Rotational Physiotherapist - Band 5 - Physiotherapy

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
Bury St Edmunds
£28,407 to £32,581 a year
Closing date
28 Sep 2023

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Band 5 Rotational Physiotherapist


37.5hours per week

Due to internal promotion within our department, we are delighted that additional opportunities have arisen for rotational Band 5 physiotherapists to join West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. We support physiotherapists seeking to consolidate and develop their clinical skills in a wide range of specialities.

You will benefit from working in a busy NHS Foundation Trust offering rotational experience in the following: Medicine, ITU/Respiratory, Neurology (Stroke), Elective and Trauma Orthopaedics, Community Beds, Paediatrics, Surgery, Adult Community and Out-patients (MSK).

Weekend working, evening clinics and emergency on-call working are integral to these rotations. Some of the rotations require 7 day rostering so you will need to be flexible to support this.

Potential interview date of 2nd October 2023

Main duties of the job

This role is suited to new graduates as well as to those who have previous experience, return to practice clinicians or from overseas as it offers successful candidates the opportunity to build on existing clinical practice in a variety of settings, within well-structured rotational teams.

The Physiotherapy department is part of Integrated Therapy Services and is committed to professional development and evidence based practice. This is demonstrated through regular departmental training, the employment of new initiatives and a constant review and improvement of services. Our excellent appraisal programme demonstrates our commitment to our staff. New graduates will undertake a full staff development induction and preceptorship programme

If you have the necessary skills, experience and qualities to help us to put patients first, please contact Helen Stewart Professional Lead Physiotherapist on 01284 713639 for further information, an informal discussion or to arrange a visit.

About us

#BeKnown at West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust. By us. By our patients. By our community

We are a busy, friendly, rural NHS Trust providing high-quality care and compassion to more than a quarter of a million people across west Suffolk. We care for, treat and support people in hospital, at home and in various community settings.

The West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds provides acute and secondary care services (emergency department, maternity and neonatal services, day surgery unit, eye treatment centre, Macmillan unit and children's ward). It has 500+ beds and is a partner teaching hospital of the University of Cambridge.

Adult and paediatric community services, provided in collaboration with West Suffolk Alliance partners, include a range of nursing, therapy, specialist, and ongoing temporary care and rehabilitation, some at our Newmarket Community Hospital.

We do our utmost to achieve outstanding clinical outcomes for patients and our values of fairness, inclusivity, respect, safety and team work guide how we work and behave as a team.

With nearly 5,000 staff, from all over the world, we strive to make our organisation a great place to work. Whatever your role or ambition, we want to help you be the best you can be.

We promote a diverse and inclusive community where everyones voice counts and you can #BeKnown for whoever you are.

Join us. What will you #BeKnown for?

Job description

Job responsibilities

Job summary:

To provide a high standard of physiotherapy assessment and treatment of patients in a variety of inpatient, outpatient and community settings.

To autonomously manage a sometimes complex clinical case load and undertake professional duties as a qualified senior physiotherapist, seeking advice where appropriate

To maintain an active professional development portfolio and to continue with on-going post-graduate learning.

To effectively communicate complex information in both clinical and non-clinical settings

To assist in the development of junior staff

Key working relationships:
  • Patients and carers
  • Multidisciplinary team members
  • Colleagues and other professionals within acute, primary and tertiary healthcare
  • Voluntary groups and organisation

Job responsibilities:

To provide a high standard of physiotherapy assessment and treatment in a range of inpatient, outpatient and community settings

To autonomously manage a clinical case load and undertake professional duties as a qualified physiotherapist, seeking advice from senior staff where appropriate

To communicate effectively in both clinical and non-clinical settings.

