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Senior Physiotherapist in Prehabilitation

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year p.a. pro rata
Closing date
7 Jun 2023

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Physiotherapist, Other allied health
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced and self-motivated individual to join the Pre-Operative Assessment Department, as a Specialist Physiotherapist in Prehabilitation. This role will involve working within a large multi-disciplinary team, as the sole physiotherapist, providing prehabilitation advice and support to a wide range of surgical patients.

You will work within two Prehabilitation services at CUH: the PRIME Service and Fit 4 Surgery.

The PRIME Service is a highly specialised Clinic, comprising of a large team of Consultant Anaesthetists and Geriatricians, plus Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy. The team assess and optimise older adults with frailty prior to undergoing elective surgery. There will be opportunities to work with a variety of Surgical specialities, including Colorectal, HPB, Gynaecology, Urology, Orthopaedics, Plastics and Vascular.

Fit 4 Surgery is a prehabilitation service aimed at all patients undergoing major surgery at CUH. This team is comprised of specialist Nurses and Consultant Anaesthetists and aims to improve patient fitness before surgery. The team have recently secured funding to expand the service to include digital prehabilitation to patients.

Main duties of the job

  • The focus of this role is preoperative optimisation through prehabilitation and proactive discharge planning.
  • You will be part of the PRIME service a service which supports and optimises older adults with frailty prior to elective surgery.
  • You will also be part of the Fit 4 Surgery team providing physiotherapy input to an optimisation for patients undergoing major surgery.
  • You should be a recognised expert in the proactive management of pre-operative patients, particularly those with frailty, responsible for providing specialist advice regarding expert rehabilitation and support to, and liaising with, other staff. This includes the provision of specialist education and training for other staff and students.
  • Responsible for implementing a clearly defined integrated approach to older patients' care encompassing evidence based care.
  • Required to undertake research and lead clinical audits in own specialist area, including appropriate dissemination of research findings.

About us

Our Trust

Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) NHS Foundation Trust comprises Addenbrooke's Hospital and the Rosie Hospital in Cambridge. With over 11000 staff and over 1100 beds the priorities of the Trust focus on a quality service which is all about people - patients, staff and partners. Recognised as providing 'outstanding' care to our patients and rated 'Good' overall by the Care Quality Commissioner, is testament to the skill and dedication of the people who work here. CUH's values - Together - Safe, Kind, Excellent - are at the heart of patient care, defining the way all staff work and behave. The Trust provides accessible high-quality healthcare for the local people of Cambridge, together with specialist services, dealing with rare or complex conditions for a regional, national and international population.

CUH is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community - a place where we can all be ourselves. We value our differences and fully advocate and support an inclusive working environment where every individual can fulfil their potential. We want to ensure our people are truly representative of all the communities that we serve. We welcome applications for all positions in the organisation irrespective of people's age, disability, ethnicity, race, nationality, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage and civil partnership status, or pregnancy and maternity status or social economic background.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The Pre-assessment Team is a welcoming and dedicated team who are continually striving to deliver excellent care to patients. There is a strong ethos of quality improvement and the opportunity to lead projects. Both Prehabilitation Services have presented at international and national conferences and there is a strong drive for service improvement and support for continuous professional development.

This opportunity would be suitable for Band 7 or experienced Band 6 Physiotherapists with a strong background in surgery, who wish to specialise in the exciting and rapidly evolving area of prehabilitation. You will need to have excellent communication and organisational skills and experience of working with a variety of surgical patients.

Please see the attached Applicant Information Pack (combined Job Description and Person Specification) for key duties and responsibilities.

The vacancy will close at midnight on 4 June 2023.

Benefits to you

We offer development opportunities and a wide range of benefits including on-site leisure facilities, shopping concourse, day nurseries and access to a great transport system with easy access to airports and rail travel.

Please note if you would like to discuss the required hours of this role further, you should approach the contact given. In some cases alternative working hours will be considered.

We welcome applications from the Armed Forces.

Person Specification



  • -Diploma / Degree in Physiotherapy -State Registration -Evidence of relevant post-graduate courses / CPD -Ability to work to MSc standard


  • -Membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy -Relevant validated clinical courses -Involvement in special interest groups, i.e. AGILE, BGS -4 MSc qualification



  • -Substantial postgraduate experience -at band 6 level providing a broad range of experience including respiratory, elderly care, neurological, DME and musculoskeletal conditions -Experience of working as part of a physiotherapy team and/or MDT -Contributing to clinical education of less experienced staff or students or assistants -Competency to participate in Weekend Service


  • -Experience at Band 7 level -Supervisory Skills including students -Collaborating with community and intermediate care services



  • -Substantial knowledge of inpatient physiotherapy -Able to work independently -Able to pass on knowledge within formal and informal environments


  • -Advanced knowledge



  • -Excellent inter-personal skills -Good IT and organisational skills -Able to communicate with patients with impaired communication abilities -Able to demonstrate empathy, motivate and persuade patients with impaired cognitive abilities or physical senses -Able to pass on skills within formal and informal environments -Able to maintain judgement under pressure -Critical Appraisal / Research -Participation in Audit / Research


  • -Evidence of participation in research / audit -Presentation skills

Additional Requirements


  • The ability to understand and behave at all times, towards patients, visitors and colleagues according to the Trust values of Safe, Kind, Excellent.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Addenbrookes Hospital-Division B

Hills Road



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