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Specialist Physiotherapist

Employer
Devon Partnership NHS Trust
Location
Exeter
Salary
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
12 Mar 2024

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Profession
Physiotherapist
Grade
Band 6
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
This vacancy has arisen at an exciting time of change within our learning disability service for an experienced and enthusiastic physiotherapist with diverse clinical skills based in the Exeter and East Multidisciplinary Team (MDT).

The team provides a client focused community based service to adults with a learning disability and complex health needs which cannot be met by mainstream services.

As well as working with the Exeter and East MDT, you will be a part of the Devon wide specialist physiotherapy team. We are a Monday to Friday 9-5 service, this is a fulltime vacancy however part time hours and flexible working can be considered. Hybrid working is also possible.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for someone with excellent communication skills and experience in workingwith complex physical health needs. Experience of working with people with learning disabilities is desirable but not essential if you have the required transferrable skills. Both internal and external training opportunities are available and encouraged.

You will have responsibility for a caseload and be required to work confidently with adults with complex postural and physical needs, completing thorough assessments and providing evidence based treatment programmes as well as training family and carers in 24 hour postural management. There will be opportunities to participate in hydrotherapy, postural management clinics and to work closely with senior physiotherapists, physiotherapy assistants and students.

About us

About Devon Partnership Trust

We provide mental health, learning disability and neurodiversity services, as well as a range of specialist & secure services for the wider south west region & nationally. We are passionate about promoting good mental health & wellbeing. We strive to use the expertise & resources within our organisation, and through our partnerships, to deliver high quality services that are safe & focused on people's recovery.

We are committed to developing a culture of coproduction, involving patients, families & carers in everything we do

Our values

We not only recruit based on qualifications & experience - we recruit individuals who possess & demonstrate the behaviours which underpin our Trusts core values. These include such attributes as showing a commitment to quality of care, improving lives of others, giving respect, dignity & compassion. We can bring those values to life in our everyday tasks by giving a smile making time for people challenging ourselves & others, & being open to new ideas.

We are committed to being an inclusive employer & applications are encouraged & welcomed from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics as governed by the Equality Act 2010. Part time & flexible working applications will be considered & supported, where possible. We particularly encourage applicants with lived experience of mental health conditions, neurodiversity or learning disabilities. We are a Disability Confident Leader.

Job description

Job responsibilities

JOB DESCRIPTIONJob Details

Job Title:

Specialist Physiotherapist

Band:

Band 6 1.0 WTE

Directorate:

Specialist Services

Department:

Learning Disability Services Intensive Assessment & Treatment Team

Base:

Franklyn House, Exeter & St Michaels, Honiton

Responsible To:

Lead Physiotherapist and IATT Manager
Job Purpose
As a physiotherapist in the Adult Intensive Assessment and Treatment Team, the post holder will:

Provide specialist physiotherapy for adults with a learning disability where access to generic physiotherapy treatment is not appropriate for them.

Use Physiotherapy skills to treat complex muscular-skeletal physical problems which often occur in combination with other cognitive and/or sensory disabilities

Improve mobility for people with physical disabilities through the assessment and provision of specialist equipment e.g. wheelchairs, postural support systems and other assistive technologies

Work closely with other multi-disciplinary team members, carers and services to enable community inclusion and promote independence through reducing reliance on paid support

Be an active member of the multi-disciplinary and physiotherapy team and contribute appropriately to all service requirements and developments

Ensure safe practice and adherence to Safeguarding policies and procedures

Duties and Responsibilities

Communication and Working Relationship Skills
  • Relay complex, sensitive information to people with learning disabilities and their carers with empathy and in a way that they can understand
  • Assess clients understanding of treatment proposals and their capacity to give informed consent and working within the legal framework when the client lacks capacity
  • Contribute to and lead (as agreed) team and Physiotherapy meetings and represent physiotherapy or IATT team at other relevant meetings when required
  • Build and maintain effective working relationships with team colleagues and with relevant community partners.
  • Keep electronic records according to Trust policy
  • Provide professional advice and consultancy to the team manager, multidisciplinary team members, carers and other services.
  • Use Total Communication practices to promote best possible communication with people with learning disabilities

Analytical and Judgemental Skills
  • Assess effectively clients with complex needs, analyse and interpret the assessment to plan appropriate treatment from a range of options
  • Show clinical reasoning in documentation
  • To contribute to the evaluation of your work and current practices through the use of audit and outcome measures.
  • Identify risk issues, which potentially could affect the patients/clients health or social care and report adverse signs to registered professionals
  • To provide support for student physiotherapists and less experienced physiotherapy staff, social, health and education staff as delegated by the physiotherapist.

