Physiotherapist Band 6

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
South Petherton
Depending on experience Dependent on experience
Closing date
4 Jun 2023

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Other allied health
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a proactive, dynamic and inspiring band 6 Physiotherapist to join the Rapid Response Service (RRS) in South Petherton.

Rapid Response has four main work streams leading to a varied and fulfilling day including:
  • Hospital avoidance and diversion, treating patients within their own home, providing an MDT approach with all ADL's to support patients who are acutely unwell and wish to remain at home.
  • Urgent community response (UCR) incorporates 9 pillars including: Falls, carer breakdown, urgent equipment, frailty and EOL, reduced mobility, confusion, urgent catheter, diabetes. In the last 12 months providers, commissioners and systems have taken important actions to improve the capacity and responsiveness of existing UCR services which is in line with national roll out of the two-hour standard. Somerset FT are required to provide a UCR service, from 8am-8pm, seven days a week across the system.
  • RRS support end of life patients who have deteriorated within the community or who wish to return home to pass away in an environment of their choice.
  • Supporting intermediate care services e.g. D2A with patients who have short term reablement needs at home. As well as supporting the hospital at home team with more complex patients within the community, preventing hospital admission where possible

Main duties of the job

The main aim of the RRS team is to enable patients to stay at home, recover and re-engage with the important aspects of their life and prevent admissions to acute sectors.

The post holder will be required to use enhanced skills to assess and clinically manage patients who have been identified as needing RR intervention to avoid further clinical deterioration or hospital admission. There will be a requirement for post holders to work closely with colleagues in the local neighbourhood teams.

You will be expected to carry out specific therapy assessments to prevent admission to hospital, UCR work (including the above 9 pillars which will also incorporate supporting patients to get off the floor using appropriate lifting equipment), and to speed up discharges from local A&E departments, this will include treatment planning, assessing risk, promoting and enabling independent functioning. You will be committed to a person-centered approach to your work, have an ability to prioritise and work flexibly.

About us

As an organisation, the NHS offers a wide range of benefits including flexible working, pension contributions, market leading annual leave allowance, career progression and regular conversations, not to mention our Blue Light Card and NHS exclusive discounts.

The benefits of working in Somerset include the idyllic countryside, with our areas of outstanding beauty and stunning coastlines. You will get to enjoy these perks whilst still only being a stone's throw away from bustling city centres like Bristol, Bath and Exeter and only two hours away from London.

There are excellent educational facilities in the area and, when compared to other regions, house prices are reasonable. You will experience the best of both in Somerset, the countryside and the cosmopolitan - there is truly something for everyone!

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Maintains good communication, liaison and working arrangements with other Trust teams, Trusts and external agencies
  • To use communication tools (verbal and non verbal) to gain valid informed consent with patients where there will often be barriers to effective communication e.g. loss of hearing, altered perception, expressive and receptive dysphasia, pain, fear. To have the capacity to work within a legal framework with patients who lack capacity to consent to treatment e.g. those with cognitive or speech difficulties.
  • To communicate effectively with patients and carers to maximise rehabilitation potential and to ensure understanding of their condition. Communication skills of persuasion, motivation, explanation to encourage patients to undertake their treatment programme
  • To work as an autonomous practitioner having mainly self- directed support and learning, and formal agreed supervision according to Trust policy.

To be professionally and legally responsible and accountable for all aspects of your own work including the management of patients in your care, (including care delegated to students and assistant staff).

To manage clinical risk within own patient caseload and take action to effectively manage identified risks

To prioritise and respond to unpredictable demands and needs of patients, carers and the team using the team skills, knowledge and competencies

To be responsible for the delegated patient case load and treatment plans to rehabilitation assistants

Escalates concerns or incidents to an appropriate level

To maintain accurate record of patients attendances and treatments usingthe relevant IT system.

Responsible for ensuring accurate statistics are recorded so activity data comparison can be completed.

Be aware of the service data/ static requirements and time frames relating to key performance indicators

To provide a high standard Therapy service to all, patients referred to the service

To develop and deliver an individualised treatment programme

To agree patient centered goals in partnership with patients, carers, and other members of the healthcare team.

To provide specialist advice, teaching and training regarding rehabilitation management of patients on caseload.

Supports the line manager in processes of continuous quality improvement, formally evaluating standards of care through audit and assisting in the implementation of changes in the light of such findings

Supports the team in proactively working to deliver all Trust and team objectives and local targets, collecting and collating performance data as instructed by the line manager

To be involved with consultations with patients and the public on service design and delivery

To recommend and contribute to relevant projects as required/appropriate and participate in and contribute to, professionally related working groups, which are involved in developing and agreeing local policies, protocols and standard setting

Contributes positively towards the delivery of a cost effective service, reallocating staff and skill mix to meet caseload demands and assisting the line manager to keep within agreed budget with appropriate authorisation

To be responsible for the safe and competent use of Therapeutic equipment and medical devices. This will include assessment, prescription and instruction in safe use of equipment from the joint equipment service, taking into account patient need, Joint equipment service criteria and financial resources.

To work as a autonomous practitioner without the supervision of Therapy colleagues. Supervision is largely self-driven through attendance at clinical supervision sessions or through seeking the advice of peers

Ensures all team members regularly participate in clinical supervision in accordance with Trust policy

Has an integral part in the support of the educational requirements for pre and post registration students

Supporting the line manager with the recruitment and retention of staff, reviewing team skill mix to meet the needs of the service

Support the management of sickness/absence and as per policy, perform back to work interviews, and phased returns

Commit to professional development in therapist as appropriate

To maintain own clinical professional development (CPD) by keeping abreast of any new trends and developments, actively participating in training sessions, peer review and external courses. To use reflective practice to evaluate your own work and incorporate changes as necessary. To maintain a portfolio that reflects personal/ professional development and complies with the requirements for Health Professions Council (HPC) registration.

Supports service developments affecting the team and positively influence others to adapt to change by acting as a role model and motivator encouraging positive working relationships both within and outside the team

Provides an environment to ensure the team culture and ethos strives to continuously improve care

Willingness to be flexible in working locations

Must be a car driver with a valid to transport with appropriate business insurance in order to travel throughout the Trust, to meet the needs of the service.

Person Specification

Essential criteria


  • Car owner and car driver
  • HCPC registered as Physiotherapist
  • Extensive experience in community
  • Experience of working with frail and elderly population and providing rehabilitation
  • Supervision and appraisal experience
  • Evidence of advanced clinical reasoning
  • Diploma / degree in Physiotherapy


  • Membership of CSP
  • Service development experience

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