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Senior Respiratory Physiologist

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Healthcare scientist, Physiologist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

An opportunity has arisen for a highly motivated, hard working and enthusiastic Respiratory Physiologist to join our busy, well-equipped department

You must be proficient in a comprehensive range of procedures including spirometry, full lung function testing, reversibility studies, methacholine challenge testing, cardio-pulmonary exercise testing, blood gas analysis, bronchial challenge,sleep and ventilation services.

The successful candidate will be required to help supervise, teach and train junior Clinical Physiologists and to work closely with other members of the multi-disciplinary team.

You should ideally hold a BSc in Clinical Physiology and have relevant years experience working in a Respiratory Function department. It is essential that you have passed the ARTP (parts 1) professional examination and are eligible for RCCP registration.

Main duties of the job

To competently and safely perform the tests with the authority not to proceed if findings suggest the test is inappropriate or likely to be detrimental to the patient.

To be able to advise more junior staff on the procedures when required.

To plan and prioritise own duties, clinics and training activities to maximise service benefit.

To exercise a responsibility for personal and departmental day to day organisation and delivery of a quality assured respiratory function service.

To participate with clinical supervision and training for junior staff in the above procedures.

To be responsible for discussing any findings of concern with the referring clinician or Chief Physiologist.

. To lead on procedures which carry a recognised clinical risk

. To clean equipment post procedure, to a high standard, in order to minimise infection risk.

To have a detailed understanding of Health and Safety procedures to ensure own, staff under supervision and patient safety / wellbeing.

To utilise IT skills relevant to equipment databases, Internet, email and the patient administration systems.

To demonstrate effective communication with all levels of staff and patients (internal and external to the hospital) in order to maintain an efficient service.

To accurately log all activity performed, in order to provide accurate statistics to be used in the future planning and organisation of the Clinical Physiology Services.

About us

We are one of the biggest and busiest NHS trusts in the country, incorporating the General, Glenfield and Royal Infirmary hospitals. We have our very own Children's Hospital and run one of the country's leading heart centres.

Our team is made up of more than 14,000 staff providing a range of services primarily for the one million residents of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

We work with partners at the University of Leicester and De Montfort University providing world-class teaching to nurture and develop the next generation of doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals, many of whom go on to spend their working lives with us.

Our purpose is to provide 'Caring at its best' and our staff have helped us create a set of values that embody who we are and what we're here to do. They are:

o We focus on what matters most

o We treat others how we would like to be treated

o We are passionate and creative in our work

o We do what we say we are going to do

o We are one team and we are best when we work together

Our patients are at the heart of all we do and we believe that 'Caring at its best' is not just about the treatments and services we provide, but about giving our patients the best possible experience.

About the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust (

Job description

Job responsibilities

The candidate will be proficient in performing and interpreting all respiratory investigations performed within the department. These include;

Full pulmonary function tests with administration of bronchodilator therapy where indicated

Assess airways hyper-reactivity and respiratory tract inflammation

Supervise, perform and interpret medically unsupervised Cardio-Pulmonary Exercise Tests (CPETs), on both congenital cardiac and respiratory patients with assessment of exercise-induced airways obstruction if indicated

To be able to perform independently procedures to assess for exercise related respiratory disorders in high level athletes

Field exercise testing

Simulate and assess patients oxygen requirements during a flight and advise the patient and clinician their results and requirements.

To perform research based investigations complying with Good Clinical Practice (GCP).

Other speciality services

Interpret and perform complex sleep investigations, for clinicians on the patients condition and advise appropriate therapy

To be able to initiate, review and adjust treatment for patients with sleep-related disorders for both Non-Invasive Ventilation (NIV) and Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)

They will be able to perform blood gas analysis to assess for patients respiratory status and titration of oxygen or NIV requirements

Able to perform Head Up Tilt Table Testing (HUTT).

Able to perform unsupervised Autonomic Function Testing (AFT).

Able to perform and supervise Exercise Autonomic Function Testing (ExAFT).

To be competent in interpreting, reporting and diagnosing during the above procedures.

You may be required to work in other designated locations of the Trust as well as your primary base. In particular, flexibility is required across the three main hospital sites (Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester General Hospital and Glenfield Hospital)and Community Diagnostic Centres (CDCs).
If your initial location is one of these sites excess travel reimbursement would not apply for a permanent or temporary change of base.

Person Specification



  • BSC Clinical Physiology or equilavent
  • A-levels in science based subjects

Work Experience


  • Minimum 2 year experience as a Qualified Physiologist



  • Can perform investigations independently

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