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Band 8a Chief Clinical Physiologist - Respiratory Physiology

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year
Closing date
17 Jul 2024

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Healthcare scientist, Physiologist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for a committed, dynamic and enthusiastic individual to to join our Respiratory team at Birmingham Heartlands Hospital part of UHB Birmingham. The role requires Extensive experience at Band 7 level in order to provide clinical expertise at an expert specialist level in Respiratory diagnostics.

This opportunity has arisen to support in the delivery and development of a high quality diagnostic respiratory physiology service, providing expert professional and clinical leadership, while working as part of an innovative, dynamic and patient focused team.

The department of respiratory medicine has several specialty clinics - lung function service, also including routine Sleep and Complex Ventilation NIV, Polysomnography, ILD, Oxygen, CPET, Occupational Lung service which are led with an MDT approach. Additionally the service provides diagnostic investigations to a range of other highly specialist services such as Vascular, Cardiac services.

We are looking forward to working with an experienced, enthusiastic and highly motivated Respiratory Physiologist with a high level of demonstrable technical ability, clinical understanding and leadership skills to join our Lung Function team.

Main duties of the job

Responsible for the day to day organisation of the departmental diagnostic and therapeutic service in conjunction with Senior Chief Respiratory Physiologist / Operational Manager

Deputises for the Senior Chief Respiratory Physiologist in their absence

Supporting departmental training implementing competence based training programmes for physiological measurement staff and co-ordinating various training programmes and adherence to National School curricula

Participate in the standard setting for all routine test procedures and equipment including participation in the development of standard operating procedures.

Contribute to the maintenance of safe working practices within the lung function & Sleep department complying with all Health and Safety legislation, other relevant legislation and Trust policies.

Responsible for the specialist training and education of respiratory physiologists, nurses and other health care professionals in respiratory measurements

Undertaking appraisal of physiology staff within Lung Function & Sleep.

Undertaking aspects of staff recruitment, selection, appointment and employment in conjunction, where appropriate, with the Senior Chief Physiologist and/ or Consultant Clinical Scientist

Line manager responsibility of Senior Physiologists including attendance management, performance issues/ disciplinary procedures

Authorised signatory for area of budget within operational management

About us

We are recognised as one of the leading NHS Foundation Trusts in the UK. Our vision is to Build Healthier Lives, and we recognise that we need incredible staff to do this.

Our commitment to our staff is to create the best place for them to work, and we are dedicated to:

Investing in the health and wellbeing of our staff, including a commitment of offering flexible working where we can Offer our staff a wide variety of training and development opportunities, to support their personal and career development objectives.

UHB is committed to ensuring that our staff are treated fairly and feel that they belong, by creating a kind and inclusive environment. This is about equity of opportunity removing all barriers, including discrimination and ensuring each individual member of staff reach their true potential, achieve their ambitions and thrive in their work. This is more than words. We are taking action. Our commitment to an inclusive culture is embedded at all levels of the organisation where every voice is heard, driven by our diverse and active staff networks, and at Board level by the Fairness Taskforce led by our CEO. We nurture a culture which empowers staff to challenge discriminatory behaviours and to enable people to bring their 'whole self' to a kinder, more connected and bold place to work.

University Hospitals Birmingham is a Smoke-Free premises hospital.

Job description

Job responsibilities

*Please Note : For a detailed job description for this vacancy, please see attached Job Description*

Person Specification



  • * BSc Clinical Physiology/Science or equivalent (E)
  • * Specialist training/experience in advanced
  • * respiratory procedures e.g. sleep and nasal
  • * ventilation equivalent to MSc level (E)
  • * ARTP Part I and Part II Assessments/ Practitioner examinations or equivalent experience (E)
  • * Current professional membership regulated by RCCP or HCPC.(E)
  • * Evidence of CPD (E)


  • * Leadership training (D)
  • * D32/D33 or A1 assessors qualification (D)



  • * Significant specialist training/experience in areas of
  • advanced respiratory measurement and therapeutics
  • e.g. sleep and nasal ventilation (E)
  • * Experience of teaching and training physiology students to ARTP Part I and II/ ARTP Practitioner level (E)
  • * Experience of leadership/ staff supervision (E)
  • * Experience of communicating effectively at a senior management level (E)


  • * Experience of training/ mentoring physiologist staff to competence based programmes (D)
  • * Experience of initiating, implementing and influencing change (D)

Additional Criteria


  • * Able to undertakes a range of routine and specialist diagnostic and therapeutic procedures (E)
  • * Skills in analysis and clinical interpretation of results, particularly those of specialist area (E)
  • * Plans and prioritises own workload (E)
  • * Communicates technical information with colleagues and patients/carers where there maybe barriers to understanding (E)
  • * Ability to provide teaching and training to junior physiologists and other healthcare professionals (E)
  • * Manual dexterity (E)
  • * Able to recommend changes to working practices (E)
  • * Skills required to develop and implement research and clinical audit (E)
  • * Pays attention to detail (E)
  • * Excellent communication skills both verbal and written (E)
  • * Knowledge of IT systems (Word, Outlook, Excel, Teams) (E)
  • * Ability to make clinical decisions safely (E)
  • * Negotiating and influencing skills (E)
  • * Able to assimilate, analyse and present complex information and data (E)
  • * Able to research, develop and implement projects and critically appraise these, making recommendations for improvement (E)
  • * Develops co-operative working relationships to gain commitment from others for patient safety. (E)
  • * Underpinning knowledge to be fully competent in routine and non-routine test procedures (E)
  • * Specialist knowledge of teaching and training (E)
  • * Specialist knowledge of sleep and ventilation (E)
  • * Knowledge of sleep and ventilation equipment and
  • * equipment procurement (E)
  • * Good leadership skills with the ability to think strategically (E)
  • * Reliable (E)
  • * Punctual (E)
  • * Adept with patient skills (E)
  • * Good leadership skills (E)
  • * Self-motivated, and able to work with minimal management (E)
  • * Flexible and adaptable to changing workloads/priorities(E)
  • * Open to flexible working (E)
  • * Able to work and travel across all UHB sites and to external sites as required by the role (E)


  • * Experience of management of a distinct area of service (D)

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust



Mindelsohn Way


West Midlands

B15 2TH

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