Cancer Specialist Physiotherapist

Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year Pro Rata Per Annum
Closing date
16 Jun 2023

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Physiotherapist, Other allied health
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
A wonderful opportunity for a physiotherapist has arisen at Dorset County Hospital to develop and extend their skills working with patients with cancer. The cancer team is a fully integrated team of PT's , OT's, SLT's, support workers and therapy assistants.

You will be predominantly on the inpatient cancer ward supporting patients with their cancer journey whilst, following the Homefirst model.

The cancer therapy team are currently hosting the Wessex Cancer Alliance Right by you Project, which will allow for MDT working into patients homes.

Main duties of the job

An opportunity has arisen to join the esteemed Cancer Therapy team as a band 6 Senior Physiotherapist . The team provide therapy to both inpatients and outpatients along the cancer pathway whilst working alongside members of the acute and community MDT's.

You will be working on the wards supporting the D2A model, visiting patients in their home to provide specialist cancer rehabilitation. There will be the opportunity to support the Therapists running groups (post Covid) whilst being supported with training via Macmillan.

We can offer you:

Supervision and regular training , you will be encouraged and supported to acquire and develop skills and knowledge in cancer rehabilitation including attendance at appropriate courses. Opportunities to develop your leadership skills through appraisal, training and supervision of junior staff and students.

About us

The therapy team at Dorset County Hospital, has a lot to offer.......
  • regular supervision
  • monthly team meeting and inservice training
  • mentorship programme for new members of staff
  • a designated base for the team
  • an opportunity to work within a closely knit team
  • an opportunity to out reach into the community

We are a Trust that celebrates diversity and we are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. If you are a forward thinking and dynamic therapist looking to further your professional experience then we would like to hear from you.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To manage complex patients across the cancer pathway, including the recovery package and end of life, supporting the Homefirst model.

In conjunction with the team to develop and participate in training programmes across acute and community MDTs.

In conjunction with the team lead provide regular detailed clinical evaluation of the effectiveness of the role and service.

In conjunction with the team lead to develop a resource (expert advice via a telephone hotline) for MDT colleagues to improve their intervention for patients living with cancer.

To support and delegate to the support worker and the therapy assistant.

To support the team lead with the day to day running of the team.

Please see the job description for more details.

If you have any questions or queries, please don't hesitate to get in contact.

Person Specification



  • wide ranging rotational physiotherapy experience at band 5 level including experience in specialist area
  • oExperience in developing and delivering training packages internally, externally to PT & wider MDT.
  • oExperience in leading effective audits & implementing changes as appropriate


  • experience of participating in audit and evidence based projects
  • oExperience in supervising staff.
  • oExperience in independent management of caseload across the cancer pathway

Education, Qualifications and Training


  • Diploma/degree in physiotherapy
  • HCPC registered
  • undertaken postgraduate courses in cancer
  • oTo be able to drive a car


  • IT skills using hospital data bases, word processing, excel, and powerpoint

skills, abilities and knowledge


  • oAble to deliver complex & sensitive concepts in easily understood language to patients, carers and staff.


  • oAble to work as part of a team, working under pressure.
  • oUnderstanding rehab needs across the cancer pathway from prehabilitation, rehabilitation, recovery package & living well with cancer.
  • oUnderstanding of 'End of Life' pathway within the acute and community setting.
  • oExperience in supervising staff.

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

Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust



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