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Band 6 Physiotherapist-Inpatient Unit

Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust
North Walsham
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
23 Apr 2024

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

Are you looking for a new challenge? Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust are looking for a Registered Band 6 Physiotherapist to join the Inpatient Community Therapy Team based at North Walsham Hospital.

We would welcome applicants with a can do attitude who reflect the values (compassion, creativity and community) and behaviours of the organisation.

We are keen to enable our patients to achieve optimum function and independence and quality of life. You will play a key part in this along with your nursing and therapy colleagues. To assist you with this you will receive support and development through in service training, regular appraisals, a personal development plan and clinical supervision.

You must be self-motivated, able to demonstrate sound clinical reasoning skills and have good communication skills.

If this post excites you, and you are looking to improve your quality of life working in rural Norfolk we look forward to receiving your application. If you wish to discuss any aspects of this post please contact Derek McCabe, Clinical Lead Physiotherapist at or Alison Haynes, Clinical Operations Manager at

Main duties of the job

The post is based at North Walsham Memorial Hospital. You will work as a member of the therapy team on the ward where you will work alongside the registered Physiotherapists/Occupational Therapists and Assistant Practitioners.

The main duties include:
  • Delivery of high quality physiotherapeutic interventions and health care to patients . To provide proactive, holistic case management and rehabilitation whilst working with patients to help them set realistic goals. Utilising health coaching skills to effectively engage with the patient and their family to ensure that expectations are appropriately managed.
  • To assess and prescribe care programmes for patients with, but not exclusive to, long term conditions, the frail and elderly, palliative care and rehabilitation needs, to achieve quality of life and independence where possible
  • To assess and prescribe exercise programmes to patients with, but not exclusive to, frail and elderly, palliative care and rehabilitation needs, to achieve quality and independence where possible.
  • To work within the integrated team to facilitate early discharge from hospital
  • To work with all health care professionals, and statutory and non-statutory agencies to provide a seamless integrated service to our service users
  • To provide advise, support and supervision to junior staff, therapy assistants and students.

About us

Based at North Walsham Hospital Inpatient Unit you will work with a small team of friendly, approachable physiotherapists, occupational therapists, therapy assistant practitioners as well as registered nurses and healthcare assistants. The 24 bed inpatient rehabilitation unit provides admission avoidance and supported discharge using an integrated approach to care and rehabilitation through close multidisciplinary working.

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.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Professional/Clinical Responsibilities
  • To be wholly accountable for own professional practice as determined by the Health Care Professions Council code of conduct. Take every reasonable opportunity to sustain and improve own knowledge and professional competence. To continue any developmenthighlighted through the appraisal process and attend mandatory and specific training sessions.
  • Undertake comprehensive, holistic physiotherapy assessments of patients (including those with a complex presentation) using investigative, analytical and clinical reasoning skills toform a differential diagnosis.
  • Plan and assess programmes of care with realistic physiotherapeutic goals with the consultation of the patient, family, multidisciplinary team and other agencies.
  • To ensure that informed consent is obtained prior to initiating all interventions and to be respectful of patient needs with regard to privacy, dignity and courtesy.
  • Provide information and education to enable patients to make choices regarding a healthier lifestyle, as appropriate.Where there are barriers to understanding, such as hearing impairments, mental capacity impairments and other difficulties in comprehension, consider alternative methods to facilitateunderstanding, consent and concordance.
  • Promote effective communication within the multi-disciplinary team, with GPs, Social Services and other outside agencies, including Voluntary services and to work collaboratively withthese services.
  • Recommend innovative changes in clinical practice to enhance patient care.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of Assistive Technology and make referrals for this as required.
  • To participate in multi-disciplinary meetings/multi-agency meetings eg Gold Standard Framework meetings as well as attending and contributing to team meetings.
  • To participate in audit processes and to action outcomes.
  • Be responsible for ensuring workload for self and others is planned and prioritised according to service needs and targets, and to participate in the central triage roster and allocation of patients.
  • Inform Line Manager/Clinical Lead of circumstances which may affect safe and competent practice.

