Senior Physiotherapist B6 - MSK

University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
27 Sep 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen at University Hospitals Dorset for you to join our dynamic team in musculoskeletal outpatients. There is opportunity to work across our two sites and with patients referred from orthopaedics, primary and secondary care as well as self referral.

UHD has been created following the merger of Poole, Bournemouth and Christchurch Trusts. As a large NHS foundation trust, we can offer a wide range of rotations to develop your skills. Our close affiliation with two local Higher Education Institutions is mutually beneficial and offers great opportunities to advance your career and inspire the next generation of physiotherapists.

Our Christchurch site has recently benefited from a million-pound refurbishment, providing two spacious physiotherapy gyms and consulting rooms. Both sites boast excellent staff changing facilities and secure bicycle storage. Poole site is situated within the acute hospital and as such offers close links with our inpatient colleagues as well as the wider MDT.

We also have the benefit of being located along the beautiful Dorset coastline with sandy beaches, excellent water sports, the New Forest to the east and the Purbeck hills to the west. This offers excellent choice between urban and rural locations in which to live and spend your time. The area benefits from excellent transport links to London and the South West, as well as an international airport and ferry terminal.

Base Location: Poole Hospital

Interview Date: TBC

Main duties of the job

Successful candidates will be responsible for the clinically reasoned assessment and evidence-based treatment of patients presenting with musculoskeletal pathology. As a Senior Physiotherapist you will be encouraged to develop your clinical skills and to participate in the supervision of junior staff, students and therapy technicians. We have a comprehensive in-service training program and a highly skilled and experienced senior workforce who can support your development.

UHD is a major trauma centre and currently undergoing a transformation process as our two trusts merge. As such there are excellent opportunities to develop your skills in this area. Our more senior clinicians are well established in the fracture clinic, elective clinics, FCP and ED. We encourage our staff to upskill wherever possible and are always looking out for motivated team members to step into enhanced roles.

Our rotations encompass
  • Spinal/upper and lower limb
  • Hand therapy
  • In house work at local GP surgeries
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Rehab classes

About us

We recognise the growing preference of maintaining an interest in a variety of clinical areas and support flexibility in roles, we promote the importance of a good work life balance and will consider requests provided the core needs of the service are met.

We are open to applications from both aspirational and established clinicians who are team players and passionate about delivering quality, patient centred services. These roles are open to job share and part time applicants. Please get in touch if you would like to find out more or visit us in person.

Our values define who we are as #TeamUHD. They underpin everything we do now and in the future. They define how we treat our patients, visitors, and each other, our valued teammates and colleagues.

UHD are investing in services across the Trust, with many being transformed and developed following merger and the New Hospital Programme.

This means that some services may move site this year or next, either temporarily or long term. Recruiting Managers interviewing for this role will be happy to answer any specific questions that you have at interview.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To understand the role in more detail please read the full job description and person specification documents which are attached to this advert.

Person Specification



  • Bsc Hons Physiotherapy
  • HCPC Registration


  • Evidence of masters level study in relevant area



  • 2years of post-graduate experience which includes inpatient and outpatient working in the NHS or near equivalent.
  • Experience in managing patients with spinal and peripheral pathology


  • Recognised MSK specialist education i.e. MACP, SOMM

Technical skills and competencies


  • Proven experience and skills in the assessment, diagnosis and management of a caseload of adults with MSK pathology
  • Familiarity with patient pathways and management options within the NHS
  • Team working aptitudes and experience
  • Ability to use initiative and prioritise time
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and listening skills
  • Demonstrable ability to work in a busy environment and withstand pressure
  • To be competent to deal calmly and professionally with patients, relative and colleagues


  • Trained in clinical skills associated with enhanced practice i.e. x-ray interpretation, non-medical prescribing
  • Experience in the formulation and delivery of clinical and information governance systems, clinical operations procedural documentation as would be required in specialist settings e.g. GP surgery



  • Demonstrable familiarity with NHS MSK pathways, the MDT and primary/secondary care interfaces
  • Ability to work independently

Personal attributes


  • Self motivated and reliable
  • Ability to be flexible and respond positively to change



  • Be able to speak English as necessary to undertake the role

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust


UHD - Poole site


BH15 2JB

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