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Senior Physiotherapist - Orthopaedics

Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year Pro Rata Per Annum
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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

This is an excellent opportunity to join our well established inpatient Orthopaedic therapy team, working across both elective and trauma pathways. We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated physiotherapist to join our teams at Bassetlaw Hospital and DRI.

The post will suit either a Band 5 physiotherapist who is ready for the challenge of a more senior role, or a physiotherapist with experience of working with Orthopaedic patients in the acute setting and is wanting to develop their clinical and leadership skills. We are looking to recruit a Band 6 or can consider a Band 5 development role dependent upon experience.

Our Orthopaedic Multi-Disciplinary Team are excited to welcome all new staff to the speciality at a time when elective services are exploring innovative and proven ways for the whole team to improve patient outcomes, reduce length of stay and reduce the pandemic driven elective backlog. This is an exciting time to join Team DBTH where you will be able to develop speciality skills supported by our clinically based practice development team and build upon your leadership skills through a range of offers from our leadership and organisational development team.

The successful candidates will hold the appropriate Physiotherapy qualifications, have HPC registration and be able to meet the requirements of the post outlined in the Job Description and Person Specification.

The ability to work flexibly, over 7 days and across sites is essential.

Main duties of the job

To provide highly specialist assessment, diagnosis and treatment of patients with complex orthopaedic/musculoskeletal physiotherapy problems as an autonomous practitioner within a clinical speciality area. To take responsibility for self and team development and contribute to service development.

About us

We believe that the best care to our patients and community is provided by a professional and motivated team, so we invest heavily in training and education. There will also be lots of opportunities to support your development and improve your skills.

At Doncaster & Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust you'll be rewarded by a team that's proud to support its staff in all aspects of their lives. If you are up to the challenge, submit an application to become part of team DBTH.

It is our goal to give those who join Team DBTH the tools and opportunities in order to grow their career, so whether you spend just one year or fifty with us, it's our pledge to help you Develop, Belong and Thrive, Here.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To provide highly specialist physiotherapy assessments over a range of conditions and complexities using advanced clinical reasoning to analyse clinical and non-clinical findings to form accurate physiotherapy diagnoses and prognoses.

To assess patient understanding of assessment and treatment in accordance with the Consent Policy, and to assist members of the team to work within the legal framework for patients who lack capacity to consent to treatment.

To provide health education, health promotion and prevention advice.

To manage a clinical caseload, organising this effectively and efficiently with regard to clinical priorities and use of time with access to expert support as required, both for self and more junior staff.

To formulate and recommend to others the best course of physiotherapy intervention and/or treatment programmes to meet the agreed goals set with the individual patient/or carer, using evidence based practice and a wide range of treatment skills and options.
  • To evaluate patient progress, review goal setting and alter treatment programmes as required.
  • To use a range of verbal and non-verbal communication methods to communicate effectively with patients and carers to maximise rehabilitation potential.
  • To overcome barriers to appropriate rehabilitation, including communication difficulties, anxiety or motivation.
  • To ensure that patients privacy and dignity are respected at all times.
  • To contribute to the safe, timely and appropriate discharge of patients. This may require involvement or taking a lead in a multi-disciplinary/agency approach to discharge planning.
  • To work as an effective member of the MDT.
  • To lead ward meetings, case conferences or case discussions as required.
  • To be professionally and legally responsible for all aspects of your own work as an autonomous practitioner.
  • To assist and support other physiotherapy staff in the assessment, treatment and evaluation of their physiotherapy episodes of care.
  • To maintain accurate, comprehensive and timely patient records in line with the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) Standards of Practice and Local Trust and Departmental Guidelines. This will include writing patient specific reports and discharge summaries/letters.
  • To supervise record keeping of identified staff and students in line with professional and local standards.
  • To assess and manage clinical risk within own caseload and support and advise others within the team.
  • To be responsible for the safe and competent use of all medical devices used as part of physiotherapy programmes within the team.
  • To contribute to the delivery of the 7 Day Service within the specialty area if required.
  • To contribute to out of Normal Working Hours Physiotherapy Service in accordance with the Physiotherapy out of Normal Working Hours Policy.

Education and Development
  • To teach and contribute to the development of physiotherapy staff and others within the multi-disciplinary team.
  • To supervise, educate and assess student physiotherapists.
  • To train, supervise and performance manage staff within the team, ensuring appropriate clinical and operational management competencies are developed.
  • To provide highly specialist advice to physiotherapy colleagues and other members of the health and social care community, including medical consultants, GPs and other MDT members.
  • To take a lead role in the planning and delivery of in-service training and CPD programmes.

