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Specialty Physiotherapist - (respiratory medicine)

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Headington, Oxford
£35,392 to £42,618 Per annum pro rata
Closing date
30 Nov 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you a forward thinking and progressive physiotherapist with a passion for the integral role of physiotherapy in the care of patients with chronic respiratory conditions? Join our dynamic team where you'll collaborate with friendly and supportive professionals from various disciplines all dedicated to providing excellent care to individuals living with long term respiratory concerns. This multifaceted role includes managing patients in our acute inpatient ward and specialised outpatient clinics, including interstitial lung disease and breathing pattern disorders.

In this position you'll have invaluable opportunities to work closely with a range of specialist services, fostering growth in knowledge and skills particularly in the areas such as acute Non Invasive Ventilation (NIV) and the management of dysfunctional breathing. We place a strong emphasis on your professional development and offer consistent support for activities such supervision quality improvement projects postgraduate education and research initiatives within our team.

Main duties of the job

  • To provide advanced assessment and treatment for inpatients and outpatients with complex needs, and to provide experienced advice, guidance and information to patients, health and social care professionals, carers, relatives and other non-professionals.
  • To maintain accurate associated records, as an autonomous practitioner
  • To be an integral member of the team assuming delegated responsibilities for supervision of students, junior and assistant members of staff, and other members of the MDT.
  • Supervise and teach recently qualified physiotherapists/therapy assistants/students, and members of the MDT.
  • To participate in evidence based projects and assists in implementing changes within designated team/area and setting and monitoring standards of practice.
  • To support a 7-day service model including working at weekends, bank holidays and on-call duties.
  • To work on any trust site on an occasional basis as required
  • To deputise for the team leader for the Respiratory Medicine physiotherapy service as required.

About us

Oxford University Hospitals (OUH) is a world-renowned centre of clinical excellence and one of the largest NHS teaching trusts in the UK. We employ approximately 12,500 staff (including over 4,000 nurses and 2,000 doctors and 850 AHP staff). The Trust comprises four main hospital sites: the John Radcliffe Hospital (which includes the Children's Hospital, West Wing, Eye Hospital, Heart Centre and Women's Centre), the Churchill Hospital and the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, all located in Oxford, and the Horton General Hospital in Banbury, North Oxfordshire.

Our values, standards and behaviours define the quality of clinical care we offer and the professional relationships we make with our patients, colleagues and the wider community. We call this Delivering Compassionate Excellence and its focus is on our values of compassion, respect, learning, delivery, improvement and excellence. These values put patients at the heart of what we do and underpin the quality healthcare we would like for ourselves or a member of our family.

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Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To be professionally and legally responsible for all aspects of own work.
  • To carry out assessment of patients as an autonomous practitioner, including those with diverse or complex presentations/multiple pathologies, using clinical reasoning skills and knowledge of evidence-based practice to determine the appropriate care plan by utilising a wide range of treatment skills.
  • To interpret and analyse clinical and non-clinical facts to form accurate diagnoses in a wide range of conditions including those with a complex presentation, with occasional guidance from specialist physiotherapists.
  • To formulate accurate prognoses and recommend best course of intervention, developing comprehensive treatment and discharge plans, based on sound knowledge of evidence-based practice and treatment skills.
  • To evaluate patient progress, reassess and modify the treatment programme as required.
  • To assess a patients capacity to understand and to gain valid, informed consent for treatment. To work within a legal framework with patients who lack the capacity to consent or refuse treatment.
  • To co-ordinate intervention which may include other disciplines advise and educate patient/carers/relatives/other health professionals.
  • To maintain accurate written and electronic records using POMR system, in line with Professional Standards. To provide comprehensive progress and discharge reports.
  • To manage clinical risk within own caseload at all times.
  • To participate in on-call and emergency duties as lone practitioner within the hospital site.
  • When working on the on-call and emergency duties rota, provide advice to medical and nursing staff, and other members of the MDT regarding patients cardiorespiratory functions.
  • To demonstrate physical ability to carry out physiotherapy assessment and interventions including manual therapy techniques and therapeutic handling.
  • To demonstrate highly developed dexterity, co-ordination and palpatory sensory skills for assessment and manual treatment of patients
  • To be able to manage potentially stressful, upsetting or emotional situations in an empathetic manner.
  • To represent physiotherapy and / or individual patients at multi-disciplinary team meetings, to ensure delivery of co-ordinated care. This will include discussion of patient care / discharge planning.
  • To be able to motivate and persuade others through effective communication skills, with the benefit of verbal and non-verbal skills, using written and electronic information where needed.
  • To demonstrate the ability to communicate complex and sensitive information to patient, carers and other staff, where there may be barriers to communication e.g. non-English speakers, those with communication disorders, impaired sight or hearing.
  • To maintain close links, communication and liaison between all staff and people involved in patient care.
  • Management:
    1. To be responsible for competent use and maintenance reporting of all equipment used including but not limited to gym equipment, hoists, Bird ventilators, cough assists, saturation monitors and patient appliances, and to ensure that junior staff/students and assistants attain competency prior to use.

