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Learning disabilities - community physiotherapist

Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust
West Kent
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
5 Dec 2023

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you passionate about improving the lives and health outcomes of people with learning disabilities?Would you like a varied caseload and opportunity to work in a range of community settings?Do you have good clinical leadership and management skills?An exciting opportunity has arisen for a physiotherapist to join our well established multi-disciplinary team inWest Kent.

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate the ability to work independently, make autonomous decisions as required and have experience of working with people with a learning disability.

You will be responsible for leading and developing the physiotherapy team.

We can offer this post as a development role with support for the right candidate, so would welcome applications from those currently in a Band 6 role who have relevant clinical experience and are looking to takethe step forward into a Band 7 role.

When you're working with people with learning disabilities, every day is different. You will have autonomy andresponsibility for a varied caseload including, falls and mobility, complex postural management, rehabilitation,orthopaedics, neurology, and community respiratory. This role offers options for agile working as well as officebases. We work across all of West Kent, visiting a variety of community settings including own homes (includingcare homes), day services, colleges and hydrotherapy pools.

Main duties of the job

o To provide specialist physiotherapy assessment and interventions to enable people to live their lives fullyand maximise a person's quality of life.o To work with people with learning disabilities, their families and paid carers in a range of communitysettings as part of a multidisciplinary and multi-agency team.o To manage the physiotherapy input to the multi-disciplinary team to give clinical advice and support to otherprofessionals, support workers and the clients' care networks.o To supervise and manage the work of other physiotherapy staff, support workers and physiotherapystudents where these members of staff are placed in the area of clinical responsibility for the post holdero To be responsible for the day to day running and development of the West Kent LD physiotherapy service.

Our team welcomes enthusiastic, innovative and compassionate clinicians who can demonstrate integrity andtrust in their work.

The job description and person specification give you all the information you need about this role. Please lookcarefully at the criteria in the person specification and tell us what you have done that shows you meet this.Still have questions? The recruiting manager would like to hear from you - please contact Sally Kyle (ClinicalLead Physiotherapist) E:

About us

One of the largest community NHS trusts in the UK, KCHFT are rated 'outstanding' by the CQC. We've got a passion for delivering high standards of care to patients and deliver excellent services to improve the health of our communities. To do this we need outstanding people who share our values Compassionate Aspirational Responsive Excellent

We're committed to equality, diversity and inclusion, which leads to better patient care and a happier workforce. So, all our colleagues have equal access to career opportunities.

We've signed up to be a real UK living wage employer. The real Living Wage is the only UK wage rate voluntarily paid by 7,000+ UK businesses who believe their staff deserve a fair wage. Committing to the real UK Living Wage is one way we're delivering our pledge to be the best employer

Flexibility is another way we do this. In the NHS, we're reminded every day how important life is. As a flexible working friendly organisation, we want you to be able to work in a way that is best for us, for our patients and for you. Speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement without having to sacrifice time for personal interests or family commitments. We'll support you to work flexibly in a way that will suits us both

Looking for professional development? We can support that too! Our career pathways will help you achieve your aspirations

Job description

Job responsibilities

The job description and person specification gives you all the information you need about this role. Please look carefully at the criteria in the person specification and tell us what you have done that shows you meet this.

Still have questions? The recruiting manager would love to hear from you, their contact details can be found in the job advert.

We can get a lot of applications for some roles so to be in with the best chance of being shortlisted please make sure you apply as soon as possible. A vacancy may close early if there is a lot of interest in the job.

If you need an application form in an alternative format please let our recruitment team know so they can help you with this.

All information you supply on your application should, to the best of your knowledge, be true and accurate. Interviews are due to take place on the 14th December.

Find out more about the community difference here.

Good luck! We cant wait to meet you and welcome you to #teamKCHFT, #cometocommunity

Although vaccination against COVID-19 is not mandatory, we are strongly encouraging colleagues in clinical and non-clinical roles who have direct or social contact with patients to be fully vaccinated. In this way we will be doing all we can to ensure your safety and that of your colleagues and the patients we serve.

Person Specification



  • Registered health care professional - HCPC registration. Degree or diploma in Physiotherapy. Evidence of experience and learning relevant to area of practice evidenced through self-learning and/ or attendance at courses. Examples of relevant learning for this post include but are not limited to: Falls, 24-hour posture management, Bobath / relevant Neuro training, Aquatic Therapy, rebound therapy, orthotics / postural management equipment training, Dementia, Autism awareness, Management or supervisory qualification / programme of study.


  • Working towards Master level study



  • Minimum of 2 years' experience in area of practice , Experience of leading and managing teams, Practical experience in managing health related projects/complex caseloads, Experience with the use of Microsoft Office and a variety of IT packages, Supporting others (mentor / educator / supervisor ) experience


  • Experience of developing policy and service development plans with practical experience of change management

Special Knowledge and Expertise


  • Understanding of National Service Frameworks and NICE guidance relevant to Learning Disabilities and its application across health care services, Evidence of understanding of specialist guidance and standards relevant to Learning disabilities, Evidence of continued relevant professional development and implementation in practice within the last 12 months, Proven ability to develop effective partnerships to achieve practical outcomes across organisational boundaries including statutory organisations, external agencies, community and voluntary organisations

Skills and Abilities


  • Ability to manage time effectively, priorities and work under pressure to meet deadlines, Ability to work effectively with a variety of people at all organisational levels across different sectors including areas of social deprivation, Ability to communicate complex, sensitive information to individuals and groups, Strong influencing and negotiating skills.

Personal attributes


  • Ability to motivate and organise others to ensure best practice. Ability to manage and lead change Ability to work under pressure Flexible and adaptable

Ability to manage


  • Able to support the implementation of local and national agenda's for health under the guidance of the locality clinical manager, Ability to prioritise care delivery in a professional manner, taking into account Trust policies and procedures. Ability to manage own time effectively.

Employer details

Employer name

Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust


Hybrid - community locations and WFH and office bases

West Kent

ME19 4AE

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