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Senior Outpatient MSK Physiotherapist

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year Pro rata for part time posts
Closing date
25 Nov 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a skilled and enthusiastic Physiotherapist to join the MSK Physiotherapy Outpatient Team at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.

This is a permanent, full-time position (37.5 hours per week) and will be a split role between Worcestershire Royal Hospital and the Alexandra Hospital, Redditch.

We are looking for a Physiotherapist with experience working in MSK outpatients within the NHS who possesses advanced skills in the assessment and treatment of MSK conditions. The post-holder will be required to be proactive and highly motivated in regard to their own development, be able to demonstrate sound clinical reasoning skills, and have a commitment to the provision of evidence-based practice.

The post-holder will have the opportunity to manage a complex, mixed caseload of patients in a busy and friendly department. There may also be opportunities to run gym-based group sessions and work in fracture clinics to offer initial assessment and advice to patients acutely following an injury or procedure. As such, experience working with trauma/post-op patients is preferable. The department also benefits from close working links with our Extended Scope Practitioner service, who work in spinal, knee, shoulder, and pain clinics.

Post-holders will be supported in their continuing professional development by the experienced and supportive team leads and actively encouraged to contribute to the development of others and the service.

Main duties of the job

  • Working as an autonomous practitioner, to provide high quality patient focussed care through assessment, diagnosis, development and delivery of individual treatment programmes.
  • To take the responsibility for own caseload within a defined area of service or for a particular patient type.
  • To provide supervision, support and education to qualified and unqualified staff and students.
  • To participate in departmental audit in support of evidence based practice.
  • To communicate with the MDT as appropriate to provide comprehensive assessment to determine admission prevention as appropriate to given speciality.
  • To undertake outpatient activity as appropriate within area of speciality.
  • To contribute to our 7-day service on a rota basis dependant on specialty of work.
  • To be able to plan and conduct high quality treatment sessions on an individual and group basis.

About us

Our purpose is simple - Putting Patients First. We are looking for exceptional colleagues who can help us achieve this.

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust is a large acute and specialised hospital trust that provides a range of local acute services to the residents of Worcestershire and more specialised services to a larger population in Herefordshire and beyond.

The Trust operates hospital-based services from three sites in Kidderminster, Redditch and Worcester

Our workforce is nearly 6,800 strong, and our caring staff are recognised as providing good and outstanding patient-centred care. You could be one of them.

We are committed to recruiting the best people to work with us to achieve our Vision - working in partnership to provide the best healthcare for our communities, leading and supporting our teams to move 4ward. Our 4ward behaviours, which we ask all staff to demonstrate, underpin our everyday work and remain firmly at the heart of all we do.

Our objectives are simple:
  • Best services for local people
  • Best experience of care and best outcomes for our patients
  • Best use of resources
  • Best people

Better never stops, and our Clinical Services Strategy provides a clear future vision for our Trust, our hospitals, our services and our role in the wider health and care system.

We are proud to have achieved Timewise accreditation - this means we are committed to embedding flexible working within our organisation as a flex positive employer.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached Job Description document for a full overview of the post.

Key Duties

  • To be professionally and legally accountable for all aspects of practice, including the management of patients receiving treatment.
  • To undertake clinical assessment, including risk analysis, of patients presenting with simple and complex/multi pathologies within defined area of speciality.
  • To be able to apply knowledge and highly developed skills from a wide range of specialties e.g. respiratory, neurology, MSK out patients, care of the elderly dependant on given area of speciality underpinned by evidence.
  • To use advanced clinical reasoning skills and manual assessment techniques to establish accurate diagnosis.
  • To use judgemental skills and comprehensive knowledge of physiotherapy treatments to formulate individual treatment programmes based on evidence of best practice.
  • To demonstrate a high level of skill in dexterity, co ordination and sensory skills to deliver appropriate treatments selected from a range of physiotherapeutic interventions e.g normal movement, motor relearning, manual therapy techniques, respiratory techniques, use of NIV, exercise therapy, hydrotherapy and electrotherapy dependant on area of speciality.
  • To regularly evaluate the effectiveness of the treatment plan and adjust the treatment accordingly.
  • To use clinical knowledge to formulate a prognosis and recommend an appropriate course of action and discharge plan.
  • To maintain comprehensive, accurate and contemporaneous treatment records including valid consent appropriate to the intervention.
  • To ensure that patient confidentiality is maintained at all times.
  • To be an active participant on the evening and weekend On Call Service, which includes advanced respiratory techniques and non-invasive ventilatory aids. This may also include the treatment of children. Rota will depend on Speciality
  • To be responsible for leading patient classes, e.g. cardiac rehabilitation, knee group and rheumatology classes dependant on area of speciality

