Principal Physiotherapist - Spinal Injuries

Cardiff & Vale University Health Board
£49,244 to £55,438 a year per annum
Closing date
15 Jun 2023

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Physiotherapist, Other allied health
Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic and highly motivated and innovative Principal Physiotherapist in Spinal Cord Injury. They will have excellent communication, leadership and teamworking skills with a passion for spinal cord injury rehabilitation. The post holder will provide expert professional and clinical leadership to support the delivery of physiotherapy across the pathway. The post holder will provide clinical expertise for the physiotherapy and wider MDT based in Cardiff and Vale UHB. They will ensure the delivery of high quality, safe care and support the development of clinical pathways within the health board and Network, through expert knowledge, clinical leadership and education.

The successful person will have excellent communication and influencing skills, extensive experience of working within the field of spinal cord injury and able to demonstrate working with a range of professionals and patients. They will work independently as well as within a multi-disciplinary team. They will hold a limited case load and be able to plan, deliver and monitor interventions and to communicate sensitively and effectively.

The post holder will help develop seamless cross health board working, and assist with integrating research evidence into practice in order to improve patient care across the network. They will be supported in the role by both the clinical service lead and Head of Service.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will provide leadership to ensure that the physiotherapy services are able to deliver and person-centredquality care . They will also provide clinical leadership for the continuous professional development of physiotherapy staff, this includes supporting systems for professional reregistration and performance management.

They will be expected to deliver highly specialist assessment, treatment and evaluation of outcomes to patients within this specialty. The post holder will be an integral member of the multi-disciplinary team. They will be expected to provide multi-professional education and training, undertaking evidence-based audit and research projects as part of their job plan. This will involve leading the implementation of specific changes to practice and service protocols. The post holder is guided by principles, policies and regulations however as a specialist clinical practitioner the post holder has significant role in discretion to decide how results are best achieved, by interpreting, influencing and developing protocols, procedures and guidelines. It is expected that you will be involved in national professional forums and groups

The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this post English and/or Welsh speakers are equally welcome to apply.

About us

Cardiff and Vale University Health Boardis one of the largest Integrated Health Boards in the UK, employing over 15,000 staff, providing over 100 specialist services. Working across 6 hospital sites, we have a diverse range of career opportunities to offer. Serving around 500,000 people living in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan, we are focussed on the health and care needs of our local population whilst working with our partners to develop regional services.

Our mission isCaring for People, Keeping People Well,and our vision is that every person's chance of leading a healthy life should be equal. As an organisation we are unashamedly ambitious for our population's health, rising to the challenges of today and tomorrow through our 10-year strategy, Shaping our Future Wellbeing. We are contributing to a healthier Wales with great emphasis placed on innovation and improvement, learning from around the world and leading the way in clinical research. Partnership working is strong at Cardiff and Vale, and we work closely with our staff and our community.

Cardiff, the thriving Welsh capital, is a fantastic city to live and work in with an abundance of sports, arts and cultural attractions. Situated to the west of Cardiff, the Vale of Glamorgan offers a combination of beautiful Welsh countryside and a dramatic natural coastline. Whether city life or rural living, Cardiff and the Vale offers the best of both worlds.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To be professionally and legally accountable for all aspect of own work in accordance with HCPC,
  • To undertake a comprehensive assessment of patients, using advanced clinical reasoning skills to formulate and deliver individual treatment programmes. This will include patients with highly complex presentations, using advanced clinical reasoning skills to formulate individualised treatment programmes.
  • To utilise highly developed physical skills relevant to the clinical area in order to deliver effective interventions.
  • To make independent clinical decisions, evaluate intervention outcomes and alter/ progress treatment programmes accordingly
  • To be the clinical lead and be responsible for the organisation and delivery of specialist clinical area. Where required and in line with health board policies deliver treatment programmes which may include prescribing medication and injection therapy. To ensure that a pathway approach is taken.
  • To continuously evaluate own practice ensuring it is up-to-date and evidence based,
  • To take responsibility for the management of clinical risk within the specialist service.
  • To utilise digital technology to enhance patient care and delivery using digital platforms to access patient data appropriately to deliver timely, efficient and holistic care.

  • Person Specification



    • Evidence of M Level Learning
    • H.C.P.C. Registration


    • MSc

    Clinical Experience


    • Significant post registration experience in a physiotherapy position at senior level in the specialist area
    • Clinical Expert in managing patients with Spinal cord injury
    • Evidence of leading clinical team and assisting in planning and developing services
    • Evidence of involvement in audit and research



    • Creates a culture of support and empowerment to the team



    • Ability to demonstrate an advanced level of clinical skills within spinal cord injury ist area
    • Ability to motivate others, promote coproduction and empower others.
    • Proven advanced decision-making skills/ clinical reasoning
    • Ability to alter communication styles with patients, public and other professionals

    Disclosure and Barring Service Check

    This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

    Certificate of Sponsorship

    Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .

    From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab) .

    UK Registration

    Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Cardiff and Vale University Health Board


    University Hospital Llandough

    Penlan Road


    CF64 2XX

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