Highly Specialist Children’s Neonatal Physiotherapist Band 7

Croydon Health Services NHS Trust
Depending on experience pa Incl. HCAS (Outer)
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Physiotherapist, Other allied health
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a full time neonatal physiotherapy role, split 60% (3dpw) based within the Specialist Care Neonatal Unit at Croydon University Hospital and the remaining 40% (2dpw) based at the Crystal Children Development Centre with community clinics.

This is a brand new role (new roles for OT, SLT, Dietetics and a Psychologist are also being recruited) to complete the Neonatal MDT within our Unit. This is a new provision for Croydon and is very exciting area of development for our Neonatal services

Main duties of the job

Band 7 Highly Specialist Children's Neonatal and Community Physiotherapist Full time (3 days Neonatal and 2 days community at the crystal centre)

This role will involve working with a busy and varied caseload and includes the assessment and management of babies with a variety of needs, including congenital deformities, syndromes, hypoxic brain injuries and complex medical and surgical problems. Assessment and intervention are carried out within all areas of the neonatal unit, working closely with both families and the multidisciplinary team and facilitate development of community clinics to continue the support to these children and families.

The role includes being an advocate for developmental care amongst the preterm population and working alongside nursing colleagues to ensure supportive positioning and neuroprotective care, to optimise neurodevelopmental outcomes.

The role includes the assessment and screening of premature infants to identify babies at risk of adverse neurological outcomes and provide early intervention for high-risk infants, and participate in multidisciplinary follow up clinics.

Previous experience within the NHS is essential along with excellent communication skills as the role requires the ability to communicate complex and/or sensitive information to groups of people or individuals with a range of background and previous knowledge.
Interview date : TBC

About us

Croydon Health Services NHS Trust provide hospital and community services from a number of community and specialist clinics throughout Croydon. The Trust was formed on 1st August 2010 through the integration of Croydon Community Health Services and Mayday Healthcare NHS Trust. Around 4,100 staff provide services for a population of over 360,000 people who are relatively young with a high level of ethnic diversity.

Our main hospital site, Croydon University Hospital is one of the busiest in London. We're also leading the way in providing more healthcare outside hospitals at clinics, specialist centres and in people's homes. Our experienced district nursing teams, Allied Health Professionals and community matrons look after people of all ages across Croydon and our Children's Hospital at Home cares for children with long-term conditions without them having to come to hospital.

Across the NHS everyone is working hard to meet growing demand and we're no exception. But with the right people on board, we are rising to this challenge, putting our people in the driving seat, encouraging innovation and transforming our services to give local people the quality of care they deserve. Croydon Health Services puts a great deal of importance on education and training throughout the careers of all of our staff. As well as offering access to a range of core skills training and professional development.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the attached supporting document which contains more information about the role in the job description and person specification

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Person Specification



  • Degree or diploma in Physiotherapy
  • HCPC registration
  • neonatal experience and training


  • Relevant postgraduate training applicable to Children's Physiotherapy
  • Introductory management training

Knowledge and Understanding


  • Knowledge of assessment and interventions relevant to specialist children's physiotherapy .
  • Highly specialised observation and treatment skills relevant to the assessment of neonates and infants' developmental needs
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • The ability to motivate and lead others
  • Uses clinical reasoning and reflective practice.
  • The ability to prioritise effectively and to assist others to do likewise
  • Awareness of NCIE guidelines


  • Evidence of clinical educator training and/or appraisal skills
  • Skills in use of a range of standardised assessment tools relevant to neonatal care (prechtl, AIMS, HINE, HNNE, LAPI, Bayley).
  • Member of APCP
  • Aware of clinical governance agenda in NHS.



  • Minimum of 3 years experience working with children's, including 1 year proven experience at minimum of band 6 level.
  • Experience of working with families and carers in a family and child centred approach
  • Evidence of providing teaching sessions including group presentations
  • Completion of the online HEE Neonatal Physiotherapy Foundation Modules (found on e-learning for health)
  • Experience working in an MDT Experience in treating infants / children with developmental delay / neurological impairment
  • Post graduate experience in the field of paediatric physiotherapy, including neonatal care.
  • Clinical experience within the NHS Presentation / teaching skills to the MDT


  • Experience of data collection and electronic patient information systems
  • Active member of APCP or other relevant special interest group
  • Experience of developmental care and family integrated care
  • Previous participation in audits and research
  • Experience in service evaluation and service development
  • Team leadership experience Experience working in neonatal follow up clinic
  • Completion of training for use of standardised assessment tools for high risk infants, such as: LAPI, Prechtl GMA, Bayley's, Hammersmith, NBO



  • Functional IT skills for e-mail, report writing, data collection
  • Able to work as an effective team member with leadership skills
  • Innovative thinking. Problem solving.
  • Ability to use own initiative and to know when to seek help.
  • Good time management skills Good organisational skills
  • Ability to evaluate own performance.
  • Able to communicate with children, parents and staff
  • Ability to respond positively to challenge.


  • Has attended role development course and /or courses in time and change management
  • Skills in a particular area of paediatric practice, e.g.CPIPs



  • General health and fitness meet the physical requirements of the role

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