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Band 7 Highly Specialist Physiotherapist – Frailty Virtual Ward

Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust
£49,178 to £55,492 a year per annum inclusive
Closing date
9 Jun 2023

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Physiotherapist, Other allied health
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We have an exciting opportunity for a passionate Physiotherapist with highly specialist skills and knowledge in the field of frailty and geriatrics to apply and join the new integrated Frailty Virtual Ward team. The team is a part of an integrated system between BHRUT & NELFT, both known for their work in the field of diversity and inclusivity. This service will be the first of its kind bringing integration between the Acute and Community providers in the London boroughs of Barking & Dagenham, Havering, Redbridge and Waltham Forest.

The role involves working closely with the Acute Frailty and Virtual Ward multidisciplinary team and is pivotal in ensuring all patients within the Frailty Virtual Ward receive the best possible care and service. The service will initially focus on patients who have been admitted to the virtual ward following discharge from an acute hospital ward however will develop to accept patients with direct admission from primary care and other community-based providers.

Main duties of the job

To provide specialist standard Physiotherapy service to patients within the Frailty Virtual Ward which is delivered predominantly within the patient's normal place of residence, facilitating and maximising patient potential within the service boundaries using a holistic approach.

To give highly specialist guidance, advice and education to other members of the Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) on matters relating to your specialist area.

Provide leadership for your team (in conjunction with the Service Manager) in planning, coordinating, delivering and evaluating the Physiotherapy service provided to patients within your area.

To provide a lead role in teaching, supervising and appraising peers, Band 6, Band 5, Student Physiotherapists and Therapy Support Workers.

To deputise in the absence of senior colleagues as required both within management and clinical areas.

To contribute to the running and development of the service through the promotion, adaptation and development of policies, procedures and guidelines using evidence-based practise.

Undertake supervision, mentoring and performance development plans to promote clinical and professional effectiveness of self and others. This includes performance management, management of disciplinary issues in liaison with Service Manager.

About us

Under the leadership of our Chair Jacqui Smith and Matthew Trainer, our Chief Executive, we provide care for the residents of three of the most diverse London boroughs. More than half of our 7,500 strong workforce are from black, Asian and minority ethnic groups and most live in Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge. We also provide healthcare services to people in south west Essex, and specialist neurosciences services to the whole of the county.

Our services include all the major specialties of large acute hospitals, operating from two main sites - King George Hospital in Goodmayes and Queen's Hospital in Romford. We also provide outpatient services at Brentwood Community Hospital, Barking Hospital, Loxford Polyclinic, and Harold Wood Polyclinic. We have two of the busiest emergency departments in London.

As we recover from Covid-19, we're proud to be leading the way nationally in reducing the time our patients wait to get the treatment they need. The pandemic provided the drive forour teams to innovate and change.

We know we have more work to do to improve waiting times for urgent and emergency care, and our performance against the four-hour emergency access standard remains challenged, in comparison to many other London trusts.

We are particularly proud of our regional Neurosciences Centre Radiotherapy Centre Hyper Acute Stroke Unit and dedicated breast care service at King George Hospital. We're also pleased to be part of the NEL Cancer Alliance.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For further information on this role, please see the attached detailed Job Description and Person Specification.

The person specification listed below is not the full specification requirements for the role. Please ensure you review the full specification on the job description prior to submitting your application.

Applicants are advised to read all the information on the advert and the supporting information before completing and submitting an application. As you complete your application please ensure you clearly demonstrate how you meet the criteria in the person specification for this post by adequately completing the supporting information section of the application form.

All new staff appointed at the Trust are subject to a probationary period.

Person Specification

Education/ Qualifications


  • oDegree/Diploma in Physiotherapy.
  • oH.C.P.C. Registration.
  • oEvidence of CPD.
  • oAppropriate post graduate study in specialist field.


  • oCSP Membership.
  • oEvidence of completion of statutory training.
  • oLeadership training.
  • oMember of appropriate specialist interest group.
  • oWillingness to continue post graduate training.



  • oStrong knowledge of medical conditions, and their impact on cognitive, physical & social functioning.
  • oAdvanced knowledge of a wide range of issues (physical, cognitive, environmental, social and political) impacting on the process of treating and discharge planning.
  • oHighly skilled in the assessment and treatment of patients presenting with common pathologies including frailty syndromes, dementia, delirium and falls.
  • oDemonstrate up to date knowledge of best practise and current research in frailty and acute/sub-acute elderly and medical care. (2) oAbility to organise, prioritise and delegate.
  • oAbility to demonstrate leadership and supportive supervisory skills.
  • oAbility to organise, prioritise and delegate.


  • oFull Driving Licence.
  • oOwn transport suitable for business use.
  • oEvidence of developing service provision.



  • oTo have a broad base of experience at Band 5 and Band 6 levels or equivalent.
  • oProven clinical experience in the relevant field during Band 6 rotations, including community and acute
  • oSubstantial post graduate experience working within geriatrics and frailty.
  • oExperience of working closely with community services to support admission avoidance or facilitate early discharge from hospital.
  • oTraining of junior staff and MDT in relevant conditions, treatment and management.
  • oTraining of students on placements.


  • oExperience working within a Virtual Ward.
  • oExperience working in ED

Employer details

Employer name

Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust


Queen's Hospital

Rom Valley Way



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