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Physiotherapist (with welcome bonus up to �2k)

Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust
Kings Lynn
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pro rata pa
Closing date
1 Dec 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
This is a fantastic opportunity for a Physiotherapist with experience to join our Community Learning Disabilities Team (CLDT) in a Community Trust rated as 'Outstanding'.

You will be part of the West Norfolk CLDT, one of 5 across Norfolk and a member of the LD Physiotherapy Team, with clinical supervision from the Professional Lead Physiotherapist. Whilst based in the West CLDT you may be required to help support other CLDTs due to our countywide approach to managing demand.

Recruitment Prima

This post is eligible for a welcome incentive of up to �2,000 in accord with the following criteria:
  • Must be new to NCHC (not applicable if moving within the Trust)
  • Contract period must be at least 2 years duration or permanent
  • The amount payable is pro-rata with whole time equivalent (WTE) up to a maximum of �2,000 for full time posts
  • If meeting the criteria the recruitment prima will be paid in two equal amounts the first payment in the first pay run after commencing in post the second payment on successful completion of the Trust's 6-month probationary period
  • If leaving the Trust within 2 years, the recruitment prima will need to be reimbursed at a reducing rate of 1 x 24th part, per month of employment.

Main duties of the job

  • To be an active member of the integrated multi-disciplinary community team for people with learning disabilities
  • To be responsible for a caseload of clients with complex needs, using evidence based/person centred principles to assess, plan, implement and evaluate interventions
  • To provide clinical supervision and clinical leadership to other physiotherapy staff as required
  • To be part of the planning, development and evaluation of Specialist Physiotherapy services across the county to help ensure the consistency of high quality and efficient clinical services
  • To provide practice placements for Physiotherapy students, as required
  • To deliver services in line with the appropriate clinical pathways/specification requirements.

About us

The Norfolk Adult Learning Disabilities Service comprises of five community teams and is made up of integrated health and social care professionals delivering specialist health provision and social care to adults with learning disabilities.

The post holder will benefit from being part of a supportive, experienced multidisciplinary team of staff working within the Norfolk Adult Learning Disabilities Service.

Opportunities for personal and professional development exist through monthly supervision, managerial and peer support, annual performance and development review, sharing of best practice and regular opportunities to lead on audit and research.

Apply now to join an organisation that has been awarded an 'Outstanding' rating by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the highest possible rating and the first stand-alone NHS community trust in the country to be awarded the title.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To be professionally and legally responsible and accountable for all aspects of the post holders work, including the management of people under the post holders professional care.
  • Undertake comprehensive physiotherapy assessments of people with a learning disability, using investigative, analytical and clinical reasoning skills, for a designated caseload, addressing issues of physical deficit and functional skills.
  • Using skills in both verbal and non-verbal communication, undertake specialist assessments, with individuals whose presentation is complicated by factors associated with learning disability e.g. sensory impairment or processing difficulties, challenging behaviours, mental health issues, and physical disability.
  • To promote awareness of the Specialist Physiotherapy role and care pathways within Learning Disabilities Services, the Trust, other professionals and with people with learning disabilities and their carers.
  • To hold a time limited caseload of people with learning disabilities who require services in line with the appropriate Specialist Physiotherapy pathways.
  • To formulate and execute individualised physiotherapy management and treatment plans, using clinical reasoning and utilising a wide range of treatment skills.
  • To contribute to multi-disciplinary assessment and the overall team care plan for the individual.
  • To disseminate patient focussed advice effectively to people with learning disabilities and to their carers (paid or unpaid) and staff (qualified/unqualified) and in their chosen and appropriate format.
  • To act as a Care Programme Approach Coordinator, where appropriate, for people with complex healthcare needs who require ongoing monitoring and support due to the complexity and unpredictability of their health needs.
  • To research and recommend the prescription of appropriate equipment.
  • To inform General Practitioners of physiotherapy recommendations.
  • To undertake, record and review thorough client centred risk assessments.
  • To ensure timely and appropriate referral to other specialists.
  • To contribute to the provision of a seamless service between acute and community services.
  • To work with parents who have a learning disability including the participation in Child Protection meetings, complying with all relevant guidelines and legislation.
  • To assess capacity, gain valid informed consent and have the ability to work within a legal framework where people lack the capacity to consent to treatment.
  • To apply a good level of understanding of the effect of disability, and provide training and expert advice to individual patients, family and paid carers, and Multi-Disciplinary team colleagues on physiotherapy.
  • To attend and participate in person-centred meetings, chairing and/or taking formal minutes as necessary.
  • To promote access to mainstream services, supporting other professionals understanding of learning disabilities and reasonable adjustments.
  • To be responsible for the equipment used in carrying out clinical duties, and to adhere to department and Trust manual handling policies, and to ensure the safe use of equipment by others.
  • To be able to communicate with people who do not use speech, using alternative forms of communication.
  • To establish good communication networks with people who use the service, carers and other health workers and agencies.

