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Strategic Lead Physiotherapist - Adult Inpatients

Cardiff & Vale University Health Board
£59,857 to £69,553 per annum
Closing date
22 Sep 2023

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Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced and innovative physiotherapist to lead the adult inpatient and specialist rehabilitation services for Cardiff and Vale University Healthboard. The postholder will have responsibility for adult secondary and tertiary physiotherapy services based across sites in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan, which include University Hospital of Wales, University Hospital Llandough, St David's Hospital and The Barry Hospital.

Cardiff and Vale University Healthboard has an award-winning Therapies Rehabilitation Model driving the development of our services. The post holder will align with therapy colleagues through our directorate structure to support this model and the development of clinical pathways delivering high quality, safe care through expert knowledge, leadership and education.

The role requires a leader with excellent communication and influencing skills, experience of leading across a range of services and of working with service users and other professionals. They will be supported in this role by the head of physiotherapy and there is a wide range of opportunities for professional development, service development and research.

Main duties of the job

This Physiotherapy Strategic Lead position is the professional and managerial head of adult inpatients and specialist rehabilitation, across Cardiff and Vale University Health Board (CAVUHB). These services sit within the CAVUHB Physiotherapy Service and the role is an integral member of the Senor Physiotherapy Leadership Team.

The postholder has allocated responsibility for the financial, facilities and human resources for their delegated service and is accountable to the Head of Physiotherapy Services for the performance management and provision of an operationally effective service that complies with all the requirements of corporate and clinical governance.

The postholder actively contributes to the senior physiotherapy leadership team in identifying the strategic direction for the service and works collaboratively with the Head of Physiotherapy Services, service users, service commissioners and external agencies to identify needs and evaluate priorities. In conjunction with the physiotherapy leadership team they will implement the necessary changes to service delivery, within allocated resources.

About us

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board is one of the largest Integrated Health Boards in the UK, employing over 15,000 staff, providing over 100 specialist services. Working across 6 hospital sites, we have a diverse range of career opportunities to offer. Serving around 500,000 people living in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan, we are focussed on the health and care needs of our local population whilst working with our partners to develop regional services.

Our mission is Caring for People, Keeping People Well,and our vision is that every person's chance of leading a healthy life should be equal. As an organisation we are unashamedly ambitious for our population's health, rising to the challenges of today and tomorrow through our 10-year strategy, Shaping our Future Wellbeing. We are contributing to a healthier Wales with great emphasis placed on innovation and improvement, learning from around the world and leading the way in clinical research. Partnership working is strong at Cardiff and Vale, and we work closely with our staff and our community.

Cardiff, the thriving Welsh capital, is a fantastic city to live and work in with an abundance of sports, arts and cultural attractions. Situated to the west of Cardiff, the Vale of Glamorgan offers a combination of beautiful Welsh countryside and a dramatic natural coastline. Whether city life or rural living, Cardiff and the Vale offers the best of both worlds.

Job description

Job responsibilities

You will be able to find a full Job description and Person Specification attached within the supporting documents or please click Apply now to view in Trac

Person Specification



  • oDegree or equivalent, or post graduate qualification in physiotherapy leading to registration.
  • oAppropriate range of post graduate clinical education
  • oEvidence of management / leadership training portfolio
  • oHolds or is working towards post-graduate qualification at Masters level in management or clinical skills/practice



  • Leading physiotherapy services including in the acute setting
  • Leading service development and change management at an operational level
  • Line management of staff and retention and recruitment of staff
  • Clinical and organisational audit
  • Budget setting and working within a financial framework
  • Working within a corporate and clinical governance framework
  • Performance management


  • Strategic planning
  • Research methodology

Skills and Knowledge


  • oWork autonomously when required to make complex clinical and managerial decisions
  • oAbility to manage services across a range of health care settings and locations
  • oSkills in management of health and safety, clinical and corporate governance
  • oAbility to communicate, verbal and written, at all levels, within and external to the UHB
  • oIT literacy, including the use of email and Microsoft Office software.
  • oEffective leadership skills
  • oNegotiation, group facilitation and behaviour change skills


  • oThe ability to articulate a strategic vision

Special Knowledge


  • oLocal, All Wales and national policies relating to profession
  • oRelevant local, All Wales and national clinical guidelines and professional practice
  • Patient / public involvement
  • oResearch methodology in terms of principles and practice

Personal Qualities


  • oAbility to respond to unpredictable work patterns and meet daily deadlines
  • oAbility to deal with conflict and facilitate conflict resolution
  • oAbility to counsel and support staff

Employer details

Employer name

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board


University Hospital of Wales

Heath Park


CF14 4XW

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