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Clinical Specialist Practitioner in Adult Critical Care

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year p.a. pro rata
Closing date
28 Apr 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

We are looking for an experienced and highly motivated individual to join our Critical Care Team. You will work within a large team of Physiotherapists led by a Consultant Physiotherapist to support the respiratory care, rehabilitation and tracheostomy weaning of a wide range of critically ill patients. We are a large multi-speciality hospital supporting both the local population and wider tertiary populations. You will have the opportunity to rotate between the General and Transplant ICU and the Neurosciences and Trauma ICU, supported by a clinical Band 8a in each Unit.

The Critical Care Physiotherapy Team is an integral part of the wider Critical Care multi-professional team, based within the Units we cover. The Band 8 Team lead the ventilation weaning across the Critical Care Service. Alongside the other Band 7 Physiotherapists within the team, you will have the opportunity to develop skills in this area.

The Units promote early rehabilitation including mobilisation of ventilated patients and provide and resource a splinting service and exercise prescription.

You will have the opportunity to develop the skills to provide physiotherapy to patients in our established multi-professional post-ICU follow-up Clinic.

You would be supported in learning new skills and gaining additional training to support the work within these large multi-speciality Intensive Care Units.

Main duties of the job

To provide a high standard physiotherapy service to patients in a Perioperative bed (John Farman ICU, IDA, and Neuro Critical Care Unit (NCCU). The post holder will also be required to occasionally treat patients in a level one surgical bed.

About us

Our Trust

Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) NHS Foundation Trust comprises Addenbrooke's Hospital and the Rosie Hospital in Cambridge. With over 12000 staff and over 1100 beds the priorities of the Trust focus on a quality service which is all about people - patients, staff and partners. Recognised as providing 'outstanding' care to our patients and rated 'Good' overall by the Care Quality Commissioner, is testament to the skill and dedication of the people who work here. CUH's values - Together - Safe, Kind, Excellent - are at the heart of patient care, defining the way all staff work and behave. The Trust provides accessible high-quality healthcare for the local people of Cambridge, together with specialist services, dealing with rare or complex conditions for a regional, national and international population.

CUH is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community - a place where we can all be ourselves. We value our differences and fully advocate and support an inclusive working environment where every individual can fulfil their potential. We want to ensure our people are truly representative of all the communities that we serve. We welcome applications for all positions in the organisation irrespective of people's age, disability, ethnicity, race, nationality, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage and civil partnership status, or pregnancy and maternity status or social economic background.

Job description

Job responsibilities

As a Clinical Specialist Practitioner, you will have responsibilities that would include:
  • Supervision of staff and students
  • Assisting with service development, audit and service evaluation
  • Provision of teaching to the physiotherapy department and multi-professional team
  • Provision of clinical support to junior staff

We can offer you:
  • Well established senior clinical support.
  • Strong peer support.
  • Positive commitment to CPD and post-graduate education. The department has a proven record of accomplishment in supporting those staff wishing to undertake Masters level studies.
  • Development of your supervisory, teaching and management skills.
  • Service development opportunities.

The team is friendly and dedicated towards the delivery of an excellent service for all of our users. You will be required to partake in our Emergency out of hours services, which includes our weekend and on-call services.

Please see the attached Applicant Information Pack (combined Job Description and Person Specification) for key duties and responsibilities.

The advert will close at midnight on 28 April 2024.

Interviews are due to be held on 13 May 2024.

Benefits to you

We offer development opportunities and a wide range of benefits including on-site leisure facilities, shopping concourse, day nurseries and access to a great transport system with easy access to airports and rail travel.

Please note if you would like to discuss the required hours of this role further, you should approach the contact given. In some cases, alternative working hours will be considered.

We welcome applications from the Armed Forces.

Person Specification



  • Diploma / Degree in Physiotherapy
  • State Registration
  • Evidence of relevant post-graduate courses / CPD
  • Ability to work to MSc standard


  • Relevant validated clinical courses
  • Involvement in special interest groups i.e. ICS or BTS



  • Substantial postgraduate experience at Band 6 level providing a broad range of experience including acute Respiratory, Surgical, Neurological, DME and MSK conditions
  • Collaborating with Community and Intermediate Care Services
  • Supervisory skills of Band 5 Physiotherapists, Physiotherapy Assistants and students
  • Experience of working as part of a Physiotherapy Team and/or MDT
  • Contributing to clinical education of less experienced staff or students or Assistants
  • Competency to participate in weekend and on-call work (to include NCCU, ITU, PICU)


  • Experience at Band 7 level
  • Team leadership
  • Significant participation on Evidence Based Project work
  • Experience in conducting formal presentations
  • Tracheostomy experience



  • Substantial knowledge of inpatient physiotherapy
  • Able to pass on knowledge to others within both formal and informal environments


  • Knowledge of workings of Community and Primary Care, e.g. RSSC at Papworth



  • Ability to work independently
  • Excellent inter-personal and organisational skills
  • Able to communicate and demonstrate empathy, to motivate and persuade patients with impaired cognitive abilities or physical senses
  • Able to work collaboratively within MDT
  • Committed to personal and team development
  • Able to maintain judgement under pressure
  • Able to pass on skills to others within both formal and informal environments


  • Evidence of participation in research / audit
  • Presentation Skills

Additional Requirements


  • The ability to understand and behave at all times, towards patients, visitors and colleagues according to the Trust values of Safe, Kind, Excellent.

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Addenbrookes Hospital-Division B

Hills Road



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