Occupational Health Physiotherapist

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year
Closing date
25 Sep 2023

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Band 7
Full Time
Substantive - 37.5 Hours Per Week

Fixed-Term - For a period of up to 12 months, due to maternity leave

An exciting opportunity has arisen to work in our busy Occupational Health (OH) & Wellbeing service. This is a shared service between Southwest Yorkshire Partnership Foundation Trust and Leeds & York Partnership Foundation Trust also provides OH services to external contracts. We are looking to recruit an exceptional and enthusiastic full-time MSK Physiotherapist to cover maternity leave for 12 months. You will be part of a multi-disciplinary Occupational Health Team working alongside a Physiotherapy colleague.

You will use your clinical expertise to comprehensively assess and treat staff working for the Trust. The role will also involve providing advice regarding fitness for work and the recommendation of any adjustments for management to consider for staff safety and recovery. The postholder will be trained in how to use the Occupational health database and regarding reports writing to managers.

The service is provided at two main clinics at Wakefield and Barnsley for face-to-face appointments and also includes a virtual caseload. There may be some lone working at satellite clinics. There are no weekend working requirements.

This post is full time 37.5 hours per week, fixed term for 12 months.

Please contact Sally Cheung, Physiotherapist for more information at sally.cheung@swyt.nhs.uk, Tel: 01924 316031

Main duties of the job

This role includes a varied caseload, triggered by both management and self-referrals. Plus, there are opportunities for proactive/preventative wellbeing projects.

The successful candidate will need to possess excellent communication and IT skills and to work collaboratively with all key stakeholders.

You will need to be able to plan, organise and prioritise your caseload and screen for serious pathology.

A high standard of clinical work is required, and this will be audited by client/management feedback.

You will need to be able to assess staff including those with complex presentations and diagnoses, considering physical as well as psychosocial factors and develop and change treatment plans as required.

Your clinical skills must implement evidence-based practice and use a wide range of techniques, e.g. manual, acupuncture and electrotherapy.

All employees of the Trust are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to protect patients

About us

We are a specialist NHS Foundation Trust that provides community, mental health and learning disability services for the people of Barnsley, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield. We also provide low and medium secure services and are the lead for the west Yorkshire secure provider collaborative.

Our mission is to help people reach their potential and live well in their communities, we do this by providing high-quality care in the right place at the right time. We employ staff in both clinical and non-clinical services who work hard to make a difference to the lives of service users, families and carers.

We encourage and welcome applications from all protected characteristic groups, we value diversity and want our workforce to be reflective of our communities.

Being a foundation Trust means were accountable to our members, who can have a say in how were run. Around 14,300 local people (including staff) are members of our Trust.

Join us and you will be one of over 4,500 staff committed to supporting and improving the mental, physical and social needs of the thousands of people we meet and help each year.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all colleagues and volunteers to share this commitment.

We do reserve to right to close vacancy before the advertised closing date if necessary, so please apply as soon as possible.

Job description

Job responsibilities

This job description is an outline of the main duties of the post. The post holder will be required to undertake other duties commensurate with the grade as directed.

The content of this post will be reviewed in consultation with the post holder when necessary and in line with service developments.

Key Result Areas:

Job Purpose:
  • To assist with the day to day co-ordination and management of a highly specialist Occupational Health and Wellbeing Service to Mount Vernonat Fieldhead Hospital, undertaking a complex multi-functional role combining managerial, clinical and professional duties and responsibilities.
  • To provide highly specialised physiotherapy assessment, treatment and education programs to patients who have complex medical and social needs, and advise to their carers and families.
  • To undertake the lead physiotherapy role on Mount Vernonat Fieldhead Hospital, wards providing highly specialised advice to other staff and members of the multi-disciplinary team.
  • To work with Team Co-ordinators, leading in clinical audit, research and devising protocols to evaluate, maintain and develop the Older Peoples Service in Barnsley Occupational Health Service in the Southwest Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.
  • To support and work as a deputy to the Therapy Team Co-ordinator, Mount VernonHead of Occupational Health and Wellbeing, Fieldhead Hospital and to provide support to the Ward Managers in co-ordination of ward based therapists.

Job Dimensions:
  • To act in an advisory role in Therapy budgetary issues, but no direct budgetary responsibilities.
  • Authorised signatory for timesheets, travel, etc.

Core Duties and Responsibilities

  • To be professionally, legally responsible and accountable for all aspects of own work including the management of highly complex patients in your care. To ensure a high standard of clinical care for the patients under your own case load management and to support more junior staff to do likewise.
  • To operate in a highly specialist autonomous capacity, accepting both primary and secondary referrals.
  • To frequently undertake highly specialised physiotherapy assessment of patients, including those with a complex physical and psychosocial presentation. Using advanced investigative and analytical reasoning skills that implement evidence based practice, to provide an accurate diagnosis of conditions and thereby formulate individualised management and treatment plans/specialised programmes.

  • For full job description, please see attached supporting documents

    Person Specification



    • BSc in Physiotherapy level 2:2 or above, or equivalent
    • HCPC Registration



    • Substantial relevant post graduate experience at Band 6 level in a relevant area
    • Experience of student supervision
    • Experience of evidence based practice and risk assessment


    • Involvement in audit/research



    • Evidence of continuing professional development and post graduate training in a relevant area


    • Evidence of post graduate courses in relevant areas

    Special Knowledge/Skills


    • Highly specialised level of clinical reasoning, moving and handling, treatment skills
    • High level of communications skills - verbal, non verbal and written
    • Good teaching and supervision skills
    • Ability to work as part of a team, in isolation, and on own initiative
    • Good organisational, interpersonal and negotiation skills
    • Awareness of NHS issues
    • Awareness of confidentiality issues
    • Ability to risk assess and awareness of health and safety for own and others work areas and caseloads


    • Competent IT skills
    • Membership of specialist interest group
    • Membership of CSP

    Physical Attributes


    • Ability to undertake the duties and demands of the post
    • A satisfactory sickness record over the previous 2 years (subject to the need to act with fairness and equality of opportunity, particularly where the sickness is related to a disability and/or pregnancy)

    Personal Attributes


    • Must be able to work effectively to deadlines and time constraints
    • Must be flexible around working times and practices including evening and weekend work where necessary
    • Must be able to undertake travel duties associated with this post including patients homes, other hospitals and community venues
    • A Current driving licence and access to a car during the working day is essential (reasonable adjustments will be considered for any applicants who are unable to drive due to a disability)

    Employer details

    Employer name

    South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Trust


    Fieldhead Hospital,

    Ouchthorpe Lane,


    West Yorkshire,

    WF1 3SP

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