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Senior Radiographer Sonographer

Job Locations Connolly Hospital
Posted Date 2 weeks ago(08/09/2021 09:16)
Job ID
2021-1294
# of Openings
1
Category
Health & Social Care Professionals
Closing Date
22/09/2021

Overview

  • To provide essential ultrasound service for all categories of patients both from internal and external referral sources.
  • To deliver a quality patient focussed radiographic service.
  • To deliver a quality patient focused Ultrasound Service in a caring manner.
  • To provide a preliminary report for the radiologist.
  • To manage daily lists and have the ability to scan independently in the areas of abdominal, gynae and small part ultrasound.
  • To perform General radiography, imaging and specialised radiography in line with department protocols including ultrasound examinations to a high standard of technical quality in a caring and efficient manner and in line with established guidelines and operating procedures. 

Connolly Hospital Blanchardstown is a major teaching hospital providing a range of acute medical and surgical services, day care, outpatient, diagnostic and support services.  Emergency services are provided on a 365-day, 24 hour basis.  Multi-disciplinary teams representative of medical, nursing, allied health professionals, management and general support staff play a pivotal role in the development, delivery, monitoring and evaluation of these services.  The hospital has a current bed complement of 391 beds.

                        

The hospital is affiliated to the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) for medical education, to Dublin City University (DCU) for nursing education and to University College Dublin (UCD), Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and the Institute of Technology for allied health professional education.

 

The Radiology Department provides comprehensive, high quality imaging services and image guided procedures in a safe and efficient manner.  It provides a 24 hour, seven day a week service.

 

The Radiographer Senior (Ultrasound) will be primarily responsible for performing ultrasound examinations to a high standard of technical quality in a caring and efficient manner and in line with established guidelines and operating procedures.  The post holder will be required to provide preliminary reports for the Radiologist and operate within the professional guidelines of the Irish Institute of Radiography and Radiation Therapy. The post holder is required to independently scan and mange daily lists and workflow.

The department has a CT, MR, 2 Ultrasound rooms, one interventional suite and four general exam rooms three of which are digital.

Organisational Context

The RCSI Hospital Group includes the following hospitals; 

  • Beaumont Hospital
  • Cavan General Hospital
  • Connolly Hospital
  • Louth County Hospital
  • Monaghan General Hospital
  • Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital
  • Rotunda Hospital

The Academic Partner for the Group is the RCSI.

 

RCSI Hospital Group provides a national service and a regional service to Dublin and the North East and is committed to the provision of world-class care, exceptional clinical services with respect and compassion.

Key Responsibilities

Clinical / Professional

The Senior Radiographer Sonographer will:

  • Carry out his / her duties under the supervision of the Radiography Services Manager or his / her designate from time to time.
  • The Senior Radiographer Sonographer will be responsible for performing general radiography, imaging, specialised radiography and ultrasound examinations to a high standard of technical quality in a caring and efficient manner and in line with established guidelines and operating procedures.  The post holder when in ultrasound will be required to scan independently and provide preliminary reports for the Radiologist and operate within the professional guidelines of the Irish Institute of Radiography and Radiation Therapy.
  • Work as part of a multi-disciplinary team in the provision of an integrated patient-centred service.
  • Assist in planning, organising and coordinating all aspects of the service.
  • Communicate effectively with staff at various levels of seniority.
  • Adhere to all departmental imaging protocols; be responsible for the correct identification of patient images.
  • Be willing to participate in General On call Rotas.
  • Rotate through all areas of x-ray as required.
  • Ensure that appropriate radiation protection is used and that the radiation dose is kept to a minimum consistent with the ALARA principle. Be familiar with and observe national and local radiation safety rules and legislation.
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of agreed policies, procedures and safe professional practice.
  • Monitor and adhere to relevant legislation, regulations and standards relevant to the use of ionising radiation.
  • Take part in routine inspection of equipment and quality assurance procedures.
  • Be responsible for the cleaning and care of all imaging equipment.
  • Be responsible for the safe use of all imaging equipment and adhering to instructions on its use. Also ensure other staff complies with same.
  • Be responsible for the logging of and reporting of all equipment faults to Radiography Services Manager or his / her designate.
  • Demonstrate flexibility in response to service needs.
  • Lead and assist in audit and quality assurance programmes; participate in the implementation of findings.
  • Maximise the use of new technology NIMIS.
  • Ensure the correct completion of records and reports.
  • Respect and maintain the privacy, dignity and confidentiality of the service user and in relation to all hospital activities as per statutory requirements.
  • Relate to and communicate with all other staff in a courteous and helpful manner at all times.
  • Relate to and communicate with all other staff in a courteous and helpful manner at all times.
  • Deputise for the Clinical Specialist Radiographer Ultrasound as required.

Education & Training

 The Senior Radiographer Sonographer will:

  • Participate in mandatory training programmes.
  • Participate in continuing professional development including in-service training, attending and presenting at conferences / courses relevant to practice, promoting and contributing to research etc. as agreed with the Radiography Services Manager or designated officer.
  • Engage in department professional development plan with his / her line manager.
  • Provide peer support when necessary.
  • Actively participate in induction / teaching / training / supervision of radiographers and other staff within the department.
  • Identify teaching / learning / audit / opportunities within the department for themselves / others.