To maintain an active professional development portfolio and to continue with on-going post-graduate learning


  • To work as an autonomous clinical practitioner in inpatient, outpatient and community settings, seeking advice and support from senior colleagues where necessary. To be professionally and legally responsible and accountable for the management of patients in your care
  • To apply comprehensive assessment skills and knowledge to diagnose and treat a variety of presentations, incorporating both analytical reasoning and manual assessment skills. To ensure safe and effective treatment by choosing appropriate therapies
  • To communicate effectively with patients, carers and relatives to maximise rehabilitation potential and to ensure understanding of conditions. This requires a variety of communication skills including education, motivation and empathy. To adapt your approach in order to overcome barriers to effective communication, i.e. dysphasia, dementia, deafness, pain and fear
  • To employ professional judgement to establish a level of consent or work with in departmental policy to treat patients lacking the capacity to provide consent.
  • To liaise with the multidisciplinary team (doctors, allied health professionals and nursing staff, both internally and externally) regarding patient prognosis, treatment progression and discharge planning therefore ensuring a co-ordinated and holistic approach to patient care.
  • To apply clinical reasoning skills to make daily decisions regarding the appropriateness of diagnostic and therapeutic management and prioritisation of caseload within the scope of practice.
  • To formulate treatment programmes and rehabilitation goals in conjunction with patients from the initial assessment, using core knowledge, clinical reasoning and health coaching skills.
  • To be competent in employing manual treatment techniques in a safe and reasoned manner such as when working in specialist areas such as ITU with acutely ill patients requiring invasive and accurate treatment.
  • To maintain accurate and comprehensive electronic patient records in accordance with professional guidelines, Trust and departmental standards. To communicate assessment and treatment results to appropriate disciplines whilst abiding by the protocol on confidentiality.
  • To be responsible for organising and planning a daily caseload to maximise service provision this includes delegating tasks to assistant practitioners and rehabilitation assistants and supervising this delegated work, either directly or indirectly.
  • To be an active participant in the physiotherapy out of hours on call rota. This will involve being the sole practitioner to treat patients requiring emergency respiratory physiotherapy. To be confident and competent in treating critically ill patients (for example, those on ITU, HDU etc).
  • To participate in 7 day working, rotations within the community, extended weekday working hours, on-call duties and weekend working rotas depending upon the allocated rotation.

  • To observe and adhere to departmental, Trust and professional standards, guidelines and policies.
  • To partake in on-going learning through attending and presenting at departmental and team in-service training and tutorials. To be responsible for own CPD to keep up to date with recent clinical trends through self-study. To feedback to the Department as appropriate.
  • To participate in regular appraisals and objective setting with senior members of staff to ensure competency and professional development. To maintain an active CPD portfolio.
  • To work as an autonomous practitioner to interpret competencies and guidelines to ensure comprehensive treatment for all patients.
  • To operate as an independent practitioner within your scope of practice requesting assistance and advice from senior members of staff when appropriate.

  • To ensure that all equipment that may be provided for patient use or in the therapeutic setting meets appropriate levels of safety. To report any faulty, damaged or unsafe equipment promptly by following guidelines. Unsafe equipment must be reported to the Lead Physiotherapist of that area.
  • To adhere to the Trust procedure on incident reporting.
  • To be responsible for the organisation and planning of the clinical shadowing programme for prospective physiotherapy students. This includes supervising and co-ordinating a period of observational experience in the department.
  • To develop and promote the role of physiotherapist within the work place and to the public at careers fairs, schools etc
  • To be responsible for accessing confidential information via IT systems and recording patient contact data for statistical analysis and audit.
  • To participate, as required, in departmental audit
  • Any other duties as specified by the Integrated Therapies Manager.

Person Specification



  • Experience through clinical placements as a student physiotherapist.


  • Experience in the core areas of: Respiratory, Orthopaedics, Outpatients, Medicine/Elderly, Neurology

Skills & Abilities


  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Good written and verbal skills


  • Presentation skills
  • Competent IT skills
  • Critical appraisal



  • Degree in physiotherapy
  • HCPC registration

Personal Qualities


  • Able to work within a multi-disciplinary team (MDT)
  • Committed to personal development
  • Motivation, drive, enthusiasm and confidence
  • Flexible and reliable approach to working duties
  • Problem solving skills


  • Ability to pass on knowledge and skills to others
  • Able to maintain judgement under pressure.
  • Pragmatic

Employer details

Employer name

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust


Harwick Lane

Bury St Edmunds


IP33 2QZ

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