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Specialist Physiotherapist

Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Physiotherapist, Other allied health
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

Are you passionate about Respiratory Medicine and CF?

Thrive working on Intensive care?

Experienced in post-surgical Cardiac, Thoracic & Transplant patients?

Enthusiastic about Cardiology?

Then we have the job for you! Join us at our outstanding cardiothoracic specialist hospital.

We welcome applications from current Band 6 or experienced Band 5s with a passion for respiratory physiotherapy, with experience in acute care across multiple specialities, who are motivated to learn & progress. You will be supported by Team Leaders / Deputy Team Leaders on each rotation to develop core Respiratory assessment & treatment skills.

Main duties of the job

Become part of our innovative team covering inpatient and outpatient services including our on-call, twilight and weekend working provision.

Rotations are in the following areas Transplant & Cardiac Surgery, Cardiology, Thoracic & PEA Surgery, ICU, Respiratory Support and Sleep Centre (RSSC) and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Respiratory Medicine Wards (including Bronchiectasis, ILD, & Pulmonary Hypertension) and Cystic Fibrosis.

What we provide to you:

Support and teaching to enable you to provide excellent patient care across all rotational areas

Specialist departmental and team in service training

Regular one to ones, clinical supervision, appraisals, and competency support

In house courses and access to external courses and conferences

Involvement with expert multi-disciplinary teams

Advanced skill teaching and support including ECMO rehab, ventricular assist devices, Nebulised drug challenges, tracheostomy weaning and decannulation.

Opportunity for Service development projects and involvement with audits

Participation in research.

Support and guidance for you to mentor students and junior staff.

Join our supportive, dynamic and growing Physiotherapy team in our internationally renowned Cardiothoracic Hospital at Cambridge Biomedical Campus.

About us

Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is the UK's leading heart and lung hospital, delivering care to more than 50,000 patients a year in its new state-of-the-art hospital in Cambridge.

We perform the most heart and/or lung transplants in the UK and carried out the UK's first successful heart transplant in 1979. It also offers emergency heart attack treatment, sleep centre care and is one of just five centres nationally for those in severe respiratory failure. Based on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus the largest centre of medical research and health science in Europe the Trust is at the heart of treatments of the future.

Royal Papworth became the first hospital trust in the country to be rated outstanding in all five areas assessed by the Care Quality Commission - a rating it still holds today.

The Trust holds its values of compassion, excellence and collaboration at its core, and all colleagues joining the team are expected to uphold these in their day-to-day roles and interactions.

Royal Papworth is proud of its diverse workforce and encourages people to embrace their individuality. The Trust values difference and welcomes all applications irrespective of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and belief, sex and sexual orientation. Providing they meet the minimum post criteria, applicants with disabilities will be offered an interview.

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Job description

Job responsibilities

On this page you will find a Role Profile which provides information about the hospital and full details about the role. We recommend that you review this and refer to it as you complete your application. Please include how you will meet the Trust Values Compassion Excellence Collaboration. If you would like more information about the role or working at Royal Papworth Hospital, please get in touch with the contact for this role.

Person Specification



  • Knowledge of common cardiac & respiratory conditions and treatment options
  • Able to demonstrate sound clinical reasoning
  • Awareness of current cardiorespiratory evidence base and guidelines
  • Demonstrable proactive interest in cardiorespiratory physiotherapy


  • Working knowledge of NHS priorities and initiatives

Values and Behaviours


  • Evidence ability to uphold the Trusts values Compassion Excellence Collaboration and associated behaviour standard at all times



  • BSc physiotherapy, Grad. Dip. Physiotherapy, or pre-registration MSc



  • Experience managing cardiorespiratory patients independently including critical care, medical and surgical patients
  • Experience of rehabilitation in complex patients
  • Experience of on call and weekend working
  • Evidence of on-going professional development demonstrated by a portfolio


  • Relevant postgraduate cardiorespiratory physiotherapy courses
  • Awareness of audit / service
  • improvement and / or research projects
  • Experience of supervision & mentorship of junior staff or students

Professional Registration


  • HCPC


  • MCSP
  • Specialist interest group membership



  • Evidence of excellent communication skills, including verbal, non-verbal and written.
  • Ability to work autonomously and be a team player
  • Ability to work calmly under pressure
  • Ability to work independently and prioritise own workload and delegate effectively to others
  • Ability to problem-solve and make complex decisions
  • Good teaching and presentation skills


  • Experience of using Electronic Patient Records



  • Flexible approach to working hours and practice, ability to work according to service need.
  • Ability to undertake manual handling tasks
  • Ability to work on-call, late shifts and weekends

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