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Specialist MSK Physiotherapist (West)

North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust
Whitehaven, Cumbria
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum pro rata
Closing date
30 Sep 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We would love you to come and see what we have to offer in the Western Lake District!

The post we have to offer you is within the Integrated Musculoskeletal (IMSK) team in West Cumbria.

We are a large MSK department with this role being situated in the team which covers the Western edge of the Lake District. Our service is spread among acute hospitals, community hospitals, GP surgeries and health centres offering wide and varied opportunities to gain skills in the MSK field. We have highly skilled physiotherapists working in each of these areas who will support you to achieve high standards of professional development and clinical excellence in your practise.

The static Band 6 MSK position provides you with the opportunity to work within a well-developed and supportive department offering a robust appraisal, preceptorship, clinical and management supervision. There are no requirements for weekend working or Orthopaedic cover.

You will need to be committed to working autonomously providing evidence based assessment, treatment and rehabilitation. You will manage a caseload where patients are referred from both Primary and Secondary care and include those from the wider MSK Pathway (including our First Contact Physiotherapists and Orthopaedic triage services). We support the education of physiotherapy students from the local Universities and the development of rotational staff through our service which we anticipate you will be part of.

Main duties of the job

This role is a static position within the Integrated MSK Physiotherapy service with the main duties of the role being that of assessing and managing patients using evidence based practise and clinical reasoning supporting the wider service with training of rotational team members and students and being pro-active in own and service development.

Continuing professional development is encouraged and we provide a robust in-service training programme which we anticipate you will be actively a part of. This has continued throughout the pandemic and incorporates the whole MSK team from across Cumbria. We work collaboratively with the East team and Advanced Practise Physiotherapists & Podiatrists who provide mentoring, teaching and training sessions.

We would anticipate that you will have significant experience of working within the MSK field with clear evidence of relevant postgraduate training, exceptional organisational and leadership skills. An ability to work and travel across sites throughout West Cumbria is also essential.

Throughout the pandemic the service has continued to provide assessment and management of MSK conditions which has left us in an advantageous position regarding use of virtual consultations and also face to face assessments. Moving into the Recovery phase, post pandemic, we have continued to use this blended approach to patient management with them at the centre of choosing how they wish their care to be delivered.

About us

At NCIC, we have an ambition to deliver outstanding hospital and health services to half a million people. Established on 1st October 2019, the Trust is creating a centre of excellence in providing rural and remote healthcare and provides a wide range of community and acute services throughout north Cumbria and beyond. We're responsible for delivering over 70 services across 15 main locations and we employ more than 6,500 members of staff.

Our 5 key principles demonstrate our belief in the delivery of 'safe, high quality care every time'.
  • Being a clinically led organisation
  • Quality and safety at the heart
  • A positive patient experience every time
  • A great place to work
  • Managing our money well

As an organisation we are serious about supporting a diverse workforce that reflects our local community and are very much focused on being an inclusive and compassionate place to work.

Across the North East and North Cumbria we are working together to deliver our ambition to be the greenest region in England by 2030. There is an expectation for all staff to support this by familiarising yourself with the Trust's sustainability initiatives such as waste and recycling, going paperless, videoconferencing, sustainable transport and others.

We encourage you to think about what you can do as an individual and within your team to contribute in to embedding carbon reduction into the everyday running of our organisation.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached Job description and person specification for further information regarding the role and the essential and desirable criteria required to be met by applicants.

Relocation assistance may be available for successful applicants moving to the region for certain posts. Please see our Policy for eligible vacancies?

Healthcare Professionals returning to practice, moving into new roles or changing clinical environments, may access an agreed preceptorship period.
  • Please ensure that you document evidence of meeting all the essential criteria in the supporting information.
  • If sufficient response is received this post could be closed earlier than the specified closing date, please apply as soon as possible to ensure that your application is considered.

Important Information

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Disclosure and Barring Service:

On 28 November 2020, the new Disclosure and Barring Service filtering rules will come into effect.

