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Front of House Senior Physiotherapist

University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pa/pro rata
Closing date
21 May 2024

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

We are looking for a dynamic and enthusiastic Senior Physiotherapist to join our innovative admission avoidance, Front of House Therapy Team, at UHD. Clinical areas covered by the team at Poole Hospital include Emergency department, Urgent Treatment Centre, Rapid Assessment Consultant Evaluation (RACE) Unit and Older persons Same Day Emergency Care (SDEC) clinic.

This excellent opportunity focuses on providing a quality Physiotherapy assessment and intervention, working collaboratively within a specialist frailty Multi-disciplinary team (MDT). The RACE ward at Poole has won National awards in recognition of its seven-day care, admission avoidance and MDT approach. As an MDT we take pride in delivering a patient-centred focus, through timely comprehensive assessments, interventions and discharge planning. Within this highly regarded and innovative team you will be supported to develop specialist skills and advanced practice within frailty.

Expectations of the post holder would include working holistically across professional boundaries, service development, supporting and supervising junior staff and opportunities to work alongside a range of experienced professionals both within the hospital and community.

If you share a passion for frailty and admission avoidance, we look forward to hearing from you.

This role requires HCPC Registration and BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy.

Main duties of the job

To be successful in securing this post, you will have:
  • 2 years experience working as a physiotherapist covering core rotations
  • Experience working at a junior level within the NHS is essential
  • Experience working on an on-call respiratory rota as participation is expected in this role
  • Willing to participate in 7 day working on a rota basis
  • Ability to drive, hold a clean drivers licence and have access to a car for work purposes

Previous applicants need not apply.

Additional contact information

Marcus on -

Base Location: Poole Hospital

Interview Date: TBC

About us

With UHD transformation of services underway it is an exciting time for involvement within quality improvement projects to promote service improvement. Respectively helping to develop and shape front of house frailty care pathways to deliver excellent patient care across Dorset.

Our values define who we are as #TeamUHD. They underpin everything we do now and in the future. They define how we treat our patients, visitors, and each other, our valued team mates and colleagues.

UHD are investing in services across the Trust, with many being transformed and developed following merger and the New Hospital Programme.

In some cases this means that a services may move site this year or next, either temporarily or long term. Recruiting Managers interviewing for this role will be happy to answer any specific questions that you have at interview

There is a planned move for this service during March 2025, when this role and base of work will relocate to Bournemouth site. Upon relocation of the role/service, excess mileage allowance / reimbursement will not apply, and any travel between the postholder's home and work base will be classified as a commute. Any other changes unrelated to this, will be handled in line with Trust/National terms and conditions.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To understand the role in more detail please read the full job description and person specification documents which are attached to this advert.

Person Specification



  • HCPC Registration
  • Evidence of C.P.D
  • BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy Degree


  • Member of Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
  • Member of CSP special interest group
  • Postgraduate study/training related to older people and frailty



  • Evidence of working with frail patients, with complex needs which require advanced clinical reasoning
  • Broad experience of working at a band 5 level within the NHS, including experience in rehabilitation
  • Evidence of effective supervision of junior staff
  • Evidence of and desire to supervise students


  • Involvement in/ leading QI projects
  • Experience in a community setting

Technical skills/competencies


  • Ability to assess, manage & treat elderly patients with multi-pathology conditions
  • Ability to recognise a deteriorating patient.
  • Skills in goal setting & evaluating outcome measures
  • Problem solving skills.
  • Reflective practitioner
  • Ability to produce clear written documentation of intervention & reports
  • Therapeutic moving & handling skills at specialist level
  • Ability to prioritise clinical workload.
  • IT Skills within word processing


  • Use of standardised assessments
  • Ability to complete a holistic assessment which may include some Physiotherapist and nursing skills



  • Good knowledge of long term conditions affecting the older person
  • Understanding current legislation relevant to older people and frailty
  • The interface between hospital, intermediate care and community services.


  • A sound understanding of capacity issues and ability to recognise need for formal assessment

Interpersonal skills


  • Demonstrate excellent communication skills with an ability to establish a good rapport with a range of people.
  • Ability to teach patients, relatives, carers & staff
  • To be able to delegate work appropriately.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team



  • Ability to drive, hold a clean drivers licence

Personal attributes


  • Well motivated
  • Good time management
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure.
  • Flexible attitude and respond positively to change

language requirement


  • Be able to speak English as necessary to undertake the role.

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust


Poole Hospital

Longfleet road


BH15 2JB

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