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Band 8a Musculoskeletal Pathway Lead

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
23 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

Are you an experienced and enthusiastic Occupational Therapist or Physiotherapist with significant experience of working within musculoskeletal outpatient pathways and looking for a new challenge in a leadership position?

Are you passionate about supporting services and staff to provide high quality, evidence-based, inclusive, patient-centred outpatient MSK care? Could you be an ambassador for your profession within and beyond University Hospitals Bristol and Weston (UHBW)?

At UHBW we are currently seeking applications for a Band 8a Pathway Lead Occupational Therapist or Physiotherapist to support integrated MSK outpatient services across Bristol and Weston. The successful candidate will work alongside the Divisional Therapy Lead for outpatients, fellow MSK Pathway Lead(s), Team Leads and the rest of the MSK teams at UHBW to provide a range of MSK outpatient services for patients in Bristol and North Somerset. They will also support the integrated Adult Therapy Service across UHBW as part of the Adult Therapies leadership team. There is lots of opportunity for professional and personal development with support provided by a range personnel and resources.

Main duties of the job

MSK outpatient services provided by UHBW include aquatic physiotherapy, general MSK physiotherapy, haemophilia physiotherapy, hand rehabilitation, pelvic health physiotherapy, pain management services, rheumatology therapy and acute MSK therapy services in ED and orthopaedic clinics.

The main aspects of the role are:
  • To provide operational and clinical leadership to the MSK outpatient pathways at UHBW (Weston and Bristol sites) in conjunction with the Therapy Lead for outpatients, the other pathway lead(s) and MSK clinical specialists.
  • To work with the MSK leadership team, both within UHBW and the wider local system, to support and enable delivery of high quality, patient-centred care. The successful candidate will seek and drive opportunities to continuously improve and develop services. A key part of achieving this will be encouraging staff to develop in their profession (both clinical and leadership skills) and supporting staff wellbeing.

The post holder will support teams across Bristol and Weston-Super-Mare and, as such, will be required to be able to travel and work across sites.

Part time hours and secondment options would be considered. Enquiries about the role are encouraged

About us

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW) is one of the largest acute Trusts in the country, bringing together a combined workforce of over 13,000 staff and over 100 different clinical services across 10 different sites, serving a core population of more than 500,000 people across South West England. UHBW has been rated by the CQC as 'Good' overall and our staff are proud to deliver excellent care to the people of Bristol, Weston and beyond. As a forward- thinking multi-award winning Trust and a digital exemplar committed to improving patient care, our world-leading research and innovations are having a positive local and global impact. Our hospitals are spread across Bristol and Weston, join us and you can enjoy the very best of both worlds city living within a stone's throw of the countryside or beside the seaside, both with easy access to all that the South West has to offer. UHBW is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. As an equal opportunities employer actively working towards a diverse workforce we aim to recruit and retain a workforce which represents the rich diversity of the local population at all levels and are committed to designing our services around the needs of individual patients and those around them. Anonymous information will be used from your application in order to ensure we're meeting our pledge.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For a more detailed job description and main responsibilities, please refer to the job description document attached to this vacancy.

Person Specification

Qualifications and Training


  • Degree in Occupational Therapy or Physiotherapy or equivalent
  • HCPC registered
  • Demonstration of continued education / training in MSK or associated area


  • Postgraduate training at masters level or equivalent in relevant clinical or managerial area
  • Formal supervisory or people management based qualification

Knowledge and experience


  • Varied post-graduate clinical experience across specialties at both junior and senior grades with time spent in a 'physical' acute hospital setting
  • Significant clinical experience at a senior level in areas relevant to MSK Out-Patient Pathways
  • Demonstrates experience of leading teams - day to day management including management of issues such as absence or performance management
  • Evidence of recruiting, interviewing & appointing staff
  • Demonstrates experience of people management including undergraduate students
  • Evidence of significant experience of clinical supervision, mentoring and teaching
  • Evidence of knowledge and experience of using clinical outcome measures and audit


  • Evidence of some knowledge and awareness of financial management systems - basic understanding of budgets
  • Evidence of implementing change

Skills and abilities


  • Evidence of excellent organisational skills and ability to prioritise and manage multiple projects effectively applying excellent time management skills
  • Demonstrates ability to work flexibly and adapt under pressure
  • Evidence of ability to use IT systems sufficient to use patient administration system, electronic mail, produce reports including spreadsheets
  • Evidence of having skills to supervise others and be able to recognise and adapt own supervisory style



  • Evidence of commitment to own and others' professional development
  • Demonstrates commitment to team working

Knowledge and experience


  • Understands current political and professional agenda

Skills and abilities


  • Demonstrates ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of people in a variety of formats
  • Evidence of ability to demonstrate clinical & professional leadership skills e.g. development implementation of practice standard, developing others
  • Demonstrates excellent clinical reasoning and problem solving strategies
  • Demonstrates ability to identify own strengths and weaknesses in professional practise
  • Evidence of ability to build/maintain productive professional relationships quickly
  • Evidence of good presentation skills



  • Credible & mature attitude, which is recognised & respected by other staff
  • Evidence of proactive attitude
  • Demonstrates excellent leadership qualities
  • Evidence of commitment to Trust values

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW)


Trustwide - Bristol Royal Infirmary



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