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Head of Therapy, Band 8c

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£70,417 to £81,138 per annum
Closing date
29 Nov 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 8C
Contract Type
Full Time
This is an exciting opportunity to bring individual strength and dynamism to a role where you will need to be highly motivated, experienced and dedicated with a desire to continue to push the Therapy service forward.

We are looking for a new substantive Head of Therapy (integrated Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy) following the successful promotion of the previous substantive post holder. You will be responsible, for all aspects of the operational and professional management of the Therapy service, providing professional support , leadership and strategic direction to the service. You will manage a senior team who are tasked to deliver the operational and business aspects of service delivery.

Working in partnership with the AHP Director and the Therapy management team you will be charged with delivering anexciting vision for Therapy, shaping services and a workforce that will drive forward our commitment to outstanding care.

Main duties of the job

You will be a HCPC registered Physiotherapist or Occupational Therapist with experience in managing similar services involving multidisciplinary teams. Responsible for the strategic planning, service planning and overall management of the Therapy Service, ensuring that levels of service are met within agreed resources and standards. Providing professional support and leadership to the wider team. Considerable understanding of managing complex services, including exposure to solving a range of operational and strategic problems. Experience of delivering against set objectives and achieving key organisational targets, demonstrating continuous performance improvement. Proven leadership skills, experience of managing large groups of multidisciplinary staff and implementing HR strategies and policies.

Experience of System working with both health and social care providers.

About us

The Therapy service is an Integrated Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy service with over 200wte staffing. Both professions and professional identity have been retained but in terms of professional leadership and specialties, these are delivered as one integrated therapy service. The aim of integration is to provide better, more seamless care by providing a more holistic approach and reducing duplication. The Therapy service delivers adult outpatient, inpatient and MSK Advanced Practitioner services. We deliver the MSKAP service in collaboration with a similar service in Gloucestershire Health & Care Trust. The inpatient service is delivered across both acute hospital sites, in Gloucester and Cheltenham.

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is the largest employer in the county and with over 8,000 staff, we are one of the largest NHS trusts in the UK. We offer a generous annual leave allowance, excellent bank rates, access to the excellent NHS Pension Scheme, discounts for local shops, restaurants and services, access to our health and well-being hub, access to our two on-site nurseries, flexible working options, discounted public transport, reward and recognition schemes, exercise and activity classes and membership to our popular hospital choir.

Job description

Job responsibilities


- To be responsible for the operational management and strategic planning of the trust-wide Therapy Service, in terms of Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy.

- To work with the Consultant Physiotherapist, Lead Therapists, AHP Director and Trust Chief AHP to develop and implement the strategic plan for the whole integrated service.

- To lead the Therapy Leadership team to work collaboratively to deliver an integrated Therapy service, ensuring sustainable outcomes and meeting Divisional/Trust objectives

- To ensure interprofessional leadership for the service and staff in order to deliver a quality service to patients.

- To be the lead for clinical governance ensuring a safe and effective service for patients and staff.

- To lead service development and innovation responding to National agenda, Trust, CCG and professional drivers.

- Work with Chief AHP and AHP leads to actively raise the profile of AHPs across the Trust, driving forward service improvements and increasing the profile of their work.

- To provide expertise and advice to all Social & Health partners in relation to patient flow and discharge issues through the translation and interpretation of national and other directions.


The post holder will be responsible for the management of over 200 staff, comprising registered physiotherapists, occupational therapists and related support staff.

To lead the Service and to work collaboratively to deliver a fully integrated countywide service, ensuring sustainable outcomes and meeting Divisional/Trust/ICS objectives

To ensure inter-professional leadership for the service and staff in order to deliver a quality service to patients.

The post holder will be expected to work autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the service, Trust policies and procedures and to utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development and research within the area served by the team.


Management & leadership

- To lead by example and display a leadership style that demonstrates trust values, empowers staff and develops and nurtures development at all levels.

- To undertake the strategic planning, service planning and overall management of the trust wide Therapy Service, ensuring that levels of service are met within agreed resources and standards.

- To establish links and communication across divisions and service lines.

- To implement strategies and policies to respond to changes within health and social care, including implementation of National Service Frameworks, NICE guidelines, Trust and CCG objectives.

- To ensure service development and embed innovation to improve patient pathways, challenging traditional practices and embedding innovative problem solving

- To have overall management responsibility for all staff within the Therapy Service.

- To liaise with external organisations and enable the development and maintenance of robust working relationships across the local health and social care community.

- To work with partners in the delivery of a countywide MSK service, reporting against performance indicators.

