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Senior Physiotherapist - Frailty Unit

Tameside & Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
1 Dec 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Senior Physiotherapist - Frailty Unit

Band 6 - 37.5 hours - Permanent

An opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic, experienced and self - motivated HCPC registered physiotherapist to work as part of our Frailty Unit.

The successful candidate will have well-established knowledge, experience and clinical skills working with a range of patients. You will be supported by the unit manager to provide leadership to junior MDT members of staff. Experience of working in rehabilitation would be advantageous.

Main duties of the job

The Physiotherapist will provide skilled assessments, treatment and advice to adult patients on the Frailty unit. They will undertake a leading role in the assessment, diagnosis and formulation of physiotherapy treatment plans as well as advising and treating patients, carers, families and staff of other agencies to ensure physiotherapy treatment plans may be delivered. The post holder will also provide leadership within the inter-disciplinary team, providing specialist advice to other Health Care Professionals.

About us

Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust serves a community of 250,000 people across Tameside & Glossop. We provide a range of services both within the hospital and across our community for both adults and children.Our vision is to improve health outcomes for our population and influence wider determinants of health through collaboration with our health & care partners.

We have a clear set of values & behaviours which we expect all of our staff to demonstrate:
  • Safety
  • Care
  • Respect
  • Communication
  • Learning

We believe that the best organisations are those that reflect the communities they serve. We are therefore seeking to improve the diversity of our workforce to make it truly representative of our local population.

We actively encourage applications irrespective of race, age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage & civil partnership, or pregnancy or maternity. Recognising those communities that are underrepresented within our workforce, we would particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian & minority ethnic candidates, LGBTQ+& Disabled people.

Benefits include flexible working, 27-33 days annual leave plus bank holidays, sick pay, NHS Pension Scheme, free eye tests and health checks, gym discount, free bicycle loan scheme, salary sacrifice car scheme, support with stress, bereavement, relationships, finance, and much more.

Job description

Job responsibilities

1.1 Main Duties
  • Manage a clinical caseload.
  • Work as an autonomous practitioner
  • Provide a quality physiotherapy service to patients.
  • Ensure professional and legal standards are maintained.
  • Liaise with other members of the Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) to ensure that the intermediate care service contributes to timely and appropriate patient discharge home.
  • Contribute to the Trust objective to reduce length of stay whilst ensuring a high standard of patient care

1.2 Clinical
  • Plan, organise and prioritise own patient caseload
  • Case manage intermediate care patients and have the ability to recognise the need to refer to other agencies
  • Ensure that patients access prompt and appropriate physiotherapy assessment and treatment.
  • Assess for, prescribe and issue a range of equipment including seating, splinting, mobility aids and aids to daily living.
  • Promote integrated working within the MDT.
  • Ensure that patient documentation is in line with Trust and professional standards.
  • Provide clinical leadership to the other members of the therapy team.
  • Work as an autonomous practitioner, to be professionally and legally responsible and accountable for all aspects of own work including the management of a caseload.
  • Adhere to national, local and professional guidelines and standards of care relating to professional practice.
  • Work collaboratively with other professionals and agencies.
  • Provide clinical leadership and support of staff in complex and contentious clinical situations.
  • Attend daily Board rounds and Length of Stay meetings in order to optimise patient flow.

1.3 Human Resources management
  • Support the Team Leads with the monitoring of staff performance within the intermediate care therapy team.
  • Support the Team Leads with the recruitment and retention of therapy staff within intermediate care
  • Support with the sickness absence management in the team in accordance with Trust policy. Support with appraisal and management supervision within the team Support staff with mandatory training compliance within the team.
  • Support staff in the setting of individual objectives.
  • Provide supervision for student therapists.

1.4 Physical and Financial Resources
  • Contribute to the care and maintenance of equipment and ensure adequate therapy equipment stock control systems are in place and monitored.
  • Ensure that all the requirements of the Health & Safety at Work Act are complied with and that suitable records are maintained in accordance with Trust policy.
  • Support staff to adhere to Health and Safety guidelines and maintain safe environments and working practices.
  • Support the management of clinical and non-clinical incidents.
  • Investigate and respond to complaints in accordance with Trust policy

1.5 Managerial and Leadership
  • Represent the profession to the Trust and ensure their standards are successfully implemented.
  • Promote a positive image of the Trust and contribute to professional networks to raise the profile of the Therapy Services.
  • Review and reflect on own practice and performance through effective use of peer review.
  • Provide a leadership role to other members of the MDT.
  • Establish effective communication and working relationships within the MDT Ensure that therapy standards are maintained.
  • Manage highly complex / sensitive issues in the management of clinical situations.
  • Represent the department at meetings, as requested, to contribute to the development of the organisation and service delivery.

1.6 Policy and Service Development
  • Attend when necessary MDT meetings, team briefings and contribute to the forward planning of the intermediate care therapy service.
  • Assist in the development and implementation of the clinical governance and quality agenda for the intermediate care therapy service.
  • Contribute to the formulation of intermediate care therapy standards and procedures and ensure that they are consistently applied in all aspects of practice.
  • Develop and deliver the intermediate care therapy service in line with local and national frameworks.

1.7 Planning and organising
  • Support with ensuring staffing levels and skill mix are adequate for service delivery across the unit on a day to day basis.
  • Organise own workload and that of others in the team to ensure safe service delivery.
  • Be able to travel within the requirements of the post.

1.8 Analysis and data management
  • Contribute to data recording to achieve service KPIs

1.9 Research, Development and Audit
  • Contribute to service audits including the national intermediate care audit.
  • Promote evidence-based practice.
  • Actively contribute to in-service training by attendance at and participation in in-service training, peer group review and external courses.

Person Specification



  • Degree (BSc) in Physiotherapy
  • Registration with the HCPC
  • Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy



  • Post graduate experience of having worked as a physiotherapist in the NHS
  • Experience of having worked as a physiotherapist in 3 or more clinical areas - Orthopaedics, Amputees, Care of the elderly, Musculoskeletal, Neurology, Intermediate Care
  • oExperience in working within a multidisciplinary team


  • Experience of managing / supervising providing leadership to colleagues and /or students
  • oExperience in working in Intermediate care
  • oExperience in frailty and dementia care

Skills & Knowledge


  • Ability to manage own caseload and prioritise work
  • Ability to communicate with patients, carers and other professionals
  • Ability to assess and plan treatment using a problem solving approach
  • Ability to work autonomously and within a multi-disciplinary team
  • Ability to supervise and teach physiotherapy assistants and technical instructors
  • Experience in supervision and appraisal of student physiotherapists
  • Ability to communicate with people who have barriers to understanding
  • IT skills
  • Evidence of recent CPD
  • Experience and knowledge of the management of a wide variety of complex conditions
  • Ability to demonstrate a contribution to personal and team CPD and a commitment to evidenced based practice.


  • Knowledge of current and relevant NSF and NICE guidelines
  • Member of appropriate special interest group

Employer details

Employer name

Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust


Tameside & Glossop Integrated Care Foundation Trust

Fountain Street



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