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Senior Physiotherapist

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
10 Jun 2023

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Physiotherapist, Other allied health
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen due to restructuring. Two band 6 Senior Physiotherapy positions within the community physiotherapy in North and Mid Bedfordshire are available. The total number of hours available are 1.6 whole time equivalents.

The teams work out of 2 sites (Gilbert Hitchcock House in Bedford and Shefford Health Centre in Shefford) within the locality and the base can vary dependant upon applicant. We welcome applicants who want full time or part time employment, or those who would like the opportunity to job share. Full training will be given to the successful applicants.

Main duties of the job

To work within the community physiotherapy service to provide appropriate physiotherapy input to patients and assist with service development and evaluation. Treatments will be in the patients' own homes, in a community setting ie nursing/residential homes or any other facilities as service requires.

About us

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust provides hospital services to a growing population of around 700,000 people living across Bedfordshire and the surrounding areas across two busy hospital sites in Bedford and Luton. Both hospital sites offer key services such as A& E, Obstetrics-led Maternity and Paediatrics.

You will be joining a friendly, high performing Trust committed to ensuring the health and wellbeing of staff. As one of the largest NHS Trusts in our region you will have access to a programme of high quality training and development to help you grow your career.

We have state-of-the art facilities placing us at the heart of cutting edge health care. The Trust continues to be committed to delivering the best patient care using the best clinical knowledge and technology available.

Please note that vacancies may close prior to the advertised closing date when sufficient number of applications have been received. Please ensure that you make your application as soon as possible.

All new staff will be subject to a probationary period covering their first six months in post. Travel between hospital sites may be required.

Please review all documents attached to this advert to ensure you familiarise yourself with all requirements of the job.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To undertake advanced physiotherapeutic assessment and treatment of patients, who have a complex and/or chronic presentation. Use advanced clinical reasoning skills to determine individualised treatment programmes and to maintain records as an autonomous practitioner
  • To hold own caseload of patients referred. Taking responsibility for accepting and discharging these patients and undertake all aspects of clinical duties as an autonomous practitioner. Assess and treat own caseload of patients within the community or outpatient setting providing patient centred interventions.
  • To provide and co-ordinate post graduate development to less experienced staff and clinical placements for student physiotherapists
  • To assist with delivering training programmes to ensure that professionally qualified, professionally unqualified staff, other members of the MDT and carers, are optimally competent to deliver appropriate care to patients
  • Assist in service evaluation and development
  • The post holder will also be required to contribute to a physiotherapy weekend service. Flexible working patterns are required within this team

  • Clinical
  • To ensure a high standard of clinical care for all referred patients rehab needs working across organisations
  • Undertake a comprehensive assessment of patients, including those with a complex presentation, using investigative and analytical skills, and to formulate individualised management and treatment plans, using clinical reasoning skills and utilising a wide range of treatment skills and options to formulate a specialised programme of care
  • To hold a specialised caseload and be professionally responsible and accountable for all aspects of the management of patients in your care
  • To contribute to improving the standard of care to the patients using evidence based treatments, by assisting with implementation of specialist physiotherapy care programmes and evaluating their effectiveness to achieve patient goals
  • To provide advice, teaching and instruction to relatives, carers, colleagues and other professionals, to promote understanding of the aims of physiotherapy, to optimise patient management and to ensure a consistent approach to falls and neuro rehab
  • To communicate effectively with patients and carers to maximise rehabilitation potential and to ensure an understanding of their condition/problems. Communication skills of persuasion, motivation, explanation, and gaining informed consent will be used with a wide variety of patients
  • To work as part of the wider physiotherapy team to ensure the development of physiotherapy services for patients at all times and a continued support of falls prevention and general rehab groups for patients referred to the service
  • Assess patients understanding of treatment proposals, gain consent and have capacity to work within legal framework with patients who lack ability to consent to treatment
  • To be responsible for management of clinical risk of own caseloa
  • To be responsible for maintaining accurate and comprehensive patient records in line with Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) Standards of Practice and Local Standards
  • Represent physiotherapy service and/or individual patients at MDT meetings to ensure (where appropriate):
  • Delivery of co-ordinated multi-disciplinary service.
  • Integrate physiotherapy treatment into treatment programme.
  • Discussion of patient care, progress and discharge planning.
  • Be responsible for the safe and competent use of all patient appliances, equipment and ensure other physiotherapy staff and patients are competent to use this and all equipment used in the home has written and verbal instructions.
  • When working in community and domiciliary setting, work as lone practitioner and use telephone support and buddy system necessary and appropriately.
  • Supervise junior and student physiotherapists in both clinical development and record keeping.
  • To be responsible for accessing advice and support from specialist physiotherapists to promote clinical reasoning and skills for highly complex situations.

