Specialist Physiotherapist - Mental Health Services for Older People

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year Per Annum (pro rata for part time)
Closing date
6 Jun 2023

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Physiotherapist, Other allied health
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
Band 6 Specialist Physiotherapist - Mental Health Services for Older People

Part time 0.4 wte working within the Community Intensive Home Treatment Team

Are you passionate about working with Older People?

Are you able to work flexibly and holistically in a caring and patient-centred environment?

We have an exciting opportunity for a physiotherapist within the Mental Health Services for Older People Directorate who has these values.

A full UK driving license and vehicle for business use is required for this post however reasonable adjustments will be made for disabled individuals in line with the Equality Act 2010.

This post is eligible for a Golden Hello payment of �2,750 for new starters who are external to the Trust. This is payable in 3 instalments over a 2 year period. This payment is only eligible to new starters who do not already hold a contract of employment with the Trust. This post also includes paid enhancements for unsocial hours working during night, weekends and bank holidays

Main duties of the job

City and Gedling Intensive Home Treatment Team (IHTT)

The IHTT provide community-based multi-disciplinary assessments and treatments for people of any age suffering from dementia and those people over the age of 65 years who are experiencing mental health problems, as well as supporting their carers.

Having a positive attitude towards working with people with mental health problems is essential. It is not essential to have worked in this environment previously - there will be opportunity to grow and expand your mental health skills being supported by dedicated senior staff including a Physiotherapy Clinical Specialist.

Role of Physiotherapy in the community
  • To work within the multi-disciplinary team.
  • Falls risk assessment and implementing plans to decrease risk of falling.
  • Assessment of functional mobility.
  • Completing home visits.
  • Assessing the requirement for mobility aids.
  • Advise on ways to increase stamina/exercise tolerance/fitness.
  • Formulating and implementing treatment plans.
  • Assessment and treatment of specific musculoskeletal complaints.
  • Assessment and treatment/management of physical problems related to neurological conditions.
  • Assessment and treatment/management of acute and chronic respiratory conditions.
  • To encourage and facilitate regular physical activity to benefit physical and mental health and well-being.
  • To refer to other services as appropriate.

About us

We have a huge variety of opportunities in our expansive Trust covering geographically from South Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire to Leicester, providing mental health inpatient and community services, community health services, forensic mental health services and secure prison healthcare across the East Midlands.

We have more than 100 sites and a huge scope of unique opportunities to develop your career and gain some amazing experiences. We strive to be a great place to work and offer many staff benefits and tailored staff support and wellbeing programmes.

Do you want to make a difference?

Do you believe in Trust, Honesty, Respect, Compassion and Teamwork?

Then Nottinghamshire Healthcare is the perfect place for you to start, maintain or further your career. Join our team of nearly 9000 who are making a difference every day. We are all about our people - our staff, volunteers, carers, service users and patients. We are NottsHC.

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Job description

Job responsibilities

What makes this position unique?

A rare opportunity within physiotherapy to spend time with and build therapeutic relationships with service users.

Scope to use your transferable skills to provide assessments and interventions in relation to:
  • Falls
  • Mobility and transfers
  • Specialist assessments including musculoskeletal, neuro, respiratory, pain
  • Promoting physical activity
  • Use of relaxation techniques and massage

What makes you right for this role?
  • Having a positive attitude towards mental health
  • Being committed to providing excellent physiotherapy interventions
  • Being motivated and resourceful
  • Being able to work flexibly and prioritise your own workload
  • Being able to work holistically in a patient centered way

In return, you will:
  • receive regular support and clinical supervision, provided by a designated Physiotherapy Clinical Specialist
  • be a member of a well-established physiotherapy forum
  • have a wide range of CPD opportunities for personal and professional development including a comprehensive in-service training programme

There will also be opportunity to join the Trust bank team.

Person Specification

Qualifications - Academic / Professional memberships


  • BSc Hons Physiotherapy or equivalent
  • Current HCPC registration


  • Relevant CPD in relation to mental health, dementia and older people
  • Clinical Educator

Contractual requirements


  • Ability to travel between locations
  • A full UK driving licence and vehicle for business use is required for this post however reasonable adjustments will be made for disabled individuals in line with the Equality Act 2010.



  • Proven post qualification experience with some at a more senior level
  • Recent experience in working with older people with mental health conditions and dementia or demonstrates a positive attitude to working with this patient group
  • Supervisory experience
  • Experience of audit


  • Teaching experience
  • Standard setting, service evaluation
  • Recruitment & retention
  • Community experience

Knowledge Skills Aptitudes


  • Knowledge of local & National priorities
  • Pathology of the older person
  • Professional Codes of Conduct
  • Awareness of diversity
  • Evidence based practice
  • Knowledge of Risk Assessment
  • Ability to assess, plan and evaluate treatment
  • Treatment of complex case & divers conditions
  • Knowledge of equipment/adaptions and all aspects of ADL
  • Knowledge of management of falls
  • Leadership skills
  • Time management & prioritisation skills
  • Organisational skills and use of initiative
  • Self-motivated and able to work as an effective team member
  • Ability to communicate with team, patients / client and their families and other agencies
  • Ability to manage self
  • Flexible and positive approach
  • Demonstrates meeting the requirements of CPD


  • Competent IT skills
  • Presentation skills

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

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


Highbury Hospital - City and Gedling Intensive Home Treatment Team

Highbury Road



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