There are four main routes and levels of employment for respiratory physiologists.
Associate /Assistant (Post GCSEs)
Assistants will have the opportunity to study for NVQ/SVQs, whilst Associates could undertake Foundation Degrees. Following this there is a national career pathway which would be available to pursue career development.
Practitioner Training Programme (PTP) – undergraduate level
Following ‘A’ levels students undertake a 3 year BSc Clinical Physiology (Hons) programme as a full time student with a Higher Education provider during which students complete academic and workplace based elements.
Scientist Training Programme (STP) – postgraduate level
Students undertake an MSc and a Certificate of Achievement during a 3 year workplace-based programme. During this they complete academic studies and work placements. (Funded)
Higher Specialist Scientific Training (HSST) – doctoral level
This is similar to the medical consultant training, a doctoral award is granted after completion of a 4/5 year programme at the end of which medical college examinations are undertaken (where appropriate). (Part Funded)
See a video on training to be a Healthcare Scientist from the NHS Careers website. It shows shows real healthcare science students talking about their experiences of the course:
Further information on the role of Healthcare Scientists specialising in Respiratory Physiology and Sleep:
If you would like a work experience opportunity, please see this leaflet which explains a little more on work experience in the NHS: