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Advanced MSK physiotherapist

County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year pro rata
Closing date
2 Dec 2023

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We have an exciting opportunity for a full time advanced MSK band 7 physiotherapist to join our friendly, supportive and successful CDIMS MSK team in County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, one of the largest intergrated health care trusts in the country. The CDIMS service is a single point of access service for all MSK referrals for the region and continues to develop securing and expanding FCP contracts and rheumatology ESPs. CDIMS can provide you with many future career opportunities/ experiences within its large team.

This post is based between University Hospital North Durham and Shotley Bridge Community Hospital with some flexibility for negotiation. The post holder has responsibility of co-ordinating the MSK patients journey from referral to full rehabilitation potential using evidenced based assessment and treatments.

The post holder will have opportunities to develop into supervisory role of band 6 / 5 physiotherapists and assistants, and a requirement to supervise students on placement. Together with clinical and leadership development opportunities.

CPD funding is currently available within CDDFT to help you develop your career.

Main duties of the job

You will work within the CDIMS team and have responsibility for the assessment and management of a caseload of patients with musculoskeletal disorders. The caseload will include patients with long-term conditions, comorbidity and multi-factorial needs referred from mainly from primary care with some secondary care referrals.

CDIMS physiotherapy team has a strong supportive culture for personal and professional development, clinical/ pastoral supervision structure and leadership opportunities. We commit to our employees well being though agile working (working from home 1 day a week), in service training and CPD funding. Within the supervision structure you will be supported to take a supervisor role within departments to support Band 6/5 physiotherapists,assistants and students with day to day clinical mentorship and appraisal.

The post holder will be supported by a team of FCPs, ESPs (Upper limb, Lower limb, Trauma and Spinal)

from within the MSK department together with the operational and governance leads.

There is opportunities to be involved with service evaluation, transformation, research, audit, pathway development and quality improvement projects within the role.

About us

If you are being interviewed you must accept an interview slot in the system to continue, even if you have arranged with the manager

You must be able to produce ALL certificates stated essential in the person specification or you will not be able to complete pre-employment checks

We provide hospital services from two acute sites - Darlington Memorial Hospital and University Hospital of North Durham. We have a centre for planned care in Bishop Auckland and provide care from community hospitals in Chester-le-Street, Shotley Bridge, Barnard Castle, Sedgefield and Weardale as well as over 80 other community based settings and providing care in patients' homes.

We particularly welcome applications from disabled and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates as BAME and disabled people are currently under-represented

We are unable to offer sponsorship for roles that do not require a professional registration, to apply you must have Right to Work in the United Kingdom. If you are in the UK on a VISA please ensure you have no restrictions that would prevent you from taking this post

Full Job Descriptions can be found in the adverts supporting documents

Job description

Job responsibilities

As a advanced MSK autonomous physiotherapist in CDIMS ( Co Durham Intergrated Musculoskeletal service), you will be providing evidence based assessment, clinically reasoned treatment, advice and rehabilitation of patients with a wide range of MSK conditions. You will independently manage a caseload of patients from mainly primary care but support colleagues with patients from secondary care. You will co-ordinate rehabilitation following a shared decision with your patients to suit their individual needs.

You will work as part of the MSK Integrated Musculoskeletal Team and will have access to specialist clinical advice from ESP staff and FCP staff. This includes Upper limb, lower limb, trauma, hands, spinal, and rheumatology ESPs. You will also be supported by governance and operational leads.

The post holder will accept clinical responsibility of a designated caseload and organise effectively with regards to clinical priorities and use of time.

You will clinically support junior staff and students, delegating activities appropriately and monitoring

the quality of care given via clinical supervision, mentorship and audit. Together with providing shadowing opportunities for students and staff on induction or rotation. Full training can be provided via local universities for student supervision and mentoring if this is required, together with support on site until you are familiar with processes.