Health & Safety

 The Senior Radiographer Sonographer will:

  • Work in a safe manner with due care and attention to the safety of self and others.
  • Implement agreed policies, procedures and safe professional practice by adhering to relevant legislation, regulations and standards.
  • Contribute to risk assessment and oversee the implementation of the department’s safety statement; identify risks and take appropriate action.
  • Document appropriately and report any near misses, hazards and accidents and bring them to the attention of the relevant person(s).
  • Be responsible for the cleaning and proper care and storage of all safety equipment including personal protective equipment.
  • Be responsible for keeping the department in general and their work area specifically clean, tidy and safe.
  • Have a working knowledge of HIQA Standards as they apply to the role for example, Standards for Healthcare and National Standards for the Prevention and Control of Healthcare Associated Infections, Hygiene Standards etc.
  • Support, promote and actively participate in sustainable energy, water and waste initiatives to create a more sustainable, low carbon and efficient health service.

Administrative

 The Senior Radiographer Sonographer will:

  • Lead in the establishment and maintenance of standards for quality improvement and ensure adherence to existing International, National and local standards and policies.
  • Assist in the organisation, maintenance and / or ordering of equipment and materials as required.
  • Contribute to the planning and development of the service and participate in service improvements.
  • Represent the department at meetings and conferences as required.
  • Engage in IT developments as they apply to service user and service administration.
  • Keep up to date with developments within the organisation and the Irish Health Service.
  • Receive visiting professionals and visitors to the department.

Essential Criteria

Each candidate must by the latest date of application:

Statutory Registration, Professional Qualifications, Experience, etc

  • Be registered on the Radiography Division of the Radiographers Register maintained by the Radiographers Registration Board at CORU.

OR

  • Applicants who satisfied the conditions set out in Section 91 of the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005, (see *Note 1 below), must submit proof of application for registration with the Radiographers Registration Board at CORU. The acceptable proof is correspondence from the Radiographers Registration Board at CORU confirming the current status of their application for registration as a Section 91 applicant.

AND

  • Have 3 years fulltime (or an aggregate of 3 years) post qualification clinical experience.

AND

  • Have the requisite knowledge and ability (including a high standard of suitability and professional ability) for the proper discharge of the duties of the office.

Annual registration

(i)

On appointment practitioners must maintain annual registration on the relevant division of the Radiographers Register maintained by the Radiographers Registration Board at CORU.

 

AND

(ii)

Practitioners must confirm annual registration with CORU to the HSE by way of the annual Patient Safety Assurance Certificate (PSAC).

Age

The Public Service Superannuation (Age of Retirement) Act, 2018* set 70 years as the compulsory retirement age for public servants.

 * Public Servants not affected by this legislation:

Public servants recruited between 1 April 2004 and 31 December 2012 (new entrants) have no compulsory retirement age.

 

Public servants recruited since 1 January 2013 are members of the Single Pension Scheme and have a compulsory retirement age of 70.

 

Health

Candidates for and any person holding the office must be fully competent and capable of undertaking the duties attached to the office and be in a state of health such as would indicate a reasonable prospect of ability to render regular and efficient service.

 

Character

Candidates for and any person holding the office must be of good character.

*Note 1: Section 91 candidates are individuals who qualified before the 31th October 2013 and have been engaged in the practice of the profession in the Republic of Ireland for a minimum of 2 years fulltime (or an aggregate of 2 years fulltime), between 31st October 2008 and  30th October 2013. To be considered as a Section 91 applicant, individuals must have applied to CORU for registration prior to the 31st October 2015.

 

Post Specific Requirements;

  • To be competent to perform and provide a preliminary report for Radiologist on NIMIS.
  • Have a minimum of three years experience in Ultrasound
  • Demonstrate depth and breadth of experience in the area of sonography.
  • Hold a QQI level 9 or equivalent in ultrasound.

Other Requirements Specific to the Post;

  • Candidates will be expected to participate in the on call service.

Skills & Competencies

Technical & Professional Expertise

Has a command over the technical/ professional skills and knowledge required within the job holder’s role and continues to upskill to maintain high professional standards and continuous professional development requirements. 

 

Attention to Detail

Is thorough and precise when accomplishing a task showing concern for all aspects of the job; developing detailed plans; accurately checking processes and tasks.

 

Commitment to Quality Care & Risk Management

The ability to focus on understanding stakeholder’s needs and expectations and to respond effectively and efficiently to them. Has a good knowledge of and is committed to offer a quality service through the achievement of goals, accreditation standards, other organisation/department standards and risk management frameworks and guidelines.

 

Problem Solving & Decision Making

Identifies and solves problems by understanding the situation, seeking additional information, developing and weighing alternatives, and choosing the most appropriate course of action given the circumstances.

 

Communication & Interpersonal Skills

Speaks and writes clearly, fluently and effectively to both individuals and groups; communicates in a manner that will persuade, convince and influence others, in order to motivate, inspire or encourage them to follow a particular course of action.

 

Teamwork

Has the ability and desire to work cooperatively with others; collaborating to get the job done. Provides support to colleagues to help develop a strong and cohesive team ethos. Willing to participate as a member of the team.

 

This Job Description is intended as a basic guide to the scope and responsibilities of the position and is subject to regular review and amendment. The role holder will be required to be flexible in this position and is expected to facilitate working additional hours on occasion, when requested.

 

The RCSI Hospital Group is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

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