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Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum
Closing date
27 Feb 2024

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
We're seeking a permanent, full time band 5 Physiotherapist to join our Trust.

Our 17 rotations are based in both acute and primary care settings covering a range of experience in MSK , respiratory, trauma and orthopedics, neurology, healthcare of the older person, community and intermediate care. Rotations will include opportunities to work in community hospitals, the acute setting, care homes and patients own homes.

The ability to be mobile across a wide geographical area is essential with reduced reliance on public transport. Ideally the post holder will hold a valid driving licence. Support and development includes a preceptorship scheme, mentorship with a named senior Physiotherapist , rotational clinical supervision and competencies and access to a wide range of development opportunities. Working across 7 days will be required, including commitment to an on call service within the acute hospital. Post holder will be required to be proactive and complete on call competencies and they will be allocated a named senior on call buddy.

We provide an excellent opportunity for Band 5 physiotherapists to develop their skills and gain the foundations for their future careers. We welcome applications from newly qualified, more experienced band 5's or those due to qualify. Previous NHS experience or knowledge of the NHS is within the essential criteria.

Main duties of the job

To participate in the Physiotherapy rotational scheme, which involves working across Torbay and South Devon Healthcare Trust sites in a range of ward settings, out-patient departments, intermediate care facilities, patients own homes and community facilities.

To provide a high standard of physiotherapy service to general musculoskeletal out-patients, in and outpatient trauma and orthopaedics, medical and surgical, neurology, elderly and intermediate care, community rehabilitation and specialist rehabilitation services. Specialist inpatient services in ICU and CCU.

Deputise for more senior staff in their absence, taking responsibility for allocating and organising / delegating the work of physiotherapy assistant staff to meet priorities on a daily basis.

To work autonomously and also as part of a multidisciplinary team to facilitate flow through the healthcare system, planning and facilitating discharge, responding to urgent referrals in a variety of settings and maintaining standards within a governance framework.

About us

Our Trust aims to provide high quality, safe health and social care in the right place, at the right time to support the people of Torbay and South Devon to live their lives to the full. The physiotherapy service is integral to ensuring this statement of purpose is delivered to our communities. This gives unequalled scope for joint working, skill sharing and learning in a supportive environment.
Why work with us - Torbay Hospital provides acute care for the local community and has several community hospitals, and is a hot-spot for those who are considering living by the sea or within half an hour of Dartmoor National Park and an hour to Exmoor National Park. Meanwhile, Plymouth and Exeter are also both within a short drive to enjoy the culture, maritime history and shopping experiences.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Detailed job description and responsibilities Assess patient understanding of treatment proposals, gain valid formalconsent and jointly agreed goals. To have the capacity to work within a legalframework with patients who lack capacity to consent to treatment Communication will include imparting comprehensive information on a dailybasis relating to diagnosis, prognosis, physical and functional recovery andlifestyle adjustments to patients and their relatives/carers Regular and spontaneous use of verbal and non-verbal communication toolsto discuss complex information about underlying influences, diagnosis,prognosis, progression of rehabilitation and treatment programmes withpatient or carer. This will include patients who may have difficulties relating tocomplex emotional, psychological as well as physical conditions relating to thepresenting complaint. This client group includes those who have difficulties inunderstanding or communicating, patient may be dysphasic, depressed, deaf,blind or who may be unable to accept diagnosis. Communication will involveuse of skills in motivating, negotiating, counselling, training, empathising andreassuring To maintain accurate comprehensive and up to date documentation, in linewith legal, departmental and CSP standards of practice. To communicateassessment and treatment results to the appropriate disciplines in the form ofreports, letters or verbally

Full Vacancy details can be found on the attached Job Description/Person Specification. Please refer to your suitability to the post in your supporting information from the role requirements or person specification.

Person Specification

Qualifications and Training


  • Degree in Physiotherapy
  • State registration - current HCPC certificate
  • Evidence of CPD maintained in a portfolio


  • ECDL



  • Experience in the core clinical areas of physiotherapy within an NHS setting - areas to include a range of respiratory, musculoskeletal, acute inpatient and elderly care, trauma and orthopaedics, community or intermediate care, neurological conditions
  • Knowledge of the relevant NSFs and clinical guidelines
  • Experience of working as part of a physiotherapy team and/or multidisciplinary team
  • Experience of decision making, time management and maintaining interpersonal working relationships


  • Experience of working as part of a physiotherapy team and/or multidisciplinary team.

Employer details

Employer name

Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust


Torbay Hospital

Lawes Bridge



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