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Junior Physiotherapist

Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum pro rata
Closing date
4 May 2024

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Band 5
Contract Type
Part Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Metabolic Bone Disease Team within the wider Physiotherapy & Occupational Therapy Team at Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust.

You will be a compassionate, accountable individual who treats all colleagues, patients and service users with respect and seeks to deliver excellence in their role. You will share the Trust values and be committed to equality, diversity and inclusion.

You will be a key member of the Metabolic Bone Disease team, who provide care to children with rare bone diseases and achondroplasia. The team are experienced, supportive, compassionate and forward thinking, and you will gain a wealth of knowledge, skills and experience through working with them. You should have a passion for working with children with disabilities and be skilled in developing a therapeutic relationship with all involved in the child's care to deliver meaningful family-centred outcomes.

Main duties of the job

  • The post holder will be responsible for the routine physiotherapy assessment and management of a delegated caseload within the clinical specialty of metabolic bone disease. They will plan and prioritise their caseload accordingly.
  • The post holder will be encouraged to work collaboratively with other team members and be supervised regularly by senior staff.
  • The post holder will work as a member of the multi-disciplinary team where shared skills will form part of the working practice.

About us

Sheffield Children's is one of three independent, specialist paediatric hospitals in the country, providing dedicated healthcare for children and young people across community, mental health and acute specialist settings.

We have three overarching aims that set the direction for the Trust in our vision to create a healthier future for children and young people.
  • Outstanding patient care
  • Brilliant place to work
  • Leader in children's health

Our commitment to rewarding colleagues is demonstrated through our brilliant reward and benefits offer including generous annual leave entitlement and pension scheme and access to salary sacrifice schemes such as cycle to work and lease cars.

We are committed to supporting colleagues from different heritages and lifestyles while at work. This is supported through the offer we have in place for flexible working and the three equality network groups we have in place. Colleagues are encouraged to join these groups and request flexible working.

Job description

Job responsibilities


  • To undertake routine physiotherapy assessments using detailed questioning, physical examination and utilising routine techniques and tests.
  • To formulate and deliver individual treatment programmes based on evidence based practice and routine treatment options using clinical assessment, reasoning skills and knowledge of routine rehabilitation techniques.
  • To agree the treatment plan and goals, with the patient, and to continually re-assess their response, in order to progress treatment effectively.
  • To recognise contraindications to treatment from the assessment and to manage appropriately. This may involve referring on for further investigations or seeking advice form a more senior professional.
  • To assess capacity for consent with all patients and whenever possible ensure that valid informed consent is agreed with the patient / family working within the legal framework. This will involve fully explaining the outcome of assessment, the options for treatment and the benefits and risks of any procedure or treatment and then reaching agreed treatment goals and outcomes.
  • To possess efficient communication and interpersonal skills required to ensure the delivery of effective care, taking into account the complexity and variety of difficulties presented e.g. age, physical, emotional, cultural, cognitive, social and behavioural.
  • Work as a member of the multi-disciplinary team where shared skills will form part of the working practice, and act as a physiotherapy resource to the team.
  • To communicate effectively with patients and carers to maximise a patients rehabilitation potential.
  • Plan and co-ordinate with other agencies e.g. social services and education as necessary.
  • To ensure that all treatment plans are regularly reviewed and revised as appropriate.
  • To facilitate referral to other services the need for which has been identified from an assessment, to ensure holistic patient care.
  • To be responsible for ensuring accurate and comprehensive patient treatment records are kept in line with the Trust, Service and CSP standards.
  • To ensure statistics are maintained according to departmental, Trust and CSP standards.
  • The post holder will work closely with senior members of staff to ensure optimal learning opportunities and effective supervision.
  • To have professional and legal accountability, including the treatment of patients within your area in accordance with the CSP Core Standards of Physiotherapy Practice and the HCPC standards of proficiency, conduct, performance and ethics
  • To attend multi-disciplinary case conferences, meetings etc where appropriate to ensure the delivery of a co-ordinated multidisciplinary service with physiotherapy treatment integrated into the treatment programme.
  • To seek regular advice and support from senior staff.
  • To be responsible for the safe and competent use of equipment, patient appliances and aids both by yourself, assistants and patients in your care.
  • To manage clinical risk in line within the Trust guidelines.
  • To be an active member of the respiratory evening and weekend on call rota. When working on the on call rota, undertake the assessment and treatment of acutely ill children with respiratory problems, who may have a complex presentation and maintain associated records as an autonomous practitioner

