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Specialist Physiotherapy in Acute Stroke Care

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
21 May 2024

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Band 7
Full Time
Due to maternity leave cover an exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Acute Stroke Service at Ipswich Hospital. This fixed term/secondment is full time, for 12 months, commencing on or around 24th June 2024.

You would work alongside the Clinical Specialist, and Specialist OT with the rest of the team, providing acute assessment and treatment in line with the Royal College of Physicians 2023 guidelines SSNAP Key Indicators, which includes early mobilisation and intensity targets.

Our stroke unit has 4 HASU beds and 24 ASU beds, and there is a strong MDT working ethos with daily board rounds to ensure timely assessments, inputs and discharge planning.

Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy work in an integrated manner, closely alongside the rest of the MDT. We also support the MDT stroke follow up clinic every week, for recent discharged patients. Groups run every day and we regularly have the support of the Rehabilitation Assistants to help deliver opportunity to practice during the in-patient care.

Sound clinical skills, good organisation and ability to work over weekends are all advantageous. Full support and team-work makes this a suitable opportunity for someone looking to upskill into the Band 7 role, or to return to the field of stroke care after working elsewhere.

Main duties of the job

To be responsible for providing highly specialist assessment and treatment for patients with stroke who may have complex acute or chronic presentations.

To ensure appropriate pathways of care and communications via liaison and referral to other agencies as required.

To co-ordinate a team of physiotherapy staff and assist in the implementation of the services' Clinical Governance action plan.

To lead by example and working collaboratively with MDT plan, co-ordinate, deliver and evaluate the Physiotherapy service provided to stroke patients.

About us

We are ESNEFT and we provide hospital and community health services to almost one million people across east Suffolk and north Essex. Our dedicated staff deliver care from acute hospitals in Colchester and Ipswich, community hospitals, surgeries, community clinics and in patients' own homes.We are one of the largest NHS organisations in England, employing more than 12,000 staff.We pride ourselves on supporting our staff. We offer a wide range of training and development opportunities, as well as flexible working options.

Along with supporting you to achieve your career goals we offer a generous pension scheme, unsocial hours payments (where applicable), 27 days annual leave on commencement (pro rata) and access to a range of NHS discounts. Our Staff Health and Wellbeing programme offer a variety of services.Our philosophy is thatTime Mattersto everyone. Across the Trust, we concentrate on improving the things we do and removing those which cause time delays for our staff and patients.

We are investing in our commitment to Time Matters with a partnership with leading electronic patient record (EPR) supplier Epic. This digital transformation will bringwhat'swidely regarded as the world's best EPR system to ESNEFT, transforming life in hospital for staff and patients.If you are passionate about patient care and want to develop your skills and knowledge, then we want to hear from you.Find out about living and working here

Job description

Job responsibilities

For full details of the responsibilities and duties of this role please see the attached job description.

Person Specification



  • Proven post registration experience
  • Band 6 level experience of working in relevant specialities
  • Evidence of continued professional development
  • Previous experience of student supervision and clinical education
  • Demonstrated understanding of the role of physiotherapy within the current evolving health environment
  • Understanding of all aspects of clinical governance
  • Experience of working within a multi-disciplinary teams
  • Clear understanding of other disciplines' roles and expectations


  • Highly specialist knowledge and experience of a wide range of approaches to the management of complex neurological conditions
  • Experience of formal presentation to multi-professional groups
  • Clinical research experience



  • Degree/Diploma in Physiotherapy
  • Health Care Professional Council Registered
  • Post Registration Training in Stroke/Neuro
  • Commitment to advanced clinical and professional development


  • oMembership of professional body
  • oMembership of COT Specialist Section e.g. older people
  • oAccredited wheelchair assessor

Employer details

Employer name

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust


Ipswich Hospital



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