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Physiotherapist - Older Adult Mental Health

Herefordshire & Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pro rata for part time
Closing date
1 May 2024
An unique opportunity has arisen for an experienced Physiotherapist with a passion for working with older adults to support the inpatient mental health service based at NewHaven, The Princess of Wales Community Hospital.

We are seeking a motivated individual with a passion for older adult mental health and person-centred care.

Are you

a dynamic physiotherapist, who loves building rapport with patients:

Looking for a supportive team within an inpatient setting

committed to delivering high-quality care

an experienced band 5, ready to take on a band 6 post? Or: A band 6 physio ready for the next challenge?

Do you want:

a caseload requiring skills from a broad range of rehabilitation specialities

to work creatively with physical activity to improve wellbeing.

to have flexibility and variety in your day

Previous experience in mental health is desirable, however is not essential as the post holder would receive peer clinical supervision with an emphasis on supporting mental health patients.

Please be advised NHS Jobs Service will not be available
  • 6pm on Friday 19 April to 9am on Monday 22 April 2024
  • 6pm on Friday 26 April to 9am on Monday 29 April 2024

Do not attempt to use the service at these times and consider this for your application submission.

Main duties of the job

The role includes requires you to:

undertake physiotherapy assessments and treatment of patients who have been admitted to hospital due to their mental health needs, including dementia.

use health promotion, interpersonal skills and physical activity to promote physical wellbeing and to reduce risk of physical deterioration.

work flexibly and with the multidisciplinary team, to plan, deliver and evaluate patient's progress

maintain clinical record keeping and use Trust IT systems.

use 1:1 exercise intervention, group activity, and support patients with accessing the community

support the Occupational Therapy Team with community assessments.

Improve the provision of physical activity through service development and quality assurance

educate health care professionals, physiotherapy students, carers in physiotherapeutic management. This includes contribution to CPD of the MDT

provide physiotherapy assessment to the Older Adult Hospital at Home Service

About us

At Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, we are working together to deliver outstanding care. We run community hospitals and community health services across Worcestershire and provide mental health and learning disability services across both Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

Our people (all 4500+ of them) provide services for people of all ages, experiencing both physical and/or mental health conditions from over 100 sites.

We will support you to thrive offer flexible working options for a great work-life balance, help you fulfil your ambitions, and empower you to make positive changes within your team or service. Its why we were named Large Apprenticeship Employer of the Year award at the 2022 Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards. We value diversity and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds, cultures, and ethnicities.

What we offer

27 days leave plus bank holidays, increasing up to 33 days with long service

Generous NHS pension and enhanced pay when you work unsocial hours

Flexible and agile working opportunities

Great maternity, paternity, and adoption support

Wide range of staff networks such as LGBT+ and ENRICH (Equality Network for Race Inclusion and Cultural Heritage)

Health service discounts and online benefits including excellent cycle to work and car salary sacrifice schemes

Health and wellbeing opportunities

If you would like to know more, please visit our careers website.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will :
  • work autonomously, with a caseload of patients across the inpatient wards based at NewHaven
  • take a lead in the physiotherapy assessment of patients, develop individualised treatment plans using clinical reasoning
  • communicate effectively with patients and carers to maximise rehabilitation potential.
  • assess mental capacity for physiotherapy interventions provided and work within a legal framework with patients who lack the capacity to consent to treatment.
  • demonstrate understanding of clinical governance and risk management and apply this to working with patients who may have high levels of risk associated with their mental health presentation.
  • support Physiotherapy students on clinical placement.
  • undertake Manual Handling Assessor training, to support the delivery of mandatory training for clinical staff and to provide support to carers.
  • undertake training in Safety Intervention.
  • Maintain CPD, clinical supervision will be provided via a peer support framework.

For full detail of the duties and criteria for the role please refer to the job description and person specification attached.

Person Specification



  • Diploma/Degree in Physiotherapy
  • HCPC registration
  • Evidence of relevant post- graduate) courses/CPD maintained in portfolio
  • I understand that I will be asked to provide original certificates to verify my qualifications at point of offer


  • Relevant validated clinical course
  • Clinical Educators qualification



  • A minimum of 2 years post graduate experience including work in a variety of specialities
  • Experience of supervision of junior staff or students.
  • Experience of delegation to qualified/unqualified staff


  • Experience within relevant clinical field
  • Experience at Band 6
  • Experience of audit



  • Excellent knowledge of physiotherapy in relevant areas.
  • Awareness of Audit and research processes
  • Knowledge of IT Skills

Skills & Abilities


  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in English in both verbal and written formats
  • Ability to work independently and work collaboratively within a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Teaching and presentation skills
  • Able to maintain judgement and work effectively under pressure

Additional Criteria


  • Committed to personal and team development
  • Able to meet the travel requirements of the post

Employer details

Employer name

Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust


Princess Of Wales Community Hospital

Stourbridge Road



B61 0BB

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