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Band 6 Physiotherapist - Rotational (9-Month Fixed Term)

James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
26 Apr 2024

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Band 6
Full Time
BAND 6 PHYSIOTHERAPIST - ROTATIONAL Maternity Leave Cover 9-Month Fixed Term

We are pleased to offer an opportunity to join our forward-thinking Integrated Therapy Team, consisting of occupational therapists, physiotherapists, dietitians and assistants working seamlessly together. Our diverse Band 6 rotations include:
  • Stroke/Neuro
  • Early Intervention Team
  • Acute Medicine
  • ICU/Cardio-Respiratory/General Surgery
  • Orthopaedics

Rotations are 6 months giving you time to develop and embed new skills as well as play a key role in service development ideas and projects before transferring these to your next rotational area. We have a strong positive relationship with our community partners enabling us to work closely together.

We offer excellent supervision, training and skill development opportunities within each specialism provided by supportive clinicians and opportunities to build on skills such as student/junior supervision, audits and service development projects.

We have a strong reputation for home grown career progression through welcoming every new team member and supporting them to settle, develop and grow. We are large enough to offer a number of rotational experiences but small enough to be able to respond quickly in delivering services in response to patient needs.

This is a full-time post with core working hours being 8.00am-4.00pm working as part of a 7-day roster. A Band 5-6 development opportunity could be offered to the right candidate.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for a positive, proactive clinician to join our team who can work flexibly and help us build a strong future for Therapy.

You will be responsible for your own complex caseload consisting of patients with a variety of different conditions and lead on the development of junior colleagues. Good prioritisation, organisational and time management skills will be needed to balance clinical and non-clinical duties.

You will be responsible for ensuring the use of advanced effective assessment skills to identify appropriate patients and to formulate, implement and evaluate individualised treatment and rehabilitation plans, some of which will be specialist in nature, based on expert analytical and clinical reasoning skills. You will need advanced communication skills to ensure a successful multidisciplinary approach to patient care and will be in regular discussions with patients, carers, JPUH colleagues and community partners on therapy plans. You will be responsible for other non-clinical duties such as leading on team meetings, in-service development ideas, training/supervision of students, therapy assistant practitioners and Band 5 and 6 colleagues. This will include the use of formal appraisal documentation.

About us

The James Paget is a vibrant university hospital providing the best possible care to the people of east Norfolk and north Suffolk. Situated on the coast with beautiful beaches and the Broads National Park on the doorstep we are within commuting distance of Norwich City with many of our staff car-sharing from here. Onsite parking is also available.

We know that development and wellbeing are key to the success of your work, and you will receive regular one-to-one supervision to discuss your progress, and any service evaluation and ideas. We are committed to service development, with many projects currently underway. We are forging strong links with the Research and Development Department and the University of East Anglia, and it is a really exciting time to join the Trust as these processes gather momentum. We thoroughly encourage attendance at courses and offer time and funding to engage in research and innovation activity to widen personal knowledge base and bring new skills to the teams to keep our approach fresh and current. Our therapists represent the Trust at CSP, RCOT and BGS conferences and support future staff to do this. In addition, we have an embedded flexible working policy with flexible hours to enable a better work/life balance but still meet the needs of the service.

The profile of Therapies is growing, and our voice and opinions are heard and valued at both departmental and higher management levels, so this is a brilliant time to join us.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The Band 6 rotations cover the following clinical areas:
  • Stroke/Neuro: Working within our Stroke Team, you will be part of the wider multidisciplinary team providing specialist therapy rehabilitation to our acute patients. Part of this role will also be outreaching to other areas to provide specialist neuro assessments and therapy to our patients with complex neuro needs
  • Acute Medicine: Working as part of the multidisciplinary team to provide a holistic approach to patients admitted to a range of general medical wards including functional and cognitive assessments to increase independence and enhance quality of life
  • ICU/Cardio-Respiratory/General Surgery: This role also involves working as part of the multidisciplinary team to provide specialist respiratory management across wards using a range of respiratory skills as well as providing specialist surgical management and enhancing patients surgical pathway to reduce complications and increase independence
  • Orthopaedics: Providing specialist therapy skills to patients who have experienced complex orthopaedic trauma including spinal injuries and a range of elective pathways

In return, we would strive to offer the suitable candidate a supportive, friendly working environment within a team who are open to new ideas. Opportunities for learning within the Trust would be provided, alongside regular supervision and allocated time for Continuous Professional Development. Opportunities for working with the wider multidisciplinary team will be available and strongly encouraged.

