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Specialist Respiratory Physiotherapist

Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 pro rata / per annum
Closing date
30 Apr 2024

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Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
Specialist Respiratory Physiotherapist RESTART team (Band 7)

30 hours part time

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a specialist physiotherapist to join our Respiratory Therapy Acute Response Team (RESTART). We are looking for a physiotherapist with a special interest in Respiratory patients, particularly those with COPD.

Being an integral part of the RESTART team, the post holder will play an active role in ensuring service development, quality, safety, and effectiveness and continuing to uphold the ethos of multidisciplinary working. This will include local and national audit and benchmarking. The post holder will also be required to ensure their own and their team's professional standards and follow the Trust's values.

Candidates will be motivated, confident and positive with excellent communication skills. They will need to hold a current UK Driving License. If you would like to be part of a friendly, supportive team and feel you meet the requirements then we would love to hear from you.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will work jointly alongside our other Band 7 and will provide senior clinical provision in physiotherapy to the RESTART team, our COPD outreach team. The post holder will also be responsible for the Pulmonary Rehabilitation program in West Northamptonshire and treating outpatients referred from consultants and GPs in the Chest Clinic both at Northampton General and Danetre. The post holder will be responsible for managing the small rehabilitation team. You will also work closely with healthcare delivery partners in the third sector.

The ability to work as a confident and knowledgeable member of the multi-disciplinary team is vital in ensuring an effective, quality service and to enable safe and timely discharges.

There will be the opportunity to further develop specialist clinical as well as management and leadership knowledge and skills. You will represent the service and trust at Integrated Care Board meetings.

About us

Northampton General Hospital is one of the largest employers in the area and we are on an exciting journey. All our divisions are committed to doing things better, with more efficiency as we update, modernise, and advance. We have also entered a Group Model with neighbouring Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and become University Hospitals of Northamptonshire.

Our Excellence Values






We want to recruit the best people to deliver our services across the University Hospitals of Northamptonshire and help to unleash everyone's full potential. As an organisation, we value how we communicate and promote our vacancies to all communities.

The Hospital Group encourages applications from people who identify from all protected groups, especially those from BAME, Disabled and LGBTQ+ backgrounds as these are underrepresented in our hospitals.

We understand that we need to work with colleagues from diverse backgrounds and make sure the environment they work in is inclusive and collaborative.

We have active Networks that promote and support colleagues from all backgrounds.This ensures everyone feels supported and has a sense of belonging working for Kettering and Northampton General Hospitals.

Job description

Job responsibilities


To deliver Pulmonary Rehabilitation to the population of West Northamptonshire according to Pulmonary Rehabilitation Accreditation Scheme (PRAS) standards.

To work to gaining PRAS accreditation within 3 years

To manage a complex outpatient clinical caseload and demonstrate enhanced practice in holisticassessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of patient care. This will necessitate high levels of autonomy and advocacy that ensures the delivery of appropriate care.

To make a professional contribution to the multidisciplinary discussion and treatment planning/referral decisions of the team at their regular meetings.

To demonstrate enhanced knowledge, skill and innovative practice within the professional framework of physiotherapists.

To ensure that there is a system of documentation that reflects this advanced practice.

To act as a role model demonstrating high standards of holistic care and provide clinical leadership.

To become acquainted with all national and global standards of best practice for respiratory care and Pulmonary Rehabilitation e.g. Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) guidelines, BTS guidelines, PRAS accreditation standards.

To assist in developing policies and clinical guidelines in collaboration with the Respiratory team, ICB and Restart service.

To promote clinical excellence reflecting the Trust's strategies for the Allied Health Professions.

Participate and assist in the continual learning of all staff so that personal development plans progress and succession planning is promoted reflecting the needs of the Restart team.


Demonstrate and apply a high level of understanding of illness, injury and disability and the complex interaction between health, functional ability, psychological and social issues within clinical area.

Identify, select, implement, and evaluate the most appropriate intervention options for our service to patients. These interventions will balance the complex interaction of risk, safety, patient choice, independence, areas of conflict and eligibility for services, and provide such expert advice and support to other colleagues.

Act as an authorised signatory for adaptation and equipment requests as necessary.

