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Rotational Physiotherapist

Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum pro rata
Closing date
2 Dec 2023

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
We currently have a vacancy for Band 5 Physiotherapist to join a comprehensive rotation scheme on a permanent basis. Rotations include respiratory care, surgical and ITU, neurology, outpatients and hydrotherapy, orthopaedics, rheumatology, care of the elderly, general medicine and working with our community partners (e.g. in community teams or outpatient services).

Successful candidates will participate in the on-call training programme. This is completed in a supportive environment with simulation training.In the summer of 2019 we opened the doors to the new Therapies and RNHRD (Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases) department which is home to state of the art equipment, gym and hydrotherapy pool. This will be a very exciting time and aims to improve patient experience and integration of therapies.

The therapies department is forward thinking with new projects and has monthly CPD (continuing professional development) sessions for the whole of therapies. Each rotation has its own in-service training sessions and competencies. We also have a newly developed MDT preceptorship programme to ensure newly registered staff have increased support within their first year of joining.

Main duties of the job

This is a rotational post designed initially to give a broad level of experience in a number of the following clinical areas including: outpatients, rheumatology, medical, ITU, hands outpatients, community, surgical, elderly care, stroke, Hospital at Home, orthopaedics, rehabilitation

To perform high standards of physiotherapeutic assessment, diagnosis and treatment of patients who may have diverse presentations and complex physical and psychological conditions.

To hold responsibility for own case load and be responsible for a defined area of the service or a particular patient type, working with supervision where required. Supervision takes the form of regular formal training, clinical reasoning sessions, peer review and case conferences.

This post is suitable for newly qualified physiotherapists, students who are due to qualify or therapists with some experience who would like to develop further in the above areas or gain experience in an acute setting.

Participation in emergency on-call and weekend rotas will be a component of the role along with some rotations having varying work patterns.

About us

At the RUH we're proud to put people at the heart of what we do, working together as one team to make a difference for our patients, each other, and our community. No matter what your role is, we value everyone's contribution in supporting the exceptional, person-centred care we pride ourselves on.

We are committed to creating a compassionate and inclusive environment. This can be seen in our growing community of staff networks - celebrating successes and creating opportunities to listen and learn. We value our differences, champion kindness and civility, and truly believe that diversity makes us stronger.

A culture of learning, developing and innovating is the thread that runs throughout our whole organisation. We want to support you to thrive, taking your career to its full potential.

We value staff wellbeing, with a well-established programme of support. We believe in a holistic approach spanning all aspects of living a healthy life, including physical, emotional, spiritual and financial wellbeing. We've even got a pool!

We are committed to supporting you and hope you want to join our team. In the meantime, find out more about living and working the beautiful historic city of Bath, learn about our extensive package of staff benefits, and read about how we're providing healthcare fit for the future with the landmark Dyson Cancer Centre and our passion for research.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the Job Description and Person Specification attached for further information on the role.

Person Specification

Qualifications and Training


  • Diploma/degree in physiotherapy
  • Registered with HCPC
  • Evidence of CPD maintained in a portfolio

Knowledge and Experience


  • To have gained effective experience of rehabilitation in respiratory, musculo-skeletal and neurological fields
  • Thorough and up-to-date knowledge of physiotherapy theory and best practice
  • Experience of working as part of a multidisciplinary team



  • Values and respects others, treats everyone as an individual, is non-judgemental
  • Motivated to be genuinely kind and caring
  • Helps and co-operates with colleagues
  • Willing to learn, open to change

Specific Skills


  • To work as part of a team
  • Able to present information, written and orally, in a clear and logical manner and to keep accurate and legible patient notes
  • To be competent in performing assessments and treatments with patients with a variety of conditions appropriate to the rotation
  • Able to prioritise own workload
  • Able to work under own initiative within boundaries of role.
  • Demonstrate understanding of clinical governance and/or health & safety
  • Willing to work in other clinical areas Trust-wide as and when required

Physical Skills and Emotional Effort


  • Carry out assessment and treatment of several patients with moderate to intense physical effort
  • Maintain high levels of concentration, when under pressure from competing sources
  • Ability to deal sensitively with patients who have high levels of anxiety and aggression caused by pain, dementia or limited mobility
  • Involves caring for critically/terminally ill/chronically ill patients and deal with distressing and difficult circumstances

Requirements due to Working Environment


  • Awareness of lone working and associated risks
  • To be able to cope with exposure to unpleasant working conditions on a regular basis, eg, bodily fluids including sputum, vomit, urine and occasional exposure to verbal and physical aggression

Employer details

Employer name

Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust


Royal United Hospital

Combe Park



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