Senior Physiotherapist - Acute Rotation

Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
8 Jun 2023

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Physiotherapist, Other allied health
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

Due to a recent promotion, we are looking for our next Band 6 physio to invest in. We want to help nurture and support the growth of your clinical career within our Acute Inpatient rotation in Portsmouth.

You will rotate every 9 months across ITU, paediatrics, surgery, medicine, acute stroke and urgent care, giving you the opportunity to manage a varied caseload and hone your clinical skills and decision making in these key specialities. In return, we will be able to offer robust in-service training alongside clinical experts, peers and therapy specific practice educators.

We are keen to facilitate development of your management and leadership skills through the Trusts passport to manage programme and the opportunity to take your career where you aspire to be. All of this under the umbrella of compassionate leadership within the team and wider therapy service and flexible working opportunities.

Main duties of the job

  • To provide a high standard physiotherapy service to patients in specialist area.
  • To work as an accountable and autonomous practitioner, holding responsibility for own caseload.
  • To work in conjunction with the Pathway and Team leads in planning, coordinating, delivering and evaluating the Physiotherapy service within the speciality on a day to day basis.
  • To take a role in the provision of support and clinical supervision of less experienced physiotherapy staff and undergraduate students.
  • To deputise for the Team leaders as required.
  • To keep accurate records of patient contact using written records and electronic data capture.
  • To contribute to out of hours working as required.
  • To maintain own competency to practise.

All teams provide an essential 7-day service on a rota basis and you will be a part of the vital respiratory out of hours on-call rota. We have so much to be proud of here in Portsmouth and we warmly welcome you to get in contact with us for an informal chat to find out more or indeed come and visit us, it would be truly great to hear from you.

For further information about this opportunity or if you wish to arrange an informal visit please contact our administrative team on 02392 286141 who will gladly put you in touch.

About us

The Trust is committed to driving excellence in care for our patients and communities and was rated good by the Care Quality Commission report published 2020 and became a University Hospital. We are ranked as the third in the country for research; embedding education and training across the organisation and we continuously strive to achieve our core values which are at the heart of everything we do. The Trusts main hub is the Queen Alexandra Hospital, starting life as a military hospital over a century ago and now one of the largest hospitals on the south coast and you may have seen us on the TV series Nurses on the Ward. The Trust provides comprehensive secondary care and specialist services to a local population of 675,000 people across South East Hampshire. The Trust employs over 8,000 staff and are #ProudtobePHU; our patients come from all walks of life and so do we. We hire great people from a wide variety of backgrounds, not just because its the right thing to do, but because it makes our hospital stronger. If you share our values and our enthusiasm for providing outstanding care and support for patients, colleagues and our community you will find a home at PHU. In recruiting for our team, we welcome the unique contributions that you can bring in terms of your education, opinions, culture, ethnicity, race, sex, gender identity and expression, nation of origin, age, languages spoken, veterans status, colour, religion, disability, sexual orientation and beliefs.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To work within a designated clinical setting as set out in the portfolio of Acute rotations.
  • To undertake all aspects of clinical duties as an autonomous practitioner.
  • To be responsible for a caseload, performing integrated and specialist physio assessments of patients with diverse presentations. Setting goals and developing and delivering an individualised treatment plan as part of a multi professional programme of care.
  • To be proactive in supporting the discharge process to facilitate efficient patient flow.
  • To work in an integrated way with OT, carrying out cross boundary working when appropriate and indicated.
  • To supervise and provide clinical support for Physiotherapists, Physiotherapy Assistants, Technicians and Associate Practitioners.
  • To supervise, educate and assess the performance of physiotherapy students.
  • Undertake evidence-based audit and research projects.
  • Rotations are 9 months duration.
  • Will be required to work a 7-day working pattern to support weekend working.
  • Participation in the out of hours respiratory on call service.

Key Responsibilities:

Professional & Clinical
  • To be professionally and legally accountable for all aspects of own work, including the management of patients in your care.
  • To undertake a comprehensive assessment (mobility & function) of patients including those with diverse or complex presentations /multi-pathologies; use advanced clinical reasoning skills and manual assessment techniques to provide an accurate analysis of a patients presenting problems.
  • Set goals, formulate and deliver an individual physiotherapy treatment programme based on a sound knowledge of evidence-based practice and treatment options using clinical reasoning skills and a range of treatment options, including; manual physiotherapy techniques, patient education, exercise classes, electrotherapy techniques and other alternative options.
  • To work in an integrated way with OT, including performing integrated initial assessment, referring for specialist OT assessment where indicated and setting joint goals to facilitate a safe discharge as soon as patients are medically optimised for DC (previously known as medically fit for DC).
  • Once trained and competent to do so you will undertake assessment for simple aids of daily living and educate patients in their use.
  • To identify health and social care problems requiring assessment /intervention from other agencies, and with the consent of the patient action those referrals.
  • Formulate accurate analysis of assessments and recommend best course of intervention, developing comprehensive care plans in conjunction with the patient and the multi-professional team.
  • Assess patient understanding of treatment proposals, gain valid informed consent and have the capacity to work within a legal framework with patients who lack the capacity to consent to treatment.
  • To keep accurate, legible records of patient care in line with service guidelines.
  • Evaluate patient progress, reassess and alter treatment programmes if required.
  • Manage clinical risk within own patient case load.
  • Work effectively with those patients whose first language is not English and take into consideration diversity issues in particular; differing cultural awareness.
  • Use a range of verbal and non-verbal communication tools to communicate effectively with patients to progress rehabilitation and treatment programmes. This will include patients who may have difficulties in understanding or communicating. For example, patients may be dysphasic, depressed, deaf, and blind or who may be unable to accept diagnosis.
  • Work within trust clinical guidelines, HCPC standards and Chartered Society of Physiotherapy guidelines and to have a good working knowledge of national and local standards and monitor own and others quality of practice as appropriate.
  • 7-day working pattern, including shift patterns and weekend working and TOIL will be adhered to.
  • Participation In the emergency respiratory on-call list is expected.

