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  • Role title

    Senior Cardiac Physiologist

  • Purpose of the role

    The Cardiology department is committed to providing a professional, flexible and quality assured service, delivering recordings, test results and reports of the highest standards. Our objectives are:

    • To provide a full range of non-invasive cardiac testing and provide technical support for invasive cardiac procedures
    • Have a full knowledge of conditions which require cardiology testing
    • To comply with international guidelines in cardiac diagnostic testing
    • Actively engage in innovation and change according to new developments and best practice guidelines
  • Department

    Cardiology

  • Directorate

    MED (Medicine and Emergency)

  • Key reports

    Chief II Cardiac Physiologist

  • Grade

    Senior Cardiac Physiologist

  • Salary scale

    €46,171 - €60,523 (LSI X2)

  • Annual leave per annum

    29 Days

  • Hours per week

    37 hours

  • Job reference number

    64681/21

  • Enquiries to

    Mr Michael Clarke, Chief II Cardiac Physiologist , MED Directorate,

    Phone: 01 428 4250; Email: micclarke@stjames.ie 

  • Closing date

    20/06/2021

  • Post Specific Requirements:

    • Be able to perform echocardiography and report to BSE standard
    • Be competent in performing and analysing ECGs, Exercise Stress tests, Blood pressure monitors/ holter monitors/ event monitor fitting and analysis
    • Be competent in analysis and follow up of pacemakers, ICDs and CRT devices
    • Desirable: Echocardiography accreditation  AND/OR Cardiac Rhythm Management accreditation

    Duties and Responsibilities

    • Maintain throughout the Hospital an awareness of the primacy of the patient in relation to all hospital activities.

    Perform the following procedures: 

    • Resting ECG
    • Exercise treadmill testing, both medical and Physiologist led
    • Fit and analyse of ambulatory ECG and BP recordings
    • Pacemaker and ICD/CRT follow-up,
    • Transthoracic echocardiography and report on same
    • Assist with Diagnostic and interventional procedures in Cath. Lab
    • Assist with pacemaker and implantable defibrillator procedures,
    • Report procedure findings and highlighting abnormal findings.

    And:

    • Be expected to take part in any on-call rota that may be or become part of their department.
    • Be responsible for the maintenance of standards of practice of self and staff appointed to clinical / designated area(s)
    • Be responsible for managing own caseload and for assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of cardiac diagnostic services for service users according to service standards and best practice.
    • Supervise staff, prioritising and allocating work and promoting positive staff morale and team working in conjunction with the Chief Cardiac Physiologist.
    • Foster and maintain professional working relationships with colleagues, front line managers, and other healthcare personnel in the team.
    • Ensure the quality of documentation of reports is in accordance with local service and professional standards.
    • Communicate verbally and / or in writing results, data interpretation and reports to the relevant team and consultants in accordance with service policy.
    • Participate as part of a multi-disciplinary team as appropriate, communicating and working in co-operation with other team members.
    • Attend Clinics, review meetings, team meetings, case conferences, as designated by the Chief Cardiac Physiologist
    • Ensure that staff in the department arrange and carry out duties in a timely manner, and in line with local policy guidelines.
    • Be responsible for adhering to existing standards and protocols and for the development and maintenance of standards / strategies for quality improvement and outcome measurement.
    • Ensure that professional standards are maintained in relation to confidentiality, ethics and legislation.
    • Operate within the scope of practice and in accordance with local guidelines.

    Self Development and Education

    • Participate in mandatory training programmes.
    • Participate in continuing professional development including in-service training, attending and presenting at conferences / courses relevant to practice, contributing to research etc. as agreed by the Chief Cardiac Physiologist.
    • Engage in support / supervision with peer Senior Cardiac Physiologists and Managers and participate in performance review.
    • Manage, participate and play a key role in the practice education of student cardiac physiologists. Take part in teaching / training / supervision of other students and attend practice educator courses as appropriate.
    • Ensure newly qualified staff has adequate induction and clinical supervision and assist in implementing annual staff development and performance review.

    * The above Role Profile is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all duties involved and consequently the post holder may be required to perform other duties as appropriate to the post which may be assigned to him/her from time to time and to contribute to the development of the post while in office. This Role Profile will be subject to review in the light of changing circumstances.

  • Required

    • Possess the BSc in Clinical Measurement from Dublin Institute of Technology or equivalent as confirmed by the Irish Institute of Clinical Measurement Science (IICMS).

    Or

    • (ii) Possess the Certificate in Medical Physics and Physiological Measurement (MPPM) from Dublin Institute of Technology or equivalent as confirmed by the Irish Institute of Clinical Measurement Science (IICMS).

