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Band 7 Critical Care Highly Specialist Physiotherapist

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust
£51,488 to £57,802 Per annum inclusive of HCAS
Closing date
25 Nov 2023

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Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a band 7 (0.8 WTE, 30 hours over 4 days) specialist rehabilitation and respiratory physiotherapist to join our existing Intensive Care multi-disciplinary team. The Royal Free (NHS Foundation Trust) ICU presently consists of a 54 bed state of the art unit, including an 8 bed High dependency Unit (HDU) and 12 bed Post Anaesthetic Care Unit. A wide variety of patients from specialist services including hepatobiliary (HPB)/vascular surgery and liver/renal transplantation are admitted to these units.

The postholder will sit within the largest therapy team (CMS- critical care, medicine and surgery) at the Royal Free NHS Foundation Trust site. This team comprises of more than 50 multi-professional team members working within an interdisciplinary model in a co-located environment covering critical care, HPB/surgical wards, medical wards/sleep and ventilation. The Royal Free is a designated highly infective disease centre, the post holder will also gain opportunity to work in the only active High Level Isolation Unit (HLIU) within the country, treating conditions such as Ebola virus.Support is provided by a clinical lead band 8 ICU physiotherapist and 3 band 7 peers, as well as our specialist respiratory physiotherapy consultant. The postholder will be responsible for the provision of physiotherapy to intensive care patients with a significant emphasis on complex respiratory management, rehabilitation and ventilation/tracheostomy weaning.

Main duties of the job

As a progressive team we have a physiotherapy ACP post (independent prescriber) within critical care, a lung ultrasound accredited physiotherapist with a special interest in progressing physiotherapists in lung ultrasound and several multi-professional team members have gained post graduate master's qualification. We are equipped to progress and support senior staff members on their chosen career path in ICU.

The post holder will provide training and education to the CMS team as well as to the wider multi-disciplinary team with an emphasis on SIM, whilst also leading QI projects. The post holder will be expected to work weekend shifts and on call shifts on a pro rata basis. The importance of staff development and training is paramount within the CMS team. Regularly presentation at national and international conferences is ongoing and we are a research active therapy department, with a designated research and education leads, alongside a designated clinical trial co-ordinator. This provides opportunity for undertaking associate principle investigator schemes. We also provide excellent in-house leadership training programs and access to coaching and mentorship.

About us

The Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust is one of the UK's biggest and most innovative trusts. Across three main hospitals, our dedicated army of staff care for over 1.6million patients, treat more than 200,000 in A& E, deliver over 8,000 babies and carry out more than 17million tests.

Our size, scale and influence offer you unrivalled career opportunities and a forward-thinking approach to working that works around your lifestyle. From flexible hours and generous benefits, to next level training, we make it easier to take your career to the top

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Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached job description for more information about this role and working at Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust.

Person Specification

Royal Free World Class Values


  • oDemonstrable ability to meet the Trust Values

Education & professional Qualifications


  • oDegree/graduate diploma in Physiotherapy
  • oHealth Professions Council (HPC) registration


  • oCommitment to advanced clinical and professional development
  • oAdditional qualification eg MSc or accredited courses at postgraduate level in specialist clinical area
  • oMembership of special interest group
  • oMember of CSP



  • oSubstantial postgraduate experience at a Band 6 level including within the critical care area
  • oKnowledge and experience of a wide range of approaches for the management of patients within specialist clinical area
  • oExperience of multidisciplinary and interagency working
  • oPrevious experience of junior staff & student supervision/ clinical education
  • oPrevious experience of leadership of staff members
  • oExperience of clinical audit and/or research
  • oExperience of teaching to uni-disciplinary/ multidisciplinary groups
  • oMotivational Interviewing/ behaviour change training (CBT or facilitation skills)
  • oLectures/ Presentations to groups/ teaching other Healthcare Professionals and patients
  • oStudent training/ supervisory skills
  • oUndertaking research, audit and/or QI
  • oActive contribution to service improvement
  • oProficient IT knowledge


  • oEvidence of active involvement in service development & contribution to change within the workplace

Skills and aptitudes


  • oHighly specialist level of clinical skill within clinical area
  • oSubstantial lone working experience due to on call and weekend rota involvement
  • oExperience of line management
  • oExcellent verbal communication skills with a range of patients and healthcare professionals
  • oAn ability to lead & motivate others
  • oAbility to critically evaluate current research & apply to own practice
  • oMotivated to achieve personal and professional goals to an excellent standard as appropriate to the job role
  • oA helpful, positive and flexible attitude
  • oAbility to recognise and challenge unacceptable behaviour. To act on this appropriately using effective interpersonal skills, including assertiveness and negotiation
  • oAbility to treat others with compassion, dignity and respect, taking into account diversity considerations
  • oAppreciation of need for governance issues (to include confidentiality, health and safety, risk management)



  • oAble to comply with trust manual handling guidelines

Employer details

Employer name

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust


Royal Free Hospital

Pond Street



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