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Professional Lead Physiotherapist Learning Disability Services Band-8a

North East London NHS Foundation Trust
Barkingside, Ilford
£50,952 to £57,349 Per annum plus HCAS
Closing date
23 Sep 2023

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
The Professional Lead Physiotherapist for Learning Disability will provide a leadership role for the four Physiotherapy Teams working across Learning Disability Services in North East Foundation NHS Trust. The post holder will be responsible for the organisation, strategic planning, coordination, delivering, evaluation and standards of practice for Physiotherapy across the four Learning Disability Services.

The post holder will be expected to support their team, department and organisation to achieve the Trust's Values in their day-to-day work.

Main duties of the job

The Lead Physiotherapist for Learning Disability Services will be based and managed within the Redbridge Directorate, however, they will ensure that the work of the four Physiotherapy services is of the highest standard. They will implement quality and promote a person-centred approach for individual clients and support staff in managing risk and record keeping.

The post holder will act as a source of expertise on the assessment and management of conditions to patients, physiotherapists, student physiotherapists, assistants/technical instructors and other health professionals.

Demonstrate good communication including written, verbal and presentation skills. The post holder should be able to exhibit good negotiating skills in what may be difficult and sometimes confrontational situations.

Carrying out a comprehensive assessment using investigative, analytical and advanced clinical reasoning skills, prior to formation of an individualised treatment plan.

Use a wide range of treatment skills and options for the patients and continually evaluating the outcomes and re-assessing treatment plans and risk assessments as client condition changes and altering the intervention accordingly.

To represent North East London NHS Foundation Trust's Learning Disability Mental Physiotherapy Service at local, regional and national level, in the form of lectures, presentation, training, with higher education and professional body.

About us

COVID-19 VaccinationWe continue to encourage all staff to ensure that they have been double vaccinated and received their booster. We recognise that taking the vaccine provides the best defence against COVID 19 for our patients, our staff and their families.Probationary PeriodThis post will be subject to a probationary period. Internal applicants are exempt from the probationary period (unless you are an internal applicant currently part way through a probationary period or currently a bank member of staff).Starting with NELFTNELFT place a great deal of importance on new starters being properly welcomed and inducted into the Trust. All new starters will join the Trust on the first Monday of each month and will undertake a comprehensive induction of up to two weeks which will include mandatory training, systems training and the allocation of equipment. As part of the process new starters will have the opportunity to also meet the executive team, senior managers and attend a number of drop in sessions focusing in engagement, health and wellbeing and key processes. The induction will be held at our head office in Rainham, Essex.High Cost Area Supplement - LondonThis post also attracts payment for High Cost Area Supplement of 15% of the basic salary (minimum payment of �4,313 and a maximum payment of �5,436 per annum pro rata).

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will be expected to support their team, department and organisation to achieve the Trusts Values in their day-to-day work.

These are the 5Ps:
  • Putting people first
  • Prioritising quality
  • Being progressive, innovative and continually improve
  • Being professional and honest
  • Promoting what is possible independence, opportunity and choice

Provide Leadership

To be professionally and legally responsible and accountable for all aspects of your own work guided by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy code of conduct and professional standards. To ensure a high standard of clinical care for the clients under your physiotherapy management.

The lead Learning Disability Physiotherapist is expected to ensure that administrative systems and staff are properly managed and efficiently deployed to provide effective support for the delivery of services.

The Lead Learning Disability Physiotherapist is responsible for Physiotherapy staff comply with Trust policies and the policies of Partner Authorities in respect of inputting of data into appropriate computer based systems.

To represent Learning Disability Physiotherapy at relevant meetings across Directorates

The detailed Job Description and Person Specification have been attached to the vacancy request as a separate file.

Person Specification



  • Diploma/Degree Qualification
  • Evidence of CPD
  • HCPC registered
  • Post-graduate training relevant to LD Adults working


  • Practice Teacher/Mentor
  • Member of relevant interest group
  • Management qualification



  • Previous experience of working as a Senior LD Physiotherapist within an LD community setting
  • Previous experience maintaining clinical governance and completion of audits to ensure best practice.
  • At least 5 years post graduate experience working as a Physiotherapist
  • Experience of liaising with other disciplines, agencies and providers to assess, deliver and monitor services for clients in the community
  • Demonstrate highly developed assessment and therapeutic handling skills
  • Ability to comply with Trust Manual Handling Policy and local therapeutic handling guidance at all times


  • Experience of NHS and commnunity Social Care working
  • Previous experience in a leadership role.



  • Indepth knowledge and skill base of Physiotherapy techniques and ability to adapt to people presenting with a wide range of physical and mental health problems
  • Expert broad based knowledge of the use and application of the range of learning disability conditions and current evidence based assessment, treatment and outcome measurement.
  • Skills in performance management, risk management, resolution of complaints and clinical governance
  • Ability to present complex information to staff and senior senior management, analyse data from audits and write reports and business cases.
  • have understanding of legal responsibilities of the profession and able to monitor others



  • Raise and maintain the profile of Physiotherapy service with learning disability services
  • Leadership skills to ensure a well trained , motivated and led staff team providing an excellent Learning Disability Physiotherapy service
  • Frequent requirement for prolonged periods of intense concentration to analyse and interpret complex information such as assessments, taking in depth patient history and movement analysis, teaching clinical skills. Including service improvement analysis
  • Flexibility to adapt to unpredictable work patterns
  • Excellent spoken and written communication
  • Excellent negotiation and organisational skills
  • Ability to manage workload and to analyse and agree team priorities
  • Demonstrate able to own problems and get involved in the solutions and mange presenting risks



  • To be aware and demonstrate the Trust Values within the role
  • Satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service check to the Trust
  • Occupational health clearance satisfactory to the Trust.

Employer details

Employer name

NELFT North East London Foundation Trust


Community Health & Social Care: Fairlop Cluster Team

852 Cranbrook Road, Barkingside, IG6 1HZ

Barkingside, Ilford


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