    Or

    • (iii) Possess an equivalent relevant scientific qualification (Level 8) as confirmed by the Irish Institute of Clinical Measurements Science (IICMS).

    And

    • Have at least three years relevant experience as a Cardiac Physiologist
    • Have the clinical, managerial and administrative capacity to properly discharge the functions of the role.

    Desirable

    • BSE/European Echo Accreditation.
  • Required

    • Ability to conduct all technical aspects of Cardiac Physiology testing

    Desirable

    • IT skills
  • The following ‘Descriptors’ are a further clarification of the behaviours required. Candidates should use these descriptors as a guide when assessing their suitability for this role and also when preparing an example of where they have demonstrated this competency in the past for inclusion in the required Standard Application Form (SAF). Further information relating to the Competency Based Framework.

    Communication (Level 1 & 2)

    • Listens openly, using questions to check for understanding/avoid misinterpretation
    • Respects confidentiality
    • Patiently explains things to others when asked

    Team Player (Level 2)

    • Is open and approachable to discuss issues
    • Is able to give and receive feedback within a team context
    • Takes responsibility for delivering on their own results and that of the team where appropriate
    • Is aware of their own impact on the team
    • Is proactive about sharing information and learning amongst the team
    • Has a sense of pride in being a member of the team and collaborates actively with their team members

    Continuous Development - Personal and Professional (Level 3)

    • Is an advocate for the hospital / department by consistently projecting a professional image, promoting the highest standards
    • Is transparent; acts with integrity
    • Presents at seminars / conferences
    • Promotes and supports inter-disciplinary working and associated learning. Furthers same

    Quality and Safety Service (Level 1 & 2)

    • Demonstrates compassion and consideration to all at all times
    • Is flexible/adaptable to meet unexpected demands
    • Shows resourcefulness, flexibility and initiative in difficult situations
    • Demonstrates compassion and consideration for hospital patients and families and carers at all times
  • A level of proficiency in the English language, written and spoken, is a requirement of all roles within St James’s Hospital. You will be required to self assess your proficiency level in the Standard Application Form. In addition, your proficiency in spoken English will be assessed during the interview process appropriate to the role available.

    1. The appointment to this post will be Permanent, Full Time & Pensionable
    2. Annual leave allowance is 29 Days per annum
    3. The person appointed must not give less than 1 month's notice, in writing, of intention to resign
    4. Normal working hours will be 37 hours per week.
    5. You will be required to work the agreed roster / on call arrangements advised to you by your line manager. Your contracted hours of work are liable to change between the hours of 8.00am - 8pm over seven days to meet the requirements for extended day services in accordance with the terms of the Framework Agreement
    1. The Hospital Board will not be responsible for the loss or theft of personal belongings.
    2. Fire orders must be observed and staff must complete fire training every 2 years.
    3. All accidents within the department must be reported immediately.
    4. In accordance with the “Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005”, all staff must comply with all safety regulations.
    5. St James's Hospital is a tobacco free Campus. The use of tobacco or electronic cigarettes is not permitted within the hospital buildings or on the grounds.
  • In the course of your employment you may have access to or hear information concerning the medical or personal affairs of patients and/or staff, or other health services business. Such records and information are strictly confidential and unless acting on the instructions of an authorised officer, on no account must information concerning staff, patients or other health service business be divulged or discussed except in the performance of normal duty. In addition records must never be left in such a manner that unauthorised persons can obtain access to them and must be kept in safe custody when no longer required.

  • A candidate 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.

  • It is the responsibility of all staff across the hospital to ensure that infection control and hygiene standards are adhered to and maintained at all times.

    • Approval to hire (VAF process).
    • Hiring manager – role profile.
    • Advertising.
    • Application process.
    • Shortlisting of candidates will be based on information provided.
    • Interview process.
    • All applicants who move to the 2nd stage of the selection process (i.e. post interview) will be subject to reference checking X 2, self-declaration, Garda clearance and Occupational Health screening (questionnaire).
    • All external successful candidates who take up appointment will be required to attend a Mandatory Induction Programme.
    • The Standard Application Form (SAF) is available to download on t his page.
    • Alternatively, please contact the Human Resources for an application form, Phone: (01) 416 2559 or Email: humanresources@stjames.ie 
    • Please note closing date above for receipt of completed application forms. 
    • Shortlisting of Candidates will be based on information provided.
    • Curriculum vitaes (CVs) will not be accepted.

    A panel may be formed from which future vacancies will be filled. St James's Hospital is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

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