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Senior Physiotherapist Band 6

Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year
Closing date
29 May 2023

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Physiotherapist, Other allied health
Band 6
Contract Type
Job summary

Following a workforce review, an opportunity has arisen for a rotational band 6 physiotherapist to join the Therapies Department at Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital which has been twice rated as Outstanding by CQC. The post holder will be a senior figure within the teams for providing high quality respiratory care and rehabilitation and be an integrated member of the MDT.

We have a structured training/appraisal programme in place to develop your skills and actively support continuing professional development both individually and as a wider Therapies department.

We welcome you to contact us for further information.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for a motivated physiotherapist with previous experience in a variety of respiratory conditions and on-call service, to join our department.You will gain experience across critical care, surgical and medical wards, cystic fibrosis, pulmonary rehabilitation and our new rotation at Marie Curie Hospice in Woolton. You will be part of the late service and on-call/weekend services. You will be a positive, flexible and forward-thinking individual who can support others and be a positive role model for physiotherapy and AHPs.

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


POST: Specialist Physiotherapist - Rotational


ACCOUNTABLE TO: Therapy Manager

RESPONSIBLE FOR: Junior Physiotherapists, Technical Instructors, Physiotherapy Assistants & Undergraduate Physiotherapist.

  • To be an integral member of the Therapy Team providing specialist physiotherapy care to patients.
  • Provide supervision and education to junior staff and undergraduates.
  • Participate in the late and on call rota.



To undertake all aspects of clinical duties as an autonomous specialist practitioner assessor

To be professionally and legally accountable for a designated patient caseload and to decide priorities for own work area, balancing other patient related and professional demands.

To undertake the comprehensive assessment and accurate diagnosis of patients, including those with complex presentations, using investigative, palpatory, analytical and clinical reasoning skills

To undertake physical treatment techniques using highly developed manual skills where appropriate.

To maintain patient records accurately and legibly in accordance with Trust and professional guidelines.

To provide spontaneous and planned advice, teaching and instruction to relatives, carers and other disciplines and agencies to promote understanding of the aims of physiotherapy and ensure continuation of the treatment programme.

To participate in the on call service covering weeknights, weekends and bank holidays and the late service once level of competence has been achieved.

To undertake competency training for specialist physiotherapy equipment.

To provide supervision and education to junior staff and undergraduate physiotherapists.

To provide advice and support to nursing staff regarding specialist physiotherapy equipment.

To communicate with empathy, patient information which may be of a complex and sensitive nature

To acknowledge and support patients, relatives and carers rights by promoting individual choice respecting their beliefs, privacy and dignity at all times.

To participate in the IST programmes for therapy staff


To deputise for senior staff as required

To contribute to the induction of new staff within the therapy department

To collect & collate patient statistics and support senior staff in maintenance of relevant databases.

To participate in team meeting to ensure the effective exchange of information across the team

To identify and propose service changed for own work area and lead project groups when required


To support senior staff in the training of other professionals

To participate in the Trusts appraisal process


To participate in clinical audit and research.

To participate in continuing professional development as per Trust policy.

To maintain registration with the HCPC.

To perform all duties in accordance with the HCPC & CSP Standards.


Communicate relevant information about patients and their managementto relevant clinicians and other appropriate members of the medical staff and health care professional in other NHS Trusts & Community Services.

Communicate relevant information to patients and carers about treatment and condition, in a language they can understand.

High level communication skills and the ability to develop a rapport with challenging patients and their carers.

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

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

Actively participate in the trusts Professional Development.

Participate in department in-service training program/journal club etc.

Support training of professional colleagues e.g. nursing staff with regard to physiotherapy management of patients.

To contribute to the dissemination of good practice across professional and organisational boundaries.

Please see attached document for General Statements.

Person Specification

Values and Behaviours


  • Demonstrate enthusiasm, vision and a desire to achieve
  • Committed to developing expertise within physiotherapy and the clinical speciality
  • Demonstrate a forward-thinking and professional attitude
  • The ability to work as part of a team
  • Flexible and able to adapt to situations which may be stressful and highly pressured.
  • An ability to motivate and develop more junior members of the team
  • Ability to work to the Trust values and behaviours



  • Diploma/Degree/MSc in Physiotherapy
  • HCPC Registration


  • Membership of relevant clinical interest group e.g. ACPCF, ACPRC, BTS
  • Normal movement courses

Skills and Abilities


  • An ability to work as part of the MDT and communicate appropriately with all grades of staff.
  • An ability to empathise and reassure
  • Evidence of presentation and teaching skills within a healthcare environment


  • Experience of presenting to mixed audiences e.g. doctors, nursing staff and other AHPs



  • Evidence of recent and relevant CPD including attendance at courses relevant to respiratory +/or stroke and rehabilitation physiotherapy
  • Good clinical reasoning skills based on evidence and current research
  • Evidence of attendance at mandatory training
  • Demonstrate a good knowledge of the MDT and their differing contributions to patient care
  • Experience of supervising staff


  • Knowledge of airway clearance techniques such as AD, PEP, Acapella, Flutter, NIV
  • Good IM & T Skills

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