CDIMS has a robust intranet physiotherapy site which is constantly developing which provides guidance on all local MSK pathways,protocols and evidence based leaflets for your use as a resource.

The post holder can be considered for injection therapy as a development opportunity ( if not already qualified). Many CDIMS band 7 physiotherapists have injection skills, and are available for case discussions. Appropriate patients can be booked in designated injection slots following a shared decision process.

Assistants band 3 staff are available at all sites to support with rehabilitation of patients, you can refer for individualised care for supervised exercises by providing a plan or protocol within a gym or department setting.

You will have a named supervisor who will support your personal development plan and the appraisal framework. CDDFT support protected supervision time which is led by the supervise for your individual needs. Pastoral support is also provided within this structure or alternative arrangement can be made to suit personal circumstances.

Shadowing and training is available throughout the full service with consultants, A& E, plastics, FCPs in GP practices, ESPs in all specialties. This is arranged within your personal development plan. The department runs In-service training sessions together with access to learning on e -learning for health. External courses can be accessed by inclusion onto the annual training needs analysis by the department or for 2023/24 by a CPD personal budget.

CDIMS use SystmOne for clinical note keeping - training can be provided to suit your individual needs. Test patients can guide you if you are unfamiliar with this System within your induction program. CDDFT provide a full induction program which includes mandatory training together with a local physiotherapy induction tailored to your needs. Training will also be provided with all CDDFT ICT programs as required. You will also be provided with you own laptop.

You will have access to rehabmypatient program for individualised exercise prescriptions for your patients, together with evidenced based leaflets on our intranet produced by the teams special interest groups. These can be accessed in paper form or electronic versions according to patients individual needs.

You will have opportunities to develop leadership skills. We promotes all staff to be involved with quality improvement projects and promotes future career opportunities. New ideas are always welcome to promote efficiency and quality for our patients at CDDFT.

The department has a track record for staff wellbeing support following all local CDDFT guidance. You will have access to a well-being hub which includes support telephone numbers and you can be invited to the North East NHS outdoor wellbeing group. The NENC ICS also provide a well being hub which all our staff have access to which provide various proactive help and support solutions depending on needs.

In addition we can offer support to physiotherapists requiring a return to practice placement for HCPC re - registration through an honorary contract, can also indicate on your application if you wish to be considered for this process.

For any further information about the role please contact Claire Jacobs on or 07717631822

Person Specification

Special Requirements


  • Able to travel across Trust sites to meet the requirements of the post


  • Experience of Systm One for clinical note keeping

Statutory Registration


  • HCPC registered


  • Member of CSP

Special Skills & Knowledge


  • Up to date knowledge of professional practice and new research in management of MSK
  • An understanding of legal responsibilities within the profession Able to present information, written and orally in a clear and logical manner
  • Ability to organise and prioritise and work to 18 RTT. Clear ability to manage waiting list pressures Ability to maintain high levels of concentration and analysis of presenting symptoms from patients
  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal IT skills


  • Innovative approach to working life Able to use own initiative appropriately to enhance service delivery Presentational skills
  • Knowledge, evidence and application of audit and research



  • Comprehensive experience including core competencies within musculoskeletal, neurology and pain management within the NHS setting.
  • Ability to work within a multidisciplinary team and positively implement change Evidence of communication skills within a wide variety of settings


  • Experience of clinical supervision of staff and students Experience of Cognitive behavioural therapy and Bio psycho-social model of care



  • BSc Physiotherapy or equivalent Continuing Professional Development Diary including evidence of reflective practice, post grad training to modular masters level and clinical experience. Significant experience OP physiotherapy in all MSK fields


  • Recognised relevant academic qualification in relation to MSK conditions Injection therapy competent( MSc level training) An understanding of County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, its culture, strategic direction, achievements and NHS standing Appropriate post graduate MSK training to MSc (or equivalent) level

Employer details

Employer name

County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust


University Hospital Of North Durham

North Road



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