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Specialist Rotational Physiotherapist

Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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

Are you an experienced Physiotherapist with the passion for working with older people with frailty? Are you keen to develop on your broad clinical skills in acute and community settings? Do you want to develop clinical leadership skills and be involved in exciting service development opportunities? If so, then we are looking for you to join our team! We are a large, vibrant and friendly team of Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists and therapy support workers with a shared vision of supporting older people to do what is important to them and to continue participating in their activities of daily living.

This exciting post would provide you with the opportunity to rotate as a Band 6, gaining valuable experience, clinical and leadership opportunities in both the acute and community.

You will be part of the RUH's progressive and friendly integrated therapies department, where there is a culture of promoting learning and staff and service development.

If you would like to know more about the role, please contact Natalie Hutchings, Occupational Therapy Team Lead on

Main duties of the job

To hold responsibility for own case load and provide a high standard therapy service in rotational posts to:
  • The Frailty Flying Squad (FFS) which is a dynamic team of geriatricians, medical nurse practitioners and occupational therapists and physiotherapists providing early assessment and intervention in the emergency department and Older Person's Rapid Assessment Area (OPRAA) to those patients living with frailty.
  • The Older Person's Assessment Unit (OPAU) and Older Person's Unit Short Stay (OPUSS) which are our short-stay, older people's inpatient ward for our patients who require a bed for less than 72 hours.
  • The Older Person's Unit (OPU) which is the inpatient older people's wards where patients that are likely to require care for longer than 72 hours
  • Rapid Response Team (Bath Falls Car)- a therapy and paramedic team who assess and implement treatment/ service provision to patients who fall in the community, with a view to reducing hospital admissions. You will need a car and a valid driver's license to complete follow-up sessions.
  • The Active Recovery Team (ART+) - you will work with patients in the community to expedite early discharge and challenge your clinical reasoning alongside a supportive MDT where you will learn new skills. You will need a car and a valid driver's license to complete follow-up sessions

About us

At the RUH we're proud to put people at the heart of what we do, working together as one team to make a difference for our patients, each other, and our community. No matter what your role is, we value everyone's contribution in supporting the exceptional, person-centered care we pride ourselves on.

We are committed to creating a compassionate and inclusive environment. This can be seen in our growing community of staff networks - celebrating successes and creating opportunities to listen and learn. We value our differences, champion kindness and civility, and truly believe that diversity makes us stronger.

A culture of learning, developing and innovating is the thread that runs throughout our whole organisation. We want to support you to thrive, taking your career to its full potential.

We value staff wellbeing, with a well-established programme of support. We believe in a holistic approach spanning all aspects of living a healthy life, including physical, emotional, spiritual and financial wellbeing. We've even got a pool!

We are committed to supporting you and hope you want to join our team. In the meantime, find out more aboutliving and working the beautiful historic city of Bath, learn about ourextensive package of staff benefits, and read about how we're providing healthcare fit for the future withthe landmark Dyson Cancer Centreand ourpassion for research.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please find attached detailed person specification and job description for further information about the role.

Person Specification

Qualifications & Training


  • Diploma/degree in physiotherapy
  • HCPC Registered
  • Evidence of regular and relevant CPD activities


  • Membership with the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP)
  • Involvement in CSP Special Clinical Interest Groups
  • Attendance at recent relevant postgraduate courses

Knowledge and Experience


  • Must be able to provide evidence (through appraisals, competencies and reflection from post graduate study) to demonstrate development of specialist knowledge
  • Strong understanding of the physiotherapy process and the ability to apply it when working with older people
  • Experience of student and junior staff supervision
  • Specialist knowledge of a broad range of conditions which older people may present with
  • Knowledge and understanding of the physical, mental and psychosocial needs of older people (using a bio-psycho-social model to support clinical reasoning)
  • Strong understanding of, and positive view of risk enablement
  • Knowledge of validated assessment tools and outcome measures
  • Experience of working as part of a multi-disciplinary team


  • Experience and knowledge of working in a community services and intermediate care settings
  • Experience of working in the emergency department/rapid response service
  • Experience of being involved in service development activities
  • Experience in audit or measuring clinical effectiveness.
  • At least 2 years post qualified experience, to include acute experience



  • Values and respects others, treats everyone as an individual, is non-judgemental
  • Motivated to be genuinely kind and caring
  • Helps and co-operates with colleagues
  • Pro-active and takes responsibility
  • Willing to learn, open to change
  • Motivated to make a difference in whatever way they can
  • Takes pride in themselves, their appearance, their role and where they work.

Specific Skills


  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Good team player-- able to support others in making their contribution
  • To be competent in performing complex assessments and treatments with patients with a variety of conditions
  • Remain updated with professional and evidence based practice and new research
  • Competent IT skills
  • Understanding of the legal responsibilities of the profession
  • Able to present information written and orally, in a clear and logical manner and to keep accurate and legible patient notes
  • Demonstrates effective leadership skills
  • Understanding of clinical governance and its implications for service delivery
  • Flexibility in response to service demand
  • Understanding of clinical governance and its implications for services, including experience of quality issues and audit data protection, equal opportunities and health and safety
  • Effective time management and organisational skills and ability to work under pressure


  • Effective teaching skills
  • Effective presentation skills

Physical Skills & Emotional Effort


  • Regularly undertakes moderate physical effort for multiple periods on a daily basis, whilst carrying out concurrent activities
  • Work often includes intense physical effort for several periods in the day
  • Ability to work in a stressful environment and with emotional or aggressive patients and carers.
  • Able to handle conflict effectively and differences in opinion tactfully.
  • Able to use negotiation skills in conflict management across a range of situations
  • The ability to maintain high levels of concentration when under pressure from competing sources
  • To deal sensitively with patients who have high levels of anxiety and aggression causes by pain, dementia or limited mobility
  • To be able to frequently care for critically/ terminally/ chronically ill patients and deal with distressing and difficult circumstances often giving unwelcome news regarding limited expectations from rehabilitation

Requirements due to Working Environment


  • To work alone in environment e.g. domiciliary settings and during the on-call service, assessing and managing risk
  • The job may involve frequent exposure to highly unpleasant working conditions on a regular (daily) basis, e.g., bodily fluids including sputum, vomit, urine and occasional exposure to verbal and physical aggression
  • Ability to be mobile and travel


  • Valid UK driving licence

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