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Highly Specialist Physiotherapist Paediatrics - PICU/ Arrhythmia

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
£51,488 to £57,802 per annum inc. HCAS (Pro-rata)
Closing date
26 Sep 2023

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Band 7
Full Time
We have an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic, motivated experienced physiotherapist who is keen to develop their knowledge and skills in paediatric respiratory care, PICU and paediatric cardiac services.

The post is full time, fixed term for 18 months, and will work closely with the other PICU and acute band 7's and clinical lead. As an autonomous practitioner, you will be expected to share a leadership role within the clinical environment of PICU, contribute to the development of staff, and engage with ongoing service development.

You will also work closely with the paediatric MDT and be responsible for setting up a charity funded, patient centered physiotherapy service for children with arrhythmia and those fitted with cardiac devices to help them engage in physical activity. This will be the first such service in the UK.

The successful candidate, working within this highly skilled physiotherapy and paediatric multidisciplinary team, will have the opportunity to develop their own expertise and be encouraged to integrate research into their role.

You will need to have significant postgraduate experience across a number of specialities, with relevant paediatric experience, including paediatric critical care. Experience in staff management and service development is beneficial. Excellent organisational and communication skills are essential.

Please note secondments will also be considered

Main duties of the job

As an autonomous practitioner you will be responsible for the provision of highly specialised assessment, treatment and management of children and adolescents on the ward, PICU, cardiac outpatients and via video.

The role will be based at the Royal Brompton hospital in Chelsea, but you may expect some cross site working within the Trust. Two days a week will be dedicated to PICU and 3 days a week will work alongside the paediatric arrhythmia service.

You will share a leadership role on PICU and supervise, manage, and appraise more junior physiotherapy staff. You will promote audit, service development and evidence-based practice within the team.

Using excellent communication and team working skills you will work closely with the paediatric MDT to provide specific exercise and physical activity advice and education to children diagnosed with arrhythmias (inherited, acquired and congenital) and those treated with cardiac devices (pacemaker and implantable cardioverter defibrillators) and their families.

You will be encouraged to access internal and external training opportunities and will receive regular supervision to allow you to develop into the role. With support, you will design a future interventional study objectively measuring activity levels and outcomes post physiotherapy intervention for patients with arrhythmias and cardiac devices.

About us

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust comprises five of the UK's best known hospitals - Guy's, St Thomas', Evelina London Children's Hospital, Royal Brompton and Harefield - as well as community services in Lambeth and Southwark, all with a long history of high quality care, clinical excellence, research and innovation.

We are among the UK's busiest, most successful foundation trusts. We provide specialist care for patients including heart and lung, cancer and renal services as well as a full range of local hospital and community services for people in Lambeth and Southwark.

Royal Brompton and Harefield hospitals joined Guy's and St Thomas' in February 2021 and is the largest specialist heart and lung centre in the UK and among the largest in Europe. Weprovide treatment for people with heart and lung disease, including rare and complex conditions, offering some of the most sophisticated treatment that is available anywhere in the world.

Our integrated approach to caring for patients from before birth, through childhood, adolescence and into adulthood and old age has been replicated around the world and has gained Royal Brompton and Harefield an international reputation as a leader in heart and lung diagnosis, treatment and research.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will be a member of the paediatric physiotherapy team, based at at Royal Brompton Hospital, part of Guys and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust. They will take a lead role in the provision of physiotherapy services to children and families on PICU as well as setting up a physiotherapy service to promote safe exercise for children with arrhythmia and those fitted with cardiac devices.

Please see attached JD and Person Spec. for full information.

Person Specification



  • Equivalent or equal to a degree in Physiotherapy
  • Health and Care Professional council registration


  • Member of CSP
  • Member of ACPRC
  • Member of ACPC
  • Member of another special interest group relating to respiratory care



  • Considerable post graduate experience
  • Significant acute paediatric/PICU experience
  • Significant paediatric respiratory experience.
  • Evidence of CPD
  • Understanding of cardiorespiratory physiology and pathophysiology specific to post


  • Relevant validated clinical courses accredited as equivalent to masters level
  • Relevant clinical courses in paediatric respiratory care
  • Evidence of study/CPD around exercise physiology, assessment, and prescription

Skills and Abilities


  • Core skills in cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy
  • Ability to assess and treat complex patients in the paediatric respiratory/critical care field
  • Sound clinical decision making and reasoning.
  • Interest and participation in research / Evidence of applying current research to practice
  • Negotiation and Conflict resolution skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Able to organise and prioritise own workload
  • Experience in delegating appropriately to others
  • Supervision of students
  • Ability to pass on skills/knowledge to others within formal and informal environments
  • Able to work actively within a multidisciplinary team
  • Excellent organisational and leadership skills


  • Lecturing Skills

Personal Qualities


  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent communication skills, written and oral.
  • Articulate
  • Self-Motivator
  • Ability to manage working in stressful environments e.g. with sick children or emotional carers.
  • Keen to work hard
  • Flexible working approach
  • Commitment to personal and team development

Employer details

Employer name

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust


Royal Brompton Hospital

Sydney Street



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