Band 8a Hospital Therapy Lead

Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£48,526 to £54,619 a year
Closing date
12 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
In Hospital Therapy Lead: An opportunity has arisen for an AHP leadership position within Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital. The post holder will work alongside the out of hospital therapy lead to provide leadership to the therapies department comprising of physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, dieticians, exercise physiologists and therapy support workers. Therapies provide excellent care for patients with a range of cardio-thoracic conditions, our services include medicine, surgery, cystic fibrosis, palliative care, pulmonary rehabilitation and stroke/complex rehabilitation.

Main duties of the job

Summary of the role:

To provide operational leadership to the therapists providing care to patients in hospital.

To manage the budget and physical resources of the Therapy Department.

To be accountable for the clinical standards and clinical equipment and managing the work of others in the Therapy Services.

To provide strategic leadership and accountability as part of the divisional leadership group.

About us

As the largest single site specialist heart and chest hospital in the UK, we, at Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital, have a clear vision 'to be the best cardiothoracic integrated healthcare organisation'.

We provide specialist services in cardiothoracic surgery, cardiology, respiratory medicine both in the hospital and out in the community.

We serve a catchment area of 2.8 million people, spanning Merseyside, Cheshire, North Wales and the Isle of Man, and increasingly we receive referrals from outside these areas for highly specialised services such as aortics.

Our reputation for strong performance is important in delivering the best care for our patients and high quality clinical services. This is underpinned by a culture of research and innovation, delivered in modern estate and our encouragement of flexible working in a variety of forms.

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Job description

Job responsibilities


To provide operational leadership to the therapists providing care to patients within the hospital.

To manage the budget and physical resources of the Therapy Department.

To be accountable for the clinical standards and clinical equipment and managing the work of others in the Therapy Services.

To provide strategic leadership and accountability as part of the divisional leadership group.



To co-ordinate the In Hospital Therapy Service at an operational level.

To ensure the efficient running of services, alongside the Out of Hospital Therapy Lead, using effective leadership qualities.

Responsible for communication and dissemination of information and work closely with the divisional leadership team regarding governance and strategic planning of services.

Provide relevant, accurate data as required by various stakeholders.

To represent Therapies on relevant Organisational and External committees and steering groups.

To provide service and workforce objectives and support teams to achieve these.

To be responsible for the high-cost equipment associated with Therapy Services.

To manage the Therapy Services roster and authorise expenditure relating to on-call, overtime and courses.

To be accountable for organising and managing the In Hospital Therapy Services in relation to workforce planning, recruitment, career development and performance.

To represent Liverpool Heart and Chest at relevant regional groups, including AHP council and associated AHP workstreams.


To represent Therapies at relevant committees within the Organisation.

To achieve the departmental objectives for the relevant elements of the therapy services.

Responsible for the development and implementation of policies related to Therapy Services.

To undertake Organisational level tasks delegated by divisional leadership teams.


To maintain accurate and up to date records.

To comply with the HCPC codes of professional conduct.

To be a positive role model at all times and support and promote Allied Health Professions within the Organisation.


To monitor and maintain quality standards across Therapy Services.

Ensure strong communication links with all Therapy Services staff and the wider MDT.

To be responsible for service and workforce development required to meet the needs of our patients and the Organisation.

Continue to further own knowledge through on going professional development from a variety of sources.

To contribute to the dissemination of good practice across the Organisation and wider health service.



All employees must adhere to policies and procedures relating to Information Governance, Confidentiality and Information Security.


The Trust is committed to approaching the control of risks in a strategic and organised manner.

The post holder must be aware of their individual responsibilities as detailed in the Trusts Risk Management, Health & Safety and Incident policies, and those under the Health and Safety at Work Act. This includes the reporting of any untoward incident, accident, potential or actual hazard identified.


All staff are required to be familiar with the arrangements for safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults and support the organisation in promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.

Staff working directly with children, young people and vulnerable adults will have a responsibility to ensure safeguarding and promoting their welfare forms an integral part of their duties.

Staff who come into contact with children, vulnerable adults, parents and carers in the course of their work and/or have access to records will have responsibilities to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.

Staff who come into contact in the course of their duties, with parents, carers or other significant adults or children, young people and vulnerable adults should always be mindful of safeguarding and promotion of the welfare of these individuals.


The Trust is a Health Promoting Hospital. The Trust expects that when you are presented with opportunities to improve the lifestyle of our patients you seek help from appropriately trained clinical staff to ensure patients are supported and assisted in making the necessary lifestyle changes. This is in accordance with best practice as described in the DoH white paper Choosing Health Making Healthy Choices Easier.


The Liverpool Heart & Chest Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is committed to achieving equal opportunities. All employees are expected to observe this policy in relation to the public and fellow employees.

All staff are expected to adhere to, and act in accordance with, the values & behaviours of the Trust.

Person Specification



  • Diploma/Degree/MSc in AHP or relevant profession
  • HCPC Registration


  • Leadership qualification



  • Previous experience leading a clinical area or team.
  • Experience of supervision and development of others.
  • Evidence of effectively managing a financial budget.
  • Evidence of relevant involvement in organisational level objectives.
  • Evidence of participation in service development and audit.


  • Experience leading Therapy / AHP departments.
  • Project management.

Skills and Abilities


  • Ability to work as part of and lead teams comprising of different health care professionals.
  • Highly skilled communicator able to communicate complex and highly sensitive information.
  • Evidence of effective people management and leadership skills.
  • Computer literacy to be able to formulate high level reports and data provision.
  • Evidence of ability to present and communicate in varying formats and to varying audiences


  • Clinical competencies in relevant profession

Values and Behaviours


  • Demonstrate enthusiasm, vision and a desire to achieve.
  • Committed to developing expertise within the Therapy teams and wider AHP professions.
  • Demonstrate a forward-thinking and professional attitude.
  • Tactful and diplomatic.
  • The ability to remain calm under pressure.


  • Interest in developing and promoting the Therapy services at a regional and national level

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

Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital


Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital

Thomas Drive



L14 3PE

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