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Senior Physiotherapist

Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 Per annum / pro rata
Closing date
21 Sep 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
To work closely with Occupational Therapy colleagues to provide joint therapies assessments and treatment plans enabling efficient use of Therapies Team resources. To manage a caseload and be responsible for a defined area of the service, working without direct supervision, managing attendance of board rounds and ward meetings to contribute significantly to patient flow.

To be a highly skilled in identifying pathways of patient care, discharge plans and suitable discharge locations.

We are looking to recruit a motivated and dedicated Physio onto our band 6 Physiotherapy rotation where you will be exposed to a variety of rotations and encouraged and supported to develop your knowledge and skills.

Core rotations include:

- Critical Care & Respiratory- Vascular & Surgery- Trauma & Orthopaedics- Stroke- Urgent Care & Frailty- Acute medicine- Elderly Medicine

With opportunities to gain exposure in Oncology and Amputee rehab. Professional Development is encouraged through the annual & rotational appraisals, supervision with the clinical lead of the specialist area and peer group meetings where you have an opportunity to learn from, and share your experiences with your band 6 OT and Physio peers.

Main duties of the job

To provide a high standard of Physiotherapy within the acute adult Therapies team. This includes rotations across the service and site

To be an active member of the evening and weekend respiratory on call service.

To perform more advanced and detailed assessments of patients presenting with a wide range of complex conditions and comorbidities providing a diagnosis, plan and goals to develop, and to deliver an individualised treatment programme to medical patients.

Clinical support and access to advice and supervision available at all times from a senior therapist within the Therapies department.

Day to day management and supervision of ward/ therapy teams including Band 5 therapists and band 3 therapy support workers as well as Physiotherapy students

Undertake evidence based audit and research projects to further own and teams clinical practice.

Support to band 7 and 8 Therapy colleagues in the day-to-day running of the acute adult therapies team including staff appraisals, clinical projects, benchmarking, teaching and service evaluation.

To promote the achievement of Northampton General Hospital's vision and values:

About us

Northampton General Hospital is one of the largest employers in the area and we are on an exciting journey. All of our divisions are committed to doing things better, with more efficiency as we update, modernise, and advance. We have also entered into a Group Model with neighbouring Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and become University Hospitals of Northamptonshire.

Our Excellence Values






We want to recruit the best people to deliver our services across the University Hospitals of Northamptonshire and help to unleash everyone's full potential. As an organisation, we value how we communicate and promote our vacancies to all communities.

The Hospital Group encourages applications from people who identify from all protected groups, especially those from BAME, Disabled and LGBTQ+ backgrounds as these are underrepresented in our hospitals.

We understand that we need to work with colleagues from diverse backgrounds and make sure the environment they work in is inclusive and collaborative.

We have active Networks that promote and support colleagues from all backgrounds.This ensures everyone feels supported and has a sense of belonging working for Kettering and Northampton General Hospitals.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Corporate Responsibilities:

Build safe working knowledge of all equipment used to provide safe patient care and participate in maintenance and training

Supporting Clinical and Patient Excellence:

To work autonomously within departmental clinical teams to provide excellent physiotherapy care to a diverse client group

To increase and expand knowledge base and experience, clinically and non-clinically

To undertake a comprehensive assessment of patients including those with diverse or complex presentation/multiple pathologies use advanced clinical reasoning skills and manual assessment techniques to provide an accurate diagnosis of their condition

Formulate and deliver a complete specialised physiotherapy programme based on sound knowledge of evidence based practise and treatment options

To be an active member of the respiratory on call overnight and weekend rota

To represent the physiotherapy service and/or individual patients at multidisciplinary team meetings. This will include discussion of patient care, progress and involvement in discharge planning

To provide spontaneous and planned advice, teaching and instruction to colleagues, relatives and carers when appropriate to promote understanding of the aims of therapy

People / Management Excellence:

To deputise for band 7 as necessary to ensure smooth running of service. Work alongside team leader to co-ordinate annual leave cover

To be involved in band 5 and support workers appraisals and reviews

Supporting Financial Excellence:

To make best use of NHS resources

Professional Responsibilities, Quality Assurance and Monitoring:

To work within Trust Core Competencies and objectives (Knowledge and Skills Framework based), Chartered Society of Physiotherapy guidelines, HCPC standards and code of conduct and to have good working knowledge of national and local standards and policies

Complete all work necessary to maintain registration and encourage others to do so

Monitor own and others quality and standard of practice by appraisal and review

Maintain and monitor standards on health and safety, consent, note keeping, clinical governance, continuous professional development on both a personal, professional and departmental level

To supervise and teach students on placement

Policy and Service Development, Research and Development Responsibilities:

To use information such as Clinical governance, NICE, and other clinical specific guidelines and evidence of best practice to assist in producing working guidelines, competencies and objectives to develop the service

Other information:

The post-holder may be required to carry out other relevant duties as required.

The post-holder will adhere to the duties specified under the Staff Responsibilities of the NHS Constitution in their day-to-day work and behaviours.

The post-holder will be expected to aspire to the Values of the Trust in their day-to-day work and behaviours in order to support the Trust in achieving its Vision.

The post-holder will adhere to, at all times, any Professional, NHS Code or Conducts and legislation relevant for their area of work.

The post-holder will make themselves familiar with, and adhere to, at all times, the policies and procedures of the Trust, and their area of work.

The post-holder will be expected to work to any Corporate/Division/Directorate/Department objectives and standards in order to provide an acceptable level of service.

The post-holder will be expected to undertake training, including mandatory and role-specific training, relevant to their role and ensure it is renewed as required.

Person Specification



  • Able to assess a patient's needs and plan a treatment plan with short and long term goals.
  • Able to support and teach Technical instructors and band 5 staff.
  • Able to manage caseload autonomously.
  • Physical effort e.g. moving patients.
  • Emotional effort e.g. distressing or traumatic circumstances.
  • Car driver for community based work.
  • Experience of interpersonal working.
  • Good written and verbal communication .
  • Able to modify and progress patient treatment.
  • Able to maintain high standards of note keeping.
  • Able to delegate effectively.
  • Mental effort e.g. concentration levels
  • Able to get to the hospital within 45 minutes, for on call purposes.


  • Have experience in supporting and mentoring students.
  • Teaching and presentation skills.
  • Ability to use and teach the use of physio tools.
  • Ability to access Department of Health and National Institute of Clinical Excellence information using the internet.
  • Recent manual handling training.
  • Health and safety awareness.

Key Competencies, Personal Qualities and Attributes


  • Empathise and understand the needs of a diverse client group.
  • Team work.
  • Work flexibly.
  • Motivate patients.


  • Effecting change after analysis of working practice.
  • Leadership.
  • Innovative practice.

Knowledge & Experience


  • Completion of at least 4 of the core band 5 rotations e.g. orthopaedics, surgical, medical, care of the elderly, respiratory and stroke unit.
  • Current band 5 experience within an acute hospital setting.
  • Participation in work based learning.
  • Evidence of Continuing Professional Development.
  • Evidence of knowledge and understanding of the Clinical Quality Care standards.
  • Experience of working in the NHS.
  • Development.


  • Current experience in respiratory on call work.
  • Experience of leading work based learning.
  • Knowledge and evidence of participation in KSF.
  • Experience and knowledge of Clinical Governance.

Education, Training & Qualifications


  • BSc Honours or equivalent in Physiotherapy.
  • Health and Care Professions Council Registration.


  • Pursuing or willing to undertake post graduate training.

Employer details

Employer name

Northampton General Hospital


Northampton General Hospital




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