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Children's Community Physiotherapist

Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
28 May 2024

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Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen within Leeds Community Healthcare for an enthusiastic and motivated Children's Physiotherapist to join our friendly, dynamic and forward-thinking service. The team delivers services to children 0-19 years with complex needs and long-term neuro/neurodevelopmental conditions.

Children and families access the service in a variety of venues including health centres, schools, nurseries and their homes. You will work as part of a great MDT across our 3 bases to develop in this specialist clinical area, as well as working with outside organisations such as Education and the Local Authority.

Physiotherapists in our team use different consultation approaches such as digital, face to face, and specialist treatment interventions to support our families.

Due to the community nature of our service a U.K. car drivers licence and access to a vehicle are essential.

Main duties of the job

Successful applicants must be experienced working with children with neurological and neuro-developmental conditions and be keen to continue developing clinical and leadership skills.

Excellent communication and team working skills are essential, with applicants able to handle complex, often challenging conversations and help families set their own goals.

Candidates will deliver a range of therapies including rebound, aquatic physiotherapy and land-based sessions with training provided. You will be able to effectively prioritise clinical work and other responsibilities and manage your own time. We encourage staff to participate in and lead projects, audits and key workstreams to develop the service. The successful applicant will support supervision of students and junior staff.

We offer a full induction, ongoing clinical and managerial support from experienced specialist staff and regular in-house training.

This is a fantastic opportunity to work within our supportive community team

About us

Working for Leeds community Healthcare NHS Trust

Who are we?

Leeds Community Healthcare provides a range of community-based health services across the whole city. We treat people in their homes, local health centres and community hospitals, and work in partnership with other local Trusts, charities and Leeds City Council.

We have a strong culture based on deeply-held values, and our focus at all times is on delivering high quality care to the people of Leeds. In our most recent CQC evaluation, we were rated Good, with our Adult Services rated Outstanding for caring.

Perks of the job

Our benefits range from generous annual leave to access to NHS discount sites. See the supporting link on the right for a full list of rewards & why to work for Leeds Community Healthcare.

Right to Work

This role is based in the UK. Employment is conditional on confirmation of the right to work in the UK - either as a UK or Irish citizen, under the EU settlement scheme or having secured any other relevant work visa. If you do not have the right to work in the UK and the role does not meet eligibility for sponsorship, please consider carefully whether you meet the eligibility to apply.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will be responsible for their own caseload within their speciality area as an autonomous practitioner. In doing so, they will assess, plan, deliver and evaluate patient centred programmes of care to a specialist level ensuring that they practice within their sphere of competence and knowledge. The post holder will work to professional and regulatory body codes, standards and guidance at all times ensuring that their practice is grounded in evidence based theoretical and practical knowledge.

Key Responsibilities

1. Clinical

1.1. Demonstrates a detailed theoretical and practical knowledge of common aetiologies, pathologies, conditions and presentations involving a critical understanding of theories and principles

1.2. Demonstrates innovative and specialist skills to select methods and tools to holistically assess, plan, implement and evaluate in a complex and specialised field of work.

1.3. Demonstrates highly developed physical skills where dexterity and accuracy are important e.g. syringe pumps and infusions, manual treatments

1.4. Makes consistent judgements requiring complex fact analysis, interpretation and comparison of options and ensures clinical reasoning is reflected accurately in case records

1.5. Engages and actively involves the individual and, if appropriate, their family/carer, in the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of programmes of treatment and/or care by using person-centred techniques to promote a culture of involvement and empowerment

1.6. Works to standards of proficiency identified by their professional and regulatory bodies performing clinical treatments/procedures to a competent standard

1.7. Prioritises their own workload, and that of the wider team, within agreed objectives deciding when to refer to others as appropriate.

1.8. Provides and receives complex, sensitive or contentious information where motivational, persuasive, empathetic, negotiating and reassurance skills are required whilst demonstrating an understanding of barriers to communication

1.9. Approaches each individual with care, compassion and sensitivity ensuring that these values are reflected in all areas of practice including the management of any complaints and compliments.

1.10. To comply with the organisations Infection Prevention and Control requirements, including bare below the elbows dress code for staff with a direct care delivery role

Person Specification



  • Professional degree BSc / MSC in Physiotherapy
  • Appropriate statutory professional body registration - HCPC, CSP.
  • Maintains a portfolio of CPD in line with regulatory body standards


  • Post Graduate qualification in Paediatrics/ Neuro- Disability.
  • Leadership training



  • Experience in Paediatric Physiotherapy
  • Detailed theoretical and clinical knowledge of Paediatric Physiotherapy specialist assessment, planning and evaluation
  • Experience in supervising other members of staff and students.
  • Clinical time management, prioritisation and delegation skills
  • Case load management


  • Working in community healthcare.
  • Experience of leadership
  • Experience working with children in non-physiotherapy context

Skills and Attributes


  • Highly motivated and reliable
  • Cares for patients and colleagues
  • Demonstrates values consistent with those of the Trust
  • Good team player
  • Able to work across agencies and with clinical partners/ MDT as well as independently
  • Good communication skills
  • Able to demonstrate reflective practice
  • Competent IT skills
  • Able to think creatively to help children and families achieve goals


  • Interest or experience in research, clinical audit and use of evidence

Employer details

Employer name

Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust


Wortley Beck

Ring Road

Lower Wortley


LS12 5SG

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