Senior Physiotherapist

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
4 Dec 2023

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Band 6
Full Time
Full Time - 37.5 hours per week

We are looking for a motivated band 6 (12 month fixed term) physiotherapist to join this integrated service. The successful candidate will be working with a supportive and committed team of professionals which include clinical psychology, occupational therapists, dietitians, physiotherapists, nurses, health care support workers and the Stroke Association. The role encompasses provision of intervention across the whole stroke pathways for patients within a Specialist Stroke in-patient Rehabilitation Facility, Stroke ESD and longer-term Stroke Rehabilitation for up to 6 months. Longer term support then continues with the Stroke Association, who work closely with the team from the outset and are involved to support the patient and their family throughout their stroke journey.

We are looking for applications from suitable therapists who have experience of providing stroke specific intervention within an integrated multidisciplinary team in a range of settings (patient own homes, ward environment, care homes) providing face to face and virtual consultations in 1:1 and group settings.

All employees of the Trust are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to protect patients

Main duties of the job

Benefits to joining the team would include flexible and agile working, training and educational access and regular supervision.

Opportunities to connect with colleagues /share ideas and receive support will be incorporated into the working week. Continued Professional Development and innovation is fully supported and encouraged.

The Barnsley Stroke service is integrated within the South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Stroke Network, providing the opportunity to engage collaboratively in a number of projects across the region, with the aim of driving up standards of stroke care

working within an integrated multidisciplinary team in a range of settings (patient own homes, ward environment, care homes) providing face to face and virtual consultations in 1:1 and group settings.

You will work in close liaison with the wider MDT and other community therapy and nursing areas.

assessment and planning interventions and therapy for patients

About us

We are a specialist NHS Foundation Trust that provides community, mental health and learning disability services for the people of Barnsley, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield. We also provide low and medium secure services and are the lead for the west Yorkshire secure provider collaborative.

Our mission is to help people reach their potential and live well in their communities, we do this by providing high-quality care in the right place at the right time. We employ staff in both clinical and non-clinical services who work hard to make a difference to the lives of service users, families and carers.

We encourage and welcome applications from all protected characteristic groups, we value diversity and want our workforce to be reflective of our communities.

Being a foundation Trust means were accountable to our members, who can have a say in how were run. Around 14,300 local people (including staff) are members of our Trust.

Join us and you will be one of over 4,500 staff committed to supporting and improving the mental, physical and social needs of the thousands of people we meet and help each year.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all colleagues and volunteers to share this commitment.

We do reserve to right to close vacancy before the advertised closing date if necessary, so please apply as soon as possible.

Job description

Job responsibilities


This job description is an outline of the main duties of the post. The post holder will be required to undertake other duties commensurate with the grade as directed.

The content of this post will be reviewed in consultation with the post holder when necessary and in line with service developments.


1. Job Purpose

To work as an integral member of the multi-disciplinary team and wider partners.

To carry out a specialised clinical caseload undertaking specialist assessment, treatment and advice to patients often with complex presentations and formulate a clinical diagnosis and physiotherapy treatment plan as an autonomous practitioner.

To be responsible for specialist advice to staff, patients and carers.

2. Job Dimensions

Supervision, training and development of basis grade physiotherapists, other health care professionals, support staff, and of physiotherapy students, if present. No direct budget responsibility.

3. Core Duties and Responsibilities


To be professionally and legally responsible for all aspects of own work including the management of patients in your care.

To perform specialist physiotherapeutic assessment and treatment of patients with diverse presentations, multiple pathologies and complex condition, formulating a diagnosis and treatment plan using specialised clinical reasoning skills and manual assessment techniques, within the clients own home, residential or nursing home.

To display specialist problem solving skills to recognise and identify patients requiring further investigations, referring appropriately to other services within and outside the physiotherapy remit. To be aware of and screen for serious pathologies with appropriate management.

To hold responsibility for own caseload, working without direct supervision. Access to advice and support is available from more senior colleagues as required. Clinical work is not routinely evaluated.

To formulate and deliver individual physiotherapy treatment programmes based on a sound knowledge of evidence based practice and treatment options e.g. patient education, exercise programmes, electrotherapy and other alternative options.

