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Rotational Physiotherapist : Neurosciences

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
2 Dec 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Band 6 Physiotherapist to join our excellent Regional Neurosciences Centre in a rotational role at University Hospital Southampton. This is a full time opportunity, based across the hyper acute stroke, stroke rehabilitation, spinal service, and neurosurgery & neurology services including neuro intensive care.We are looking for a skilled and dynamic physiotherapist to provide senior clinical and operational leadership alongside the current senior therapists within the UHS neurosciences team, and assist with strategic development of the therapy service.The post holder, once competent, would be expected to work as part of a highly motivated team delivering therapy across a 7-day service, working independently at weekends and bank holidays. The role will also require teaching postgraduate/undergraduate students as well as providing specialist advice to onward care providers.This post is part of the wider Therapy services department. You will have many opportunities to develop new skills and knowledge through our in-service training. You will be part of a large department of over 260 wte Therapy staff including Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists and Therapy support staff.

Main duties of the job

Attached you will find the person specification document which provides more detail about the essential and desirable skills and experience needed for this role. We highly recommend you review this document and use it when completing your application as these criteria are used by hiring managers as guidance during shortlisting.

For an overview of the main duties of the role please see the 'Job Description and Main Responsibilities' section below. To understand the day-to-day responsibilities in more detail please read the full job description document attached.

About us

As one of the largest acute teaching Trusts in England, we offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. UHS is rated 'Good' by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care.

All non-clinical roles may involve a mixture of on site and remote working, Specific details and flexible working options can be discussed as part of the interview process. UHS employees are able to access a range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata), and we offer a generous pension scheme.

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and direct trains to London. The New Forest National Park and beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than London and 14 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted.

Job description

Job responsibilities

This job offers you the chance to work in a friendly, supportive MDT environment with a team committed to improving patient care and experience. You will be completing specialised assessments, goal-directed treatments and multi-therapy discharge planning. You will be required to liaise closely with local community services, specialist regional units & local DGHs.

We are looking for someone who is passionate about high quality patient centred care within the neurosciences service, with excellent communication skills and the ability to work flexibly to accommodate the ever changing nature of both acute and rehabilitation environments.

The postholder is responsible for managing a varied and complex caseload as well as supporting and supervising B3-5 staff & students. All our therapy staff are required to be able to undertake flexible working over a 7-day period. The post holder, once competent, would be expected to work independently at weekends, on twilights and be involved in the trust wide therapy on-call rota.

Desirable skills for this role:
  • Experience in completing comprehensive and complex neurological assessments
  • Experience working in the acute hospital setting (ideally within acute or hyper-acute stroke units and neurosciences)
  • Experience within a variety of acute areas e.g. Orthopaedics, Medicine, Elderly Care, Respiratory
  • Experience working in a large multidisciplinary team and communicating effectively
  • Involvement in service developments and facilitating change
  • Evidence of emerging leadership skills
  • Evidence of providing teaching to wider MDT, therapy teams and students
  • Ability to stay calm and make appropriate decisions under pressure, in a fast-paced environment

We look forward to hearing from you and answering any questions you may have about this role or our wider therapy service and UHS trust.If this post is not suitable for you and you are interested in other Therapy opportunities, please email:

Person Specification

Qualifications, knowledge and experience


  • Degree in Physiotherapy or equivalent
  • Current HCPC registration
  • Experience with a variety of physical and mental health conditions/multiple pathology
  • Experience of working with support staff
  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary team
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Experience in independently managing a caseload of patients
  • Previous experience within relevant clinical area
  • Previous experience on-call, where relevant to clinical area



  • Communication
  • Time management
  • Prioritisation
  • Diplomacy
  • Working autonomously
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Taking the initiative

Trust Values


  • Patients First
  • Always Improving
  • Working Together

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust


Southampton General Hospital

Tremona Road


SO14 2AA

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