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Community Physiotherapist

Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year Pro Rata Per Annum
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Job summary

We have excellent opportunities to join the established Community Therapy Team at Doncaster Royal Infirmary. You will be involved in the care of patients requiring therapy assessment in their own homes. You will work as part of a therapy team and with the wider multi-disciplinary team (MDT). This may include inter-organisational working, providing effective rehabilitation and signposting to services to allow patients to live as independently as able at home.

You will be required to independently manage your own caseload of patients including complex patient management as well as supporting other members of the team. You must have excellent communication and time management skills. Documentation is an integral part of the role, computer skills are essential as you will be recording patient information on the Clinical Therapy electronic systems.

Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to motivate patients throughout their journey is essential as part of this role.

If you are caring, hardworking, self-motivated and wish to be part of our innovative therapy team, we would like to hear from you.

Main duties of the job

You will provide specialist assessment, diagnosis and treatment of patients with complex problems as an autonomous practitioner with the Community Physiotherapy Team.

You will support the Team Lead in the operational management of the team and in service developments on a local or service-wide level

You must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to motivate not only patients but staff. You must be organised, flexible and able to empower others.

You will provide therapy assessment and treatment to patients without our community and will work closely with our partner organisations to provide timely input for our patients.

About us

Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of Yorkshire's leading acute trusts, serving a population of more than 420,000 across South Yorkshire, North Nottinghamshire and the surrounding areas.

Hosting three main hospital sites and a number ofadditional services, the Trust is one of only five Teaching Hospitals in Yorkshire and by 2018 is projecting to train 25% of all medical students in the region, while we currently train 30% of all other healthcare professional students.

This role includes working alongside patients throughout their journey from inpatient, rehabilitation to community follow up.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To provide highly specialist physiotherapy assessments over a range of conditions and complexities using advanced clinical reasoning to analyse clinical and non-clinical findings to form accurate physiotherapy diagnoses
  • To assess patient understanding of assessment and treatment in accordance with the Consent Policy, and to assist members of the team to work within the legal framework for patients who lack capacity to consent to treatment
  • To provide health education, health promotion and prevention advice
  • To manage a clinical caseload working autonomously, but with access to advice/support as required
  • To formulate and to ensure delivery of an evidence-based, clinically effective treatment programme, to meet the agreed goals set with the individual patient and/or carer
  • To evaluate patient progress, review goal setting and alter treatment programmes as required
  • To use a range of verbal and non-verbal communication methods to communicate effectively with patients and carers to maximise rehabilitation potential
  • To overcome barriers to appropriate rehabilitation, including communication difficulties, anxiety or motivation
  • To ensure that patients privacy and dignity are respected at all times
  • To take the lead in a multi-disciplinary/agency approach to patient care
  • To work as an effective member of the MDT
  • To lead case conferences or case discussions as required
  • To be professionally and legally responsible for all aspects of own work as an autonomous practitioner
  • To assist and support other staff in the assessment, treatment and evaluation of their episodes of care
  • To maintain accurate, comprehensive and timely patient records in line with the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) Standards of Practice and Local Trust and Departmental Guidelines. This will include writing patient specific reports and discharge summaries/letters
  • To supervise record keeping of identified staff and students in line with professional and local standards
  • To assess and manage clinical risk within own caseload and support and advise others within the team
  • To be responsible for the safe and competent use of all medical devices used as part of therapy programmes within the Team
  • To contribute to Out of Normal Working Hours Physiotherapy Service in accordance with the Physiotherapy Out of Normal Working Hours Policy, if appropriate

Clinical Governance
  • To be aware and comply with Trust Policies appropriate to role and responsibilities
  • To comply with Health and Care Professions Council and Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Codes of Conduct and Standards
  • To comply with the Trust Policy on Mandatory and Statutory Training
  • To comply with the Trust Clinical Governance and Risk Management Strategy and participate/lead related workstreams as requested
  • To comply with Trust Manual Handling Policy and local therapeutic handling guidance at all times
  • To be responsible for ensuring own competency to practice through Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activities and maintenance of a portfolio in line with the Health and Care Professions Council requirements
  • To take responsibility for specific clinical audit projects
  • To ensure accurate clinical data collection
  • To fulfil PDA requirements according to local Guidance/Trust Policy

Education and Development
  • To teach and contribute to the development of physiotherapy staff and other members of the multi-disciplinary team
  • To supervise, educate and assess student physiotherapists
  • To provide specialist advice to physiotherapy colleagues and other members of the health and social care community, including medical consultants, GPs and other MDT members
  • To take a lead role in the planning and delivery of in-service training and CPD programmes

Management and Leadership
  • To be responsible for the PDA of identified staff and to support others in the PDA process
  • To assist in the supervision and co-ordination of staff
  • To ensure that staff under your supervision comply with Trust Policies and Procedures through teaching, training and supervision of practice
  • To be aware of health and safety aspects of own work, including prompt recording and reporting of incidents to Clinical Lead
  • To assist in the operational management of the service and to participate in specific service developments
  • To time manage own workload and support others to meet service and patient needs
  • To work flexibly to respond to the changing demands in provision of clinical services
  • To deputise for the Clinical Lead as required, allocating and organising staff to meet service priorities
  • To be proactive in the early resolution of complaints/concerns
  • To assist in producing reports for the section as required

Person Specification



  • Experience as a Band 5 physiotherapist in a broad range of areas including relevant experience in the specific clinical specialty
  • Experience of working as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Experience of networking within physiotherapy and in the wider Health & Social Care community
  • Clinical education and development of therapy staff and other members of the MDT


  • Experience of professional 'cross boundary' working

Qualifications / Training


  • Degree in Physiotherapy
  • Current registration with the Health and Care Professions Council
  • IT skills


  • Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
  • Evidence of relevant post-graduate courses

Interpersonal Skills


  • Good communication and listening skills with an understanding of the needs of people with disabilities and their carers
  • Ability to work in collaboration with others and positively influence or coach others in development of skills and knowledge
  • Able to present information, both written and verbally, in a clear accurate and logical manner.
  • Committed to personal and team development

Organisational Skills


  • Ability to organise own workload and support more junior staff in organisation of their work
  • Time management skills
  • Prioritisation skills
  • Ability to delegate effectively



  • Ability to undertake the physical requirements of the post
  • Full driving licence
  • Access to own transport

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