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Highly Specialist Physiotherapist

South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year
Closing date
29 Sep 2023

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Sunderland Integrated Musculoskeletal Service (SIMS) is looking for an enthusiastic and motivated Band 7 Physiotherapist to join our existing multidisciplinary team. SIMS is a true multidisciplinary team consisting ofhighly experiencedclinicians including a Sports and Exercise Consultant, GPs with special interest in MSK, Extended Scope Practitioners, Physiotherapists and Technical Instructors.

We are excited to be growing our current service in collaboration with Primary Care to ensure Physiotherapy input is at the forefront of managing patients with MSK related conditions across the Sunderland area. The successful candidate will form part of the core SIMS team and have job variety and a mixed caseload by operating across Primary and Community care.

SIMS are dedicated to continuing professional development. We have an extensive in house training programme and strong direct links with secondary care colleagues who attend and contribute to our monthly CPD events. You would have access to an internal network of senior and specialist support including both Medical and Allied Health Professional (AHP) staff who provide leadership, educational, research and clinical support. We offer clinical supervision, coaching and mentoring and have team building and away days all to contribute to the development of SIMS staff.

If you are a proactive, highly motivated physiotherapist with a passion for high quality patient care, we would welcome your application.

Main duties of the job

The SIMS team is part on the community division within South Tyneside and Sunderland Foundation Trust. The team is based in community health centres across Sunderland. You would be working alongside a team of GPWSI, ESPs and Physiotherapists, but also developing close working relationships with primary and secondary care colleagues.

Sunderland Integrated Musculoskeletal Service (SIMS) is a forward thinking, innovative team provided by Sunderland and SouthTyneside NHS Foundation Trust and led by our Operational Lead, Jill Clark and Clinical Lead, Dr Glen Rae (Consultant in Sports and Exercise Medicine).

Since the 1st October 2015 SIMS has offered specialist and comprehensive assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal conditions to the population of Sunderland. We are highly dedicated to providing high quality care and experience for all patients.

This position is for various different Sunderland locations. Full Time and Part Time applicants will be considered.

About us

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One Team One Trust - There are many reasons to work at our Trust. From our commitment to putting people first to our accessible services and award winning teams. We have a passion for research, innovation and tackling inequalities. We are committed to respect, fairness and civility and promote a compassionate, caring and positive culture / working environment.

We welcome all applications irrespective of peoples race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion/belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy/maternity and in particular those from under- represented groups. Looking after our workforces health and wellbeing is a priority for STSFT. We also provide access to high quality education, training, career progression and support.

The Trust employs around 8,300 people and provides a range of hospital services to a local community of around 430,000 residents. We also provide a range of more specialised services outside this area, in some cases to a population as great as 860,000. We offer our staff outstanding benefits - Fitness Centre (SRH), libraries at both hospital sites, chaplaincy support and access to a Childcare Co-ordinator to help staff with childcare arrangements.

Job description

Job responsibilities


The candidate should have gained experience across a number of specialities and should have established musculoskeletal experience. They should also have a good grounding in the NHS. Main duties include:
  • To work as an autonomous practitioner for patients presenting with MSK conditions or symptoms providing patients with primary assessment, diagnosis and management of their conditions within tier one and tier two of SIMS.
  • To use advanced clinical skills and clinical reasoning to provide comprehensive diagnostic and treatment to support to patients who present with simple and complex MSK conditions.
  • To work across Primary and Community services within SIMS ensuring an integrated care pathway for individual patients that meets their needs where appropriate. This will include directly providing self-management and advice and/or referral to other secondary care services.
  • To take an active role in developing effective communication between Primary care services, secondary care services and other relevant care providers.
  • To provide support on MSK clinical and service development across the whole of SIMS, along with learning opportunities for the whole multi-disciplinary team (MDT) including less experienced physiotherapists.
  • To assist with clinical audit within the service, and contribute to the development of the service in conjunction with SIMS senior management team.

Person Specification



  • BSc Physiotherapy or equivalent
  • State Registration
  • Continuing professional
  • Development diary including evidence of reflective practice, training and clinical experience
  • Completion of post graduate courses incorporating comprehensive recognised training and clinical programmes
  • An understanding of legal responsibilities within the profession
  • Specialist knowledge of professional practice and research


  • Evidence of post grad qualification/study at Masters level



  • Comprehensive experience at a senior level within an MSK setting
  • Evidence of working within multidisciplinary teams
  • Evidence of high level communication skills within a wide variety of settings


  • Previous experience of diagnostics



  • Ability to manage staff
  • Ability to lead in-service developments
  • Able to present information, written and orally in a clear and logical manner
  • Basic IT skills
  • Ability to work as part of both a physiotherapy and multidisciplinary team
  • Ability to meet the travel requirements of the post.


  • Able to use own initiative appropriately to enhance service delivery
  • Evidence of ability to be innovative and proactive
  • Intermediate IT skills
  • Presentational skills



  • A proactive ability to represent the profession and the Trust with positive enthusiasm
  • Commitment, motivation and adaptability
  • Good levels of general fitness

Personal Qualities


  • Ability to carry out moderate to intense physical effort throughout the working day and to work within an environment with competing demands
  • Ability to maintain high levels of concentration
  • High levels of communication skills
  • Ability to deal with complex issues
  • Flexible working approach

Employer details

Employer name

South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust


Sunderland Royal Hospital

Kayll Road



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