Senior Respiratory Paediatric Physiotherapist (Rotational)

Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 Per Annum
Closing date
1 Dec 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Children's NHS Trust has a radical and ambitious vision and is the future of paediatric care.

The Trust encompasses the acute site and the Liverpool community areas and has specialist services throughout respiratory, orthopaedics and neurology.

A vacancy has arisen within our team for a respiratory rotational post across acute and community services for children and young people with a variety of respiratory and neurological conditions. We will be keen to recruit a highly motivated member of staff with a developed interest in paediatric care. Previous respiratory experience and a desire to advance knowledge and skills within this specialty is essential.

You will be joining a well-established and experienced team of senior and specialists therapists who will provide support, clinical supervision and training and you will work as part of innovative multidisciplinary teams.

There is a focus on training of professionals and people around the CYP to help improve their quality of life and management of respiratory symptoms.

Staff are supported in their professional development through a programme of in-service training and opportunities to participate in internal and external training schemes. The post holder will be actively involved in taking physiotherapy undergraduates placements and work experience students.

If you would like to discuss the role further please contact:

Claire Hepworth

Lee Evans

Main duties of the job

To act as an autonomous practitioner within a specialised paediatric physiotherapy service, working in a responsive and flexible pattern providing respiratory and neurological physiotherapy assessment, treatment and ongoing physical management to children in a range of settings: Emergency Department, hospital in and out-patients, schools/nurseries/the home. This will include children and young people (CYP) across medical & surgical inpatients, Cystic Fibrosis, Long Term Ventilation and complex needs.

For patients with complex disabilities or long-term respiratory conditions, this will include the development of comprehensive physiotherapy care plans in addition to delivering the training component to families, carers and nursing staff. There will also be training to be organised and delivered to external companies to help support CYP under their care.

To be innovative and support the clinical leads in the development of services and to help prevent hospital admission, facilitate early discharge, improve patient's quality of life, consider the holistic needs of individuals and enhance services.

The post holder will identify, co-ordinate and undertake CPD whilst contributing to clinical audit, research projects, multidisciplinary and multiagency meetings and training.

About us

Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust is a provider of specialist health care to over 275,000 children and young people each year. In addition to the hospital site located in the West Derby area of Liverpool, Alder Hey has a presence in community outreach sites and, in collaboration with other providers, our clinicians help deliver care closer to patients' homes by holding local clinics at locations from Cumbria to Shropshire, in Wales and the Isle of Man. The Trust also provides inpatient care for children with complex mental health needs at our Alder Park building in the nearby borough of Sefton.

We currently have more than 4,000 staff working across our community and hospital sites. We're also a teaching and training hospital providing education and training to around 540 medical and over 500 nursing and allied health professional students each year.

As black and minority ethnic (BME) employees are currently under-represented in this area, we particularly welcome applications from members of our BME communities. All appointments will be made on merit.

You can expect a warm welcome at Alder Hey Childrens NHS Foundation Trust, our staff are friendly and welcoming. We listen to each other and work together to embed our Trusts values and behaviours. At Alder Hey we appreciate our staff and reward them with an outstanding benefits package

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To be professional and legally responsible and accountable for all aspects of own work including the management of caseload. To ensure a high standard of clinical care (for the patients under your management).
  • To demonstrate the ability to carry out physiotherapy assessment and specialised interventions including manual therapy techniques and therapeutic handling and demonstrate highly developed dexterity, co-ordination and palpatory sensory skills for assessment and manual treatment of patients.
  • To carry out assessment of patients as an autonomous practitioner, including those with complex presentations, using clinical reasoning skills, knowledge of evidence-based practice and expertise to determine appropriate care plans utilising specialist paediatric techniques and a wide range of treatment options.
  • To use theoretical knowledge and practical experience to interpret and analyse clinical diagnoses and presentations in a wide variety of complex conditions, where there may be conflicting evidence or where some information is unavailable.
  • To contribute to accurate prognoses and recommend best course of intervention, developing comprehensive management plans, guided by clearly defined principles or physiotherapy guidelines.
  • To refer to other healthcare professionals and agencies in line with departmental policy, as part of the overall management of the child to ensure holistic care.
  • To continually reassess patients and adjust treatment plans accordingly in order to progress treatments effectively.
  • To accept clinical responsibility for a designated caseload of patients, and to organise this effectively and efficiently with regard to clinical priorities and time management.
  • To provide spontaneous and planned advice, teaching and instruction to relatives, carers and other health care professionals and agencies, to promote understanding of the aims of physiotherapy, and to ensure a consistent approach to patient care.
  • To provide advice, teaching and training to other members of the multiagency team regarding the physiotherapy management of patients.
  • To communicate complex and sensitive information effectively with patients and carers to maximise rehabilitation potential and to ensure understanding of condition and implication of management where there may be barriers to understanding.
  • To communicate with children of all ages who have a range of physical and psychological barriers to understanding. Verbal and non-verbal communication skills of persuasion, motivation, explanation, and gaining informed consent are used with a variety of patients, parents and carers.
  • To gain valid informed consent in accordance with trust policy and have the ability to work within a legal framework with patients who lack capacity to consent to treatment.
  • To provide specialist paediatric advice to physiotherapy colleagues working in other trusts.
  • Supervise and educate less experienced members of physiotherapy staff, technical instructors, physiotherapy assistants and students, and provide support to peers.
  • To manage clinical risk within own caseload and to contribute to that of designated team at all times.
  • To be responsible for maintenance of accurate written records and supervision of team record keeping, in accordance with CSP standards of practice. To compile progress and discharge reports and to assist senior members of staff with legal and disability reports to multi-agencies and carers as appropriate.
  • Analyse and understand the impact on the child and family of various treatment plans/diagnosis from other disciplines.
  • To assess children for specialist equipment and recommend its purchase and to be responsible for the safe use and maintenance in a ward setting, homes and schools and in accordance with department protocol.
  • Participate in the respiratory on-call rota, working as an autonomous practitioner, undertaking the assessment and treatment of acutely ill patients with respiratory problems, who may have highly complex presentations. Be expected to participate in on-call update training and clinical competence

