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Deputy Team Lead Physiotherapist in Critical Care

Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Cambridge Bio Medical Campus
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
12 Mar 2024

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Do you have an interest in Critical care and complex rehabilitation?

Do you want to learn more about cardiothoracic surgery and transplant?

Do you have a passion for Respiratory Physiotherapy?

Do you want to develop your leadership skills?

Do you want to be part of an innovative team?

Then this is the job for you!

Due to recent expansion and developments within the service, we are looking for a Band 6 Deputy Team Lead Physiotherapist to work in a dynamic, highly specialist Critical Care with a wide range of complex cardiothoracic patients. The role involves advanced assessment and treatment provision to a wide range of complex patient cohorts including, cardiothoracic surgery, ECMO, mechanical circulatory support devices, heart failure, transplant, and cardiology patients.

The Critical Care deputy team lead is responsible for deputising, mentoring, and supporting the development of the CCA and wider physiotherapy team. The post holder will have opportunities to develop their leadership and advanced clinical skills with support of the Physiotherapy Team Lead and Service Lead.

This role provides the individual with a fantastic opportunity to work with key stakeholders and the wider Critical Care MDT to advance the service provided and coordinate high quality patient care. Within the role the post holder will engage in audit and research and support colleagues with their own service improvement work.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will work closely with the Physiotherapy Service Leads, Team Leads and Deputy Team Leads to support service delivery, coordination, and development. The individual will work collaboratively with the Physiotherapy Service Lead and Team Lead on Critical Care to ensure cohesive service provision.

The post-holder will be the Deputy Team Lead Physiotherapy clinician in a highly specialised area of Critical Care, to ensure a high-quality physiotherapy service provision to surgical patients within the Trust.

Use advanced clinical reasoning skills to assess and treat complex patients

Attending Critical Care related regional meeting

Collaboration with wider MDT to enhance patient pathways

Involvement in audit, research, service improvement projects

Mentoring colleagues and physio students

Supporting colleagues to advance their clinical reasoning skills to achieve rotational goals and/or advanced Critical Care competencies including ECMO rehabilitation and Tracheostomy Decannulation

Providing teaching to Physio colleagues and the wider Critical Care MDT

Seeking out CPD opportunities ie. conferences and courses

What we provide to you:

Support and teaching to enable you to provide excellent patient care and advanced skills

Specialist departmental and team in service training

Regular one to ones, clinical supervision, appraisals, and competency support

Access to in house and external courses and conferences

Opportunity for service development projects, audits and research.

About us

Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is the UK's leading heart and lung hospital, delivering care to more than 50,000 patients a year in its new state-of-the-art hospital in Cambridge. We perform the most heart and/or lung transplants in the UK and carried out the UK's first successful heart transplant in 1979. It also offers emergency heart attack treatment, sleep centre care and is one of just five centres nationally for those in severe respiratory failure.

Based on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus the largest centre of medical research and health science in Europe the Trust is at the heart of treatments of the future. Royal Papworth became the first hospital trust in the country to be rated outstanding in all five areas assessed by the Care Quality Commission - a rating it still holds today. The Trust holds its values of compassion, excellence & collaboration at its core, and all colleagues joining the team are expected to uphold these in their day-to-day roles & interactions. Royal Papworth is proud of its diverse workforce and encourages people to embrace their individuality.

The Trust values difference and welcomes all applications irrespective of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy & maternity, race, religion & belief, sex and sexual orientation. Providing they meet the minimum post criteria, applicants with disabilities will be offered an interview.

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Job description

Job responsibilities

On this page you will find a Role Profile which provides information about the hospital and full details about the role. We recommend that you review this and refer to it as you complete your application. Please include how you will meet the Trust Values Compassion, Excellence and Collaboration. If you would like more information about the role or working at Royal Papworth Hospital, please get in touch with the contact for this role.

Person Specification



  • BSc/ Pre- Reg MSc/ Grad. Dip. in Physiotherapy
  • HCPC registration


  • CSP member
  • Relevant specialist interest group membership e.g. ACPRC, ICS



  • Clinical pillar
  • Demonstrate Band 6 level Physiotherapy knowledge and experience managing cardiorespiratory patients independently including critical care
  • Ability to work independently and prioritise own and team workload and delegate effectively to others
  • Experience of on call and weekend working
  • Leadership pillar
  • Experience of supervision & mentorship of junior staff and/or students, and supporting others with mentoring roles.
  • Ability to work autonomously and be a team player
  • Evidence of demonstrating and role modelling excellent communication skills, including verbal, non verbal and written.
  • Ability to work calmly under pressure whilst supporting the team
  • Ability to problem-solve and make own decisions and support the team in others clinical and non-clinical decision making
  • Ability to lead, support and provide team management in team leaders absence.
  • Education pillar
  • Attendance at relevant postgraduate cardiorespiratory physiotherapy courses, study days and conferences
  • Experience in theoretical and practical student training
  • Experience of teaching and presentation to peers and multi-professional colleagues within the Trust
  • Research pillar
  • Experience of audit / service improvement / research projects
  • Utilisation of current evidence base to influence own and support others clinical practice


  • Clinical pillar
  • Experience of managing patient with extra-corporeal devices
  • Leadership pillar
  • Basic management and leadership training
  • Education pillar
  • Experience with external teaching and presenting
  • Research Pillar
  • Working knowledge of NHS and AHP priorities and initiatives

Additional Criteria


  • Please provide evidence of your commitment to uphold the Trust's values: Compassion, Excellence, Collaboration
  • Able to demonstrate professionalism, resilience and reflexivity
  • Ability to undertake manual handling tasks
  • Ability to work flexibly in an enhanced seven day service, including on-call, and late shifts

Employer details

Employer name

Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Royal Papworth Hospital

Papworth Road

Cambridge Bio Medical Campus



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