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Community Paediatric Physiotherapist

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£25,655 to £39,027 a year Per Annum Pro Rata
Closing date
2 Jul 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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Are you interested in making a difference to the lives of children and young people with neurological disability? If yes, then this is the job for you.

We are looking for a highly motivated, enthusiastic, friendly, and pro-active physiotherapist who is passionate about delivering high quality care to children and young people from 0 to 19 yrs. of age in Peterborough area in clinics, mainstream, and special schools and within homes. We are a team of paediatric physiotherapists who work jointly with multi-disciplinary team consisting of occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, community paediatricians, community nurses, health visitors, child psychologists etc. You will enjoy the work as it is varied, interesting and fulfilling.

Depending on your skills and experience, you could be offered either a B5 developmental post with career progression to B6 or could be directly employed as a B6. This post is also open for Return to Practice candidates as we will support you with your registration.

Main duties of the job

Our friendly and supportive department provides excellent opportunities to develop your skills and knowledge so that you continuously improve and deliver the best possible care. You will have the opportunity to attend our monthly multi-disciplinary in-service training along with regular supervision, peer support and joint working with senior therapists for complex cases.

There is plenty of opportunity for joint working also with other professionals and to learn from their knowledge and experience. Opportunities are available to spend time within multi-disciplinary assessment clinics, Botox clinic, Orthotics clinic, CPIP & Postural Management clinic and 1:1 session with senior therapists within school, nursery and home settings. We have a strong commitment to CPD and internal as well as external training opportunities are available.

We look forward to you applying so we can work closely to develop your skills as well as the service.

About us

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust is a health & social care organisation dedicated to providing high quality care with compassion to improve the health & wellbeing of the people we care for, as well as supporting & empowering them to lead a fulfilling life.

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services not only via inpatient and primary care setting but also with the community. These services include Children, Adult & Older Peoples mental & physical health, Forensic & Specialist mental health, Learning Disabilities, Primary Care & Liaison psychiatry, Substance misuse, Social care, Research & Development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high calibre candidates that share our vision & values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disabled people & members of our ethnic minorities & LGBTQ+ communities.

CPFT encourages and supports vaccination uptake, as this remains the best line of defence against Covid-19

Job description Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities
  • To provide comprehensive, holistic physiotherapy assessment and treatment for children/young people living in the community or at school (mainstream and specialist) in the Peterborough area aged between 0-19 years with neuro-developmental physical disabilities.
  • To be professionally and legally accountable for all aspects of your own work, including the management of patients in your care as well as other patient related and professional demands.
  • To undertake all aspects of clinical duties as an autonomous practitioner.
  • To plan & organize your own routine workload following specific pathways and the service specification.
  • To formulate and deliver an individualised physiotherapy programme utilising a wide range of treatment skills and a sound knowledge of evidence-based practice.
  • To produce comprehensive patient related reports for other disciplines or agencies relating to assessment findings and or treatment/management outcomes.
  • To be responsible for ongoing review of patient care and make appropriate adjustments to therapy interventions, progress treatment, using appropriate outcome measures to guide practice.
  • To provide spontaneous & planned advice, problem solving expertise, teaching & instruction to families, carers, other disciplines & agencies to promote understanding of the aims of physiotherapy and to ensure continuation of the management programme across all areas of the childs daily environment.
  • To understand the various clinics that are offered by the Physiotherapy department and participate in these clinics where/if appropriate i.e. Orthotics, tone management, annual reviews, joint appointments with other disciplines.
  • To work in a variety of settings such as mainstream schools, special schools, community settings, health bases (clinic-based work) while adhering to the lone working policy.
  • To be flexible and able to offer virtual appointments to service users e.g. Attend Anywhere video consultation.
  • To be responsible for discharging patients children/young people on your caseload on completion of treatment.
  • To be responsible for maintaining accurate and comprehensive patient treatment records in line with Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) & Health Care Professionals Council standards of practice & guidelines.
  • To ensure the correct use, care, storage of equipment & resources used in the course of work duties.
  • To be familiar in assessing, setting up and monitoring specialised postural care equipment including sleep systems, standing frames and orthotics.
  • To be competent and up to date with moving and handling training and able to risk assess and carry out safe moving and handling of patients. This may require you to use equipment e.g. hoists.
  • To ensure accurate, comprehensive & up to date clinical records are maintained in accordance with Trust guidelines & professionally agreed criteria.
  • To work to Trust & Chartered Society of Physiotherapy clinical guidelines & have a good working knowledge of relevant national standards to which quality of practice is monitored.
  • To have the appropriate computer skills to carry out the requirements of the job in a timely fashion and in a seamless manner.
  • To be able to travel to a variety of locations for clinical work as well as for training.
  • Agile working expected. To understand the lone working policy and know the risks involved.

  • Person Specification Education / Qualifications Essential
    • Recognised Physiotherapy Degree or equivalent.
    • Registered with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) - Licence to practice or we will support a Return to Practice candidate until they get HCPC registration.
    • Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists.
    • Evidence of recent attendance at relevant postgraduate courses.
    • Evidence of continuing professional development maintained in a portfolio or similar.
    Experience Essential
    • A broad range of clinical experience through comprehensive undergraduate education.
    • Evidence of working as a member of a multi-disciplinary team.
    • Some experience/evidence of working with children and young people - preferably an undergraduate placement or post graduate rotation in Paediatric Physiotherapy.
    • Experience of working within a community setting.
    • Knowledge and experience of using online record keeping e.g. SystmOne.
    • Understanding or experience in audit.
    Knowledge & Skills Essential
    • Knowledge of normal child development.
    • The ability to discuss the clinical reasoning process in the management of routine cases.
    • The ability to identify & act upon adverse clinical signs.
    • Good communication skills both written & verbal when interacting with children & their parents/ carers, members of the team & other professionals.
    • To demonstrate an understanding of the NHS & the challenges facing Children's Services.
    • Understand the legal responsibilities of the profession.
    • Able to present information, written and oral, in a clear and logical manner.
    • Ability to prioritise work and delegate.
    • Ability to comprehend and work within the Trust's policies of data protection, equal opportunities, health and safety and meet the differing needs of the patients.
    • Evidence of reflection skills.
    • Show understanding of the roles of other professionals (relevant to the client group).
    • Knowledge of standards of record keeping.
    • IT Literate.
    • Awareness of relevant national & local guidelines; policies & procedures.
    • Knowledge of SystmOne.
    • Knowledge of assessment tools/techniques relevant to specialist client group.
    • Ability to cope working in a stressful environment and with emotional children/young people and carers.
    • Knowledge of common neuro-physical disabilities e.g. Cerebral Palsy, Duchenne muscular dystrophy etc.
    • Knowledge of SEND reforms.
    Personal Qualities Essential
    • Willingness to embrace integrated models and new ways of working.
    • Willingness to be flexible in approach and attitude.

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