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Specialist Rheumatology Podiatrist - Community

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
£31,365 to £37,890 a year £30,401 - £37,267 p.a.
Closing date
3 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
A rare opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic and experienced Band 6 Podiatrist to join our small community rheumatology team in the east of Dorset. This is an excellent chance for someone who has experience of specialist working in rheumatology/ musculo-skeletal to develop their skills further.

This is an exciting time to join a growing service providing a range of quality foot care services. The service primary focus is inflammatory arthritis and connective tissue diseases. There is a proactive approach to foot-related problems ranging from supporting self-management through to addressing the tissue viability and musculo-skeletal problems in these patient groups. The post holder will be responsible for the assessment, diagnosing, planning and implementation of Podiatric Care to patients with inflammatory arthritis. They will also be responsible for new patient assessments and performing annual rheumatology foot assessment. The successful candidate would work across a range of community clinical settings with a wide range of complex patients as part of the rheumatology MDT .

You must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills both with your colleagues but also a real enthusiasm for working with this patient group.

Main duties of the job

We value our staff and seek to provide a strong programme of CPD and development opportunities. The successful candidate would be encouraged to actively participate in service study days, regular clinical supervision and team meetings. You will be encouraged to develop your own areas of special interest/learning and to be proactive in service development. You will be given opportunities to be part of clinical research and audits Will be responsible for delivering comprehensive care plans for rheumatological foot conditions in the community

Will collaborate with the rheumatology podiatrists in the hospital team and the wider rheumatology MDT

Will provide supervision of staff in clinical practice to promote the acquisition of new skills and knowledge.

Will contribute to the development of departmental policies, guidelines, and scope of practice.

Will undertake clinical research, audits and reviews of practice and policies within the unit.

About us

At Dorset HealthCare we're on a mission to empower people to make the most of their lives through our outstanding, joined-up healthcare services. We're a dynamic, forward-looking Trust, running 12 community hospitals, specialist inpatient facilities and a wide range of integrated community and mental health services for a population of almost 800,000 people.

We do things differently here - it's one of the reasons the CQC rated us 'outstanding' in 2019. It's also why 95% of patients across our services say they have a good or very good experience of our services and 89% of staff feel they can really make a difference. Whether you're looking to work with us in one of our bustling market towns, vibrant urban locations, thriving seaside spots, or among the rolling hills of Dorset, there are lots of ways you can make a difference in our communities.

Our 7,000-strong workforce is at the heart of what we do and our success is a testament to our brilliant people. We're all about building a workplace for the future, we believe in equal opportunities and we celebrate diversity. We're an inclusive workplace, where everyone is welcome, everyone can be authentic, and we are all encouraged to be the best version of ourselves.

Working with us you'll be part of a strong team, challenge yourself, build a career, and teach us what we don't know. And you'll be working towards our vision to be better every day through excellence, compassion and expertise in all we do.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For the main duties and responsibilities for this role please read the attached job description and person specification. When completing your application please ensure your supporting statement reflects the criteria set out in these documents by showing how your experience and skills apply to this post.

As part of our vision to have a skilled, diverse and caring workforce, Dorset HealthCare is working in partnership with The Princes Trust to support people getting into work, as part of this partnership, we are offering an employability service to support individuals between 16-30 years old with application writing, interview skills and other employment support. If you would like or know of anyone who would value this support please do contact

Person Specification

Knowledge, skills and training


  • Registered practitioner to degree/diploma level supplemented by post registration diploma level specialist training and/or short courses or demonstrable extensive experience in the relevant specialty
  • Membership of the relevant Professional Body
  • Evidence of recent professional development in an up to date portfolio

Job specific experience


  • Experience of specialist working in rheumatology
  • Demonstrable knowledge of assessment and therapeutic interventions in area of rheumatology
  • Experience of developing specialist programmes of care for an individual or groups of patients/clients and of providing highly specialist advice
  • Able to demonstrate specialist clinical reasoning skills to assimilate information in order to make a clinical judgement regarding diagnosis and intervention

Managerial/Supervisory Experience


  • Experience of providing clinical supervision and mentoring to junior staff

Personal Qualities/Attributes


  • Able to communicate effectively at different levels of the organisation and with staff, patient/service users, visitors or external organisations both verbally and in writing in the exchange of highly complex, sensitive or contentious information which may require the use of negotiating and/or persuasive skills
  • Able to analyse and assess situations and to interpret potentially conflicting situations and determine appropriate action, where there is a range of options and judgement is required
  • Demonstrable ability to analyse situations and provide a resolution

Employer details

Employer name

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust


Specialist Rheumatology Podiatrist - Community - East Dorset

Christchurch Hospital


BH23 2JX

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