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Physiotherapist/ Clinical Exercise Physiologist, Pulmonary Rehab

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£42,471 to £50,364 a year inc HCA
Closing date
5 Dec 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
There is an exciting opportunity for a B6 experienced physiotherapist to work in the pulmonary rehabilitation team based at King's College Hospital, Denmark Hill site. This is a permanent, full-time post and the successful candidate will require to cover pulmonary rehab at King's College Hospital along with three community sites (Dulwich, Brixton and Streatham Leisure Centre) as well as running video classes.

This post will be suitable for an enthusiastic senior physiotherapist/ clinical exercise physiologist with previous experience in pulmonary rehabilitation or chronic conditions management and rehabilitation, who is looking to develop clinical, managerial and research skills. CPD opportunities will be encouraged and supported there will be access to internal and external courses and a well-structured, regular appraisal system.

The pulmonary rehabilitation at King's College Hospital is a well-established service, which operates as a specialist service under the wider Integrated Respiratory Team. The service is led by a band 7 clinical Lead, and consists of a 6 member-team, a band 6 rotational physiotherapist, x2 B4 health care practitioners and a B3 admin, . Team members regularly present their work at national and international conferences and have gained recognition as examples of good practice. Close links are maintained with colleagues at King's College London with the view to promoting and supporting research.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be responsible for the effective delivery of pulmonary rehabilitation across the hospital and community sites. They will be required to demonstrate adequate clinical and managerial skills to ensure patients receive high standard pulmonary rehabilitation in line with national expectations and local KPIs. The successful candidate should be able to undertake organisational and clinical audits to demonstrate service and treatment delivery is safe, effective and efficient with a good patient experience reported and strong clinical governance. The post holder will work collaboratively with Respiratory Consultants, Pulmonary Rehabilitation Clinical Lead, other Physiotherapists and the wider Integrated Respiratory Team.

The post holder is required to have excellent clinical communication and interpersonal skills. They will be able to communicate effectively with service stakeholders, as well as teach and develop staff, students, and other members of the team working within the service.

About us

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is one of the UK's largest and busiest teaching Trusts with a turnover of c�1 billion, 1.5 million patient contacts a year and more than 15,000 staff based across South East London. The Trust provides a full range of local and specialist services across its five sites. The trust-wide strategy of Strong Roots, Global Reachis our Vision to be BOLD, Brilliant people, Outstanding care, Leaders in Research, Innovation and Education, Diversity, Equality and Inclusion at the heart of everything we do. By being person-centred, digitally-enabled, and focused on sustainability, we aim to take Team King's to another level.

We are at a pivotal point in our history and we require individuals who are ready to join a highly professional team and make a real, lasting difference to our patients and our people.

King's is committed to delivering Sustainable Healthcare for All via our Green Plan. In line with national Greener NHS ambitions, we have set net zero carbon targets of 2040 for our NHS Carbon Footprint and 2045 for our NHS Carbon Footprint Plus. Everyone's contribution is required in order to meet the goals set out in our Green Plan and we encourage all staff to work responsibly, minimising their contributions to the Trust's carbon emissions, waste and pollution wherever possible

Job description

Job responsibilities



Patient Care
  • To be professionally and legally accountable for all aspects of own work, including the management of patients in your care
  • To receive referrals and independently assess and treat own caseload of patients, ensuring evaluation and progression of treatment programmes to a high standard, and in line with National and Trust clinical guidelines, protocols and pathways where they exist
  • To have clinical responsibility for a designated caseload of patients, including those with complex conditions, and prioritise that work efficiently taking into account clinical and service priorities.
  • To manage clinical risk within own clinical caseload, to have up to date knowledge of indications, contraindications and precautions for any treatment skills and techniques selected and applied throughout an individual course of treatment.
  • To formulate and deliver an individual pulmonary rehabilitation treatment programme based on sound specialist knowledge of current practice, evidence based practice and treatment options, using clinical assessment and reasoning skills
  • To develop ability and skills to present clinical case studies in the weekly MDT meetings to identify patients with complex medical needs and comorbidities that require treatment optimisation and advanced case-management support.
  • To refer patient to relevant services as required: AO assessment, LTOT clinic, palliative care psychology services/ IAPT support, smoking cessation service.
  • To advise, guide and support students and physiotherapy assistants in the assessment and management of patients and other aspects of clinical care, including record keeping.
  • To progress to the independent supervision, management and competency assessment of a student
  • To develop requirement for level 1 smoking cessation competence
  • To be responsible for the standards of clinical practice carried out by assistant practitioners working for the PR service
  • To maintain comprehensive, accurate and timely patient notes and records in accordance with department policy, and to ensure safekeeping and confidentiality of those records
  • Undertake other clinical or admin duties as requested by the Clinical Lead Physiotherapist within the clinical area
  • To develop research and service evaluation skills by taking part at the services involvement to multi-centre clinical trials - PR team is currently working on in collaboration with other Trusts -.
  • To work under the guidance and support of the PR clinical Lead, towards the development of in-house projects.
  • To develop and acquire relevant academic skills to present the outcome of their research work to relevant national or international respiratory conferences.

