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Lead Respiratory Physiotherapist

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 Per Annum/Pro Rata
Closing date
27 Feb 2024

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We would like an experienced, enthusiastic and committed physiotherapist to join the Community Respiratory Team (CRS) in Brighton, as 'Lead Respiratory Physiotherapist'. Applicants should have a specialist interest and significant experience in respiratory care and clinical leadership.

For the right candidate, this vacancy can be full or part-time.

The CRS is a multidisciplinary team that supports patients in the community. As part of an Integrated Respiratory Service we bridge boundaries across healthcare providers, and with the patient at the centre of our interventions. We work with the diagnoses of COPD, ILD, bronchiectasis and asthma. The CRS objective is to improve self-management and prevent unnecessary hospital admissions.

As well as home visits and triaging in rapid response, you will lead on, and provide, specialist respiratory physiotherapy interventions. You will lead on Pulmonary Rehabilitation and actively contribute to the accreditation journey. You will supervise junior colleagues, play an active part in the ongoing improvement of CRS, and have the ability to respond flexibly to challenge.

Applicants must be HCPC registered and able to demonstrate extensive knowledge of working with respiratory patients. Additional to this you will have a broad range of experience working within the NHS. Good time management and organisational skills are essential requirements of this post.

Main duties of the job

In conjunction with clinical lead and operational lead, you will support and develop the community respiratory service, with a focus on an integrated care delivery system. You will manage an efficient and effective physiotherapy service, as an integral part of the respiratory service.

You will have excellent clinical reasoning skills, employed in a variety of care settings. These will be used to provide highly specialist advice and support to patients, to improve self-management of their condition.

You will ensure use of an evidence based approach in selection of appropriate treatment options, such as advice, exercise prescription, respiratory retraining techniques, airway clearance, breathlessness management and provision of appropriate therapeutic adjuncts, aids and equipment.

You will lead on the implementation, audit and accreditation of the Pulmonary Rehabilitation programme. This will be in line with current research and guidelines and you will have a flexible approach in response to current challenges.

It is essential that applicants hold a full UK driving licence and have a car available for work.

About us

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust (SCFT) is the largest community healthcare provider in Sussex.
  • Over 8,400 full time, part time and bank staff members
  • Medical, nursing and therapeutic care provided to over 10,000 children and adults a day
  • July 2018 Care Quality Commission (CQC) rating of 'Good' with 'Outstanding' features
  • Flexible working patterns offered across all services
  • Thriving BAME, Disability and Wellbeing, LGBT+ and Religion and Belief staff networks
  • Accredited Level 3 Disability Confident Leader

SCFT is an inclusive employer that promotes equality and challenges discrimination, and welcomes applications from people of all backgrounds. Applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates, disabled candidates and LGBT+ candidates are particularly encouraged, to ensure the Trust's workforce reflects the diverse communities it serves.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Some of your main responsibilities will include:

a) To be highly competent as an autonomous practitioner. Comprehensive assessment of respiratory patients, including those with a highly complex medical, psychological and social presentations, using advanced assessment skills and knowledge of anatomy and physiology and pathology to initiate the appropriate therapeutic care plans and treatment.

b) To influence physiotherapy practice Trust-wide with regard to physiotherapy provision for the chronic respiratory patient by providing highly specialised advice to physiotherapy colleagues within other clinical areas. To train and provide mentorship beyond speciality team to less experienced physiotherapy staff, assistants and undergraduates students.

c) To use clinical reasoning skills when understanding the medical diagnosis and using knowledge of treatment options to plan and implement individual physiotherapy programs.

Person Specification

Education and Training


  • Physiotherapy degree/masters
  • professional registration HCPC
  • Member chartered society of physiotherapy


  • Additional training and education relevant to role
  • Relevant teaching module

Knowledge of respiratory conditions


  • Demonstrates in-depth knowledge of respiratory conditions and management
  • Good working knowledge of existing NHS resources, locally and nationally



  • Car driver with car available for work purposes

Respiratory experience


  • > 2 years NHS experience working with patients
  • Experience working with complex respiratory patients > 2 years
  • Experience in cross boundary working
  • Experience in human resource management: recruitment/retention/performance
  • Good understanding of evidence based practice
  • Autonomous working
  • Ability to perform holistic and comprehensive respiratory assessments
  • Significant experience of airway clearance techniques


  • Respiratory experience any duration
  • Experience of working in the community
  • Experience of Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Skills and knowledge


  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to organise and respond effectively to complex situations
  • Ability to demonstrate an holistic approach
  • Ability to demonstrate leadership skills
  • Responsive to competing deadlines
  • Good level of IT literacy


  • Previous participation in audit
  • Evidence of innovative practice and research

Employer details

Employer name

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust


Brighton General Hospital

Elm Grove



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