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Paediatric Physiotherapist - Rotational

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 Per annum - Pro rata
Closing date
23 Sep 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Want to specialise in Paediatric Physiotherapy? Want to gain experience in multiple different sub- specialities?

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic, motivated and dynamic physiotherapist to join our B6 rotations within the children's therapy department in Southampton Children's Hospital.The post holder will gain experience in multiple Paediatric Therapy specialities during 9m rotations in the following :- Respiratory care: Intensive care, high dependency, medicine, surgery- Neurology (1): Acute IP rehabilitation- Neurology (2): Bursledon House rehab unit, neuro-orthopaedics, neurology.- Orthopaedics: IP: trauma, elective, neuro-ortho. Outpatients.- MSK -OP, groups, hydrotherapy- Neonatology: Inclusive of neonatal unit, high care and developmental caseload- Neuromuscular: Regional clinics and OP- Naomi House Hospice: hospice-based therapeutic care to 340+ life-limited and life-threatened children, young people and their families from Hants, Wiltshire, Dorset, Berkshire, West Sussex, Surrey and the IOW.

The successful applicants will be supported by specialist Paediatric OTs and Physios to further develop your clinical and theoretical skills. They will work in a proactive Therapy team participating in regular audits and teaching.

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.

About us

The Children's Hospital is one of 10 largest children's hospitals within the UK and located within UHS, a large regional teaching hospital with links to the university and Welcome Trust research. Children's services have been graded as 'good' by CQC. We have a vast range of Paediatric specialities including a level 3 PICU, and have a designated Major Trauma, neurosurgical, neuro-rehabilitation and cardiac centre.The successful post holder will become an integral part of our 30 strong combined Paediatric Therapy team and wider Therapy services department of over 270 wte staff.

As one of the largest acute teaching Trusts in England, we offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. UHS is rated 'Good' by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care.

All non-clinical roles may involve a mixture of on site and remote working, Specific details and flexible working options can be discussed as part of the interview process. UHS employees are able to access a range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata), and we offer a generous pension scheme.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The successful applicant will be expected to work within our team philosophy, which is We strongly believe in team working in a happy working environment. Workloads are shared and communication/ support is strongly encouraged. We are mutually responsible for the service and its development and expect everyone to carry out a certain level of responsibility.

UHS is a fast-paced environment where effective communication, prioritisation, and delegation skills are essential. Good communication skills are key to enable close working relationships alongside a team of highly skilled Paediatric Physiotherapists /Occupational Therapists / therapy technicians, as well as with the wider multi-disciplinary and multi-professional teams.

The post holder must be able to build a good rapport with the children and their families/ carers, to encourage participation, and will be working with children with a wide range of presenting conditions including orthopaedic, respiratory, neurological, and developmental needs.

The post will require working in different environments that include the hydrotherapy pool, high care areas, paediatric wards, the therapy outpatient department, therapy gym, and children in our offsite rehabilitation centre Bursledon House or off site within Naomi House/ Jacks place hospice.Therefore, a car driver / ability to work between sites is essential, as is being water confident, and able to manage workloads of children with complex manual handling and rehabilitation considerations.

As an acute trust with unpredictable workloads we are looking for someone with the ability to work under pressure, problem solve and prioritise tasks. They should be self motivated and have the ability to work on their own or alongside other staff. As caseloads can often include patients that are acutely unwell we are looking for someone who has experience working in challenging and emotive situations with active coping strategies and resilience.

Essential skills for role: The successful post holder should have completed a comprehensive B5 rotation position including proven acute respiratory caseloads. You must have acute respiratory On-call/ out of hours experience Proven paediatric experience is an essential criteria however this does not need to be hospital-based experience. The applicant must be keen, enthusiastic and have a definite desire to work within paediatrics. The UHS Therapy services department runs a 7-day service, using a rota system so weekend/BH working and active participation in the On-call out of hours unscheduled acute respiratory services will be expected.

Due the unique nature of this post we welcome informal enquires or visits please contact Michelle Geary or Jenni Palmer on 02381204560

We look forward to hearing from you.

If you are interested in other Therapy opportunities, please email

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and direct trains to London. The New Forest National Park and beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than London and 14 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted

Person Specification

Trust Values


  • Patient First
  • Always Improving
  • Working Together

Qualifications, knowledge, and experience


  • Degree in Physiotherapy or equivalent
  • Current HCPC registration
  • Experience with a variety of physical and mental health conditions/multiple pathology
  • Experience of working with support staff
  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary team
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Experience in independently managing a caseload of patients
  • Previous experience within relevant clinical area
  • Previous experience on-call, where relevant to clinical area

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust


university Hospital Southampton

Tremona Road


SO14 2AA

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