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Level 6 Apprentice Respiratory Physiologist

NHS England Apprenticeships
Competitive salary
Closing date
20 Jun 2023

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LOVE LUNGS? WANT TO LEARN WHILE YOU EARN? Looking for career progression? THIS MAY BE THE JOB FOR YOU! A rare and exciting opportunity has arisen for a dynamic individual to join our progressive and enthusiastic respiratory team at MCHFT in conjunction with Wolverhampton University to complete a BSc (Hons) Degree Apprenticeship in Respiratory and Sleep Physiology.

This has been developed in collaboration with employers, patients and professional bodies, complying with the requirements for the NHS Modernising Scientific Careers initiative which seeks to introduce more structured career pathways for individuals who are employed within NHS scientific careers.

Normal entry qualification requirements are:
  • A Level minimum of BBB in Biology and at least one other Science subject.
  • Access to HE Diploma gaining 60 credits ,at least 45 achieved at level 3, of which 36 credits must be in science based units at level 3: at least 36 of these credits must be achieved at Distinction or above with the remainder at merit.
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science grade DDM.
  • GCSE English and Maths at grade C or above desirable. Apprentices without level 2 English and Maths must achieve these prior to taking the End Point Assessment.

Applicants with sufficient experience and other appropriate qualifications will be considered.

Experience and knowledge of basic lung function and investigations of sleep disordered breathing is desirable.

Academic course start date September 2023

Main duties of the job

This innovative, work-based role creates an opportunity for you to develop professionally and academically, graduating as a competent Healthcare Science Practitioner working within your chosen discipline of respiratory physiology.

Candidates will be expected to complete the elements of the Healthcare Science Practitioner (Respiratory Physiology) apprenticeship Level 6 over a 3 year timeframe.

During your apprenticeship, your specialist knowledge will be developed in areas including anatomy and physiology and clinical investigations, providing you with the ability to understand and form links between presentation, diagnosis and treatment of disease.

Work based training will enable you to develop skills in clinical techniques which will be fully supported by the respiratory physiologists within the team. Duties will include;
  • Undertaking a range of routine respiratory physiology investigations
  • Assist specialised physiologists in undertaking advanced respiratory physiology procedures
  • Maintain clinical records in relation to activities carried out
  • Perform calibration and quality control procedures on all laboratory equipment used
  • Update own professional knowledge
  • Participate in departmental research

Candidates will be expected to show dedication and commitment to complete and pass appropriate academic modules to the required breadth and depth of underpinning knowledge and gain practical understanding and experience over the whole range of respiratory and sleep physiology.

About us

Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (MCHFT) provides good quality, safe and effective healthcare to the people of Cheshire and beyond.

The Trust, which manages Leighton Hospital in Crewe, Victoria Infirmary in Northwich, and Elmhurst Intermediate Care Centre in Winsford, was established as an NHS Trust in April 1991 and became a Foundation Trust in April 2008.

We employ almost 5,000 members of staff, provide around 540 hospital beds, with a range of services including accident and emergency, maternity, outpatients, therapies, and children's health.

The Trust is also part of Central Cheshire Integrated Care Partnership (CCICP), a unique local health partnership that provides a range of community services for people across South Cheshire and Vale Royal.

During the Coronavirus pandemic, the Trust was recognised nationally for its 'Be Safe Be EquiPPEd' campaign, which aimed to make the Trust as safe as possible for staff and patients, through supporting the correct use of PPE.

The results in the 2020 national NHS Staff Survey showed improvements in all elements of the safety culture theme, with 92% of respondents feeling their role made a difference to our patients. We were also recognised nationally for our workforce health and wellbeing initiatives.

At Mid Cheshire, we value our staff and appreciate that in order to give our patients the best quality, compassionate care, we also need to look after our colleagues.

Date posted

08 June 2023

Pay scheme

Agenda for change


Band 4


£25,147 to £27,596 a year per annum, pro rata




3 years

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Reference number


Job locations


Middlewich Road




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