Band 7 Lead Physiotherapist

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust
£49,036 to £55,049 a year Per annum
Closing date
8 Jun 2023

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

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic, self-motivated and experienced Senior Physiotherapist to join our Therapy Services in Private Patient's Unit based at the Royal Free Hospital.The Private Patient's Unit (PPU) offers a diverse range of specialities including; long term/complex neurological conditions, respiratory, elderly care, general medical, surgery, oncology and step down from critical care, including patients with a tracheostomy. A number of our patient cohort are from overseas and come for second opinions/neuro - rehabilitation.

The successful applicant will be the physiotherapy team lead on the unit and therefore will be responsible for the provision of a highly specialist, evidence based physio service for patients within these speciality areas, supervising and overseeing physiotherapy services within PPU inpatient and adhoc PPU outpatient settings.

Main duties of the job

The post holder:
  • Based in the PPU multi-profession therapy team alongside dietician, occupational therapists, speech and language therapist and therapy assistants and will have daily contact with the PPU clinical lead therapist
  • Responsible for the continuing development of a highly specialist physiotherapy service, providing expert assessment and treatment for adult inpatients in the PPU including adhoc outpatient services.
  • Highly skilled and experienced in the Physiotherapy management of patient's with a tracheostomy and respiratory conditions.
  • A strong leader with line management and will also be required to support senior and junior physiotherapy staff, rehab technicians and students.
  • Working as a key member of the multi-disciplinary team to ensure that patients receive timely assessments and interventions while taking responsibility for the management of a team.
  • Deputising for the Therapies and Dietetic Service Lead for PPU, to ensure the development of collaborative and multidisciplinary team working practices across the Private Patient's Unit
  • Be actively involved in Physiotherapy service development within PPU Service and assist clinical lead with audits
You will be well supported with opportunities for clinical and peer support and offered opportunities for personal and professional development. The Royal Free London has excellent clinical outcomes and the PPU therapy service team has a strong commitment to interdisciplinary, evidence-based practice.

About us

The Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust is one of the UK's biggest and most innovative trusts. Across three main hospitals, our dedicated army of staff care for over 1.6million patients, treat more than 200,000 in A&E, deliver over 8,000 babies and carry out more than 17million tests.

Our size, scale and influence offer you unrivalled career opportunities and a forward-thinking approach to working that works around your lifestyle. From flexible hours and generous benefits, to next level training, we make it easier to take your career to the top

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Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached job description for more information about this role and working at Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust.

Person Specification

Education & professional Qualifications


  • BSc Degree in Physiotherapy or Diploma or equivalent
  • Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registration for profession
  • Evidence or portfolio of post-graduate continued development in specialist clinical area
  • Membership of specialist interest group


  • Evidence of study or intention to study at masters level

Royal Free World Class Values


  • Demonstrable ability to meet the Trust Values



  • Substantial postgraduate experience at a Band 6 level including within specialist area
  • Knowledge and experience of a wide range of approaches for the management of patients with complex conditions
  • Broad range of experience working in acute specialist areas and rehab settings
  • Awareness of cognitive behavioural approaches to rehabilitation
  • Experienced supervising therapy staff, and taking university students placements
  • Experience of leading a team
  • Experience of working in acute neuro and long term neuro rehab settings
  • Experience of teaching to uni-disciplinary/ multidisciplinary groups
  • Experience of multidisciplinary and interagency working
  • Evidence of active involvement in service development & contribution to change within the workplace
  • Experience of working in respiratory care specialist areas


  • Experience of clinical audit and/or research
  • Experienced working in private care

Skills and aptitudes


  • Highly effective written communication skills
  • Able to manage own clinical caseload by prioritising effectively and support others to do the same
  • Evidence of knowledge and skills in a broad range of clinical specialities including; acute medical, surgical, neuro, orthopaedics and outpatients clinical settings
  • Demonstrates knowledge of complex respiratory conditions and application in the clinical area
  • Demonstrates knowledge of acute neuro and neuro rehab physiotherapy and application in the clinical area
  • Ability to demonstrate a commitment to best practice and awareness of relevant national standards/guidelines
  • Evidence of advanced clinical reasoning and the management of complex cases
  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of clinical governance and its application to the work setting
  • Ability to work effectively within different teams both multi and uni-disciplinary
  • Ability to manage own time & meet deadlines and support others to do the same
  • Evidence of professional developments in a acute clinical area
  • Positive attitude to and ability to cope well with change
  • Competent IT skills including use of internet, email and word processing


  • Ability to provide hand therapy interventions
  • Evidence of participating in service development projects or research within a clinical setting

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