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Community Physiotherapist - Learning Disabilities

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pa, pro rata
Closing date
30 Nov 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We have a fantastic opportunity for a motivated, enthusiastic and experienced Physiotherapist to join the well-established, multi-disciplinary Community Learning Disability team, based at St Andrew's House, Derby.

We are a friendly and supportive team of Physiotherapists who are motivated to provide a service reflecting national guidelines and recommendations.

We work collaboratively with the multi-professional team to meet the health needs of people with a learning disability and/or autism.

If you would like to work with adults with a learning disability and can demonstrate excellent communication skills and are able to plan and deliver high quality, person centred, evidence based clinical care, we would very much like to hear from you.

Main duties of the job

As a band 6 Physiotherapist, the post holder will be required to:
  • Provide specialist assessment, treatment, advice and education for clients with a learning disability, the majority of whom will be present with a wide range of complex and multiple problems.
  • Work closely with a variety of service providers and agencies throughout the Derbyshire Learning Disability Service to provide an holistic approach to the treatment of adults with a learning disability.
  • Educate, train and provide specialist advice to health education and social care colleagues, support staff, students, carers and any other personnel/agencies that come into contact with people who have a learning disability.
  • Participate in the development of effective, responsive, evidence based person-centred services
  • Contribute to the overall planning, delivery and evaluation of Physiotherapy services, taking the lead in areas of clinical interest, as determined by service need.
  • Participate in clinically related administration, reviews, audits, research projects and the collection of statistics

About us

Join 'Team Derbyshire Healthcare' and become part of a talented, compassionate and enthusiastic workforce committed to a vision of 'making a positive difference in people's lives'.

CQC rated us as 'GOOD' overall, commenting on how our colleagues treated patients with compassion and kindness and felt positive and proud about working for the trust.

Benefits include:
  • Commitment to flexible working where this is possible
  • 27 days annual leave/year plus bank holidays, increasing to 29 days after 5 years & 33 days after 10 years' service
  • Yearly appraisal and commitment to ongoing training
  • Generous NHS pension scheme
  • Good maternity, paternity and adoption benefits
  • Health service discounts and online benefits
  • Incremental pay progression
  • Free confidential employee assistance programme 24/7
  • Access to our LGBT+ network, BAME Network and Christian Network
  • Health and wellbeing opportunities
  • Structured learning and development opportunities

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please review the 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

We welcome applications from any Physiotherapist who has experience of working with adults with a learning disability, or those looking for an exciting new opportunity to use their transferable skills from a different speciality.

If you would love to work in beautiful Derbyshire and feel passionate about improving health inequalities, we would love to hear from you.

Person Specification



  • Qualified Physiotherapist
  • HCPC registration
  • CSP membership


  • Membership of special interest group, ie ACPPLD



  • Post graduate experience including at least one junior rotation in learning disabilities
  • Multi-disciplinary working
  • Evidence of continuing professional development


  • Experience in other related areas such as community, neurology, paediatrics, mental health
  • Experience in supervising other staff, eg assistants/technical instructors



  • Core and developing specialist Physiotherapy skills
  • A range of assessment and treatment tools and approaches and willingness and ability to extend these
  • Observation, palpatory and handling skills
  • Reasoning and analytical skills
  • Ability to reflect on experience, learning and practice and adapt skills and approaches appropriately
  • Clear and effective communication skills
  • Ability to lead and supervise
  • Ability to organise own work in relation to casleoad
  • Knowledge of legislation and policy which affects physiotherapy and learning disability services


  • Proven specialist Physiotherapy skills in a relevant area such as hydrotherapy, rebound therapy or neuromuscular facilitation.
  • Evidence of reflective practice



  • Ability to travel indepenently around the community
  • Sufficient co ordination, dexterity and physical fitness to deliver and participate in physical therapy
  • Basic swimming and water confidence


  • Hydrotherapy skills

Employer details

Employer name

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


St Andrew's House

London Road



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