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Learning Disabilities Physiotherapist

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year p.a.
Closing date
29 Feb 2024

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you looking for a challenge and would like some variety in your caseload? This is a rare opportunity for a band 5 Physiotherapist to join the Bournemouth, Christchurch, and Poole Adult Learning Disability Service!

As an integrated health and social care team, this is an exciting opportunity to work within a multidisciplinary and multi-agency team all while developing your skills in the assessment and treatment of a wide variety of musculoskeletal, respiratory, and neurological conditions.

Main duties of the job

We need a qualified physiotherapist who would enjoy the challenge of community working with adults with learning disabilities.

This is an exciting post which will give you experience in being an autonomous practitioner whilst receiving excellent support from working within a multidisciplinary and multi-agency team. Every day is a new challenge, with the unexpected a part of daily life.

This role would be within the Bournemouth, Christchurch, and Poole Adult Learning Disability Service with the office base in Bournemouth.

Does this opportunity interest you?

It would be helpful to have some experience in the following areas, but not essential:
  • Working with adults with neurological or complex health needs
  • Community working
  • Managing a varied caseload
  • Working as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Creative problem solving
  • Thinking on your feet

In return, we are pleased to offer:
  • Full induction program
  • Preceptorship program
  • LD Physiotherapy in-service training
  • Monthly clinical supervision
  • Annual performance reviews
  • CPD opportunities
  • Ongoing support

For more information please contact Carrie Tbaily, Clinical Specialist LD Physiotherapist and Senior Clinical Lead, on or 07825 935519 / 01202 611880

About us

At Dorset HealthCare we're on a mission to empower people to make the most of their lives through our outstanding, joined-up healthcare services. We're a dynamic, forward-looking Trust, running 12 community hospitals, specialist inpatient facilities and a wide range of integrated community and mental health services for a population of almost 800,000 people.

We do things differently here - it's one of the reasons the CQC rated us 'outstanding' in 2019. It's also why 95% of patients across our services say they have a good or very good experience of our services and 89% of staff feel they can really make a difference. Whether you're looking to work with us in one of our bustling market towns, vibrant urban locations, thriving seaside spots, or among the rolling hills of Dorset, there are lots of ways you can make a difference in our communities.

Our 7,000-strong workforce is at the heart of what we do and our success is a testament to our brilliant people. We're all about building a workplace for the future, we believe in equal opportunities and we celebrate diversity. We're an inclusive workplace, where everyone is welcome, everyone can be authentic, and we are all encouraged to be the best version of ourselves.

Working with us you'll be part of a strong team, challenge yourself, build a career, and teach us what we don't know. And you'll be working towards our vision to be better every day through excellence, compassion and expertise in all we do.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For the main duties and responsibilities for this role please read the attached job description and person specification. When completing your application please ensure your supporting statement reflects the criteria set out in these documents by showing how your experience and skills apply to this post.

As part of our vision to have a skilled, diverse and caring workforce, Dorset HealthCare is working in partnership with The Princes Trust to support people getting into work, as part of this partnership, we are offering an employability service to support individuals between 16-30 years old with application writing, interview skills and other employment support. If you would like or know of anyone who would value this support please do contact

We would welcome applications from newly qualified Physiotherapists, and we provide a very comprehensive and fully supported Preceptorship Program for newly qualified healthcare professionals.

If you are interested in moving to Dorset, we also offer a generous relocation package of up to �5,000. For further details on relocation expenses please email

Recommend a friend or family member and earn cash!

Do you have a friend or family member you would recommend to join us? Or do you know someone who wants to return to practice in the NHS? If the person you refer is appointed by the Trust and completes their probationary period you will receive �250 reward payment for the introduction! Please contact the recruitment team if you require further info!

Person Specification



  • Understanding of complex health needs
  • Understanding of autonomous caseload management
  • Experience of MDT working
  • Experience of assessment
  • Experience of treatment planning


  • Experience of complex assessment
  • Experience of complex treatment planning
  • Awareness of community treatment programmes/activities
  • Experience of multi-agency working



  • Understanding of communication support needs


  • Experience of communicating with different types of people in different ways



  • Evidence of sufficient IT skills


  • Evidence of excellent IT skills
  • Evidence of supporting or training others



  • Bsc Physio
  • Understanding of/keen to work with LD clients
  • Keen to work in community
  • Keen to work for Dorset HealthCare


  • Neuro experience
  • Community experience
  • LD experience

Employer details

Employer name

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust



31 Slades Farm Road,


BH10 4EU

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