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Band 6 Rotational Physiotherapist

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
23 Apr 2024

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Our exciting and ambitious plan Embracing Change, Proud to Care - Our 2025 Vision is seeing significant investment in Adult Therapy Services in order to grow our specialist hospital services positioning ourselves as a leading provider in the Southwest of England & beyond.

In order to achieve our vision, we want to recruit the best talent and currently have opportunities on our band 6 physiotherapy general rotation.

We are a beacon for outstanding education and research and offer an excellent range of rotations and provide superb training and support. There are a number of Clinical Specialists working across teams, as well as Advanced Physiotherapy Practitioners and a Consultant Physiotherapist in Critical Care.

Our rotations are 9 months in duration across Bristol and Weston sites, and we offer a wide range of experiences. This includes working in areas such as:
  • Musculoskeletal Disorders
  • Trauma & Orthopaedics
  • General Medicine
  • Respiratory Medicine
  • Adult Cystic Fibrosis
  • Home Ventilation Team
  • Acute Older People's Therapy (including specialist frailty and front door services)
  • Surgery & Prehabilitation
  • Cardiac Surgery
  • Critical Care
  • Haematology & Oncology

Band 6 rotational physiotherapy staff currently have access to acute stroke and stroke early supported discharge rotations. This will include rotations into:
  • Regional Hyper-Acute & Acute Stroke Units at North Bristol Trust
  • Regional specialist sub-acute stroke rehab units
  • Specialist Integrated Community Stroke Service (ICSS)

Main duties of the job

As part of an integrated therapy service, you will report to a Band 7 Occupational Therapy and/or Physiotherapy team lead in your clinical area. In all areas you will be able to access senior Physiotherapy professional support and training and development opportunities. In turn you may also provide support and supervision to less experienced colleagues, non registered colleagues, and students.

We are looking for Physiotherapists who are keen to gain senior and specialist clinical experience as a Band 6 within a friendly, forward thinking, and supportive Adult Therapy Service. The successful candidate would be joining a large and dedicated integrated team of Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, and Technicians. You must be an effective team player with excellent communication and organisational skills.

Depending on the rotation area you will be working as part of a 5-, 6-, or 7-day service. Weekend working is typically a 1:4 frequency. As a rotational Physiotherapist you will also contribute to the Sunday working and evening on-call respiratory rota. Training will be provided. You will also work up to two bank holidays per year.

Rotational staff express preferences for their next rotation ahead of rotations being allocated. You will be based in either Bristol or Weston for each rotation. Travel expenses can be claimed when on rotation at Weston or in the community.

About us

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW) is one of the largest acute Trusts in the country, bringing together a combined workforce of over 13,000 staff and over 100 different clinical services across 10 different sites, serving a core population of more than 500,000 people across South West England.

UHBW has been rated by the CQC as 'Good' overall and our staff are proud to deliver excellent care to the people of Bristol, Weston and beyond. As a forward-thinking multi-award winning Trust and a digital exemplar committed to improving patient care, our world-leading research and innovations are having a positive local and global impact. Our hospitals are spread across Bristol and Weston, join us and you can enjoy the very best of both worlds city living within a stone's throw of the countryside or beside the seaside, both with easy access to all that the South West has to offer. UHBW is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. As an equal opportunities employer actively working towards a diverse workforce we aim to recruit and retain a workforce which represents the rich diversity of the local population at all levels and are committed to designing our services around the needs of individual patients and those around them. Anonymous information will be used from your application in order to ensure we're meeting our pledge.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For a more detailed job description and main responsibilities, please refer to the job description document attached to this vacancy.

We also wish to make candidates aware that for these roles we do not have any funding available to support successful candidates with relocation. As an organisation we will cover the cost of any Certificates of Sponsorships required for full-time posts, though that is the only cost we can support

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Person Specification

Knowledge and Experience


  • Experience of working as part of a Physiotherapy team and/ or multidisciplinary team
  • Contributing to clinical education of less experienced staff, students or assistants
  • Experience of discharge planning
  • Knowledge of clinical Governance & its application to Physiotherapy


  • Previous experience at Band 6 (or equivalent)
  • Clinical supervision of students & non registered staff
  • Experience or knowledge of working in a community setting
  • Previous NHS experience
  • Evidence of previous experience & participation in audit

Skills and Abilities


  • Effective communication skills both verbal & written
  • Ability to work unsupervised
  • Ability to plan, prioritise & delegate
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Demonstrate Assessment, Analytical & Reflective skills across a diverse patient group
  • Ability to meet deadlines & work under pressure
  • Ability to effectively perform patient assessments & interventions, including manual therapy & therapeutic handling
  • Presentation skills
  • Ability to cope in a stressful environment undertaking moderate to intense physical effort throughout the working day and carrying out concurrent activities
  • Competent IT Skills
  • Ability to travel between sites


  • Leadership Skills
  • Ability to effect & manage change



  • Credible & mature attitude, which is recognised & respected by other staff
  • Demonstrates a commitment to own professional development
  • Committed to team working
  • Proactive attitude
  • Commitment to UHBW & Trust values: We are supportive, we are respectful, we are innovative, we are collaborative

Qualifications and Training


  • Degree or Diploma in Physiotherapy
  • Health Professions Council registered
  • A variety of experience in core areas as a postgraduate physiotherapist e.g. Care of the Elderly, T& O, musculoskeletal, respiratory & neurological, dealing with a wide range of patients with differing needs
  • Evidence of Continuing Professional Development


  • Membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
  • Involvement in Relevant Special Clinical Interest Groups

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW)


Trustwide - Bristol Royal Infirmary



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