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Lead Respiratory Physiologist

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year pa
Closing date
5 Jun 2023

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Healthcare scientist, Physiologist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
An new opportunity has arisen to lead the Pulmonary Function Team at Southampton General Hospital. The post is offered on a full time permanent basis with University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS).

As a service we provide a wide range of respiratory diagnostic tests in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Our Respiratory Physiology Service is currently expanding, and we are looking for a Lead Respiratory Physiologist to join the team.

Main duties of the job

Attached you will find the person specification document which provides more detail about the essential and desirable skills and experience needed for this role. We highly recommend you review this document and use it when completing your application as these criteria are used by hiring managers as guidance during shortlisting.

For an overview of the main duties of the role please see the 'Job Description and Main Responsibilities' section below. To understand the day-to-day responsibilities in more detail please read the full job description document attached.

About us

What we can offer you

As one of the largest acute teaching Trusts in England, we offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. UHS is rated 'Good' by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care.

All non-clinical roles may involve a mixture of on site and remote working, Specific details and flexible working options can be discussed as part of the interview process. UHS employees are able to access a range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata), and we offer a generous pension scheme.

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and direct trains to London. The New Forest National Park and beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than London and 14 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Your Responsibilities What youll do

Applicants will hold a Bachelor in Respiratory Physiology or other relevant Life Sciences Degree with previous relevant experience in working as a respiratory physiologist. You will have a special interest in Respiratory Medicine/Lung Function Testing as well as Cardiopulmonary Exercise testing. You need to have successfully completed ARTP accreditation , be on appropriate professional register (RCCP or equivalent) and have evidence of continued professional development.
What were looking for
The successful applicant will have the ability to work flexibly, be proactive and enjoy working as part of a team. You will also work collaboratively and co-operatively with other colleagues on a day-to-day basis, to meet patient and service needs. A keen eye for detail and accuracy is essential.

Additional information

Interviews will be held on Friday, 16 June 2023.

Person Specification

Qualifications / training required


  • Degree in Clinical Physiology or equivalent significant professional experience within respiratory physiology field
  • ARTP Part 1 and 2 or ARTP Professional Examination
  • RCCP, AHCS or HCPC Registered
  • Evidence of continued professional development


  • PgDip/MSc in relevant subject or equivalent specialist experience and knowledge
  • Teaching and Training Qualifications or equivalent experience

Previous or relevant experience necessary


  • Extensive post qualification experience as band 6
  • Extensive experience in performing, interpreting and reporting of complex and highly complex pulmonary function tests, autonomously and independently
  • Experience in performing bronchial challenge test and cardiopulmonary exercise testing
  • Experience in providing formal and informal training to staff, healthcare practitioners, students and other carer groups
  • Experience in managing a team/service
  • Experience in producing SOPs, in-house protocols and staff training plans


  • Expert knowledge of diagnostic equipment for pulmonary function testing, including software and hardware
  • Experience of participating in research, service evaluation and audit

Aptitudes and skills required


  • Detailed and expert knowledge of pulmonary function testing techniques and equipment
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to analyse, interpret and handle complex or sensitive information
  • Excellent organisational skills and ability to manage and prioritise their own workload
  • Ability to work under pressure and time constraints
  • Ability to work as a team


  • Basic life support
  • In depth knowledge of IT systems and clinical information processing and storage
  • Proficiency in using Microsoft office software

Special requirements of the post


  • Flexibility to do weekend work if and when required

Values and behaviours


  • Patients First
  • Always Improving
  • Working Together

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab) .

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust


Southampton General Hospital

Tremona Road


SO14 2AA

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