    2. To assist in the supervision, teaching and appraisal of junior staff and assistants on a daily basis.

    3. To be responsible for the operational management in the absence of senior staff or as required.

    4. To flexibly plan and organise own time, patient caseload, meetings, training and adjusting plans as required according to staffing levels.

    5. To be able to respond to unpredictable work patterns and frequent interruptions.

    6. To assist in the planning of juniors, students and assistants timetables and deputise for senior staff in organisational duties.


    1. To be compliant with the Trusts requirement to complete all statutory and mandatory training within the required timescales.

    2. To contribute to the education of multidisciplinary groups, patients, families and carers as appropriate.

    3. To be responsible for undergraduate student physiotherapists as appropriate. See Further Information and Guidelines for further details.

    4. To be pro-active with regard to learning from other physiotherapy staff within the department, and other MDT staff in the Trust.

    5. To be responsible for and actively record own personal professional development and maintain a CPD portfolio which reflects same.

    6. To keep abreast in understanding and knowledge of new developments which are applicable to specific physiotherapy treatments.

    7. To attend and actively participate in the teams in-service training program and other outside courses/ lectures as appropriate.

    8. To assist in organising the in-service and post-registration education programme within the specialist clinical area.

    9. To maintain and develop current knowledge of evidence-based practice, developing specialist knowledge of particular conditions and patient types.
    Research and Audit:
    1. To participate in the departments ongoing audit and appropriate work-related research/evaluation projects

    2. To keep abreast of evidenced based practice in the clinical area by use of relevant reading, attendance at in-service training, external courses and database searches

    3. To ensure good working knowledge of national and local standards and monitor quality as appropriate


    1. To carry out assessments and treatments, with moderate and repeated physical effort on a daily basis.

    2. To comply with the Trusts Manual Handling Policy and local therapeutic handling guidelines.

    3. To work in an environment where the work patterns may be disrupted by frequent demands from patients, clinical staff, students and administrative support staff.

    4. To sensitively deal with distressing or emotional circumstances regarding patient care such as realistic expectations of rehabilitation outcome.

    5. To support junior staff when indicated in the management of challenging patients.

    6. To deal with patients suffering from pain states that may lead to anxiety or to challenging behaviour.

    7. To maintain close links, communication and liaison between all staff and other colleagues, and promoting good working relationships at all times.

    8. To comply with all Trust policies and procedures and Health and Safety at Work Act, including adherence to Universal Precautions and Infection Control measures, and ensure that staff within the team is aware of their responsibilities.

    9. To attend and maintain mandatory and statutory training.

    10. To participate in the Trust Appraisal Scheme as an appraiser and an appraisee.

    11. To attend and be an active participant in departmental staff and peer group meetings.

    Person Specification

    Education / Qualifications


    • oDiploma / Degree in Physiotherapy
    • oRegistered with the Health and Care Professions Council
    • oEvidence of Continuing Professional Development including attendance at recent post graduate courses relevant to this clinical field



    • oExperience of working in within a field of respiratory inpatients
    • oExperience of working with chronic respiratory disease patients
    • oBroad range of experience including all core areas (respiratory, orthopaedics/msk, out patients, neurology / rehabilitation)
    • oParticipation in on-call rota and weekend working

    Knowledge and skills


    • oExperience of managing non-invasive ventilation
    • oExperience of managing tracheostomies
    • oUnderstand Clinical Governance and the legal responsibilities of the profession
    • oAble to present information, written and verbal, in a clear and logical manner
    • oEvidence of participation in staff training

    Personal Qualities


    • oCar owner / driver or able to attend and respond to an oncall callout within 45 minutes to the hospital sites within Oxfordshire.

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


    John Radcliffe Hospital

    Headley Way

    Headington, Oxford

    OX3 9DU

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