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Community Physiotherapist

Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
8 Mar 2024

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Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust is an integrated care organisation which aims to provide high quality, safe and effective health and social care.

Our vision is a community where we are all supported and empowered to be as well and as independent as possible, able to manage our own health and wellbeing, and in our own homes.

We have an exciting opportunity available within our Community Therapy Team. We are looking for a Band 6 Physiotherapist with experience or a Band 5 Physiotherapist looking for career progression to join our team, to provide a high quality physiotherapy service to those living in the Moor to Sea Locality. This will be working with people in their own homes, residential/nursing homes and in our rehab gyms.

Main duties of the job

The Community Therapy service enables therapists to work autonomously, managing their own caseload. Types of referrals vary, with a chance to develop complex case management of a wide variety of conditions. The service also runs Strength and Balance Groups.

The post holder will cover the Community Hospital ward when the ward physiotherapist is on annual leave. They will also be part of the Intermediate Care weekend working rota.

The Intermediate Care Service facilitates crisis management in the community, prevention of hospital admissions, quicker discharge from hospital and supports people to remain as independent as possible at home. Patients are seen within the most appropriate setting at home and in intermediate care placements in residential care homes. The team works in a truly integrated way, with nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, pharmacist, dietician and a paramedic.

The post holder will be well supported by senior staff, as well as by the wider multi-disciplinary team. There will be opportunities to supervise band 5 Physiotherapists, support workers and students. There are excellent CPD training opportunities, including Physiotherapy peer support groups, training from the South Devon Health Services training and development team, Clinical Interest Groups and peer support.

About us

Why work with us -Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust is an integrated organisation which aims to provide high quality, safe health and social care at the right time, in the right place to support the people of Torbay and South Devon to live their lives to the full.

The physiotherapy service is integral to ensuring that this statement of purpose is delivered to our communities. For staff this gives unequalled scope for joint working, skill sharing and learning in a supportive environment.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To undertake all aspects of clinical duties as an autonomous practitioner, including professional and legal accountability and managing clinical risk for all aspects of own work.
  • Some aspects of work will involve delivery of the care as part of a multidisciplinary team.
  • In most cases to be the sole health professional with responsibility for that patients episode of care.
  • To work as part of a multi-disciplinary team contributing to joint decisions regarding the management of patients.
  • To be able to triage and prioritise work according to urgency and establishing presenting risks.
  • Working with a patient centred approach, taking responsibility for assessment and making autonomous decisions/recommendations regarding packages of care, equipment provision and ongoing treatment to maintain patients at home, thereby preventing hospitaladmission.
  • Identify appropriate agencies and services for onward referral of patients, and liaise with them regarding continuing patient care e.g mental health services, orthotics.
  • Run Strength and Balance Groups in the Rehab Gym.
  • To undertake advanced physiotherapeutic assessment of patients with diverse or complex physical, psychological, cognitive and behavioural conditions in order to provide an accurate diagnosis and prognosis. To formulate and deliver individualised physiotherapy treatment programmes, including manual therapy techniques, therapeutic handling, patient education, provision of exercise (individual/group), and other alternative options. This includes the appropriate selection of referrals for inclusion in a range of treatment programmes, one to one sessions, using advanced treatment options, advanced communication, questioning and reasoning skills

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


  • Diploma/degree in physiotherapy
  • State registration - current HCPC certificate
  • Evidence of CPD maintained in a portfolio, including attendance at recent Postgraduate courses relevant to the clinical field
  • Experience within the NHS including experience as a junior in a broad rotational post covering a range of experience in orthopaedics, elderly care, medical, surgical, neurological and musculoskeletal conditions


  • Post graduate training/experience in rehabilitation and elderly care

Knowledge and Skills


  • Working knowledge of a broad range of musculoskeletal, neurological and medical conditions common in the elderly
  • Competent IT skills
  • Knowledge of the relevant NSFs and clinical guidelines
  • Skills and experience in rehabilitation of amputee patients
  • Skills and experience in respiratory physiotherapy


  • Experience of primary care rehabilitation
  • Knowledge of the safeguarding adults process

Special Experience


  • Experience of working as part of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Experience supervising student physiotherapists or physiotherapy assistant/technical instructors/support workers.
  • Some experience working with a biopsychosocial approach to assessment and treatment
  • Experience of working in inpatient, outpatient and community settings.
  • An understanding of Clinical Governance and its implications for services, including experience of quality issues and participation in research and audit


  • Knowledge and understanding of complex legislation surrounding health and adult social care.

Employer details

Employer name

Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust


Totnes Hospital

Coronation Road



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