Successful students are eligible to apply for NHS positions up to Band 5 in their chosen field, and for professional registration with both the Academy of Healthcare Sciences and the Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists

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Clinical Physiologists are important members of the multidisciplinary teams that provide patient care under the NHS. They play a vital role in accurate and timely diagnosis, effective management and treatment of patients.

Cardiac Physiology

If you train as a practitioner specialising in cardiac physiology then you will assist in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiac disease. Cardiac Physiology Practitioners perform a wide range of diagnostic techniques, including on-going patient monitoring, exercise stress tests, cardio-pulmonary exercise tests, echocardiograms and electrocardiograms (ECGs). They also play a vital role in the treatment of patients, for example catheterisation, pacemaker implantation and follow-up.

Respiratory and Sleep Physiology

If you train as a practitioner specialising in respiratory and sleep physiology, then you will undertake a wide range of diagnostic procedures, including spirometry, gas exchange, cardio-pulmonary exercise testing, blood gas analysis, allergy testing and sleep studies. Patients may be referred to you for many reasons, including low oxygen levels, abnormal chest X-rays, breathing difficulties, sleep disorders, or suspected respiratory diseases such as emphysema, COPD, cystic fibrosis and asthma.

Clinical Physiologists also participate in clinical audit and / or research, helping to drive the advances in knowledge, techniques and technologies that make Clinical Physiology a continually challenging, motivating and rewarding career. Opportunities for postgraduate study and further specialisation exist throughout the UK in conjunction with a variety of NHS Trusts.


Last Updated: Thursday, 28 February 2019 16:18