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Senior Physiotherapist

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£40,701 to £48,054 per annum, inc HCA
Closing date
19 Dec 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Permanent Rotational Band 6 Physiotherapist

Based at the Princess Royal University Hospital, Kent, and Orpington Hospital, as part of Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Rotations in this post include:

Acute Medicine, Frailty, ITU, Elective and Trauma Orthopaedics, Neuro Rehab (Inpatient and Outpatient), Stroke and Surgery.

We are looking for an enthusiastic rotational band 6 Physiotherapist. Applicants should have wide ranging clinical experience, good communication and interpersonal skills, and a passion for delivering high quality patient centred care. This post would suit either someone wishing to further those skills at a senior level, or someone looking to develop leadership skills prior to specialising in a lead role.

The post holder should also be keen to teach and develop others.

If you are interested in this post and have any questions please contact, 01689 863845

Main duties of the job

The post holder will independently manage a clinical caseload within the inpatient multi-disciplinary speciality teams. They will supervise and support band 5 members of staff. There is a strong emphasis on student education in all clinical teams and a variety of models, with support from senior clinical leads.

There is a well-established in service education programme, where you can build upon your clinical skills, and develop managerial skills with support from senior clinical leads. The post holder will also contribute to the in house training and development programme.

Attendance at post registration courses is also supported.

Candidates will be expected to join and partake in our overnight emergency on-call rota, so previous experience of working on an on-call rota or working within respiratory / intensive care field is essential. You will also be expected to work as part of a seven day rota.

About us

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is one of the UK's largest and busiest teaching Trusts with a turnover of �1 billion, 1.5 million patient contacts a year and more than 15,000 staff based across South East London. The Trust provides a full range of local and specialist services across its five sites. The trust-wide strategy of Strong Roots, Global Reach is our Vision to be BOLD, Brilliant people, Outstanding care, Leaders in Research, Innovation and Education, Diversity, Equality and Inclusion at the heart of everything we do. By being person-centred, digitally-enabled, and focused on sustainability, we aim to take Team King's to another level.

We are at a pivotal point in our history and we require individuals who are ready to join a highly professional team and make a real, lasting difference to our patients and our people.

King's is committed to delivering Sustainable Healthcare for All via our Green Plan. In line with national Greener NHS ambitions, we have set net zero carbon targets of 2040 for our NHS Carbon Footprint and 2045 for our NHS Carbon Footprint Plus. Everyone's contribution is required in order to meet the goals set out in our Green Plan and we encourage all staff to work responsibly, minimising their contributions to the Trust's carbon emissions, waste and pollution wherever possible.

Job description

Job responsibilities

This post requires a flexible approach to working and may require the post holder to work as part of a rotad seven day working pattern as necessary.

Staff may be required to work across multiple sites dependent upon the needs of the service. This includes both static and rotational posts.



Patient Care: To be professionally and legally responsible and accountable for all aspects of own work including management of clinical risk, knowledge of indications and precautions of chosen techniques in line with national and trust clinical guidelines, protocols and pathways where they exist. To receive referrals, undertake full assessment and independently plan individual specialized treatment programmes for patients appropriately depending on the physiotherapists diagnosis, using clinical reasoning and specialist skills such as use of respiratory adjuncts, patient education, exercise and advanced airway clearance techniques. To carry a designated clinical caseload including complex patients and prioritise that work efficiently taking into account clinical and service priorities using specialist knowledge to underpin decisions. To use recognised outcome measures to evaluate the effect of the physiotherapy interventions and ensure the treatment programmes are progressing appropriately.

To provide individual patient equipment as required, such as, walking aids, splints and supports. To issue such equipment with due regard to safety of the equipment, and in line with legal, national and local guidelines

Advise, guide and teach junior staff and students in the assessment and management of patients and other aspects of clinical practice. To be responsible for the standard of physiotherapy carried out by physiotherapy assistants or technical instructors working with you. When required, run group/class work. The post holder will be expected to work on any of the Kings College Hospital sites as required and in any working pattern as required by the service e.g. 7 day working rotas, extended hours, on calls and weekend duty rotas, cover of statutory and public holidays. Undertake other clinical duties as requested by the Clinical Lead Physiotherapist or Physiotherapy Manager.Communication To consult appropriately with senior specialist staff regarding patients with particular problems. Provide patients, families and other carers with specialist advice or instruction to promote the understanding of the aims of physiotherapy and to ensure consistent patient management. To communicate effectively with patients and carers to maximise rehabilitation potential and to improve understanding of the condition which will require the appropriate response to the patients level of communication, facilitating the best possible communication outcome e.g. use of interpreters. To be able to persuade and motivate patients through effective communication skills. To provide and receive information from patients, carers and other professionals regarding a patients condition and treatment progress. This may include the sharing and receiving of complex and/or sensitive information. Develop and maintain close working relationships with physiotherapy colleagues, referring clinicians, other members of the multidisciplinary team and other appropriate persons or agencies involved in the provision of care to these groups of patients in the community and hospital settings to provide a co-ordinated service. To attend case conferences and ward rounds to ensure that the physio-therapeutic management of patients is integrated into the individual patient treatment plan and that other members of the MDT know the progress of the patient. Provide education using specialist knowledge to relevant patient groups.