Management and Leadership
  • To provide clinical supervision to other team members and participate in meetings for own clinical supervision as per Trust policy
  • Comment on draft policies.
  • To assist with the induction of new staff and students and act as Clinical Educator where appropriate.
  • Act as a role model giving guidance and support to other staff and students.
  • Support all team members within the team, respecting them, their roles and contributions.
  • To be responsible for the safe use of equipment and supplies.
  • To make own travel arrangements to patients home, base, meetings and training as required.
  • Ensure effective and efficient use of all team/ward resources.
  • Provide leadership to all members of the team, promoting effective team work.
  • Be aware of the budget and ensure all efforts are made to work within this.
  • Contribute to the requisitioning of supplies and equipment via the electronic ordering systems used within the teams.
  • Be accountable for work delegated to others.
  • Participate in problem solving related to work organisation.
  • Maintain a positive approach to achievement within the team.
  • Undertake personal development plans for more junior members of staff.
  • Ensure absence reporting is undertaken as determined by Line Manager and Trust Policy.

Information Management
  • Ensure clinical records are kept confidential as per Trust policy and that computer security is followed.
  • Ensure Information Governance training is updated annually.
  • Ensure all information is shared on need to know basis only and report any breaches appropriately to Line Manager.
  • Ensure that all patient care is documented accurately, legibly and that information systems are maintained in a timely manner.

Education and Professional Development
  • Ensure all Mandatory Training is up to date.
  • Maintain own continuous professional development.
  • Remain accountable for own professional actions in line with professional bodies guidelines.
  • Provide mentorship for students undertaking pre/post registration courses.
  • Mentor existing staff and provide training in specialist area, as appropriate.
  • Demonstrate own duties to students, new staff and/or less experienced staff as required.
  • Participate in personal development review process.

Risk and Governance Management
  • Be required to undertake risk assessments and act upon them appropriately.
  • Report all incidents and risks in line with Trust policies.

Person Specification



  • Diploma or first level degree in Physiotherapy
  • Current HCPC registration


  • Clinical Educator's course or equivalent



  • Evidence of working as band 5 physiotherapist across a broad range of specialities eg Orthopaedics, MSK, Neurology, Care of the Elderly etc in acute and community settings
  • Experience of performing falls assessments and gait analysis
  • Experience of working with/as part of multidisciplinary teams and partner agencies
  • Experience of working with patients with multiple pathologies and managing holistic patient centred care

Skills, Abilities and Knowledge


  • Ability to organise and prioritise workload independently and support others to do so
  • Evidence of understanding of Safeguarding issues relating to the care of vulnerable adults and older people
  • Ability to work on own initiative
  • Evidence of attendance on short courses and/or in house training related to physiotherapy post-registration
  • Good computer skills and ability to work on information management systems
  • Knowledge of safeguarding issues relating to the care of adults and older people


  • Relevant safeguarding training
  • Working knowledge of SystmOne
  • Experience of audit/research



  • Evidence of excellent verbal, written and interpersonal skills appropriate to supporting other members of the team

Personal and People development


  • Evidence of own personal development and experience
  • Ability to support the development of others through supervision and teaching
  • Supporting patients in self management through health coaching


  • Health Coaching training
  • Clinical Educators qualification will be essential but can be gained whilst in post

Personal attributes/behaviours


  • Ability to identify with the Trust's commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults
  • Value and respect the privacy and dignity of the patient
  • Ability to work collaboratively as part of team
  • Enthusiasm
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Flexible and positive approach to work to meet changing needs of the service



  • post holder will be required to work standard hours between the hours of 9-5 Monday to Friday, and will need to be flexible in extenuating circumstances when there may be a need to be flexible with working hours
  • The post holder will need to be passed as fit to perform the full duties of the post by Occupational Health , with any reasonable aids and adaptations as appropriate
  • Able to communicate effectively in written and verbal English Language


  • Hold a full and valid driving licence and have access to a vehicle for work

Employer details

Employer name

Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust


North Walsham Hospital

Yarmouth Road

North Walsham

NR28 9AP

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