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Virtual Ward Senior Community Physiotherapist

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
South and North Nottinghamshire locations
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum (pro rata for part-time)
Closing date
24 Nov 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Virtual wards

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Community Physiotherapist to join a new service in the Virtual Ward team.

Virtual wards are a national initiative and defined as A Virtual ward is a safe and efficient alternative to NHS bedded care which is enabled by technology NHS England and NHS Improvement.

Nottinghamshire Integrated care system, aim to deliver this through a Nottinghamshire wide provider collaborative, incorporating Sherwood Forest Hospitals, Nottingham University Hospitals, Doncaster & Bassetlaw Hospital, Nottinghamshire Healthcare and City Care to deliver an ambition of 400 - 500 beds across the Nottinghamshire

Virtual wards allow patients to receive care, remote monitoring and treatment they need in their own home, safely and conveniently rather than in hospital. Virtual Wards provide healthcare systems with a significant opportunity to delivery care through the collaboration of community services and acute hospitals providing an alternative to an acute admission and/or early discharge.

As a member of the Virtual ward Multidisciplinary team the role of Community Physiotherapists will support patient care to be delivered in the home providing an alternative approach to receiving hospital care or clinical monitoring. The Virtual ward position whilst based at various sites and deliver a joined-up approach across the Nottinghamshire Integrated Care System (ICS).

Main duties of the job

Virtual Wards is a new service in Nottinghamshire. It is designed to allow patients to receive the care they need at home, including care homes, safely and conveniently rather than in hospital, otherwise known as Hospital at Home.

Virtual wards provide acute clinical care at home for a short duration (up to 14 days) as an alternative to care in hospital. Patients have their care reviewed daily by a consultant practitioner or suitably trained GP, via a digital platform that allows for the remote monitoring of a patient's condition and escalation to a multidisciplinary team.

Depending on patient need, a virtual ward also requires in-person care, eg to deliver a care assessment, therapeutic and functional interventions or acute level interventions such as IV therapy.

The Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Virtual Ward Team provides holistic person-centred care with the aim of preventing unnecessary hospital admissions in a variety of ways.

About us

Nottinghamshire Healthcare employs over 10,000 colleagues who help #MakeADifference every day. We provide intellectual disability, mental health, community health, forensic and offender healthcare services across Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and South Yorkshire. Care is delivered from over 120 sites within the community from acute settings and across low, medium and high secure environments including prisons.

As one of the largest mental health and community trusts in the East Midlands and one of the biggest employers in Nottinghamshire. We are also home to national and regional services such as the National High Secure Deaf Service and the Nottingham Centre for Transgender Health.

We are committed to flexible and agile working, including the opportunity to join our bank.

Your health and wellbeing is our priority and as such we invest significantly in this via our in-house Occupational Health Service, Staff Counselling Service and Health and Wellbeing Team.

We offer a number of employee-led staff networks, including Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) groups, our Green Champions Network, Freedom to Speak Up Network. Health and Wellbeing Champions Network and Menopause Champions. We provide care to a diverse range of communities and are passionate about supporting diversity and inclusion in the Trust.

If you believe in our values of Trust, Honesty, Respect, Compassion and Teamwork, then we would love to hear from you!


Job description

Job responsibilities

The search has begun for a Community Physiotherapist for a NEW SERVICE for Virtual Wards within the South and North of Nottinghamshire.

We are looking to recruit dynamic, flexible, and compassionate Community Physiotherapists to join this new and exciting service within both South Nottinghamshire, covering the localities of Rushcliffe, Broxtowe and Gedling and Nottingham City Care, and North Nottinghamshire covering Mansfield and Ashfield, Bassetlaw and Newark and Sherwood.

You will work within the Virtual Ward team and also in collaboration with system partners such as City Care, and NUH as part of a supportive multi-disciplinary clinical team with a dedicated focus of delivering excellent patient centred care and innovation.

Providing care to patients either remotely or within a community setting, who require high quality holistic evidence-based care that is responsive, effective and efficient in line with the virtual ward model.

This could be the role for you, and we would love to hear from you if you can
  • Demonstrate excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to be adaptable, reliable, resourceful, and approachable, evidencing high levels of personal and clinical credibility, being able to instantly establish effective working relationships in a range of work settings.
  • Support our patients within a community setting providing timely assessment, treatment and effective discharge from the service.
  • Demonstrate high levels of care and compassion to promote independence, prevent hospital admission or admission to care, support early discharge from hospital and to help people to receive the care they require within the places they call home.
  • Enjoy working collaboratively across organisation boundaries, within a multidisciplinary framework, analyse and develop treatment plans whilst providing compassionate, realistic, and timely support to a diverse patient group and their families

A full UK driving licence and vehicle for business use is required for this post however reasonable adjustments will be made for disabled individuals in line with the Equality Act 2010

For a full range of role responsibilities and duties please refer to the attached job description - please ensure you demonstrate the essential criteria in the Job Description and Person Specification in order to be shortlisted for interview.

We have a depth and breadth of services and teams within the Community Health Services Division of Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust with many different clinical levels and skills: everyone has a role to play and everyone is highly valued. We love to grow talent and foster innovation from within our if you have ideas, are highly motivated, flexible and open to new experiences and new ways of working...we want to hear from you

This post is eligible for a Golden Hello payment of �2,750 for new starters who are external to the Trust. This is payable in 3 instalments over a 2 year period. This payment is only eligible to new starters who do not already hold a contract of employment with the Trust. This post also includes paid enhancements for unsocial hours working during night, weekends and bank holidays.

Person Specification



  • BSc/Diploma in Physiotherapy
  • HCPC Registration
  • Post registration courses/ relevant experience


  • Relevant courses in Health Care of the Elderly/Falls/Orthopaedics/Palliative Care/MSK
  • Clinical Educator

Previous Experience


  • Proven post qualification experience with some at a more senior level
  • Recent experience in health care of the elderly /falls /orthopaedics /palliative care
  • Supervisory skills
  • Experience of audit.
  • Experience of working in the UK as part of the NHS


  • Teaching experience
  • Standard setting, service evaluation Recruitment & retention
  • Community experience



  • Pathology of the older person
  • Evidence based practice
  • Ability to assess, plan and evaluate rehabilitative treatment
  • Knowledge of management of falls
  • Knowledge of local & National priorities
  • Knowledge of Risk Assessment
  • Treatment of complex case & diverse conditions
  • Knowledge of equipment/ adaption's and all aspects of ADL
  • Leadership skills
  • Time management & prioritisation skills
  • Organisational skills and use of initiative
  • Self motivated and able to work as an effective team member
  • Ability to communicate with team, patient /client and their families and other agencies
  • Flexible and positive approach


  • IT skills
  • Presentation skills

Additional requirements


  • A full UK driving licence and vehicle for business use
  • Flexible working to meet the needs of the team
  • Working across community as role demands.

Values and Behaviours


  • All colleagues are expected to demonstrate at interview that they act in line with Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Values: Trust Honesty Respect Compassion Teamwork
  • All colleagues are expected to demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion as identified within the Trust's Equality and Diversity Policy and associated Equality, Diversity and Human Rights legislation

Employer details

Employer name

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


Various Sites/ remote

Various Sites/ Remote

South and North Nottinghamshire locations


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