Specialist Respiratory Physiotherapist

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
8 Jun 2023

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Job summary

We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced respiratory physiotherapist to join the Oxford Sleep and Ventilation Service for a 12 month fixed term contract covering maternity leave. We welcome applicants without direct clinical experience of long-term ventilation, but a range of transferable acute and chronic respiratory skills is essential.

There will be opportunities for service development, especially in the implementation of recent technological advances in non-invasive ventilation.

Main duties of the job

The post involves setting up and supporting a range of patients requiring long-term ventilation, including neuromuscular conditions, COPD, obesity and chest wall deformity. This is an opportunity to be involved in the long-term management of a hugely varied caseload including highly complex patients who may be ventilator dependent and/or require tracheostomy ventilation. Complex airway clearance and cough management is also an integral part of the role.

The Oxford Sleep and Ventilation Service is part of the Oxford Centre for Respiratory Medicine based at the Churchill Hospital. We are a tertiary service which has a world class clinical and academic reputation, delivering excellent care within Oxfordshire and surrounding counties. We currently support more than 16,000 obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) patients on continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) and provide invasive and non-invasive ventilation to approximately 800 patients at home, including those who have enhanced airway clearance needs. The post is part of a MDT of consultants, nurses, physiotherapists, physiologists and support workers but also has strong links with other specialist services such as the home oxygen service, neurological services and hospices.

Please contact Kathryn Bowyer (01865 225561; kathryn.bowyer@ouh.nhs.uk) Lead Specialist Respiratory Physiotherapist, to arrange an informal visit.

About us

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trustis one of the largest NHS teaching trusts in the country. It provides a wide range of general and specialist clinical services and is a base for medical education, training and research. Find out more herewww.ouh.nhs.uk

The Trust comprises four hospitals - the John Radcliffe Hospital, Churchill Hospital and Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Headington and the Horton General Hospital in Banbury. Our values, standards and behaviours define the quality of clinical care we offer and the professional relationships we make with our patients, colleagues and the wider community. We call thisDelivering Compassionate Excellenceand its focus is on our values of compassion, respect, learning, delivery, improvement and excellence. These values put patients at the heart of what we do and underpin the quality healthcare we would like for ourselves or a member of our family. Watch how we set out to deliver compassionate excellence via theOUH YouTube channel.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The role is primarily outpatient based but involves some inpatient and domiciliary work. The post-holder will not be expected to participate in the physiotherapy weekend and on-call service. Access to a vehicle is essential for the role.

Please see attached job description and person specification for further details.

Person Specification

Education / Qualifications


  • Diploma/Degree in Physiotherapy
  • Registered with the Health Professions Council
  • Evidence of Continuing Professional Development including attendance at recent post-graduate courses relevant to the clinical field


  • Evidence of postgraduate Masters level study
  • Membership of appropriate special interest groups



  • Extensive NHS experience in cardiorespiratory care at band 6 level in a range of acute and chronic settings
  • Experience of staff supervision and development
  • Evidence of participation in research/audit


  • Experience of team leadership
  • Experience in respiratory medicine including non-invasive ventilation
  • Advanced airway clearance skills e.g. cough-assist, LVR, manual assisted cough

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities


  • Highly competent clinician with specialist skills in cardio-respiratory care
  • Specialist knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology related to cardio-respiratory care
  • Specialist clinical reasoning skills in cardio-respiratory care
  • Understanding of the legal responsibilities of the profession
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to keep legible and accurate notes in English
  • Able to present information in a clear and logical manner
  • Presentation and teaching skills
  • Proven organisational skills, including prioritisation and delegation
  • Able to work at intense levels of concentration during most of the working day
  • Ability to work within a stressful and unpredictable environment
  • Able to carry out moderate physical effort throughout the working day and carry out concurrent activities
  • Working knowledge of Clinical Governance including Risk Management, Audit and Quality
  • Excellent IT skills
  • Ability to comprehend and work within the Trust's policies of data protection, equal opportunities and Health and Safety to meet the differing needs of the patients

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