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Chief Respiratory Physiologist

London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust
Depending on experience Dependant on experience
Closing date
23 May 2024

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Healthcare scientist, Physiologist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
To be responsible for providing a high-quality diagnostic and patient focused service. To manage the team of physiologists and the lung function rooms on the Ealing CDC site, including all equipment.

To authorise, perform, interpret and report on a range of complex and highly specialised diagnostic clinical investigations in line with national, Trust, departmental and professional directives.

To be responsible for the clinical supervision and mentoring of junior physiologists, providing training and assessment of competency.

To liaise with the Lead Respiratory Physiologist when required.

To ensure personal development through continued professional development (CPD).

To carry out duties and responsibilities according to Directorate and Trust policies.

Main duties of the job

To oversee the running of the respiratory laboratories, ensuring all investigation services are provided offering a high standard of care.

To independently perform and oversee the physiology team on a range of diagnostic tests and procedures listed below.
  • Spirometry using a range of spirometers
  • Measurement of dynamic lung volumes by flow volume loops
  • Measurement of transfer factor by single breath method
  • Measurement of static lung volumes by whole body plethysmography/nitrogen washout
  • Assessment of bronchodilator response
  • Educate patients regarding peak flow monitoring
  • Inhaler education
  • Field Exercise assessment, using 6-minute walk
  • FeNO testing
  • To provide patients with access to appropriate information when required.

To take part in the cross site rotation when required, acting as an independent practitioner in both respiratory polygraphy set up and analysis, and CPAP set up and review.

To operate independently in the highly specialist area of domiciliary oxygen assessment and prescription.

To provide health promotion, education and patient counselling.

To encourage and put patients at their ease, minimising distress when performing clinical measurements.

To participate in research and audit when required.

To review and provide interpretation for test results generated by other clinical physiologists.

About us

London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust (LNWH) cares for the people of Brent, Ealing, Harrow and beyond.

Our team of more than 8,200 clinical and support staff serve a diverse population of almost one million people.

We run major acute services at:
  • Northwick Park Hospital: home to one of the busiest emergency departments (A& E) in the country. The hospital provides a full range of services including the country's top-rated hyper-acute stroke unit and one of only three hyper-acute rehabilitation units in the UK
  • St Mark's Hospital: an internationally renowned specialist centre for bowel disease
  • Ealing Hospital: a busy district general hospital providing a range of clinical services, as well as 24/7 emergency department and urgent care centre, and specialist care at Meadow House Hospice
  • Central Middlesex Hospital: our planned care site, hosting a range of surgical and outpatient services and collocated with an urgent care centre.

We are a university teaching NHS trust, in recognition of the important role we play in training clinicians of the future and bringing the benefits of research to the public.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To view the main responsibility, please see the attached the Job Description and Person Specification.

Person Specification



  • HNC/Degree in Respiratory Physiology or equivalent subject.
  • Registration with the RCCP/HCPC or able to progress to registration.

Knowledge and experience


  • Specialist knowledge across a range of respiratory and sleep procedures
  • Experience in lung function testing with experience working at Band 6 or equivalent
  • Experience of working as an independent practitioner


  • Evidence of CPD
  • Experience with polygraphy diagnostics and reporting
  • Experience of CPAP set up and review
  • Experience of capillary or arterial blood gas sampling
  • Experience of LTOT or ambulatory oxygen assessments
  • Experience of producing and implementing standard operating procedures
  • Experience of staff management.

Skills, abilities and attributes


  • Evidence of excellent patient care and empathetic approach
  • Excellent interpersonal and verbal / written communication skills
  • Ability to work both independently and within a multidisciplinary team
  • Planning and organisational skills
  • Able to work under pressure and multi task
  • Demonstrating high standards of care to patients.
  • Supporting physiology colleagues and members of the MDT.
  • Demonstrating commitment to Trust HEART values
  • Ability to quality control own work and that of others
  • Able to work flexibly
  • Ability to show enthusiasm

Employer details

Employer name

London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust


Ealing CDC



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