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Children's Physiotherapist

Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum
Closing date
22 Sep 2023

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting development opportunity has arisen for a Band 5 Children's Physiotherapist within our National award-winning Children's Therapy team. This post is based in Lincoln, working with children and families in the Lincoln and Louth areas. This role is suitable for a newly qualified Physiotherapist or an existing Band 5 Physiotherapist wanting to specialise in Children's Physiotherapy. Full training and support will be given to enable you to develop into a competent and skilled Children's Physiotherapist.

You will join a friendly, dynamic, innovative and supportive children's team who meet regularly for training, peer support and clinical supervision. The team is passionate about improving outcomes and quality of life for children with physical disabilities and respiratory problems living in Lincolnshire. If the successful candidate is newly qualified they will receive mentoring and support through following the trusts preceptorship programme during their first year with the trust.

Main duties of the job

The Children's Physiotherapy team provide assessment, diagnosis and evidence based intervention to children referred for physiotherapy, including providing information to parents, carers, teaching staff and other professionals.

You will manage a caseload of children across a variety of settings and provide the child and their carer's with a specialist programme of care that promotes the development needed to acquire the physical skills to live as independent a life as possible and reach their maximum potential

As a Children's Physiotherapist, you will also provide a specialist physiotherapy assessment of children with Specialist Educational Needs, and to advise and recommend the Local Educational Authority on their management supported by the accompanying legal documentation.

The team has a proactive approach with emphasis on self-care, which helps to empower families and young people.

About us

Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust is in the top 25 per cent of all community trusts for overall staff engagement in the 2021 NHS National Staff Survey.

At LCHS, we know diversity fosters creativity and innovation. We are committed to equality of opportunity, to being fair and inclusive, and to being a place where all belong. We therefore particularly encourage applications from candidates who are likely to be underrepresented in LCHS' workforce.

LCHS recognises the increasing demand for more flexibility in working practices in order to accommodate the personal goals and commitments that employees experience at different stages during their working lives. Flexible working opportunities such as part-time working, compressed hours, job shares, and hybrid working models can help staff to balance their personal and work commitments. Arrangements can be put in place if it can be shown that the needs of the individual can be balanced with those of the service and the impact on other team members, enabling the Trust to recruit and retain skilled staff, raise staff morale, reduce absenteeism and respond to changing service needs more effectively.

We are an ambassador of a learning culture that will support the right individual to progress in their chosen career through an 'earn while you learn' apprenticeship programme. Visit our Learning and Development page to find out more

Job description

Job responsibilities

To manage a personal case load by undertaking a comprehensive assessment and treatment that is evidenced based and within a commissioned framework. To organise this efficiently and effectively with regard to clinical priorities and use of time.

To formulate and implement individual programmes of care and make decisions regarding these using experience, specialist knowledge and clinical judgement, ensuring these are communicated effectively to children and their carers.

To undertake a comprehensive specialist assessment of the childs abilities in conjunction with knowledge based enquiry.

To be professionally and legally responsible and accountable for all aspects of own work including the management of patients within your care.

To make recommendations on the physiotherapy needs that contribute to the assessment of special educational needs of children with varying degrees of learning and physical disability to ensure access to the education curriculum and integration within the classroom and wider school environment.

To provide specialist advice, teaching and training, to the child, parents, carers, and MDT team members including G.Ps, Consultants and Education staff in order to promote an understanding of the physiotherapy aims and expected outcomes.

To contribute to multiagency meetings where care plans for the child are reviewed and revised.

To work in partnership with the child and their parents to agree the most appropriate physiotherapy management and treatment.

To use the results of assessments to make recommendations to education, health and social services on the equipment provision necessary for a child with disabilities.

To be responsible for ensuring the maintenance and safe use of Paediatric Therapy equipment in all settings e.g. standing frames.

To provide specialist assessment in risk management of moving and handling issues in relation to the child and its environment and advise on its impact on the childs treatment programme according to Trust policy.

To participate in the development of evidence based practice within the service.

To develop and consolidate personal knowledge and skills in order to be clinically effective demonstrating the evidence in a CPD portfolio.

To maintain an accurate, current and professional standard of record keeping in lines with professional codes, Therapy Service standards and team specific requirements.

To be proactive in the evaluation and change of clinical services and trust policies including the development, implementation and monitoring clinical standards and outcome measures.

To be an active member of the team by attending staff meetings, training sessions, external courses and by being a reflective practitioner.

Person Specification



  • Degree or equivalent diploma in Physiotherapy
  • Current Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Registration


  • Member of Chartered Society of Physiotherapy



  • Experience of working in the NHS as a qualified physiotherapist or a student physiotherapist


  • Experience of working in community settings

Knowledge and Skills


  • Good communication in a variety of levels and methods
  • Able to respond appropriately within a team
  • Up to date knowledge base
  • Ability to respond and adapt to changes
  • Excellent team worker

Employer details

Employer name

Lincolnshire Community Health Service NHS Trust





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