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Apprentice Sonographer

Employer
NHS England Apprenticeships
Location
Wakefield
Salary
Competitive salary
Closing date
15 Dec 2022

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Sonographer Apprenticeship

Based at Sheffield Hallam University.

We are pleased to announce that we will be enrolling one successful candidate on the Sheffield Hallam University Apprenticeship Sonographer Degree Program, due to commence in March 2023. This is a rare and exciting training opportunity to become a degree level sonographer.

The apprenticeship degree program is a new venture supported and sponsored by Health Education England (HEE), to provide the opportunity to locally train enthusiastic prospective healthcare staff to become sonographers. The new established course has been setup at Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) following accreditation from the university and Consortium for Accreditation of Sonography Education (CASE) (TBC).

Successful candidates (subject to qualifications) will be enrolled on to the degree apprenticeship to commence in March 2023. Apprentices will be expected to complete; work-based, online, self-directed learning as outlined in the university prospectus. Occasional attendance at SHU will be required. Apprenticeship sonographers will be supported in the departments at MYHT by our practice educators and sonography team.

All course fees will be paid for by the Trust (funded by HEE). The apprentice will achieve a Degree in BSc (hons) Diagnostic Sonography Apprenticeship Degree.

This is initially a fixed term contract for the duration of the apprenticeship with milestones set.

Main duties of the job

To work as a member of the Ultrasound team responsible for producing high quality Ultrasound images, to formulate reports under direct supervision within the Radiology service.

The post holder will fulfil all tasks and work as part of a team responsible for providing an efficient imaging service in the Diagnostic Imaging Department. To meet the needs of the service, the post holder may be required to work in other areas and hospitals as appropriate, as directed by the line manager. It may be necessary to attend other Imaging Departments to gain sufficient experience in some modalities.

To perform a comprehensive range of ultrasound procedures with supervision, both within the department and externally, e.g. Wards, intensive care etc. when required.

To manipulate equipment and interpret ultrasound images, producing clinical reports under the supervision of an Advanced Practitioner.

To contribute towards the efficient deployment of resources, enabling the patient to receive a safe, accurate and timely examination.

The post holder will be working towards this job description whilst undertaking a training scheme over 36 months, under supervision, to achieve a BSc Integrated Sonography Apprenticeship Degree.

About us

We provide care and support to over half a million people in Wakefield and Kirklees in their homes, in community settings and across our three hospital sites at Pontefract, Dewsbury and Pinderfields (in Wakefield).

Always striving for excellence, we are at the forefront of innovation and research and we invest in teaching and the development of our workforce.

We live by our values of caring, improving, being respectful and maintaining high standards. We listen and learn because we aim to make Mid Yorkshire the best place to work and the best place to receive care.

We have a clear vision, and you could be part of this! If you share our values and you want to make a difference to the lives of our patients and their families and carers, we would love to hear from you.

Date posted

24 November 2022

Pay scheme

Agenda for change

Band

Band 5

Salary

£27,055 to £32,934 a year Agenda for Change Annex 21 applicable

Contract

Apprenticeship

Duration

3 years

Working pattern

Full-time, Flexible working

Reference number

C9377-22-6738

Job locations

Pinderfields Hospital

Aberford Road

Wakefield

West Yorkshire

WF1 4DG

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Be able to plan and successfully undertake the academic components of the Apprentice Sonographer course whilst continuing to achieve clinical competencies.
  • To plan and undertake continued studies both in the workplace and at home.
  • To work as part of a team responsible for providing an efficient imaging service at Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Attend mandatory block weeks for the Sonographer Apprenticeship programme at the Sheffield Hallam University (SHU).
  • Make a commitment to study both within working hours and at home during the duration of the apprenticeship course.
  • Apprentices will be workplace based for four days (30 hours) per week and 1 day (7.5 hours) will be protected study time either locally or at the associated Higher Education Institution (HEI). Attendance of training at the associated HEI is considered to be essential and annual leave must be arranged outside these sessions.
  • Attend virtual tutorials and webinars and complete all e-learning as instructed by SHU.
  • Attend tutorials, teaching and CPD events arranged by the Diagnostic Imaging Department as instructed by the Advanced Practitioner
  • To perform a range of ultrasound scans, as detailed within the apprenticeship programme, within the Radiology department under the supervision of a qualified sonographer at all times.
  • To immediately report any fault/errors following departmental processes and highlight to the supervising sonographer/team leader.
  • To communicate effectively with patients and carers of varying abilities and understanding; explaining procedures in order to gain co-operation.
  • To re-assure and encourage patients and carers.
  • To liaise with multidisciplinary teams regarding examination needs and results.
  • To build and maintain good relationships within the team and other departments and disciplines; working together to develop service improvements.
  • To input, store and provide patient information on the directorate Radiology Information System maintaining the integrity and quality of the data consistent with legislation, policies and procedures.
  • Prioritise own tasks under the appropriate delegation of the registered practitioner.
  • To ensure imaging procedures are carried out in accordance with mandatory departmental systems of work and protocols.
  • Support service developments, the advancement of staff and skills and undertake reflective, evaluation of practice.
  • Comply with manual handling guidelines and risk assessments when moving or assisting patients. To assist in the documentation of risk assessments and risk issues identified with the department
  • To actively participate in departmental meetings.
**Please see the attached Job Description**