  • Professional
  • To deputise for the Physiotherapy Professional Lead at appropriate meetings as requested by the Lead.
  • Adhere to the Trust supervision policy and participate in regular clinical supervision.
  • To provide effective guidance, supervision and appraisal for Occupational Therapy staff within the team, in order to manage their performance and ensure they provide the highest quality of service.
  • Accept responsibility for the delivery of the service, to organise this effectively and efficiently regarding clinical priorities and use of time.
  • To maintain waiting lists in accordance with the services procedures and actively work to reduce these through innovative changes to service delivery and appropriate challenge.
  • To assist in the development of clinical standards, policies, procedures and further service developments.
  • To inform the Professional Lead of any variations to service delivery, changing priorities and needs, and their likely impact in relation to the need for service development. To work to resolve these issues with relevant others.
  • To participate in Clinical Governance, Research and Development and Audit activities as required by line manager and Head of Service.
  • To educate and train Physiotherapy students.
  • To monitor equipment/resource levels in own service area and request new equipment/resources as appropriate.
  • To assist in keeping assessment, treatment and information materials and equipment up-to-date, safe (following infection control procedures) and in good order, informing the Professional Lead of needs and opportunities identified.
  • To assist in the development of clinical standards, policies, procedures and further service developments.
  • To be aware of and adhere to services policies, procedures and system to be used.
  • To ensure that up to date (own and other Physio professionals) written and electronic records are maintained in accordance with professional and NCHC/NCC standards, and these are reviewed regularly as part of the clinical supervision sessions.
  • Complete all mandatory training as required by the Trust and Learning Disability Service.
  • Maintain confidentiality in all aspects of patient care and report any breeches as per policy.
  • Maintain own CPD adhering to professional body guidelines and participate in personal development review.

  • Person Specification



    • Relevant degree/diploma in physiotherapy
    • HCPC registered


    • Practice placement qualification
    • Postgraduate training relevant to learning disabilities



    • Relevant post registration experience
    • Supervision of students and staff
    • Experience of working with people with learning disabilities and their carers


    • Falls management direct experience
    • Rebound Therapy and Hydrotherapy direct experience
    • Experience of community working

    Skills, ability and knowledge


    • An appreciation and understanding of people who have a learning disability and the role of physiotherapy in this field
    • Ability to plan interventions in a collaborative way
    • Knowledge and application of standardised assessments and outcome measures
    • Ability to work autonomously and set own priorities
    • An understanding of hazards associated with lone working in the community
    • Ability to reflect on critically appraise own performance
    • Ability to organise and respond efficiently to complex information
    • Knowledge of manual handling legislation and risk assessment


    • Knowledge of mental health legislation current practice
    • Experience of audit/research

    Personal and People Development


    • Evidence of continuing professional development
    • Ability to reflect on and critically appraise others and own performance
    • Ability to motivate self and others

    Personal Attributes / Behaviours (linked to the Trust's Behaviour Framework)


    • Able to identify with the Trust's commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults.
    • Commitment to client centred, non-discriminatory practice



    • Able to communicate effectively using the English language in both verbal and written form
    • Full UK Driving License and/or ability to travel independently for visits in the community.

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust


    Park View Resource Centre

    Birch Tree Close

    Kings Lynn

    PE30 5QD

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