What is a Clinical Physiologist

Clinical physiologists form part of the Healthcare Science workforce under the area of ‘Physiological Science’.  They usually have significant direct patient contact and work in various settings including hospitals, clinics, wards and in the operating theatre.  There are also increasing numbers working in the community at health centres and carrying out some investigations in a home setting or at school. 

Clinical Physiologists use specialist equipment and advanced technologies to carry out vital procedures and investigations on patients to help in the diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of a wide range of disease processes.  Their input helps to diagnose and in some cases provide therapeutic intervention and long-term management and care to patients of all ages, from new-born babies to the elderly. 

The RCCP is the largest professional register for clinical physiologists in the UK spanning 7 physiological science disciplines:

  • Audiology (including Hearing Therapy and Educational Audiology)
  • Cardiac Physiology
  • Clinical Exercise Physiology
  • Gastro-intestinal Physiology
  • Neurophysiology
  • Respiratory Physiology
  • Sleep Physiology

For more information on what types of tests each specialty performs, please visit our "When would I see a Physiologist Page"