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Community Physiotherapist

Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pa
Closing date
20 Apr 2024

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Band 6
Full Time

Job Details

To contribute in the delivery of high standards of health care to patients within their own homes, care homes, the travelling community and in clinics, by providing proactive, holistic case management and care.

Main duties of the job

Swaffham and Downham Therapy team are currentlylooking for a band 6 physiotherapist., this is a 1 year secondment opportunity, due to the successful secondment of the current post holder.

If you are currently a Band 5 Physiotherapist looking to progress your career and /or want experience in a band 6 role, this may be the job for you.

If you are passionate about delivering rehabilitation to patients in the community and working in a close knit therapy team with good multidisciplinary links, we would like to hear from you.

It is essential the post holder has the ability to prioritise their own caseload and has access to transport, to travel to patients across Swaffham and Downham plus the surrounding areas.

West Norfolk is an area of contrast and beauty situated close to the borders of Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire. Apply now to join an organisation that has been awarded an 'Outstanding' rating by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the highest possible rating and the first stand-alone NHS community trust in the country to be awarded the title.

About us

We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated Physiotherapist to join our community rehabilitation team in Swaffham and Downham, working form our Swaffham office on a years Fixed term contract. You will be part of a friendly and experienced team of Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists and Community Assistant Practitioners.

There will be an opportunity to work with patients located in community inpatient units and residential homes, as well as providing rehabilitation to patients within their own homes.

You will have the opportunity to progress their clinical knowledge and skills through our in-service training program and will participate in regular supervision. There will also be opportunities to develop your managerial skills through regular supervision of junior staff.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Key Areas of Responsibility
  • To assess and prescribe care packages for patients with long term conditions, the frail & elderly, palliative care and rehabilitation needs for example, to achieve quality of life and independence where possible.
  • To work within the integrated team to facilitate early discharge from hospital.
  • To work within the integrated team to prevent unnecessary admission to hospital.
  • To work with all health care professionals, and statutory/non statutory agencies to provide a seamless, integrated service to our service users.


The post holder will:
  • Undertake comprehensive physiotherapy assessments of patients including those with a complex presentation, using investigative, analytical and clinical reasoning skills, and inform the development of a differential diagnosis.
  • Formulate and execute individualised physiotherapy management and treatment plans of patients including those with a complex presentation, in collaboration with the integrated team, other agencies and the patient, utilising a range of treatment skills.
  • Be aware of Assistive Technology and make referrals for this as required.
  • Assess patients holistic needs, communicating complex and sensitive information to patients and carers as to their assessment, diagnosis, prognosis and treatment plan.
  • Where there are barriers to understanding, such as hearing impairment, mental capacity impairment and other difficulties in comprehension, explanations require adjustments in order to gain understanding, consent and concordance.
  • Be required to use tact and persuasive skills in order to gain the patients cooperation in their treatment plan.
  • Liaise with GPs, Social Services, inpatient teams, other allied health care professionals and the voluntary sector to ensure identified needs are met and care co-ordinated appropriately.
  • To participate in multi-disciplinary/multi-agency meetings as appropriate, e.g. Gold Standard Framework.
  • Be responsible for ensuring workload for self and others is planned and prioritised according to service targets and needs.
  • Ensure patient held records are completed for each visit, and that SystmOne inputting is completed on a daily basis.
  • Plan and organise specialist services within the integrated team, e.g. hip and knee group.
  • Demonstrate dexterity, co-ordination and palpatory senses for assessment, and manual treatment of patients, including using specialist equipment and fine tools, manual and mobilising skills.
  • Contribute to the requisitioning of supplies and equipment through electronic ordering systems.
  • Be aware of budget and ensure all effort is made to work within this.
  • Ensure informed consent is obtained prior to initiating interventions.
  • Will be exposed to bodily fluids, infected material, blood products on a daily basis, therefore must utilise universal precautions and adhere to infection control policies.
  • Demonstrate basic IT and standard keyboard skills


The post holder will:
  • Be required to undertake risk assessments and act upon them appropriately.
  • Contribute to the staff rota on a monthly basis.
  • Contribute to the supervision of workload within the integrated team.
  • Actively contribute to multidisciplinary team meetings and other meetings where appropriate.
  • Support all team members within the integrated team, respecting them, their roles and contributions.
  • Attend in-house training as required to develop current role.
  • Maintain own continual professional development.
  • Will be able to make own travel arrangements to patients homes, clinics, base and meetings etc, as required.
  • Be responsible for safe use and maintenance of equipment and supplies.
  • Remain accountable for own professional actions as determined by the professional bodies.
  • May be required to demonstrate own duties to students, new starters and other staff.
  • Provide mentorship for students undertaking pre/post registration courses.
  • Mentor existing staff and provide training in specialist area as appropriate.
  • Provide advice/training to other staff and supervise and support band 3 and 4 staff, and students where appropriate, and contribute to the induction process for new staff/students.
  • Demonstrate leadership skills within own competence.
  • Be accountable for work delegated to others


The post holder will:
  • Undertake mandatory training as required.
  • Participate in a Personal Development Review process.
  • Undertake Personal Development Plans for other staff members.
  • Take part in clinical supervision as per Trust Policy.
  • Follow Trust policies, and local procedures, and use discretion in interpreting them according to the setting and circumstances.
  • Comment on draft policies.
  • Ensure absence reporting is undertaken as determined by Team Leader and Trust Policy.
  • Contribute to clinical audit as required.
  • Complete the staff survey as required.
  • Complete risk assessments and incident forms as required.

Person Specification



  • Diploma or 1st level Degree in Physiotherapy
  • Current HCPC Registration
  • Clinical Educators Course



  • NHS Experience
  • Evidence of community based role
  • Experience working as part of MDT


  • Knowledge of additional specialist areas through training



  • Evidence of ability to prioritise caseload
  • Positive attitude towards flexibility to meet the needs of the role
  • Concentrate when undertaking patient care & inputting data/patient records
  • A team player
  • Ability to manage stressful situations
  • Demonstrate good IT and standard keyboard skills


  • Knowledge or previous use of SystmOne

Personal and People Development


  • Regular participation in supervision and continual professional development


  • Previous experience of supervising other members of staff

Personal Attributes / Behaviours (linked to the Trust's Behaviour Framework)


  • Highly motivated
  • Tact & diplomacy
  • Empathy & sensitivity



  • Kneel, bend & stoop, and work in cramped environments
  • Manoeuvre limbs of around 5-6kg
  • Manoeuvre patients using handling aids
  • Must have a full UK driving license and have access to a vehicle



  • Good observational and reporting skills
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Able to communicate effectively using the English language
  • Ability to communicate with other members of the MDT both verbally and nonverbally
  • Ability to communicate effectively with patients who may have highly complex needs

Employer details

Employer name

Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust


Downham Health Centre

Sporle Road


PE37 7HL

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