- Work closely with ICB leads, such as the ICB Chief AHP, and Provider AHP leads and the Advanced Clinical Practitioner lead, ensuring staff and workforce development is aligned with the agreed strategic direction.

- Be an active member of the ICS AHP Council and AHP Faculty.

- Work closely with Higher Education institutions (HEIs) to enable workforce development to aligned to the needs of the service, ensuring placement capacity id appropriate.

- To be responsible for workforce planning, identifying the future needs of the service in line with modernisation and changing healthcare needs.

- To be responsible for recruitment, retention and regular review of staffing levels and skill mix within the service to ensure these meet the needs of the services, national targets and Trust objectives.

- To lead the service through periods of change, managing any constraints, tensions and opportunities sensitively and appropriately.

- Provide a high-level contribution to national and regional workgroups and initiatives ensuring the best and most up to date practice is adopted across all services

Financial & Information Management

- To allocate, manage and monitor the Therapy service budgets, ensuring that resources are used effectively and efficiently and annual efficiency savings are delivered.

- To identify sources of funding and create and implement business plans to meet service needs and developments.

- To be accountable for the data collection of service activity. To assess and analyse complex data in order to identify patterns and trends to enable effective and informed decision making and long-term planning of services.

- To undertake long-term work-force planning through analysis of data to assist in the planning of caseloads and inform decisions around changing skill mix.

- The post-holder will share with Executive colleague across the health and social care, corporate responsibility for the strategic development of NHS partners and clinical services.

- Budget responsibility for reporting and monitoring external funding streams where appropriate.

- Ensure that resources are utilised to the optimum efficiency and within the financial framework within NHS partners, making recommendations as necessary to reflect change.

Quality/Clinical Governance

- To be accountable for all aspects of clinical governance in the service, reporting back to the division as required.

- To develop the services annual therapy strategy, quality programme and audit plan, ensuring time scales are met and findings acted upon.

- To take the lead on risk management for the service, ensuring that that all elements are assessed and plans implemented.

- To ensure incidents are reported and investigated in accordance with trust policy including dissemination of learning from incidents.

- To follow the Trusts Complaints Policy to resolve complaints and to manage potentially contentious situations, providing evidence and supporting staff as required.

- To interpret and implement national, local and Trust policies and standards within the service, ensuring that change is managed sensitively and appropriately and monitor ongoing compliance.

- To be responsible for the development and implementation of departmental policies, guidelines and standards, ensuring that they are in line with evidence informed practice.

- To be overall accountable for Health and Safety within the service, working with the service leads to ensure that national and Trust standards are adhered to through raising the awareness of good Health and Safety practice with all staff members. This will include demonstrating compliance with the terms of all safeguarding policies and processes relevant to the safeguarding of adults and children in the care of GHNHSFT and to undergo regular mandatory training concerned with safeguarding matters.

Workforce and Training

- To ensure that staff are competent to deliver a safe and effective service by providing a framework for induction, training and staff development.

- To ensure that the annual strategic learning needs analysis is completed to reflect both the future needs of the service and personal development needs.

- To be responsible for the strategic planning and review of clinical placements for undergraduate students.

- Work with senior colleagues to develop and implement training and development opportunities for staff.

- Ensure the use of audit and research is embedded to improve the delivery of care and improved outcome s for patients.

- Provide opportunities for development through example, shadowing, coaching and formal and informal teaching.

- Ensure the identification of training and education needs of all staff is carried out.

- Critically analyse current research findings and actively promote and utilise findings.

- Take the lead on appropriate clinical audits to inform future practice development where appropriate.

- Advocate best practice through national networking, presentations and publications.

- The post holder will work in partnership across NHS partners, local education providers, the local authority and voluntary organisations.

Person Specification



  • HCPC Registered Physiotherapist or Occupational Therapist
  • Relevant Postgraduate qualification preferably to Masters level
  • Management qualification or experience gained through role for extensive years
  • Previous NHS leadership role in the acute sector


  • Detailed knowledge of NHS structures, working practices and strategic direction



  • Delivering complex services, solving a range of operational and strategic problems
  • Experience of business, strategic and workforce planning incorporating finance and capital
  • Leadership skills, experience of managing large groups of multidisciplinary staff and implementing HR strategies and policies


  • Political awareness, negotiation, influencing and persuasive skills at all levels of the organisation
  • Experience of system working and decision making

Knowledge/ Skills


  • Highly developed communication, motivational and change management skills
  • Proven track record of managing redesign, organisational change, activity and service reconfiguration


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