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Community Respiratory Practitioner (Physiotherapist)

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
Rochford, Essex
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
27 Sep 2023

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time

The integrated community respiratory team is an expanding, developing service that provides care 7 days per week. The service provides a diagnostic spirometry service, respiratory virtual ward (RVW), home oxygen (HOSAR) and respiratory service to support local patients with a respiratory diagnosis. We are currently looking to enhance our team with a respiratory physiotherapist to ensure patients receive a multi-disciplinary approach.

The post holder will work as part of the team of trained nurses, physio and assistant practitioners in provision of care and education for those living with a respiratory disease especially around secretion clearance, breathing re-education, deconditioning and exercise This will include basic observations and respiratory assessment, venepuncture, inhaler technique, blood gas sampling. In return you will be supported and developed to learn new skills and undertake further trainingincluding ARTP spirometry accreditation. You will also have access to the respiratory academy for relevant modules to enhance and support your learning.

We work collaboratively with the local acute trust and are part of Mid and South East Essex (MSE) ICB. EPUT values are 'we care, we learn, we empower'.

If you have an interest in respiratory and are passionate about evidence based practice and patient care then this may be the job for you.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be responsible for helping with the delivery and leading highly specialist clinical care to their own caseload and service within their speciality area for the respiratory service. In doing so, they will assess, plan, deliver and evaluate patient centred programmes of care ensuring that they practice within their sphere of competence and knowledge.

The post holder will work to professional and regulatory body codes, standards and guidance at all times ensuring that their practice is grounded in evidence based theoretical and practical knowledge. They will be responsible for developing new and innovative clinical practices responding to emerging knowledge and techniques and working with other services where appropriate to make improvements.

The post holder will play an important role in the developing of breathlessness hubs and have line management responsibilities expected of a band 7 role. This post is within the established respiratory team in South East Essex.

As the post involves travelling across Southend and Castle Point and Rochford, a car driver is essential.

About us

EPUT are looking for motivated staff who shares our Trust values of Care, Learn and Empower. In return, EPUT can offer you a range of benefits and development including

o Season Ticket Loans

o NHS discounts for staff

o Excellent Training facilities and opportunities

o Buying and Selling annual leave scheme

o The opportunity to work bank shifts and expand knowledge and experience in other areas

o Salary Sacrifice schemes including lease cars and Cycle to Work

o Day One Flexible Employer

Join our Staff bank

What is Staff Bank?

Our EPUT NHS staff bank is an entity managed by the trust that hires clinical and non-clinical healthcare professionals to take on shifts at our trust hospitals and community settings. Here at EPUT we maintain our own bank of specialist staff to ensure that we are able offer safe and effective care at all times.

All our permanent staff are automatically enrolled onto the staff bank however this does not mean you have to work any additional shifts, but the option is there for you if you wish.

If you are joining our Trust in a fixed term role, please indicate on your New Starter Paperwork that you wish to join our staff bank.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Utilises highly developed specialised knowledge covering a range of procedures and underpinned by relevant broad-based knowledge, experience and competence.
  • Interpretation of spirometry results and performing spirometry in the clinics
  • Demonstrates independent practice responding to social, scientific, clinical and ethical issues which are encountered.
  • Makes complex judgements requiring analysis, interpretation and comparison of options by integrating complex knowledge sources in new and/or unfamiliar contexts.
  • Responsible for clinical pathways appropriate to field of work.
  • Engages and actively involves the individual and, if appropriate, their family/carer, in the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of programmes of treatment and/or care by using person-centred techniques to promote a culture of self-care and empowerment.
  • Works to standards of proficiency identified by their professional and regulatory bodies performing clinical treatments/procedures to a highly specialist standard.
  • Prioritises their own workload and that of the wider team within agreed objectives deciding when to refer to others as appropriate.
  • Provides and receives complex, sensitive or contentious information where motivational, persuasive, empathetic, negotiating and reassurance skills are required whilst demonstrating an understanding of barriers to communication.
  • Approaches each individual with care, compassion and sensitivity ensuring that these values are reflected in all aspects of role including the management of complaints and compliments.
  • To comply with the organisations Infection Prevention and Control requirements, including bare below the elbows dress code for staff with a direct care delivery role.

Person Specification



  • Physio experience


  • Ability to work independently



  • Car Driver


  • Understanding of community constraints



  • Degree in Physiotherapy
  • Respiratory Experience
  • Full Driving licence with access to car


  • ARTP registered or willing to train
  • Community Experience
  • Experience in training/education

Employer details

Employer name

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


Old Pharmacy, Rochford Hospital

Union Lane

Rochford, Essex


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