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Senior Chief Respiratory Clinical Physiologist

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 pro rata, per annum
Closing date
4 Jun 2024

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Healthcare scientist, Physiologist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

We have an exciting opportunity for a dynamic and enthusiastic Senior Respiratory Physiologist with significant experience in both disciplines of Lung Function & Sleep Diagnostics to lead this service at Ipswich Hospital.

The Lung Function service provides a range of routine investigations including spirometry, gas transfer, static lung volumes (by body plethysmography and nitrogen washout), reversibility testing, FeNO and respiratory muscle strength testing

The Sleep Service is a diagnostic and therapeutic service, diagnosing and providing comprehensive domiciliary CPAP treatment to over 3000 patients with OSAHS.

You will contribute to the teaching and training of staff which may include physiologists, student physiologists, Doctors in training and medical students. You will work with and manage a small team of respiratory physiologists.

Along with the ability to perform a wide range of respiratory and sleep physiology investigations you should have experience of managing a team, have excellent communication skills and have great multi-tasking skills

Main duties of the job

Provide a comprehensive respiratory and comprehensive sleep investigative clinical service to patients of all ages referred from a wide range of specialities.

Provide expert opinion, advice and interpretation of simple, specialist, complex and highly complex assessments to medical staff and other healthcare professionals.

Provide management, leadership and clinical training of Lung Function Unit staff and other staff groups.

About us

We are ESNEFT and we provide hospital and community health services to almost one million people across east Suffolk and north Essex. Our dedicated staff deliver care from acute hospitals in Colchester and Ipswich, community hospitals, surgeries, community clinics and in patients' own homes.

We are one of the largest NHS organisations in England, employing more than 12,000 staff.

We pride ourselves on supporting our staff. We offer a wide range of training and development opportunities, as well as flexible working options.

Along with supporting you to achieve your career goals we offer a generous pension scheme, unsocial hours payments (where applicable), 27 days annual leave on commencement (pro rata) and access to a range of NHS discounts. Our Staff Health and Wellbeing programme offer a variety of services.

Our philosophy is that Time Matters to everyone. Across the Trust, we concentrate on improving the things we do and removing those which cause time delays for our staff and patients.

We are investing in our commitment to Time Matters with a partnership with leading electronic patient record (EPR) supplier Epic. This digital transformation will bring what's widely regarded as the world's best EPR system to ESNEFT, transforming life in hospital for staff and patients.

If you are passionate about patient care and want to develop your skills and knowledge, then we want to hear from you.

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Job description

Job responsibilities

For full details of the responsibilities and duties of this role please see the attached job description.

Person Specification



  • Post graduate experience
  • Practical experience and knowledge of operating specialist Respiratory/Sleep services.
  • Management experience



  • BSc (Hons) Clinical Physiology (Respiratory Physiology) or equivalent qualification
  • Professional body qualification
  • RCCP registration


  • Respiratory/Seep Specialist course



  • Able to interpret and report specialist /highly specialist Respiratory/Sleep investigation results and patient conditions.

Employer details

Employer name

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust


Ipswich Hospital



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