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Senior MSK physiotherapist

County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust
£36,392 to £42,618 a year pro rata
Closing date
29 May 2023

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Other allied health
Band 6
Contract Type
Job summary

We have exciting opportunites for senior full time and part time MSK physiotherapists to join our friendly, supportive and successful CDIMS MSK team in County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, one of the largest intergrated health care trusts in the country. The CDIMS service is a single point of access service for all MSK referrals for the region and continues to develop e.g recently securing FCP contracts and rheumatology ESPs. Therefore CDIMS can provide you with many future career opportunities/ experiences.

The current team comprises of upper limb, lower limb, spinal, A&E, hand and rheumatology ESPs, FCPS and MSK rehabilitation service, providing a robust training and supervision framework for all staff.

The post holder has opportunities to develop clinical, supervisory, and leadership skills with full support. CPD opportunties and a wide range of MSK experiences are offered which can be tailored to your needs.

A band 5 to band 6 MSK preceptorship programme with full support is available.

Bank contracts or return to practice honorary contracts can also be considered.

Flexible base of work discussed at interview. Hours are available at Peterlee and N Durham.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will work with CDIMS team providing evidence based assessment, treatment and rehabilitation for individuals and patient groups within our gym settings. Your caseload of patients are referred from both Primary and Secondary care and include those from the wider MSK Pathway (e.g. First Contact Practitioners and self-referral pathway).

You will work closely with a band 7 supervisior for support and alongside ESPs in advancing your clinical skills, knowledge and leadership skills. Rotational experience is available within different specialities/ sites - plastics, # clinic, A&E, ACL deficient and reconstruction rehabilitation, GP referrals, and hydrotherapy according to your work profile. Your individual experience needs will be discussed/ agreed and tailored within our annual appraisal framework and peer support.

CDDFT MSK physiotherapy team has a strong supportive culture for personal and professional development, clinical supervision and opportunities. There is a strong commitment to continuing professional development and wellbeing support.

There is opportunity for supervisory roles of band 5s, students and assistants with full training provided.

About us

If you are being interviewed you must accept an interview slot in the system to continue, even if you have arranged with the manager

You must be able to produce ALL certificates stated essential in the person specification or you will not be able to complete pre-employment checks

To be eligible for Health and Care Worker visa sponsorship you will usually need to be paid at least �25,600 per year

We provide hospital services from two acute sites - Darlington Memorial Hospital and University Hospital of North Durham. We have a centre for planned care in Bishop Auckland and provide care from community hospitals in Chester-le-Street, Shotley Bridge, Barnard Castle, Sedgefield and Weardale as well as over 80 other community based settings and providing care in patients' homes.

At County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust our aim is to always deliver excellent care with compassion to deliver the highest quality of care our patients deserve. We value the personal skills, experiences and qualities that individuals bring to the Trust; creating an inclusive working environment to attract talented people who feel motivated, involved and able to influence the future direction of our services.

We particularly welcome applications from disabled and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates as BAME and disabled people are currently under-represented

Full Job Descriptions can be found in the adverts supporting documents

Job description

Job responsibilities

As a senior MSK autonomous physiotherapist in CDIMS ( Co Durham Intergrated Musculoskeletal service), you will be providing evidence based assessment, clinically reasoning the treatment, advice and rehabilitation of patients with MSK conditions. You will independently manage a post -operative routine/ orthopeadic referred caseload of patients from secondary care and can progress to a more complex caseload of patients referred from Primary care which includes referrals from our FCPs and self-referral pathway.

We can offer full support to gain the skills required to start or progress your journey towards Advanced Clinical Practice through our preceptorship program if required. Progressive Band 5 to Band 6 preceptorship posts are available for those working towards relevant clinical skills in this post. Please state on application form if you wish to be considered for this post. We also offer support to physiotherapists requiring a return to practice placement for HCPC re - registration through an honorary contract, can also indicate on your application if you wish to be considered for this process. Bank positions are also available.

