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Specialist Physiotherapist in Complex Medicine/ Intermediate Care Unit

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

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

Specialist Physiotherapist in Complex Medicine/ Intermediate Care Unit

Department: Therapies

Band 6 �35,392 - �42,618 per annum

Hours: 37.5 per week. All MKUH roles will be considered for flexible working

The Complex Medical Team is currently seeking to recruit a skilled Band 6 Physiotherapist. This team is welcoming and dedicated to delivering comprehensive assessments and care for the frail population within the hospital. Focusing on supporting the transition from an acute medical ward to home with the appropriate support in place.

We are in search of a dynamic individual with experience in the community field, general medicine, or frailty to contribute their expertise in specialist assessments and treatments as integral members of a multidisciplinary team.

Applicants must possess current HCPC registration and recognised qualifications as an Physiotherapist.

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

We welcome your inquiries or the opportunity to have an informal discussion. Feel free to contact Laura Riddell, the Lead Physiotherapist in complex medicine, via email at for further details or to arrange a relaxed conversation.

Interview: w/c 03/06/2024

Main duties of the job

The suitable candidate will require a reablement and home first approach to promote independence and prevent deconditioning. You will be expected to delegate to therapy support workers to support with the progression of patient centred goals for discharge and onward community based therapy programmes.

Successful candidates should be highly motivated, flexible, and innovative, with excellent communication, time management, and organisational skills. The ability to work independently and collaboratively within a team is crucial. Additionally, candidates will be responsible for supervising and training junior therapy staff and assistants.

Additionally, we will support the successful applicant to attend our newly developed MSc Frailty module in collaboration with Northampton University. Support from our dedicated Therapy Practice Development team will also be provided.

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 professional and legally accountable for all aspects of your own work including the management of patients in your care
  • To undertake Comprehensive Geriatric Assessments for patients, including those with a complex presentation, using advanced investigative and analytical skills and to formulate individualised management and treatment plans, using clinical reasoning and utilising a wide range of treatment skills and options to formulate a specialised programme of care and signpost to other specialist or services revaluating as appropriate

  • To comply with the Chartered Society of Physiotherapys Code of Members Professional Values and Behaviour
  • To be responsible for maintaining own competency to practice through continuing professional development ( CPD) by keeping abreast of any new trends and developments and incorporate, as necessary, in your work. Maintain a portfolio which reflects personal development

  • To be responsible for the supervision and co-ordination of junior staff, assistants and student on a daily bases in conjunction with the team leader
  • To ensure that your own practice and that of staff under your supervision, meet the required professional standards of practise

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
  • Registered with UK Health Centre Professions Council
  • Evidence of post registration CPD relating to frailty and/or intermediate care
  • Sound therapeutic and clinical knowledge
  • Knowledge of Physiotherapy best practice for a range of conditions


  • Membership of CSP
  • Membership of Specialist Interest Groups
  • Awareness of NHS and Trust systems, policies, procedures and current changes



  • Relevant experience in a hospital setting
  • Completed core rotations in Outpatients/Orthopaedics/Neurology/ Respiratory/ Medicine & Surgery
  • Experience in a community setting and or complex medical wards
  • Supervision and training of assistants, junior members of staff and students
  • Able to independently manage caseload to include complex patients


  • Active member of multi-disciplinary team
  • Experience of working with Older People with frailty
  • Undertaken project within area e.g. best practice project, guidelines, benchmarking, audit



  • Proven time management skills
  • Ability to organise and prioritise own caseload
  • Practice evidence-based therapy
  • High level of IST including presentation of IST, with the ability to teach other staff including juniors, assistants and students
  • Ability to do 1:1 sessions and appraisals with juniors, assistants and students
  • Ability to keep accurate and legible patient notes
  • Able to appropriately apply a range of treatment approaches


  • Acute respiratory physiotherapy skills and competencies

Personal and people development


  • Evidence of continuous professional development


  • Experience of managing and developing colleagues



  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to influence others
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Demonstrate a high level of confidence in interactions with senior medical and nursing staff, delivering respectful professional challenge when necessary

Specific requirements


  • Able to perform the duties of the post with reasonable aids and adaptations


  • Able to work on a 7-day rota
  • Able to work as part of the Respiratory on-call and weekend rota

Employer details

Employer name

Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Inpatient Physiotherapy (Dept)

Milton Keynes


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