Senior Radiographer Sonographer – (Grade Code: 3107)

November 20, 2020
Job Type Full Time
Function Health and Social Care Professionals
Location Connolly Hospital, Dublin

Description

Job Title and Grade
Senior Radiographer Sonographer  Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15 – (Grade Code: 3107)

Campaign Reference
CH 227/20
Please quote the Campaign Reference when applying

Closing Date
Noon, Friday, 4th December 2020

Proposed Interview date(s)
Mid – late December 2020

Taking up Appointment
To be indicated at job offer stage

Location of Post
Radiology Department, Connolly Hospital, Dublin 15

There is currently permanent, whole-time post available in the Radiography Team Radiology Department, Connolly Hospital, Dublin 15.  The successful candidate will be required to rotate through the department

A panel may be formed as a result of this campaign for Connolly Hospital from which current and future, permanent and specified purpose vacancies of full time duration for senior radiographer sonographer may be filled.

Informal Enquiries
Michele Monahan

Email: michele.monahan@hse.ie

Tel: 01 6465297

Details of Service

RCSI Hospitals Group covers a population of over 800,000 people.  Connolly Hospital’s Catchment Population of over 331,000 covers Dublin West, North Kildare and South Meath.

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.

Reporting Relationship

The post holder will report to the Radiography Services Manager or designated officer.

Purpose of the Post

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.

Principal Duties and 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.

 

The above Job Specification 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.

Eligibility Criteria Qualifications and/ or Experience

Each candidate must by the latest date of application:

  1. Statutory Registration, Professional Qualifications, Experience, etc.

a)

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

Or

ii) 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

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

And

iv) 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.

 

  1. 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).
  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

  1. 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, and/or Knowledge

Candidates must demonstrate:

  • Sufficient clinical knowledge and evidence based practice to carry out the duties and responsibilities of the role; including the ability to carry out the duties appropriate to the role.
  • An ability to apply knowledge to best practice.
  • The ability to work independently as well as part of a team.
  • A commitment to assuring high standards and strive for a user centred service.
  • The ability to take initiative and to be appropriately self-directed.
  • The ability to plan and deliver service in an effective and resourceful manner including the ability to work in a fast paced environment.
  • The ability to effectively evaluate information and make appropriate decisions.
  • Awareness and appreciation of service users and the ability to empathise with and treat others with dignity and respect.
  • Flexibility and openness to change.
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills including the ability to collaborate with colleagues, families, carers etc.
  • A commitment to continuing professional development.
  • A willingness to develop IT skills relevant to the role.

Campaign Specific Selection Process - Ranking/Shortlisting / Interview

A ranking and or shortlisting exercise may be carried out on the basis of information supplied in your curriculum vitae.  The criteria for ranking and or shortlisting are based on the requirements of the post as outlined in the eligibility criteria and skills, competencies and/or knowledge section of this job specification.  Therefore it is very important that you think about your experience in light of those requirements.

Failure to include information regarding these requirements may result in you not being called forward to the next stage of the selection process. 

Those successful at the ranking stage of this process (where applied) will be placed on an order of merit and will be called to interview in ‘bands’ depending on the service needs of the organisation.

Code of Practice

The Health Service Executive will run this campaign in compliance with the Code of Practice prepared by the Commission for Public Service Appointments (CPSA). The Code of Practice sets out how the core principles of probity, merit, equity and fairness might be applied on a principle basis. The Code also specifies the responsibilities placed on candidates, feedback facilities for applicants on matters relating to their application when requested, and outlines procedures in relation to requests for a review of the recruitment and selection process and review in relation to allegations of a breach of the Code of Practice.  Additional information on the HSE’s review process is available in the document posted with each vacancy entitled “Code of Practice, information for candidates.

 

Codes of practice are published by the CPSA and are available on www.hse.ie  in the document posted with each vacancy entitled “Code of Practice, information for candidates or on www.cpsa.ie.

The reform programme outlined for the Health Services may impact on this role and as structures change the job description may be reviewed.

This job description is a guide to the general range of duties assigned to the post holder. It is intended to be neither definitive nor restrictive and is subject to periodic review with the employee concerned.