  • To have professional and legal accountability in accordance with CSP core standards and Health Professions Council standards of proficiency, conduct and ethics.
  • To develop a working knowledge of other health and social care disciplines and services. To liaise, advise and refer as appropriate.
  • To recognise clinical risks in all forms, identified from physiotherapy assessment, and acting accordingly to minimise risk to self, patients and other staff following Trust policy and procedures.
  • To provide evidence of continuous professional development in the form of a portfolio, which includes the identification of learning needs through reflective practice.
  • To develop and maintain up to date knowledge of Evidence Based Practice (EBP), local and national standards.
  • To use EBP, audit, outcomes and published research to inform, measure and evaluate your work and current practice.
  • To participate, as an appraisee, in the Personal Development Review and be responsible for working to the agreed planned objectives
  • To support evidence based practice, audit and research activity.
  • To undertake as directed the collection of data for use in audit and research.
  • To represent the physiotherapy team as required at relevant meetings and feedback to the team as necessary

  • To ensure all mandatory training is completed and updated as required by the Trust
  • To be an active member, attending and participating in, the departmental in-service training programme and other training opportunities as identified through your Persona Development Plan.
  • To teach relatives/ carers and other healthcare workers when required.

  • To keep up-to-date and comply with Trust Procedures and Policies including Health & Safety, Fire Regulations, Equal Opportunities etc.
  • To comment on service developments within the physiotherapy and occupational therapy service through discussion with line manager and at team meetings.
  • To be responsible for checking the safety of any therapy equipment provided before use.
  • To be responsible for reporting any equipment defects identified, accidents and complaints to the senior therapist and using Trust procedures to deal with them.
  • To maintain a high standard of confidentiality at all times.
  • To promote quality communication across the whole Health and Social Care Community.
  • To act as an ambassador for the service at all times.
  • To comply with Clinical Governance guidelines.
  • To deal with informal complaints in line with the Trust guidelines.

Inclusive Recruitment & Selection

We are committed to being an inclusive employer and accurate data capture is an important part of that to ensure we are supportive and representative. Our aim is to ensure that all applicants can see themselves in the available categories on our application form, but we recognise that some of our data capture fields are not inclusive. We have flagged this with our system provider to ask for change.

We offer encouragement and active support to applicants with additional needs, including those from ethnic minorities, with disabilities and members of the LGBTQ+ community. If you wish to adjust any aspect of the recruitment process or wish to find out more about our recruitment & selection processes, please get in touch with our Recruitment Manager:

We are continually reviewing our recruitment & selection process to support the long-term aim of Sheffield Childrens being a champion of Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion. If you have any ideas for improvement, please get in touch with Catherine Gilbert at

Trust Values

The Trust is committed to providing great quality patient care and keep children, young people and families at the heart of what we do by following our CARE values:
  • Compassion leading by kindness and showing empathy, understanding and respect
  • Accountability striving to do the right thing and owning responsibility
  • Respect value differences, tackling inequality and fostering a culture of inclusion
  • Excellence delivering a high-quality standard of care

Person Specification



  • HCPC registration.
  • Diploma / Degree in Physiotherapy.
  • Portfolio evidence of reflective practice.
  • Good overall clinical record / profile


  • Membership of the APCP.
  • An under-graduate case study, essay or dissertation on a paediatric topic



  • Experience of team working
  • Experience of working with children either professionally or socially


  • Undergraduate clinical placements in adult burns & plastics
  • Undergraduate clinical placements in paediatrics
  • Evidence of extra responsibilities taken at undergraduate level
  • Involvement in audit, research or service evaluation.



  • Understanding of the legal responsibilities of the profession.
  • Knowledge of clinical governance and it's implications for services.
  • Awareness of own limitations
  • Understanding of family / team dynamics and how to develop working relationships with all involved in the child's care.
  • Understanding of data protection, confidentiality and health and safety requirements in meeting the needs of the child and family.


  • Knowledge of consent issues specific to paediatrics.
  • Simple research methodology.
  • Background knowledge of common paediatric orthopaedic conditions

Skills and Attributes


  • Demonstrate assessment, analytical and reflective skills
  • Basic Information Technology skills
  • Planning and organisation skills
  • To demonstrate the ability to carry out assessment and interventions, including manual therapy and therapeutic handling Ability to present information, written and verbal in a clear and logical manner.
  • Ability to keep accurate and legible clinical records.
  • Ability to cope working in a stressful environment and within emotional or challenging situations.
  • Problem solving approach
  • Ability to communicate effectively and work well within a multi-professional team.


  • Evidence of having undertaken some research or audit project
  • Presentation skills



  • A flexible approach to work
  • Demonstrate a passion to work with children and young people
  • Demonstrate enthusiasm and a willingness to learn
  • Demonstrate resilience and empathy
  • Access to a vehicle that can be used for work purposes
  • Understanding of the importance of patient and public
  • Involvement in service planning and delivery
  • High level of interpersonal skills.
  • Physically able to perform the duties of the job which includes manual handling.
  • Reliable, punctual, flexible.

Employer details

Employer name

Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust


Sheffield Children's Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Western Bank


S10 2TH

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