Clinical Lead Community Paeds

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£58,698 to £65,095 per annum incl. HCAS pro rata
Closing date
9 Oct 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 8A
Part Time
Clinical Lead Physiotherapist - Community Paediatrics

Band 8a. Up to 30 hours per week

6 months - January until end of June

Due to the current postholder successfully securing research funding, we are pleased to offer a fixed-term opportunity to lead the community paediatric physiotherapy team at Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust. This role would suit an experienced Band 7 looking to gain further leadership experience or perhaps an existing Band 8 looking for a short-term change.

We are a reasonably sized, friendly and supportive team of physiotherapists and therapy assistants working in the Cheyne Child Development Services, providing care for children in Hammersmith and Fulham, South Kensington and Chelsea and South Westminster. Clinics run from Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, Parkview Centre for Health in White City and a small team is based at Jack Tizzard School. The post holder would predominantly be based at Chelsea, but would be required to travel to the other bases. The team benefits from manageable caseloads, good access to equipment and aquatherapy based at the school, and has close links with the acute, neuro-orthopaedic and NICU therapy teams.

Secondments and flexible working opportunities considered.

Please get in contact for more information:

Main duties of the job

  • To provide clinical and operational management and leadership for the community paediatric team, including physiotherapists and assistants.
  • To be responsible for the day-to-day planning, coordination, delivery, evaluation and support of the paediatric community physiotherapy service across the CCDS.
  • To work as an autonomous practitioner in providing specialist assessment, diagnosis and management of children and young people referred to the service and supervise team members accordingly.
  • To work as an integral member of the multidisciplinary team providing a holistic service to the child and their family/carer.
  • To ensure the service is responsive to user requirements within available resources and in accordance with directorate and departmental plans.
  • To ensure value for money and efficient use of budgetary resources.
  • To work with other MDT services within the tri-borough child development services.
  • To be responsible for supervision and teaching of students and junior therapy staff and take an active role in MDT teaching sessions within the CDS and children's services.

About us

About the Trust

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust provide services from two main hospitals,

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and West Middlesex University Hospital, and a number of clinics across London and the South-East.

We have nearly 7,000 members of staff that are PROUD to Care for nearly one million people.

Both hospitals provide full clinical services, including full maternity, emergency and children's,

in addition to a range of community-based services across London, such as award-winning sexual health and HIV clinics.

We're one of the best performing Trusts in the country. We're also one of the top trusts to work for -

our staff says they're engaged, motivated, and would recommend us as a place to work and receive treatment.

Our Trust has been rated by the Care Quality Commission as 'Good' in all five of the main domains of safe,

effective, caring, responsive and well-led, giving an us overall rating of 'Good'. We've also been awarded an

'Outstanding' rating for 'use of resources' by an NHS Improvement inspection.

Our facilities are some of the best in the country. We have been investing significant Capital year on year in our estate.

We have recently completed a �30m expansion of our adult and neonatal critical care facilities at Chelsea and Westminster

and are planning an ambitious �60m development of an Ambulatory Diagnostics Centre at West Middlesex.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To provide clinical and operational management and leadership for the paediatric community physiotherapy team across all bases.
  • To be responsible for day-to-day operational management such as planning, coordination, delivery, evaluation and support of the service across the two Cheyne Child Development Service (CCDS) teams, including the special school.
  • To work as an autonomous practitioner in providing advanced assessment, diagnosis and intervention management plans of children referred to the service, particularly those with highly complex presentations and to use advanced clinical reasoning skills and evidence based practice to determine appropriate treatment plans for the child and family.
  • To be competent in assessing and treating a wide range of paediatric conditions based on advanced knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology, often in situations where conflicting evidence is present. To interpret and analyse relevant clinical and non-clinical facts to formulate accurate diagnoses and prognoses for patients.
  • To provide expert advice as the most senior community paediatric physiotherapist in the Trust, supporting clinicians both in and external to the Trust who seek advice and recommendations, particularly supporting services following referral of patients.
  • To provide expert advice and support for the special schools physiotherapy team.
  • To review the service as a whole, including service offer and provision and offer recommendations as indicated to improve service efficiency and in line with latest evidence based practice.
  • To be professionally and legally responsible for all aspects of your work including the clinical management of patients and supporting the team to do so likewise.
  • To be responsible for delivering clinical supervision within the service including implementation and evaluation of any competencies.
  • To be responsible for your own and the teams educational health care plans and be consulted frequently for expert guidance and advice by members of the team and wider multidisciplinary team to provide a seamless and consistent service.
  • To seek clinical advice from peers, external contacts and advanced members of the MDT as required.
  • To use strong communication skills to motivate and influence change, particularly for any areas of practice that needs updating in line with latest evidence this may be within the physiotherapy team or wider MDT.
  • To work collaboratively with the advanced orthopaedic physiotherapy practitioners and services, particularly within neuro-orthopaedics to ensure an efficient and collaborative experience for children and families accessing both services.
  • To be competent in serial casting, identifying appropriate patients for casting and able to apply and remove casts to local and national standards.
  • To assist in the management and organization of the paediatic orthotic service in collaboration with the advanced practice orthopaedic physiotherapists, divisional therapy lead and childrens services managers.

Please see the JD for more details

Person Specification



  • BSc or equivalent in physiotherapy
  • Appropriate comprehensive post graduate training
  • Leadership training
  • MSc or working at MSc level
  • Member of APCP



  • Significant experience with children with complex needs
  • Significant experience at B7 or above in a community setting
  • Significant leadership experience
  • Experience of audit and service evaluation
  • Experience of identifying, delivering and managing change
  • Experience of supervising staff at a variety of levels and experience

Skills and Knowledge


  • Advanced understanding of paediatric neurological, development conditions and their management
  • Advanced understanding of childhood development and disability
  • Proven clinical, managerial and leadership skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Demonstratiable MDT working inc with stakeholders outside of Trust
  • Proactive in teaching skills in a variety of methods e.g. large presentation, 1 to 1, joint sessions etc

Personal qualities


  • Able to reflect and evaluate self
  • Enthusiastic, innovative and personable
  • Team player and promotes integrated working
  • Builds strong collaborative relationships

Employer details

Employer name

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Chelsea and Westminster Hospital

Fulham Road


SW10 9NH

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