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Band 6 - Rotational Physiotherapist, Inpatient Therapies

West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
£37,162 to £44,629 a year inc. HCA
Closing date
26 Nov 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
This is an exciting opportunity to progress your physiotherapy career within our well established and dynamic physiotherapy service working across Watford General Hospital, St Albans City Hospital and the West Hertfordshire Therapy Unit at Jacketts Field, Abbots Langley.

We are looking for an experienced band 5 or an existing band 6 looking to build on their skills through our rotational post.

Please note that NHS experience is essential.

This advert may close early due to high numbers

Main duties of the job

Our rotational Band 6 scheme offers rotations through both inpatients and outpatients, allowing the post holder to gain further experience within these varied settings.

The rotations are usually 6 months and rotate through

- Emergency Department/Acute assessment unit

- Frailty

- Care of the Elderly

- Respiratory including ITU

- General medicine

- Surgical including outpatient Amputees

- Acute Stroke Unit

- Orthopaedics - trauma and elective (involving cross site working)


Each rotation is supported by a robust senior tier with a wealth of experience to help guide and support in both your individual learning needs but to also strive to ensure that the best standards of care are provided. A well established probation and appraisal process is in place to help facilitate this. We also offer In-Service training opportunities and experience will be gained in the supervision of band 5 physiotherapists, assistants and undergraduates.

In addition, we have senior leadership training opportunities and a robust in service training programme. There are also opportunities for course funding both externally and through the department's links with the University of Hertfordshire.

The department is 7 day working and this post would be included in that rota (frequency of 1:4 - 1:6 weekends) with rest days in the following week, along with a requirement to be on the Respiratory on call evening rota.

About us

There has never been a more exciting time to join West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust! Major redevelopment works are planned as part of the New Hospital Programme. These will be most dramatic at Watford General Hospital where up to 90% of buildings will be new.

The trust has recently gained 'teaching hospital' status which reflects the dedicated work of many teams and individuals who have set the standard for delivering high quality training, learning and education at all levels of the workforce.

We encourage and welcome people with disabilities. If you need help, please ask.

We reserve the right to close this advert early due to the volume of applicants. Please apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

If you do not hear back within 3 weeks of your application, please assume you have been unsuccessful on this occasion.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To provide specialised assessment and treatment for patients with complex needs, and to provide expert advice, guidance and information to patients, health and social care professionals, carers and relatives and other non-professionals.

To perform advanced physiotherapeutic assessment of patients with diverse presentations and complex physical and psychological conditions, to provide a diagnosis and develop and deliver an individualised treatment programme.

To communicate with relevant medical and nursing staff, social workers, and other health care professionals, and patients relatives and carers who may be in direct contact with the post holder with regard to patient care in order to facilitate a team approach to patient care.

To hold responsibility for own case load and be responsible for a defined area of the service or a particular patient type, working without direct supervision. Supervision takes the form of regular formal training and clinical reasoning sessions, peer review, case conferences and reflective practice. Access to advice and support from a senior physiotherapist is available if required, clinical work is not routinely evaluated.

To undertake all aspects of clinical duties as an autonomous practitioner.

To be responsible for supervision, education and assessment of more junior physiotherapists, assistants, Technical instructors and clerical staff.

Post holder to have clinical supervision on a regular basis by a more senior member of the team. Supervision takes the form of regular formal training and clinical reasoning sessions, peer review, case conferences and reflective practices.

To supervise, educate and assess physiotherapy students on physiotherapeutic skills and knowledge within core clinical areas this would be to a graduate standard and involve working with universities to ensure the standard practice and teaching meets the standards set by the degree level qualification.

To undertake evidence-based audit and research projects to develop and enhance personal and team clinical practice. Make suggestions to clinical lead/manager of service for changes to practice by the team. Will assist in the implementation of specific changes to practice or contribute to service protocols.

To undertake the out of hours emergency on call duties at weekends and overnight, and on bank holidays (working autonomously) as part of the emergency respiratory care service.

To actively participate in working over a 7-day roster, fulfilling contractual hours of 37.5 hours a week.

Person Specification

Your application will be scored against the JD/ Person Specification


  • 0 - does not meet the person specification 1 - reserved meets some person specification requirements 2 - Meets all person specification requirements

Employer details

Employer name

West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust


Watford General Hospital


WD18 0HB

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