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Physiotherapy Pathway Lead for Trauma &Orthopaedics

North Bristol NHS Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum
Closing date
5 Oct 2023

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity for a new role has arisen within North Bristol NHS Trust. Due to a review of structure this new role is being introduced to develop the leadership of Physiotherapy within the trust

We are looking for an enthusiastic, motivated and forward-thinking Physiotherapist with relevant leadership experience to lead our Physiotherapy service within Trauma & Orthopaedics.

The Physiotherapy Pathway Lead for Trauma & Orthopaedics provides professional, clinical, performance and operational leadership to physiotherapy staff working in the MSK Pathway. To achieve this, the post holder works in close collaboration with the Head of Physiotherapy and the other Pathway Leads.

The post holds responsibility for providing strategic development of physiotherapy services within this specialty. The post holder will develop partnerships and work closely with all service stakeholders both within and beyond the Trust to ensure a safe, evolving, fit for purpose and cost-efficient service is provided. The post holder will contribute to wider strategic planning to facilitate enhanced quality of patient care within the physiotherapy service.

The post holder leads a rolling programme of education, clinical evaluation, audit and research across the specialty.

The postholder is responsible for developing partnerships with key strategic leads both internally within the Trust and externally.

Main duties of the job

  • To be responsible for the management and daily running of the Trauma & Orthopaedicpathway.
  • To co-ordinate and manage the provision of the therapy service, providing clinical direction and leadership to the team.
  • To development the Inpatient physiotherapy service, striving to ensure best practice, maximum efficiency and productivity and cost effectiveness.
  • To lead and engage the team demonstrating compassion through effective relationships based on empathy, respect and dignity.
  • To nurture a supportive and empathetic approach to teaching, supervision and appraisals.
  • To work as an autonomous practitioner, within scope of practice and deliver a quality clinical service meeting the clinical and strategic needs of the hospital.
  • To provide highly specialised assessment and intervention for a varied caseload within your specialty, including patients who may have highly complex presentations.
  • To develop and foster productive relationships with key stakeholders e.g. Consultants, GPs, patient groups and other links.
  • To develop and promote a positive, dynamic image and culture to both internal and external stakeholders. At all times striving to reflect and encourage the hospital's values

About us

North Bristol NHS Trust is one of the largest healthcare trusts in the South West of England. We provide hospital and community healthcare to people living in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire. We do this across a range of settings, including within our award-winning Brunel building, designed and built for a better patient and staff experience.
  • We care for people with a wide range of health conditions through a range of services. These range from routine check-ups to specialist neurosurgery, orthopaedics, plastics and burns.
  • We deliver more than 6,000 beautiful babies a year in our maternity units, birth centres and at home.
  • Our hard-working Emergency Department is a regional trauma centre. Here, we care for people with wide range of illnesses and injuries. For example, strokes and broken arms through to people who have been in a serious car crash.
  • We don't just treat patients. We support the future of healthcare with world-leading research and by training the doctors and nurses of the future.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please find the detailed job description attached. This will include the main roles and responsibilities

Person Specification

Education and Training


  • Degree or Equivalent Physiotherapy
  • HCPC Registration
  • MSc level learning or equivalent experience
  • Appropriate Leadership course/training


  • MCSP
  • MSc in related Subject

Work Experience


  • Wide ranging post graduate physiotherapy experience including having held senior position in relevant speciality
  • Significant experience of relevant specialist pathway
  • Experience in leading and completing audit and evidence based projects.
  • Experience of supervision and appraisal of physiotherapy staff and students with ability to give constructive feedback and performance management when necessary
  • Evidence of actively participating in in-service training and presenting to large MDT groups, undergraduate and postgraduate staff and evaluating effectiveness of training
  • Evidence of leading change management and innovation in clinical practice


  • Previous experience at band 8 level
  • Research experience including publication in recognised journal.
  • Presented at national level or external courses relevant to subject area
  • Actively involved in developing research links with other academic institutions

Knowledge and Skills


  • Extensive specialist knowledge of evidenced based physiotherapy for designated specialist pathway
  • In depth knowledge of national guidelines and standards pertaining to specialist pathway and physiotherapy
  • Robust understanding of clinical governance and its implication for physiotherapy
  • Awareness and understanding of NHS structure, current issues and developments
  • understanding of the legal responsibilities of the profession
  • The ability to discuss advanced clinical reasoning in the management of highly complex cases
  • The ability to identify and act upon adverse clinical signs
  • Able to communicate at advanced level including complex information to patients, Carers, team and other health professionals.
  • Excellent time management skills with ability to organise, prioritise and delegate
  • Demonstrates excellent leadership ability and motivational skills
  • Able to provide a high standard of clear concise, written and verbal reports in English
  • Ability to collect and present data for service performance information
  • Excellent teaching and presentation skills IT skills, including using hospital databases, word processing, excel, email and power point
  • Ability to manage own stress and work in a stressful and unpredictable environment.

Personal Qualities


  • Self motivated with a clear vision of role / commitment to speciality
  • demonstrates professional independence
  • Work in a flexible manner and adapt to changing environments
  • Physically fit and able to comply with Trusts moving and handling guidelines, therapeutic handling
  • Professional manner and appearance
  • Available for weekend duties, 7-day and altered working patterns where clinically appropriate

Employer details

Employer name

North Bristol NHS Trust


Southmead Hospital



BS10 5NB

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