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Senior Sleep Physiologist

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW)
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
5 Aug 2024

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Healthcare scientist, Physiologist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
A full-time substantive role, has arisen for a suitably qualified enthusiastic person to join our team of physiologists in the Sleep Unit within the Respiratory Medicine Department at the Bristol Royal Infirmary.

The ideal applicant will have a BSc in Clinical Physiology or equivalent qualification and have successfully completed ARTP Parts I & II or Practitioner level exam. They should also have relevant experience in sleep studies.

As well as carrying out clinical investigations the role will involve deputising for the Lead Clinical Physiologist, assisting with service development, providing supervision and ongoing education for other members of staff and students on placement within the department. You should have the ability to work flexibly, be able to work with your own initiative and enjoy working as part of a team. A keen eye for detail and accuracy is also required. You will be expected to work closely with other healthcare professionals, including respiratory consultants, nurses and physiotherapists.

This role is for 37.5 hours per week. There can be some flexibility regarding the exact hours to be worked, although there is the requirement for some evening (late shift) working.

Main duties of the job

  • Responsible for providing an efficient and high quality service in the field of Sleep Studies and to provide the very best care and efficient treatment of patients during their stay in the department.
  • To work collaboratively with colleagues and other professionals to ensure services meet changing healthcare needs.
  • To deputise for the Sleep Unit Clinical Lead, covering all aspects of the role, when required.
  • Provide leadership and support to the Sleep Unit staff in dealing with difficult and conflicting situations including those that are of a clinical/professional nature.

About us

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW) is one of the largest acute Trusts in the country, bringing together a combined workforce of over 13,000 staff and over 100 different clinical services across 10 different sites, serving a core population of more than 500,000 people across South West England. UHBW has been rated by the CQC as 'Good' overall and our staff are proud to deliver excellent care to the people of Bristol, Weston and beyond. As a forward-thinking multi-award winning Trust and a digital exemplar committed to improving patient care, our world-leading research and innovations are having a positive local and global impact. Our hospitals are spread across Bristol and Weston, join us and you can enjoy the very best of both worlds city living within a stone's throw of the countryside or beside the seaside, both with easy access to all that the South West has to offer. UHBW is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. As an equal opportunities employer actively working towards a diverse workforce we aim to recruit and retain a workforce which represents the rich diversity of the local population at all levels and are committed to designing our services around the needs of individual patients and those around them. Anonymous information will be used from your application in order to ensure we're meeting our pledge.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For a more detailed job description, main responsibilities, and Person Specification, please refer to the job description document attached to this vacancy.

Person Specification

Qualifications and Training


  • BSc in Clinical Physiology (Respiratory or Neurophysiology) or equivalent
  • Eligible for RCCP membership (Voluntary register) or equivalent
  • Continuing evidence of CPD


  • Work based assessor training
  • Teaching course

Knowledge and Experience


  • Experience (post qualification) of working in Sleep services or relevant field
  • Experience in the performance, analysis and technical reporting of basic through to highly complex sleep assessments
  • Experience in pressure support for sleep breathing disorders (CPAP/NIV)


  • Experience in the performance of lung function tests
  • Experience in delivering training sessions
  • Experience in the supervision and training of junior and trainee staff, and the development of training programmes
  • Experience of participation in research/service evaluation/audit

Skills and Abilities


  • Highly developed physical skills, where accuracy and/or speed are essential and may include manipulation of fine tools, obtaining arterial/capillary blood gases or the assembly of specific complex circuitry
  • Able to undertake periods of frequent prolonged concentration with occasional intense concentration for advanced procedures and complex analysis of results
  • Able to analyse and interpret data from CPAP and NIV devices with a view to planning and implementing future treatment where appropriate
  • The post requires a combination of.... -Frequent light physical effort (carrying equipment 2-10kg) -Occasional moderate physical effort (moving morbidly obese patients in wheelchairs) -Frequent standing, kneeling or sitting in a restricted position



  • Able to deal with exposure to distressing and/or emotional circumstances which may include patients who have a deteriorating condition
  • Able to analyse and handle complex or sensitive information where empathetic or reassurance skills are required
  • Confident in the ability to communicate to a wide range of people in a professional manner, including the ability to communicate to those with sensory, physical or learning difficulties

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW)


Bristol Royal Infirmary

Upper Maudlin Street



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