Hand Therapy Physiotherapist

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
1 Oct 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a static Band 6 Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist to work within the hand therapy service at the Bristol Royal Infirmary. The post holder will manage a varied and complex caseload of patients from trauma, orthopaedics, rheumatology and primary care in both the hand fracture clinic and outpatient hand unit setting.

Main duties of the job

We are looking to recruit an inspiring and innovative physiotherapist to join the Hand Rehabilitation Team based at the Bristol Royal Infirmary (BRI). The ideal candidate will have a broad experience of managing musculoskeletal conditions, with experience of working with patients with a range of hand and wrist presentations.

You will provide outstanding clinical and professional contributions to our hand therapy team and ensure clinical excellence within the hand therapy service. You will be joining a team which includes a mix of occupational therapists, physiotherapists and a rehab technician, including rotational and static team members. In collaboration with the Band 7 Team Leads you will support delivery of a high quality and responsive service.

As a motivated and skilled clinician, you will demonstrate advanced skills in the assessment and treatment of a range of complex patients. We are looking for a driven individual who is confident to challenge current practice and ensure that our patients receive up-to-date evidence-based treatments

The post holder will be hard working, naturally empathetic, demonstrating good communication skills to facilitate close working relationships with both patients and staff. They will need to be creative and flexible to meet the changing needs of the caseload and service. In service training programmes, staff appraisal systems, coaching and regular mentoring are in operation to help you develop to meet the demands of the post.

About us

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW) is one of the largest acute Trusts in the country, bringing together a combined workforce of over 13,000 staff and over 100 different clinical services across 10 different sites, serving a core population of more than 500,000 people across South West England. UHBW has been rated by the CQC as 'Good' overall and our staff are proud to deliver excellent care to the people of Bristol, Weston and beyond. As a forward-thinking multi-award winning Trust and a digital exemplar committed to improving patient care, our world-leading research and innovations are having a positive local and global impact. Our hospitals are spread across Bristol and Weston, join us and you can enjoy the very best of both worlds city living within a stone's throw of the countryside or beside the seaside, both with easy access to all that the South West has to offer. UHBW is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. As an equal opportunities employer actively working towards a diverse workforce we aim to recruit and retain a workforce which represents the rich diversity of the local population at all levels and are committed to designing our services around the needs of individual patients and those around them. Anonymous information will be used from your application in order to ensure we're meeting our pledge.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For a more detailed job description, main responsibilities, and Person Specification, please refer to the job description document attached to this vacancy.

Person Specification

Qualifications and Training


  • Diploma / Degree in Physiotherapy or equivalent
  • Health and Care Professions Council registered
  • A variety of experience in core areas as post graduate physiotherapist i.e. musculoskeletal, T& O, respiratory and neurological dealing with a wide range of patients with differing needs
  • Evidence of Continuing Professional Development


  • Evidence of courses specific to the upper limb eg British Association of Hand Therapy courses
  • Involvement in Relevant Special Clinical Interest Groups

Knowledge and Experience


  • Demonstrates a breadth of experience across core areas at band 5 (or equivalent)
  • Experience of assessing and treating musculoskeletal conditions
  • Previous experience working with upper limb, hand and wrist pathologies
  • Experience of working as part of a Physiotherapy team and/or multidisciplinary team
  • Contributing to clinical education of less experienced staff, students or assistants
  • Demonstrates integrating relevant evidence based practice
  • Knowledge of clinical Governance and its application to Physiotherapy


  • Previous experience at Band 6
  • Previous experience of thermoplastic splinting
  • Evidence of involvement in service change

Skills and Abilities


  • Effective communication skills both verbal and written
  • Experience of supervision of other staff e.g. assistants/technical instructors/students
  • Ability to work unsupervised
  • Ability to cope in a stressful environment undertaking moderate to intense physical effort throughout the working day and carry out concurrent activities
  • Ability to plan, prioritise and delegate
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Demonstrate assessment, analytical and reflective skills across a diverse patient group
  • Ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure
  • Ability to effectively perform patient assessments and interventions, including manual therapy and therapeutic handling
  • Presentation Skills
  • Competent Information Technology skills


  • Ability to effect and manage change
  • Leadership Skills



  • Demonstrates a commitment to own professional development
  • Committed to team working
  • Credible & mature attitude, which is recognised & respected by other staff
  • Proactive attitude
  • Commitment to Trust values

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW)


Bristol Royal Infirmary

Upper Maudlin Street



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