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Deputy Head of Therapy (Outpatients)

Barts Health NHS Trust
£66,718 to £76,271 per annum inc
Closing date
25 Apr 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
Barts Health NHS Trust has a vision to be a high performing group of NHS hospitals, renowned for excellence and innovation and providing safe and compassionate care to our patients in east London and beyond.

Due to the promotion of the substantive post-holder, we have an exciting and unique opportunity for an experienced Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist, Dietitian, or Speech and Language Therapist to lead provision of the adult Musculoskeletal outpatient therapy services, and other Bart's Health outpatient therapy services for the Tower Hamlets footprint. The post holder is responsible for the day to day managerial, operational, and professional delivery of the service and will advise on the strategic direction of the service. The role is responsible for ensuring these services provide safe, high quality, evidence based, and holistic management of patients, with the support of the wider MDT.

You will be joining a large, forward thinking and diverse team that spans across the whole patient pathway. This wider multi-disciplinary team comprises GPs, Secondary Care Consultants, nurse practitioners, MSK Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Therapists, and operational teams, as well as other members of the wider MDT.

The successful candidate will be supported to develop their leadership and operational management skills, and maintaining a clinical caseload within the service can be supported and is encouraged.

Main duties of the job

You will provide direct clinical supervision and operational line management across the clinical leads, with a core remit for secondary and primary care MSK, hand therapy, women's health, persistent pain services and Head and Neck SLT Services, and be responsible for therapists and support staff alongside supporting professional leadership and networks. You will work closely with the Associate Director of Therapies for RLHMEH and Clinical Leads to create our future vision and priorities for therapy services to deliver compassionate patient care and excellent staff experience.

You will also be supported and work collaboratively with the Associate Director of Therapies for RLHMEH, other Heads of Therapies on other Bart's Health sites, and the Group Director of AHPs to develop and implement a wider Trust therapies workforce strategy and new AHP strategic priorities, realising opportunities for workforce development, clinical effectiveness, research, and innovation. Across North East London (NEL), there are opportunities to work strategically and collaboratively within the wider footprint and new MSK network on the vision and future for MSK services to deliver improvements in joined up capability, capacity and musculoskeletal outcomes.

About us

Barts Health is one of the largest NHS trusts in the country, and one of Britain's leading healthcare providers.

The Barts Health group of NHS hospitals is entering an exciting new era on our improvement journey to becoming an outstanding organisation with a world-class clinical reputation. Having lifted ourselves out of special measures, we now have the impetus and breathing space to chart a fresh course in which we are continually striving to improve all our services for patients.

Our vision is to be a high-performing group of NHS hospitals, renowned for excellence and innovation, and providing safe and compassionate care to our patients in east London and beyond. That means being a provider of excellent patient safety, known for delivering consistently high standards of harm-free care and always caring for patients in the right place at the right time. It also means being an outstanding place to work, in which our WeCare values and behaviours are visible to all and guide us in how we work together.

We strive to live by our WeCare values and are committed to promoting inclusion, where every staff member has a sense of belonging. We value our differences and fully advocate, cultivate and support an inclusive working environment.

We particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian and minority ethnic candidates as they are underrepresented within Barts Health at this band.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The full job description provides an overview of the key tasks and responsibilities of the role, and the person specification outlines the qualifications, skills, experience, and knowledge required. For both documents, please view the attachment/s below.

Person Specification



  • oOperational management experience in outpatient and/or community therapies.
  • oExperience managing KPI's and being accountable to performance contracts.
  • oExperience of identifying and delivering cost improvements whilst maintaining service quality.
  • oChange management experience.
  • oExperience of representing therapies within a Trust setting.
  • oExtensive experience in line management of staff


  • oExperience of managing multidisciplinary professional groups.
  • oExperience of SLA's and contractual working.
  • oExtensive specialist experience in a related therapy area.



  • oAbility to initiate and implement change.
  • oExcellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • oIdentification and implementation of cost improvement schemes
  • oAbility to initiate and implement change.
  • oExcellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • oIdentification and implementation of cost improvement schemes
  • oFormal presentation skills.
  • oAble to manage time effectively.
  • oAble to prioritise objectives and workload.
  • oGood analytical and organisational ability.
  • oDemonstrates strong leadership skills.
  • oBudget and management skills.
  • oAbility to influence MDT working.
  • oEffective problem-solving skills.
  • oDevelopment of policies and protocols.
  • oAble to delegate appropriately.
  • oGood computer skills.
  • oAble to work with a variety of different stakeholders across the healthcare landscape


  • oDevelopment of business cases



  • oMSc, BSc, Diploma in a relevant Therapy Profession
  • oHCPC registered.
  • oEvidence of on-going, relevant postgraduate education.
  • oAwareness of developments in the NHS and service delivery
  • oQuality assurance and improvement.
  • oUnderstanding of evidence based practice and its implementation.
  • oUnderstanding of professional issues impacting on therapies within the Trust and the healthcare sector
  • oUnderstands the implications of Equal opportunities in practice.
  • oUnderstanding of the importance of data collection and analysis.


  • oManagement or leadership qualification or equivalent experience



  • oQuality assurance and improvement
  • oDeveloping policies and protocols
  • oRespects the privacy and dignity of the individual
  • oUnderstands the implications of Equal opportunities in practice
  • oAble to utilise ICT to full potential
  • oData collection and interpretation as required
  • oBudgetary and management skills
  • oAble to delegate appropriately
  • oHighly professional role model
  • oManaging organisational change
  • oManaging a range of staff groups
  • oTraining needs analysis and training programme development
  • oMonitors and maintains health, safety and security of self and others
  • oPromotes, monitors and maintains best practice in health, safety and security
  • oClinical risk management techniques and skills
  • oClinical governance and risk management.
  • oThrough understanding of NHS improvement agenda
  • oSkill mix and workforce planning experience.
  • oCompetent IT skills
  • oAble to travel across sites


  • Business planning skills

Employer details

Employer name

Barts Health NHS Trust


Royal London / Mile End Hospitals


E1 1FR

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