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Specialist Learning Disability Physiotherapist

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Hebden Bridge
£35,392 to £42,618 a year PRO-RATA
Closing date
25 Apr 2024

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Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
18.75 Hours Per Week

Are you passionate about supporting people with learning disabilities and committed to improving their quality of life?

Would you be interested to be part of a thriving multi-disciplinary health team in the beautiful town of Hebden Bridge with the advantage of free parking behind our Health Centre base?

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Community Learning Disability Physiotherapist to join our friendly Calderdale Adult Community Learning Disabilities Health Service. Calderdale Community Learning Disability Health team are dedicated to enhancing the health and quality of life for individuals with learning disabilities.

You will join an experienced, well-established and committed specialist multi-disciplinary team who work agilely across Calderdale. The Team includes dietetics, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, nurses, psychiatry, psychology, an Intensive Support Team, therapy assistants, and healthcare support workers.

As an experienced Physiotherapist with a focus on learning disabilities, you will play a crucial role within our team. We are seeking a candidate with the ability to work independently as a specialist practitioner, making autonomous decisions when needed. Your clinical expertise, management skills, and leadership qualities will contribute to the continued success of our team.

For full job description, please see attached supporting documents.

Main duties of the job

You will be responsible for a defined caseload with service users of varying needs. This will involve travel around the Calderdale locality and visits to private homes, residential settings, supported living and day services.

You will work in conjunction with service users, their carers and families where required, and demonstrate excellent communication skills in order to reach best health outcomes.

You will provide key areas of physiotherapy assessment and intervention including:

Postural Management, Mobility and falls assessment and intervention. Specialist support to Calderdale service users accessing Trust-based rebound therapy and hydrotherapy where needed. Support with our specialist respiratory physiotherapy team.Pain management. Lifestyle and Wellness Promotion.Issue of specialist equipment.Education and training with carers and staff.

You will demonstrate a high standard of clinical work and expertise. They will comply with the clinical governance framework and maintain accurate and timely clinical records.

You will serve as an effective member of the MDT promoting a consistent multi-agency approach including support, supervision and development of staff.

You will work flexibly based on service user need, applying reasonable adjustments where needed to provide support.

You will demonstrate an ability to work autonomously and as part of a wider team.

All employees of the Trust are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to protect patients.

About us

We are a specialist NHS Foundation Trust that provides community, mental health and learning disability services for the people of Barnsley, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield. We also provide low and medium secure services and are the lead for the west Yorkshire secure provider collaborative.

Our mission is to help people reach their potential and live well in their communities, we do this by providing high-quality care in the right place at the right time. We employ staff in both clinical and non-clinical services who work hard to make a difference to the lives of service users, families and carers.

We encourage and welcome applications from all protected characteristic groups, we value diversity and want our workforce to be reflective of our communities.

Being a foundation Trust means were accountable to our members, who can have a say in how were run. Around 14,300 local people (including staff) are members of our Trust.

Join us and you will be one of over 4,500 staff committed to supporting and improving the mental, physical and social needs of the thousands of people we meet and help each year.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all colleagues and volunteers to share this commitment.

We do reserve to right to close vacancy before the advertised closing date if necessary, so please apply as soon as possible.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder carries the responsibility for a defined caseload working with adults in the Community team for people with Learning Disabilities. The caseload will include clients of all levels of ability as defined by the team criteria. The post holder will serve as an effective member of the multi-disciplinary team. The post holder will promote a consistent multi-agency approach.

The post holder will contribute to the leadership and development of the Specialist Learning Disability Health team in accordance within local and national guidance.

The post holder will have the ability to work independently as specialist individual practitioner and make autonomous decisions as required. Have good clinical, management and leadership skills.

The post holder will work with service users on an individual and group basis as required to provide assessment and treatment and therapeutic interventions in conjunction with the community pathways including in reach to inpatient areas where required.

To work as an integral member of the Specialist Learning disability health team.

To carry out a specialised clinical caseload undertaking specialist assessment, treatment and advice to patients often with complex neurological presentations and formulate a clinical diagnosis and physiotherapy treatment plan as an autonomous practitioner.

To be responsible for specialist advice to staff, patients and carers.

Supervision of students, assistant, and band 5 physiotherapist.

No direct budget responsibility.

To be professionally and legally responsible for all aspects of own work including the management of patients in your care.

To perform specialist physiotherapeutic assessment and treatment of patients with diverse presentations, multiple pathologies and complex condition, formulating a diagnosis and treatment plan using specialised clinical reasoning skills and manual assessment techniques.

Person Specification

Special Knowledge and Skills


  • Specialist knowledge and application of physiotherapy assessments and interventions relevant to learning disability, including clinical reasoning, moving and handling, treatment skills and techniques in learning disability support and rehabilitation.
  • Knowledge and understanding of cultural and diversity issues.
  • Extensive clinical practice skills including individual and group work.
  • Understanding of and ability to use appropriate outcome measures.
  • Ability to work autonomously and set own priorities.
  • Ability to analyse professional and ethical issues.
  • Supervisory / appraisal skills.
  • Ability to reflect and critically appraise own performance.
  • Ability to organise and respond efficiently to complex information.
  • Computer literacy.
  • Ability to build effective working relationships.
  • Detailed knowledge of clinical governance and its application.


  • Understanding of person centred care and positive behavioural approaches.



  • Post registration experience including in learning disability.
  • Documented evidence of continuing professional development.
  • Experience of risk assessment/moving and handling issues including the safe and correct use of all specialist equipment.


  • Leadership / first line management experience.
  • Experience of a range of learning disability settings.
  • Supervision of staff and / or students.
  • Involvement in audit/research/quality issues or training.



  • Degree in Physiotherapy or equivalent.
  • Registration with Health Professions Council (HCPC).
  • A recognised qualification or appropriate evidence of suitable experience in teaching and assessing in clinical practice (e.g. Supporting Learning in Practice (SLiP) or equivalent, or Accredited Clinical Educator (ACE) status).



  • Evidence of post-graduate learning & development.
  • To be willing to undertake post graduate training to further skills, knowledge and expertise.


  • Post graduate training relevant to Learning Disability.

Physical Attributes


  • Ability to undertake the duties and demands of the post.
  • A satisfactory sickness record over the previous 2 years (subject to the need to act with fairness and equality of opportunity, particularly where the sickness is related to a disability and/or pregnancy).

Personal Attributes


  • Ability to implement all of the 6C values & behaviours expected of health care professionals.
  • Values contribution of others.
  • Ability to motivate self and others.
  • Organisational skills.
  • Effective communication skills, verbal and written.
  • Willingness to work flexibly.
  • A Current driving licence and access to a car during the working day is essential (reasonable adjustments will be considered for any applicants who are unable to drive due to a disability).

Employer details

Employer name

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Trust


Hebden Bridge Health Centre

Hangingroyd Lane

Hebden Bridge

West Yorkshire


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