Clinical Lead Respiratory Physiotherapy

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
£66,718 to £76,271 a year p.a. Inclusive of HCA
Closing date
18 Jun 2023

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Physiotherapist, Other allied health
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
The Physiotherapy Service at Guy's and St. Thomas' Hospitals is seeking a Clinical Lead Respiratory Physiotherapist who will both lead the team and hold a complex clinical caseload in the field of lung disease and respiratory conditions commensurate with grade. Demonstrating compassionate and inclusive leadership skills, they will be responsible for a team of 70, across a range of inpatient and outpatient services serving the local community and South East Region of England.

We are looking for someone who is ambitious to gain experience leading high quality care in a strong team of established clinical leads, is driven to develop respiratory experts and work within a diverse community and workforce. This post offers an exciting career development opportunity.

Applicants should have a proven record as an expert clinician and clinical leader with demonstrable research and education experience, alongside experience in implementing change and innovation in clinical practice and be educated to Post-Graduate level.

Main duties of the job

To lead the operation, governance and development of respiratory physiotherapy services across the organisation. They will drive quality improvement informed by local and national strategy and the development of a creative, resilient and productive workforce.

Working closely in partnership with the Senior Consultant Physiotherapist, they will inform the development of respiratory physiotherapy strategy and support the development of knowledge and an inquiring culture and research activity.

To take a lead role in the KHP Cardiovascular Partnership Programme, strengthening the profile of physiotherapy to support achievement of the programme vision.

About us

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust comprises five of the UK's best known hospitals - Guy's, St Thomas', Evelina London Children's Hospital, Royal Brompton and Harefield - and community services in Lambeth and Southwark.

We are among the UK's busiest, most successful foundation trusts, providing specialist care for patients including heart and lung, cancer and renal services as well as a full range of local hospital and community services.

Royal Brompton and Harefield hospitals joined Guy's and St Thomas' in February 2021 as the largest specialist heart and lung centre in the UK and among the largest in Europe. We provide treatment for people with heart and lung disease, including rare and complex conditions, offering some of the most sophisticated treatment available anywhere in the world.

We are working in partnership with King's Health Partners, to deliver our vision of creating a new centre of excellence, which will be the global leader in research into the treatment of heart and lung disease from pre-birth to old age.

We have around 25,000 staff, making us one of the largest NHS Trusts in the country and one of the biggest employers locally. We aim to reflect the diversity of the communities we serve and continue to develop new and existing partnerships locally.

We strive to recruit and retain the best staff as the dedication and skills of our employees lie at the heart of our organisation, ensuring our services are of the highest quality, safe and patient focused.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To lead the delivery, monitoring and evaluation of high quality, safe, effective and efficient care across a comprehensive range of lung and cardiothoracic services.
  • To work in partnership within the organisation, with the Senior Consultant Physiotherapist and across the broader system
  • To foster and take innovative approaches to the development of respiratory physiotherapy service delivery amongst multiple teams locally and regionally.
  • To work in partnership with the Senior Consultant Physiotherapist to evolve respiratory physiotherapy services to meet local, regional and national requirements and priorities.
  • To be a specialist, expert practitioner in physiotherapy provision to patients with cardiorespiratory conditions, working with an advanced level of professional autonomy, accountability and scope of practice in the provision of clinical care for rehabilitation and management of chronic cardiorespiratory conditions.
  • To be an expert consultant in specialist area(s) of respiratory physiotherapy practice across the organisation influencing and shaping new models of care and innovation in practice.
  • To have a leading role in the development of quality improvement and research in area of clinical practice and / or service areas across the organisation
  • To lead, develop and support staff within the respiratory physiotherapy services, clinically and professionally at a local level and to advise nationally.
  • To work in collaboration with academic institutions to help determine and define education, training, research and practice development requirements in an area of practice and / or across a range of respiratory physiotherapy services.

Person Specification

Qualifications/ Education


  • First degree in physiotherapy and HCPC registration
  • Evidence of expert clinical and professional development and training in respiratory physiotherapy practice
  • Recognised post-graduate study at M-level (e.g. MSc)


  • Member of relevant multi professional interest group
  • PhD or equivalent level of knowledge/expertise in field evidenced by post graduate clinical academic profile

Previous experience


  • Experience of leading patient consultations, diagnostics and management plans as lead clinician within an multi-disciplinary team
  • Proven leadership and evidence of team management and supervision
  • Significant experience of service development/re-modelling/transformation
  • Experience of clinical education, teaching and training undergraduate and post-graduate students across professions.
  • A proven track record and demonstrable research/QI experience, knowledge and skills


  • Previous experience at Clinical Lead or Consultant level
  • Significant experience of lecturing in national and international arenas to multi-professional groups
  • Evidence of submission of competitive grant applications

Skills/Knowledge/ Ability


  • Expert theoretical and practical knowledge of a wide range of approaches to the management of patients with a sub-speciality of respiratory conditions acquired through extensive experience as an autonomous clinical expert
  • Able to demonstrate leadership ability with multi-professional teams
  • Able to communicate intelligently and with clarity in written and spoken English in a variety of settings using a variety of media
  • Ability to manage change and contain conflict ensuring resolution with positive outcomes
  • Demonstrates understanding of impact of current government and regional policy developments including a robust understanding of all aspects of Clinical Governance including previous experience of quality issues, audit and risk management


  • Knowledge of finance/budgets
  • Evidence of practically applied appropriate advanced practice skills
  • High proficiency in data analysis applications appropriate to experience

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.

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

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust


St. Thomas' Hospital

Westminster Bridge Road



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