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Paediatric Physiotherapist - Neurosciences

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
8 Mar 2024

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Band 7
Full Time
Bristol Royal Hospital for Children is a specialised tertiary hospital, often taking the most complex referrals from both local and national centres and a designated major trauma centre for the South West of England.

The successful candidate will provide highly specialist physiotherapy for children within neurosciences and the complex movement disorder service and the neuromuscular service at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, in a split role.

Within the Complex Movement Disorder Service the post-holder will assist in the development and delivery of the intrathecal baclofen service and a deep brain stimulation service as a member of the multidisciplinary team, and provide a source of expertise locally, nationally and internationally.

Within the Neuromuscular Service role will involve liaising with children living with neuromuscular disease, their families and carers members of the public consultants, GPs and other medical staff physiotherapy, nursing, and other therapy staff community and acute providers primary care teams social services other specialist practitioners statutory and voluntary organisations. It will be necessary to do this at local, regional and national level.

Main duties of the job

  • To take the lead therapy role in the management of the intrathecal baclofen service alongside a multi-disciplinary team.
  • To work within the paediatric deep brain stimulation team to deliver comprehensive and specialised assessments, and support in the post-operative management of children following surgery.
  • To provide a highly specialised service that includes the assessment, treatment and management of children referred to the complex movement disorder service (CMD), assisting in the development, planning and progression of service provision.
  • To act as a source of expertise and demonstrate advanced knowledge and experience in the highly skilled management of children with complex neurological needs.
  • To provide specialist advice to other members of the multi-disciplinary team and to provide clinical education and training to others within the Trust and externally.
  • To be an active member of the weekend on-call service, undertaking assessment and treatment of acutely ill children.
  • To be a core member of the neuromuscular disease multi-disciplinary team, working in partnership with health and social care providers, working across and within traditional professional and organisational boundaries in hospital, education and community settings.
  • To support, enable and empower children with neuromuscular disease, their parents/carers and families to make informed decisions about physiotherapy care and to promote self-management and maximise independence

About us

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW) is one of the largest acute Trusts in the country, bringing together a combined workforce of over 13,000 staff and over 100 different clinical services across 10 different sites, serving a core population of more than 500,000 people across South West England.

UHBW has been rated by the CQC as 'Good' overall and our staff are proud to deliver excellent care to the people of Bristol, Weston and beyond. As a forward-thinking multi-award winning Trust and a digital exemplar committed to improving patient care, our world-leading research and innovations are having a positive local and global impact. Our hospitals are spread across Bristol and Weston, join us and you can enjoy the very best of both worlds city living within a stone's throw of the countryside or beside the seaside, both with easy access to all that the South West has to offer. UHBW is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. As an equal opportunities employer actively working towards a diverse workforce we aim to recruit and retain a workforce which represents the rich diversity of the local population at all levels and are committed to designing our services around the needs of individual patients and those around them. Anonymous information will be used from your application in order to ensure we're meeting our pledge.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For a more detailed job description, main responsibilities, and Person Specification, please refer to the job description document attached to this vacancy.

Person Specification

Qualifications and Training


  • Degree or equivalent in physiotherapy
  • Registration with HPC
  • Evidence of relevant post graduate continued professional development


  • Membership of the CSP

Skills and Abilities


  • Execellent Organisational and Time Management Skills
  • Execellent problem solving and analytical skills
  • Ability to work independently as an autonomous practitioner
  • Proven responisibility for own decision making whilst working closely within a team


  • Sound IT Skills eg Word, Excel, Internet, Video Conferencing

Knowledge and Experience


  • Significant and appropriate post graduate experience across a wide range of acute specialities
  • Experience of working within paediatrics neurosciences at a senior level (Band 6 or above)
  • Experience of working within a neuromuscular team
  • Evidence of working within a multidisciplinary team
  • Previous experience of working with children with complex neurological needs
  • Previous experience of relevant outcome measures or standardised assessments
  • Previous experience of teaching and enabling others to develop their skills


  • Proven experience of clinical audit, data collection and research
  • Previous experience of service development
  • Previous experience within a community setting
  • Experience in using appropriate standardised outcome measures



  • Execellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to be a team player
  • Be able to speak fluently English to an approriate standard
  • Supportive
  • Respectful
  • Showing Innovation
  • Being Collaborative

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW)


Bristol Royal Hospital for Children

Upper Maudlin Street



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