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Senior Physiotherapist - Specialist Physiotherapist (XR06)

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
22 May 2024

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Do you want to enjoy the benefits of working in the vibrant city of Leeds in wonderful Yorkshire?

Are you an innovative, dynamic, enthusiastic individual ready to play an integral part in the continued development of our progressive service at Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust?

We are committed to embodying the values of The Leeds Way: being Patient- centered, Fair, Accountable, Collaborative and Empowered. We aim to provide care that is focused on compassion, sensitivity, and kindness towards all our patients, carers, and relatives, meeting their individual needs every time. We recognise that to achieve this common purpose of providing optimal patient care we are all one team and continued staff development is vital.

Main duties of the job

The Older Peoples Physiotherapy Team is looking to recruit a senior physiotherapist to provide high quality rehabilitation for elderly patients.

The candidate will need to demonstrate leadership skills to support the well-established team. This is a fantastic opportunity to develop your skills and abilities to work effectively at a Band 6 level alongside the existing senior team.

The post holder would assist in the coordination of the acute rehabilitation of the complex patient caseload that we encounter. The successful candidate will also need to demonstrate a clear understanding of the complex needs of the Older Person. The breadth and spectrum of this post is a challenge for any clinician. This will also include the teaching and development of others in the management of complex patients. Recent experience in managing patients with neurological, respiratory, orthopaedic presentations as well as long-term conditions is essential.

Other clinical duties will involve supporting the team to maintain optimum patient flow and timely and safe discharges of patients from hospital to appropriate community pathways. This will need to be achieved even when the patient is outside of the specialty base wards.

Non-clinical responsibilities will include service evaluation and development. This will ensure the elderly physiotherapy service is effective, efficient and provides the best care possible for our patients.

About us

You will be working closely alongside the current team leaders to develop your skills within this field. Training will be available to support your development.

The Interviews will take place on the week commencing the 3rd of June. If you have any further questions, please contact Julie Roberts or Sasha Struthers on 0113 2064862 or via email at or

Leeds Teaching Hospitals is committed to our process of redeploying 'at risk' members of our existing workforce to new roles. As such, all our job adverts are subject to this policy and we reserve the right to close, delay or remove adverts while this process is completed. If you do experience a delay in the shortlisting stage of the recruitment cycle, please bear with us while this process is completed, and contact the named contact if you have any questions.

Job description

Job responsibilities


To perform physiotherapeutic assessment of patient with diverse presentations and complex physical and psychological conditions, to provide a diagnosis and develop and deliver an individualised treatment programme.

The post-holder will participate in the senior rotational scheme which involves working across a range of settings.

To be responsible for their own continuing professional and personal development


To hold responsibility for own case load and be responsible for a defined area of the service or a particular patient type, working without direct supervision. Access to advice and support from a senior physiotherapist is available if required, clinical work is not routinely evaluated.

To undertake all aspects of clinical duties as an autonomous practitioner within this specialist field.



Degree or equivalent

Attendance on relevant post graduate courses


Significant experience working as a physiotherapist

Working with a wide range of professionals including medical, nursing and therapy colleagues


Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing

Ability to prioritise, organise and allocate workload

Time management skills


Insight into clinical speciality e.g. through academic study at post

Graduate level or equivalent

Insight into current professional issues and those influencing the NHS standards of professional practice

Personal Attributes

Professional and patient focused

Ability to work independently and as part of a team

Flexible, adaptable capable of lateral thinking

Good interpersonal skills


Teaching skills with the ability to use various media

Communication skills

Time management skills

Team player


Research conscious


An understanding of the organisational structure and working practices of this specialist area

To have a working knowledge of Professional Standards set by the Charted Society of Physiotherapy, Health Professions Council and National Standards e.g. NSFs



To be professional and legally responsible and accountable for all aspects of your own work relating to the assessment and treatment of patients in your care undertaking clinical duties as an autonomous practitioner.

To undertake the comprehensive assessment and treatment of patients including those with diverse / complex / multi pathological presentation. This will necessitate the use of investigative and analytical skills to formulate an accurate diagnosis and treatment from a range of options.

Using investigative and analytical skills to formulate individualised management and treatment plans including the development of comprehensive discharge plans.

To accept clinical responsibility for a designated caseload of patients and to organise this effectively and efficiently with regard to clinical priorities and use of time.

To demonstrate dexterity, co-ordination and palpatory skills in the assessment and manual treatment of patients.

To develop and deliver the physiotherapy element of the rehabilitation programme and on occasion to deliver some elements normally undertaken by nursing or occupational therapy colleagues.

Use a range of verbal and non-verbal communication tools to communicate effectively with patients to progress treatment and rehabilitation programmes. This will include patients who may have difficulties in understanding or communicating.

Ability to work in a stressful environment imparting information regarding poor rehabilitation prognosis on a daily basis.

