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Livewell Southwest CIC
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pa, pro-rata
Closing date
27 Sep 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
37.5 hours per week. We have an exciting opportunity for a Physiotherapist at the Short-Term Care Centre (STCC). The STCC is a newly refurbished recovery and reablement centre to support people following discharge from hospital, or to prevent them being admitted to hospital. The STCC has already been successfully supporting people to gain and regain skills of independence and to return to their own home following a health crisis or hospital stay.

The purpose of this new STCC is to:

To assist with recovery from illness and/or rehabilitation through person centred goal plans.

To encourage and assist Guests to achieve independence

To support people to evaluate and manage their own risks and to establish their additional support requirements for returning home

To reduce need for on-going care

To support the Guest to achieve their desired outcomes

The post holder will be clinically responsible for the provision of a quality recovery and reablement service whilst working as a member of the MDT in the STCC and with community colleagues, ensuring high standards of clinical practice are set, monitored, and reviewed. You will be required to deputise for Unit Manager when required.

You will need to be committed to supporting person led goals, be resilient, have excellent communication skills and a passion to develop a new and exciting service.

Main duties of the job

To provide a high-quality Physiotherapy therapy service as part of the assessment and discharge process for older adults with physical and mental health issues who are admitted to WPVC.

To support staff to plan, develop and provide both 1:1 and group activities (as the support staff are expected to take the lead on facilitating all activities with the band 6 PT Providing oversight/supervision of these).

To manage a caseload of patients with complex needs, using evidence based / patient-centred principles to assess, plan, implement and evaluate interventions

To develop, facilitate and evaluate PT services within the designated area, holding responsibility for defined projects

To maintain and develop the organisational PT service

To regularly supervise PT students on practice placement

To provide leadership for junior staff through supervision and appraisal and facilitate them to develop their knowledge and experience and achieve required competencies.

To develop own skills and knowledge as defined by identified competencies.

To deputise for Registered Manager when required

About us

Livewell Southwest is an independent, award-winning social enterprise providing integrated health & social care services for people across Plymouth, South Hams & West Devon, as well as some specialist services for people living in parts of Devon & Cornwall. With teams in community hospitals, GP practices, sports centres, health & wellbeing hubs.

As an organisation with a strong social conscience, we always value being kind, respectful, inclusive, ambitious, responsible and collaborative. Transforming services to make them sustainable, ensuring that we value, support & empower each other.

We are committed to involving the people we care for, families & carers in everything that we do, working towards co-production where we can. Helping us to deliver the right care for people, in the right place & at the right time. By putting people at the centre of what we do, we ensure to support people to lead, healthy independent lives & be the very best at helping people to live well.

Valuing our employees making an investment in their development a priority. We offer:

Protected CPD time for registered staff

Various development pathways and ongoing regular training packages for all staff

Leadership & mentoring programmes

Access & funding for training including Care Certificate, Assistant Practitioners Course & Scholarship Into Nurse Training

A Robust Preceptorship

A bespoke induction programme

Existing members of the NHS Pension Scheme can continue their membership when they join the organisation.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Key Tasks and Responsibilities of the Post


1.Prioritise the day-to-day management of own caseload and that of the team, delegating activities as appropriate

2.Ensure the patient is aware of the role and philosophy of PT and components of the PT treatment programme.

3.To be responsible for the comprehensive assessment, treatment and evaluation of patients including those with complex presentation

4.To use a selection of both standardised (Neuro, Berg, MRC) and non-standardised assessments (functional assessments) to assist and aid diagnosis of cognitive, sensory, perceptual, behavioural, physical, psychosocial and social functioning e.g. to make clinical interpretations resulting from assessments of your own caseload and that of your team.

5.To assess, prescribe and authorise aids and adaptive equipment and make recommendations for minor and major adaptations to increase / enable or compensate for independent function, teaching compensatory techniques as required

6.To assess seating and positioning needs and treat as appropriate including assessment for and prescription of standard wheelchairs and accessories. When accredited referring on to the appropriate wheelchair provider, as required for assessment of complex and specialist mobility and seating needs.

7.Plan and review goal setting and treatment programmes in close liaison with all members of the multi-disciplinary team, patients carers and family in accordance with consent given.

8.To record and report regularly on patients progress and treatment to the multi disciplinary team or in accordance with the policies and procedures laid down in individual clinical areas.

9.Embed an ethos of Reablement and an enabling approach within the care and therapy team.

10.Education of patients and carers regarding the impact of cognitive, perceptual and physical deficits on patient safety and independence in the hospital and home, leisure and workplace. To impart sensitive information and advice to patients and carers which could have life changing consequences

11.To provide an opportunity for patients and carers to express their feelings whilst encouraging acceptance and adjustment to their new circumstances

12.To attend and participate in case conferences and ward meetings appropriate to the clinical setting.

