Senior Physiotherapist Respiratory

Barts Health NHS Trust
£40,701 to £48,054 a year per annum inc
Closing date
5 Jun 2023

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Physiotherapist, Other allied health
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting band 6 acute respiratory care physiotherapist opportunity has arisen at Newham Hospital. The post holder will work across the newly expanded critical care unit and respiratory wards.

The post holder will work alongside the growing therapy team which included band 7 physiotherapists and occupational therapists and a newly developed clinical specialist physiotherapy 8a post.

You will manage acute respiratory patients including those ventilated, on NIV and with tracheostomies. You will lead the early rehabilitation of critically unwell patients.

You will work with the respiratory therapy team to support the development of ward based MDT skills of acute respiratory management, Optiflow, Non-Invasive ventilation, Tracheostomy management and deep suctioning.

This post offers a unique challenge for a highly motivated physiotherapist who is keen to specialise in respiratory. This is a Newham Hospital based role.

You will attend internal and external courses and participate in the supervision of students and more junior staff.

Main duties of the job

To provide a high standard physiotherapy service to patients on the critical care unit and respiratory wards contributing to weekend and on call service provision.

About us

Barts Health is one of the largest NHS trusts in the country, and one of Britain's leading healthcare providers.

The Barts Health group of NHS hospitals is entering an exciting new era on our improvement journey to becoming an outstanding organisation with a world-class clinical reputation. Having lifted ourselves out of special measures, we now have the impetus and breathing space to chart a fresh course in which we are continually striving to improve all our services for patients.

Our vision is to be a high-performing group of NHS hospitals, renowned for excellence and innovation, and providing safe and compassionate care to our patients in east London and beyond. That means being a provider of excellent patient safety, known for delivering consistently high standards of harm-free care and always caring for patients in the right place at the right time. It also means being an outstanding place to work, in which ourWeCarevalues and behaviours are visible to all and guide us in how we work together.

We strive to live by our WeCare values and are committed to promoting inclusion, where every staff member has a sense of belonging. We value our differences and fully advocate, cultivate and support an inclusive working environment.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To perform all aspects of clinical duties as an autonomous practitioner providing advanced physiotherapeutic assessment of patients with diverse presentations and complex physical and psychological conditions, providing a clinical diagnosis, developing and delivering individualised treatment programmes primarily to respiratory patients
  • To hold responsibility for own caseload for a defined area of the service or a particular patient type, working without direct supervision. Supervision takes the form of regular formal training and clinical reasoning sessions, peer review, case conferences. Access to advice and support from senior physiotherapists is available if required, clinical work is not routinely evaluated
  • Supervise, educate and assess the performance of physiotherapy students this would be to graduate standard
  • To participate in evidence-based audit and research projects to further own and teams clinical practice, within each rotation. Make recommendations to clinical lead/manager of service for changes to practice by the team. May lead the implementation of specific changes to practice or contribute to service protocols

Person Specification



  • Relevant post registration experience as a Physiotherapist.
  • Post registration experience in relevant clinical settings: Respiratory, Neurology, Surgery, MSK.
  • Documented evidence of CPD, in accordance with HCPC recommendations
  • Experience of working as part of a multi- disciplinary team.
  • Experience of audit/research.
  • Experience of sole working as part of an emergency out of hours service
  • To have had relevant NHS or similar experience.



  • Application of Risk Management
  • Ability to deliver training both internally within the profession and externally to other staff groups.
  • Ability to organize, priorities and delegate
  • Ability to keep accurate and legible patient notes
  • Ability to apply current best practice in physiotherapy in acute physical, community and rehab settings.
  • Ability to maintain respiratory competency to be able to perform emergency physiotherapy duties
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to supervise other staff e.g. more junior staff / assistants / students.
  • Ability to work as an effective team member
  • Ability to demonstrate flexibility and reliability.
  • Ability to gain patient's trust.
  • Ability to engender confidence & feeling of safety in patients about their care.
  • IM& T skills.



  • Understand legal responsibilities of the profession and the associated code of ethics.
  • Broad knowledge of current best practice in PT in acute physical, community and rehab setting.
  • Detailed knowledge risk management.
  • Knowledge of clinical governance and its implication for services.
  • Understanding and compliance with Data Protection & Confidentiality



  • Diploma/Degree in Physiotherapy
  • Member of the Health Care Professions Council

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

Barts Health NHS Trust


Newham University Hospital


E13 8SL

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