Earn while you learn in the workplace.


The Job

As a cardiographer, you’d operate electrocardiograph (ECG) machines which monitor the heart. You would fit electrodes to the patient’s body, making sure they are correctly connected to the machine. You’d then take readings from the ECG which the doctor uses to make decisions about treatment. 

You may also be involved in other types of cardiovascular monitoring and treatment including:

  • echocardiography, using ultrasound to create images
  • exercise testing, monitoring patients while they exercise on a treadmill
  • tilt testing 
  • blood pressure monitoring
  • pacemakers and ICD (implantable cardioverter- defibrillators)
  • remote monitoring of patients


You will learn and develop on the job, we expect you to have good literacy, numeracy and IT skills.

Personal qualities

In order to be successful in this role, you will need to be:

  • reassure patients
  • operate machines
  • be interested in science and technology
  • follow instructions carefully
  • record data accurately
  • pay attention to detail
  • explain clearly to patients
  • work with all types of people

Your development

You will gain formal qualifications through a Healthcare Science Assistant Level 2 apprenticeship.