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Spinal Specialist Physiotherapist / Occupational Therapist

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year Per annum pro rata
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Job summary

There is an exciting opportunity for a B7 Physiotherapist or Occupational Therapist to join the Spinal Team on a fixed term/Secondment basis until the 15th January 2024 for 15hrs per week.

You will have the opportunity to work within a MDT of Spinal Nurses, Specialist Physiotherapists, Rehabilitation Assistants and Spinal Consultants. As the local spinal hub for Suffolk and North Essex we look after patients with a variety of spinal conditions including discitis, tumours, CES and Spinal Cord Injury.

The successful applicant will have the opportunity to be involved with patient centred care to support the rehabilitation and recovery following life changing injuries. There is the opportunity for gym and ward based rehab as well as access to a hydrotherapy pool. The patients have a variety of needs including respiratory needs, wheelchairs, splints, bladder and bowel and learning how to be independent with everyday tasks. Lots of our patients are transferred to local Spinal Cord Injury centres, so there is also the opportunity to liaise with other specialist centres. There is lots of opportunity for education and training and a variety of support from local spinal charities including the SIA.

Working weekdays. No weekends or on calls.

Main duties of the job

  • To provide a high standard of physiotherapy or occupational therapy in predominantly inpatient Spinal Cord Injury rehab including respiratory management, rehabilitation, cognitive assessment, PADLs, functional activities, wheelchair provision in line with SCIOM.
  • To provide evidence based physiotherapy or occupational therapy that adheres to NICE guidelines, RCP guidelines, Spinal Cord Injury guidelines, CQC clinical and quality standards.
  • To supervise and assist in the development of junior physiotherapists & occupational therapists, non-qualified staff and students on placement.

About us

One of the largest Trust's in East Anglia, East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust (ESNEFT) provide hospital and community health services to people living across a wide geographical area. We deliver care from two main hospitals in Colchester and Ipswich, six community hospitals and in patients' own homes. You will be joining a team of almost 12,000 amazing colleagues providing care to approximately a million people.

Along with supporting you to achieve your career goals we offer a generous pension scheme, unsocial hours payments (if applicable), 27 days annual leave on commencement (pro rata) and access to a range of NHS discounts. Our Staff Health and Wellbeing programme offer a variety of services. We offer a range of flexible working opportunities.

Our philosophy is that Time Matters to everyone. Across the Trust, we concentrate on improving the things we do and removing those which do not work or cause time delays for our staff and patients.

To support our employees to achieve their career aspirations you may be eligible to obtain a qualification via an apprenticeship. All successful applicants will be required to undertake a skills review to facilitate this. For full details please see the attached Apprenticeship Handbook.

If you are passionate about patient care and want to develop your skills and knowledge then we are keen to hear from you.

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Job description

Job responsibilities

For full details of the responsibilities and duties of this role please see the attached job description.

Person Specification



  • BSc/MSc Physiotherapy/Occupational therapy
  • State Registered Physiotherapist/Occupational therapy
  • Range of short courses to include e.g. Bobath / motor relearning
  • Hold full UK driving licence


  • Clinical Educators Course
  • Edward Jenner Leadership Programme.
  • Post registration courses in neuro



  • Proven post registration experience
  • Range of rotational acute care experiences including stroke, neuro, and respiratory
  • Ability to work as an autonomous practitioner
  • Experience of working with assistants / technicians


  • Supervision of students in any environment
  • Membership of SIG
  • Experience of evidencing and auditing practice



  • Knowledge of acute spinal cord injuries and other neurological conditions
  • Clinical reasoning
  • Detailed anatomy and physiology relevant to the speciality
  • Knowledge of falls management


  • Knowledge of local community services and value of inter-agency
  • Role of CSP

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