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Specialist Therapist (Acute Frailty)

Isle of Wight NHS Trust
Newport, Isle of Wight
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
24 Sep 2023

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We are recruiting for Specialist Therapist for Acute Frailtywho wishes to join #TeamIOWNHS. You should share our passion and drive to ensure that our patients receive quality and compassionate care and work with us to ensure the Trust continues its journey towards great people, great place.

We are delighted to have investment in the development of an Acute Frailty service at St Mary's Hospital. The service will be led by a Consultant Nurse/ Practitioner. This Specialist Therapy post is open to both physiotherapist and Occupational Therapist with a proven history of frailty expertise, clinical and service leadership.

This is a new post created to implement and lead an acute frailty service working primarily within the emergency care floor, with in-reach into acute wards, assessing needs, providing same day services, and supporting the effective use of alternatives to acute care including SDEC, virtual wards and community rapid response services.

The creation of an acute frailty team contributes to the Trust's strategic objective of Home First - enabling people to remain safely in their normal place of residence - by better meeting the needs of people aged 65 and over living with moderate to severe frailty.

*Please note that this role is subject to job matching and verification*

Main duties of the job

Attached you will find the person specification document which provides more detail about the essential and desirable skills and experience needed for this role. We highly recommend you review this document and use it when completing your application as these criteria are used by hiring managers as guidance during shortlisting.

For an overview of the main duties of the role please see the 'Job Description and Main Responsibilities' section below. To understand the day-to-day responsibilities in more detail please read the full job description document attached.

We are passionate about providing excellent CARE, which is why our values are Compassion, Accountable, Respect and Everyone counts. Our mission is to make sure that our community is at the heart of everything we do and that we hold our values across all our services.

We are committed to endorsing inclusion, diversity and multiculturalism throughout out services and as such, our procedures and policies ensure that applicants are always treated fairly throughout the recruitment process.

Why not come and see for yourself the CARE we give to our patients and staff. Apply to be part of our team today.

About us

The Isle of Wight NHS Trust is the only integrated acute, community, mental health and ambulance health care provider in England. We serve a population of approximately 150,000 residents, making the services we offer variable and personalised with a flexible approach to our service users.

Working for our Trust brings a variety of benefits, including an onsite day nursery, cycle-to-work scheme, discounts at local businesses and gyms, and the opportunity to hire Trust's beach hut in Ryde. We offer many flexible working opportunities, speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement for you and if it works for the service, we will do our best to make it work for you.

The Isle of Wight is a unique and stunning gem located off the South Coast of England, a short ferry journey from Portsmouth and Southampton, with journey times taking from as little as 10 minutes. London can be reached in 90 minutes by rail from Southampton or Portsmouth. The island offers an amazing coastline with beautiful countryside, year-round events, festivals and award-winning attractions.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To work autonomously as a clinical specialist therapist to provide advanced assessment, clinical diagnosis and treatment of patients within the acute frailty pathway
  • To work autonomously as a clinical specialist therapist to provide advanced assessment, clinical diagnosis and treatment of patients within the acute frailty pathway.
  • This post will work primarily within the emergency care floor and in-reach into acute wards, liaising appropriately with acute therapy teams in order to assess needs, providing same day services, as well as supporting the effective use of alternatives to acute care including SDEC, virtual wards and community rapid response services.
  • To support (and create where required) the delivery of frailty awareness activities across acute service.
  • To support and deputise for the Acute Frailty Consultant Practitioner with the operational leadership and overall development of the team, especially in regard to all aspects of clinical governance, ensuring that the service maintains high standards of care that are effective, sustainable and resilient.
  • To act as an independent source of expertise and specialist advice on acute frality across the Trust and wider healthcare community including senior Therapist/Nurses, other health care professionals, GPs and Consultants.
  • To educate and train Physiotherapists, Physiotherapy students, other healthcare professionals and patients wider circle of carers in the physiotherapeutic management of respiratory conditions
  • To continually evaluate service provision, purpose and carry out team and service developments that will improve service delivery and patient care in order to act at all times in the best interests of the patients
  • To be actively involved in multi-disciplinary audit and research programme into the clinical effectiveness of inpatient physiotherapy services
  • Supervise, educate and appraise Band 2-7 Therapists and/or health care assistants, and other members of the multidisciplinary team related to the clinical specialism, in line with Trust, University and Professional policy.
  • Undertake a lead role in the completion of clinical audits and research in line with professional and service developments and organisational priorities.
  • To manage own and team caseload across acute frailty pathway ensuring high quality and professional service is provided
  • To keep up to date with developments in the acute frailty specialist field to maintain and progress advanced clinical assessment and treatment skills within the team.
  • To formulate individualised management and treatment plans, and utilising highly developed treatment skills, recommend the best course of intervention leading to a comprehensive specialist programme and a timely discharge mentoring the team to deliver quality clinical practices
  • To monitor, supervise and mentor the teams clinical governance and operations to assure quality care for the patient, the service and the Trust.

Person Specification

Qualifications and Experience


  • Physiotherapy/Occupational Therapy Degree/Diploma
  • HCPC Registration
  • Evidence of CPD at a postgraduate levels as well as, reflective practice, IST and experiential learning.
  • Experience of working as part of a therapy team/multidisciplinary team. Team management experience
  • Extensive general and acute experience
  • Understanding of legal responsibilities of the profession.
  • NHS or equivalent clinical experience
  • Evidence of participation in research/audit


  • Working towards MSc or equivalent postgraduate qualifications

Employer details

Employer name

Isle of Wight NHS Trust


St Mary's Hospital

Parkhurst Road

Newport, Isle of Wight

PO30 5TG

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