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Lead Clinical Physiologist (Respiratory/Sleep)

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Blackpool, Lancashire
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum
Closing date
22 Sep 2023

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Healthcare scientist, Physiologist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
Lead Clinical Physiologist (Respiratory/Sleep)

Band 8

37.5 Hours per week


This is an exciting opportunity for a dynamic and enthusiastic Senior Respiratory Physiologist to take the lead role in the Respiratory and Sleep Physiology service at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

The role is primarily based at Blackpool Teaching Hospital but you will also be responsible for leading the Community based Respiratory and Sleep Diagnostic Centres that are currently being developed and expanded, operating out of Fleetwood and Whitegate Drive sites. Travel between the sites will be required so the ability to drive is essential.

Main duties of the job

As service lead you will have experience of clinical leadership and possess the expertise to perform, interpret and report on the full range of respiratory diagnostic tests. You will be expected to have experience in sleep diagnostics, analysis of sleep studies and initiation of CPAP therapy. You will be responsible for the day-to-day management, long term planning and service d

Experience as a Highly Specialised Respiratory/Sleep Physiologist Band 7 is essential. Previous experience of managing change would be desirable.

Candidates must possess a Clinical Physiology degree or equivalent qualification / experience and the ARTP Practitioner Qualification. RCCP registration is desirable.

It is expected that candidates will be on the ARTP Spirometry Register with the Full Certificate.

About us

Geographically, the area is bounded in the North by Morecambe Bay, in the South by the Ribble Estuary, in the West by the Irish Sea and in the East by Bleasdale Fell.

With the exception of the coastal fringes, where hotel and catering industries predominate, with port activities in Fleetwood, agriculture is the major industry with the standard of housing throughout the area is reasonable, and in some parts excellent, there being a good mix of pre-war and post war properties. Costs compare favorably with other areas in the North West. There are many good schools including several well known Public Schools.

There are frequent train services to the major cities and the motorway system is easily accessible. Air services from Manchester are excellent and improving.

Blackpool has a resident population of 330,000 but by virtue of its being a holiday resort deals with 16 million visitors per year. There has been a steady increase in population during the last few years concentrated particularly in the popular retirement areas of Lytham St Annes, Thornton, Cleveleys, Preesall and Poulton-le-Fylde.

There is a high percentage of elderly in the population (21.88% compared with the national average of 15.1%) which places a heavy additional strain on hospital beds and the Community Services.

The birth rate in the District is low - the live birth rate per thousand population is 10.2% compared with a national average of 13.3%.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Continually monitor and maintain high professional standards of Clinical Physiological services to patients and to initiate remedial action where necessary.
  • Work collaboratively with other professionals and agencies, to ensure services meet changing healthcare needs.
  • Provide support and assistance to Clinical Physiological staff, in dealing with difficult and conflicting situations including those that are of a clinical/professional nature.
  • Plan, perform, interpret and provide reports on a wide range of Respiratory physiological investigations to patients of all age groups, employing current standard using highly complex specialist and advanced techniques.
  • Plan, perform, interpret and provide reports on sleep investigations on patients referred by primary and secondary care, employing current standard and advanced techniques.
  • Devise and ensure up to date Standard Operating Policies and Procedures using sound evidence base to ensure department follows current best practice.
  • Keep up to date with best practice through monitoring and involvement with relevant professional bodies.

Person Specification



  • BSc(Hons) Clinical Physiology or equivalent degree
  • ARTP Practitioner Qualification
  • ARTP Spirometry Certificate (Full)


  • RCCP registration
  • Training and Assessing Qualification
  • Management Qualification

Knowledge and Experience


  • Experience at Band 7 Highly Specialised Respiratory/Sleep Physiologist level
  • Experience in handling patient referrals and determining priorities
  • Competent in interpreting and providing reports on Respiratory Function tests
  • Competent at interpreting and reporting on Sleep Investigations
  • Experience in initiating CPAP therapy
  • Previous experience of staff management
  • Ability to work autonomously
  • Ability to multi-task and cope with constant change and interruptions


  • Research evidence
  • Experience of leading service improvement/initiating change



  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to communicate complex and sensitive information in a variety of forms to patients, relatives and carers.
  • Ability to use own initiative and plan and prioritise activities.
  • Ability to assess and adapt to new techniques and technologies
  • IT literate
  • Abilit to lead a team


  • Proven leadership skills
  • Experience in managing conflict/complaints
  • Experience in managing risk

Employer details

Employer name

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Blackpool Victoria Hospital

Whinney Heys Road

Blackpool, Lancashire


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