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Respiratory Specialist Physiotherapist

Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust
£45,753 to £52,067 per annum inc HCAS
Closing date
30 Apr 2024

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Band 7
Full Time
This is an essential role in the multi-disciplinary AIR service (Adult Integrated Respiratory Service), leading the respiratory physiotherapy team alongside two established Band 7 Respiratory Specialist Physiotherapist colleagues.

You will lead the AIR Respiratory Physiotherapy Outpatient and Community services. Typical workload will involve Sputum clearance, Breathing Pattern Disorders, Respiratory input for Neuro Muscular Patients, Breathlessness Management and Exercise advice) with a focus on expanding and developing these services.

You will also lead for AIR Team Respiratory Physiotherapy education focussing on 'in team' development, leading the IST programme, competency packages development and roll out and establishing apprenticeship opportunities.

You will also focus on joined up working and specialist education between AIR and the acute hospitals, respiratory consultants, FHFT educational teams, primary care and universities for student coordination. As well as forming firm links with ICB boards including the AHP faculty and contributing to and supporting the wider AIR Physiotherapy service including Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Bronchiectasis and COPD Virtual Ward and Ambulatory Oxygen.

Main duties of the job

  • They will be responsible for taking a lead role in the advanced assessment and treatment of complex respiratory patients who have diverse and chronic highly complex presentations.
  • They will use highly specialised analytical and investigative skills to determine clinical diagnoses, treatment and devise effective and dynamic management plans. The active management of this patient population supports patients, families and carers to develop self-care strategies with the specific aim of facilitating early supported discharge and preventing avoidable hospital admission, leading to improved patient function and health related quality of life.
  • They will work with the clinical lead to ensure seamless, consistent integrated respiratory care in this location.
  • The post holder utilises excellent clinical, communication and interpersonal skills to identify the needs of people with respiratory disease and deliver care that recognises social, cultural and spiritual differences. This includes providing highly specialised advice, guidance, training and information to patients, health and social care professionals, carers and relatives and other non-professionals.

About us

There's never been a more exciting time to build your career at Frimley Health, one of the country's largest and most respected trusts

Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust (FHFT) has an outstanding reputation and a proud record of achievement. We have an ongoing commitment to improving the health and care services for the 900,000 people we serve across Berkshire, Hampshire, Surrey and south Buckinghamshire.

We continue to invest in our services and facilities, including a �10 million upgrade to the hospital maternity unit as well as �49m major new Emergency Assessment Centre on our Wexham Park site. The opening of a brand new �100m state of the art hospital which replaced the existing hospital facility at Heatherwood and are planning to invest further in diagnostics and inpatient capacity at Frimley Park.

We have also made significant investment in our quality improvement and digital programmes to support our vision and we will ensure that we achieve our aim of providing the highest quality healthcare to our patients. Our new EPR - Epic - went live in June and we are already beginning to reap the benefits of this ambitious investment.

Our threecore values, and the behaviours that support them, guide everything we do and set out what we expect of our staff in the way they treat patients, visitors, service users and each other.

If you have a passion for clinical excellence, patient care and your own career development, you'll feel at home at Frimley Health.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached document for the full job description and person specification for the post of Respiratory Specialist Physiotherapist AIR Team Band 7

Person Specification



  • Hold a recognised degree or diploma in Physiotherapy
  • HPC registered
  • Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
  • Evidence of relevant post grad courses e.g. MSc, Advanced respiratory course and pulmonary rehabilitation course
  • Relevant clinical experience and willingness to undergo appropriate postgraduate training
  • IELTS Level 7.0 or above (overseas candidates only)

Special Requirements


  • Full driving licence and access to a car for use to travel across sites and perform domiciliary visits

Employer details

Employer name

Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust


AIR Team Chest Clinic King Edward VII Hospital



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