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Specialist Physiotherapist in Cancer Services

Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Milton Keynes
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum pro rata
Closing date
24 May 2024

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Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
Specialist Physiotherapist in Cancer Services

Department: Therapies

Band 6

Hours: 22.5 per week. All MKUH roles will be considered for flexible working

Our Therapy Department is currently looking for an enthusiastic Band 6 physiotherapist to become part of our therapy team being established for our Cancer Centre.

Working as part of a dedicated and skilled Cancer Services team you will be providing a holistic therapy approach to cancer patients in an inpatient setting. There is a strong expectation to collaborate with all members of the MDT to ensure the complex needs of patients are always at the centre of your care.

Previous experience of working within an inpatient and cancer setting are essential. An ability to demonstrate a proactive flexible approach and to be able to work well on own initiative is essential. Demonstrable skills in service development are desirable, along with a keen interest in educating fellow healthcare colleagues.

If you have the desire to be part of a team that will be developing leading cancer services in Milton Keynes and a strong commitment to compassionate care we would love to hear from you.

For further information or an informal discussion please contact Laura Sturgeon, Inpatient Therapy Service Lead, via Physiotherapy reception on 01908 995432 or alternatively email

Please do not reapply for this post if an application has already been received within the previous 3 months.

Interview: w/c 03.06.2024

Main duties of the job

  • To provide advanced physiotherapeutic assessments of patients within the oncology service who may have diverse presentations and complex physical and psychological conditions, to provide a diagnosis and develop and deliver an individualised treatment programme in relation to oncology patients and other inpatients across the Trust.
  • To be responsible for own case-load within a predominantly Cancer Service ward, working without direct supervision. Supervision takes the form of regular formal training, individual monthly reviews with the Lead Physiotherapist for Inpatients, annual appraisal and clinical supervision.
  • To support the development of the oncology inpatient service both within the Cancer Centre and across the Trust.
  • Access to advice and support from a Lead Physiotherapist is available if required, clinical work is not regularly evaluated.
  • To undertake all aspects of clinical duties as an autonomous practitioner.
  • To work collaboratively with the multidisciplinary team and integrate working practices with community partners in order to facilitate timely discharge and readmission avoidance.
  • To train and develop band 5, assistant staff and students.
  • To undertake evidence based audit and/or research to further own and teams clinical practice. Make recommendations to Therapy Leads/Service Lead regarding changes to practice and/or service policies and protocols.
  • To represent therapies as a visible, knowledgeable, confident, supportive and high performing professional group.

About us

You can expect a warm welcome at Milton Keynes University Hospital, our staff are friendly and welcoming. We listen to each other and work together to embed our Trusts values and behaviours. At MKUH we appreciate our staff and reward them with an outstanding benefits package including:
  • Free on-site parking
  • Free tea and coffee
  • Great flexible workingopportunities
  • Discounted gym membership
  • Lease car scheme
  • Generous annual leave and pension scheme
  • On site nursery (chargeable)
  • Extensive staff health and well-being programme

Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, in partnership with the University of Buckingham, is a University Teaching Hospital we conduct research and teaching on site to improve the care of our patients. The hospital is undergoing significant investment, and we are proud to be rated good by the CQC. Visit our website to catch up on our latest news.

MKUH is committed to equal opportunities and improving the working lives of our staff and as such we offer a range of flexible working practices. We promote an inclusive workforce and encourage applications from applicants from all backgrounds.

We reserve the right to expire vacancies prior to the advertised closing date once a sufficient number of applications have been received.

MKUH uses identification scanning technology to confirm the authenticity of documents all prospective employees of MKUH will have their original documents verified using this technology.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To be professionally and legally responsible and accountable for all aspects of your own work including the management of patients in your care.
  • To undertake the comprehensive holistic assessment of patients, including those with a complex presentation/multi-pathologies use advanced clinical reasoning skills and manual assessment techniques to provide an accurate diagnosis of their condition. In particular with patients in the cancer service.

  • To comply with the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct.
  • To maintain own continuing professional development (CPD) by keeping abreast of any new trends and developments, and incorporate them as necessary into your work.

  • To be responsible for the supervision and coordination of junior staff, students and assistants on a daily basis, in conjunction with the Lead Therapists as required.
  • To ensure that your own practice and that of staff under your supervision meet the required professional standards of physiotherapy practice

Please refer to the attached Job Description for more details on the role and responsibilities.

By applying for this role, you accept if successful, that information from your application will be transferred into the national NHS Electronic Staff Record (ESR) system. Your personal data may be transferred from the Trust to another NHS organisation where your employment transfers within the NHS. This is in accordance with the streamlining programme which aims at saving you time and improving efficiencies within the NHS when your employment transfers.

Upon commencing employment with the Trust, all employees (except Medical & Dental Staff on national terms and conditions) are subject to a probationary period lasting a period of six months with an option to extend for a further six months to a total of 12 months.

Person Specification

Qualifications and knowledge


  • Physiotherapy Degree/Diploma or equivalent professional qualification
  • Registered with UK Health and Care Professions Council
  • Evidence of CPD including attendance at recent post graduate courses


  • Membership of CSP
  • Membership of specialist interest groups



  • Appropriate post registration experience in Oncology
  • Experience in the NHS
  • Broad range of experience as an autonomous practitioner and band 5 or 6 level in acute and chronic respiratory care, acute and chronic rehabilitation and musculoskeletal work
  • Awareness of NHS & Trust systems, policies, procedures & current changes.
  • Sound therapeutic & clinical knowledge
  • Experience of multi-disciplinary team working
  • Participation in on-call and weekend rota work


  • Supervision of band 5, Assistants and Students



  • Good time management skills
  • Ability to prioritise appropriately
  • Timely management of patient medical records
  • Practice Evidence Based therapy
  • Ability to be aware of clinical & non-clinical complications & risks
  • Ability to thrive in a multidisciplinary environment
  • Enthusiasm for IST including presentation of IST & cases
  • Basic management skills-to be able to help organise caseload & others
  • Recognition of need for timely and accurate data
  • Understanding of audit & outcome measurement
  • IT literacy / presentation

Personal and people development


  • Evidence of Continuous Professional Development


  • Experience of leading appraisals and band 5/assistant development



  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to influence others
  • Excellent communication skills E.g. verbal, non-verbal and written

Specific requirements


  • Able to perform the duties of the post with reasonable aids and adaptations
  • Able to work on the on-call respiratory and weekend rota

Employer details

Employer name

Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Inpatient Physiotherapy (Dept)

Milton Keynes


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