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Paediatric Physiotherapist

Employer
Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Location
St Annes
Salary
£28,407 to £34,581 a year pa
Closing date
3 Dec 2023

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Profession
Physiotherapist
Grade
Band 5
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
To work within and adhere to the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) standards of practice, the Health & Care Professionals Council (HCPC) standards of practice and relevant Trust policies, procedures and guidelines.

To provide a physiotherapy service to children and young people CYP), aged 0-19 years, who present with a wide variety of conditions these will include chronic, complex, disabling and life limiting conditions.

To work within a variety of settings across the Trust including out-patient departments, schools and early years settings (mainstream and special needs) and child's own home.

To hold responsibility for a clinical caseload, providing physiotherapy assessment, diagnosis, treatment and general management with support from senior clinicians.

To participate in the management of complex paediatric physiotherapy cases within a multi-disciplinary team setting, under the guidance of a more senior therapist.

To provide support, advice, guidance and information to children & young people, their parents / carers and professionals regarding physiotherapy management.

To assist in the education and training of other professionals with regards to paediatric physiotherapy management.

To assist in the clinical supervision and education of physiotherapy assistants and students.

To work in the community as a lone practitioner in line with the BTHFT lone worker policy.

To provide assessment for and management of physiotherapy equipment for CYP.

Main duties of the job

To take clinical responsibility for the management of a specific paediatric caseload to assess and review level of need and to organise this efficiently and effectively with regard to clinical priorities and time management with supervision from a senior therapist.

To undertake comprehensive physiotherapy assessment & clinical diagnosis of children & young people aged 0-19 years using an appropriate range of assessment to include standardised assessment, manual assessment techniques and clinical observation skills.

To explain & discuss treatment options and develop an agreed individualised, outcome-focussed treatment plan with the child or young person and their parent / carers using clinical knowledge and sound clinical reasoning skills.

To provide physiotherapy treatment intervention in a variety of environments including out-patient departments, schools and early years settings (mainstream and special needs) and child's own home. This may involve direct therapy or programmes to be undertaken by others.

About us

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is ideally situated just a forty five minute drive from Manchester. The Trust provides services to the 440,000 residents of Blackpool, Fylde & Wyre and North Lancashire, as well as specialist tertiary care for Cardiac and Haematology patients.

As one of the United Kingdom's largest coastal resort, Blackpool has plenty to offer its residents - it's not just a good place to work it's a great place to live . In addition to its bustling centre and historic seafront, the town is world famous for its many attractions, including the famous Blackpool Tower. Blackpool also offers a number of scenic cycling routes round our local parks and across the surrounding countryside, as well as boasting panoramic views of the coast on its picturesque Promenade. Further afield, Blackpool also benefits from less than three-hour connections via rail to Edinburgh in the north and London in the south.

Job description

Job responsibilities

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

CLINICAL

To take clinical responsibility for the management of a specific paediatric caseload to assess and review level of need and to organise this efficiently and effectively with regard to clinical priorities and time management with supervision from a senior therapist.

To undertake comprehensive physiotherapy assessment & clinical diagnosis of children & young people aged 0-19 years using an appropriate range of assessment to include standardised assessment, manual assessment techniques and clinical observation skills.

To explain & discuss treatment options and develop an agreed individualised, outcome-focussed treatment plan with the child or young person and their parent / carers using clinical knowledge and sound clinical reasoning skills.

To discuss prognosis with child or young person and their parent / carers and develop negotiated person-centred goals.

To provide physiotherapy treatment intervention in a variety of environments including out-patient departments, schools and early years settings (mainstream and special needs) and childs own home. This may involve direct therapy or programmes to be undertaken by others.

To assess patient and parent / carer understanding of treatment proposals and methods, gaining valid informed consent from appropriate person(s) taking into account factors such as age, mental capacity, parental responsibility etc.

To evaluate treatment programmes and patient progress, to reassess and to alter treatment programmes as required using recognised outcome measures, assessment tools and clinical skills.

To demonstrate safe therapeutic manual handling skills, continually assessing the frequently changing levels of risk involved.

To continually assess and manage clinical risk within patient caseload.

To assess for and provide specialist equipment, to demonstrate its safe use to all appropriate agencies, to provide training where required and complete relevant risk assessment documentation, which may include that from other agencies e.g. Education and/or Social Care.

