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Physiotherapist (XR05)

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year
Closing date
29 Sep 2023

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you interested in becoming a physiotherapist, working in one of the largest teaching hospital trusts in the UK?

We have Band 5 vacancies and are looking to recruit physiotherapists who have the ambition, dedication and commitment to work for Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust (LTHT).

LTHT is a regional centre for multiple specialist areas of medicine and surgery as well as being a major trauma centre for the region.

Main duties of the job

The Physiotherapy team for adults is broadly divided into Musculoskeletal, Neurosciences, Specialty Medicine and Respiratory/Critical care. Successful candidates joining the trust will be provided with 6-month rotational opportunities within these core areas.

Physiotherapists in the trust are provided with and encouraged to explore CPD opportunities for development in clinical, teaching and leadership skills through a comprehensive in-service training program and relevant clinical supervision. At LTHT there are also frequent opportunities to participate in active research or audit.

Working at LTHT is underpinned by the Leeds Way and we are very passionate about demonstrating these values.

About us

Please note that the rotations encompass Leeds General Infirmary, St James University Hospital, Chapel Allerton Hospital and Seacroft Hospital. New sites of working may be added in the future.

If you are interested in working with us in Leeds and would like any further information prior to applying, please contact Sean Dunnion via email

Interviews scheduled week commencing 16th October 2023 and will be virtual on MS Teams.

Leeds Teaching Hospitals is committed to our process of redeploying 'at risk' members of our existing workforce to new roles. As such, all our job adverts are subject to this policy and we reserve the right to close, delay or remove adverts while this process is completed. If you do experience a delay in the shortlisting stage of the recruitment cycle, please bear with us while this process is completed, and contact the named contact if you have any questions.

Job description

Job responsibilities


To assess diagnose plan and deliver physiotherapy treatment programmes to patients with physical and psychological conditions in their care.

To carry and prioritise their own clinical caseload as an autonomous practitioner

To be responsible for their own continuing professional and personal development

To be responsible for maintaining accurate and comprehensive physiotherapy treatment notes / records for each patient


The post holder will rotate on a six monthly basis around various clinical areas.

They will be responsible for their own variable caseload within that speciality area. Access to advice and support from a senior physiotherapist is available if required clinical work is not routinely evaluated.



Degree or equivalent


A variety of clinical areas experienced through student placements or previous junior rotations


Competent written and verbal skills

Ability to organise and prioritise own workload

Time management skills


Sound theoretical knowledge of physiotherapy practice

Awareness of current issues in healthcare

Standards of professional practice

Personal Attributes

Enthusiastic and self-motivated

Flexible and adaptable

Good interpersonal skills

Ability to work independently and as part of a team


Our values are part of what make us different from other trusts, so we see this as a strength, as well as a responsibility. They have been developed by our staff and set out what they see as important to how we work. Our five values are:






All our actions and endeavours will be guided and evaluated through these values

Additionally the following are core values which relate specifically to this post:

Commitment to the development of physiotherapy within the clinical setting

Commitment to maintaining high standards of physiotherapy clinical

Commitment to own development


Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is part of the West Yorkshire Association of Acute Trusts (WYAAT), a collaborative of the NHS hospital trusts from across West Yorkshire and Harrogate working together to provide the best possible care for our patients.

By bringing together the wide range of skills and expertise across West Yorkshire and Harrogate we are working differently, innovating and driving forward change to deliver the highest quality care. By working for Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust this is your opportunity to be a part of that change.

WYAAT is the acute sector arm of the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership, one of the largest integrated care systems in the country. The Partnerships ambition is for everyone to have the best possible health and wellbeing, and the work of WYAAT, and each individual trust, supports that ambition.


Organisational skills

Time management skills

Communication skills



An understanding of the principles of patient centred care

To have a working knowledge of Professional Standards set by the Charted Society of Physiotherapy and the Health Care Professions Council




To be professional and legally responsible and accountable for all aspects of your own work relating to the assessment and treatment of patients in your care undertaking clinical duties as an autonomous practitioner

To interpret and analyse clinical and non-clinical facts to form accurate diagnosis and prognoses across a range of conditions and to decide on the best course of intervention from a range of options.

Using investigate and analytical skills to formulate individualised management and treatment plans.

