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Advanced Learning Disability Physiotherapist

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
Across Mid West Essex
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum pro rata
Closing date
1 May 2024

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Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time

Job Details

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced Learning Disability Physiotherapist to join the established Physiotherapy team within the Essex Community Learning Disability Health Team.

The post holder will share leadership responsibilities for the Physiotherapy team, and work closely alongside other team leads, the Physiotherapy professional lead and the team manager to deliver high quality Physiotherapy services for people with a learning disability across Essex.

Main duties of the job

The Community Learning Disability Service provides specialist health services to adults with a learning disability. The post holder will be part of a Multidisciplinary team and the main duties of the post will be:
  • To provide comprehensive Physiotherapy assessment and intervention for specified service user group.
  • To carry a caseload as a member of a multi-disciplinary team.
  • To provide clinical leadership to Physiotherapy staff within the Essex service.
  • To provide supervision to Physiotherapists and students within the work setting.
  • To lead in a specialist area and contribute to the development of specialist service related policies.

Essential Criteria:

Recognised UK Physiotherapy qualification or equivalent.

Current UK Health Professions Council and CSP registration.

Previous experience in with adults with learning disabilities or a transferable field.

Car driver essential with access to a car (unless you have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010 which prevents you from driving).

About us

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is an outstanding organisation with ambitions to match. We are one of just fivemental health trusts to achieve an overall rating of 'Outstanding' from theCare Quality Commission, and our aim is to be the leading provider of mental health and specialist learning disability services in the country.

Our family of over 3500 members of staff provide health and social care for over 400,000 people with mental ill health, physical ill health and learning disabilities across Essex, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Norfolk, delivering these services within the community and several inpatient settings. We also deliver a range of nationally commissioned specialist services including Tier 4 services for children and young people, perinatal services, plus medium and low secure learning disabilities services.

The care we provide makes a fantastic difference to the lives of our service users, their families and carers - everything is underpinned by choice, independence and equality, with our Trust values embedded throughout:

Our Trust values are:

Welcoming. Kind. Positive. Respectful. Professional.

These values are at the core of who we are, everything we do, and how we do it!

Would you like to be part of the HPFT family? Would you like work with us to ensure our service users live the fullest lives possible they can? Would you like to be supported in your career to be the best that you can be?

Then please read on...

Job description

Job responsibilities

Main Duties and Responsibilities:
  • To provide high quality Physiotherapy and consultation to people within the Community Learning Disability Service.
  • To manage a complex caseload, using evidence based/client principles to assess,,plan, implement and evaluate interventions in clinic and community settings and on home visits.
  • To maintain clinical records
  • To develop skills and knowledge
  • To effectively manage the local waiting list and KPIs
  • To provide specialist Physiotherapy advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to a client's formulation, diagnosis and case management plan.
  • To formulate and implement plans for the formal Physiotherapy treatment and/or management of a client's condition and risk based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the client's problems.
  • To monitor, evaluate and modify treatment in order to measure progress and ensure effectiveness of intervention.
  • To ensure that clients are consulted and involved in decision about their care.
  • To provide assessment and treatment to people with a learning disability and complex health needs, identifying the role of physiotherapy within the MDT.
  • To arrange safe discharge on completion of intervention.
  • To work with other agencies to identify gaps in provision of physiotherapy for this population and develop strategies to engage and develop the delivery of physiotherapy to service users.
  • To work with the MDT to complete holistic assessments as part of the MDT approach, using generic clinical skills as necessary.
  • To promote integration of people with learning disabilities into community activities and develop partnership working with leisure facilities, hydrotherapy pools and gym establishments.
  • To work as part of a multi-disciplinary team with people with learning disabilities and their carers. To communicate and work with other agencies and community teams where necessary.
  • To provide support and mentoring for junior members of staff within the multi-disciplinary team.
  • To manage a case load within the CSP Care Standards.
  • To promote and participate in research as necessary.
  • To work with the team manager and Professional Lead to ensure recruitment and retention of staff is effective and timely.
  • To undertake complex risk assessment and risk management for individual clients and to provide advice to other professions on Physiotherapy aspects of risk assessment and risk management.
  • To provide leadership locally for the Physiotherapists within the Essex Learning Disability Service.
  • To determine appropriate clinical, administrative and managerial workloads for Physiotherapists in the team.
  • To provide an effective supervision framework for Physiotherapy staff, and provide regular supervision to allocated Physiotherapy staff as per Trust policy.
  • To undertake Annual Performance Appraisals with all Physiotherapists in the team locally.
  • To recruit and appoint staff in conjunction with relevant Team Leaders and Professional Leads and in accordance with the required operation of the Service.
  • To identify training and development needs of individual staff.
  • To co-ordinate Physiotherapy Student Practice Placements and support Practice Placement Educators within the locality.
  • To initiate, plan and implement the induction, training and educating of students and staff within the local service, as appropriate.
  • To be responsible for the supervision and written assessments of Physiotherapy Students on Practice Placement.
  • To participate in the development and delivery of Directorate and Physiotherapy Training Programmes.
  • To ensure that required evidence is available and in the required standard format e.g. to the CQC.
  • To work effectively as a member of the appropriate groups to support the planning and achievement of Local and National Objectives.
  • To work with the Professional Lead Physiotherapist in the operational planning, evaluation and audit of practice, clinical pathways and protocols within LD Physiotherapy.

Person Specification



  • Diploma / degree in Phyiotherapy
  • State registration with HCPC
  • Fieldwork Educators Qualification
  • Evidence of having met the full KSF Gateway for Band 6
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Membership of special interest group


  • M.S.C.P
  • Post registration experience in a relevant clinical setting
  • Broad base of clinical experience
  • Leadership / Management Training
  • Significant Postgraduate Training relevant to Learning Disability



  • Specialist knowledge and application of current best practice in Physiotherapy
  • Experience of learning disability conditions
  • Post registration experience in a relevant clinical setting
  • Understanding of treatments and interventions commonly used in Learning Disability
  • Broad base of clinical experience working with people with a Learning Disability
  • Understanding of and ability to resolve professional and ethical Issues
  • Understanding current Policies and Practice relevant to Learning Disability and their implications for Physiotherapy
  • Experience of generic and specialist Physiotherapy assessments and interventions
  • Experience of working in some or all of the following areas: Neurology Learning Disability Respiratory Care Moving and Handling Working in community setting
  • Experience in providing advice, support and clinical supervision to junior staff and/or students


  • Knowledge & experience of Recruitment and Selection criteria
  • Project Management
  • Change Management Skills
  • Experience in research or audit
  • Effective leadership skills, including the ability to manage conflict, good communication, planning and decision making skills, organisational skills and the ability to innovate in Service Development



  • Effective written and oral communication skills
  • Understanding of team dynamics
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with relevant stakeholders
  • Supervisory skills



  • Posture management
  • Specialist seating
  • Assessment of complex disability and respiratory care
  • Broad knowledge of current best practice in Physiotherapy and Learning Disability Application of the Physiotherapy process with designated client group
  • Planning and coordination of treatment packages
  • Ability to use problem solving techniques
  • Ability to analyse professional and ethical issues.
  • Applied knowledge of mental health legislation including CPA and risk assessment and Management
  • Ability to reflect on and critically appraise own performance.
  • Working knowledge of Practice Governance

Employer details

Employer name

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


Tekhnicon House Springwood Dr. Springwood Industrial Estate, Braintree , Across Mid West Essex , CM7 2GB

Springwood Dr. Springwood Industrial Estate, Braintree

Across Mid West Essex


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