Senior Radiographer Sonographer - Terms and Conditions of Employment

Tenure

The current vacancies available are permanent full time.

The post is pensionable. A panel may be created from which permanent and specified purpose vacancies of full  time duration may be filled. The tenure of these posts will be indicated at “expression of interest” stage.

Appointment as an employee of the Health Service Executive is governed by the Health Act 2004 and the Public Service Management (Recruitment and Appointments) Act 2004 and Public Service Management (Recruitment and Appointments) Amendment Act 2013.

Remuneration

The Salary scale for the post (01/10//20) is as per Department of Health Pay scales

€47,714, €49,528, €51,419, €53,337, €55,281

Working Week

The standard working week applying to the post is to be confirmed at job offer stage.

 

HSE Circular 003-2009 “Matching Working Patterns to Service Needs (Extended Working Day / Week Arrangements); Framework for Implementation of Clause 30.4 of Towards 2016” applies. Under the terms of this circular, all new entrants and staff appointed to promotional posts from Dec 16th 2008 will be required to work agreed roster / on call arrangements as advised by their line manager. Contracted hours of work are liable to change between the hours of 8am-8pm over seven days to meet the requirements for extended day services in accordance with the terms of the Framework Agreement (Implementation of Clause 30.4 of Towards 2016).

Annual Leave

The annual leave associated with the post will be confirmed at job offer stage.

Superannuation

This is a pensionable position with the HSE. The successful candidate will upon appointment become a member of the appropriate pension scheme.  Pension scheme membership will be notified within the contract of employment.  Members of pre-existing pension schemes who transferred to the HSE on the 01st January 2005 pursuant to Section 60 of the Health Act 2004 are entitled to superannuation benefit terms under the HSE Scheme which are no less favourable to those which they were entitled to at 31st December 2004

Probation

Every appointment of a person who is not already a permanent officer of the Health Service Executive or of a Local Authority shall be subject to a probationary period of 12 months as stipulated in the Department of Health Circular No.10/71.

Protection of Persons Reporting Child Abuse Act 1998

As this post is one of those designated under the Protection of Persons Reporting Child Abuse Act 1998, appointment to this post appoints one as a designated officer in accordance with Section 2 of the Act.  You will remain a designated officer for the duration of your appointment to your current post or for the duration of your appointment to such other post as is included in the categories specified in the Ministerial Direction. You will receive full information on your responsibilities under the Act on appointment.

Mandated Person Children First Act 2015

Have a working knowledge of Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) Standards as they apply to the role for example, Standards for Healthcare, National Standards for the Prevention and Control of Healthcare Associated Infections, Hygiene Standards etc. and comply with associated HSE protocols for implementing and maintaining these standards as appropriate to the role.

Health & Safety

It is the responsibility of line managers to ensure that the management of safety, health and welfare is successfully integrated into all activities undertaken within their area of responsibility, so far as is reasonably practicable. Line managers are named and roles and responsibilities detailed in the relevant Site Specific Safety Statement (SSSS).

Key responsibilities include:

  • Developing a SSSS for the department/service[1], as applicable, based on the identification of hazards and the assessment of risks, and reviewing/updating same on a regular basis (at least annually) and in the event of any significant change in the work activity or place of work.
  • Ensuring that Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) is integrated into day-to-day business, providing Systems Of Work (SOW) that are planned, organised, performed, maintained and revised as appropriate, and ensuring that all safety related records are maintained and available for inspection.
  • Consulting and communicating with staff and safety representatives on OSH matters.
  • Ensuring a training needs assessment (TNA) is undertaken for employees, facilitating their attendance at statutory OSH training, and ensuring records are maintained for each employee.
  • Ensuring that all incidents occurring within the relevant department/service are appropriately managed and investigated in accordance with HSE procedures[2].
  • Seeking advice from health and safety professionals through the National Health and Safety Function Helpdesk as appropriate.
  • Reviewing the health and safety performance of the ward/department/service and staff through, respectively, local audit and performance achievement meetings for example.

 

Note: Detailed roles and responsibilities of Line Managers are outlined in local SSSS

[1] A template SSSS and guidelines are available on the National Health and Safety Function/H&S web-pages

[2] See link on health and safety web-pages to latest Incident Management Policy

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