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Paediatric Physiotherapist

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£32,720 to £39,769 per annum inc HCAS
Closing date
27 Sep 2023

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
We have an exciting opportunity for a Band 5 physiotherapist to join our Children's therapy team here in Harrow. You will join our dynamic multi-disciplinary team, working across a variety of locations including special schools, preschool. MSK and acute settings, giving you an opportunity to develop your skills across paediatrics.

UNIT DETAILSYou will be joining a team of over 50 paediatric therapists offering access to specialists in all clinical areas, excellent support systems with personal appraisal, objectives and training plans designed to meet your specific needs/CPD requirements.


The successful applicant may have contact with patients or service users. As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings,

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will be expected to be highly motivated, energetic and a true team player with some experience in paediatric physiotherapy. Excellent communications skills are expected.

He/she will:
  • manage a caseload of children and young people with support from a senior Physiotherapist in a variety of settings, including special schools, the hospital and Aquatic therapy.
  • be an autonomous practitioner providing a physiotherapy service to a designated caseload of children with a range of physical and mobility difficulties and Special Educational Needs (SEN).
  • be expected to manage their own caseload with support from a senior therapist.
  • participate in CPD activities, contribute to departmental meetings, clinical audit and projects.

You will have opportunities to participate in a variety of projects and working groups within the team and will access the department's excellent in-service training and support programme.

About us

You will join our dynamic multi-disciplinary team, working across a variety of locations including special schools, preschool. MSK and acute settings, giving you an opportunity to develop your skills across paediatrics.

The team offers:o Clinical supervision in each areao Defined caseloadso Designated admin and planning timeo Cross team project work and working groups

There's a place for you at CNWLWe're passionate about delivering first-class patient-centred, safe and effective care, whether it is in a hospital setting, in a community clinic or in the patient's own home. Patients are at the heart of everything we do.Providing top quality care depends on our ability to employ the best people.We're always looking to recruit outstanding people who will go the extra mile to support our patients, colleagues, teams and the Trust. With every new employee we're hoping to find our future leaders and we'll support our staff by providing opportunities to develop your career.With a diverse culture and equally diverse range of opportunities across mental health, community services, addictions, eating disorders, learning disabilities and more - whatever stage of your career you're at, there's always a place for you at CNWL.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will
  • Communicate complex patient related information effectively ensuring collaborative working with multidisciplinary team members across health, education, social services and the voluntary sector.
  • Work with teaching staff, or medical/ nursing staff to ensure the delivery of a well coordinated care/ plans/programme
  • Work collaboratively with the multidisciplinary team within hospital and special schools.
  • Share information with others, observing confidentiality and data protection guidelines
  • Communicate complex condition related information (both verbally and in the written form) from assessment, to CYP, Parents/carers, and members of the multi-disciplinary team/other professions., including training to parents, teachers and other professionals
  • have due regard for the cultural and linguistic differences of children/families concerned.
  • work closely with CYP, carers and families, involving them in decision making, regarding intervention approaches, demonstrating empathy and ensuring that effective communication is achieved, particularly where barriers to understanding exist (i.e. communication difficulties, EAL and learning difficulties). This may involve the use of interpreters.
  • To employ excellent communication skills such as persuasion, motivation and explanations to encourage/reassure CYP and carers to undertake treatment programmes.
  • To demonstrate negotiation skills in the management of conflict across a range of situations.
  • To deal with initial complaints sensitively, avoiding escalation where possible and report to senior staff as appropriate.
  • To form productive relationships with others in particular parents/carers who may be under stress and/or have challenging communication difficulties.
  • To provide specialist clinical reports as per departmental standards, including reports for Annual review meetings for CYP with EHCPs.
  • To manage a defined caseload of children with special needs including physical and learning difficulties with minimal support from senior therapists.

Person Specification

Education and Qualifications


  • Recognised Physiotherapy Degree Qualification and CSP member
  • Health Care Professions Council - Registration
  • Evidence of completion of specialist short courses related to post



  • Experience at undergraduate/post graduate level of working with children and young people including assessment treatment and management of children with physical disabilities
  • Experience at undergraduate/post graduate level of working with parents and carers
  • Post graduate experience of: Managing own caseload, Writing clinical notes and reports, MSK outpatients and Neurology
  • Completion of core student placements/rotations in respiratory, neuro and MSK



  • oKnowledge of assessment tools and a range of therapeutic interventions and equipment relevant to CYP
  • oAwareness of the differences of a paediatric versus adult caseload
  • oAwareness of national policies and procedures in particular safeguarding children, Children and families Act, SEND code of practice and SEN tribunals, National Service framework for children, the children's bill and foundation stage and National curriculum's.
  • oAwareness/Experience of the principles of clinical governance/audit

Skills, Abilities and Attributes


  • oGood written and spoken English
  • oExcellent interpersonal, negotiation and problem solving skills - including observation, listening and empathy skills
  • oDemonstrates good analytical and reflection skills and well developed concentration skills
  • oGood organisational skills and the ability to work in an unpredictable environment and to prioritise own workload.
  • oDemonstrates ability to be a team player
  • oAbility to communicate effectively with children and young people of all ages and abilities

Employer details

Employer name

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust


Alexandra Avenue Health Centre

275 Alexandra Avenue



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