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Advanced Practice Physiotherapist in CCA and Cardiology Pathway Lead

Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Cambridge Bio Medical Campus
£43,742 to £50,056 a year
Closing date
9 Jun 2024

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Band 7
Full Time
This is a 10 month fixed term position due to parental leave in the Physiotherapy department as an Advanced Practice Physiotherapist in Critical Care and Cardiology Pathway Lead. The post has been developed due to increased capacity and patient complexity in Critical Care and increased Cardiology activity across the Trust.

The post holder will provide advanced clinical assessment, treatment and service development within Critical Care and those with ongoing critical illness, working alongside the Critical Care Team Lead and Deputy. Patient cohorts include cardiothoracic surgery, ECMO, mechanical circulatory support devices, heart failure, transplant, and cardiology patients.

The post holder will also be responsible for the service delivery across the Cardiology Pathway. This will include strategic oversight of physiotherapy provision, day to day support of junior staff and service improvement projects.

The post holder will have opportunities to develop their advanced clinical skills with support of the Physiotherapy Service Lead.

This role provides the individual with a fantastic opportunity to work with key stakeholders and the wider MDT to advance the service provided and co-ordinate high quality patient care. Within the role the post holder will engage in audit, research and education, and support colleagues with their own service improvement work.

Main duties of the job

Advanced and holistic clinical assessment, reasoning, and management of complex Critical Care and complex Cardiology patients

Development of extended scope skills to benefit patients with critical illness

Support rehabilitation of complex patients throughout their hospital admission, including outreach into the ward environment and follow up.

Leading audit, research, and service improvement projects in Critical Care and Cardiology

Day to day management of physiotherapy staffing for Cardiology wards

Attend Trust level meetings for Cardiology Services

Supporting colleagues to advance their clinical reasoning skills to achieve rotational and IPR goals

Exploring opportunities to provide teaching within and outside the Trust

Seeking out CPD opportunities such as conferences and courses

About us

Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is the UK's leading heart and lung hospital, delivering care to more than 50,000 patients a year in its new state-of-the-art hospital in Cambridge. We perform the most heart and/or lung transplants in the UK and carried out the UK's first successful heart transplant in 1979. It also offers emergency heart attack treatment, sleep centre care and is one of just five centres nationally for those in severe respiratory failure.

Based on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus the largest centre of medical research and health science in Europe the Trust is at the heart of treatments of the future. Royal Papworth became the first hospital trust in the country to be rated outstanding in all five areas assessed by the Care Quality Commission - a rating it still holds today. The Trust holds its values of compassion, excellence & collaboration at its core, and all colleagues joining the team are expected to uphold these in their day-to-day roles & interactions. Royal Papworth is proud of its diverse workforce and encourages people to embrace their individuality.

The Trust values difference and welcomes all applications irrespective of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy & maternity, race, religion & belief, sex and sexual orientation. Providing they meet the minimum post criteria, applicants with disabilities will be offered an interview.

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Job description

Job responsibilities

On this page you will find a Role Profile which provides information about the hospital and full details about the role. We recommend that you review this and refer to it as you complete your application. Please include how you will meet the Trust Values Compassion, Excellence and Collaboration. If you would like more information about the role or working at Royal Papworth Hospital, please get in touch with the contact for this role.

Person Specification



  • BSc/ Pre- Reg MSc/ Grad. Dip. in Physiotherapy with HCPC registration
  • Post graduate education/ MSc level (or equivalent level) training relevant to Critical Care.
  • HCPC registration.
  • Active participation and engagement within specialist interest group membership.


  • CSP member.



  • Clinical Pillar
  • Specialist physiotherapy knowledge and advanced clinical reasoning in critical care, cardiothoracic surgery, cardiology and rehabilitation. Ability to support others to develop their knowledge.
  • Evidence of significant experience in physiotherapeutic management of patients with critical illness and associated condition and treatment options.
  • Evidence of development of scope of practice with new skills and support others to also develop.
  • Ability to work independently and prioritise own and others workload and delegate effectively to others.
  • Leadership Pillar
  • Evidence of excellent communication, leadership and management skills across the multi-professional team.
  • Evidence of excellent communication skills, including verbal, non verbal and written, in difficult and challenging situations
  • Ability to problem solve and make complex clinical and non-clinical decisions and support the team to also do so
  • Education Pillar
  • Engagement in post-graduate education relevant to CCA and cardiology including attending, presenting and organising relevant courses, study days and conferences.
  • Experience of teaching and presentation to peers, junior staff and students.
  • Experience in education and advocacy of physiotherapy across the multi-professional team
  • Research Pillar
  • Experience in leading team and department audit / service improvement/ research projects
  • Utilisation of current evidence base to influence own and others clinical practice.
  • Working knowledge of NHS and AHP priorities and initiatives

Additional Criteria


  • Please provide evidence of your commitment to uphold the Trust's values: Compassion, Excellence, Collaboration
  • Role model and support others in demonstrating professionalism, resilience and reflexivity
  • Ability to undertake manual handling tasks.
  • Ability to work flexibly in an enhanced seven day service including on-call, and late shifts.

Employer details

Employer name

Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Royal Papworth Hospital

Papworth Road

Cambridge Bio Medical Campus



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