13.To act as a key worker/link therapist to co-ordinate the goal planning process for patients, chair progress meetings and ensure multi disciplinary documentation is completed and available to relevant agencies as appropriate

14.Complex discharge planning, which involves the co-ordination of needs which can be met and the co-ordination of services in the community.

15.Demonstrating to and informing community staff re ongoing patient needs in the community i.e. home carers and reablement assistance.

16.To carry out environmental home assessments, pre discharge home assessments, discharge home visits and follow up as required. The assessment involves reviewing ergonomic layout of the property to maximise patient functional ability within the home, assessment of disabled access, equipment needs, recommendation for minor and major house adaptations, risk and safety review and referring to other agencies as necessary.

17.Liaise with and ensure good communication with statutory and voluntary bodies to establish a comprehensive package to ensure continuation of care in the community

18.Refer to follow up services to ensure treatment programmes are in place to progress functional independence based on identified needs at discharge

19.To provide support and supervision to junior staff other members of the MDT as required

20.To provide written communication with outside agencies and charitable bodies to support the need for services and equipment on discharge or when transferred.

21.Actively contribute to service development

22.To utilise the goal planning process and outcome measures used in the clinical area to review progress of the patient.

23.To use a range of verbal and nonverbal communication methods with patients, who may have difficulty in understanding or communicating and who may be low in mood or lack insight

24.To maintain competence in the use of manual handling techniques and equipment including the prescriptions of manual handling equipment for use in the home, demonstrating the use to carers.

25.To ensure use of risk assessment in all areas of your work are undertaken

26.To demonstrate a high level of understanding of conditions relevant to the diagnostic area and those patients presenting with multi pathology

27.To establish robust communication networks with clients, carers and other health workers and agencies

28.To provide interventions which consider wider areas such as return to employment, education, driving etc.

Departmental and Administrative

1.To maintain an up-to-date record of all patient contact, MDT care plans, PT assessments and reports whilst ensuring confidentiality at all times in line with Professional and Organisational policies and procedures.

2.To take an active role in audit, research and interdisciplinary development within the unit

3.To be responsible for collecting and reporting statistical data in line with Organisational policies and procedures

4.To be responsible for maintaining stock control systems, advising on resources and the responsible management of petty cash.

Professional and people management

1.To take responsibility for ensuring own personal and professional development and statutory training demonstrating the ability to apply increasingly complex skills / knowledge

2.To attend and contribute to staff meetings and attend relevant professional meetings and courses.

3.To review and reflect on own practice through effective use of professional and clinical supervision and line management sessions, in line with Organisational policies and procedures

4.To participate in providing instruction, learning opportunities, work experience and training staff and students from other units / disciplines / schools / colleges and training schemes as agreed with team leader. This includes providing regular fieldwork education for student PTs

5.To participate in the planning, evaluation and audit of practice, clinical pathways and protocols within your area

6.Maintain high professional standards at all times as laid down in the College of PT / Health Professional Council Code of conduct

7.To comply with the College of PT/ HCPC Standards of Practice for PT.

8.To undertake the supervision and appraisal of junior staff.

9.To demonstrate leadership skills through the management of designated projects

10.To plan and implement the induction, training and education of other staff

11.To contribute to the Organisations clinical governance arrangements and quality agenda

12.To apply professional, local and national guidelines and legislation relating to health and social care provision

13.To adhere to Organisational policies and procedures including Health and Safety at work

14.To respect the individual values, cultural and religious diversity of patients and contribute to the provision of a service sensitive to those needs.

Person Specification

Skills & Competencies


  • Documented evidence of CPD, ongoing education and development
  • Knowledge of rehab and recovery, Safeguarding, risk assessment and management
  • Knowledge of best practice and evidenced based practice in physiotherapy with a commitment to socially inclusive practice
  • Enhanced clinical reasoning and problem solving skills
  • Assessment, intervention and evaluation
  • Experience of supervising, managing, mentoring or developing staff
  • Understanding of the application of outcome measures
  • Effective written & oral communication skills
  • Ability to reflect & critically appraise own performance
  • Delegation to others whilst maintaining overall responsibility for patients care
  • Demonstrate skills in professional leadership
  • Ability to work autonomously and to manage a caseload and waiting list
  • Ability to work as part of a team and collaboratively with partners and colleagues
  • Demonstrate skills in service development.
  • Computer literate
  • Excellent time management and prioritisation skills


  • Psychosocial intervention skills
  • Evidence of specialised continued professional training (degree level) in clinical practice
  • Understanding and knowledge of the Care Act and social care
  • Understanding and knowledge of the role of the voluntary sector to support individual and statutory services



  • Degree in physiotherapy
  • HCPC
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