Senior Clinical Respiratory Physiologist Band 6

Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital

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Job summary

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic and suitably qualified individual to join our dynamic and developing team within the respiratory diagnostic department as part of our outstanding trust at LHCH.

We are a highly motivated team delivering patient centred care, with emphasis on quality and patient safety. We pride ourselves on being innovative in our thinking and ways of working; we want staff to be fully engaged in our development of services and are constantly looking at enhancing our service provision for our patient groups.

The successful candidate will join an existing group of experienced, innovative physiologists and assistant physiologists who are highly motivated and committed to delivery of diagnostic services to the highest possible standard.

This is a full-time post (37.5 hrs) candidates will need to be familiar with performing and reporting a wide range of lung function tests, as per the job description.

It is particularly suited to those individuals who have a developing interest in specialized testing such as sleep, CPEX +/- CLE etc

Main duties of the job

The post-holder will contribute to the provision of a comprehensive respiratory andoesophageal service.

This service will include the following diagnostic and therapeutic modalities (in accordance with NICE guidelines), although this list is not exhaustive:

Lung volumes and forced expiratory flows, respiratory gas exchange, blood gases, includingroutine maintenance and internal and external quality control, oximetry, body plethysmography,oesophageal studies, cardio respiratory exercise studies +/- CLE, diagnostic sleep studies, challenge testing.

Clinical physiologist led community spirometry service together with diagnostic reporting.

The post-holder must actively participate in all ongoing and development of research,

Clinical trials and equipment evaluation.

Regular teaching and training of trainees, students, medical staff and other healthcareprofessionals.

The post-holder must provide a full diagnostic reporting service for all delivered tests.

About us

Team work is of the utmost importance in our departmental philosophy and as a member of the respiratory team our expectation is any individual working here works hard and fully embraces a positive working attitude. Together, we can achieve great things.

As a department, we encourage and expect individuals who work here to fully embrace the Trust's "Be Civil, Be Kind," ethos along with promoting positive behaviours using "IMPACT," as a demonstration of good values and positive behaviours.

If you are successful in joining our department, we are certain that you will have a high degree of job satisfaction and enjoyment of the exciting challenges ahead.

Job description

Job responsibilities

POST: Senior Respiratory Clinical Physiologist

BANDING: Band 6

ACCOUNTABLE TO: Manager of Pulmonary Function & Respiratory Diagnostics / ServiceLeads

Job Summary

The post-holder will contribute to the provision of a comprehensive respiratory andoesophageal service.

This service will include the following diagnostic and therapeutic modalities (in accordance with NICE guidelines), although this list is not exhaustive:

Lung volumes and forced expiratory flows, respiratory gas exchange, blood gases, includingroutine maintenance and internal and external quality control, oximetry, plethysmography,oesophageal studies, cardio respiratory exercise studies, diagnostic sleep studies, challengetesting.

Clinical physiologist led community spirometry service together with diagnostic reporting.

The post-holder must actively participate in all ongoing and development of research,

Clinical trials and equipment evaluation.

Regular teaching and training of trainees, students, medical staff and other healthcareprofessionals.

The post-holder must provide a full diagnostic reporting service for all delivered tests.

Duties and Responsibilities

Clinical Responsibility

Assess, determine and perform the appropriate respiratory or oesophageal functiontest.

Identify possible contra-indications to any type of modality (respiratory oroesophageal) investigation.

Produce reports of tests performed/interpretation of results.

Verbal and written interpretation to referring medical team and other healthcareprofessionals where appropriate for simple and specialist assessments.

As a minimum be trained in Basic Life Support (Will be required to undertake ILStraining for Cardio-pulmonary exercise testing).

Demonstrate IT skills in data input and ability to produce clinical/departmentalreports/spreadsheets, and a sound knowledge of clinical software related toindividual analysers and specialist equipment.

Assess and maintain equipment (static and portable) during all respiratory oroesophageal investigation.

Record mechanical and electronic calibration of all equipment prior to clinical use.

Analyse, diagnose and report any equipment faults.

Handle and store equipment and consumables within accepted safe limits accordingto national regulations, departmental and trust policy for health and safetyrequirements.

Demonstrate capability in undertaking clinical governance, audit and researchprojects contributing to the overall departmental strategy.

Knowledge, Education, Experience and Training

Undergraduate degree in clinical physiology or Practitioner Training Programme

(PTP) qualification or equivalent science-related subject.

Professional examinations

ARTP Parts I & II

Associate & Practitioner Certificates

2 years post-qualification experience as Band 5 respiratory physiologist.

Teach and mentor junior/student healthcare scientists and other healthcareprofessionals the principles and practicalities of basic and some advanced lungfunction assessments.

Communication and Relationships

  • Receive and assist patients +/- carers for lung function or oesophageal studies.
  • Obtain additional information to assist with assessment, planning and preparation of

lung function or oesophageal investigation.