Core working hours are 8.00am-4.00pm but flexibility can be discussed, and you will work as part of our 7-day roster.
  • To be responsible for delivering Physiotherapy in the specialist assessment and treatment of patients within Acute Medicine, Cardio-Respiratory/Surgery, Orthopaedic and Stroke Teams
  • To carry your own caseload of patients, who may have complex presentations, and maintain own records as an autonomous practitioner, prioritising own workload alongside the demands of the team
  • To be professionally and legally responsible and accountable for all aspects of own work including a high standard of clinical care for the patients under your management and assist junior staff, support staff and students to do so
  • To assess capacity, gain informed consent and have the ability to work within a legal framework with patients who lack capacity to consent to treatment and support junior staff to do the same
  • To provide spontaneous and planned advice, teaching and instruction to relatives, carers, schools, workplaces and other professionals, to promote understanding of the aims of Physiotherapy to ensure a consistent approach to patient care
  • To be responsible for priority cases as delegated outside the scope of current post, when departmental pressures dictate (i.e. staff shortages) and to co-ordinate junior staff to do the same
  • To work a rostered 7-day service within the James Paget University Hospital or in a community health setting as required
  • To assist in the production of reports on own area of work and to make recommendations for change as requested
  • To be responsible for and maintain own Clinical Professional Development, actively reading around any updates/developments and incorporate them as necessary into your work
  • To maintain comprehensive and accurate assessment and treatment records in line with legal and departmental requirements, and communicate assessment and treatment results to the appropriate disciplines in the form of letters and reports
  • Demonstrate a sound understanding of Clinical Governance and Risk Management and apply to work situation, and encourage others to do likewise
  • Be actively involved in the collection of appropriate data and statistics for the use of the department
  • To implement policy and suggest policy changes for your clinical area of work, which may affect the whole service
  • To be responsible for equipment used in carrying out clinical duties, and to adhere to departmental policy, including competence to use equipment and to ensure the safe use of equipment by others through teaching, training and supervision of practice, including manual handling according to Trust and professional guidelines
  • To participate in providing clinical shadowing experiences for students being supervised by senior staff on their introductory placement, and to explain the role to department visitors. To assist senior staff in the training of students and support staff

Please see the attached Job Description for more details of the main duties and responsibilities of the role.

If this advert interests you, please contact Julie Power via to find out more or to arrange a visit.

Person Specification

Education and Qualifications


  • Diploma/Degree/MSc in Physiotherapy
  • Current HCPC registration
  • CPD record should include evidence of up-to-date manual handling, in-service training and reflections of learning


  • Practice Educator course

Experience and Knowledge


  • Experience at Band 5 level within a range of areas: patients with multi-pathology, including dementia falls palliative care and bariatric patients
  • Significant clinical experience within the NHS to include acute hospital setting and discharge planning
  • Experience of working with a range of professionals within multidisciplinary teams
  • Evidence of acting in a supervisory manner, providing specialist guidance, training and support to other staff or students
  • Awareness of relevant professional practice, new research and guidelines
  • Understanding of legal issues, safeguarding and mental capacity
  • Working knowledge of clinical governance and implications for own work
  • Evidence of reflective learning, demonstrates self-directed learning

Skills, Abilities and Competencies


  • Communication skills including empathy, assertiveness and negotiation skills
  • Ability to build good rapport with a wide variety of people
  • Ability to prioritise and organise workload and support others with this
  • Ability to act as an autonomous practitioner with minimum supervision
  • Ability to work proactively under pressure and work flexibly
  • Recognise own limitations and know when to ask for help
  • Forward thinking, able to problem solve with positive approach
  • Ability to travel within the Great Yarmouth and Waveney area. Must hold a full current driving licence or be able to make own travelling arrangements to fulfil the duties of the post, including visits to patients' homes with and without patients
  • Basic IT skills



  • Physically fit and able to comply with Trust Manual Handling Guidelines
  • Professional demeanour and appearance
  • Evidence of interest/motivation for a Band 6 role


  • Evidence of interest/motivation to work within this geographical area for James Paget University Hospital

Employer details

Employer name

James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


James Paget University Hospital

Lowestoft Road


NR31 6LA

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