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Paediatric Physiotherapist

Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust
£25,655 to £31,534 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
1 Dec 2023

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
We are an integrated Children's physiotherapy service providing assessment and intervention for children and young people aged 0-19 years with a range of physical and developmental conditions, complex needs and life limiting conditions as well as respiratory and musculoskeletal problems.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for an enthusiastic HCPC registered Physiotherapist who has the ability to communicate with children of all ages who is passionate work in paediatrics and a willingness to develop their clinical skills in this specialist area. You will need to be a team player and work collaboratively within the integrated team as well as the wider MDT.

As a band 5 therapist, you will be given the opportunity to develop your skills in therapeutic handling, use of standardised assessments, develop your ability to work in 1:1 situations as well as groups with children presenting with a broad range of difficulties. There will be opportunities to develop casting skills, gain knowledge and understanding of orthotic management and understand and develop the use of varying equipment to support a CYPs development.

Multidisciplinary and multi-agency working is a major part of the role and allows the team to provide person centred, safe and joined up care. As a service we contribute fully to the SEND agenda and work hard to maintain effective relationships with our local authority colleagues and wider MDT.

You will work closely with senior qualified members of staff but will also be expected to work as an autonomous practitioner managing a varied caseload. The role will also be to support the acute service at time of increased capacity in the assessment and management of acutely unwell CYP with the support of senior staff.

About us

Preceptorship, supervision, personal development reviews and professional development opportunities are available and CPD is supported and actively encouraged. Physiotherapy students are regularly taken by the team and close links are maintained with Wolverhampton, Keele and Birmingham Universities.

Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust is committed to operating flexible working practices and service provision. Applicants must be able to travel across the borough within the working day in order to provide a community based service.

Job description

Job responsibilities

You will be working across the Borough of Walsall in clinics, schools, mainstream and special, in the childrens homes as well as in the acute setting. The Paediatric Physiotherapy Service continues to respond to government initiatives around SEND, Safeguarding and the Healthy Child Programme as well as developing cost effective and efficient ways to deliver the service. You should therefore be able to demonstrate a willingness and ability to support these developments, be adaptable to change and drive the service forward.

The service currently takes place over a 5 day period (Monday to Friday) however all new contracts will be 5 working days over 7 to enable cover of a 7 day service in the future (if required). Opportunities for on-call and weekend working may be available once the appropriate training has been received.

Successful applicants will be expected to apply for disclosure (criminal records bureau check) and have HPCP registration. Please note that we reserve the right to alter the closing date for this post and that if a large number of applicants meet the essential criteria for this post, random selection interviewing will also take place.

It is important that your application meets the minimum requirements of the personal specification, as we will shortlist against these details.

Person Specification



  • oDiploma/Degree in Physiotherapy and HPC registration


  • oRegistered member of Charted Society of Physiotherapy and membership to relevant specialist interest group



  • oSome experience of working with children and preferably a student placement in paediatrics.
  • oKnowledge or experience of a range of assessment tools or therapeutic interventions


  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary team



  • oAbility to work effectively as part of a team
  • oEffective interpersonal skills including observation, listening and empathy
  • oEffective and sensitive communication skills in conveying and receiving highly complex and emotive information both verbally and in writing
  • oDiplomacy, resilience and robustness to work within an evolving team
  • oWillingness to develop clinical skills.
  • oUnderstanding of a multidisciplinary team and their specific roles in relation to the client group
  • oSome understanding of clinical governance and its implications for service provision
  • oKnowledge and understanding of audits and evidence based practice
  • oAbility to pass on skills knowledge formally or informally to colleagues
  • oAbility to work both independently and unsupervised as well as in a team
  • oAbility to carry out effective independent and clinical decision making
  • oAbility to make effective decisions under pressure
  • oAbility to supervise and teach students
  • oEvidence of continued professional development and knowledge of standardised record keeping


  • oKnowledge of the Early Years foundation stage and SEND reform

Employer details

Employer name

Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust


Walsall Child Development Centre

Coalheath Lane



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