Respiratory Physiologist

East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust
St Leonards on Sea
£43,742 to £50,056 a year per annum, pro rata
Closing date
14 Jun 2023

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Healthcare scientist, Physiologist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
An opportunity has arisen to join our Respiratory Physiology department. We are looking for a skilled and enthusiastic respiratory physiologist to join our busy, and evolving service.

Our trust currently has two band 7 physiologists based at Eastbourne District General and Conquest Hospital respectively. We also have a team of ARTP trained HCA's that perform basic respiratory tests in the outpatient clinics, and we are working towards developing a band 4 junior physiologist in our team.

We are looking for a highly motivated individual who wants to excel professionally and is committed to providing a high-quality service. You must have the ability to work both independently and as part of a team.

This exciting new post will be based predominantly in our new Bexhill community diagnostics hub, although there will also be the opportunity for regular cross-site working. The successful candidate will be required to work autonomously and be responsible for the day-to-day running of a lung function laboratory.

Main duties of the job

As well as performing a range of routine and more complex pulmonary function investigations, there will be frequent opportunity for involvement sleep services, inpatient diagnostics, and wider respiratory care alongside our community respiratory nurses. The successful candidate will also be expected to play an active role in the education and training of junior staff as well as other healthcare professionals including physiotherapists, nursing staff, medical students, and junior doctors. Candidates must have a Clinical Physiology BSc or equivalent. ARTP Part 1 and 2 are desirable. The appointee should be RCCP registered or working towards RCCP registration.

About us

We are proud to provide 'Outstanding' care and be a great place to work

We provide safe, compassionate and high quality care to half a million people living or visiting East Sussex. We are one of the largest organisations in East Sussex, the only integrated provider of acute and community care in Sussex. Our extensive services are provided by 7000 + members of staff working from acute hospitals in Hastings and Eastbourne, three community hospitals in Bexhill, Rye and Uckfield, over 100 community sites and in people's own homes.

In 2020 the Care Quality Commission rated us as 'Good' overall, and 'Outstanding' for being caring and effective. The Conquest Hospital and our Community Services are rated 'Outstanding'. Eastbourne DGH rated 'Good'.

In 2020, the Trust launched its ambitious 'Building for our Future' programme. This once in a lifetime programme aims to repair, redevelop and expand our hospitals, transforming the environment in which we provide care for generations to come.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the job description attached.

If you have any questions about this position please do not hesitate to contact us.

Person Specification



  • BSc Clinical Physiology/Science or equivalent
  • Eligible for entry onto RCCP register or equivalent
  • Evidence of continued professional development including knowledge of specialist and advanced procedures
  • Evidence of continued professional development to Masters level or equivalent level of knowledge and experience


  • Already registered on the RCCP voluntary register
  • ARTP Part 1 and part 2 exams or equivalent



  • At least 3 years experience as a qualified respiratory physiologist
  • Previous experience of independently and accurately performing and reporting on the full range of lung function tests


  • Some experience of teaching
  • Research experience
  • Experience working in a large Respiratory Physiology department



  • Knowledge of specialist respiratory investigations
  • Knowledge of respiratory diseases and their effects on respiratory function
  • Knowledge of field exercise test procedures
  • Investigations and therapeutic interventions used to treat these conditions


  • Experience performing and interpreting specialist respiratory tests, including sleep studies, hypoxic challenge, bronchial challenge tests, capillary blood gases



  • Able to performs lung function tests without supervision and understand the rationale behind the choice of test. Should also be aware of the contra-indications to such tests.
  • Knowledge of working principles of the equipment in use together with its calibration, maintenance, cleansing, simple repairs, and quality control.
  • Ability to interpret lung function tests and to explain their meaning to non-respiratory members of staff and to patients / carers

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

East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust


Bexhill community diagnostics Hub / Conquest Hospital

The Ridge

St Leonards on Sea

TN37 7RD

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