Paediatric Physiotherapist: Suction Education

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
29 Nov 2023

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Band 7
Part Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a physiotherapist to join our paediatric respiratory team. This fixed term maternity cover post will support children with complex long-term needs in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire by providing specialist support and education on suction and airway clearance modalities.

Community patients with long term disabilities and respiratory compromise will be managed by the post holder. This will involve formation of individualised airway clearance and suction plans, and provision of education to qualified and unqualified individuals based in a variety of locations. The successful candidate will need previous experience of paediatric respiratory care, education and excellent communication skills. Through strong working relationships with patients and families the post holder will achieve excellent job satisfaction, positively impacting the child's quality of life and 24 hour a day care. They will be supported by a large proactive paediatric respiratory team.

0.5WTE band 7 permanent funding is available which would equate to 18.75hours/week year round. This role would be considered as a term time only contract due to its strong links with schools within the area. On a term time only contract, 22.5hours a week would be worked in term time as a band 7.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will already be a skilled paediatric clinician with previous or transferrable skills at Band 6 or above. They will be naturally empathetic, demonstrating high level communication skills to facilitate close working relationships with both patients and colleagues. They will need to be creative and flexible to meet the service needs.
  • To provide high quality education on suction and airway clearance to parents, and qualified and unqualified carers, school staff and members of community services.
  • To lead development, planning, progression and service provision of the suction education post, alongside management
  • To act as a source of expertise in the management of children admitted with medical respiratory needs and with a requirement for long term suction in a community setting.
  • To provide specialist advice to other members of the multi-disciplinary team and to provide clinical education and training to others within the Trust and externally.
  • To deputise for the absence of Band 8a lead therapists in area of speciality

About us

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW) is one of the largest acute Trusts in the country, bringing together a combined workforce of over 13,000 staff and over 100 different clinical services across 10 different sites, serving a core population of more than 500,000 people across South West England. UHBW has been rated by the CQC as 'Good' overall and our staff are proud to deliver excellent care to the people of Bristol, Weston and beyond. As a forward-thinking multi-award winning Trust and a digital exemplar committed to improving patient care, our world-leading research and innovations are having a positive local and global impact. Our hospitals are spread across Bristol and Weston, join us and you can enjoy the very best of both worlds city living within a stone's throw of the countryside or beside the seaside, both with easy access to all that the South West has to offer. UHBW is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. As an equal opportunities employer actively working towards a diverse workforce we aim to recruit and retain a workforce which represents the rich diversity of the local population at all levels and are committed to designing our services around the needs of individual patients and those around them. Anonymous information will be used from your application in order to ensure we're meeting our pledge.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For a more detailed job description and main responsibilities, please refer to the job description documents attached to this vacancy.

Person Specification

Knowledge and Experience


  • Significant post graduate experience within paediatric specialities
  • Previous experience of working within paediatrics at a senior level (B6 or above)
  • Evidence of working within a multidisciplinary team
  • Experience of delivering teaching and education
  • Previous experience working with patients with complex and long term needs


  • Previous experience of working in a community setting
  • Proven experience of clinical audit and research
  • Previous experience of service development
  • Previous experience working with patients with neuromuscular conditions
  • Previous experience working with respiratory outpatients

Skills and Abilities


  • Excellent organisational and time management skills
  • Excellent problem solving and analytical skills
  • Ability to work independently as an autonomous practitioner
  • Proven responsibility for own decision making whilst working closely within a team
  • Sound IT skills eg Microsoft, Internet, video conferencing
  • Ability to be flexible and adaptable



  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to be a team player
  • Be able to speak fluent English to an appropriate standard
  • Ability to remain calm in stressful situations

Qualifications and Training


  • Degree or equivalent in Physiotherapy
  • Registration with HCPC
  • Evidence of relevant postgraduate continued professional development

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW)


Bristol Royal Hospital for Children

Upper Maudlin Street



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