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Clinical Specialist Paediatric Physiotherapy Lead - Band 7 or 8a

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
Bury St Edmunds
£43,742 to £57,349 Pro rata per annum
Closing date
30 Apr 2024

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time

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B7/8a Physiotherapist (development role) - Clinical SpecialistPaediatric Physiotherapy Lead

Full time


An exciting opportunity has arisen at WSFT with the creation of a Band 7/8a Clinical Specialist Paediatric Physiotherapy Team Lead role. The children's physiotherapy team at WSFT is a small friendly team based at West Suffolk Hospital and local outreach clinics. The team is supported by outpatient therapy managers, professional lead, paediatric orthopaedic consultants, consultant paediatricians and child psychology team.

We are looking for an ambitious, motivated and forward-thinking Paediatric Physiotherapist with clinical leadership and management experience. You will be expected to lead the paediatric physiotherapy team and as an autonomous practitioner run paediatric orthopaedic and musculoskeletal clinics.

You will be up to date with evidence based practice and have specialist knowledge and experience in Paediatric Orthopaedic and Musculoskeletal health.

This post is being offered as a development opportunity for the suitable candidate dependent on previous experience and qualifications.

The post will give you the opportunity to develop or extend your clinical and leadership skills.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will set up and run paediatric orthopaedic normal variant clinics with support from the Paediatric Orthopaedic Consultants. You will manage a caseload, working collaboratively with the paediatric physiotherapy team and the Paediatric orthopaedic consultants.The role will require the candidate to have advanced diagnostic skills and training will be provided to suitable candidates if required.

As team lead you will be responsible for the day to day running of the paediatric physiotherapy outpatient service. There will be an element of supporting paediatric orthopaedic inpatient activity.

You will triage all outpatient referrals received by paediatric orthopaedics and paediatric physiotherapy and direct to the appropriate clinic. You will deliver training and supervision to other staff members to develop their clinical and professional skills.

You will have opportunities to initiate and implement audits and service developments as part of the Trust and wider alliance developments. Clinical supervision, continuing professional development and engagement with local networks are actively encouraged and supported.

About us

#BeKnown at West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust. By us. By our patients. By our community

We are a busy, friendly, rural NHS Trust providing high-quality care and compassion to more than a quarter of a million people across west Suffolk. We care for, treat and support people in hospital, at home and in various community settings.

The West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds provides acute and secondary care services (emergency department, maternity and neonatal services, day surgery unit, eye treatment centre, Macmillan unit and children's ward). It has 500+ beds and is a partner teaching hospital of the University of Cambridge.

Adult and paediatric community services, provided in collaboration with West Suffolk Alliance partners, include a range of nursing, therapy, specialist, and ongoing temporary care and rehabilitation, some at our Newmarket Community Hospital.

We do our utmost to achieve outstanding clinical outcomes for patients and our values of fairness, inclusivity, respect, safety and team work guide how we work and behave as a team.

With nearly 5,000 staff, from all over the world, we strive to make our organisation a great place to work. Whatever your role or ambition, we want to help you be the best you can be.

We promote a diverse and inclusive community where everyones voice counts and you can #BeKnown for whoever you are.

Join us. What will you #BeKnown for?

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the full job description for more information

Job summary:

To be responsible for the day to day running of the paediatric physiotherapy outpatient service and specified inpatients. Additional ward responsibilities may be delegated by the Professional Lead, Physiotherapy.

Provide highly specialised advanced paediatric assessment, diagnosis and appropriate onward management of patients with orthopaedic and musculoskeletal conditions within the paediatric orthopaedic clinics and Paediatric physiotherapy inpatient and outpatients.

To use advanced clinical skills to manage a highly complex caseload, working collaboratively with the Paediatric orthopaedic consultants and paediatric physiotherapy team. The post holder will be required to work as an autonomous practitioner with the ability to demonstrate advanced clinical skills to aid diagnosis and development of treatment plans in the paediatric orthopaedic clinic and paediatric physiotherapy setting.

To support the Professional Lead, Physiotherapy in providing an effective, co-ordinated and equitable service within the Trust.

For B8a:

To use a high degree of autonomy and complex decision making alongside demonstrating the four pillars of advanced practice Clinical Practice, Leadership and Management, Education and Research in providing healthcare that enables innovative solutions to enhance experience and improve outcomes within paediatric orthopaedics.

Person Specification

Education and qualifications


  • BSC/Pre-Reg MSc/Grad Dip in Physiotherapy
  • Post Graduate education/MSc level training relevant to paediatric orthopaedics (B8a) or willingness to work towards (B7)
  • Specialist education, training, and experience relevant to paediatric orthopaedic, musculoskeletal, and neuromuscular conditions
  • Advanced level of clinical knowledge in paediatric physiotherapy field and management of paediatric presentations for children and young people 0-16 including: MSK, Orthopaedic, age- related variants and counselling for common paediatric Orthopaedic musculoskeletal conditions
  • HCPC Registration
  • Awareness of NHS and Trust systems, policies, procedures, and current changes.


  • Validated/ relevant clinical courses
  • APCP membership
  • Membership of CSP or relevant professional body
  • Member of local speciality professional groups

Experience and knowledge


  • Extensive post-graduate physiotherapy experience at Band 6 (or above) in an integrated paediatric service.
  • Broad experience at Band 6 (or above) of treating and managing orthopaedic/musculoskeletal conditions in children.
  • Experience of multidisciplinary working.
  • Decision making involving complex facts/situations.
  • Broad post graduate experience across a range of conditions.
  • Supervisory skills.
  • Working knowledge of critical appraisal, audit, and outcome measures.
  • Good working knowledge of clinical governance including quality, audit, and risk management.


  • Experience of formal and informal teaching to a broad range of clinicians and students.
  • Experience of developing others knowledge and practice across professional and organisational boundaries.
  • Experience of research, audits and service developments
  • Ability to manage highly complex patients independently.
  • Experience of managing pathways, assessments and referrals.
  • Development of protocols and guidelines

Skills and abilities


  • Advanced clinical reasoning, observation, assessment, and treatment skills relevant to the assessment of children aged 0-16 years
  • Specialist knowledge and experience of paediatric orthopaedic and musculoskeletal conditions.
  • Ability to work independently and self-direct learning to benefit service users
  • Ability to communicate at an advanced level and pass on knowledge to others
  • Able to provide clinical supervision, and leadership to other team members
  • Ability to communicate with children and be able to deal with emotional patients, family members or carers.


  • High level of understanding about how a team functions and how to facilitate effective working relationships
  • Knowledge and experience of Paediatric neuromuscular conditions
  • Experience and knowledge of audit
  • Previous experience of running research trials from a physiotherapy perspective

Personal qualities


  • Committed to personal and team development
  • Self-motivated, ambitious, be driven and forward-thinking
  • Able to maintain objective judgement under pressure
  • Maintain a professional manner at all times


  • Evidence of key role within a team.
  • Ability to pass on knowledge and skills to others within formal and informal environments

Other Requirements


  • Ability to travel to outreach clinics
  • To have a flexible approach to working hours/duties
  • Moving and handling patients with/without equipment


  • Exposure to delivering distressing news to parents and family/carers

Employer details

Employer name

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust


West Suffolk Hospital

Hardwick Lane

Bury St Edmunds

IP33 2QZ

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