Senior Therapist (Physiotherapist/Occupational Therapist)

Isle of Wight NHS Trust
Newport, Isle of Wight
£35,392 to £42,618 a year Per annum
Closing date
6 Jun 2023

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Physiotherapist, Other allied health
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We are seeking an enthusiastic and motivated Senior Therapist (Physiotherapist/Occupational Therapist) to join the Community Rapid Response Team (CRR), at St Mary's Hospital, Isle of Wight NHS Trust.

Do you want to be part of a team that has developed an excellent reputation for delivering high quality care to people within the community?

Then this job could be for you...

The team operate 7 days/week from 0800-2000 our primary function is to reduce hospitalisation rates for older adults living with frailty & co-morbidities by providing sub-acute treatments and interventions to enable people to stay within their own homes safely. Referrals come from multiple internal and external sources.

The team consists of:
  • Nurse consultant for frailty
  • Advanced clinical practitioners
  • Registered nurses
  • Physiotherapist
  • Occupational therapist
  • Associate practitioner
  • Third sector support

The successful applicant will be responsible for delivering high quality individualised patient centered care using a holistic approach. The applicant will conduct comprehensive therapy assessments in order to maintain safe living and minimising risks in their own environment.

Main duties of the job

Attached you will find the person specification document which provides more detail about the essential and desirable skills and experience needed for this role. We highly recommend you review this document and use it when completing your application as these criteria are used by hiring managers as guidance during shortlisting.

For an overview of the main duties of the role please see the 'Job Description and Main Responsibilities' section below. To understand the day-to-day responsibilities in more detail please read the full job description document attached.

We are passionate about providing excellent CARE, which is why our values are Compassion, Accountable, Respect and Everyone counts. Our mission is to make sure that our community is at the heart of everything we do and that we hold our values across all our services.

We are committed to endorsing inclusion, diversity and multiculturalism throughout out services and as such, our procedures and policies ensure that applicants are always treated fairly throughout the recruitment process.

Why not come and see for yourself the CARE we give to our patients and staff. Apply to be part of our team today.

About us

The Isle of Wight NHS Trust is the only integrated acute, community, mental health and ambulance health care provider in England. We serve a population of approximately 150,000 residents, making the services we offer variable and personalised with a flexible approach to our service users.

Working for our Trust brings a variety of benefits, including an onsite day nursery, cycle-to-work scheme, discounts at local businesses and gyms, and the opportunity to hire Trust's beach hut in Ryde. We offer many flexible working opportunities, speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement for you and if it works for the service, we will do our best to make it work for you.

The Isle of Wight is a unique and stunning gem located off the South Coast of England, a short ferry journey from Portsmouth and Southampton, with journey times taking from as little as 10 minutes. London can be reached in 90 minutes by rail from Southampton or Portsmouth. The island offers an amazing coastline with beautiful countryside, year-round events, festivals and award-winning attractions.

Our 2020-2025 strategy sets out to ensure that we continue to be a provider of excellent and compassionate care. As part of this strategy, we are proactively taking steps to ensure that we recruit and retain the highest quality of talent to provide CARE and we would welcome applications from under-represented groups to ensure our Trust is an inclusive and diverse employer.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Using a multidisciplinary approach, the team carry out:
  • Clinical welfare check
  • Observation monitoring
  • Acute nursing input
  • Changes to medication
  • Therapy and physio assessments
  • Equipment instillation
  • Intravenous antibiotics

This post is essential to the successful continuation of the CRR team to ensure that the team is well led, effective and resources are used effectively and is a truly exciting opportunity for a person who wishes to develop clinical and interpersonal skills working within a clinical environment that is dynamic and challenging.

To act as a Community Rapid Response (CRR) Team Senior Therapist with responsibilities for assisting the running and safe effective operation of delivering therapy within the community. The role provides a high standard of therapy intervention primarily in the community primary sector with close working relationships with the acute sector. CRR therapists support the discharge to assess national framework and safe/ timely discharges from secondary care emergency services. The post holder is required to always act in the best interest of the patients under the post holders care.

To maintain key working relationships with a multi-disciplinary team including hospital and primary care clinicians/practitioners and district/specialist nursing colleagues, with the purpose of reducing hospitalization rates for all appropriate patients

The service must be delivered within a governance framework that assures adherence to national and local polices for infection prevention and control and clinical care management protocols.

Please refer to the attached Job Description/Person Specification for full details of this vacancy.
  • The post holder will be expected to work within a multidisciplinary environment and as an autonomous practitioner across both the acute and community directorate. This work will involve collaboration with the existing community services, Emergency Department, MAU and Same Day Emergency Care.
  • CRR is a 72 hour service which aims to provide rapid intervention for patients within the community. The post holder will be expected to independently perform advanced therapeutic assessment of patients with diverse presentations and complex physical and psychological needs. This supports diagnosis in order to enable development and delivery of an individualised treatment program.
  • To be able to identify and refer onto longer term services to meet the individuals ongoing health care needs in a timely fashion.
  • To independently hold responsibility for own caseload and be responsible for a defined area of the service or a particular patient type, working without direct supervision.
  • Supervision taking the form of regular informal and formal training, clinical reasoning sessions, peer review, case conferences. Access to advice and support from a senior Therapist will be available if required.
  • To undertake evidence-based audit and research projects to further develop own and teams clinical practice. Make recommendations to Team Lead/ Clinical Specialist Therapists to review changes to practice by the team.
  • The post holder will report to the Band 7 Therapists, Team Lead For CRR and Advanced Clinical Practitioners
  • Maintain patient comfort, dignity, and privacy at all
  • Demonstrate a continued commitment to professional development.
  • Maintain high standards of care in an environment, which promotes equality and sensitivity for all individuals.
  • To contribute to the development of the Therapy Service by completing clinical audits, service improvements and undertake research.
  • To work flexibly to support the service across 7 days a week
  • To regularly supervise associate practitioners and students
  • Assess patients and coordinate care and advise on management to maintain safety and reduce the requirement for hospitalisation for appropriate patients

Person Specification



  • Degree / Diploma in Physiotherapy/ occupational therapy
  • HCPC Registration
  • Continued Professional Development Diary including evidence or reflective practice, in service training any courses attended and clinical experience gained.
  • Broad range of experience at junior level rotations including Acute, stroke, rehabilitation and elderly care.
  • Demonstrate up to date knowledge of best clinical practice in relevant specialty.
  • Understanding of Clinical Governance and the implications for physiotherapy/ occupational services
  • Participation in audit understanding of clinical risk management
  • Ability to develop effective working relationships on an individual and multi-disciplinary basis with all levels of staff Ability to communicate effectively with all grades of colleague - senior clinical, scientific, technical and managerial colleagues
  • Ability to work within multi / interdisciplinary teams and set team goals


  • Relevant post graduate accredited training e.g. Normal Movement.
  • Previous experience at senior level. Student supervision / clinical education.
  • Supervision of other staff e.g. junior qualified staff/ associate practitioners

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

Isle of Wight NHS Trust


St Mary's Hospital

Parkhurst Road

Newport, Isle of Wight

PO30 5TG

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