The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust
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An opportunity has arisen for a suitably qualified Respiratory Physiologist to join the Respiratory Physiology team based at Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust based within the Respiratory Centre, New Cross Hospital. The service covers both New Cross & Cannock Chase Hospitals and you will be expected to work across both sites. You will have a relevant degree ideally in Clinical Physiology as well as clinical experience. You will be RCCP registered or eligible for registration. Ideally you will have the ARTP practitioner level qualification. The successful applicant will have significant experience of delivering lung function tests. It would be an added advantage if experience has been gained performing advanced procedures either through work experience or as part of a formal program of learning. The service provides a wide range of diagnostic tests. You will be responsible for ensuring that the service is responsive to patient and service needs as well as efficient and effective.
Main duties of the job
The post holder will be expected to perform a range of routine respiratory physiology investigations and therapies on patients across the healthcare economy referred to the department. High standards are expected in terms of equipment maintenance, quality control, laboratory/departmental safety, booking of appointments, performance of tests, analysis and interpretation of routine investigation results. The role involves working as part of a team supporting the sleep and ventilation and home oxygen services. You will also be expected to be involved in supporting the administrative and technical functions within the Respiratory Centre. The post holder will be encouraged to support, assist and develop non registered (assistant and associate level) staff and healthcare science students.
The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust is one of the largest NHS trusts in the West Midlands providing primary, acute and community services and we are incredibly proud of the diversity of both our staff and the communities we serve. We are building a workforce that can help us to fulfil our values, improve quality of care for patients, and solve the health care problems of tomorrow. We're passionate about the value that diversity of thinking and lived experience brings in enabling us to become a learning organisation and leader in delivering compassionate care for our patients.
We are delighted that we have been rated as "Good" by CQC. We have achievednumerous awards; The Nursing Times Best Diversity and Inclusion Practice and Best UK Employer of the Year for Nursing Staff in 2020.
The Trust is a supportive working environment committed to creating flexible working arrangements that suit your needs and as such will consider all requests from applicants who wish to work flexibly.
To undertake all routine respiratory physiology procedures within the Respiratory Centre and local health economy to include dynamic and static lung volumes, gas transfer measurements, reversibility testing, pulse oximetry, MIP/MEP/SNIP, exhaled nitric oxide testing, simple field exercise testing (6 minute walk test)
Obtain capillary blood samples using recognised aseptic non-touch techniques and analyse using blood gas analyser.
To assist with advanced procedures (with indirect supervision) challenge testing (skin prick tests), CPAP issue and routine follow up, limited respiratory sleep studies (equipment set up, issue and download), overnight oximetry (screening for sleep disordered breathing).
To assist with specialist procedures (with direct supervision) cardio-pulmonary exercise testing, oxygen assessments (including ambulatory assessments), non-invasive ventilation, fitness to fly testing, Bronchial provocation testing.
To provide accurate technical reports to include clinical interpretation of routine lung function testing.
To develop and maintain knowledge and clinical skills.
To undertake audit and research activities.
To assist with other procedures performed within the Respiratory Centre and local health economy.
Managerial and Organisational
To assist in the training and development of staff within the Respiratory Physiology team and local health economy.
To support the Lead Respiratory Physiologist/Service Manager in the overall delivery of patient focussed services.
To support the Lead Physiologist/Service Manager in the routine management and administrative duties.
Assist with the recruitment of staff.
Assist with the purchase of consumables and equipment.
Ensure data collection is accurate and timely.
To undertake personal development review / continual professional development.
To produce and update a portfolio of professional development.
To undertake any additional training in order to perform the duties of the post.
Adopt a professional and flexible approach to the needs of the department and those of the trust.
To use and maintain IT systems including locally built databases, e-referral and e reporting, third party software.
To keep senior staff informed of all matters which may affect service continuity.
To be familiar and adhere to all trust policies and procedures with relation to the role.
Please see the Trust website for the full job description and person specification attached to the vacancy.
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