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Respiratory Physiotherapist

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust
Brighton and Hove
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
26 Sep 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you interested in specialising in Respiratory care? We are looking for a physiotherapist who is a good team player, has a flexible attitude and has excellent skills of communication and prioritisation.

We are the community arm of the Brighton and Hove Integrated Respiratory Team and are an evolving and dynamic team of multi-disciplinary practitioners, across community and secondary care. You will be based at Brighton General Hospital but deliver care in patient's homes and Pulmonary Rehabilitation venues at various sites across the city. Main duties will be Pulmonary Rehabilitation, airway clearance, physiotherapy interventions to support hospital discharge and admission avoidance, and enablement of self-management. Depending on service demands, you may also develop specialist skills in oxygen assessment and rapid response triage. All these aspects will be underpinned by excellent MDT working.

We will provide you with clear leadership and support, to enable you to become a highly confident autonomous specialist in respiratory care, working for the main goal of improving care for respiratory patients in Brighton and Hove.

For the right candidate, a band 5 to 6 developmental post would be considered but you will be expected to have 2 years post-graduate experience.

Car driver with car available for work is essential.

Main duties of the job

To assess patients and identify and negotiate areas of self-management that they are able to engage in.

To appropriately treat patients who may be significantly unwell, and escalate treatment as appropriate.

To identify appropriate physiotherapy interventions that will be clinically effective for respiratory patients. This may include use of adjunctive therapeutic aids.

To have efficient and effective daily management of a caseload, prioritising clinical work and balancing other related and professional activities in accordance with departmental standards.

To support the leadership, delivery and development of the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Programme within CRS. To include: taking a lead within sessions, performing assessments, delivering the educational component, completion of appropriate outcome measures and audit.

Following appropriate training, complete oxygen assessments and prescription in line with line with clinical guideline and local pathways.

To mentor junior colleagues and disseminate a specialist level of knowledge about physiotherapy interventions for respiratory conditions.

The service is 7 days/week 8am-8pm, but it may be possible to negotiate a working pattern that is suitable for you (including a no evening or weekend option).

About us

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust (SCFT) is the largest community healthcare provider in Sussex.
  • Over 8,400 full time, part time and bank staff members
  • Medical, nursing and therapeutic care provided to over 10,000 children and adults a day
  • July 2018 Care Quality Commission (CQC) rating of 'Good' with 'Outstanding' features
  • Flexible working patterns offered across all services
  • Thriving BAME, Disability and Wellbeing, LGBT+ and Religion and Belief staff networks
  • Accredited Level 3 Disability Confident Leader

SCFT is an inclusive employer that promotes equality and challenges discrimination, and welcomes applications from people of all backgrounds. Applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates, disabled candidates and LGBT+ candidates are particularly encouraged, to ensure the Trust's workforce reflects the diverse communities it serves.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To undertake advanced specialist skills to assess the physical and psycho-social needs of people with complex and/or chronic presentations. Use clinical reasoning skills to determine treatment plans and maintain records as an autonomous practitioner.

To support the team leads with service development including audit and implementation of relevant policies, protocols and care pathways based on current evidence based guidelines.

To implement clinical guidelines and evidence into daily practice and contribute to the professional development of other staff by completing appraisals and supervision.

Identify and participate in opportunities and cross-professional training and organisation of service to patients / carers.

To maintain Continuous Professional Development (CPD) and incorporate into your work including active participation in the supervision process.

Assist the senior clinicians and Clinical Lead to maintain continuity of care and deputising when appropriate.

To provide specialist advice to other professionals both within the Trust and outside agencies, and to be able to effectively liaise with families and carers.

Ensuring accidents, incidents or complaints arising in the team are reported and recorded following agreed procedures.

To work flexibly and in a way that is responsive to contemporary pressures, both globally and within the NHS.

Person Specification

Essential and desirable


  • Degree/diploma in physiotherapy
  • Health Professional Council registration
  • Up to date CPD portfolio


  • Relevant post-graduate training



  • Significant relevant postgraduate experience
  • Experience of working in MDT
  • Broad based clinical experience
  • Good understanding of/involvememnt in service development
  • Experience of working with respiratory patients
  • Previous NHS experience (1 year+)


  • Experience of providing supervision
  • Experience/understanding of working in an integrated environment

Skills and knowledge


  • Sound clinical knowledge base
  • Ability to demonstrate a holistic approach to client needs
  • Ability to review and evalaute own skills and intervention
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills
  • Proven caseload/time management skills
  • Demonstrats flexible approach to team working/patient care



  • Experience/participation in audit and/or research methodologies
  • Car driver and vehicle available for work purposes


  • Understanding of the range of health and social care facilities available in the locality

Employer details

Employer name

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust


Brighton General Hospital

Elm Grove

Brighton and Hove


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