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Specialty Physiotherapist -Acute General Medicine and Frailty

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 pa pro rata per annum
Closing date
22 Sep 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Dear Prospective Candidate,

Thank you for taking the time to consider your application for the role of part time Specialty Physiotherapist within the Acute General Medical (AGM) and Frailty workstream at the Horton Hospital Banbury. We are looking for a dynamic and enthusiastic Physiotherapist to join our team of Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists and Therapy Assistants who as a team provide high quality therapy intervention to patients across Emergency, Acute General Medicine, Trauma and Critical Care.

The team seeks to minimise the adverse physical and cognitive impact of hospitalisation on patients through the application of an early and active recovery model. As part of a multi professional team you will identify and undertake a comprehensive assessment of need at the point of hospital admission and deliver rehabilitation interventions to maximise the recovery of patients postoperatively and during their acute hospital stay. The primary aim of the service is to ensure patients can live well and as independently as possible in their own homes following surgery and acute hospitalisation.

If you are interested in applying for this post and feel you meet the criteria, please do not hesitate to reach out to discuss this role further.

Best wishes,

Louise Digweed, Horton Therapy Clinical lead

Main duties of the job

This role provides an exciting opportunity to join the successful Horton Therapy team as a skilled Physiotherapist.

The post will provide high quality, safe and effective physiotherapy services to Acute and General Medical patients, whilst also having a flexible approach in supporting other areas of Emergency Medicine, Trauma and Critical Care when required.

You will be expected to work collaboratively with patients and their carers to effectively assess, goal plan and treat patients following admission to hospital and strive to maximise their independence and quality of life and work towards the wider Therapy aims of early intervention, active recovery and discharge.

You have the opportunity to support the respiratory cases when required with support from experienced colleagues and a comprehensive training and CPD programme will be provided.

There will be opportunities to supervise and teach recently qualified physiotherapists, support workers and physiotherapy students and active participation in quality improvement, clinical audit and research projects will be supported.

About us

Oxford University Hospitals (OUH) is a world-renowned centre of clinical excellence and one of the largest NHS teaching trusts in the UK. We employ approximately 12,500 staff (including over 4,000 nurses and 2,000 doctors and 850 AHP staff). The Trust comprises four main hospital sites: the John Radcliffe Hospital (which includes the Children's Hospital, West Wing, Eye Hospital, Heart Centre and Women's Centre), the Churchill Hospital and the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, all located in Oxford, and the Horton General Hospital in Banbury, North Oxfordshire.

Our values, standards and behaviours define the quality of clinical care we offer and the professional relationships we make with our patients, colleagues and the wider community. We call this Delivering Compassionate Excellence and its focus is on our values of compassion, respect, learning, delivery, improvement and excellence. These values put patients at the heart of what we do and underpin the quality healthcare we would like for ourselves or a member of our family.

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Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To consistently deploy effective communication and engagement skills enabling effective working relationships with all members of the multi-professional team.
  • To effectively communicate with patients and their carers/family members, including the sensitive management of complex or contentious issues.
  • To overcome barriers to effective communication, such as those caused by pathological impairment or language differences, by deploying effective mitigating strategies.
  • To engage and build relationships with external agencies and providers to enhance patient care continuity and outcomes.
  • To be able to motivate and positively influence others through effective verbal and non-verbal communication skills.
  • Be able to write complex reports accurately describing patients clinical status and ensuring that the information provided aids effective continuing care and clinical management.

Clinical Responsibilities
  • To enact the professional and legal responsibilities for all aspects of the post-holders own clinical practice.
  • To carry out comprehensive assessments for acute and general medical patients following hospital admission, including those with complex presentations, and form treatment and rehabilitation plans in partnership with the patient and their carers/family.
  • To interpret and analyse multiple sources of clinical information to form accurate physiotherapy diagnoses in trauma and acute and general medicine drawing on guidance from senior physiotherapists when required.
  • To formulate and deliver comprehensive treatment, rehabilitation and discharge plans, based on clinical skills, evidence-based practice, and patient preferences.
  • To assess individuals and form a plan of care and recovery with patients who have a respiratory need.
  • To evaluate patient progress against agreed treatment goals and be able to modify plans accordingly.
  • To determine a patients mental capacity to understand and to gain informed consent for treatment. To work within a legal framework with patients who lack the capacity to consent and are deprived of their liberty.
  • To co-ordinate intervention where there is a need to collaborate across multiple disciplines.
  • To maintain accurate written records using an electronic patient record system and maintain fidelity to professional standards.
  • To determine and mitigate for risk of patient and staff harm using the agreed risk assessment frameworks and the Trusts manual handling policy.
  • To demonstrate physical ability to carry out physiotherapy assessment and interventions including manual therapy techniques and therapeutic handling
  • To demonstrate highly developed dexterity, co-ordination and palpatory skills for assessment and manual treatment of patients
  • To represent physiotherapy and/or individual patients at multi disciplinary team meetings, to ensure delivery of co-ordinated care.
  • To contribute to the provision of a seven-day service.
Leadership and management
  • To be responsible for the competent use and maintenance of rehabilitation equipment and support others in the effective and safe use of this equipment.
  • To assist in the supervision, teaching and appraisal of junior staff and assistants.
  • To undertake delegated tasks and roles from the team lead and be able to deputise for them on occasions.
  • To effectively plan and organise own time, patient caseload, meetings, training and be able to adjust plans as required according to staffing levels and unpredictable factors.
  • To assist in the planning of junior staff, students and assistant timetables and deputise for senior staff in organisational duties.

Education and training
  • To organise and contribute to the teams training and post-registration education programme.
  • To contribute to the education of multidisciplinary groups, patients, families and carers as appropriate.
  • To be responsible for individual undergraduate student physiotherapists supervision and practice-based learning.
  • To adopt a proactive approach in learning from others within, and outside of the physiotherapy profession.
  • To be responsible for continuing professional development and maintain a portfolio record to evidence this.
  • To maintain contemporary knowledge to apply and maintain best practice in acute and general medicine and rehabilitation.
  • To actively participate in the departments quality improvement and clinical audit programme through the completion of authorised projects
  • To implement and maintain evidenced-based physiotherapy practice through continuing professional development
  • To ensure good working knowledge and application of national and local clinical standards

Person Specification



  • Diploma or degree in Physiotherapy
  • HCPC registration.



  • Experience in an Acute and General Medicine setting
  • Completion of junior rotations post registration in all core areas (including respiratory/medicine, neurology/rehabilitation, MSK/Orthopaedics)
  • Experience of MDT working
  • Experience of discharge planning including liaison with a wide variety of health and social care providers
  • Experience of evidence based training, audit or quality improvement projects

Employer details

Employer name

Oxford University NHS Foundation Trust


Horton Hospital

Oxford Road


OX16 9AL

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