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Healthcare Scientist Polysomnographer

Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Cambridge Bio Medical Campus
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
18 Jun 2024

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Healthcare scientist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Royal Papworth Hospital is a centre of Excellence in healthcare, and this extends to our purpose build 10 bedded Sleep Laboratory. The successful applicant will require the holder to be a self-sufficient dynamic person who is forward thinking and above all a team player who is able to work within our team to deliver first class standards of health care.

Using your experience as specialist sleep healthcare scientist, this role will involve the setup, analysis and scoring of oximetry, sleep diaries, actigraphy, respiratory polygraphy, polysomnography and daytime tests working to internationally accepted standards. We also actively take part in the STP education programme with our own students as well as support other departments and hospitals. Student mentorship will be included in this with the support of the departmental Training Officer. Departmental clinical audit and participation in research studies is also required.

Main duties of the job

The main duties of the Polysomnographer role will require:

*Independent set up, bio calibration, data recording, analysis and reporting of a wide range of sleep diagnostic tests in both our in-patient ward and outpatient department.

*Supervision of junior staff and temporary staffing as needed.

*Mentorship and support of our SPT post graduate students

*Equipment testing as needed.

*Participation in clinical audit and research as required.

*Attendance and where required participation at departmental meetings and MDT meetings.

*Participation in departmental SOP creation and updates.

*Ongoing risk assessment to ensure the wellbeing of service users and staff.

*Please see the role profile for full details.

*As an in-patient department we will be open 24/7 Monday to Friday. Shift times vary and will include working into the mid to later evening. There is no overnight working required for the Healthcare Scientists.

*Part time / flexible working may be considered and not unreasonably denied dependent on how these fits with the team and service requirements.

About us

Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is the UK's leading heart and lung hospital, delivering care to more than 50,000 patients a year in its new state-of-the-art hospital in Cambridge.

We perform the most heart and/or lung transplants in the UK and carried out the UK's first successful heart transplant in 1979. It also offers emergency heart attack treatment, sleep centre care and is one of just five centres nationally for those in severe respiratory failure.

Based on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus the largest centre of medical research and health science in Europe the Trust is at the heart of treatments of the future. Royal Papworth became the first hospital trust in the country to be rated outstanding in all five areas assessed by the Care Quality Commission - a rating it still holds today.

The Trust holds its values of compassion, excellence and collaboration at its core, and all colleagues joining the team are expected to uphold these in their day-to-day roles and interactions. Royal Papworth is proud of its diverse workforce and encourages people to embrace their individuality.

The Trust values difference and welcomes all applications irrespective of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and belief, sex and sexual orientation.

Job description

Job responsibilities

On this page you will find a Role Profile which provides information about the hospital and full details about the role. We recommend that you review this and refer to it as you complete your application. Please include how you will meet the Trust Values Compassion, Excellence and Collaboration. If you would like more information about the role or working at Royal Papworth Hospital, please get in touch with the contact for this role.

Person Specification



  • Undergraduate honours degree or an integrated master's degree, in a pure or applied science subject, or equivalent. The degree subject must be relevant to the specialism and include Human Anatomy and Physiology and research skills.


  • STP qualification in Respiratory and Sleep.



  • Experience in working in the field of Sleep.
  • A high degree of proficiency using computers and the Microsoft Office Suite
  • Be able to problem solve using initiative to plan and organise work for themselves and others.
  • Be able to facilitate and support learning and training of themselves and others.


  • Experience setting up and conducting clinical audit and/or research in a clinical area.
  • Evidence of informal teaching.
  • Evidence of project team participation.

Additional Criteria


  • Please provide evidence of your commitment to uphold the Trust's values: Compassion, Excellence, Collaboration
  • Demonstrate specialist knowledge of sleep and its disorders and the treatment of sleep disorders.
  • Demonstrate a wide knowledge of sleep testing using international scoring rules and ability to set up, score and report Polysomnography, Respiratory polygraphy, actigraphy and others to a high standard.
  • Awareness of cultural and social influences on health and of the importance of respecting diversity and differences

Employer details

Employer name

Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Royal Papworth Hospital

Papworth Road

Cambridge Bio Medical Campus



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