  • Professional
  • To maintain own clinical professional development (CPD) by keeping abreast of any new trends and developments and incorporate them as necessary into your work
  • To keep up to date with developments within specialist field, disseminate information, and ensure that practice is based on best available evidence
  • Communicate effectively and work collaboratively with physiotherapy and Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) colleagues across health, social care sectors and voluntary organisations to ensure delivery of a co-ordinated service
  • To provide support, guidance and training to rotational physiotherapists, technical instructors and assistants, in community rehab and contribute to their performance assessment and appraisal with assistance from senior staff
  • To assist with providing training for MDT members. This includes both formal and informal training for medical, nursing and Allied Health Professionals and colleagues including student
  • Represent service when required and act as team lead to cover periods of annual leave
  • To demonstrate a sound understanding of Clinical Governance and Risk Management and apply to work situation, and ensure others do likewise

  • Communication
  • To maintain close links, communication and liaison between all those involved with patient care, both in the community and in hospital. To promote good working relationships at all times
  • To communicate assessment and treatment results to the appropriate disciplines both verbally and in the form of reports and letters
  • To be able to communicate appropriately at all levels with the patient and all those involved in their care, including communication with patients who have complex speech and language problems

  • Supervision / Education
  • To assist with the professional development of junior staff including the assessment and management of patients, control of workload and appraisal
  • To assist with the development of support staff
  • To be responsible for own professional development record as identified in the personal development plan
  • To educate peers and other members of the MDT on aspects of Physiotherapy through talks, lectures and demonstrations
  • To undertake all Statutory and mandatory training required by Trust Policy
  • To attend organised training sessions and complete all relevant competences within agreed time frames
  • Participate in staff appraisal schemes, clinical supervision, and be active in identifying aims and objectives for Personal Development Plans (PDP) in line with departmental policy. Be responsible for complying with developing knowledge to meet agreed competencies
  • To keep an up to date CPD portfolio which is HCPC Compliant
  • To assist in the training and development of others (new members of staff, students and visitors to the service)
  • To keep up to date with IT skills in line with the modernisation of data collection records
  • To participate in appropriate in-service training and individual learning with specific and measurable outcomes

  • Administrative / Management
  • To collect appropriate statistical data in accordance with departmental procedure
  • To participate in multidisciplinary and departmental clinical governance activities including audit
  • To seek to identify opportunities to improve the physiotherapy service, in collaboration with senior staff, in order to provide the best patient care within the resources available
  • To attend and contribute to departmental meetings as agreed by line manager

  • Organisational
  • To identify the areas for development and to facilitate the processes for change and to take the lead in the implementation and evaluation of new programmes
  • To decide priorities for own work section, balancing other patient related and professional demands, and ensure that these remain in accordance with those of the Physiotherapy Department and North and Mid Bedfordshire as a whole, with support from team leader as necessary
  • Contribute to ensuring that communication channels across all sections providing Specialist services are well formed and maintained to help with providing a seamless service within the trusts
  • To undertake as directed collection of data for service monitoring, audit and research projects and participation in these in both as part of a multi-disciplinary team and within the department
  • To comply with all relevant Trust Policies, procedures and guidelines, including those relating to Equal Opportunities, Health and Safety and Confidentiality of Information and attend all mandatory training e.g. Fire, manual handling, infection control Lone Worker etc
  • Be aware of own Health and Safety and report unusual incidents, near misses or accidents to senior member of staff
  • Ensure that own practice and that of staff under supervision meet required professional standards
  • After consultation, undertake any other duties, which may be considered appropriate by the Professional lead Physiotherapist or the Head of Therapies.

  • Person Specification



    • Recognised qualification degree / equivalent in physiotherapy
    • HCPC Registration


    • Membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP)



    • Experience in a physiotherapy position.
    • Previous clinical experience relevant to post
    • Experience as working as part of a multidisciplinary team


    • Experience of providing clinical supervision clinical supervision



    • Ability to manage a clinical caseload
    • Ability to communicate with healthcare professional and the public
    • Ability to motivate others
    • Ability to communicate with people with communication difficulties
    • Interpersonal skills
    • Adaptive team player
    • Effective organisational skills
    • Understand the legal responsibilities of the Profession
    • Ability to keep accurate and legible patient records and statistical information.


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