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Community Physiotherapist - Rapid Response

Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
28 Nov 2023

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen to join our friendly Integrated Community Team in Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire within the Rapid Response team, providing physiotherapy services to a high standard to our local population in their own homes and local care homes.

The successful candidate will work within the Rapids Community Therapy Team and provide services in community rehabilitation .

You will work in partnership with team members, service users, Derbyshire Community Health Services staff, General Practice and other agencies as necessary to provide effective evidenced based care to a defined population.

This will be achieved through their contribution to and support of: effective delegation, case load management, monitoring of care standards, clinical leadership and the performance management of team members.

Main duties of the job

To identify the physiotherapy needs of individuals and communities within the Locality area. To contribute to case management, assessing, planning, treating and evaluating clinical reasoning within the primary care setting.

To contribute to the development and implementation of Physiotherapy within integrated care pathways and business plans. To be an active member of the wider Physiotherapy workforce of Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust and willing to work wherever the service requires.

To be responsible for maintaining competency to practice through maintenance of professional registration, Continuous Professional Development activities and to maintain a portfolio which reflects personal and professional development and evidence of learning beyond registration.

About us

The Purpose and Activities of DCHS?

Our purpose is to provide community health services to a patient population of over one million people in Derbyshire and Derby, as part of Joined Up Care Derbyshire.

We employ around 4,200 substantive staff, caring for patients in 11 community hospitals and more than 30 health centres, as well as in clinics, GP practices, schools, care homes and, increasingly, in people's own homes and via virtual consultations.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached Job Description and Person Specification. To apply, please click APPLY FOR THIS JOB - this link will take you to the TRAC Recruitment Site. You will need to register if you do not already have an account

To undertake the comprehensive assessment of patients, using clinical reasoning skills and assessment techniques to provide an accurate diagnosis of their condition.

To formulate and deliver individual treatment programmes based on sound knowledge of evidence based practice and treatment options, using clinical assessment, reasoning skills and treatment skills, eg respiratory therapy techniques, exercise therapy, patient education, and other techniques as appropriate.

To effectively use a wide range of verbal and non-verbal communication tools to negotiate and engage with patients across a diverse multicultural and intellectual spectrum. This will include patients who may have difficulties with understanding or communicating. E.g. people with a learning disability, blind, deaf, dysphasic, cognitively impaired orwho do not have English as a first language.

To appropriately convey complex information to other health and social care professionals to ensure collaborative working and the delivery of a coordinated multidisciplinary patient-centred service.

To formulate accurate prognoses and recommend best course of intervention.

Assess patient understanding of treatment proposals, gain valid informed consent and have the capacity to work within a legal framework with patients who lack capacity to consent to treatment.

Be responsible for organising and planning own caseload and others (eg PTAs/Therapy assistants) and use of other resources to meet service and patient priorities, re-adjusting plans as situations change/arise, eg other colleagues sickness/annual leave.

To use acquired knowledge to identify those patients requiring on-going rehabilitation and refer to the most appropriate service to fulfil these needs in order to facilitate discharge.

Be responsible for maintaining accurate and comprehensive patient treatment records in line with DCHS NHS Trust and HCPC Standards, including producing timely and informative written reports and discharge summaries.

Person Specification



  • Diploma/degree in Physiotherapy
  • Registered with HCPC
  • Evidence of CPD


  • Varied Clinical experience at Band 5 level
  • Leadership/Management Course

Experience and Knowledge


  • Proven clinical knowledge
  • Good understanding of the National Health Agenda / Relevant national standards
  • Understanding of partnership working with statutory and voluntary agencies


  • Experience of implementing service improvement
  • Experience of clinical audit and/or research
  • Community Experience (can include experience from student placements)



  • Valid Driving licence
  • Access to a vehicle for work purposes
  • IT and administrative skills
  • Organisational skills

Employer details

Employer name

Derbyshire Community Health Services NHSFT


Walton Hospital


S40 3HW

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