  • Communicate requirements for accurate performance of appropriate investigations.
  • Provide clinical interpretations and recommendations on results, investigations and quality control (both internal and external).
  • Provide advice to healthcare colleagues on existing or developing protocols relating to lung or oesophageal function including, adverse incidents and legal/regulatory procedures.
  • Provide advice to referring clinicians, colleagues and external stakeholders to determine respiratory/oesophageal investigations to meet clinical needs

Service Development and Improvement

  • Ensure continual service development and improvement:
  • through maintaining up to date knowledge of specialist area
  • obtaining membership and securing roles within the national professional body and/or international societies
  • be regulated via a voluntary/mandatory register of practitioners, e.g. RCCP, HCPC
  • Ensure equipment used in lung function assessments is functioning correctly by performing a number of calibration and validation techniques including mechanical verification and biological control procedures for quality assurance and quality control
  • Ensure any faulty equipment is reported to senior colleagues and corrective maintenance is undertaken
  • Occasionally, on the request of senior staff within the department, undertake review of departmental standard operating procedures to ensure up to date and fits with current best practice
  • 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
  • Maintenance of Continual Professional Development

Research and Development

  • Contributes to departmental research where appropriate, examples include:
  • Performing investigations for commercial research
  • Undertaking in-house audit
  • Presentation of outcomes of audit/non-commercial/academic research at

national and/or international meetings

GENERAL STATEMENTS

CONFIDENTIALITY

All employees must adhere to policies and procedures relating to Information Governance, Confidentiality and Information Security.

RISK MANAGEMENT

The Trust is committed to approaching the control of risks in a strategic and organised manner. The post holder must be aware of their individual responsibilities as detailed in the Trusts Risk Management, Health & Safety and Incident policies, and those under the Health and Safety at Work Act. This includes the reporting of any untoward incident, accident, potential or actual hazard identified.

SAFEGUARDING

All staff are required to be familiar with the arrangements for safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults and support the organisation in promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.

Staff working directly with children, young people and vulnerable adults will have a responsibility to ensure safeguarding and promoting their welfare forms an integral part of their duties.

Staff who come into contact with children, vulnerable adults, parents and carers in the course of their work and/or have access to records will have responsibilities to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.

Staff who come into contact in the course of their duties, with parents, carers or other significant adults or children, young people and vulnerable adults should always be mindful of safeguarding and promotion of the welfare of these individuals.

HEALTH AND WELLBEING

The Trust is a Health Promoting Hospital. The Trust expects that when you are presented with opportunities to improve the lifestyle of our patients you seek help from appropriately trained clinical staff to ensure patients are supported and assisted in making the necessary lifestyle changes. This is in accordance with best practice as described in the DoH white paper Choosing Health Making Healthy Choices Easier.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES

The Liverpool Heart & Chest Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is committed to achieving equal opportunities. All employees are expected to observe this policy in relation to the public and fellow employees.

All staff are expected to adhere to, and act in accordance with, the values & behaviours of the Trust.

This document is intended to be used as a guide to the general scope of duties involved in this post. It is not exhaustive and should not therefore be used as a rigid specification. It will be kept under review and amended as required in consultation with the post holder.

Person Specification

Qualifications

Essential

  • BSc. Clinical Physiology or equivalent experience
  • ARTP parts 1 and 2
  • ARTP practitioner exam
  • Or equivalent experience within a NHS respiratory setting.

Desirable

  • Registered with or working towards RCCP registration

Values & Behaviours

Essential

  • Ongoing commitment to CPD
  • Knowledge of LHCH Vision and values
  • Punctuality
  • Good attendance record
  • Adherence to LHCH and departmental uniform policy
  • Be Civil, be kind

Experience

Essential

  • Post graduate experience within a clinical respiratory setting of
  • at least 12 months to 2 years or more
  • Must have good knowledge and understanding of both practical
  • and theoretical aspects of a wide range of respiratory testing

Skills & Abilities

Essential

  • Good communication skills
  • Able to communicate with all levels of staff/patients/
  • Stakeholders etc
  • Ability to work as part of a team and as an individual
  • Able to prioritise workload
  • Able to work under pressure and stay calm

Other

Essential

  • The post holder will rotate throughout the department. There will be a requirement to travel to COPD Community clinics within Knowsley and Liverpool at times.

Desirable

  • Driving licence

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital

Address

Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital

Thomas Drive

Liverpool

Merseyside

L14 3PE


Employer's website

https://www.lhch.nhs.uk/ (Opens in a new tab)

For help with your application, contact:

Dorothy Price

dorothy.price@lhch.nhs.uk

01512543082

Date posted

02 November 2021

Pay scheme

Agenda for change

Band

Band 6

Salary

£32,306 to £39,027 a year

Contract

Permanent

Working pattern

Full-time

Reference number

C9410-21-7551

Job locations

Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital

Thomas Drive

Liverpool

Merseyside

L14 3PE


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