  • To assess capacity, gain valid consent and to work within a legal framework with patients who lack capacity to consent to treatment.
  • To communicate effectively, verbally and through touch, with patients to maximise rehabilitation potential.
  • To demonstrate communication skills of persuasion, motivation, reassurance, explanation and negotiation, with patients with barriers to effective communication may be evident, eg expressive and receptive dysphasia, altered perception, hearing loss, mental disabilities, pain and fear. Barriers to effective communication will regularly be evident.
  • To write clear and concise notes based on physiotherapy assessment and treatment of patients, in accordance with professional standards.
  • To use written information in assisting the patient to understand their condition and involvement in the treatment process.
  • To liaise with the designated Team Lead Physiotherapist regarding the workload of the area.
  • To liaise with senior physiotherapy staff regarding highly complex cases.
  • To liaise with medical, nursing staff and other health care professionals regarding patient care.
  • To liaise and where appropriate advise patients, carers and relatives regarding patient care.
  • To liaise with members of the multidisciplinary team and attend case conferences, MDT meetings and ward rounds as appropriate.
  • To produce written discharge summaries and/or progress reports to GPs, Consultants or other referring health professional regarding the patients condition within Speciality.

Education and Training:
  • To be appraised by the Team Lead Physiotherapist within area of speciality, agree personal objectives to be achieved within area of speciality and formulate a personal development plan.
  • To maintain own clinical professional development by a variety of means (internal/external courses, journal reviews, self-directed study) in order to maintain up to date clinical knowledge.
  • To keep abreast of new developments in clinical physiotherapy and evidence based practice.
  • To participate in all annual mandatory training.
  • To demonstrate an understanding of clinical governance in physiotherapy practice. To regularly evaluate physiotherapy practice through the use of outcome measures and audit.
  • To undertake, or assist with Research and Development activity.
  • To participate in training by the regular delivery of presentations to fellow physiotherapists, other staff and students.
  • To supervise and appraise more junior members of staff, assistants and students as delegated by senior staff, to promote a high standard of patient care.
  • To adhere to local department and trust policy.

Organisation and Management:
  • To prioritise and manage own patient workload and that of supervised staff.
  • In the absence of the Team Lead Physiotherapist in the specialty, to manage and allocate staff in order to provide an efficient service.
  • To ensure the Team Lead is fully informed of all matters affecting the speciality by regular reporting.
  • To be aware of and adhere to National, Professional, Trust and Departmental policies and recommend changes for own work area following audit or research.
  • To maintain a safe environment at all times for patients, visitors and staff.
  • To ensure safe use of all mechanical and electrical equipment or orthoses and appliances used in the care of patients, providing advice to other staff and carers as needed.
  • To act immediately to rectify any unsafe practices or environments witnessed and report adverse incidents or near misses according to Trust policy.
  • To provide statistical information regarding own workload as required for managerial purposes

  • To maintain Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registration adhering to the Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics
  • To maintain own Continuing Professional Development in line with Clinical Governance and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) core standards.
  • To work within the Rules of Professional Conduct of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.
  • To be responsible for maintaining own competence through self-directed learning and reflective practice.
  • To assist with research, audit and service development projects.

Person Specification

Skills & Knowledge


  • Effective and appropriate written communication skills.
  • Comprehensive clinical knowledge and skills in core areas and within speciality.
  • Effective team working skills.
  • Understanding of Professional, Legal and Clinical Governance responsibilities.
  • Understanding of current NHS issues.


  • Teaching skills.
  • Leadership skills.
  • Presentation Skills.

Personal Qualities


  • A professional and approachable manner with service users and staff.
  • To be an effective team player.
  • To be flexible and responsive in relation to service need.
  • To be assertive and assured when required.
  • To be enthusiastic about physiotherapy and the concept of CPD.
  • To be able to show initiative.
  • Good Interpersonal and communication skills.



  • Diploma or degree in physiotherapy.
  • Health Profession Council Registration.
  • Appropriate postgraduate qualifications / training.


  • Member of CSP



  • Appropriate and broad experience in core rotations (can demonstrate a broad range of knowledge from different specialities) or within speciality if a static post.
  • Experience of working in an acute NHS environment.
  • Evidence of relevant and recent CPD.
  • Supervision and development of assistants and students.


  • Training of other MDT members.

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