Respiratory Physiotherapist ITU Surgery/ Respiratory Medicine

Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust
£37,162 to £44,629 Per annum inc. HCAS
Closing date
29 Sep 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We have an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic, highly motivated and skilled Band 6 to join us in a rotational respiratory post. The rotations would be between ICU/ surgery and respiratory medicine. The successful candidate would start on a ICU/Surgical rotation.

The ICU/Surgery rotation would be within the critical care team who currently provides inpatient Physiotherapy to ITU, and the Surgical wards including Plastics, Urology, General Surgery, Amputees and ENT. Our Critical Care team are pivotal in leading the rehabilitation of patients, optimising ventilation, extubation, NIV and leading tracheostomy weaning.

The respiratory medicine rotation would involve working on the respiratory ward and on the medical acute dependency unit which cares for level 2 patients including ICU stepdowns, tracheostomies not requiring ventilation, HFNO, and NIV.

Our Critical Care team lead runs the oncall training for oncall staff. This role will work closely with them and the other respiratory band 6s to help with upskilling staff, delivering SIM training, and ensuring staff competencies.

Post holder will be required to take part in the emergency on-call and seven day weekend working rotas.

Main duties of the job

This post holder will have a clinical case load depending on the rotation (on ITU and the surgical wards/amputees, or medical respiratory units) and will be responsible for delegating for the team lead in their absence and in supervising junior members of staff.

There will be an opportunity to be heavily involved with teaching junior members of staff, rehab of respiratory patients, ventilation management and weaning.

There is an exciting opportunity to be involved in enhanced recovery after surgery pathway and we are looking to develop prehabilitation.

About us

Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust provides NHS hospital services for around 900,000 people across Berkshire, Hampshire, Surrey and south Buckinghamshire.

As well as delivering excellent general hospital services to local people, we provide specialist heart attack, vascular, stroke, spinal, cystic fibrosis and plastic surgery services across a much wider area.

We have three main hospitals - Frimley Park in Frimley near Camberley, Heatherwood in Ascot and Wexham Park near Slough.

Our three core values, and the behaviours that support them, guide everything we do and set out what we expect of our staff in the way they treat patients, visitors, service users and each other, Committed to Excellence, Working Together and Facing the Future.

We are also proud to host the Defence Medical Group South East at Frimley Park with military surgical, medical and nursing personnel working alongside the hospital's NHS staff providing care to patients in all specialties

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To be responsible for implementing within your clinical practice, the relevant standards and policies.
  • To propose and make changes to working practices in consultation with the speciality lead where applicable.
  • To maintain a high standard of clinical care using evidence based practices and evaluate the outcomes.
  • To be responsible as an autonomous practitioner to undertake a significant clinical caseload depending on the rotation (on Intensive Care and the Surgical Wards/ Amputees, or medical respiratory unit).
  • Have a role in the service provided to both in and outpatient lower limb amputee patients.
  • To undertake the comprehensive assessment of patients including those with complex presentation using investigative and analytical skills. To seek guidance from senior staff as required.
  • To devise an individualised physiotherapy management and/or treatment plan, using clinical reasoning skills to utilise a range of treatment options in formulating a specialised programme of care.
  • To be professionally and legally responsible and accountable for all aspects of your professional activities working within codes of practice and professional guidelines. This includes patient documentation in both professional and medical notes and monthly statistical work sheets.
  • To demonstrate a sound understanding of clinical governance, clinical risk and to demonstrate the use of treatment plans with an evidence based link.
  • To demonstrate physical ability to carry out physiotherapy assessment and interventions, including highly developed manual physiotherapy techniques and therapeutic handling. There is a frequent requirement to exert moderate physical effort for short periods during the day.
  • To keep up to date with clinical developments and maintain background knowledge in this speciality area analysing current research and discussing and implementing changes in clinical practice.
  • To ensure that junior members of the team are informed of developments and changes and work to these standards.
  • To ensure that as an individual practitioner, the post holder advises the Team leader and Head of Service of any changes to the service to ensure quality and effectiveness of care for their patients.
  • To be responsible for the safe use of equipment used in carrying outphysiotherapy duties, adhering to the departments medical devices policy. This includes competence and accuracy to use equipment by your self and other healthcare professionals, carers and patients.
  • To participate in the on call and emergency rotas.

For a full list of responsibilities, please see the attached job description.

Person Specification



  • HCPC Registration
  • Degree or Diploma in Physiotherapy
  • Demonstrate up to date knowledge of best clinical practice in relevant speciality
  • Understanding of professional ethics and their application in practice
  • Evidence of recent study in relevant clinical area
  • Demonstrate understanding & involvement of Clinical Governance and risk assessment
  • Basic knowledge of health legislation
  • Relevant experience at Band 5 level


  • Member of relevant clinical interest group (ACPRC, BACPAR)
  • Clinical educators training
  • Evidence of some managerial training



  • Interpersonal skills including clear, concise and effective verbal and written reports
  • Computer literacy
  • Organisational skills
  • Supervisory and appraisal skills
  • Able to think logically and problem solve
  • Analytical skills demonstrated both clinically and managerially
  • Able to present information to a group
  • Teaching skills
  • Basic management skills
  • Be able to communicate with individuals on a 1:1 basis and in groups
  • Ability to reflect and critically appraise own performance


  • Facilitation skills
  • Assertiveness
  • Good negotiating skills

Professional / Specialist / Functional Experience


  • Completion of band 5 rotations. This includes experience in the relevant clinical areas, General Medicine, Orthopaedics, Surgical/ICU, Elderly Care, Neuro, Outpatients.
  • Training and supervision to support all physiotherapy staff and students
  • Multidisciplinary working
  • Audit
  • On call/Weekend working


  • Experience in development of a project or service
  • Experience of research

Employer details

Employer name

Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust


Wexham Park Hospital

Wexham Street



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