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Chief Respiratory and Sleep Physiologist

Medway NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum/pro rata
Closing date
28 Jun 2024

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Healthcare scientist, Physiologist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Title: Chief Respiratory and Sleep Physiologist

Division: Medicine and Emergency Care

Care Group: Specialist Medicine

Band: 7

Salary: �43,742 - �50,056 per annum/pro rata

We are recruiting for a Chief Respiratory and Sleep Physiologistwho shares our ambition and vision to deliver the Best of Care by the Best People and has the drive to take us forward, by ensuring that the Trust continues to be the first choice for patients and our staff.

This is an excellent opportunity for a qualified Respiratory and Sleep Physiologist to join our friendly and supportive team of 11 physiologists and 2 administrative staff, working with 9 Respiratory Consultants.

We have a busy Respiratory and Sleep service, including outpatient respiratory and sleep testing, diagnostic and therapeutic interventions, comprehensive patient care and direct patient education at Medway Maritime Hospital and two new Community Diagnostic Centres.

You must have a BSc Clinical Physiology or equivalent, and or be on the RCCP register.

Main duties of the job

To competently and confidently perform pulmonary function tests and sleep investigations.

To provide technical reports and interpretation on investigations that are performed within the department.

To hold CPAP consultations for patients requiring treatment set-up, follow-up and annual review, and to provide comprehensive written reports.

To deputise for the Principal Respiratory and Sleep Physiologist during times of leave and where delegated

To vet referrals and, with the support of the Principal Physiologist, make patient treatment decisions.

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

Our values are Bold, Every Person Counts, Sharing and Open and Together. It is important that you understand and to refer to our values when completing your application and always reflect our values throughout your employment with the Trust.

We are committed to endorsing diversity, multiculturalism, and inclusion our policies / procedures ensure that all applicants are treated fairly at every stage of the recruitment process.

The person should have specialist experience in advance sleep technology / advanced respiratory testing. To perform as an independent practitioner using clinical experience to manage patient care in a medical clinical environment.

In addition your role will include supporting and training more junior team members and running or attending regular meetings, updating policies and procedures and training students.

About us

Here at Medway, we pride ourselves on working together as one to ensure that our shared vision of Better, Best, Brilliant is achieved. Our culture and values are what drives the Trust and is the heartbeat of who we are as an organisation.

Our Trust is a great choice for people who want to develop their career in an ambitious environment.

Would you like to work flexibly? In the NHS, we are reminded every day of how important life is. As a flexible working friendly organisation, we want to be sure that you can work in a way that is best for us, for our patients and for you. Speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement which will not mean sacrificing time for personal interests or family commitments. We aim to support you to work flexibly in a way that will suit you and us.

All of our substantive & fixed term employees can enjoy a range of staff benefits, a gym, an active health and wellbeing programme, an on-site nursery and a cycle to work scheme.

We are taking positive action to ensure that we can attract, recruit and retain the best talent and would welcome more applicants from under - represented groups to support the Trusts commitment to a diverse, inclusive and an employer of choice workforce.

All staff at Medway comply the Trust's and the Kent and Medway Safeguarding Board's policies on safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The successful candidate will be working independently in either Respiratory and Sleep.

Perform, analyse and report on a wide range of respiratory investigations including:

Full lung function testing (Spirometry, static lung volumes and gas transfer)

Bronchodilator reversibility testing


6 Minute walk test

Overnight oximetry

Multichannel sleep studies (Respiratory Polygraphy)

Full Polysomnography and MSLT


Record, measure and monitor physiological changes in patients and deliver accurate, reliable and reproducible results.

Hold consultation clinics discussing results of sleep investigations and explaining CPAP

Revalidation and Registration therapy, including the administration of CPAP.

Follow up all patients on CPAP treatment to ensure adequate compliance, implement additional investigations as necessary and continue to support established patients.

Make decisions on treatment modifications for CPAP patients.

Ensure the safe use and maintenance of all equipment.

Perform required calibrations and organize maintenance updates as necessary.

Participate in the Sleep MDM and put patients through for discussion as appropriate, based on clinical queries.

Competency and experience performing and interpreting Lung Function Tests fully independently

In-depth knowledge of respiratory anatomy, physiology and pathology

Knowledge of sleep disorders and CPAP treatment

Ability to analyse and report multichannel sleep studies independently

Experience on CPAP setup, follow-up and troubleshooting

Team leadership and management skills

Person Specification



  • BSc Clinical Physiology


  • RPSGT Registration
  • ARTP Registration
  • RCCP voluntary registration



  • Expert in Lung Function and Sleep
  • CPAP therapy and Scoring of home Sleep Studies


  • Ability to work unsupervised



  • Minimum of 2 years post qualification experience
  • Scoring of multi-channel sleep study


  • Team leaderships and management skills



  • Excellent communication skills
  • Evidence of excellent teamworking skills with example
  • Flexible and adaptable to cover gaps in service
  • Evidence of putting the patient first

Employer details

Employer name

Medway NHS Foundation Trust


Medway Maritime Hospital

Windmill Road



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