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Critical Care Physiotherapy Team Lead

Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Cambridge Bio Medical Campus
£43,742 to £50,056 a year
Closing date
3 Oct 2023

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Band 7
Full Time
This 12-month, fixed term post is an excellent opportunity to act as lead clinician in a dynamic, highly specialist Critical Care (CCA). The role involves advanced assessment and treatment provision to a range of patient cohorts including, cardiothoracic surgery, ECMO, mechanical circulatory support devices, heart failure, transplant, and cardiology patients.

The post holder is responsible for leading, mentoring, and supporting development of the CCA and wider physiotherapy teams. There are opportunities to develop leadership and advanced clinical skills with support of the Physiotherapy Service Lead. There are opportunities to gain experience in specialist Physiotherapy groups and engage in further CPD.

The individual will have the opportunity to work with key stakeholders and the wider Critical Care MDT to advance the service provided and coordinate patient care. Within the role the post holder will engage in audit and research and support colleagues with service improvement work.

The CCA team lead will work closely with the Physiotherapy Service Leads and Team Leads to support service delivery, coordination, and development. Collaborative working with the Physiotherapy Service Lead, Advanced Practice Critical Care Physiotherapist and Cardiology Pathway Lead, and Deputy Team Lead on Critical Care are essential.

Main duties of the job

*Attending Trust level meetings including CCA Business Unit Meeting and Trust wide Tracheostomy group

*Attending CCA level meetings including MDT meetings and Morbidity and Mortality meetings

*Involvement with the ECMO Physiotherapy Network

*Leading audit, research, and service improvement projects

*Leading the CCA Physiotherapy Team

*Mentoring colleagues

*Attending departmental management meetings to review and manage the Physiotherapy service

*Using advanced clinical reasoning skills to assess and treat complex patients

*Supporting colleagues to advance their clinical reasoning skills to achieve rotational goals and/or advanced CCA competencies including tracheostomy decannulation

*Providing teaching to physiotherapy colleagues and the wider CCA MDT

*Working closely with other Team Leads, Deputy Team Leads and Service Leads to coordinate service provision

*Exploring opportunities to provide teaching outside the Trust

*Seeking out CPD opportunities such as conferences and courses

About us

Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is the UK's leading heart and lung hospital, delivering care to more than 50,000 patients a year in its new state-of-the-art hospital in Cambridge. We perform the most heart and/or lung transplants in the UK and carried out the UK's first successful heart transplant in 1979. It also offers emergency heart attack treatment, sleep centre care and is one of just five centres nationally for those in severe respiratory failure.

Based on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus the largest centre of medical research and health science in Europe the Trust is at the heart of treatments of the future. Royal Papworth became the first hospital trust in the country to be rated outstanding in all five areas assessed by the Care Quality Commission - a rating it still holds today. The Trust holds its values of compassion, excellence & collaboration at its core, and all colleagues joining the team are expected to uphold these in their day-to-day roles & interactions. Royal Papworth is proud of its diverse workforce and encourages people to embrace their individuality.

The Trust values difference and welcomes all applications irrespective of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy & maternity, race, religion & belief, sex and sexual orientation. Providing they meet the minimum post criteria, applicants with disabilities will be offered an interview.

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Job description

Job responsibilities

On this page you will find a Role Profile which provides information about the hospital and full details about the role. We recommend that you review this and refer to it as you complete your application. Please include how you will meet the Trust Values Compassion, Excellence and Collaboration. If you would like more information about the role or working at Royal Papworth Hospital, please get in touch with the contact for this role.

Person Specification



  • BSc/ Pre- Reg MSc/ Grad. Dip. in Physiotherapy with HCPC registration
  • HCPC registration.
  • Active participation and engagement within specialist interest group.


  • Post-Graduate MSc / MSc level education relevant to role
  • CSP member.



  • Clinical pillar
  • Specialist Band 6 physiotherapy knowledge and experience within a cardiothoracic setting to include working in critical care, cardiothoracic surgery and rehabilitation and evidence of significant experience in physiotherapeutic management of cardiorespiratory conditions.
  • Ability to work independently and prioritise own and teams workload and delegate effectively to others.
  • Leadership Pillar
  • Experience of leading/supervising a team. Experience of mentoring and clinical supervision of junior staff and students, and developing others.
  • Ability to lead the team with whilst being a team player
  • Evidence of excellent communication skills, including verbal, non verbal and written, in difficult and challenging situations
  • Ability to work under pressure whilst leading the team, with an awareness of the wider services in a calm and professional manner.
  • Ability to problem solve and make complex clinical and non-clinical decisions and support the team to also do so
  • Ability to lead, support and provide service wide management in service leads absence.
  • Education pillar
  • Engagement in post-graduate education including attending, presenting and organising relevant courses, study days and conferences.
  • Experience in practical and theoretical student training
  • Experience in education and advocacy of physiotherapy across the multi-professional team
  • Research Pillar
  • Experience in team and department audit / service improvement/ research projects
  • Utilisation of current evidence base to influence own and others clinical practice.
  • Working knowledge of NHS and AHP priorities and initiatives


  • Experience of working with patients on ECMO and mechanical support devices
  • Advanced management and leadership training, including dealing with performance, capability and sickness issues.

Additional Criteria


  • Please provide evidence of your commitment to uphold the Trust's values: Compassion, Excellence, Collaboration
  • Role model and support others in demonstrating professionalism, resilience and reflexivity
  • Ability to undertake manual handling tasks.
  • Ability to work flexibly in an enhanced seven day service including on-call, and late shifts.

Employer details

Employer name

Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Royal Papworth Hospital

Papworth Road

Cambridge Bio Medical Campus



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