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Senior Research Physiotherapist

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
317 02 Royal Victoria Infirmary
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pro rata
Closing date
5 Mar 2024

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for an enthusiastic Physiotherapist to work in a Highly specialised service in Neuromuscular Disorders. The successful candidate will be working in a team with a world recognised reputation and required to deliver clinical care in combination with research trials for children and adults with Neuromuscular disorders.

Based at the Centre for Life, the successful applicant will be expected to work in MDT clinics across the North of England. This is an exciting opportunity to gain new skills and develop your expertise in this speciality. An in-depth knowledge of Neuromuscular disease is not essential.
  • Interview Date Wednesday, 13 March 2024
  • Full and Part Time Hours/Week Considered
  • You will be redirected to Trac to apply for the vacancy. Please expand the job details section and read all of the information before applying for the vacancy.

Main duties of the job

  • To provide and receive complex patient information including diagnosis and prognosis, which may be sensitive and where there may be barriers to communication due to patients' physical and psychological conditions The research physiotherapist needs to be able to assess if a child may have cognitive impairment and not be able to co-operate.
  • To communicate effectively with patients and their carers if necessary, to provide them with information about clinical trials using well developed skills of patient education to provide information in an understandable, comprehensive and unbiased manner prior to obtaining informed written consent for trials.
  • To communicate with GPs, Neurologists and other specialists where necessary with regard to patient assessment details, adverse events or complications at any time during the trials
  • To communicate effectively and work collaboratively with the wider multi disciplinary team, including medical, nursing, and other therapy colleagues to provide feedback of clinical research that may facilitate delivery of a co-ordinated multi-disciplinary service to patients.
  • To establish and develop key working relationships with all members of the Neuromuscular team.
  • To be responsible for communicating the trial protocol to all staff involved and any changes to ensure the safe and effective running of the trials.
  • To communicate effectively with the sponsor of specified research trials.

About us

Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the busiest, largest and most successful teaching NHS foundation trusts in the country, with around 16,000 staff and an annual income of �1 billion.

We have a long history of providing high quality care, clinical excellence, and innovation in medical research regionally, nationally and internationally.

We're also proud to be the second largest provider of specialised services in the country. This means we support people with a range of rare and complex medical, surgical and neurological conditions, cancers and genetic orders.

Our staff oversee around 2 million patients 'contacts' each year, delivering high standards of healthcare.

Please see attached information on what Staff Benefits we have to offer at our Trust.

We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and recognise the benefit in providing an inclusive environment. We value and respect the diversity of our employees and aim to recruit a workforce which reflects the communities we serve, and is equipped to deliver the best service to our patients. We welcome all applications irrespective of people's race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity and in particular those from under- represented groups.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Under the direction of the consultant physiotherapist, to be responsible for the assessment of patients participating in national and international clinical trials. These include both children and adults with a variety of neuromuscular conditions including GNE myopathy, DMD, SMA and LGMDs as well as other conditions.
  • Will be part of the multidisciplinary team participating in clinics for adults and children with neuromuscular diseases.

As a flexible working friendly organisation, we want to be sure that you can work in a way that is best for us and for our patients, and for you. Speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement. If it works for the service, we will do our best to make it work for you.

Please note it is a requirement of The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust that all successful candidates who require a DBS for the post they have been offered pay for their DBS certificate.The method of payment is a salary deduction from your first months pay.

Person Specification

Qualifications & Education


  • oDegree or equivalent diploma in Physiotherapy
  • oState Registered with Health Professions Council
  • oEvidence of formal post-graduate courses and CPD

Knowledge & Experience


  • oSubstantial post graduate / registration clinical/research experience


  • oExperience of physiotherapy management and use of Orthotics in Neuromuscular diseases
  • oBasic knowledge of statistics in medical research
  • oKnowledge of research methodology

Skills & Abilities


  • oHigh level of planning and organisational skills
  • oExcellent communicational and interpersonal skills
  • oAbility to work autonomously
  • oIT skills including experience of Microsoft Office


  • oPresentation skills

Employer details

Employer name

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Royal Victoria Infirmary

317 02 Royal Victoria Infirmary


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