  • Professional
  • To act in accordance with the Rules of Professional Conduct and Standards of practice set by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) and Health Professionals Council (HCPC).
  • To maintain own continuing professional development (CPD) by keeping abreast of any trends and developments and incorporate them as necessary into your work. Being responsible for maintaining written evidence within CPD portfolio.
  • To be an active member of the in-service training programme available via staff meetings, tutorials, training sessions, external courses and reflective practice by regular attendance and participation in the former including the delivery of presentations.
  • To participate in the staff appraisal scheme and personal development plan (PDP).
  • Participates in evidence-based projects/audits and contributes to the implementation of these changes within designated team/area.
  • To communicate effectively and work collaboratively with Allied Health Professionals (AHPs), social services, education colleagues and voluntary organisations to ensure delivery of a timely and co-ordinated multi-agency service. This will include the identification of issues and attendance of patient reviews, TACs in variety of settings and the planning of ongoing care.
  • To demonstrate a sound understanding of Trust values, Clinical Governance and Risk Management and apply to the work situation.
  • To attend Mandatory Training and incorporate these within working practices.
  • To attend Child Protection training and work in accordance within the national guidelines.

  • Organisational
  • To be responsible for own workload, designated by a more senior team member, and to plan and organise efficiently and effectively with regard to patient management and time management.
  • To be responsible for ensuring the effective selection and use of all treatment resources available in the community environment.
  • To be aware of Health and Safety aspects of your work and implement any policies, which may be required to improve the safety of your work area, including your prompt recording and reporting of accidents and incidents (in line with policy), and ensuring that equipment use is safe.
  • To be responsible for equipment used in carrying out physiotherapy duties, and to adhere to departmental policy, including competence to use equipment and to ensure its safe use by others through, teaching, training and supervision of practice.
  • To maintain accurate, comprehensive and up-to-date documentation, in line with legal and departmental requirements, and communicate assessment and treatment results to the appropriate parents/carers, internal and external agencies in the form of reports and letters in accordance with Trust Data Protection Policy.
  • To be actively involved in the collection of appropriate data and statistics for the use of the department and other specialist groups within the trust, and for national reporting.
  • To have knowledge of and comply with the organisational and departmental policies and procedures and to be involved in the reviewing and updating as appropriate.
  • To undertake any duties that might be considered appropriate by the Senior Physiotherapist.
  • To cover the responsibilities of the senior physiotherapist as required in their absence.
  • Participate in in-service staff training, meetings, and internal/external courses. Liaise with educational staff, Social Services, and voluntary carers to assist in the delivery of treatment programmes, attending and contributing to clinics/multi-agency meetings.
  • All individuals will have some risk management responsibilities with which you are required to comply, for details of your responsibilities please refer to the current Risk management strategy which is available on the intranet and in the local strategies folder.

  • Person Specification

    Education & Training


    • BSc (Hons) or Diploma in Physiotherapy
    • HCPC Registered
    • MCSP


    • Post Graduate courses relevant to speciality
    • Member of Paediatric or Respiratory Clinical Interest group



    • 2 years qualified physiotherapy experience including respiratory
    • Evidence of CPD
    • Evidence of interest in paediatric physiotherapy


    • Experience as a paediatric physiotherapist
    • Experience in audit/ research
    • Experience of implementing evidence based practice



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