Communicate effectively with patients, carers, members of the clinical team, all colleagues and other agencies as a representative of the Restart services or NGH team at various meetings and forums.

Maintain accurate and up to date records of clinical interventions, consistent with legal and organisational requirements.

Apply and further develop specialist and complex knowledge and skills in order to ensure fitness to practice as a Physiotherapist within the clinical area


Be a highly skilled and resourceful point of contact for patients and relatives.

Lead on the development and sharing of patient and carer information.

Implement methods of gathering and using patient feedback to improve and develop services.

Respect the individuality, values, cultural and religious diversity of patients and contribute to the provision of a service sensitive to these needs. Draw on national and local expertise and resources for this

Reflect on ethical issues which impact on Restart service provision and provide guidance to other staff as required.

Develop working guidelines, protocols and practices that enhance the patient experience in the clinical area in line with national and Trust policies in liaison with Restart and directorate leads.


Utilise all administration tools to manage and maintain clinic and rehabilitation class waiting lists. Aim to adhere to standards for wait times

Contribute all relevant data to the National Respiratory Audit Program (NRAP) and respond to feedbackfrom this

Promote and lead on evidence based practice and associated audit processes.

Work with peers to ensure that all agreed action plans from both national and local strategies,benchmarking standards and clinical audits are achieved.

Broaden research and development skills through participation in audit and research projects, initiating and taking the lead where appropriate.

Foster a culture which allows innovation and practice development.


Promote safe and effective communication channels within therapy and multi-professional teams both at NGH and with external agencies.

Facilitate all Restart team staff in accessing clinical support and supervision.

Keep Restart/ Respiratory/ ICB leads informed of all the relevant issues affecting patient care e.g. risk, staffing levels, and skills and equipment needs, providing as required, information and reports.

Participate in skill mix reviews based on patient dependency, case mix and activity data.

Represent Restart services as required.

In the absence of Restart colleagues through planned or unplanned leave, work flexibly to meet the prioritised needs and safe functioning of the Restart services, both within the clinical area and across all service areas.

Promote an awareness of the role of Restart and Pulmonary Rehabilitation within the trust and West Northamptonshire.

Apply local and national guidelines and legislation relating to Physiotherapy provision within the clinical area and provide guidance to other staff as appropriate.

Ensure that approved competencies are fully implemented taking appropriate action as necessary.

Person Specification

Key Competencies/Personal Qualities and Attributes


  • Empathy and understanding in dealing with chronic respiratory patients including those with palliative care needs
  • Flexible and confident manner with a positive approach and high levels of motivation.
  • Ability to manage work pressures to enable management of a caseload alongside involvement in non-clinical and professional activities.
  • Non-judgemental and able to work with people from a wide range of backgrounds.
  • Enthusiasm for developing the service delivered by Pulmonary Rehabilitation and RESTART team
  • Able to undertake the physical aspects of the role when providing direct patient care on a frequent basis.



  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Committed to personal and team development
  • Ability to investigate, assess, analyse and interpret complex facts and situations from a physiotherapy perspective.
  • Ability to pass on skills/knowledge to others within both formal and informal environments
  • Ability to work independently and manage own caseload
  • Administrative and computer skills


  • Ability to identify and assess the need for a wide range of physiotherapy treatments relevant for the patient group signposting accordingly
  • Evidence of participation in research/audit
  • Experience in conducting formal presentations/ teaching to other NHS staff both clinical and non-clinical

Knowledge and Experience


  • Experience as a Band 6/7 in a broad range of specialities, including respiratory, elderly care, cardiology, neurological, and musculoskeletal conditions
  • Relevant clinical experience working with the complex respiratory patients
  • An understanding of the psychological impact of chronic respiratory disease
  • Experience of working as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Experience of supervising band 5 and support staff.
  • Understanding of clinical governance, quality improvement, and risk assessment.


  • Experience at working at a Band 7 level
  • Knowledge of current guidelines/ best practice /treatments in respiratory care

Educations, Training and Qualifications


  • Diploma/Degree in Physiotherapy
  • State Registration
  • Full UK Driving Licence


  • Membership of Professional Body

Employer details

Employer name

Northampton General Hospital


Northampton General Hospital




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