Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist - Cardiothoracics

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 Per annum
Closing date
24 Sep 2023

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
Band 8a Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist - thoracic surgery (0.6 WTE)

This is an exciting new post for a Clinical Specialist (band 8a) physiotherapist in thoracic surgery!

Following the commencement of the Targeted Lung Health Check (TLHC) initiative in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire ICS we have an opportunity for a physiotherapist with a special interest in thoracic surgery and cancer care to join our team at NUH.

As a Clinical Specialist physiotherapist you will be responsible and accountable for the strategic planning, management and provision of a highly specialist physiotherapy service to the thoracic surgery pathway at NUH. This service will be safe, clinically and cost effective providing high quality evidence based care for patients with lung cancer. The post holder will be responsible for leading physiotherapy service development, integrating this into the collaborative and multidisciplinary TLHC programme. There is also the opportunity to work collaboratively with NUH's prehab team in regards to the lung cancer pathway.

The successful candidate will hold a clinical caseload, providing expert opinion, advice and guidance to physiotherapists, medical colleagues and other health care professionals.

Main duties of the job

This role has a strong patient-facing element to provide high-quality and evidence-based care for patients admitted under the TLHC programme.

In addition to a patient-facing caseload, you will be responsible for providing leadership within the MDT to ensure effective and efficient service delivery. A key part of your role will be to explore innovative ways of working and thinking to promote optimal outcomes for patients. You will provide advice to patients, carers and clinicians using evidence-based practice and an advanced clinical judgment acquired through professional expertise.

You will be responsible for ensuring safe practice by providing expertise and input into TLHC's strategic planning and implementation, including the development of MDT clinical guidelines, care pathways and protocols in line with national and regional guidance. You will have a fundamental role in the education and training of a broad spectrum of clinicians whilst adopting a collaborative MDT approach to optimise our patients' journey.

You will work collaboratively with the therapy leadership team to bridge the gap between clinical practice and operational management, supporting staff training and development and promoting a positive experience for all staff.

The successful candidate will support the wider inpatient therapy teams at NUH in the management of and participation of out of hours work.

Please refer to the job description and person specification for full details.

About us

With over 17,000 staff, we are one of the biggest employers in the city with a central role in supporting the health and wellbeing of our local population. We play a leading role in research, education and innovation.

Come and join our wonderful team at NUH. We are big believers in diversity and welcome new ideas to help develop our team in order to deliver world class healthcare to the vast patient populations we serve. With endless personal development opportunities available, at NUH we will endeavor to turn your job into a career!

The Physiotherapy service is part of the Therapies and Rehabilitation Services pathway, which is one of the pathways that together make up the Clinical Support Division at NUH. We are a diverse pathway of AHPs and support staff, employing over 700 staff, who works together to deliver the high quality care we aspire to. Our HCPC registered AHP professionals comprise of physiotherapists, dietitians, occupational therapists, orthotists, prosthetists and speech and language therapists. We have a Chief AHP to lead us on our strategic direction, and many of the pathway leadership team have pathway AHP backgrounds to support our staff. There are also Practice Development Therapists to support career development for all.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please familiarise yourself with the attached Job Description and Personal Specification for details specific to this post
  • Permanent 0.6 WTE (22.5 hours) Band 8a post
  • Core hours are worked Monday to Friday
  • Additional duties will include participation in out of hours work, as well as a late shifts (1-9PM). Weekends are rostered with expected frequency of 1:4, but all are dependent on service need and staffing levels

Person Specification

Training and qualifications


  • oBSc Hons in Physiotherapy
  • oFull HCPC registration
  • oRecognised post-graduate training relevant to specialty preferably including research skills to a Master's level

Communication and relationship skills


  • Able to utilise persuasion, negotiation and reassurance skills to ensure agreement and co-operation.
  • Ability to communicate and present highly complex information effectively, in written and verbal formats to individuals or groups of more than 20 people.
  • Ability to motivate, train and teach own and other disciplines of staff.
  • Able to influence Senior medical consultants, GP's and Commissioners

Analytical and Judgement skills


  • Ability to analyse, interpret and compare information e.g. interpreting results of investigations/ recognising the clinical need for surgery, investigation, consultant.
  • Ability to assess, formulate a diagnosis and plan patient management, using highly specialist clinical reasoning skills and a wide range of treatment options
  • Ability to provide an expert 'second opinion' to patients with highly complex clinical conditions
  • Ability to assess and manage risk in relation to patient care and working environment
  • Ability to critically appraise research literature and together with the team, implement evidence based practice in order to deliver an effective service.
  • Provide critical evaluation of service delivery and facilitate necessary change

Planning and organisation skills


  • Ability to plan and prioritise own workload, by using planning, organisational and time management. This requires flexibility to work over a number of different settings
  • To develop the relevant therapy service in relation to Trust objectives and National guidelines.



  • Evidence of highly developed advanced manual therapy skills
  • High levels of co-ordination e.g. facilitation of movement
  • The ability to manipulate fine tools/ medical devices

Other role requirements


  • Ability to travel between locations



  • Require highly advanced / theoretical / practical knowledge and clinical reasoning skills for more than one discipline i.e. a broader range of advanced therapeutic skills

Employer details

Employer name

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trusts


City Hospital Campus

Hucknall Road



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