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Specialist Physiotherapist

County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust
Barnard Castle
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pro rata
Closing date
25 Nov 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Following significant investment into the community hospitals wards we have an exciting opportunity to join our team. We are seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic Band 6 Physiotherapist to join our therapy rehabilitation team based at Richardson Community Hospital.

Applicants must be prepared to participate in a 6 day week service, covering bank holidays and Saturdays on a rota basis.

Come and join this exciting development. Receive support and opportunities to develop clinical and leadership skills with regular individual supervision, peer support and access to additional learning.

For further information please contact Lauren Tate, clinical Lead community wards, 07768123168.

Main duties of the job

This post is for a specialist physiotherapist.

The service will work over 6 days a week.

Come and join this exciting development. Receive support and opportunities to develop clinical and leadership skill with regular individual supervision, peer support and access to additional learning.

The successful applicant will independently manage a caseload in the community wards providing holistic, short term, goal led intervention following a comprehensive assessment. These patients will present with a wide range of complex problems and will allow you to develop a highly specialist knowledge

Promoting a Discharge to Assess model of care, patients will have their discharge facilitated by therapists at the most optimum point in their rehabilitation pathway.

Opportunities to:

Develop skills in holistic assessing beyond the scope of your traditional Physiotherapy practice.

Develop your supervisory, leadership and service development skills.

To support junior and assistant staff and to help with their development

Lead and participate in peer support and in service training

Work within a dynamic Multi-Disciplinary Team

About us

If you are being interviewed you must accept an interview slot in the system to continue, even if you have arranged with the manager

You must be able to produce ALL certificates stated essential in the person specification or you will not be able to complete pre-employment checks

We provide hospital services from two acute sites - Darlington Memorial Hospital and University Hospital of North Durham. We have a centre for planned care in Bishop Auckland and provide care from community hospitals in Chester-le-Street, Shotley Bridge, Barnard Castle, Sedgefield and Weardale as well as over 80 other community based settings and providing care in patients' homes.

We particularly welcome applications from disabled and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates as BAME and disabled people are currently under-represented

We are unable to offer sponsorship for roles that do not require a professional registration, to apply you must have Right to Work in the United Kingdom. If you are in the UK on a VISA please ensure you have no restrictions that would prevent you from taking this post

Full Job Descriptions can be found in the adverts supporting documents

Job description

Job responsibilities

*Please Note : For a detailed job description for this vacancy, please see attached Job Description*

Person Specification



  • BSc/MSc in Physiotherapy or equivalent
  • Evidence of CPD, including attendance at recent post-graduate courses relevant to the clinical fields in the specialism


  • An understanding of County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, its culture, strategic direction, achievements and NHS standing
  • Involvement in specific interest groups



  • Comprehensive and relevant qualified experience in physical rehabilitation including recent general rehabilitation experience.
  • Experience of collaborative working within multidisciplinary teams
  • Evidence of communication skill within a wide variety of settings


  • Experienced in staff appraisal
  • Experienced in working in a variety of settings
  • Experience of crisis management

Statutory Registration


  • HCPC registered Physiotherapist


  • Member of CSP

Special Skills & Knowledge


  • In depth and up to date knowledge and skills in the assessment and treatment of a wide range of physical disabilities
  • Remain updated with professional practice and new research
  • Understand clinical governance and its implications for services, including experiences of quality issues and audit
  • Ability to comprehend and work within the Trusts policies of data protections, equal opportunities and health and safety. To meet the differing needs of patients.
  • Ability to carry out moderate to intense physical effort throughout the working day and carry out concurrent activities.
  • Ability to cope with working in a stressful environment and deal with emotional or aggressive patients and carers.
  • Ability to work independently and organise , prioritise and delegate workload to meet service demands
  • Understand the legal responsibilities of the profession.
  • Able to organise, prioritise and delegate
  • Evidence of self-directed learning and critical appraisal skills


  • Able to use own initiative appropriately to enhance service delivery
  • Presentational skills
  • Competent IT skills (e.g. for electronic record keeping, emails)
  • Evidence of participation in research/audit
  • Clinical supervision of other therapy staff, assistants and students
  • Clinical educator experience. Attendance at a recognised clinical educators course

Special Requirements


  • Ability to travel and carry small items of equipment on a daily basis to fulfil the requirements of the post


  • Ability to meet physical demands of the post

Employer details

Employer name

County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust


Richardson Community Hospital

Victoria Road

Barnard Castle

County Durham

DL12 8HT

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