Registered Healthcare Scientist

University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year Per Annum Pro Rata
Closing date
6 Jun 2023

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Healthcare scientist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

An opportunity has arisen within our Respiratory Physiology and Sleep Department for a Practitioner Grade Healthcare Scientist. The Department of Respiratory Physiology and Sleep is an IQIPS accredited Physiology Department offering a comprehensive respiratory and sleep diagnostic and therapeutic service.

The post has the following principal areas of responsibility;

Undertakes routine and specialised lung function testing.

Performs calibration and quality control procedures on all laboratory equipment.

Undertakes clinical supervision and training for less experienced staff

Updates own professional knowledge

Participates in departmental research

Main duties of the job

To apply you must be enthusiastic to work in the respiratory and sleep physiology field and have a desire to continue with training and personal development. You must have excellent communication skills, be able to use your own initiative and be able to work as part of a multidisciplinary team across the Trust. You will be expected to be involved in departmental research projects/audit and to take on small areas of responsibility within the department.

You must possess a BSc in Clinical Physiology/Healthcare Science and be studying for or completed the ARTP professional examinations. AHCS registration is desirable.

The department offers extended working days for our patients and it is expected that all staff work one evening per week. Informal enquiries are welcome to Edward Parkes, Clinical Scientist and Head of Service, 02476966738.

About us

University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, rated as good by the Care Quality Commission, is one of the largest teaching Trusts in the UK.

We are extremely proud of our employees across our hospital sites, with high quality patient care at the heart of everything we do.

Boasting some of the most modern facilities in Western Europe, the Trust is renowned for being at the forefront of research and innovation as part of its blossoming reputation as a worldwide leader in healthcare.

We are proud to be recognised as a Pathway to Excellence designated organisation - please click the link for further details about this prestigious award. Pathway To Excellence - University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire (

By joining our exciting journey, you will form part of a passionate, talented team and will be able to access a wide range of learning and development opportunities. There has never been a better time to join our team.

The Trust is committed to building an organisation that makes full use of the talents, skills, experience, and different perspectives available in our diverse society. We want everyone to feel they are respected, valued, can achieve their potential and receive the most appropriate and relevant care. We will create an environment where the equality and human rights principles of fairness, respect, equality, dignity and autonomy are promoted and are part of the organisation's core values.

Job description

Job responsibilities

As a Practitioner Grade Physiologist you would be expected to deliver a standard respiratory and sleep investigative service which includes spirometry, lung volumes, gas transfer, blood gas measurements and bronchodilator reversibility assessments, respiratory muscle function and diagnostic sleep studies and CPAP implementation. You will also assist with more specialised measurements such as cardiopulmonary exercise testing.

The post holder will perform a range of respiratory investigations including spirometry, full lung function testing, reversibility studies and blood gas measurements. You will need to demonstrate competency in the performance of routine lung function testing in order to be considered for the position.

Main Duties/ Responsibilities

Participate in the standard setting for all routine test procedures performed and equipment used, including participation in the development of standard operating procedures.

Contribute to the maintenance of safe working practices within the department, ensuring compliance with all Health and Safety legislation, other relevant legislation and Trust policies.

Contribute to the day to day running of the department, including appointment provision and stock control.

Undertake specified administrative tasks, under supervision, for development within an agreed personal development plan.

Plan and prioritise own work load.

Collect and record calibration and quality control data to ensure that equipment is functioning to agreed standards and specifications and is documented.

Undertake maintenance and cleaning of laboratory equipment.

Perform the full range of basic lung function tests, without supervision, on patients of all ages, to obtain good quality diagnostic information.

Perform more specialised procedures including; flight assessments and field exercise testing.

Accurately record observations and produce technical reports on the range of tests performed.

Testing patients of all ages in a variety of locations. This will involve communicating complex instructions and clinical information effectively to patients of all ages and relatives to ensure cooperation and compliance and to obtain accurate technical and clinical data.

On-going interpretation of lung function results with a view to rebooking for further investigations.

Responsible for planning own workload throughout the working day and ensuring completion of work in time allocated.

Ensure that all tests performed are according to relevant professional and departmental guidelines at all times.

Taking responsibility for the safe use of expensive equipment (�30,000 +)

For further details of the job role please see attached job description.

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