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Physiotherapy Team Lead- Medicine

Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust
£45,753 to £52,067 Per annum (pro rata) inc HCAS
Closing date
26 Apr 2024

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Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time

Job Details

We have an exciting new opportunity as the Physiotherapy Team Leader for our Medical Team.

This post will consist of line managing a team covering Rheumatology, Gastro, Endocrine and Cardiology alongside carrying a small caseload. We are always trying to explore innovative ways to address our patients needs working closely with the MDT and especially our OT colleagues. This post is well supported with a Principal Physio, B7 Clinical Specialist for Amps and peer B7's across all teams including Acute Medicine, Older Persons Medicine, Respiratory Medicine, ITU, Stroke, and Ortho.

As a department we are very keen to support and develop our staff through a substantial CPD offering. We encourage CDP through a wide range of internal and external opportunities. We can provide funding to support development through Masters Modules, PGCert and study days alongside more leadership opportunities such as the Mary Seacole Programme amongst many others. We encourage working with local Universities, hosting student placements are working on future planning of APP roles.

Previous experiences working within the NHS is essential- previous applicants need not apply.

Main duties of the job

  • To take a leading role in the advanced assessment, clinical diagnosis and treatment of patients in Medicine. These patients may have complex and/or chronic presentations.
  • To provide an effective high quality service to patients within the medical speciality and take a lead role in supervision and teaching of physiotherapists and staff within that speciality.
  • To act as a specialist resource for the multi-disciplinary team and physiotherapists within WPH.
  • To provide skilled team leadership and be responsible for service development, to implement policy and policy changes in own clinical area and to set and monitor standards of practice.
  • To undertake evidence based projects and recommend change in practice accordingly and to lead in appropriate departmental research and audit in this clinical area.
  • To deputise for the Principal physiotherapist in their absence
  • To work closely alongside OT team lead to ensure effective and efficient services.

About us

Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust provides NHS hospital services for around 900,000 people across Berkshire, Hampshire, Surrey and south Buckinghamshire.

As well as delivering excellent general hospital services to local people, we provide specialist heart attack, vascular, stroke, spinal, cystic fibrosis and plastic surgery services across a much wider area.

We have three main hospitals - Frimley Park in Frimley near Camberley, Heatherwood in Ascot and Wexham Park near Slough.

Our three core values, and the behaviours that support them, guide everything we do and set out what we expect of our staff in the way they treat patients, visitors, service users and each other, Committed to Excellence, Working Together and Facing the Future.

We are also proud to host the Defence Medical Group South East at Frimley Park with military surgical, medical and nursing personnel working alongside the hospital's NHS staff providing care to patients in all specialties

Job description

Job responsibilities

Key tasks & responsibilites:
  • To take a lead role in the advanced assessment and treatment of patients who may have diverse acute and chronic complex presentations using analytical and investigative skills to determine clinical diagnosis and treatment.
  • To undertake/lead/initiate/plan/implement evidence-based audit and research projects to develop and enhance personal and teams clinical practice within their area. Make recommendations to the Principle Physiotherapist or Head of Physiotherapy for changes to practice for the Medical team. To assist or lead in the implementation of specific changes to practice or contribute to service protocols.
  • To be professionally and legally responsible and accountable for all aspects of your own work, including the management of patients in your care.
  • To accept clinical responsibility for a designated caseload of patients, and to organise this efficiently and effectively with regard to clinical priorities and use of time. To ensure a high standard of clinical care for the patients under your management and those of more junior staff.
  • To oversee the caseload of more junior staff, ensuring that they are being prioritised and managed effectively. To ensure that any concerns that cannot be effectively resolved are escalated to the Principle Physiotherapist.
  • To provide spontaneous and planned advice, teaching and instruction to patients, relatives, carers and other professionals, to promote understanding of the aims of physiotherapy and to ensure a consistent approach to patient care.
  • To assess and manage clinical risk within own patient caseload.
  • To be responsible for maintaining accurate and comprehensive patient treatment records in line with professional and Trust standards of practice.
  • To represent physiotherapy service and/or individual patients at the multi-disciplinary team meetings, to ensure the delivery of a coordinated multidisciplinary service, and integrate physiotherapy treatment into the treatment programme. This will include discussion of patient care, patient progress and involvement in discharge planning on a weekly basis supporting the estimated discharge date identification and realisation..
  • To commit to regularly working pro rata on the emergency on-call rota, undertake the assessment and treatment of acutely ill patients with respiratory problems, who may have a complex presentation and providing advice to medical and nursing staff and other members of the multidisciplinary team regarding patients respiratory and chest functions/condition.
  • To commit to regularly pro rata providing emergency weekend cover for the Paediatric, Intensive Therapy Unit, MADU and General Wards.
  • To assess capacity, gain valid informed consent and have the ability to work within a legal framework with patients who lack capacity to consent to treatment. i.e. ITU ventilated and sedated patients and patients with reduced level of consciousness.
  • To represent Physiotherapy internally on Length of Stay, daily site assurance and Patient Pathway work if required.
  • To use communication skills to address language and cultural diversity issues.
  • To communicate complex patient related information/leaflets/letters/reports effectively, to ensure collaborative working with the Multi Disciplinary Team (MDT) members across health and social care sectors ensuring the delivery of a coordinated multidisciplinary service.

