Specialist (Rotational) Frailty Physiotherapist

University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year /pro rata
Closing date
6 Dec 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you passionate about working with older people?

An opportunity has arisen for a senior physiotherapist to join our older persons' therapy team. As the successful post holder you will be encouraged and supported to develop extended skills and advanced practice in frailty with our highly regarded, innovative and motivated Older Persons Services Team.

Our rotational post provides opportunities to work as part of the therapy team covering:
  • Emergency Department (ED) & Same Day Emergency Care Unit (SDEC)
  • Older Persons Assessment Unit (OPAU)
  • Older Persons wards
  • Older Persons outliers
  • Day Hospital - offering specialist clinics and community outreach

This provides therapists with an opportunity to develop a full and rich understanding of our patient's journey, from emergency admission to their transition home to outreach and bespoke community interventions.

Expectations of the post holder would include working holistically across professional boundaries, service development, supporting and supervising junior staff and opportunities to work alongside a range of experienced professionals both within the hospital and community.

This role requires HCPC Registration and BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy

Main duties of the job

To be successful in securing this post, you will have:
  • 2 years experience working as a physiotherapist covering core rotations
  • Experience working at a junior level within the NHS is essential
  • Experience working on an on-call respiratory rota as participation is expected in this role
  • Willing to participate in 7 day working on a rota basis
  • Ability to drive, hold a clean drivers licence and have access to a car for work purposes

Previous applicants need not apply.

Base Location: Royal Bournemouth Hospital

Interview Date: TBC

About us

Our values define who we are as #TeamUHD. They underpin everything we do now and in the future. They define how we treat our patients, visitors, and each other, our valued team mates and colleagues.

UHD are investing in services across the Trust, with many being transformed and developed following merger and the New Hospital Programme.

In some cases this means that a services may move site this year or next, either temporarily or long term. Recruiting Managers interviewing for this role will be happy to answer any specific questions that you have at interview

Job description

Job responsibilities

To understand the role in more detail please read the full job description and person specification documents which are attached to this advert.

Person Specification



  • BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy Degree
  • HCPC Registration
  • Evidence of C.P.D


  • Member of Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
  • Member of CSP special interest group
  • Postgraduate study/training related to older people and frailty



  • Evidence of working with frail patients, with complex needs which require advanced clinical reasoning
  • Broad experience of working at a band 5 level within the NHS, including experience in rehabilitation
  • Evidence of effective supervision of junior staff
  • Evidence of and desire to supervise students


  • Involvement in/ leading QI projects
  • Experience in a community setting

Technical skills/competencies


  • Ability to assess, manage & treat elderly patients with multi-pathology conditions
  • Ability to recognise a deteriorating patient.
  • Skills in goal setting & evaluating outcome measures
  • Problem solving skills.
  • Reflective practitioner
  • Ability to produce clear written documentation of intervention & reports
  • Therapeutic moving & handling skills at specialist level
  • Ability to prioritise clinical workload.
  • IT Skills within word processing


  • Use of standardised assessments
  • Ability to complete a holistic assessment which may include some Physiotherapist and nursing skills



  • Good knowledge of long term conditions affecting the older person
  • Understanding current legislation relevant to older people and frailty
  • The interface between hospital, intermediate care and community services.


  • A sound understanding of capacity issues and ability to recognise need for formal assessment

Interpersonal skills


  • Demonstrate excellent verbal and nonverbal communication with an ability to establish a good rapport with a range of people.
  • Ability to teach patients, relatives, carers & staff
  • To be able to delegate work appropriately.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team



  • Ability to drive, hold a clean drivers licence

Personal attributes


  • Well motivated
  • Good time management
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure.
  • Flexible attitude and respond positively to change

language requirement


  • Be able to speak English as necessary to undertake the role.

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust


Royal Bournemouth Hospital



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