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Highly Specialist Physiotherapist - Shoulder & Upper Limb Team

Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust
£49,178 to £55,492 a year pa inc HCAS
Closing date
26 Sep 2023

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
This full-time post offers the opportunity to further develop your highly advanced clinical and leadership skills within the Shoulder and Elbow Unit at RNOH. It is a unique opportunity, supported by an experienced multidisciplinary team, including specialist surgeons and an internationally recognised Consultant Physiotherapist in the field of shoulder instability and rehabilitation.

Main duties of the job

The role encompasses assessing and treating patients in both an outpatient setting and those undertaking intensive, complex inpatient rehabilitation. Whilst the role is predominantly clinical in nature in the fields of shoulder and peripheral nerve injury rehabilitation, it also includes a significant leadership role training and development of other staff, the application of evidence based practice, the evaluation of patient and service outcomes and active participation in service development. The Shoulder & Elbow Unit has a strong research foundation and the opportunity to actively participate in clinical research will be available and encouraged.

About us

The RNOH is a national centre of excellence and the leading orthopaedic hospital in the UK with an international reputation for diagnosis, assessment and treatment of neuro-musculoskeletal conditions. This ranges from the most acute spinal cord injury, bone tumour and complex joint reconstruction to orthopaedic and specialist rehabilitation. This broad range of neuro-musculoskeletal services is unique within the NHS.

The Therapy directorate has a strong research, education and innovation culture providing the successful candidate with many opportunities to be active in these areas alongside established strong training and academic links.

Job description

Job responsibilities

This is an ideal opportunity for a team-player who has extensive post graduate experience, specifically in the musculoskeletal Upper Limb field, has excellent clinical reasoning skills and is passionate about shoulders!

Please see the attached Job Description and Person specification for more information on the role requirements and duties.

Person Specification



  • Diploma/degree in physiotherapy
  • Registered with Health and care Professions Council
  • Evidence of CPD maintained portfolio including attendance at recent post graduate courses relevant to this post/specialist area
  • Attended courses related to staff supervision/development and leadership


  • Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
  • Successful completion of recognised post-registration clinical course in specialist field MSc modules MACP
  • Leadership Course



  • Extensive post graduate experience within the healthcare environment
  • A broad range of clinical experience including orthopaedics/MSK, rehabilitation encompassing the core areas of expertise of exercise therapy, movement re-education, manual therapy and pain management.
  • Experience at minimum of band 6 level, working in specialist area for a minimum of 18 months
  • Attained a high level of clinical competence in your specialist area
  • Experience of student or physiotherapy technical instructor /exercise therapist supervision
  • Experience of leading clinical audit in specialist area and demonstrates a sound understanding quality issues
  • Experience of teaching junior staff and undergraduates
  • Participated in Appraisal
  • Up to date knowledge of professional practice and new research
  • Understands legal responsibilities of profession
  • Demonstrates a sound understanding of clinical governance and its implications for physiotherapy


  • Experience in NHS
  • Experience working with patients with complex needs
  • Experience in leading group exercise or educational sessions
  • Undertaken research / evaluation of practice / work based projects and initiated change
  • Experience as appraiser
  • Involvement in national clinical interest group
  • Member of specialist interest group relevant to field
  • MSc in related health care field



  • Up to date knowledge of professional practice and new research
  • Understands legal responsibilities of profession
  • Able to present information, written and orally, in a clear, concise and logical manner
  • Competent IT and presentation skills
  • Ability to organise and prioritise a complex and busy caseload
  • Ability to communicate with patients with complex presentations/histories or impaired communication abilities. Able to demonstrate empathy, motivate and persuade patients with impaired cognitive abilities or physical senses.
  • Demonstrates clinical reasoning, applying theory and evidence to practice
  • Demonstrates a sound understanding of clinical governance and its implications for physiotherapy
  • Ability to carry out moderate to intense physical effort throughout the working day, often multi-tasking
  • Ability to work in a stressful environment and with emotional or aggressive patients and carers

Employer details

Employer name

Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust


Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital

Brockley Hill



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