Ability to deal effectively with emotional and / or aggressive patients and / or carers on a daily basis. This will necessitate the use of communication skills e.g. to motivate and reassure.

Assess patient understanding of treatment proposals, gain valid informed consent and have knowledge to work within a legal framework with patients who lack capacity to consent to treatment.

To ensure a high standard of clinical care for the patients under your management and support more junior staff/ students to do likewise.

Formulate and deliver physiotherapy treatment programmes based on a sound knowledge of evidence based practice and treatment options using clinical assessment, reasoning skills and knowledge of treatment options using e.g., manual physiotherapy techniques, patient education, exercise classes, electrotherapy techniques and other alternative options.

Represent the physiotherapy service and / or individual patients at multi-disciplinary team meetings, to ensure the delivery of a co-ordinated multidisciplinary service, and integration of physiotherapy treatment. This will include discussion of patient care, patient progress and involvement in discharge planning.

Education and Training

To provide spontaneous and planned advice, teaching and instruction to relatives, carers and other professionals to promote understanding of the aims of physiotherapy and to ensure a consistent approach to patients care.

To communicate effectively with patients and carers to maximise rehabilitation potential and to ensure understanding of their condition.

Be an active member of the in-service training programme by attendance at, and participation in tutorials individual training sessions external courses peer review and reflective practice.

To contribute to the teaching of student physiotherapists to graduate level on physiotherapeutic skills and knowledge within core clinical areas.

Teach, assess and contribute to the performance assessment and appraisal of junior physiotherapists and physiotherapy assistant staff.

To provide daily support, guidance and training to junior physiotherapist, support workers and students, assessing evaluating and ensuring competence.

Professional and Managerial

Maintain and develop current knowledge of evidence based practice in the areas of each rotation, developing knowledge of a variety of conditions and patient types.

As a senior member of the clinical team you may be required to ensure that you implement policy and service development changes and ensure other do likewise.

To be responsible for maintaining own competency to practice through continued Professional Development activities and maintain a portfolio which reflect your own personal development.

To communicate effectively and work collaboratively with medical, nursing and therapy colleagues to ensure delivery of a co-ordinated multidisciplinary service. This will include case conferences, ward rounds and discharge planning as appropriate.

To participate in the staff appraisal scheme as an appraise and appraiser and be responsible for complying with your agreed personal development programmes to meet set knowledge and competencies.

To undertake the measurement and evaluation of your work and current practices through the use of evidence based projects, audit and outcome measures, either individually or with others. Make recommendations for changes as appropriate.

To demonstrate an understanding of Clinical Governance and Risk Management and apply to work situation.

To maintain own continuing professional development by keeping abreast of any new trends and developments, incorporating them as necessary into your work.

In the absence of a senior staff member to supervise more junior staff, technical instructors, assistants and students.

To allocate individual task to more junior staff and support workers as required.


To be responsible for a designated area of work, as agreed with the Clinical Physiotherapy Manager and to plan and organise efficiently and effectively with regard to patients management and use of time.

To decide priorities for won workload, balancing other patient related demands.

To be responsible for the safe and competent use of individually prescribed equipment used by patient and general therapy equipment used by physiotherapy staff through teaching and supervision of practice.

To maintain accurate comprehensive and up-to-date documentation, in line with legal and departmental requirements, and communicate assessment and treatment results to the appropriate disciplines in the form of verbal / written reports / letters.

To be actively involved in the collection of appropriate data and statistics for the use of the department.

To be aware of Health and Safety aspects of your work and implement any policies, which may be required to improve the safety of your work area, including your prompt recording and reporting of accidents to senior staff, and ensuring that equipment use is safe.

To comply with the organisational and departmental policies and procedures and to be involved in their reviewing as appropriate.

To undertake any other duties that might be considered appropriate by the Clinical Physiotherapy Manager or the Head of Physiotherapy

Patient and Public Involvement

The Trust has a statutory duty to involve patients and public in evaluating and planning services. All staff have a responsibility to listen to the views of patients and to contribute to service improvements based on patient feedback.

Training and Personal Development Continuous Professional Development

The jobholder must take responsibility in agreement with his/her line manager for his/her own personal development by ensuring that Continuous Professional Development remains a priority. The jobholder will undertake all mandatory training required for the role.

Person Specification



  • Degree in Physiotherapy or equivalent
  • Health Professions Council Registration



  • Post graduate clinical experience including relevant core area
  • Knowledge and experience in a range of approaches to the management of patient in this area of practice

Skills & behaviours


  • Professions, hardworking and flexible with a positive attitude
  • To make sound judgements and reliable decisions in a variety of demanding situations
  • Contribute to effective team working including prioritisation organisation of self and others and delegation of work load

Employer details

Employer name

Leeds Teaching Hospitals


St. James's University Hospital

Beckett Street



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