Planning and Organisational Skills

Plan, prioritise and organise own workload as well as the workload of any staff supervised by the post holder, monitoring and adjusting activities and programmes as necessary.

Participate in the planning, leading and organisation of service development projects

Use effective time management skills to maximise productivity

Responsibility for Patient/Client Care, Treatment and Therapy
  • Assess, develop, implement, monitor and evaluate specialist physiotherapy programmes as part of an overall care plan

Apply specialist knowledge and skills to meet the needs of those with profound and complex needs

Contribute/lead relevant service user planning and review meetings

Plan and lead groups when this is deemed a suitable method of service delivery

Ensure all treatment records are completed according to Trust policy

Practice according to the standards set out by the Health Professions Council
  • Respond and contribute effectively and flexibly to occasional team emergencies and other urgent requests as directed by the Team Manager/Lead Physiotherapist

Responsibility for Policy and Service Development Implementation
  • Contribute/lead service improvement and development in community team, Physiotherapy service and wider LD Partnership, extending knowledge and skills of own practice.
  • Ensure own continuing professional development is on-going and relevant to the post and is recorded according to professional and local protocols
  • Keep up to date with essential training, supervision and annual appraisals in accordance with Trust policy
  • Participate/coordinate research and audit activity as a means of contributing to the advancement of practice
  • Contribute to the planning, organisation and maintenance and leadership of professional networks and interest groups to maintain and develop professional practice
  • Keep up to date on relevant government and local policy and guidance in relation to best practice for learning disability
  • Ensure all work is done in accordance with person-centred principles which promotes choice and empowerment
  • To avoid any behaviour which discriminates against your fellow employees or patients on the grounds of sex, marital status, race, age, colour, nationality, ethnic, or national origins, religion or disability.

Responsibility for Finance, Equipment and Other Resources
  • Be responsible for ordering and maintaining equipment and consumables, as an accredited prescriber
  • Ensure cost-effective management of any delegated finance duties
  • Report any health and safety issues to the Lead Physiotherapist

Responsibility for Human Resources, e.g. Supervision, Training, HR Advice and Management

Participate in supervision of own practice completing any agreed actions

Provide supervision and support to designated assistant staff

Ensure efficient management of time and resources

Participate in training of self and others as relevant to post

Responsibility for Information Resources and Administrative Duties

Ensure all records are up to date and compliant with the data protection act and Trust recording standards

Use all available IT applications to enhance the communication of treatment plans to users, care providers and carers

Responsibility for Research and Development
  • Assist in development of Team research initiatives
  • Be involved in a professional clinical group
  • Undertake audit and/or research projects for service and professional development on an annual basis

Freedom to Act
  • Work autonomously following protocols and codes of conduct and professional guidelines
  • Manages specialist caseload
  • Undertake one hour clinical supervision each month


Person Specification

Experience

Essential

  • Post qualification experience
  • Experience of working with people with communication difficulties
  • Experience in managing a diverse workload


Desirable

  • Previous community experience
  • Student supervision
  • Administration of standardised assessments
  • Experience of working with people with learning disabilities
  • Experience of working with people with complex physical health needs


Qualifications

Essential

  • Diploma/degree in Physiotherapy
  • Good standard of literacy and numeracy
  • Valid State registration with the Health Professions Council
  • Evidence of on-going training and development in the theory and practice of Physiotherapy


Desirable

  • European Computer Driving Licence/similar qualification or equivalent experience
  • Further postgraduate training, short specialist courses


Employer details

Employer name

Devon Partnership NHS Trust

Address

Franklyn House

Franklyn Drive

Exeter

Devon

ex2 9hs

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C9369-24-0132

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