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Respiratory Physiologist/Healthcare Science Practitioner(Respiratory)

North Bristol NHS Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum, pro rata for part time roles.
Closing date
10 Jul 2024

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Healthcare scientist, Physiologist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for an enthusiastic physiologist to join our team in Respiratory Physiology at North Bristol Lung Centre.

The ideal applicant will have a BSc Heathcare Science (Respiratory & Sleep) or equivalent qualification and have successfully completed ARTP Practitioner qualification or have equivalent experience in a respiratory department. You should be registered or actively seeking registration on the AHCS voluntary register.

The department offers a full range of respiratory diagnostics including Induced Laryngeal Obstruction testing. The department is actively involved in training and research.

The department is committed to CPD and attendance at national and international conferences is encouraged.

We can offer you training, development, childcare facilities and a final salary pension scheme in this friendly and modern hospital.

Applications from candidates with a relevant degree in a science subject will be considered. If successful, there would be a potential for enrolment on the Graduate Diploma in Respiratory Science ( to enable the candidate to gain the knowledge and skills needed to fully fulfil the requirements of the role.

For further details or to arrange an informal visit contact the Respiratory Physiology Team.

Proposed Interview date : TBC

Telephone 0117 4145401

Main duties of the job

  • To work as part of the Respiratory Physiology team to provide high quality respiratory diagnostics to both outpatients and inpatients from across North Bristol NHS Trust.
  • Maintain accurate records in relation to the clinical and diagnostic activity.
  • Perform regular calibration and quality control of equipment and report faults promptly.
  • Contribute to the provision of a good learning environment by supporting/mentoring trainee Healthcare Scientists in their learning.
  • Contribute to departmental research and audit where appropriate.

About us

North Bristol NHS Trust employs over 12,000 staff providing healthcare to the residents of Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset from our award-winning hospital building at Southmead. We are the regional Major Trauma Centre, and an internationally recognised centre of excellence in a range of services and major specialities. Our vision is that by enabling our teams to be the best that they can be, we will provide exceptional healthcare, personally delivered.

We commit to treating each patient as an individual with respect and dignity, aiming to deliver excellent clinical outcomes and a first-class experience for everyone who uses our services.

North Bristol NHS Trust values all people as individuals. We aim to be an anti-discriminatory organisation and are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. We welcome applicants from all underrepresented groups.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To participate in the following activities


Clinical Responsibility
  • To plan, undertake and perform simple and some specialist diagnostic assessments in accordance with ARTP guidelines. Such investigations could include:
  • spirometry, peak flow rates, flow/volume loops
  • gas transfer
  • static lung volumes
  • reversibility of airways obstruction with bronchodilators
  • field exercise tests
  • overnight oximetry
  • Capillary blood gas performance and analysis
  • exhaled and nasal nitric oxide
  • exhaled carbon monoxide
  • bronchial provocation tests with Mannitol
  • respiratory muscle strength assessment
  • forced oscillation/IOS
  • To assist with specialist and complex diagnostic assessments in accordance with ARTP guidelines. Such investigations could include:
  • Skin allergy tests
  • Exercise challenge tests
  • Hypoxic challenges testing
  • Bronchial Provocation tests with Methacholine
  • Production of basic reports
  • Communicate interpretation to referring medical team and other healthcare professionals where appropriate.
  • As a minimum be trained in Basic Life Support

  • Service Development & Improvement

    1. Ensure continual service development and improvement:

    a. through maintaining up to date knowledge of specialist area.

    b. obtaining membership and securing roles within the national professional body and/or international societies.

    c. be regulated via a voluntary/mandatory register of practitioners, e.g. RCCP, AHCS.

    2. Ensure equipment used in lung function assessments is functioning correctly by performing several calibration and validation techniques including mechanical verification and biological control procedures for quality assurance and quality control.

    3. Ensure any faulty equipment is reported to senior colleagues and corrective maintenance is undertaken.

    4. Ensure that all consumable items required to maintain an efficiently running service are kept stocked and communicate to senior colleagues when ordering of such items are required.

    5. Maintenance of Continual Professional Development.


    Communication & Relationships

    1. Obtain brief patient medical history prior to testing to ensure safe practice.

    2. Communicate requirements for accurate performance of appropriate investigations to patients/participants/subjects/service users through building and maintaining a good rapport.

    3. Communicate basic interpretation of results to appropriate senior healthcare professionals, e.g. senior physiologists, consultants, nurses.

    4. Liaise with appropriate healthcare staff to ensure excellent patient care is achieved.

    Research & Development

    1. Contributes to departmental research where appropriate, examples include:

    a. Performing investigations for commercial research.

    b. Undertaking in-house audit.

    c. Presentation of outcomes of audit/non-commercial/academic research at national and/or international meetings as appropriate


    Ensure compliance with Trust and Departmental policies and procedures.


    Complete mandatory training at the frequency outlined by the Trust

    Complete all necessary professional training to ensure clinical practice is up to date

    Working Conditions / Effort

    Physical Effort

    - Frequent requirement to assist patient movement according to manual handling training/updates.

    - Frequent requirement to move or carry equipment to patient bedside to perform inpatient investigations.

    - Very occasional sudden effort required to react to medical emergency within the working environment.

    Mental Effort

    - Ability to frequently maintain prolonged concentration during investigations or academic writing.

    Emotional Effort

    - Frequent exposure to distressing or emotional circumstances for example when dealing with patients who have been diagnosed with a life limiting condition or discussing outcomes of competency assessments with students/trainees.

    Working Conditions

    - Frequent exposure to unpleasant working conditions, including exposure to body odours, varying temperatures and body fluids, throughout the working day.

    - Frequent/continuous use of Visual Display Unit equipment for varying time periods.

    - Occasional exposure to verbal and/or physical aggression by patients, relatives and staff.

    Person Specification

    Role dependent


    • BSc Healthcare Science (Respiratory & Sleep)
    • Evidence of CPD
    • Experience of working in a respiratory physiology department
    • Good computer literacy
    • Basic report writing skills
    • Good communication skills
    • Good organisational skills
    • Able to perform lung function tests without supervision


    • ARTP Practitioner Qualification
    • Registration with the AHCS
    • Experience of providing mentorship or support to trainees/junior colleagues
    • Experience of other respiratory physiology investigations

    Employer details

    Employer name

    North Bristol NHS Trust


    Southmead Hospital




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