Clincial Lead Physiotherapist (Adult Learning Disabilities)

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£49,178 to £55,492 per annum pro rata Inc HCAs
Closing date
27 Sep 2023

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
East London Foundation Trust is looking for a registered Physiotherapist with three years of post registration experience working with Adults with Learning Disabilities, to join their Newham Health Team for Adults with Learning Disabilities (NHLD). This position is Clinical Lead Highly Specialist Physiotherapist for the team, so is ideal for someone who is looking to combine their LD clinical experience with skills in leadership. This is a full time role, based in Stratford, London close to tube, rail and DLR stations.

Main duties of the job

You will lead an established Physiotherapy team including a Senior Physiotherapist and a Physiotherapy assistant. You will be working with a multi disciplinary team of Nurses, Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Psychologists/Behaviours specialists and Psychiatrists. As the Clinical Lead Physiotherapist you will be part of the team's senior leadership group involved in clinical governance and service development. The Physiotherapy service within NHLD has been well established for many years and offers effective services, embracing innovative practice primarily for individuals with Severe and Profound & Multiple Learning Disabilities, in different settings. You will be working in varied community settings such as individual's home, therapy centres, educational settings, Hydrotherapy pools and other community facilities.

You will have knowledge and understanding of working with complex neurological conditions and people with long term conditions. Experience of working with people who have learning disability, previous involvement in service development and leadership, and a sound understanding of the legal frameworks relevant to LD is essential. You will be expected to hold an independent caseload, be autonomous in doing assessment and execute treatment programs independently and provide support for the rest of the Physiotherapy team. You will have supervision and support from Deputy Team Manager and Clinical Service Manager.

About us

We will offer a friendly work environment, broad range of clinical experience, clinical supervision, internal and external training sessions, and support for CPD and career development. We offer flexible working options to promote work life balance of our employees. ELFT offers numerous staff benefit including Annual leave allowance 27 - 33 days (based on length of service), generous pension scheme, Annual season ticket Loan, Cycle to work scheme, health and wellbeing sessions and a range of wellbeing resources.

For more information about the post and for informal visits, please contact

Rachel James on

Job description

Job responsibilities

Kindly refer to the job description and person specification that is attached to the vacancy profile.

Person Specification

Education/ Qualification/ Training


  • Physiotherapy degree or equivalent
  • Registration with the health Professions council (HCPC)
  • Highly specialist knowledge of theory and practice of physiotherapy in relation to Learning disability
  • Knowledge of current legislation affecting people with learning disabilities


  • Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists
  • Postgraduate courses relevant to the post evidenced in CPD portfolio at appropriate leve



  • A minimum of 3 years clinical post qualifying experience
  • At least 2 years experience of working with clients Learning disabilities
  • Experience of working in a Multidisciplinary team
  • Experience of participation in clinical governance activities
  • Experience of managing and supervision others

Knowledge and Skills


  • Ability to undertake all therapeutic aspects of the Physiotherapy process in relation to people with learning disabilities (including stretching programs, Rebound therapy on the trampoline, Hydrotherapy in the swimming pool and rehabilitation gym)
  • Ability to work, communicate (verbal, non-verbal and written) and negotiate with the multidisciplinary team, external providers, service users, carers and families
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including observation, listening, empathy and negotiation skills
  • Ability to apply safe manual handling techniques to clients with highly complex disabilities
  • Evidence of ability to provide clinical leadership, supervise and manage junior staff and students
  • Ability to train junior staff, students and other disciplines in area of expertise

Employer details

Employer name

East London NHS Foundation Trust


Newham Health Team for Adults with Learning Disabilities

29 Romford Road


E15 4LY

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