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Parkside Private Patient Specialist Technician

Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust
£29,828 to £36,311 Per annum - inc. HCAS
Closing date
29 Nov 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 5
Full Time
We are looking for a full time therapist to join our team to cover the private patient ward Parkside which covers elective orthopaedics, surgery and medical patients at Wexham Park Hospital. This role will sit under the orthopaedic physiotherapy team.

The therapist will work within our established team and receive regular support, supervision and training. They will be expected to work on the orthopaedic weekend rota.

You will need to have had experience of working in an inpatient setting as a band 4 and have had experience within orthopaedics, surgery and general medical patients.

The successful applicant for this role will also manage the physiotherapy assistant staff having a leading role in their recruitment, training and mentoring.

You will need to attend the interview face-2-face.

Main duties of the job

  • To work as an integral and active part of the therapy and multi-disciplinary team. They will be responsible for supporting the therapy team and leading the therapy assistant team in the provision of a patient centred service, in an efficient and cost-effective way.
    To provide a high standard therapy service to the Parkside elective ward, assist on orthopaedic ward and assist outpatients with elective follow ups when required / with Outpatient classes when required in the absence of an Outpatient physiotherapist.
  • To lead in the recruitment and interview process for new therapy assistants.
  • To organise and lead the training programme and induction of therapy assistants and junior staff on rotation.
  • To lead a team of therapy assistants to include supervision, appraisals, training, sickness management, risk assessment, performance management and represent the assistant workforce at appropriate therapy leadership meetings.
  • Participate in the provision of the Orthopaedic Therapy weekend service which will include being part of a rota that covers weekends, and bank holidays.
  • To link with the Parkside team cross site (FPH/HWD) for training and joined up working.
  • To work independently within competency framework (work will be managed not supervised) on the Parkside ward to provide a high standard therapy service to all patients requiring therapy.

About us

Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust provides NHS hospital services for around 900,000 people across Berkshire, Hampshire, Surrey and south Buckinghamshire.

As well as delivering excellent general hospital services to local people, we provide specialist heart attack, vascular, stroke, spinal, cystic fibrosis and plastic surgery services across a much wider area.

We have three main hospitals - Frimley Park in Frimley near Camberley, Heatherwood in Ascot and Wexham Park near Slough.

Our three core values, and the behaviours that support them, guide everything we do and set out what we expect of our staff in the way they treat patients, visitors, service users and each other, Committed to Excellence, Working Together and Facing the Future.

We are also proud to host the Defence Medical Group South East at Frimley Park with military surgical, medical and nursing personnel working alongside the hospital's NHS staff providing care to patients in all specialties.

We have a strong equality and diversity culture promoting working together.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To develop sound clinical knowledge of therapy clinical reasoning within the field of orthopaedics and surgery.
  • To formulate soundly reasoned prognoses and recommend best course of intervention, developing negotiated goals leading to comprehensive discharge plans.
  • To be professionally and legally responsible and accountable for all aspects of your own work, including the management of patients in your care within the competencies set by designated qualified therapist.
  • To undertake a comprehensive primary assessment of patients, including those with diverse presentation/multi pathologies, using clinical reasoning skills and manual assessment techniques to provide an accurate diagnosis of their condition within the competency-based boundaries.
  • To use fine motor skills re adjustment of walking aids and bracing, measuring for equipment etc.
  • To formulate and deliver an individual therapy treatment programme based on sound knowledge of evidence based practice and treatment options using clinical assessment, reasoning skills and knowledge of treatment skills including manual therapy techniques, patient education, exercise classes, transfers, specialist equipment and other alternative options within the competency based boundaries.
  • To demonstrate a physical ability to carry out therapy interventions and therapeutic handling without direct supervision. There is a frequent requirement to exert moderate physical effort for several short periods during the day.
  • Motivate patients to exercise and address barriers to compliance.
  • To provide spontaneous and planned advice, teaching and instruction to patients, relatives, carers and other professionals, to promote understanding of the aims of therapy and to ensure a consistent approach to patient care.
  • To assess patient understanding of treatment proposals, gain informed consent and have the capacity to work within a legal framework with patients who lack capacity to consent to treatment.
  • To evaluate patient progress, reassess and alter treatment programmes, reassess ongoing need for current equipment and alter equipment provision as required. Access is available to senior staff
  • To assess and manage clinical risk within own patient caseload, to be aware of safe practise and need for onward referral, particularly when carrying out exercise testing and exercise programmes.
  • To ensure that your own practice complies with the professional standards of therapy (PT/OT) practice.
  • To be responsible for organising and planning own caseload to meet service and patient priorities, readjusting plans as situations change/arise.
  • To be responsible for maintaining accurate and comprehensive patient treatment records in line with professional and Trust standards of practice.
  • To represent therapy service and/or individual patients at the multi-disciplinary team meetings.

Please refer to the job description attached for a more detailed description of the role.

Person Specification



  • HCPC Registration
  • Degree or Diploma in Physiotherapy
  • Demonstrate up to date knowledge of best clinical practice in relevant speciality.
  • Understanding of professional ethics and their application in practice.
  • Demonstrate understanding & involvement of Clinical Governance and risk assessment
  • Basic knowledge of health legislation.


  • Member of relevant clinical interest group
  • Clinical educators training
  • Evidence of some managerial training



  • Interpersonal skills including clear, concise and effective verbal and written reports
  • Computer literacy
  • Organisational skills
  • Supervisory and appraisal skills
  • Able to think logically and problem solve
  • Analytical skills demonstrated both clinically and managerially
  • Able to present information to a group
  • Teaching skills
  • Basic management skills
  • Be able to work with individuals on a 1:1 basis and in groups
  • Ability to reflect and critically appraise own performance.


  • Facilitation skills
  • Assertiveness
  • Good negotiating skills

Professional Experience


  • Working in the NHS as a band 4 in physiotherapy
  • Training and supervision to support all physiotherapy staff and students
  • Multidisciplinary working
  • Must have had experience working in orthopaedics


  • Experience in development of a project or service
  • Experience of recruitment processes

Employer details

Employer name

Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust


Wexham Park Hospital



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