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Be able to plan and successfully undertake the academic components of the Apprentice Sonographer course whilst continuing to achieve clinical competencies.
  • To plan and undertake continued studies both in the workplace and at home.
  • To work as part of a team responsible for providing an efficient imaging service at Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Attend mandatory block weeks for the Sonographer Apprenticeship programme at the Sheffield Hallam University (SHU).
  • Make a commitment to study both within working hours and at home during the duration of the apprenticeship course.
  • Apprentices will be workplace based for four days (30 hours) per week and 1 day (7.5 hours) will be protected study time either locally or at the associated Higher Education Institution (HEI). Attendance of training at the associated HEI is considered to be essential and annual leave must be arranged outside these sessions.
  • Attend virtual tutorials and webinars and complete all e-learning as instructed by SHU.
  • Attend tutorials, teaching and CPD events arranged by the Diagnostic Imaging Department as instructed by the Advanced Practitioner
  • To perform a range of ultrasound scans, as detailed within the apprenticeship programme, within the Radiology department under the supervision of a qualified sonographer at all times.
  • To immediately report any fault/errors following departmental processes and highlight to the supervising sonographer/team leader.
  • To communicate effectively with patients and carers of varying abilities and understanding; explaining procedures in order to gain co-operation.
  • To re-assure and encourage patients and carers.
  • To liaise with multidisciplinary teams regarding examination needs and results.
  • To build and maintain good relationships within the team and other departments and disciplines; working together to develop service improvements.
  • To input, store and provide patient information on the directorate Radiology Information System maintaining the integrity and quality of the data consistent with legislation, policies and procedures.
  • Prioritise own tasks under the appropriate delegation of the registered practitioner.
  • To ensure imaging procedures are carried out in accordance with mandatory departmental systems of work and protocols.
  • Support service developments, the advancement of staff and skills and undertake reflective, evaluation of practice.
  • Comply with manual handling guidelines and risk assessments when moving or assisting patients. To assist in the documentation of risk assessments and risk issues identified with the department
  • To actively participate in departmental meetings.
**Please see the attached Job Description**

Person Specification

Personal Attributes

Essential

  • Good team membership skills Ability to act diplomatically in sensitive situations involving patients or staff Punctuality Evidence of commitment and motivation Respected member of an existing team Ability to work closely with student radiographers. Professional in appearance and conduct


Desirable

  • Adaptable to a changing environment.


Other

Essential

  • Ability to satisfy Occupational Health screening Ability to work out of hours Flexible according to the demands of the service


Skills and Abilities

Essential

  • Ability to receive and communicate information verbally and in writing Good organisational skills Flexible attitude to service provision and enthusiasm for change Willingness/commitment to undertake training


Desirable

  • Basic computer literacy Familiarity with computer use for Radiology Information Systems Familiarity with PACS


Qualifications

Essential

  • Level 3 qualifications or equivalent to meet HEI entry requirements Sheffield Hallam University of requirements: BBC 112 UCAS points DMM BTEC in a science/healthcare subject) 12 level 3 credits at Merit or above in an access to science/healthcare 60 credits at 60% or above in a relevant foundation degree GCSE English and Maths (C or above) or equivalent Certificates or Diplomas of Higher Education (Cert HE; Dip HE), Foundation Degrees (FD)or equivalent Dedication to work towards BSc in Diagnostic Sonography


Knowledge and Awareness

Essential

  • Awareness of own limitations.


Desirable

  • Evidence of keeping informed of current techniques and practices Knowledge of relevant national standards, e.g. IR(ME)R 2017, IRR 2017 and associated codes of practice Knowledge of radiation safety regulations and relevant protocols


Experience

Essential

  • Demonstrates a commitment to lifelong learning
  • Knowledge / understanding of promoting patients independence.
  • Experience of working in Health care


Desirable

  • Experience of working without direct supervision when required

Person Specification

Personal Attributes

Essential

  • Good team membership skills Ability to act diplomatically in sensitive situations involving patients or staff Punctuality Evidence of commitment and motivation Respected member of an existing team Ability to work closely with student radiographers. Professional in appearance and conduct


Desirable

  • Adaptable to a changing environment.


Other

Essential

  • Ability to satisfy Occupational Health screening Ability to work out of hours Flexible according to the demands of the service


Skills and Abilities

Essential

  • Ability to receive and communicate information verbally and in writing Good organisational skills Flexible attitude to service provision and enthusiasm for change Willingness/commitment to undertake training


Desirable

  • Basic computer literacy Familiarity with computer use for Radiology Information Systems Familiarity with PACS


Qualifications

Essential

  • Level 3 qualifications or equivalent to meet HEI entry requirements Sheffield Hallam University of requirements: BBC 112 UCAS points DMM BTEC in a science/healthcare subject) 12 level 3 credits at Merit or above in an access to science/healthcare 60 credits at 60% or above in a relevant foundation degree GCSE English and Maths (C or above) or equivalent Certificates or Diplomas of Higher Education (Cert HE; Dip HE), Foundation Degrees (FD)or equivalent Dedication to work towards BSc in Diagnostic Sonography


Knowledge and Awareness

Essential

  • Awareness of own limitations.


Desirable

  • Evidence of keeping informed of current techniques and practices Knowledge of relevant national standards, e.g. IR(ME)R 2017, IRR 2017 and associated codes of practice Knowledge of radiation safety regulations and relevant protocols


Experience

Essential

  • Demonstrates a commitment to lifelong learning
  • Knowledge / understanding of promoting patients independence.
  • Experience of working in Health care


Desirable

  • Experience of working without direct supervision when required


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.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab) .

Additional information

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.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab) .

Employer details

Employer name

The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Address

Pinderfields Hospital

Aberford Road

Wakefield

West Yorkshire

WF1 4DG

Employer's website

https://www.midyorks.nhs.uk/ (Opens in a new tab)

Employer details

Employer name

The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Address

Pinderfields Hospital

Aberford Road

Wakefield

West Yorkshire

WF1 4DG

Employer's website

https://www.midyorks.nhs.uk/ (Opens in a new tab)

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