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Care and Rehab Lead for Spinal Cord Injury

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum
Closing date
24 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

This is an unique opportunity to implement and develop Sussex's Spinal Cord Injury provision.

NHS England is supporting regional Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) units and affiliated Major Trauma Centres to improve pathways of care as part of the National SCI transformation programme. University Hospital Sussex is recruiting a team of experience Therapist/Nursing staff to develop and deliver a regional model of care that supports people living with Spinal Cord injury across Sussex.

This is an exciting opportunity for applicants with clinical experience and skills within spinal care to play a key role in delivering this new proposed model. The successful applicant will work with colleagues across health and social care to implement and develop this service, which will support people along their journey, from their acute admission, transfer to inpatient rehabilitation and onwards into the community setting, through the provision of outreach support and advice for the person, their carers and for our community colleagues.

The successful candidate will have expert practice, proven clinical leadership, advanced knowledge, multidisciplinary teamworking in the field of SCI. They will lead a team of therapists to work in various settings, they will be responsible for the day to day management of the spinal cord injury therapy team and the education and training of staff involved in SCI care.

Main duties of the job

Main Duties and Responsibilities
  • Responsible and accountable for the operational management of the SCI teams (band 6 OT, PT, rehab support worker and admin) team by undertaking a clinical team leader role in planning, coordinating, delivering and evaluating the SCI Service on a day-to-day basis, and allocating workforce appropriately.
  • Provide professional clinical leadership as an advanced practitioner within the field of SCI, working to a highly specialist level in critical care, Major Trauma, Neurosurgery, rehab centres and community areas.
  • To communicate effectively with patients, carers and other healthcare professionals and other agencies working with patients with SCI. It will be important to work closely with Multidisciplinary teams (MDTs) and family members to support patients with any communication difficulties and use advanced communication skills to promote shared understanding.
  • To maintain comprehensive and accurate assessment and treatment records in line with legal, professional, and organisational requirements and to provide timely written reports when required to support appropriate care decisions and avoid delays in transfer of care.
  • To work closely with spinal practitioners during acute admission.
  • To ensure that patients, their families, and care teams are fully informed and supported throughout all SCI patient journeys.

About us

At UHSussex, diversity is our strength, and we want you to feel included to help us always put the Patient First, as shown in our Outstanding for Caring CQC rating. Your uniqueness and experiences will be part of our creative and innovative community where everyone is encouraged to succeed. We have a range of Staff Networks to help break down barriers, and can offer a buddy to help new members settle in. We're proud to be a Disability Confident Employer (Level 2) and a Veteran Aware Trust.

We treat our patients and staff with the same compassion and empathy we expect for ourselves. We're here for them when they need us, and we go above and beyond to meet their needs. This can be seen in ourWellbeing Programmefor staff which is extensive and designed to support you when you need it - because we know that to look after others we must first look after ourselves.

As a university trust and a leader in healthcare research, we value learning, teaching and training so that we can be the best that we can be. From the moment you start with us and throughout your career we will help you to grow and develop. We hope that in choosing UHSussex you are choosing a long and happy career where you will be able to see the difference you make and feel valued for all that you do.

We look forward to receiving your application and the start of your journey with UHSussex.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To ensure that expert clinical knowledge and skills are shared with the South East SCI Network (when set up), NHSE and all providers of care to SCI patients throughout the lifelong patient pathway.
  • To maintain close links, communication and liaison between all staff and people involved in SCI patient care, always promoting good working relationships characterised by open communication, trust, and respect.Working as an autonomous practitioner, to carry a high clinical caseload of highly complex patients providing specialist assessment and treatment within the Major Trauma, Neurosurgery and Rehabilitation teams.
  • Work in collaboration with therapists and nursing staff on Critical Care, Neuro, Trauma and Rehab areas to ensure best practise is provided to all patients on the SCI pathway including outliers. This includes the use of advanced clinical reasoning skills to provide highly specialist support to medical staff and other health professions.
  • Use professional and clinical leadership in the development and implementation of a comprehensive training and personal development plan for all allied health staff (and other health professionals) across the SCI pathway.
  • To be guided by National Standards where they exist to develop departmental policies.
  • Support the development of strategies for the service. To be involved with development and clinical governance of the SCI service across the whole organisation, in conjunction with the Departmental management teams and Clinical Director of Major trauma, Neurosurgery/spinal and rehabilitation.
  • To link in with the Head of Therapies for RSCH (Royal Sussex County Hospital) as required.

Please do read the attached Job description and personal specification for a more detailed review.

Person Specification

Application form


  • Relevant Professional qualification
  • Substantial experience at band 7 of managing spinal cord injury patients at senior level
  • Extensive experience with initial fit of spinal orthotics
  • Ability in a wide range of approaches in the management of SCI
  • Experience of operational management of staff
  • Evidence of supervising less experience staff
  • Proven understanding of clinical governance and risk management


  • Evidence of postgraduate management course
  • Driving license
  • Evidence of development of departmental policies and procedures

equality, diversity and Inclusion


  • Evidence of having championed diversity in previous roles (as appropriate to role).
  • Evidence of having undertaken own development to improve understanding of equalities issues.

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust (279)


Royal Sussex County Hospital

Eastern Road



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