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Specialist Physiotherapist

Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
19 Apr 2024

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We are an integrated, innovative and supportive inter-disciplinary team, making a real difference to people's lives. We are looking for an experienced, dynamic and enthusiastic Physiotherapist with previous NHS experience who is seeking to develop and support advanced specialist clinical practice and would relish the opportunity to develop with us. A background of acute medical and respiratory care would be highly valued within the Urgent Community Response (UCR) and NHS@Home service. Confidence in proactively managing frailty and deconditioning is essential.

Your desire should be to develop your skills in rapid assessment promoting health, well-being and independence within intermediate care across seven days. We champion interagency collaboration and work closely with Acute Hospital Services, Community, Adult Social Care and the Hospice. You will be based within the Community Rehabilitation Team who provide UCR, HomeFirst, NHS@Home, reablement, discharge to assess, specialist falls and Parkinsons services.

Would you like to be an integral part of the NHS@Home service development and use your AHP specialist skills to provide excellent patient care in Swindon Community Services?

This role is suitable as a B6/7 Development Post.

You will need to be a car driver and owner - independent means of travel is essential for this role.

Main duties of the job

  • To provide a high standard of physiotherapy assessment, treatment and advice to patients/clients, carers and families in their own homes. Wherever possible promoting hospital admission avoidance and reduce in-patient length of stay with supported early discharge to ensure that patients receive the appropriate care in the most appropriate setting.
  • Lead in the assessment, diagnosis and formulation of physiotherapy treatment plans for NHS@ Home patients.
  • To share your knowledge and clinical reasoning skills to support teams in other clinical areas in complex case management.
  • Use specialist skills to screen and priorities referrals for home based and venue based rehabilitation services and refer to other services when necessary.
  • Assess the impact of the home environment and patient/client's social network to establish any factors that may influence the treatment plan.
  • As part of your employment with GWH we actively support and provide development opportunities to advance practice and to support your professional objectives. There is a strong leadership structure that enables both clinical and leadership development
  • You will be joining a very friendly, social and supportive team with a wealth of experience in a variety of areas which the team is happy to share.

Please see the attached job description for full details

About us

Our STAR values are at the heart of everything we do. You can expect to see them in the way we act and the way we treat each other. Our values make us who we are.

Service We will put our patients firstTeamwork We will work togetherAmbition We will aspire to provide the best serviceRespect We will act with integrity

Job description

Job responsibilities

Working as an autonomous practitioner in partnership with other care professionals and using advanced respiratory skills and expert knowledge to assess, monitor and review the complex physical, social and psychological needs of the patients with respiratory problems. Develop management plans and instigate therapeutic treatments based on comprehensive patient focused assessments and best available evidence in order to improve health outcomes.

To undertake exercise tests to establish suitability to exercise safely.To undertake dysautonomia assessments e.g. active stand testsTo regularly contribute to MDT discussion sharing advance clinical knowledge and reasoning e.g. Presenting your cases at both medical and complex sessions, evaluating research papers.To provide education and training for practitioners, and within inter-grated community teams, to help develop a competent and confident workforce to support patients.

Please see Job Description for full details.

Person Specification



  • Degree in Physiotherapy
  • HCPC Registered
  • Evidence of relevant on-going professional development in respiratory care


  • Expert knowledge in the treatment and management of long-term respiratory conditions
  • Independent/ extended or supplementary prescribing
  • Knowledge of the use of pharmacology in the management of long-term disease.



  • Experience of physiotherapy with broad rotational experience
  • Experience of supervising and training staff
  • Experience of writing reports/ discharge summaries containing complex information
  • Experience of working in the community as a lone practitioner
  • Experience of prioritising work/caseloads and to respond to unpredictable work patterns
  • Previous NHS experience
  • Leadership experience


  • Extensive experience of working with older people or those with long-term conditions
  • Experience of developing and implementing creative/ complex management plans
  • Experience of managing change and service improvement.

Knowledge and Skills


  • Demonstrates clinical reasoning skills
  • Analytical skills to interpret data and audit results
  • High level communication skills to be able to communicate effectively and sensitively with a diverse patient group
  • Advance respiratory skills in physiotherapy
  • Pulmonary Rehab or Long term condition rehabilitation experience
  • Ability to co-ordinate and direct programmes of care working collaboratively and autonomously.
  • Ability to take initiative, make decisions and prioritise
  • Ability to assess, develop and implement individualised programmes of care.


  • Teaching & presenting skills supported by evidence
  • Dysautonomia Testing
  • Clinical audit skills
  • Leadership & management skills

Employer details

Employer name

Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


The Orbital

Thamesdown Drive


SN25 4AN

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