  • To communicate effectively with patients and carers to progress rehabilitation and treatment programmes
  • To be able to persuade and motivate patients through effective communication
  • To respond appropriately to the patients level of communication and understanding, facilitating the best possible communication outcomes. For example, patients may be deaf, blind, or unable to communicate in English
  • To provide and receive information from patients, carers and other professionals regarding a patients condition and treatment progress. This may include the sharing and receiving of complex and/or sensitive information
  • To consult when necessary with appropriate senior specialist staff regarding patients with particular problems
  • To develop and maintain close working relationships with physiotherapy colleagues and other members of the multidisciplinary team. To provide advice teaching and training to other members of the MDT as appropriate, both internal and external to the Trust


Information Management
  • To keep comprehensive records of activity in accordance with local and national requirements, using departmental IT software systems as required
  • To triage referrals received from the primary or secondary care (to accept or reject referrals and respond promptly to referrer using specialist knowledge to underpin decisions.

Human Resources
  • To have an active role in effective team working in the IRT department, assisting and supporting other team members where appropriate
  • To organise and monitor day to day work of assistant practitioners and students as required
  • To participate in the Kings College Hospital Employee Performance Assessment Programme as an appraiser and appraise.

Physical Resources
  • To ensure that the treatment and working areas are kept safe and tidy, and to ensure that any faulty equipment is reported to the Clinical Lead Physiotherapist in the area
  • To be aware of the cost/benefit implications in the selection of appropriate equipment to be provided to the patient for long term us

Service Development
  • To demonstrate a knowledge of Clinical Governance and have an active role in clinical effectiveness and audit programmesin order to develop and improve services

  • To undertake in-service and post graduate education in order to develop self professionally and improve patient care
  • To keep abreast of new developments in the field of pulmonary rehabilitation and chronic respiratory management. To incorporate clinical practice guideline updates into current practice and disseminate them to other members of staff following discussion with the Clinical Lead Physiotherapist
  • To contribute to the in-service training programme for staff and students, providing teaching sessions for junior, assistants and students.
  • To participate in education programmes for visitors and members of other disciplines as appropriate
  • To be responsible for maintaining own competency to practice through CPD activities, and maintain a portfolio that reflects personal development
  • To undertake an evidence-based project to further the clinical practice of self and the team, and to enhance patient care e.g. developing new treatment protocols, undertaking audits. Projects will be presented to the rest of the team as part of the established in-service training.
  • Be involved in audit, research and practice evaluation as the opportunity arises
  • To develop requirement for level 1 smoking cessation competence

  • To attend team professional meetings as required, taking on responsibility to support the functioning of the department
  • To take an active part in departmental meetings e.g. contribute to discussion, take on the role of Chair, contribute to the development of departmental policies and procedures
  • To be aware of own Health and Safety responsibilities including contributing to the infection control and cleanliness of the hospital by ensuring cleanliness of own equipment, undertaking mandatory training.
  • To undertake Therapy Handling training and comply with the guidelines
  • To undertake any other duties commensurate with grade as requested by the Team Lead or Clinical Lead Physiotherapist
  • You have a general duty of care for the health, safety and well being of yourself, work colleagues, visitors and patients within the hospital, in addition to any specific risk management or clinical governance accountability associated with this post.
  • To observe the rules, policies, procedures and standards of Kings College Hospital NHS Trust together with all relevant statutory and professional obligations.
  • To observe and maintain strict confidentiality of personal information relating to patients and staff.
  • To be responsible, with management support, for your own personal development and to actively contribute to the development of colleagues.
  • This job description is intended as a guide to the general scope of duties and is not intended to be definitive or restrictive. It is expected that some of the duties will change over time and this description will be subject to review in consultation with the post holder

Person Specification



  • Experience in delivering PR classes or offering rehab in other chronic conditions
  • Experience of managing patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease or other Chronic conditions
  • Wide range of previous clinical experience in the NHS or equivalent clinical setting


  • Experience in undertaking clinical audits and service evaluation skills
  • Experience in undertaking research projects and/or interest in research
  • Experience in working with patients in the rehabilitation setting
  • Good familiarity with IT skills, word, excel

Employer details

Employer name

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


King's College Hospital

Denmark Hill



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