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Band 5 Physiotherapist

Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum
Closing date
26 Nov 2023

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you a new band 5 looking to embed theory into practice?

A student qualifying this year?

Or already practicing as a band 5 and looking for a new challenge?

We are looking to recruit a Physiotherapist to join our vibrant, driven and hardworking team.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, hardworking Physiotherapist to join our band 5 Physiotherapy rotation in the Therapy Department at Northampton General Hospital, part of the University Hospitals of Northamptonshire group.

This role will expose you to a variety of specialties allowing you to put your skills and knowledge into practice as well as promoting continuous learning and nurturing your core Physio skills.

Core rotations include:
  • Critical Care & Respiratory
  • Vascular & Surgery
  • Trauma & Orthopaedics
  • Stroke
  • Urgent Care & Frailty
  • Acute medicine
  • Elderly Medicine

With opportunities to gain exposure in oncology and amputee rehab.

Professional Development is encouraged through annual & rotational appraisals, supervision with the senior from the specialist area, as well as peer group meetings where you have an opportunity to learn from, and share your experiences with your band 5 OT and Physio peers.

We welcome pre application visits, for further details / informal visits contact:

Tarryn Goode Deputy Head of Therapies

01604 544427

Main duties of the job

To provide a professional Physiotherapy service to patients on own caseload, under the supervision of senior colleagues.

To supervise therapy support staff, technical instructors and student physiotherapists.

To be part of the Physiotherapy on call rota.

To actively contribute to the discharge planning process by selecting and implementing appropriate assessments and interventions to address the needs of patients including those with an acute illness, following injury or surgery and those with chronic disease, terminal illness or undergoing a period of acute re enablement.

Provide effective input into the work of the Trust, to support the achievement of our vision and values.

The post holder will be required to maintain constructive relationships with a broad range of stakeholders, including but not extensive to: Therapy Department and Enablement Centre clinical and non-clinical staff, Therapy Management Team and the broader trust staff group as required.

The post holder will participate in relevant working groups/projects, services and initiatives to provide information and analytical advice and expertise.

About us

Northampton General Hospital is one of the largest employers in the area and we are on an exciting journey. All of our divisions are committed to doing things better, with more efficiency as we update, modernise, and advance. We have also entered into a Group Model with neighbouring Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and become University Hospitals of Northamptonshire.

Our Excellence Values






We want to recruit the best people to deliver our services across the University Hospitals of Northamptonshire and help to unleash everyone's full potential. As an organisation, we value how we communicate and promote our vacancies to all communities.

The Hospital Group encourages applications from people who identify from all protected groups, especially those from BAME, Disabled and LGBTQ+ backgrounds as these are underrepresented in our hospitals.

We understand that we need to work with colleagues from diverse backgrounds and make sure the environment they work in is inclusive and collaborative.

We have active Networks that promote and support colleagues from all backgrounds.This ensures everyone feels supported and has a sense of belonging working for Kettering and Northampton General Hospitals.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To work autonomously and within departmental teams to provide excellent physiotherapy care to a diverse client group.
  • To accept clinical responsibility for a designated caseload of patients.
  • To provide specialist physiotherapy advice to MDT colleagues in clinical areas.
  • To carry out assessment and develop treatment plans for all patients within the designated caseload without direct supervision, ensuring appropriate feedback to patient, carers and colleagues regarding findings and patient progression.
  • Analyse and take into consideration results of medical tests, scans and x-rays to formulate and adapt physiotherapy treatment plans.
  • To assess capacity, gain valid, informed consent and have the ability to work within a legal framework with patients who lack the capacity to consent to treatment independently.
  • To undertake the assessment of patients within the rotational speciality who may have complex or chronic presentation, and to determine clinical problems and the indicated treatment.
  • To plan, deliver and evaluate effective and appropriate treatments in partnership with the patient, MDT colleagues and the wider service providers.
  • To constantly monitor patients responses to treatments and interventions and propose changes which may directly influence other MDT actions.
  • Ensure correct usage of electrotherapy equipment, walking aids, surgical appliances and prostheses by carers, patients and colleagues.
  • To act as part of the MDT in facilitating appropriate and safe discharges.
  • To communicate effectively and work collaboratively with the medical, nursing and MDT staff to ensure delivery of a coordinated multidisciplinary service including attendance at ward rounds, MDT and discharge meetings.
  • To make appropriate and thorough referrals to other physiotherapy services.
  • To assist colleagues to train, supervise and help manage the workload of band 2 and 3 staff and some students on clinical placements.
  • To decide priorities for own caseload, balancing other patient-related and professional demands, ensuring that the priorities remain in accordance with the whole team.
  • To become competent to assist in the delivery of an evening and weekend emergency physiotherapy respiratory on call service. To be an active member of the respiratory on call weekly rota (when trained).
  • To be responsible for issuing and ordering specialist equipment, ensuring correct and safe use.
  • To be professionally and legally accountable for all aspects of own clinical work, including the management of designated caseload of patients, ensuring a high standard of clinical care at all times.
  • To continually develop an up-to-date knowledge base and maintain own continuous professional development folder.
  • To undertake evaluation of own and the teams work, reflecting on current practices and experiences in order to continue own professional development.
  • To be an active member of the physiotherapy in-service training programme by preparing for and attending meetings, tutorials, training sessions and external courses.
  • To maintain up-to-date Trust mandatory training.

Person Specification

Shortlisting Criteria Educations, Training and Qualifications


  • Degree in Physiotherapy or equivalent
  • HPC registered ( or evidence of application for HPC)
  • Appropriate permission/ permit to work in the UK


  • Membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy

Knowledge and Experience


  • Experience of working within a multidisciplinary team, an understanding of their roles and respect for the other professionals within the team.
  • Experience working in an NHS setting in the following clinical areas: Trauma & Orthopaedics, Medical, Respiratory, Neurology
  • Entry level assessment and treatment knowledge required for Acute Hospital setting.
  • Demonstrable proactive approach to own learning and CPD.
  • Experience of working in a team of people.


  • Experience of participation in work based learning
  • Awareness of structure, and current important issues effecting the inpatient physiotherapy department at Northampton General Hospital
  • Ability to access knowledge to improve patient care
  • Experience working in an NHS setting in the following clinical areas: Trauma & Orthopaedics, Medical, Respiratory, Neurology



  • Able to assess a patient's needs and plan a treatment plan with short and long term goals
  • Able to manage caseload autonomously and work as part of team
  • Able to modify and progress patient treatment
  • Demonstrate good written and verbal communication
  • Able to get to the hospital within 45 minutes (for on call purposes)
  • Ability to work in situations and conditions that may involve: Physical effort (e.g. therapeutic handling, moving patients) Mental effort (e.g. concentration levels) Emotional effort (e.g. distressing and traumatic circumstances)


  • Car driver with access to vehicle during working hours, appropriate driving license and car insurance
  • Basic IT and presentation skills

Key Competencies/Personal Qualities and Attributes


  • evidence of ability to Work flexibly
  • evidence of ability demonstrate team working
  • evidence of ability to motivate patients


  • Ability to empathise and understand the needs of a diverse client group
  • Innovative practice

Employer details

Employer name

Northampton General Hospital


Northampton General Hospital




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