To achieve and maintain a competent level of skills using information technology and Trustwide systems
  • To provide day to day performance management for team staff
  • To be an appraisal Manager.
  • To provide reports as required on area of specialty and make recommendations to the Physiotherapy Manager for change in strategic service provision. To be actively involved in the collection of appropriate data and statistics for the use of the department.
  • To comply with the organisational and departmental policies and procedures and to be involved in the reviewing and updating annually i.e. on call emergency rota guidance.
  • To participate as required in working parties, developing policy changes which will impact on both the areas of specialty and the physiotherapy service.
  • To be responsible for equipment used in carrying out physiotherapy duties and to adhere to departmental equipment policy, including competence to use equipment and to ensure the safe use of equipment by others through teaching, training and supervision of practice.
  • To be aware of the Health and Safety aspects of your work and implement any policies which may be required to improve the safety of your work area, including the prompt recording and reporting of accidents to senior staff and ensuring that equipment used is safe.
  • To demonstrate a sound understanding of clinical governance and risk management and apply to work situation and ensure others do likewise to ensure that practice is based on best available evidence.
  • To ensure that any incidents within the area of service are reported in a timely way supporting more junior staff with this process. To demonstrate that learning from incidents is embedded in the ways of working within the service area.
  • To be regularly involved in the recruitment and selection process of staff, short-listing and sitting on interview panels as necessary.
  • To maintain own clinical professional development (CPD) by keeping abreast of any new research and developments and incorporating them as necessary into your clinical practice. To maintain a portfolio which demonstrates personal development and shows evidence of reflective practice, peer review and attendance at external courses.
  • To contribute to organising and delivering the medical in-service training programme by attendance at, and participating in in-service training.

  • Such other duties as allocated from time to time, in consultation with the Physiotherapy Manager.
  • The Trust is an equal opportunities employer. The post holder is at all times expected to carry out their duties in accordance with the Trusts equal opportunities policy.
  • The Trust operates a no smoking policy. Staff are not permitted to smoke on Trust premises.
  • The individual is required to comply with the Data Protection Act and Caldicott Good Practice Principles.
  • Infection prevention is the responsibility of each individual. Employees are required to strictly adhere to the infection control policy Tpp124 and it appendices, and should actively encourage other staff and visitors to comply

Previous Applicants need not apply.

Person Specification



  • HCPC registered
  • Degree or Dipolma in Physiotherapy
  • Demonstrate up to date knowledge of best clinical practice in relevant speciality
  • Understanding of professional ethics and their application in practice
  • Evidence of some managerial training
  • Knowledge of evidence based practice
  • Evidence of recent post graduate study in relevant clinical area
  • Demonstrate understanding & involvement of Clinical Governance and risk assessment
  • Broad knowledge of health legislation
  • Clinical Educators training


  • Member of relevant clinical interest group

Competencies for Role


  • Interpersonal skills to include concise and effective verbal and written reports
  • Computer literacy
  • Time management
  • Organisational skills
  • Supervisory and appraisal skills
  • Able to reflect and critically appraise own performance
  • Able to think logically and problem solve
  • Analytical skills demonstrated both clinically and managerially
  • Able to present information to a group
  • Teaching skills
  • Be able to work single handily with individuals and in groups

Professional / Specialist / Functional Experience


  • At Band 6 level - in relevant clinical area within an acute health care setting
  • Comprehensive post graduate experience in the following clinical areas, General Medicine, Respiratory , Orthopaedics, Surgery/ICU and Neuro and Elderly Care
  • Training and supervision to support all physiotherapy staff and students
  • Multidisciplinary working
  • Experience of audit
  • On-call working


  • Development of a project or service
  • Research
  • Leadership - first line management

Special Requirements


  • To participate in on call
  • To participate in rostered working
  • Ability to be flexible regarding working arrangements as local circumstances may change to meet service requirements

Employer details

Employer name

Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust


Wexham Park Hospital

Wexham Street



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