To interpret and analyse clinical and non clinical information to form a diagnosis, prognosis and to recommend the best course of intervention, developing comprehensive discharge plans.

To assess patients understanding of treatment proposals, gain valid informed consent and have the capacity to within a legal frame with patients who lack capacity to consent.

To communicate effectively with patient and carers, overcoming barriers to communication and understanding in order to progress rehabilitation and treatment programmes.

To provide planned and spontaneous advice, teaching and instruction of patients, relatives, carers and other health care professionals to promote the understanding of rehabilitation goals and ensure a consistent approach to patient care.

Where necessary to be involved in MDT meetings to ensure the delivery of a co-ordinated service to patients.

Duplicate belowTo be responsible for risk assessment of own caseload and working environment and ensure the correct and safe use of all equipment and appliances by patients, and by staff and students through training and supervision of practice.

To work as a lone practitioner when working in domiciliary or clinic settings with telephone support if required.


To be responsible for maintaining own competency to practice through a variety of CPD activities and maintain a portfolio which reflects personal development.

To maintain and develop up to date specialist knowledge of Evidence Based Practice within a variety of pathologies experienced in area of work.

Undertake measurement and evaluation of specialist treatment and current practice through use of evidence based practice and outcome measures. Recommend change of practice to service manager and to be involved in the implementation of changes to practice and service protocols.

Maintain HCPC registration, Trust, CSP and departmental standards, guidelines and policies ensuring quality of service and monitor own, Band 5 and assistants quality of practice.

To induct and provide clinical education, support and training to Band 5 physiotherapist and assistants assessing and evaluating competence as required.

To participate when required in the clinical education of medical professionals in your specialist field of physiotherapy. To provide supervision, training and development of basis grade physiotherapists, other health care professionals, support staff, and of physiotherapy students, if present.

To participate in the Trusts appraisal system.

Be an active member of the in-service training programme by attendance at and delivery of training sessions, peer review and external courses where appropriate.

To ensure accurate, legible and comprehensive treatment records are kept in line with CSP and trust standards of practice.

Establish and maintain communication links with other medical specialities in representation of physiotherapy services, to ensure the delivery of a co-ordinated multi-disciplinary approach.

To accept responsibility from and delegate to other members of the physiotherapy staff.

To be aware of health and safety aspects of your work and implement any policies deemed necessary to improve safety.

For full job description, please see attached supporting documents.

Person Specification



  • Must be able to work effectively to deadlines and time constraints.
  • Must be flexible around working times and practices including evening and weekend work where necessary.
  • A Current driving licence and access to a car during the working day is essential (reasonable adjustments will be considered for any applicants who are unable to drive due to a disability)



  • BSc in Physiotherapy or equivalent. (Diploma)
  • HCPC Registration.
  • Substantial post registration rotational experience with demonstrable competence across several service areas to include Stroke, rehabilitation, neurology and or older peoples services.
  • Evidence of continuing learning & development through CPD activities/folder.


  • Involvement in audit/research/quality issues or training.
  • Post Graduate study/course in relevant clinical specialism.



  • Experience of risk assessment/moving and handling issues including the safe and correct use of all specialist equipment.
  • Experience of integrated/multi-disciplinary team working.


  • Experience in specialist clinical area directly related to the post.
  • Experience of supervision of assistants/students.



  • Specialist level of physiotherapy clinical reasoning, moving and handling, treatment skills and techniques related to the service area.
  • Good communications skills verbal, non verbal and written.
  • Ability to work in isolation, as part of a team, and on own initiative.
  • Good organisational, prioritising, negotiation and delegating skills.
  • Ability to teach and supervise.
  • Ability to keep appropriate, accurate, legible patient records and data on paper and electronically, and awareness of confidentiality.


  • Competent IT skills
  • Presentation skills



  • Ability to undertake the duties and demands of the post. A satisfactory sickness record over the previous 2 years (subject to the need to act with fairness and equality of opportunity, particularly where the sickness is related to a disability and/or pregnancy).

Employer details

Employer name

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Trust


Kendray Hospital

Doncaster Road

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