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Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£29,828 to £36,311 per annum (Incl. HCAS)
Closing date
22 May 2024

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

This post offers an exciting opportunity to work within the award winning AIR service (Adult Integrated Respiratory Service), based in East Berkshire as a Band 5 developmental Respiratory Physiotherapist. Full training is provided to progress to band 6 role subject to achieving competencies Ongoing support will be provided by the Respiratory MDT and two Band 7 Specialist Respiratory Physiotherapists.

As an AIR Physiotherapist no one day will be the same. You can be running an ambulatory oxygen clinic in the morning and an outpatient clinic in the afternoon, the next day leading a Pulmonary rehabilitation class followed by providing training to carers regarding chest clearance in a patient's home.

The AIR Physio team run Pulmonary Rehabilitation (face to face, at home and online), Ambulatory oxygen clinics, Outpatient clinics offering management for chest clearance, chronic cough and breathlessness management, breathing pattern retraining, exercise advice and domiciliary visits.

The chosen candidate will have a passion for respiratory physiotherapy and supporting those with chronic lung disease to gain the best possible health related quality of life.

The role is extremely varied, based in King Edward VII, Windsor but covering East Berkshire through satellite clinics, home visits and Pulmonary Rehabilitation in local community centres- hence a car and a driving licence is essential.

Main duties of the job

  • The post holder will be responsible for the assessment of care needs, development, implementation and evaluation of care for people with respiratory conditions, in both the outpatient and domiciliary setting alongside the delivery of Pulmonary Rehabilitation across East Berkshire.
  • The successful candidate will be supported in the running Pulmonary Rehabilitation assessments and classes Ambulatory Oxygen Clinics Domiciliary and Outpatient Clinics to assist patients with Chest clearance Cough management Breathing Pattern Disorders and exercise advise.
  • Close working within the MDT is essential, to optimise care for patients under the Early Supported Discharge and Admission Avoidance services. Our goal is to aid active management of these individuals, to help avoid admission where possible.
  • The post holder will utilise clinical, communication and interpersonal skills to identify the needs of people with respiratory disease and deliver care that recognises social, cultural and spiritual differences.
  • A background of basic, clinical Respiratory knowledge, skills and experience, with our training and support, will enable the post holder to develop into a Specialist Respiratory Physiotherapist, working independently within the MDT. The post holder will have a passion for Respiratory Physio and a want to help patients with Chronic lung disease improve their Health Related Quality of Life, mainly in the community setting.

About us

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust isa specialist mental health and community health services trust. Rated 'outstanding' by the CQC, we're committed to providing the best possible care to people across Berkshire.

We value diversity and are proud to be a Stonewall Top 100 Employer.We work hard to create an inclusive environment where you'll be supported by friendly and professional colleagues to flourish.

Our values at Berkshire Healthcare:
  • Caring for and about you is our top priority
  • Committed to providing good quality, safe services
  • Working Together with you to develop innovative solutions

We welcome people who share these values to come and work for us.

Benefits of working for us include:
  • Flexible working options to support work-life balance.
  • 27 days' annual leave rising with service + opportunity to buy and sell
  • Generous NHS pension scheme
  • Excellent learning and career development opportunities
  • 'Cycle to Work' and car leasing scheme
  • Access to a range of wellbeing tools and services
  • Discounts at hundreds of popular retailers and restaurants
  • Staff networks for race, diversity, disabilities and armed forces community to support equality
  • Generous maternity, paternity, adoption and special leave.
  • Free parking across Trust sites

Job description

Job responsibilities

AIR is a leading light specialist community service so as well as providing premium care we also provide training to less specialist health care providers.

The3/4 must haves for you to be considered for this role:
  • A passion for Respiratory Physiotherapy and Respiratory Health Care in the community.
  • Enthusiasm and dedication to deliver and support holistic sustained behavioural change in patients with chronic lung disease.
  • The drive and ability for ongoing personal and professional development to optimise yourself as a clinician but also the services you are involved in directly and indirectly.

Person Specification



  • Diploma/Degree in Physiotherapy
  • HCP Registration


  • CSP membership
  • Member of the ACPRC

Continuous Professional Development


  • Evidence of current CPD

Previous Experience


  • Post graduate experience of working as part of a physiotherapy team and multidisciplinary team.
  • Post graduate experience in NHS
  • Post graduate core rotations including a Respiratory/ Medical/ Surgical rotation
  • Post graduate community rotation

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities


  • Knowledge of this post and Trust
  • Basic knowledge of Respiratory Physiotherapy and a passion for it
  • Ability to pass on skills/knowledge to others within both formal and informal environments / Presentation Skills
  • Understand the legal responsibilities of the profession
  • Able to present information, written and orally, in a clear and logical manner.
  • Ability to organise, prioritise and delegate
  • Awareness of relevant National and local policies and guidelines
  • Understanding of clinical governance and its implications for services.
  • Ability to supervise other staff e.g. assistants, technical instructors
  • Able to motivate others
  • Able to work effectively in a team / Good understanding of team working
  • Sound knowledge of the National Health Service (NHS)
  • Good inter-personal skills particularly when in patients home environment.
  • Good written and oral communication / Competent IT skills
  • Understanding of the importance of Audit and Research
  • Good planning and organisational skills
  • Flexible and Adaptable
  • Able to maintain judgement under pressure
  • Ability to problem solve / Sound clinical reasoning skills
  • Demonstrate appropriate use of initiative
  • Aware of own limitations and seeks help appropriately
  • Willingness to take directions
  • Willingness to learn and participate in competency programme

Additional Requirements


  • Full driving licence and access to a car for use to travel across sites and perform domiciliary visits
  • Willing and able to work weekends and unsocial hours

Employer details

Employer name

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust


King Edward VII Hospital

St Leonards Road



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