Cardiac Physiologist

University of Glasgow

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Job Purpose

We are seeking a highly motivated and experienced Cardiac Physiologist to contribute towards providing quality diagnostic services to patients recruited for the Heart Failure Clinical Trials across recruitment sites in Glasgow. The candidate will work across a broad portfolio of clinical trials under the globally successful Heart Failure Research Group. The candidate will be involved in the design and implementation of a number research studies within local Glasgow hospitals, including clinical trials of investigational medicinal products (phases 1-4) and medical device trials.

The post holder will act as a source of advice and expertise regarding cardiac diagnostic imaging for research studies. They will be responsible for the planning, coordination and conduct of clinical trials along with excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work to high standards across a variety of tasks with vigilant regard to all requirements. These include ensuring the study is run effectively according to scientific, clinical, ethical, financial and legal requirements and targets.

LOCATIONS

Glasgow Royal Infirmary

Queen Elizabeth university Hospital

Golden Jubilee

Royal Alexandra Hospital

Main Duties and Responsibilities

1. The post holder has a senior role in the provision of a highly skilled, professional and efficient cardiac diagnostic services on behalf of the Heart Failure Clinical Research Team to patients recruited for all Heart Failure Clinical Trials when required.

2. The post holder will be responsible for the planning and management of cardiac diagnostic services of according to the clinical trial Protocols. They will regularly have to prioritise and organise their workload to ensure continuity of service and patient care.

3. The post holder will be required to adapt new standards and/or guidelines to provide new procedure and policy and any new changes and advances in cardiac procedures/investigations. Participate and provide information/results in clinical trials either in a primary role or assist with clinical trials performed by multiple Heart Failure Clinical Trial teams.

4. Develop and improve the capabilities of the research team through being responsible for training and education associated with the study protocol, the development of strategies to meet individual study demands and for the safe and accurate implementation of the study by self and others

5. The post holder reports echocardiograms as an independent practitioner and makes the decision to inform the Cardiologist or Study leads of an unexpected finding or unusual appearance.

6. The post holder is responsible for reporting echocardiograms, which have been performed at an earlier time by other Senior Physiologists who do not yet have a level of competence for reporting.  This can be extremely stressful as a clinical report or clinical decisions have to be made based on this limited data.

7. Practice at all times within the Code of Professional Conduct to ensure that the needs of each research project are met.

Knowledge/Qualifications

Essential

A1 BSE/equivalent Accreditation for Transthoracic Echocardiography A2 The post holder will be required to have a detailed in-depth knowledge of cardiac ultrasound imaging machines equipment functions.

A3 Academic and scientific knowledge acquired through formal training to Clinical Physiology Degree including professional body examinations leading to registration with the RCCP.

A4 Member of Society or Cardiac Science and Technology (SCST)

A5 ASCST accreditation

A6 Clinical Physiology Degree or equivalent (HBTEC/HNC & Specialist Courses)

A7 BSc Degree in Cardiology or associated degree

Desirable

B1 Evidence of management, education and training.

B2 3 years experience as a Senior Physiologist with specialist knowledge of Echo/Device services

B3 Technical and theoretical knowledge acquired through departmental training programmes and through study for professional examinations.

B4 Post holder has underpinning knowledge of general anatomy and physiology and specialist knowledge of cardiac anatomy, physics, chemistry biology and pharmacology.

B5 Specialist technical and scientific knowledge in ECG, Exercise Testing, Isotope Exercise testing, 24hr monitoring for BP and ECG, Tilt testing, Cardiac Ultrasound and pacemaker/ICD follow up.

B6 Knowledge of Ultrasound Digital Archiving – storing images and management of reports

B7 Knowledge of PC work programmes

B8 Knowledge and operation of Resuscitation equipment

B9 Excellent knowledge of ICH GCP Guidelines. Medicines for Human Use Legislation (2004) & Research Governance Framework.

Skills

Essential

C1 Working skills to calibrate, clean, maintain and troubleshoot technical problems regarding to cardiac machines to ensure safe, accurate, high-quality data/reports are produced, stored and maintained for the HF Clinical Trials Group.

C2 Working with computerised ECG machines that are linked to a patient by specific electrode placement on the chest. These machines are maintained by Clinical Physics but all Clinical Physiologists should check for lead cracks and maintain supply of electrodes, paper and tissue on machines.

C5 Demonstrable excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work using own initiative. C6 Evidence of highly developed clinical and technical skills including Safe handling, preparation, storage and shipping of biological samples

C7 Time management skills and ability to prioritise workload across roles and clinical trial sites

C8 Information management skills including ability to complete study database entries in a timely and meticulously accurate manner

C9 The practical skills require will vary according to study requirements and the post holder is required to demonstrate dexterity and accuracy while performing specialist tasks and acquire new practical skills and knowledge as studies dictate

Experience

Essential 

E1 Significant experience working in a Heart Failure environment.

E2 Experience of use and maintenance of other medical devices

E3 Significant operational management experience working within a NHS or University environment working with clinicians and other health care professionals at all levels of the organisation

E4 Specialist technical and scientific experience in ECG, Exercise Testing, Isotope Exercise testing, 24hr monitoring for BP and ECG, Tilt testing, Cardiac Ultrasound and pacemaker/ICD follow up.

Desirable

F1 Experience of work across multiple CTIMP and Medical Devices clinical trials

Terms and Conditions

Salary will be Grade 8, £46,047 – £53,353 per annum pro rata.

This post is part-time (14 hours per week), and open ended with funding available for up to 24 months  in the first instance.

As part of Team UofG you will be a member of a world changing, inclusive community, which values ambition, excellence, integrity and curiosity.

As a valued member of our team, you can expect:

1 A warm welcoming and engaging organisational culture, where your talents are developed and nurtured, and success is celebrated and shared.

2 An excellent employment package with generous terms and conditions including 41 days of leave for full time staff, pension – pensions handbook https://www.gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/payandpensions/pensions/, benefits and discount packages.

3 A flexible approach to working.

4 A commitment to support your health and wellbeing, including a free 6-month UofG Sport membership for all new staff joining the University  https://www.gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/staff/healthwellbeing/.

We believe that we can only reach our full potential through the talents of all. Equality, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of our values. Applications are particularly welcome from across our communities and in particular people from the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community, and other protected characteristics who are under-represented within the University. Read more on how the University promotes and embeds all aspects of equality and diversity within our community https://www.gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/humanresources/equalitydiversity/.

We endorse the principles of Athena Swan https://www.gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/humanresources/equalitydiversity/athenaswan/ and hold bronze, silver and gold awards across the University.

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