To accept clinical responsibility for a designated caseload of patients

To demonstrate dexterity, co-ordination and palpatory senses for assessment and manual treatment of patients

To develop and deliver the physiotherapy element of the rehabilitation programme and on occasion to deliver some elements normally undertaken by nursing or occupational therapy colleagues

To be an active member of the out of hours service

Use a range of verbal and non-verbal communication tools to communicate effectively with patients to progress treatment and rehabilitation programmes. This will include patients who may have difficulties in understanding or communicating

Assess patient understanding of treatment proposals, gain valid informed consent and have knowledge to work within a legal framework with patient who lack capacity to consent to treatment

To ensure a high standard of clinical care for your patients

Education and Training

To provide spontaneous and planned advice to relatives, carers and other professionals, to promote understanding of the aims of a specific physiotherapy treatment plan.

To communicate effectively with patients and carers to maximise rehabilitation potential and to ensure understanding of their condition

To be an active member of the team in-service training programme through regular attendance and occasionally contributing

Professional and Managerial

Maintain and develop current knowledge of evidence based practice in the areas of each rotation, developing knowledge of a variety of conditions and patient types

As a member of the clinical team you will be required to ensure that you implement policy and service development changes

To be responsible for maintaining won competency to practice through continued Professional Development activities and maintain a portfolio which reflects your own personal development

To communicate effectively and work collaboratively with medical, nursing and therapy colleagues to ensure delivery of a co-ordinated multidisciplinary service. This will include case conference ward rounds and discharge planning as appropriate.

To participate in the staff appraisal scheme as an appraise and be responsible for complying with your agreed personal development objectives to meet set knowledge / competencies.

To participate in the measurement and evaluation of your work and current practices through the sue of audit and outcome measures either individually or as part of a clinical team.

To demonstrate an understanding of clinical governance and risk management and apply to work situation

To maintain own clinical professional development (CPD) by keeping abreast of any new trends and developments, incorporating them as necessary into your work.

In the absence of a senior staff member to supervise more junior staff technical instructors (Tis), assistants and students

To allocate individual tasks to T1s and assistants as appropriate


To be responsible for a designated area of work, as agreed with the Superintendent Physiotherapist and to plan and organise efficiently and effectively with regard to patients management and use of time.

To decide priorities for own work load, balancing patient related demands.

To be responsible for the safe and competent use of individually prescribed equipment used by patients and general therapy and supervision of practice.

To maintain accurate comprehensive and up-to-date documentation, in line with legal and departmental requirements and communicate assessment and treatment results to the appropriate disciplines in the form verbal / written reports / letters.

To be involved in the collection of appropriate data and statistics for the use of department.

To be aware of Health and Safety aspects of your work and implement any policies which may be required to improve the safety of your work area, including your prompt recording and reporting of accidents to senior staff, and ensuring that equipment use is safe.

To comply with the organisational and departmental policies and procedures

To undertake any other duties that might be considered appropriate by the Superintendent or the Head of Physiotherapy



Superintendent Physiotherapist

All grades of physiotherapy staff

Medical, nursing and AHP colleagues

Support staff


Physiotherapy colleagues employed by other Trusts

Personnel working for external agencies



Frequently throughout the day there will be a requirement to undertake moderate physical activity lasting approximately 30 - 60 minutes e.g. treatment sessions involving transferring, manoeuvring and mobilising of patients

Therapeutic treatment sessions may require this post holder to undertake moving and handling tasks with patients where mechanical aids are not practical or appropriate


Ability to work in a stressful environment imparting information regarding poor rehabilitation prognosis on a daily basis

Ability to deal effectively with emotional and / or aggressive patients and/or carers on a daily basis. This will necessitate the use of communication skills e.g. to motivate.


This job involves exposure to unpleasant working conditions on a weekly basis including direct contact with bodily fluids and occasional exposure to verbal and physical aggression.

Person Specification



  • Varied Clinical Placements

Skills & behaviours


  • Profession, hardworking and flexible with a positive attitude
  • Caring and compassionate
  • Able to prioritise and organise and delegate as necessary own workload
  • Able to function well within team setting
  • Ability to cope working in a stressful environment including the ability to impart information on a daily basis regarding poor prognosis for rehabilitation. Able to deal with emotional or aggressive p



  • Degree I Physiotherapy or equivalent
  • Health Professions Council Registration

Employer details

Employer name

Leeds Teaching Hospitals


St. James's University Hospital

Beckett Street



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