the obstetricians responsible for overall responsibility for the day to day clinical and operational management of the ultrasound department with the maternity service.

The Lead Sonographer will be the local nominated lead – Screening Support Sonographer (SSS) as detailed in the NHS Fetal Anomaly Screening Programme (FASP) documentation and will be required to develop, manage and supervise the ultrasound component of the First Trimester Combined Screening (FTCS) Programme and to ensure compliance with National Screening Committee and FASP standards.

Within the general ultrasound department, there are a wide range of ultrasound examinations performed including general abdominal, gynaecological, transplant kidneys, small parts, baby hips and Early Pregnancy. The sonographers cover lists in Southmead Hospital and Community sites and there are two scan rooms in EPC, to facilitate providing timely, high quality care to women at a vulnerable time.

You would be working for the largest NHS Trust in the South West Region providing outstanding medical, surgical and maternity care for a population of approximately half a million people in North Bristol and the surrounding community. With a turnover of £550m and 9000 staff, our clinical teams have built a strong reputation for excellent healthcare. The obstetric ultrasound team carries out approximately 23,000 examinations per year and within the main ultrasound team carries out approximately 62,000 examinations a year.

If you are from outside the area, Bristol is consistently voted as one of the best places to live in the UK, with a rich history, thriving arts, music, gastronomic and independent retails scenes, excellent transport links and easy access to the spectacular countryside and coastlines of South Wales, Devon, Dorset and Cornwall.

Candidates must hold a Diploma of the Society of Radiographers DCR(R) or BSc Radiographer or equivalent or be a Registered Midwife holding a MSc in medical Ultrasonography with PG cert as minimum in obstetric ultrasound. Applicants must also have a current FASP and Fetal medicine foundation (FMF) accreditation for the role of screening support sonographer.

 The benefits you will get from joining the ultrasound team are a strong commitment from NBT for your individual personal development, the prospect to work with a fantastic and friendly team of peers, and a department that is always open to new ideas and suggestions from all team members, providing a collaborative working environment. We regularly train student sonographers.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Margaret Smith - Community Midwife Team Leader

( Email address removed )

Patricia Ahmed - Lead Sonographer

( Email address removed )




The following is applicable for ‘At Risk’ employees, who must meet the essential shortlisting criteria to be eligible for interview.

Those from within North Bristol NHS Trust who apply for this role will be considered for shortlisting in the first instance.
Those from within the BNSSG (Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire) who apply for this role will be considered in the second instance.
Those covered by the South West Employment Transition Framework who apply for this role will be considered in the third instance.
If no applicant is appointed from the above ‘at-risk’ pools, those from the open market will then be considered for shortlisting.
If you apply for this vacancy and have not received a communication from this Trust within three weeks of the closing date, please assume that on this occasion your application has been unsuccessful.

Please note that this Trust does not reimburse travel expenses relating to interview attendance.

If you feel you meet the requirements of the Disability Act / Two Ticks scheme and require further support/advice, please contact us on tel [Click here to apply].

This organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

The successful applicant(s) will normally commence at the minimum of the scale unless they have previous NHS service at the same band. Progression through the scale is by annual increments.

Please note that stringent pre-employment checks are undertaken on all successful applicants prior to commencement in post. Please refer to the ‘Information for Prospective Employees’ attachment for information relating to DBS charges.

We are committed to Equal Opportunity - Job Share Applications are welcomed.




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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.




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339-ANJ0859-A

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