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Specialist Respiratory Physiologist

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
10 Oct 2023

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Healthcare scientist, Physiologist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
The Respiratory Centre at the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust provides expertise in sleep medicine, home ventilation, COPD, bronchiectasis, cystic fibrosis, lung cancer/pleural medicine, interstitial lung disease and difficult asthma. We have strong collaborative links with primary care providing direct access spirometry services to our neighboring CCG's. An exciting opportunity has arisen within our busy Respiratory Physiology Departments at New Cross Hospital Wolverhampton and Cannock Chase Hospital. You will be self-motivated and have excellent interpersonal skills. You will have the ability to work under pressure, autonomously and prioritize your individual workload, as well as be able to work effectively within a team and support development of junior staff. You must be able to provide evidence of continuing professional development and have experience in a wide range of diagnostic respiratory investigations. The ideal applicant will have a BSc/MSc or equivalent qualification and have successfully completed ARTP Professional exams or have significant equivalent experience in a respiratory physiology department. You should be registered or actively seeking registration with HCPC or the RCCP voluntary register.

Main duties of the job

We are looking to recruit an individual who has an understanding of specialist healthcare science activities acquired through training to either BSc and/or MSc or an equivalent level of knowledge and experience. We would also encourage applications from suitably qualified band 5 physiologists looking to progress to a senior band 6 role or to gain further experience working at this senior level. The post holder will have the opportunity to work within both the oxygen assessment and sleep/ventilation services. The service currently supports approximately 6000 home CPAP and 200+ home NIV patients. All members of the Respiratory Physiology team are involved with all facets of the diagnostic services. Therefore the successful candidate will also be competent in routine and advanced respiratory investigations, be able to interpret and write reports or provide verbal interpretation. You will have an up to date training record and regularly update your continual professional development portfolio. Previous experience in research and audit would be ideal as well as experience of presenting research at national and/or international meetings. You will be required to mentor and supervise less experienced physiologists, healthcare assistants and administration/clerical staff. Strong involvement with the training of junior healthcare professionals and competency assessments would be desirable.

About us

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust is one of the largest NHS trusts in the West Midlands providing primary, acute and community services and we are incredibly proud of the diversity of both our staff and the communities we serve. We are building a workforce that can help us to fulfil our values, improve quality of care for patients, and solve the health care problems of tomorrow. We're passionate about the value that diversity of thinking and lived experience brings in enabling us to become a learning organisation and leader in delivering compassionate care for our patients.We are delighted that we have been rated as Good by CQC. We have achieved numerous awards The Nursing Times Best Diversity and Inclusion Practice and Best UK Employer of the Year for Nursing Staff in 2020.The Trust is a supportive working environment committed to creating flexible working arrangements that suit your needs and as such will consider all requests from applicants who wish to work flexibly.

Job description

Job responsibilities

NHS AfC: Band 6

Please see attached for the full job description and person specification attached to this vacancy.

Person Specification



  • BSc in Clinical Physiology/Healthcare Science or equivalent.
  • Experience post basic qualification
  • RCCP/HCPC registered or eligible for registration.
  • ARTP Practitioner level qualification or part I and II examination
  • BLS/ALS/ILS trained


  • Appropriate Clinical Physiology MSc qualification or equivalent.
  • STP equivalence obtained/Clinical Scientist
  • Management and leadership training

Experience and Skills


  • Substantial experience working within a Lung Function/Respiratory Physiology department
  • Knowledge and significant experience (minimum of 2 years) of a broad range of routine and advanced respiratory physiology procedures.
  • Ability to work independently within established policies and procedures.
  • Experience in undertaking staff appraisal and performance monitoring.
  • Good customer care skills
  • Experience in recruitment and selection processes
  • Reporting of full lung function tests and other routine investigations


  • Highly specialist expertise, underpinned by theory and experience.
  • Knowledge of highly specialist procedures acquired through accredited courses
  • Provides clinical testing service -Can undertake the full range of routine, advanced and highly specialist respiratory physiological investigations.
  • Experience working in a deputy role within a respiratory physiology department and can lead in aspects of the laboratory service in the absence of the head of service.
  • Experience of procuring specialist test equipment.
  • Understanding of budget setting and expenditure review.
  • Experienced in CPET, CPET reporting and Domiciliary NIV
  • Able to demonstrate experience in service development
  • Experience undertaking a home oxygen assessment and review

Communication Skills


  • Communicates complex test instructions that require maximal patient effort and provides adequate motivation to achieve accurate results.
  • Communicates/discussion on diagnostic findings of sleep diagnostics and the possible impact on driving and the DVLA. Provides detailed instructions on CPAP during initiation of treatment.
  • Provides advice internally and externally to other healthcare professionals on Respiratory Physiological testing.
  • Alert appropriate staff to unusual results/unexpected findings or clinical concerns.
  • Provide advice and raise concerns over the appropriateness of test referrals.
  • Communicates service-related information to lead physiologist.


  • Experience working in a mentor role for junior staff and student practitioners.
  • Provides advice internally and externally to other healthcare professionals on Respiratory Physiological testing.
  • Experienced in dealing with complaints



  • Act as a role model. Specifically with regard to respecting patient's customs, values, spiritual beliefs, equality and diversity, confidentiality (information governance), health and safety and infection prevention.
  • High degree of dexterity for use on a wide range of diagnostic equipment, invasive procedures undertaken - Arterial blood gas sampling.


  • Ability to teach highly specialist test theories and techniques to post graduate level student physiologists and medical students.
  • Undertake research and development.
  • Experience in presenting/chairing meetings/published author/represents professional body such as ARTP, BTS etc.

Employer details

Employer name

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust


Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust

New Cross Hospital


WV10 0QP

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