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Highly Specialist Sleep Physiologist

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
28 May 2024

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Healthcare scientist, Physiologist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

The post-holder will be a member of the Sleep team within the Sleep-Breathing Disorders Unit at Bristol Royal Infirmary. The unit covers a wide geographical area and provides diagnostic and therapeutic services in line with NICE NG202. We undertake a range of diagnostic tests including oximetry, respiratory polygraphy, polysomnography MSLT/MWT and Actigraphy. We have 10,000 patients on auto-CPAP and have close links with Bristol Dental Hospital for MAD devices and the ENT department at UHBW.

You will lead the service, managing the day-to-day running of the service.

Additionally, you will undertake outpatient sleep clinic work assessing new and follow-up patients and planning and reviewing their diagnostic and therapeutic pathways as appropriate. Some late-shift work, setting up polysomnography studies etc, may be required.

Previous applicants need not apply.

Main duties of the job

Independently review patients referred to the sleep service, in both a new and follow-upcapacity. This includes:
  • Interpretation and requesting of diagnostic tests
  • Determining appropriate treatment for sleep disordered breathing, including CPAP and mandibular advancement device
  • Review of patients established on CPAP

Plan, perform, interpret and report a range of basic and highly complex Sleep Study investigations. and where appropriate initiate subsequent management.

This includes -
  • Respiratory Polygraphy (including WatchPAT)
  • Polysomnography
  • Actigraphy
  • Capillary and transcutaneous blood gas monitoring

Perform 1:1 CPAP set-ups for patients with additional and/or complex needs.Support multidisciplinary staff on the use and type of CPAP equipment for acute and elective admissions,both within and outside the Trust, including set-up, assessment and evaluation of therapy as required.

Triage new referrals to the sleep service Provide DVLA reports as requested (HCPC registrant only)

To support, in conjunction with the other Senior Physiologists the day-to-day management of the workforce

About us

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW) is one of the largest acute Trusts in the country, bringing together a combined workforce of over 13,000 staff and over 100 different clinical services across 10 different sites, serving a core population of more than 500,000 people across South West England. UHBW has been rated by the CQC as 'Good' overall and our staff are proud to deliver excellent care to the people of Bristol, Weston and beyond. As a forward-thinking multi-award winning Trust and a digital exemplar committed to improving patient care, our world-leading research and innovations are having a positive local and global impact. Our hospitals are spread across Bristol and Weston, join us and you can enjoy the very best of both worlds city living within a stone's throw of the countryside or beside the seaside, both with easy access to all that the South West has to offer. UHBW is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. As an equal opportunities employer actively working towards a diverse workforce we aim to recruit and retain a workforce which represents the rich diversity of the local population at all levels and are committed to designing our services around the needs of individual patients and those around them. Anonymous information will be used from your application in order to ensure we're meeting our pledge.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For a more detailed job description and main responsibilities, please refer to the job description document attached to this vacancy.

Person Specification

Qualifications and Training


  • BSc/BA in Clinical Physiology or an appropriate subject or equivalent international qualification
  • AHCS or HCPC Registered (or application pending) or equivalent
  • Continuing evidence of CPD


  • Staff Management Experience
  • RPGST/ESRS qualification
  • Postgraduate qualifications in relevant subject or relevant specialist experience

Knowledge and Experience


  • Working within a sleep-breathing disorders service or a relevant associated field
  • Undertaking analysis and reporting of complex and highly complex advanced specialist assessments, including polysomnography, and providing outcome advice
  • Formal/informal teaching to a range of healthcare practitioners, patients, and patient groups
  • Management/supervision and co-ordination and training of junior and trainee staffs and the development of in-house training programmes
  • Independently undertaking sleep outpatient clinics, specifically in the assessment, review and management of follow-up patients
  • Working within a multidisciplinary team (MDT)


  • Participation in research, service evaluation and clinical audit

Skills and Abilities


  • A combination of frequent light physical effort (carrying equipment 2 - 10 kg), occasional moderate physical effort (moving morbidly obese patients in wheelchairs) and frequent standing, kneeling or sitting in a restricted position
  • Highly developed physical skills where accuracy and/or speed are essential, and may include manipulation of fine tools, obtaining arterial/capillary blood gases or the assembly of specific complex circuitry
  • Ability to work within known policies and national/international guidelines (AASM, ARTP, BSS, BTS, ERS/ATS, NICE etc), making appropriate judgements within the multidisciplinary team

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW)


Bristol Royal Infirmary

Upper Maudlin Street



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