Advanced Physiotherapist

Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
11 Dec 2023

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We have an exciting opportunity for 2 dynamic and enthusiastic Physiotherapists with a passion for acute care to join our forward-thinking and highly regarded Cardiorespiratory Therapy Team. We welcome applications from physiotherapists who are looking for full-time or part-time hours.

These positions are suitable for physiotherapists with a specialist interest in respiratory physiotherapy who are keen to further develop their leadership skills with support from the Respiratory Specialist and Senior leadership team. These positions are suitable for physiotherapists looking to develop into their first band 7 role.

There are 2 positions:
  • Intensive Care Unit/Respiratory wards
  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Community Respiratory Outreach and Respiratory Out-patient clinics

The cardio-respiratory team is an innovative team providing high-quality assessment treatment and rehabilitation in:o A& Eo Intensive Care (including developing lung ultrasound skills)o Respiratory and cardiology wardso Pulmonary Rehabilitationo Community Respiratory Outreach (ROCKET team) and Respiratory clinics

You will be supported with regular supervision, mentoring and leadership training opportunities to support your development in your Band 7 role.

You will work alongside the Head of Therapies, Deputy Head of Therapies and Cardiorespiratory Clinical Specialist in the planning, co-ordination and development of the Cardiorespiratory Team.

Main duties of the job

You will take a role in leading the cardiorespiratory team alongside the other Band 7 team leads and the clinical specialist physiotherapist. You will assist with planning, co-ordinating and evaluating the service and deputise for the clinical specialist as required. You will have excellent communication skills and be keen to develop leadership and line management skills including supervision of students and junior members of staff.

You will perform advanced assessment and treatment of patients including those with complex presentations as an autonomous practitioner.

You will be an active member of the oncall and weekend respiratory service (includes adult, children and young people). You will be involved in the provision of the oncall training programme including simulation-based learning with our state-of-the art simulation lab, clinical teaching and support to the wider team. We work as an Integrated Therapy team working closely with Occupational Therapists and collaboratively with Critical Care Outreach, Respiratory Nurse Specialists and Respiratory community outreach team.

Full-time and part-time hours are available however both postholders are expected to work across 7 days and participate in the overnight oncall rota.

Please see attached Job Description & Person Specification for a detailed overview of the job role.

About us

Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest employers in the area and we are on an exciting journey. Our mission is to provide safe, compassionate, and clinically excellent patient care, by being an outstanding employer for our people. We have entered into a Group Model with neighbouring Northampton General Hospital and have become University Hospitals of Northamptonshire. Our Excellence Values: Compassion Respect Integrity Courageous Accountable

Job description

Job responsibilities

You will work alongside the Head of Therapies, Deputy Head of Therapies and Cardiorespiratory Clinical Specialist in the planning, co-ordination and development of the Cardiorespiratory Team. You will provide leadership, support and supervision to other team members. You will be expected to support other members of the team with appraisals, preceptorship, supervision and mentoring. The successful candidate will demonstrate a strong commitment to promoting clinical excellence and evidence-based practice. We provide leadership training for all staff and there are regular training opportunities to support your development in your Band 7 role.

Person Specification



  • Degree (or equivalent) in Physiotherapy
  • State registration with the Health and Care Professions Council
  • MSc in relevant subjects or equivalent level of post-graduate specialist training short courses
  • Evidence of CPD through maintenance of a portfolio, in the area of acute and/or specialist respiratory


  • Clinical Educators course or equivalent
  • Membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
  • Membership of CSP special interest groups relevant to speciality
  • Relevant Postgraduate clinical qualification
  • Management skills or leadership training

Knowledge and Experience


  • Significant relevant, recent clinical experience in the management of patients with acute respiratory conditions, long-term respiratory conditions and patients requiring post-critical care rehabilitation.
  • Evidence of a broad base of clinical experience at Band 6 level
  • Recent relevant work in an NHS environment
  • Significant experience of working as an integral member of a multidisciplinary team and inter-agency working
  • Experience of multi disciplinary goal planning, development of care pathways and using outcome measures
  • Experience of organising and implementing training programmes for physiotherapists, MDT members, assistants and students.
  • Experience of service development/change management
  • Experience in implementing evidence based practice in speciality
  • Ability to work across 7-day service and participate in the overnight oncall rota.
  • Advanced knowledge of assessment and treatment approaches for the effective management of acute respiratory conditions, long term conditions and post-critical care rehabilitation
  • Advanced knowledge of acute respiratory conditions and long-term conditions, post-critical care rehabilitation
  • Advanced knowledge of the evidence base of Respiratory-related physiotherapy
  • Knowledge of the influence of psychosocial and cultural factors health/illness behaviours.


  • Previous band 7 experience in relevant post
  • Leadership of a physiotherapy team
  • Experience of using clinical governance framework to monitor and improve quality of patient care
  • Clinical research experience
  • Experience of planning and managing service improvement activities
  • Knowledge of the workings of community-based physiotherapy services and intermediate care
  • Knowledge of Physiotherapy Role within emergency Department and Urgent Care areas
  • Knowledge of recent NHS developments and their impact on service provision



  • Advanced skills in the appropriate application of a range of techniques and approaches to the management of Acute respiratory conditions long term respiratory conditions and post critical care rehabilitation
  • Advanced clinical reasoning and problem solving skills
  • Ability to remain updated with professional practice and research and integrate this into daily management.
  • Ability to organise, prioritise and delegate as appropriate and management time effectively
  • Able to make sound judgments and reliable decisions in a variety of demanding situations.
  • Ability to keep accurate and legible patient notes
  • Understanding of clinical governance and the implications for physiotherapy services including experience of quality issues and audit
  • Ability to comprehend and work within the Trust's policies of data protection, equal opportunities and health and safety and meet differing patient needs
  • Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships
  • Ability to pass on knowledge and skills to others in both formal and informal environments
  • Ability to analyse activity and outcome data accurately and objectively
  • Ability to cope with working in a stressful environment and with emotional or aggressive patients or carers
  • Competent IT skills
  • Ability to cope with work pressures and manage time effectively
  • Ability to seek guidance and assistance when required and to be aware of personal limitations
  • Clear vision of role and commitment to the speciality
  • Effective strategies for dealing with stressful interpersonal situations
  • Car driver or able to travel to the trust within 45 minutes when responding to oncalls (24 hours).


  • Advanced computer skills for presentation and data analysis
  • Negotiation and conflict resolution skills

Key Competencies/Personal Qualities


  • Ability to lead, motivate and inspire others
  • To be able to take part in a weekend service and/or on call rota
  • Advanced communication skills with patients, carers and colleagues
  • Able to present information written and orally, in a clear and logical manner
  • Professional manner and appearance
  • Fluent in written and spoken English
  • Able to carry out strenuous physical effort e.g. manual techniques, therapeutic handling during the working day and carry out concurrent activities requiring skill and dexterity
  • Able to work flexibly according to the needs of the service
  • Demonstrate ability to meet Trust values

Employer details

Employer name

Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Kettering General Hospital

Rothwell Road


NN16 8UZ

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