Within a normal working day within the CDIMS service you have senior MSK support available and work alongside specialist ESPs, to escalate patients for further investigation or to discuss patients with seniors/ ESPs as required. Our senior staff and our robust intranet physiotherapy site can also provide you with guidance on all local MSK pathways and protocols. You will have flexibility within your template for telephone or face to face reviews of your patients. CDIMS can also help support you to progress to telephone consultations for New assessments for selected patients traiged into a telephone slots.

Many CDIMS band 7 physiotherapists have injection skills on our sites, and are available for case discussions. Appropriate patients for injections can be booked in designated slots following a shared decision process with your patients. Assistants band 3 staff are available at every site to support you to rehabilitate patients, you can refer for individualised care by providing a plan or protocol. You will be allocated your own gym time to enable you to access well equiped gyms so you can rehabilitate individual patients or within a group setting.

You will be teamed with a band 7 as a supervisor who will support your personal development plan within the appraisal framework. CDDFT support protected supervision time which is led by the supervisee for your individual needs. We can arrange rotations to different MSK specialities within the CDIMS team if you require experience for your MSK work profile or interest. Rotations are available in plastics, # clinics, gym rehabilitation, GP referrals, hydrotherapy at University Hospital Durham. Static or rotational Band 6 posts are also available at other sites for further experience of band 6 staff members according to personal and service needs.

Shadowing and training is available throughout the full service with consultants, A&E, plastics, FCPs in GP practices, ESPs in all specialities, gym rehabilitation and hydrotherapy. This is arranged within your personal development plan. The department runs In-service training sessions together with access to learning on e -learning for health. External courses can be accessed by inclusion onto the annual training needs anaylsis by the department.

CDIMS use SystmOne for clinical note keeping - training can be provided using test patients if you are unfamiliar with this System within your induction program. CDDFT provide a full induction program which includes mandatory training together with a local physiotherapy induction tailored to your needs. Training will also be provided with all CDDFT ICT programs as required. You will also be provided with you own laptop.

Full training for student supervision can be arranged with a local university and you would be supported by a band 7 with students at any site.

You will have access to rehabmypatient program for individualised exercise prescriptions for your patients, together with evidenced based leaflets on our intranet produced by the teams special interest groups. These can be accessed in paper form or electronic versions according to patients individual needs.

You will have opportunities to develop leadership skills in conjunction with clinical e.g interviewer, appraisal training. CDIMS promotes all staff to be involved with quality improvement projects and promotes future career opportunities.

The department has a track record for staff wellbeing support following all local CDDFT guidance. You will have access to a well-being hub which includes support telephone numbers and you can be invited to the North East NHS outdoor wellbeing group. The NENC ICS also provide a well being hub which all our staff have access to which provide various proactive help and support solutions depending on needs.

The current service priority for band 6 hours within CDIMs at the present time are Peterlee Community Hospital and North Durham sites- this can be considered at interview depending on your current location.

For any further information about the role please contact Claire Jacobs on or 07717631822

Person Specification



  • BSc Physiotherapy or equivalent. Continuing Professional Development Diary including evidence of reflective practice, training and clinical experience.


  • Recognised relevant academic qualification in relation to MSK conditions. An understanding of County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, its culture, strategic direction, achievements and NHS standing.



  • Experience at B5 level in Out Patient MSK physiotherapy. Experience of working with MDTeams with NHS settings


  • Experience of clinical supervision of staff and students Experience of Cognitive behavioural therapy and Bio psycho-social model of care

Statutory Registration


  • HCPC registered


  • Member of CSP

Special Skills & Knowledge


  • Up to date knowledge of professional practice and new research in management of MSK An understanding of legal responsibilities within the profession Able to present information, written and orally in a clear and logical manner Ability to organise and prioritise and work to 18 RTT. Clear ability to manage waiting list pressures Ability to maintain high levels of concentration and analysis of presenting symptoms from patients Excellent communication skills both written and verbalIT skills


  • Innovative approach to working life Able to use own initiative appropriately to enhance service delivery Presentational skills
  • Knowledge, evidence and application of audit and research

Special Requirements


  • Able to travel across Trust sites to meet the requirements of the post


  • Experience of System One for clinical note keeping

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