MANAGEMENT AND ADMINISTRATIONInformation Management: To maintain comprehensive, accurate and timely patient notes and records in accordance with departmental policy and to ensure the safekeeping and confidentiality of these records. To keep comprehensive records of activity in accordance with local and national requirements, using departmental software systems as required.Human Resources Management To participate in the Kings College Hospital Employee Performance Appraisal system and to fulfill its requirements, progressing to undertaking independent appraisals of junior staff. To organise and monitor the day to day work of the physiotherapy assistants and porter where allocated. To deputise for the Band 7 physiotherapist when appropriate and adapt to changing service demands. To participate in the supervision and teaching of junior physiotherapy staff, students and assistants, progressing to independent supervision, management and competency assessment of a student. To be an active team member by supporting other members, offering assistance, being flexible and approachable particularly during changing service demands and staffing levels.

Physical Resources: To ensure that work areas are kept safe and tidy and to be responsible for regular inspection and reporting defects of equipment used and report to the Clinical Lead Physiotherapist.Service Development:

Identify opportunities to improve the service, and to discuss them with the Clinical Lead Physiotherapist and take forward as personal project. To demonstrate a knowledge of Clinical Governance and have an active role in clinical effectiveness and audit programmes in order to develop and improve services.

TRAINING, EDUCATION AND RESEARCH To provide teaching, guidance and advice when appropriate to nursing staff and other professionals involved with the post-holders patient groups. To undertake in-service and post-graduate training to improve patient care and for professional development. Keep abreast of current development in physiotherapy generally and specifically in the area of rotation, and incorporate into current practice and disseminateto other members of staff, following discussion with the Clinical Lead. To contribute to the in-service training programmes for the physiotherapy staff, including teaching on it. To be responsible for maintaining own competency to practice through CPD activities, using reflective practice and maintain a portfolio that indicates personal development. To be involved in research and evaluation of practice as opportunities arise. To participate in education programmes for schools, community groups and other visitors to Kings College Hospital. To prepare and present a research/audit or development project / in-depth study which contributes to service development, own personal knowledge and professional development, presenting the project to the department at least once annually.

GENERAL To attend physiotherapy meetings and other meetings as required, taking on responsibility to support the functioning of the department To take an active part in departmental meetings e.g. contribute to discussion, take on the role of Chair, contribute to the development of departmental policies and procedures To undertake Therapy Manual Handling training and comply with the guidelines To undertake any other duties commensurate with grade as requested by the Physiotherapy Manager or Clinical Lead Physiotherapist To be aware of own health and safety responsibilities including contributing to the infection control and cleanliness of the hospital by ensuring cleanliness of own equipment,undertaking mandatory training, abiding by the hand washing policy and other policies related to barrier nursing. You have a general duty of care for the health, safety and well-being of yourself, work colleagues, visitors and patients within the hospital in addition to any specific risk management or clinical governance accountabilities associated with this post. To observe the rules, policies, procedures and standards of Kings College Hospital NHS Trust together with all relevant statutory and professional obligations. To observe and maintain strict confidentiality of personal information relating to patients and staff. To be responsible, with management support, for your personal development and to actively contribute to the development of colleagues. This post requires a flexible approach to working and may require the post holder to work as part of a rotad seven day working pattern as necessary. Staff may be required to work across multiple sites dependent upon the needs of the service. This includes both static and rotational posts.This job description is intended as a guide to the general scope of duties and is not intended to be definitive or restrictive. It is expected that some of the duties will change over time and this description will be subject to review in consultation with the post holder.

Person Specification

Education and Qualifications


  • Degree or other recognised qualification in physiotherapy
  • HCPC Registration
  • Evidence of up to date learning including reflective practice, post graduate courses and training received


  • Experience working in the NHS
  • Member of the CSP and specialist network



  • Wide ranging post-graduate clinical experience, including neurology, rehabilitation and musculoskeletal conditions
  • Experience in assessing and treating patients with respiratory requirements
  • Experience of managing a complex caseload ensuring treatment and discharge plans are continually reviewed and application of varied respiratory physiotherapy techniques
  • Experience of collaborative multi-disciplinary team working


  • Knowledge of the NHS structure and current issues
  • Experience within ITU setting

Skills and Competencies


  • Ability to communicate concisely, logically and accurately in English verbally and written
  • Possess good organisational skills, demonstrating prioritisation, flexibility and adaptation to support others
  • Ability to assess, plan and progress treatment appropriately
  • Recognition of boundaries of own knowledge and skills
  • Competence in respiratory on-call working at weekends and overnight
  • Ability to pass on skills/knowledge to others (patients, carers, students, professionals) adapting technique to situation and audience


  • Awareness of coping strategies and coaching techniques
  • Experience supervising junior member of staff and students

Employer details

Employer name

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Princess Royal University Hospital

Farnborough Common



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