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Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist - Neonates

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
30 Sep 2023

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
To date there has not been a more exciting time to come and join our Neonatal Physiotherapy service at University Hospital of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust.

As a result of new funding, the post will involve working at both trust sites, Royal Derby Hospital on the LNU and at Queens Hospital Burton SCBU alongside the current physiotherapist.

We are looking for a highly motivated, experienced and innovative Physiotherapist to join our multidisciplinary Neonatal /Paediatric Therapy Team. The successful applicant will be responsible for a specialist and complex caseload of infants on the neonatal units and therefore will need comprehensive knowledge and skills in clinical assessment techniques, advanced handling skills, Neurodevelopmental care of premature and vulnerable infants and supporting the principles of Family Integrated Care.

This opportunity will give the candidate the opportunity to join the current Allied Health Professional team on the established units, and to be instrumental in the delivery and development of the therapy service as well as supporting and guiding less experienced staff and higher educational student.

You can expect access to relevant training, clinical supervision and peer support running alongside a yearly performance development review.

Interest in a part time or full time position would be welcomed.

Main duties of the job

  • To be part of a group of Clinical Specialists for the Neonatal Physiotherapy Speciality within the Trust, coordinating the Trust wide service development and evaluation and promote and ongoing culture of change and improvement within the service. The post holder will be expected to work across the acute sites at Royal Derby Hospital Level II facility and Queens Hospital Burton's SCBU.
  • To act as a highly specialist autonomous clinician with advanced assessment and treatment skills.
  • To provide clinical leadership in the field of neonatal Physiotherapy across the acute sites of the University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust, promoting the highest standards of patient care throughout the speciality, in line with local and national standards, policies and procedures.
  • To provide highly specialist advice and education to physiotherapy staff, MDT members, nursing staff and other clinical specialities within the Trust and parents and families.
  • The post holder will work closely with the multidisciplinary team on the neonatal units including Nursing staff, medical team, other Allied Health Professionals and support staff. This will include the formation of written and verbal reports on patients status and progress to enable effective collaborative working and for ongoing services following discharge.

Closing date of applications: 28 September 2023

Date of interview:12 October 2023

About us

As a trusted organisation at the heart of our communities, we recognise the important role we can play in supporting the public, patients, our own people and local partners in achieving the best of health for the local population and the communities in which they live by providing Exceptional Care Together

Our fundamental Values of Compassion, Openness and Excellence underpin how we intend to work as a Trust and the associated behaviours are becoming embedded in all aspects of how we work.

In return we will offer:
  • Development opportunities, including both professional and leadership development
  • On-going support through every step of the way from recruitment to when you join our team and beyond.
  • A variety of other staff benefits including employee assistance programme, discounted gym membership, onsite fitness classes, car schemes

Key Facts about our Trust:
  • We see on average 4810 OP appointments per day.
  • We are the 4thbusiest Trauma & Orthopaedic outpatients department in England - an average of 2077 per week.
  • An average of 1115 patients are seen in A& Es across our network every day - 3rd largest in the country.
  • Our hospitals admit an average of 195 emergency patients daily.
  • Last year we undertook almost 33,700 planned surgical operations in our 57 operating theatres.
  • We are one of only 7 Trusts nationally with more than 50 operating theatres.
  • We carry out more than 140 elective procedures each working day.

Job description

Job responsibilities

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Person Specification

Qualifications, Education and Training


  • Degree in Physiotherapy and HCPC registration
  • Completion of HEE Neonatal Foundation Modules
  • Evidence of relevant postgraduate experience
  • Evidence of training in neurodevelopment


  • Membership of relevant special interest group
  • Evidence of a management training course

Experience and Knowledge


  • Evidence of clinical experience in Paediatrics
  • Experience of working at a Band 6 level
  • Experience of working with children with neurodevelopmental conditions
  • Experience of contributing to audit/service development projects
  • Evidence of teaching/educating/presenting to a variety of audiences


  • Experience of working in Neonatal Care

Skills and Ability


  • Evidence of Communicating to difference audiences concerning clinical information
  • Evidence of advanced assessment skills
  • evidence of developing treatment plans and adapting as required
  • Evidence of own caseload management and overseeing of others
  • Evidence of using communication skills in negotiation, motivational circumstances
  • evidence of delivering sensitive information to parents/relatives and staff
  • Evidence of interpreting data and using it to formulate action plans


  • Evidence of training and managing staff
  • Evidence of using standardised assessment tools relevant to neonatal development

Values and Behaviours


  • Evidence of working within policies and guidelines
  • Evidence of showing empathy and compassion
  • Evidence of using correct approaches when challenging inappropriate behaviour

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust


Royal Derby Hospital

Uttoxeter Road


DE22 3NE

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