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Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist (Rheumatology)

The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Physiotherapist, Other allied health
Band 7
Contract Type
Job summary

30 Hours per week -Tuesday is part of the working pattern.

We are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic and committed individual to this new Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist post at the Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust. The post holder will provide clinical expertise in the provision of Neuromusculoskeletal (NMSK) Physiotherapy, specifically the treatment of Rheumatological conditions.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will provide highly specialist advice, assessment and management of patients with Rheumatological conditions including those with highly complex needs. The patients seen referred primarily via the Rheumatology Consultants and wider multi-professional services.

Applicants must have a comprehensive knowledge of Rheumatological conditions and be able to demonstrate relevant experience of assessment, treatment and management of these conditions, which is supported by personal postgraduate development. This will include the management of patients in 1:1 settings and as part of specialised gym classes including hydrotherapy.

At the Rotherham Foundation Trust we have a strong commitment to development through supervision, staff and student training. Along with your own personal development being supported, an important part of the role will be to provide support, direction and training to other members of the respective Therapy Services Teams including Physiotherapy Students from the local area.

About us

The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust is a combined acute and community Trust serving a population of over 260,000 with over 4,500 staff. Our vision is to always act the right way and be proud to provide exceptional healthcare to the communities of Rotherham. We are working successfully with partners across South Yorkshire as part of the Integrated Care Board where we are leading and collaborating in several key work streams and service areas, including workforce development. We combine our patient first approach with innovation and care against a backdrop of system working, as encapsulated in our Trust values

AMBITIOUS - We set high standards for the services we deliver. We aim to be an outstanding Trust and we are enthusiastic about delivering excellent health care for our patients.

CARING - We embrace the importance of giving the highest possible quality of care for our patients. We also care for each other as colleagues and for the community, our resources, our environment and our future.

TOGETHER - We value the importance of working together with patients, carers and families to ensure that we provide high quality patient centred care. We are committed to working with partners and stakeholders across Rotherham, South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw to develop sustainable services for the population we serve. Getting the right leaders in the Trust is critical to achieving.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the attached Job Description and Person Specification for full details of the role and responsibilities

Person Specification



  • Evidence of leadership and management expertise and knowledge acquired through CPD and experience
  • Knowledge and experience of using standardised assessments and development of relevant outcome measures
  • Demonstrates knowledge of equipment available and able to assess and fit where applicable
  • Knowledge and understanding of national legislation, guidance and regulatory framework including NSF, NICE, Information Governance, Equality and Diversity, Data Protection, Safe Guarding, Professional and Clinical Guidelines.
  • Knowledge of Clinical Governance and implications for service area
  • Knowledge and evidence of participation in clinical audit and evidence gathering methods
  • Evidence of continuous improvement through benchmarking and sharing and utilising best practice
  • Knowledge and understanding of Health & Safety in the work environment and implications for service area
  • Awareness and understanding of relevant health and Social Care legislation

Training and Education


  • Evidence of up to date continuing professional development within NMSK & Orthopaedic



  • Broad post registration clinical experience of working within NMSK and Orthopaedic Physiotherapy, specifically the treatment of Rheumatological Conditions
  • Evidence of development and supervision of staff and students



  • Diploma/Degree in Physiotherapy
  • Current HCPC Registration
  • Post graduate qualifications in the treatment and management of Rheumatological Conditions


  • Post-graduate qualifications relevant to NMSK & Orthopaedics speciality including Rheumatological Conditions
  • Membership Specialist interest groups e.g. British Society for Rheumatology
  • Management/leadership qualification or equivalent
  • Completed recognised IT course e.g. ECDL/Elite/MOST



  • Able to demonstrate advanced patient/client clinical reasoning and assessment skills

Communication and relationships


  • Able to present and receive complex information within a multi professional team.
  • Ability to convey sensitive information in an empathetic manner to patient/clients/clients relative/ carers and staff.
  • Demonstrate effective written, verbal and non-verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to adapt skills to ensure effective communication at all levels

Skills and abilities


  • Demonstrates skills & ability in use of computer packages on a regular basis
  • Demonstrates an ability to prioritise own and team workload and meet required timescales
  • Responds appropriately to urgent and emergency situations
  • Ability to reflect and critically appraise own performance and that of others
  • Ability to identify need for service development and implementation of action plans to address
  • Proven ability to prioritise and delegate

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab) .

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust


Moorgate Road


S60 2UD

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