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The Christie NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pro rota, per annum
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Other allied health
Band 6
Full Time
Job summary

This is an exciting opportunity for a senior Physiotherapist to rotate between a range of clinical areas at The Christie NHS Foundation Trust., including acute oncology, medical oncology, haematology and teenage and young adult oncology, and may include some outpatient as well as inpatient settings.

The successful candidate will have responsibility for a clinical caseload, using their strong clinical reasoning skills to develop and provide individualised programmes of care. They will also coordinate, supervise and support Band 5 Physiotherapists, Therapy Assistants, and students working across these areas.

The successful candidate will be expected to provide advice, education and training within the Rehabilitation Department and the wider Trust. This includes supporting staff development, clinical teaching of staff and undergraduates who are on placement. They will also be involved with service development and improvement therefore it is essential that they are proactive and forward-thinking.

  • Learning and development
  • Coaching and mentoring
  • Access to funding available for CPD and Leadership courses
  • Working within award-winning multi-disciplinary teams

Main duties of the job

The fixed term Band 6 Physiotherapist will provide a high quality efficient Physiotherapy service on a rotational basis to the inpatient medical, haematology oncology wards, and teenage and young adult service within the Christie NHS Foundation Trust.

They will provide supervision and education to junior staff and students and will contribute to delivering in-service training to the wider rehabilitation team.

They will assist with the promotion and development of the Physiotherapy service. They will be required to work flexibly and contribute to the emergency on-call service, which includes evening and weekend working.

About us

The Christie is one of Europe's leading cancer centres, treating over 60,000 patients a year. We are based in Manchester and serve a population of 3.2 million across Greater Manchester & Cheshire, but as a national specialist around 15% patients are referred to us from other parts of the country. We provide radiotherapy through one of the largest radiotherapy departments in the world; chemotherapy on site and through 14 other hospitals; highly specialist surgery for complex and rare cancer; and a wide range of support and diagnostic services. We are also an international leader in research, with world first breakthroughs for over 100 years. We run one of the largest early clinical trial units in Europe with over 300 trials every year. Cancer research in Manchester, most of which is undertaken on the Christie site, has been officially ranked the best in the UK.

Job description

Job responsibilities


  • To ensure the effective delivery of physiotherapy treatment to a specified patient population within the hospital, using advanced clinical reasoning skills to develop and provide individualised programmes of care.
  • To provide physiotherapy treatment to medical/clinical oncology & haematological patients on a clinical rotational basis. Duties will also include management of surgical and critical care patients as required for cross-cover and on-call/weekend working.
  • To accept clinical responsibility for a designated caseload of patients.
  • To be responsible for the management of a designated patient caseload across Clinical/medical Oncology and the adult Haematological Unit (including those undergoing CAR-T therapy and haematological transplants), on a rotational basis, with input into designated clinics (as agreed with the supporting band 7 team lead) in the absence of senior staff.
  • To be responsible for the educational support and supervision of student physiotherapists.
  • To be responsible in educating, supporting and supervising junior and assistant/practitioner staff working within the same clinical team or area.
  • To be responsible for the line management of Junior/assistant/practitioner staff.
  • To provide specialist physiotherapy advice and input at Multidisciplinary Team meetings, clinics and case conferences.
  • To use advanced communication skills when providing and receiving all patient related information.
  • To assess patients for specialist equipment for manual handling, stabilisation and mobility purposes including standard orthotic provision
  • To be responsible for the safe and competent use of all physiotherapy equipment and ensure that junior staff, assistants, physiotherapy students, carers and other health care professionals attain competency prior to use.
  • To assist the physiotherapy provision and management in other areas of the hospital including outpatient and clinic settings during periods of staff absence.
  • To be an active member of the weekend and out of hours on-call service.
  • To supply and fit patients with suspected/actual Spinal Cord compression and/or spinal fractures with appropriate orthotic collars and standard spinal braces.
  • To provide appropriate levels of care to the patient in the management of orthotic devices provided, when patients or other care staff are unable to facilitate this themselves.
  • To provide appropriate education to patients, staff, family and carers in the competent management and safe use of orthotic devices provided.
  • To produce timely and informative reports, continuing health care assessments and discharge summaries for other agencies, e.g.GPs, consultants, social services and primary care colleagues to ensure effective and seamless pathways of care.

