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Sleep Physiologist

Band 5

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Sleep Physiologist
Band 5
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Southampton General Hospital
£25,655 - £31,534 pa
Salary period
29/09/2021 23:59
Interview date

Job overview

An exciting opportunity has arisen to become part of the Adult Sleep Team at Southampton General Hospital. Th e post is offered on a full time permanent basis with University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust.


Our sleep service is rapidly expanding and we are looking for a sleep physiologist to join the team. As a service we accept referrals for sleep disorder breathing, parasomnias, circadian rhythm and movement disorders, and work closely with other specialist teams (NIV and neurology services), to offer a multidisciplinary team approach to our patients. 

Main duties of the job

Attached you will find the person specification document which provides more detail about the essential and desirable skills and experience needed for this role. We highly recommend you review this document and use it when completing your application as these criteria are used by hiring managers as guidance during shortlisting.

For an overview of the main duties of the role please see the ‘Job Description and Main Responsibilities’ section below. To understand the day-to-day responsibilities in more detail please read the full job description document attached. 

Working for our organisation

What we can offer you

As one of the largest acute teaching Trusts in England, we offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. UHS is rated ‘Good’ by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care. 

All non-clinical roles may involve a mixture of on site and remote working, Specific details and flexible working options can be discussed as part of the interview process. UHS employees are able to access a range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata), and we offer a generous pension scheme.

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and direct trains to London. The New Forest National Park and beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than London and 14 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Your Responsibilities

What you’ll do

This job role will allow you to expand your clinical skills within the sleep medicine field by participating in the set up and reporting of sleep diagnostic tests, as well as, in establishing and supporting patients on long-term CPAP therapy. We are currently expanding the range of inpatient sleep studies we offer and therefore flexibility to work late shifts and experience in PSG set up would be advantageous, but not essential. Experience in cardiorespiratory sleep scoring is essential, however further training can be provided if required.

What we’re looking for

Applicants will hold a BSc in Clinical Physiology or equivalent with relevant clinical experience in respiratory or sleep physiology sciences – Newly qualified applicants or junior physiologists enthusiastic about the sleep medicine field are welcomed! You must be eligible for voluntary registration with the RCCP or equivalent.

The successful applicant will have the ability to work flexibly, be proactive and enjoy working as part of a team. You may require to work across two sites as and when necessary. A keen eye for detail and accuracy is also required.

Additional information

Interviews will be held on Monday, 11 October 2021

Should you have any queries, please use the contact details below to get in touch.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • BSc in clinical physiology or equivalent with relevant experience within sleep and respiratory physiology sciences
  • Eligible for or already registered with RCCP or equivalent
  • Continuing evidence of CPD
Desirable criteria
  • Accredited Sleep Physiologist (ESRS or RPSGT)
  • Training and Teaching Course


Essential criteria
  • Experience of working in respiratory or sleep services
  • Experience of establishing and supporting patients on CPAP and knowledge of treatment-related equipment.
  • Experience in performing and interpreting cardiorespiratory sleep studies and overnight oximetry.
  • Previous experience of delivering front-line patient care within NHS or other healthcare provider
Desirable criteria
  • Experience in performing and reporting on actigraphy, polysomnography and capillary blood gases.
  • Knowledge of sleep diagnostic techniques, software and hardware.
  • Experience of providing formal and informal training
  • Experience of participating in research and audits.

Aptitudes and skills required

Essential criteria
  • Demonstrates clarity and breadth in use of verbal and written communications in relation to our patient group
  • Proficient in Microsoft products including Outlook, Word, Excel and Powerpoint
  • Ability to work autonomously but also work as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Ability to work under pressure and time constraints
  • Positive and forward thinking
  • Self-motivated and proactive
  • Fine dexterity required and attention to detail
  • Effective Role model
  • Drive and enthusiasm for the speciality
Desirable criteria
  • Basic first aid and resuscitation skills

Special requirements of the post

Essential criteria
  • Able to deal with exposure to unpleasant working conditions (body odour and verbal aggression)
  • Able to remain focused during times requiring prolonged concentration
  • Ability to work shifts/specific hours including late and night work
  • Ability to work across sites
  • Willingness to attend seminars, conferences and educational meetings

Values and behaviours

Essential criteria
  • Patients First
  • Always Improving
  • Working Together
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Applicant requirements

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Bruno Santos
Job title
Lead Sleep Physiologist
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