Clinical Governance
  • To be aware and comply with Trust Policies appropriate to role and responsibilities.
  • To comply with Health Professions Council and Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and Codes of Conduct and Standards.
  • To comply with the Trust Policy on Mandatory and Statutory Training.
  • To comply with the Trust Clinical Governance and Risk Management Strategy and participate / lead related work streams as requested.
  • To comply with Trust Manual Handling Policy and local therapeutic handling guidance at all times.
  • To be responsible for ensuring own competency to practice through Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activities and maintenance of a portfolio in line with Health Professions Council (HPC) requirements.
  • To take responsibility for specific clinical audit projects.
  • To ensure accurate clinical data collection.
  • To fulfil PDA requirements according to Local Guidance/Trust Policy.

Management and Leadership
  • To be responsible for PDA of identified staff and to support others in the PDA process.
  • To ensure that staff under your supervision comply with Trust Policies and Procedures through teaching, training and supervision of practice.
  • To be aware of Health and Safety aspects of own work and implement any policies, which may be required to improve the safety of your work are, including your prompt recording and reporting of incidents to line manager.
  • To be responsible for the operational management of clinical services and development of designated staff within an area of work, agreed with the Clinical Lead/Head.
  • To plan and organise effective and efficient use of all resources within designated work area.
  • To be involved in the reviewing and updating of Departmental Policies and Procedures and write local policies for own work area, as appropriate.
  • To be pro-active in the organisation of the team and assist the clinical lead in service review or redesign.
  • To be responsible for equipment used in carrying out physiotherapy duties, including competence of others to use equipment in accordance with Trust policies.
  • To work flexibly to respond to the changing demands in provision of clinical services.
  • To deputise for line manager as required.
  • To be proactive in the early resolution of complaints/concerns.
  • To produce reports for the section as required

To provide assessment, treatment and advice for patients with orthopaedic conditions on an individual basis or within a group environment.

Accountability to other Organisations
  • Indirectly to Doncaster and Bassetlaw CCGs
  • Musculoskeletal and Frailty Care Group
  • Primary Care

Multi-Site Working
  • Hospital base with some cross site working

Physical Effort
  • Manual dexterity for palpation and manipulation techniques
  • To carry out manual therapy for substantial periods of time
  • Manual handling of patients including occasional positioning and assisting of larger patients
  • Handling of equipment
  • Driving between sites/parking

Mental/Emotional Effort
  • Concentration required to maintain high levels of clinical reasoning and treatment planning over long periods
  • Autonomous screening for serious pathology, requiring further medical intervention
  • Treatment of complex patients with socioeconomic problems, chronic pain and psychological issues
  • Occasional working through interpreters and sign language for the deaf

Managerial/supervisory role
  • Appraisal and clinical assistance of Band 3, 4 and 5 colleagues

Person Specification



  • Diploma/Degree in physiotherapy.
  • Current registration with the Health and Care Professions Council
  • Understanding and knowledge of clinical governance issues within own clinical practice and wider implications for delivery of patient services.
  • Portfolio evidence of reflective practice, relevant experience and CPD.
  • IT skills.


  • Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.
  • Evidence of relevant post-graduate courses.

Interpersonal Skills


  • Good communication and listening skills with an understanding of the needs of people with disabilities and their carers
  • Able to present information, both written and verbally, in a clear accurate and logical manner
  • Ability to comprehend and work within the Trust's policies and data protection and comply with equal opportunities, health and safety to meet the differing needs of patients and others
  • Ability to organise own workload and support more junior staff in organisation of their work
  • Self motivated.
  • Able to maintain judgement under pressure.
  • Positive approach to problem solving. Committed to personal and team development.



  • Experience as a Band 5 physiotherapist/Occupational Therapist in a broad range of areas including relevant experience in the specific clinical specialty
  • Experience of networking within physiotherapy/Occupational Therapy and in the wider Health & Social Care community
  • Experience in clinical audit and effectiveness
  • Experience of working as part of a physiotherapy and multidisciplinary team.
  • Clinical education and development of physiotherapy staff and other members of the MDT.


  • Involvement in physiotherapy projects/working groups.
  • Experience in undertaking personal development appraisal.
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