The changes mean that:
  • youth cautions, reprimands and final warnings will no longer be subject to automatic disclosure
  • the multiple conviction rule has been removed, meaning that if an individual has more than one conviction, regardless of offence type or time passed, each conviction will be considered against the remaining rules individually, rather than being automatically disclosed.

If you are unsure about whether you need to disclose certain criminal record information, free confidential advice may be sought from one of the charity bodies listed below. These bodies can advise you on what you are legally required to declare and may also be able to advise you on how you can disclose criminal record information to a prospective employer and your legal rights when doing so.

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The Trust is committed to safeguarding adults and children therefore if the post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (ROA) 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended) the successful candidate(s) will be subject to a criminal records check with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The cost of the DBS must be met by the successful candidate(s) through salary deduction. DBS charges are as follows if applicable to the post:

Standard Check: �18 + Administration cost of �3.85 = �21.85. Deducted at �6.85 from 1st month salary and �5 deducted from salary over following 3 months.

Enhanced Check: �38 + administration cost of �3.90 = �41.90. Deducted at �11.90 from 1st month salary and �10 deducted from salary over following 3 months.

As part of the one of the largest employers in the UK NCIC future employees will have also access to the following benefits.

A lease car may be available for this position further details will be provided upon appointment if applicable.

27 day holiday scheme rising to 33 after 10 years

Flexible working Scheme

Excellent opportunities for development

Competitive NHS Pension scheme

Access to NHS discounts with retailers and leisure companies

EAP (Employee Assistance Programme) a free, confidential counselling and information service to assist with personal or work-related problems

These schemes are subject to availability

Person Specification



  • CSP recognised Degree/Diploma in Physiotherapy
  • HCPC registered
  • Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy or evidence of Professional Liability Insurance.


  • Evidence of attendance at relevant post graduate courses
  • Relevant post-graduate MSc modules or degree
  • Clinical supervision / mentoring certificate or equivalent.



  • Experience of working within the field of MSK physiotherapy.
  • Experience of deputising for senior colleagues.
  • Evidence of service development through clinical audit, use of outcome measures etc.
  • Evidence of supervising under-graduate, post-graduate and support staff.
  • Experience of prioritisation and management of competing demands, appropriately delegating work.


  • Previously worked within a variety of MSK settings.
  • Experience of using electronic patient records (EPR).
  • Evidence of previous telehealth experience.
  • Responsibility for an area of work, e.g. health & safety, in-service training, clinical audit, R& D.
  • Evidence of participating or leading classes (exercise or educational)
  • Knowledge and experience of student supervision



  • Knowledge of relevant national and regional MSK clinical guidelines and evidence based practice.
  • Consolidation and development of undergraduate training through attendance at in service training and other external CPD opportunities.
  • Good knowledge of evidence based clinical practice within MSK physiotherapy.
  • Portfolio of evidence of post-graduate learning.
  • Awareness of key NHS drivers (Nationally and Locally) for change and implications for physiotherapy services in MSK care including the NHS Long Term Plan.
  • Awareness of new models of healthcare provision and potential implications of these on MSK services.
  • Understanding of clinical governance and its implications for services.


  • Evidence of previous involvement in clinical research/ service or pathway development in MSK clinical practice and or services.
  • Knowledge of quality issues and CQC

Skills & Aptitudes


  • Able to work as a member of a team, using initiative appropriately.
  • Able to make sound decisions based on clinical reasoning skills, without continued recourse to colleagues.
  • Evidence of good leadership skills.
  • Able to communicate complex information to a wide range of staff, patients and carers.
  • Able to motivate others.
  • Able to give and receive feedback.Confident in using shared decision making approach to patient centred management.


  • Evidence of post graduate teaching in a hospital or educational setting.

Personal Circumstances


  • Flexibility in working patterns.
  • Organised.
  • Empathetic.
  • Friendly and approachable.

Other Requirements


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