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Specialist Physiotherapist

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 Per Annum, (Pro Rata)
Closing date
3 May 2024

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Band 6
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced Physiotherapist to join the North West Ventilation Service on a 12-month secondment as a Specialist Physiotherapist in long-term ventilation and cough augmentation therapy.

Main duties of the job

The North West Ventilation Service is a tertiary referral centre for long-term ventilation and cough augmentation therapy, based at Wythenshawe Hospital in Manchester. The services cares for approximately 1700 patients across the North West region, who have a diagnosis of neuromuscular, chronic respiratory, obesity and chest wall related breathing disorders. We have approximately 40 tracheostomy invasively ventilated patients living in the community.

This post will provide experience in all aspects of long-term ventilation (non-invasive and tracheostomy invasive) and cough augmentation therapy across the patient's clinical pathway. Extensive multi-disciplinary working is essential within our specialist team of Nurses, Physiotherapists, Physiologist, Occupational Therapists and Doctors and the successful candidate will be expected to supervise unregistered and student team members from these professions. There is a requirement to work within both inpatient, outpatient and community settings across a seven-day service.

There will be opportunities to engage in service/quality improvement projects, research and audit.

The successful candidate will have experience in the field of respiratory care and critical care. This should include non-invasive and invasive ventilation, cough augmentation therapy and tracheostomy care/management. Experience of working within a community setting would be advantageous. A full UK driving license and access to a car is essential for this position.

About us

MFT is one of the largest NHS Trust In England with a turnover of �2.6bn & is on a different scale than most other NHS Trusts. We're creating an exceptional integrated health & social care system for the 1 million patients who rely on our services every year.

Bringing together 10 hospitals & community services from across Manchester, Trafford & beyond, we champion collaborative working & transformation, encouraging our 28,000 workforce to pursue their most ambitious goals. We set standards that other Trusts seek to emulate so you'll benefit from a scale of opportunity that is nothing short of extraordinary.

We've also created a digitally enabled organisation to improve clinical quality, patient & staff experience, operational effectiveness & driving research, and innovation through the introduction of Hive our Electronic Patient Record system which launched in September 2022.

We're proud to be a major academic Research Centre & Education provider, providing you with a robust infrastructure to encourage and facilitate high-quality research programmes. What's more, we're excited to be embarking on our Green Plan which sets out how MFT continues to play its part in making healthcare more sustainable.

At MFT, we create and foster a culture of inclusion and belonging, provide equal opportunities for career development that are fair, open, and transparent, protecting your health and wellbeing and shaping the future of our organisation together.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To find out more about the key responsibilities and the specific skills and experience youll need, take a look at the Job Description & Person Specification attachments under the Supporting Documents heading. So that youre even more equipped to make an informed decision to apply to us, youll need to take time to read the Candidate Essentials Guide that sits with the Job Description and Person Specification. This document provides you with details about the Trust, our benefits and outlines how we care for you as you care for others. Most importantly, it also contains critical information youll need to be aware of before you submit an application form.

Diversity Matters

MFT is committed to promoting equality of opportunity, celebrating and valuing diversity and eliminating any form of unlawful discrimination across our workforce, ensuring our people are truly representative of the communities we serve. All individuals regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation are encouraged to apply for this post. As an inclusive employer, we are here to support you. If you have any special requirements to help you with your application, email our team

Were looking forward to hearing from you!

Person Specification



  • BSc/Diploma/Pre-registration MSc in Physiotherapy
  • Current registration with the UK Health and Care Professions Council as a Physiotherapist
  • Evidence of recent CPD


  • Relevant post-graduate course(s)
  • Member of relevant specialist interest group (e.g. ACPRC)
  • Educational/training/mentorship qualification



  • Previous experience with invasive/non-invasive ventilation and cough augmentation
  • Two years experience as a Band 5 Physiotherapist in a Respiratory setting
  • Experience of working as part of a multi-disciplinary team


  • Supervision and education of less experienced staff, and assistants
  • Knowledge of the working of community services.
  • Involvement with audit and research
  • Membership of department/Trust groups e.g. Health and Safety
  • Experience working in a respiratory service with NIV patients



  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to contribute to a MDT

Employer details

Employer name

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust


North West Ventilation Service, Wythenshawe Hospital

Southmoor Road


M23 9LT

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