Locum Sonographer Job in Dartford
- Kent, South East, United Kingdom
- Ref: VAC-89591
- Salary: £55-55
- Start Date: ASAP
- Division: Sonography
- Disciplines: Gynae & General
At Globe Locums we have a large selection of sonography jobs on a locum and permanent basis. If you're a qualified sonographer seeking a new job opportunity, please take a look at our vacancies.
At Globe Locums, our healthcare recruitment agency team comprises experienced clinicians and professional recruiters. This ensures we find qualified sonographers who are a perfect match for Locum and permanent sonography jobs worldwide. Operating primarily out of Central London, United Kingdom, we have a global reach and can dispatch sonographers for contracts around the world. Our contracts span a multitude of healthcare settings and sub-specialties. We can offer:
We have a range of Locum and permanent sonography jobs available for suitable candidates, include 3D and 4D scanning, musculoskeletal, gynaecological, obstetric and vascular scanning specialties.
Sonographers are skilled at using ultrasound waves to look inside the body. Ultrasound imaging and diagnosis mostly occurs in real time; the beauty of ultrasound is that a video-like image can be created which is more valuable than any stills of the video that are printed or saved afterwards. Sonographers carry out the scan, produce images and interpret their observations, before writing a report for the patient’s referring clinician.
The most well-known form of ultrasound imaging is that used to look at a baby growing in utero. However, sonography has many other indications including investigation of the patency of blood vessels, assessing organ structure or damage to muscles or tendons. It is a relatively safe procedure as it does not rely on radiation.
When people need an ultrasound scan, they may be anxious or worried about the procedure or what the scan may show. A sonographer must therefore be sensitive and understanding to make the process as stress-free as possible. Those in a sonographer job role must also have a good knowledge of anatomy and a keen eye for small details in order to write accurate reports.
Many sonography job candidates will have a degree in Diagnostic Radiography, but it is also possible to convert from another relevant healthcare or science degree by completing a postgraduate certificate in ultrasound. Sonographers must be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Working as a sonographer can mean being part of a high pressure, fast-paced environment. Specialising as a sonographer is very common, with sub-specialties including paediatrics, oncology or renal.
Sonographers tend to work from Bands 5 to 7 of the NHS Agenda for Change pay scale. A newly qualified sonographer might earn £35,000 whereas with experience and the addition of management or teaching responsibilities, this can rise to over £45,000. Locum sonographers can expect to earn a higher hourly rate than a staffed member of a team. Sonographers are in great demand, and as a result of this Locum rates can be higher than in other specialties. A Locum sonographer might expect to earn £40-55 per hour, even with only a couple of years' experience.
There is also the opportunity to earn an uplifted hourly rate by working unsocial hours including nights, weekends and evenings. In certain specialties, sonographers are sometimes required out of hours in NHS trusts. In private settings, sonographers may be required for regular weekend work. Working unsocial hours can be lucrative for Locums sonographers.
Learn more about sonography job salaries and what to expect from a career as a sonographer.
A Locum sonographer will complete many of the same tasks as a staffed member of the team. Sonography is required for both inpatients and outpatients, and some scans may be required in an emergency. Depending on the hospital Trust, a locum may be required to work as a general sonographer, scanning a wide variety of organs or areas of the body, or they may be employed to work in a very specialised role.
A staffed sonographer will have had the opportunity to get to know their team well and will be up to date with all processes and policies within the department. A Locum does not have the same luxury so must quickly build rapport with other team members. On the flip side, Locum work is flexible and often leads to a higher hourly rate. It can also lead to a wider breadth of experience, too. If you are considering a Locum sonography job, you can check out our latest available positions as well as testimonials from our current Locum sonographers.
Globe Locums is delighted to offer a wide range of highly respected Locum and permanent sonographer jobs across the UK and as far afield as Australia. Sonography jobs might include the following specialties:
There has never been a better time to work in Sonography. Due to a shortage in many countries, your skills are in high demand. By utilising Globe Locum's free service you will not only benefit from hearing about all the UK & worldwide opportunities as they become available but you will also benefit from the excellent rates we pay our candidates.