To delegate tasks to physiotherapy assistants, ensuring that the assistants have the competencies required to undertake these tasks, including competencies regarding the safe use of items of equipment.

To provide physiotherapy advice to assist in the formulation of a medical diagnosis and to support the child or young person and their family through this process.

To provide physiotherapy information, advice, support and teaching to patients, parents / carers and other relevant professionals across all appropriate agencies to promote understanding of the aims of physiotherapy and to ensure a consistent, coordinated approach to optimise patient care.

To provide advice for Statutory Assessment of Special Educational Needs and act as a consultant for Educational Manual Handling Risk Assessments.

To provide paediatric physiotherapy input to multi-disciplinary and multi-agency meetings and processes to facilitate the delivery of a co-ordinated multi-disciplinary service and to ensure that physiotherapy treatment is included within the integrated care plan. This will include the discussion of patient treatment, patient progress and involvement in discharge planning and may necessitate the preparation of reports and attendance at multi-disciplinary and multi-agency meetings and case conferences.

To work collaboratively with multi-agency professionals to develop comprehensive support packages for children and their families living with complex disabling conditions, ensuring appropriate service provision in response to changing clinical and/or social situations.

To participate in the training of physiotherapy students within the department.

COMMUNICATION

To communicate information in accessible formats to children & young people, their parents / carers and other professionals and agencies.

To have an awareness of the systems and processes of other agencies in order to work collaboratively with these agencies.

To facilitate and maintain effective two-way verbal and non-verbal communication with children & young people and their parents / carers in order to ensure understanding of the importance and relevance of physiotherapy in gaining the best outcomes for the child. This will need to take into account the level of understanding of the child and carers to ensure that information is communicated in accessible formats.

To gain compliance of children & young people in their treatment when there may be significant barriers to understanding due to learning disability, behavioural and emotional problems and/or sensory loss.

To communicate sensitive information in understandable form to children & young people and their parents / carers, which may be unwelcome or difficult to accept, regarding expectations of mobility and deterioration of abilities.

To communicate information effectively and work collaboratively with partner agencies and professionals in health, social services, education and the voluntary sector to ensure the protection of vulnerable children. This may include some sensitive information.

To use IT to communicate via e-mail, to obtain / input data on information systems and to use the intranet / internet.

To provide professional reports (written and verbal) when required.

To communicate effectively with other members of the paediatric physiotherapy team, admin staff and Team Leader to ensure smooth and efficient delivery of the paediatric physiotherapy service.

Person Specification

Qualifications

Essential

  • HCPC & CSP registration
  • Degree or Diploma in Physiotherapy
  • Experience working with children


Desirable

  • APCP


Knowledge

Essential

  • Good understanding of the core skills of Physiotherapy
  • Good understanding of how these work in a speciality e.g. paeds.
  • Able to plan and run treatments and know the use of activity and how to adapt this to working with a child
  • Knowledge of current best practice
  • An awareness of the requirements of clinical governance
  • Understanding of professional conduct and confidentiality
  • Portfolio of documented evidence of CPD
  • Knowledge of paediatric conditions and / or treatment
  • Ability to relate theory to clinical situations
  • Caseload management skills
  • Clinical planning and organizational skills
  • Ability to plan and conduct assessment and intervention
  • Ability to manage own time
  • Knowledge and practical experience of manual handling
  • Ability to work alone as well as part of a team
  • Ability to work under pressure and recognize when support is required
  • Clear written reporting skills
  • Good verbal communication skills
  • Ability to make independent decisions seeking help and guidance when required, taking into account Trust / departmental policies and guidelines


Desirable

  • Experience of research, audit, reflective practice or outcome measures
  • Awareness of relevant legislation, eligibility criteria / policies and procedures
  • IT skills including word processing and email
  • Ability to lead in a given situation


Experience

Essential

  • Experience working with children


Desirable

  • Experience of working within community settings


Personal Attributes

Essential

  • Flexibility
  • Quick thinking
  • Resourceful
  • Assertive
  • Ability to accept advice and act upon it
  • Ability to negotiate


Other

Essential

  • Full UK driving licence & use of a car for work


Employer details

Employer name

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Address

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382-FICC369-23

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