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Specialist Physiotherapist

Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Cambridge Bio Medical Campus
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
5 May 2024

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you passionate about Respiratory Medicine and CF?

Thrive working on Intensive care?

Experienced in Cardiothoracic surgery

Enthusiastic about Transplant and Cardiology?

Then we have the job for you! Join us at our outstanding cardiothoracic specialist hospital.

We welcome applications from current Band 6's a passion for respiratory physiotherapy, with experience in acute care across multiple specialities, who are motivated to learn and progress. You will be supported by Team Leaders and Deputy Team Leaders on each rotation to develop core respiratory assessment & treatment skills.

Candidates should

Have a BSc, MSc or Grad Dip in Physiotherapy, be HCPC registered, have great communication & interpersonal skills.

Be able to provide a comprehensive Physiotherapy service to patients with a wide range of cardio-respiratory conditions in all settings.

Be able to build on developed Physiotherapy skills & consolidate specialist skills in cardiopulmonary Physiotherapy required to manage these patient groups via 6-month rotational system.

Main duties of the job

Become part of our innovative team covering inpatient and outpatient services including our on-call, twilight and weekend working provision.

Rotations are in the following areas -- Transplant & Cardiac Surgery, Thoracic & PEA Surgery, Cardiology, Intensive Care Unit, Respiratory Support and Sleep Centre (RSSC) and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Respiratory Medicine Wards and outpatient clinics (including Bronchiectasis, ILD, & Pulmonary Hypertension) and Cystic Fibrosis.

What we provide to you:

Support and teaching to enable you to provide excellent patient care across all rotational areas

Specialist departmental and team in service training

Regular one to ones, clinical supervision, appraisals, and competency support

In house courses and access to external courses and conferences

Involvement with expert multi-disciplinary teams

Advanced skill teaching and support including ECMO rehab, ventricular assist devices, nebulised drug challenges, tracheostomy weaning and decannulation.

Opportunity for service development projects

Participation in audits and research.

Support and guidance for you to mentor students and junior staff.

Join our supportive, dynamic and growing Physiotherapy team in our internationally renowned Cardiothoracic Hospital at Cambridge Biomedical Campus.

About us

Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is the UK's leading heart and lung hospital, delivering care to more than 50,000 patients a year in its new state-of-the-art hospital in Cambridge. We perform the most heart and/or lung transplants in the UK and carried out the UK's first successful heart transplant in 1979. It also offers emergency heart attack treatment, sleep centre care and is one of just five centres nationally for those in severe respiratory failure.

Based on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus the largest centre of medical research and health science in Europe the Trust is at the heart of treatments of the future. Royal Papworth became the first hospital trust in the country to be rated outstanding in all five areas assessed by the Care Quality Commission - a rating it still holds today. The Trust holds its values of compassion, excellence & collaboration at its core, and all colleagues joining the team are expected to uphold these in their day-to-day roles & interactions. Royal Papworth is proud of its diverse workforce and encourages people to embrace their individuality.

The Trust values difference and welcomes all applications irrespective of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy & maternity, race, religion & belief, sex and sexual orientation. Providing they meet the minimum post criteria, applicants with disabilities will be offered an interview.

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Job description

Job responsibilities

On this page you will find a Role Profile which provides information about the hospital and full details about the role. We recommend that you review this and refer to it as you complete your application. Please include how you will meet the Trust Values Compassion, Excellence and Collaboration. If you would like more information about the role or working at Royal Papworth Hospital, please get in touch with the contact for this role.

Person Specification



  • BSc/ Pre- Reg MSc/ Grad. Dip. in Physiotherapy
  • HCPC registration


  • CSP member
  • Specialist interest group membership e.g. ACPRC



  • Clinical pillar
  • Experience managing cardiorespiratory patients independently, including critical care, medical and surgical patients
  • Knowledge of common cardiac & respiratory conditions, demonstrate sound clinical reasoning and planning of treatment options
  • Experience of respiratory management and rehabilitation in complex patients
  • Ability to work independently and prioritise own workload and delegate effectively to others
  • Experience of on call and weekend working
  • Leadership pillar
  • Experience of supervision & mentorship of junior staff and/or students
  • Ability to work autonomously and be a team player
  • Evidence of excellent communication skills, including verbal, non-verbal and written.
  • Ability to work calmly under pressure
  • Ability to problem-solve and make complex decisions clinically and non-clinically
  • Education pillar
  • Experience of teaching and presentation to peers and multi-professional colleagues within the Trust
  • Research pillar
  • Awareness of audit / service improvement / research projects
  • Awareness of current cardiorespiratory evidence base and guidelines


  • Leadership pillar
  • Experience of supervision & mentorship of junior staff or students
  • Education pillar
  • Relevant postgraduate cardiorespiratory physiotherapy courses
  • Research pillar
  • Working knowledge of NHS priorities/ AHP issues and initiatives

Additional Criteria


  • Evidence ability to uphold the Trust's values Compassion Excellence Collaboration
  • Able to demonstrate professionalism, resilience and reflection.
  • Ability to undertake manual handling tasks
  • Ability to work flexibly in an enhanced seven day service including on-call, and late shifts.

Employer details

Employer name

Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Royal Papworth Hospital

Papworth Road

Cambridge Bio Medical Campus



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