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Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist Team Lead

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
30 Apr 2024

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic, organised and motivated individual to take on the role of Team Lead Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist in our integrated MSK Outpatient Therapies Department.

Our dynamic and highly regarded team is comprised of Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Technicians and Assistants working together to provide a holistic, effective and high quality service.

We treat patients presenting with a variety of trauma and elective musculoskeletal conditions referred by consultants from Orthopaedics, Rheumatology, Oncology, Pain Clinic and the Emergency Department.

Main duties of the job

This role will suit a dynamic Physiotherapist who has a broad range of clinical and managerial experience. The role involves leading and supporting a large team of Clinical Specialist Physiotherapists, Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists as well as Therapy Assistant Practitioners. This is a leadership post and candidates will be required to demonstrate confident leadership skills, advanced clinical reasoning and effective management of complex patients. The role involves clinical and managerial responsibilities.

The team has a close working relationship with the Orthopaedic and Rheumatology Consultants and there will opportunities to work alongside the Orthopaedic Consultants in clinics, further developing your clinical knowledge and skills.

The department is based in Ipswich Hospital which is within East Suffolk and North Essex Foundation Trust (ESNEFT). This forms the largest general hospital in the eastern region providing a number of specialist services. The therapy service has a high profile within the trust and thrives on innovation and challenge. Our therapists have taken a lead role in many developments, which are helping to shape the future of patient pathways within the local area.

About us

We are ESNEFT and we provide hospital and community health services to almost one million people across east Suffolk and north Essex. Our dedicated staff deliver care from acute hospitals in Colchester and Ipswich, community hospitals, surgeries, community clinics and in patients' own homes.

We are one of the largest NHS organisations in England, employing more than 12,000 staff.

We pride ourselves on supporting our staff. We offer a wide range of training and development opportunities, as well as flexible working options.

Along with supporting you to achieve your career goals we offer a generous pension scheme, unsocial hours payments (where applicable), 27 days annual leave on commencement (pro rata) and access to a range of NHS discounts. Our Staff Health and Wellbeing programme offer a variety of services.

Our philosophy is thatTime Mattersto everyone. Across the Trust, we concentrate on improving the things we do and removing those which cause time delays for our staff and patients.

We are investing in our commitment to Time Matters with a partnership with leading electronic patient record (EPR) supplier Epic. This digital transformation will bring what's widely regarded as the world's best EPR system to ESNEFT, transforming life in hospital for staff and patients.

If you are passionate about patient care and want to develop your skills and knowledge, then we want to hear from you.

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Job description

Job responsibilities

For full details of the responsibilities and duties of this role please see the attached job description.

Person Specification



  • oExtensive post registration experience as an autonomous practitioner or focused practice equivalent.
  • oSenior experience in the field of musculoskeletal and/or trauma and orthopaedics specialty.
  • oDemonstrates evidence of ability to identify service improvements and priorities, and instigate improvements/change.
  • oExperience of line management responsibility for therapists
  • oIn-service training and reflective learning in the MSK speciality in addition to ability to educate colleagues, students and a wider multi-disciplinary team.
  • oPrioritisation of own workload and impact on wider team, understanding the pressures of throughput for the Trust.
  • oDirecting patient care.
  • oExperience in audit and/or research.


  • oMembership of SIG.
  • oExperience of working in an integrated therapy service.
  • oPrevious team lead experience within the NHS
  • oEvidence of specific responsibilities e.g. committee membership.
  • oLeadership training.
  • oSickness/performance management
  • oTeam Rota's management



  • oBSc/MSc Physiotherapy.
  • oHCPC Registered Physiotherapist.
  • oMCSP.
  • oEvidence of continuing professional development including a range of post-graduate courses.


  • oComputer literacy.
  • oAudit.
  • oEvidence of learning at MSc level.
  • oLeadership course.

Employer details

Employer name

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust


Ipswich Hospital



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