Clinical Sleep Physiologist

MAC Clinical Research
13 Nov 2017
16 Nov 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

An exciting range of career opportunities exists in our expanding clinical research organisation. MAC Clinical Research provides specialist diagnostic patient services, and manages clinical trials for the pharmaceutical industry. We are seeking to appoint and experienced Clinical Sleep Physiologist for our sleep laboratory at our clinical research centre in Liverpool, UK.


- To work as part of a team of Healthcare Scientists to perform overnight sleep studies on the sleep unit as required.
- To help achieve a smooth and efficient running of the multi-bedded Sleep Unit.
- To prepare sleep recording equipment with due attention to quality control and laboratory safety
- To greet patients and carers and perform all routine sleep tests in accordance with written laboratory standards
- To analyse and report on sleep studies in a timely manner and following laboratory and international standards
- To assist in arranging sleep study appointments when required.

Education, Qualifications, Training and Experience

- STEC/ HNC in MPPM or HTEC / BSc (appropriate degree) (Essential)
- Demonstrable training in Sleep physiology (Essential)
- State registration (RCCP or AHCS voluntary register) (Desirable)
- Training or qualifications in Sleep (Desirable)
- English language and Mathematics GCE/GCSE or equivalent (Essential)
- Knowledge of respiratory physiology
- Theory and practice of respiratory sleep measurement techniques
- Knowledge of sleep-related breathing disorders
- Experience in performing routine lung function tests
- Ability to work independently within established policies & procedures. Working without direct supervision
- Ability to communicate both orally and in writing with other team members
- Numeracy skills
- Organisational skills
- Computer literacy (Windows, MS Office)
- Ability to work as part of a team
- Able to seek advice when needed
- Accuracy & attention to detail

RESPONSIBILITIES (including staff):

Nocturnal role:

- Provide an effective sleep physiology service overnight for patients.
- Work as part of a team to perform overnight sleep monitoring.
- Maintain, calibrate, and set-up sleep monitoring equipment in the Sleep Unit
- Undertake real time registration, admission, transfer and discharge procedures and to input the data using relevant system ensuring that high quality data and up to date information are maintained.
- Provide a detailed explanation of sleep studies and to give support patients.
- Attach the appropriate sensors for monitoring of patients during sleep.
- Initial sleep study recording and verification of signal quality.
- Troubleshoot and rectify any problems with sleep study recordings.
- Perform overnight sleep study recordings and verification of the recorded signals.
- Participate in complex sleep studies involving an intervention and make changes to levels of therapy in accordance with the sleep study admission plan and within parameters set out in the standard laboratory protocols.
- Attend to sleep studies and verify the quality of the sleep study recording and rectify any faults identified. To provide technical and sleep study expertise to support the study staff responsible for the care of a sleep study patient to ensure quality data.
- Removal of sleep monitoring equipment from the patient at the end of the sleep study.
- Assist with the cleaning and decontamination of sleep-monitoring equipment when required

Daytime role:
- Assist with the decontamination and cleaning of reusable sensors ready for subsequent sleep studies and the safe disposal of all contaminated single patient use equipment
- Assist with the preparation of Sleep Unit cubicles for the evening studies
- Participate with other members of the sleep team, in the analysis, interpretation and reporting of sleep studies. The post holder will be expected to be able to analyse sleep studies following agreed laboratory protocols and to produce a written technical sleep study report.
- Attend and participate in regular sleep laboratory meetings to preview and plan sleep study admissions, and to review sleep study results and outcomes.

Administrative role:
- Answer telephone calls, deal with simple enquiries or pass on to another member of the sleep team as appropriate.
- Ensure accurate documentation of patient records and that clinical and research results are accurately recorded and backed up.
- Assist with the accurate filing of correspondence and test reports.
- Maintain up-to-date information on the laboratory databases to ensure all new referrals are entered on to the system in a timely manner, that all appointments are up to date and that any changes to appointments are registered on the system in a timely manner.
- Assist other members of the team in the booking and coordination of sleep studies.
- Assist with monitoring the maintenance of stock levels of spare sleep monitoring sensors and sleep study consumables.
- Order stock as necessary and validate goods delivered against the delivery note and original order to identify any errors.
- To be responsible for health and safety policies in the laboratories.
- To be responsible for the maintenance and routine checking of the resuscitation trolley Management
- Help manage the day-to-day running of the sleep laboratory in collaboration with the other sleep laboratory staff.
- Be responsible for the supervision of Trainee staff when required.
- Efficient time management of self, and in relation to other laboratory staff

Teaching & Education
- Meet annually with the Principal or Chief Clinical Physiologists to discuss professional goals and performance.
- Continue to develop and maintain professional knowledge and expertise.
- Participate in the educational programme within the department.
- Actively share sleep study knowledge and expertise with others.
- Assist in providing teaching and training in measurement techniques for other professionals, visiting clinicians or researchers.
- Advise patients on the care and use of equipment.
- Attend work-related courses to enhance the efficiency and running of the sleep service
- Participate in on-going research projects.
- Compliance with MAC health and Safety policy
- Compliance with MAC policy on equality and diversity
- To maintain professional qualifications required for the role, including continuous personal development
- To work to the requirements of SI 2004 no 1031 and amendments thereof, which includes Good Clinical Practice
- To work according to MAC SOPs, guidelines and policies
- To work according to current data protection standards and practice good information management. Maintenance of strict confidentiality of patient and business-related data.
- To maintain a high level of initiative and personal responsibility, liaising appropriately with team members and managers to ensure your job role is efficiently carried out
- To support the aims of MAC and to represent MAC appropriately in a professional way to all our customers

- To participate in a flexible shift pattern incorporating 11.5 hour night shifts, 7.5 hour day shifts, weekend shifts, Bank
- Holidays or long day shifts when required.
- Willingness to travel between sites and to participate in inter-site meetings.

Salary: Competitive + Negotiable £

Closing date for applications: 30 November 2017