Management & Leadership

Responsibility for ensuring that:
  • Staff are managed and standards of work are maintained.
  • Trust policies for the management of staff performance are adhered to.
  • Appraisals of staff directly managed are undertaken and that the appraisal process is maintained throughout the team.
  • Staff receive appropriate health and safety and other mandatory training as prescribed and that relevant records are maintained.
  • Other records are maintained by the team ensuring compliance with the agreed record keeping systems of the Trust.
  • Informed consent is obtained where appropriate and documented in accordance with Trust procedures.
  • Appropriate risk and other assessments are completed and documented in a timely manner in accordance with Trust policy.
  • Equipment is maintained in accordance with Trust policy and defective equipment is reported and made safe without delay in accordance with Trust procedures.
  • Infection prevention and control procedures are followed by all staff within their area of responsibility.
  • All staff follow Trust clinical governance requirements.
  • Plan the daily management of a patient caseload and be able to prioritise clinical work and balance other patient related and professional activities in accordance with the departmental requirements.
  • Be responsible for the supervision and co-ordination of junior staff, physiotherapy support staff and students daily, their clinical practice and record keeping.
  • To plan and co-ordinate rehabilitation programmes delivered by other healthcare support workers.
  • Represent the physiotherapy service and / or individual patients at the multi-disciplinary team meetings, to ensure the delivery of a coordinated multi-disciplinary approach and integrate physiotherapy treatment into the treatment programme. This will include discussion of patient progress and involvement in discharge and transfer of care planning.
  • To be responsible for the safe and competent use of all electrotherapy equipment, gym equipment and patient appliances and aids used by patients; ensure that junior staff/assistants attain competency prior to use.
  • Support the leadership of the inpatient Physiotherapy Team on the relevant hospital/community site, providing operational and clinical leadership for the service. Deputise for Team Leader in their absence, taking responsibility for operational management of the team, allocating and organising the work of junior and assistant staff to meet service priorities daily.
  • To be able to manage potentially stressful, upsetting or emotional situations in an empathic manner.
  • To work with the physiotherapy team to provide an efficient and effective service and to be involved in the proposal/development and implementation of departmental policies and the annual business plan.
  • To maintain and provide accurate and timely statistical information as required in consultation with senior staff.
  • To participate in the Trust appraisal scheme as an appraisee and appraiser.

Administrative & Communication
  • To liaise with other members of the physiotherapy team as necessary regarding patient care.
  • To communicate effectively with other agencies /disciplines within the rehabilitation team and intermediate care/ settings to ensure a multidisciplinary approach to care.
  • To be able to communicate complex and sensitive information to patients, carers and other staff including imparting unwelcome news.
  • To ensure timely and effective communication with the Physiotherapy Team Leader and other senior staff on all professional matters.
  • To maintain an accurate record keeping system in line with HCPC standards and local guidelines.
  • To attend any ward rounds, meetings, case conferences as appropriate in order to ensure appropriate and timely management of patients through to discharge.
  • To attend and be an active participant in specialty, peer group and departmental staff meetings.

  • To be responsible for the training of students on clinical placement and assistant/technicians within the clinical area.
  • To be responsible for and actively record your own personal development.
  • To keep abreast of all new developments which includes attending relevant study days and visits to specialist units in consultation with the physiotherapy team.
  • Organise and implement training sessions when required in the relevant department.
  • To disseminate knowledge to physiotherapy staff through in-service training and be available for training other healthcare professionals as required.
  • To participate in the in-service and post registration education programme.
  • To be proactive with regard to learning from senior staff within the physiotherapy service.

Research & Audit
  • To participate in appropriate work related research/evaluation projects and to be aware of current research relevant to the specialty.
  • To undertake and present relevant evidence based project in each rotation if required.
  • In line with the Trusts commitment to Clinical Governance, to participate in clinical audit and evaluate your own clinical effectiveness.
  • Ensure any ideas to improve quality of patient care are investigated through the physiotherapy service channels.

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