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Respiratory Team Physiotherapist

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£37,162 to £44,629 per annum (Incl. HCAS)
Closing date
22 May 2024

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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 6 Respiratory Specialist Physiotherapist. 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.

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.

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 responsible for 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

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
  • State Registration
  • CSP membership


  • Formal CSP membership
  • Formal post graduate qualification in a relevant area
  • Membership of relevant Special Interest Group (ACPRC) post graduate qualification in a relevant area Membership of relevant Special Interest Group (ACPRC)

Continuous Professional Development


  • Evidence of CPD in a portfolio including attendance at recent post-graduate courses relevant to the clinical field/reflective practice in relevant clinical field

Previous Experience


  • Relevant post graduate NHS experience
  • Ability to demonstrate substantial relevant experience as a senior physiotherapist in the community/ward setting
  • Post graduate experience in respiratory physiotherapy/pulmonary rehabilitation
  • Post-graduate experience of working as part of a physiotherapy team and multidisciplinary team
  • Experience of lone working
  • Supervision of juniors/assistants/students
  • Experience of delegating tasks


  • Post graduate experience in domiciliary physiotherapy
  • Experience of service development/leading service development

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities


  • Sound knowledge of Physiotherapy in the relevant area
  • Knowledge of this post and CCG's
  • Evidence of self-directed learning
  • Ability to undertake lone working
  • Ability to pass on skills/knowledge to others within both formal and informal environments
  • Able to maintain judgement under pressure
  • Understand the legal responsibilities of the profession
  • Sound awareness of relevant National and local policies and guidelines relevant to the area
  • Knowledge and understanding of Social Services and mental health services and willingness to work closely with them.
  • Able to present information, written and orally, in a clear and logical manner
  • Excellent inter-personal skills
  • Good time management
  • Competent IT skills
  • Ability to supervise other staff e.g. assistants, technical instructors
  • Understanding of clinical governance and its implications for services
  • Good knowledge of factors that contribute to good team working
  • Drive and enthusiasm for clinical excellence and service development
  • Flexible and Adaptable
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to problem solve/good clinical reasoning skills
  • Demonstrate appropriate use of initiative
  • Ability to contribute positively to team working/team morale
  • Willingness to take directions/receive constructive criticism
  • Willingness to learn - especially learning relevant to specialist field of physiotherapy in mental health
  • Ability to organise, prioritise and delegate


  • Presentation Skills
  • Evidence of participation in Audit and Research

Additional Requirements


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

Employer details

Employer name

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust


King Edward VII Hospital

St Leonards Road



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