  • To be fully aware of and comply with the rules of professional conduct set out by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.
  • To be professional, legally responsible and accountable for all aspects of your own work including the management of patients in your care.
  • To ensure a high standard of patient care by developing, implementing and reviewing clinical standards relevant to the work area.
  • To be responsible for remaining up to date with new developments through ongoing continuous professional development.
  • To work within the guidelines of the policies, procedures and standards of the Christie Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
  • To be an active member of the in-service training programme.
  • To disseminate knowledge of physiotherapy in an oncology setting by participating in the organisation of and presenting at courses, study days and conferences both locally and regionally.
  • To undertake the measurement and evaluation of clinical practice through the use of evidence-based practice projects and audits, and to initiate and implement changes to working practice and policies where this will result in improved performance/patient care across the organisation.
  • To participate in audit and research into specific areas of clinical practice for the benefit of the service.
  • To demonstrate a sound understanding of clinical governance and risk management.
  • To provide a physiotherapy contribution into multidisciplinary service delivery and policy projects within the trust (e.g. implementation of NICE guidance documents)
  • To raise awareness of the role of the physiotherapist in oncology and palliative care.

  • To be responsible for a designated area of work as agreed with the physiotherapy manager.
  • To prioritise workload, balancing patient related and professional demands and ensure that these remain in accordance with the department as a whole.
  • To be responsible for equipment used in carrying out physiotherapy duties.
  • To comply with the organisational and departmental policies and procedures and to be involved in reviewing and updating these as appropriate.
  • To participate in the Trusts mandatory training programme.

  • Person Specification



    • Physiotherapy Degree or equivalent
    • State registration
    • Clinical educators course


    • Additional training in communication
    • Post graduate training in Oncology
    • IT training e.g.ECDL or equivalent



    • Post registration experience of working as a junior physiotherapist in a broad rotational post.
    • Experience of involvement in emergency on-call rota including working with acutely unwell patients and patients on both NIV and invasive ventilation.
    • Experience in the physiotherapy treatment of cancer patients
    • Experience of the educational development of supporting staff/students


    • Experience in acute rehabilitation including neurorehabilitation
    • Experience of physiotherapy service development.
    • Experience in working with palliative and end of life patients
    • Experience in the physiotherapy management of Haematology oncology.



    • Good written and verbal communication skills.
    • Clinical reasoning skills to identify and treat the disabilities that patients may suffer from.
    • Basic IT Skills
    • Experience of working within a multi-disciplinary team


    • Presentation skills.
    • Enhanced communication skills.
    • Previous involvement in clinical effectiveness and audit projects.



    • Working knowledge of a broad range of respiratory, musculoskeletal and neurological conditions
    • Knowledge and understanding of the pathophysiology of cancer and its treatment.


    • Knowledge of critical care & surgery.
    • Knowledge of haematology.



    • Professional and patient focused.
    • Flexible, adaptable, capable of lateral thinking.
    • Assertive and able to influence.
    • Excellent interpersonal skills.
    • Ability to cope in and with stressful situations.
    • Ability to demonstrate the organisational values and behaviours



    • Passed fit for post by Occupational Health Department.
    • Smart appearance.
    • Able to assist with on-call rota.
    • Ability to motivate others
    • Able to work as a team member & autonomously.
    • Excellent inter-personal skills - flexible, empathetic, reliable and having the ability to problem solve
    • Self-motivated
    • Able to work flexibly within contracted hours to support pre-arranged extended hours
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