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Senior Physiotherapist - Musculoskeletal Outpatient Service

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£42,471 to £50,364 Per annum inclusive of HCAS
Closing date
24 Sep 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We have an exciting opportunity for a suitably qualified physiotherapist to join the Musculoskeletal Outpatient Therapy team at UCLH. We are seeking a dynamic and motivated team player to join one of the largest Foundation Trusts in the UK with an international reputation and a tradition of innovation.

Our MSK Outpatient Band 6s have six-monthly rotations with a focus on Fracture Clinic, Rheumatology, Sports Medicine, Upper Limb Rehabilitation, Lower Limb Rehabilitation, Hydrotherapy, Spinal Rehabilitation, and Hand Therapy. There is currently no commitment to weekend working or Inpatient rotations.

Main duties of the job

We are a thriving department in the centre of London that boasts fantastic educational opportunities. We have good links with our medical and surgical colleagues, community facilities and run a variety of well-established rehabilitation classes.

If successful, you will join a strong team of experienced and supportive outpatient clinicians ranging from Consultant Physiotherapists to support staff. You will carry a caseload of mainly Orthopaedic, Neurosurgery and Rheumatology patients. You will be helping our team to deliver, co-ordinate and evaluate the MSK Outpatient Therapy service.

You will work to the highest standards to facilitate evidence informed patient care, playing a key role in implementing, facilitating and developing physiotherapy best practice in line with local and national guidelines. You will have significant physiotherapy experience at least a Band 5 level within the NHS including Orthopaedics and Rheumatology (please see Personal Specification for further information). Ideally candidates should have a range of clinical reasoning and rehabilitative skills appropriate to their caseload.

About us

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH) is one of the most complex NHS trusts in the UK, serving a large and diverse population. We provide academically led acute and specialist services, to people from the local area, from throughout the United Kingdom and overseas. Our vision is to deliver top-quality patient care, excellent education, and world-class research.

We provide first-class acute and specialist services across eight sites:
  • University College Hospital (incorporating the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Wing)
  • National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery
  • Royal National ENT and Eastman Dental Hospitals
  • University College Hospital Grafton Way Building
  • Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine
  • University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre
  • The Hospital for Tropical Diseases
  • University College Hospital at Westmoreland Street

We are dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of many complex illnesses. UCLH specialises in women's health and the treatment of cancer, infection, neurological, gastrointestinal and oral disease. It has world class support services including critical care, imaging, nuclear medicine and pathology.

At UCLH, we have a real 'One Team' ethos, and our values - safety, kindness, teamwork and improving, are central to the way we work. This is supported by our staff, who voted us as the #1 NHS Acute Trust to work for in the whole of England.

Job description

Job responsibilities

You should demonstrate evidence of ongoing CPD, knowledge of current legislation, good interpersonal skills and an ability to work flexibly. As a skilled clinician you will be able to prove your ability to assist in the education, training and supervision of less experienced physiotherapy staff as well as other allied health and medical colleagues.

This is a great opportunity to work and develop as an individual and as part of a team, gaining clinical and operational experience in a tertiary care setting.

Please note when applying that all essential and desirable criteria will be assessed via your personal statement only please do not type your roles and responsibilities in the previous employment sections.

Rotation Information

These are six-monthly rotations provided by University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH) based at University College Hospital (UCH). All posts are based in the Therapies & Rehabilitation Department at UCH with some offsite classes. The majority of the rotations include the supervision of a Band 5 Physiotherapist. The progression through rotations is set with new starters going into existing vacancies and may be subject to change due to service needs.

Rotations include:

2x Hydrotherapy

These two posts are split between hydrotherapy and the physiotherapy department. The majority of the patient caseload is routine patients referred by the rheumatology consultants.

2x Advanced Rehabilitation

The patient caseload is mainly post-op orthopaedics and fracture clinic. Some routine orthopaedic and rheumatology patients may also be seen. Various Lower limb rehabilitation classes are run at a local gym.

1x Hand Therapy

This post is based in the Hand Therapy department at UCH. It carries responsibility for the management of patients referred from the Hand Therapy clinics including fractures, post-surgery and rheumatology patients. This post gives the opportunity of learning basic splinting skills and attendance at the Hand Therapy clinics and team meetings.

2x Upper limb

The patient caseload is mainly from two upper limb fracture clinics but also includes post-op upper limb patients.

1x Spinal

This post includes a Back Reactivation and Pilates Groups. The patient caseload is mainly post-op neurosurgical patients although some routine orthopaedic & rheumatology patients may also be seen.

1x Orthopaedics/Fracture Clinic

The patient caseload is mainly from Fracture Clinic but may also include routine orthopaedics, rheumatology and neurosurgery patients and includes an Intermediate Lower Limb Class at a local gym.

Person Specification

Knowledge & Qualifications


  • Good written and spoken English
  • HPC registration
  • Physiotherapy degree/or equivalent
  • Evidence of commitment to advanced clinical and non-clinical continued professional development within Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, e.g. post registration training, management competencies and evidence of a detailed personal development portfolio.


  • Member of a special interest group



  • Significant post - registration /work experience as a physiotherapist
  • Previous NHS Outpatient Physiotherapy post registration experience
  • Band 5/6 experience including on call emergency duty, respiratory care, rehabilitation, orthopaedics in and outpatients
  • Minimum 8 months experience in Musculoskeletal Outpatients:
  • Experience in: oRheumatology oOrthopaedics - conservative & surgical management
  • Specialist knowledge & experience of the management of patients with a variety of musculoskeletal conditions both within inpatient & outpatient setting
  • Specialist knowledge & experience of a range of treatment approaches, including manual techniques
  • Demonstrate ability to prioritise and manage own caseload effectively


  • Experience in:oGP referrals oSports injuries oHydrotherapy oWomen's health patients
  • Experience of fitting & adjusting customised splints

Skills & Abilities


  • Communicates effectively verbally, in writing and in electronic formats
  • Demonstrates evidence of professional development in line with KSF, and skills for Health and maintains own Portfolio
  • Experience of: otraining student physiotherapists and therapy support staff
  • Reflective in Practice



  • Demonstrates understanding of principles and practice of Clinical Governance, e.g. Risk Management

Provision of care to meet health and wellbeing needs


  • Articulates reasons for desire to work in this clinical area.

Learning and Development


  • Able to work on/under own initiative
  • Experience of teaching others and responding to learning needs
  • Able to plan and deliver teaching sessions/programmes

Capacity and Capability Research and Development


  • Demonstrates awareness of contemporary issues in AHP and health care
  • Able to evaluate the impact of service/professional development activities

Employer details

Employer name

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust



235 Euston Road



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