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Senior Specialist Physiotherapist - 7DW Paediatric Respiratory

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year p.a. incl. HCA
Closing date
22 May 2024

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Evelina London Children's Hospital Paediatric Physiotherapy Service have an exciting opportunity to join their well-established Paediatric Respiratory Team. The applicant will contribute to the leadership of a team of 7 day working respiratory physiotherapists. You will have provide an inpatient service across a busy Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) adjoined to the South Thames Retrieval Team (STRS), Cardiac Critical Care Unit (CCU), High Dependency Unit (HDU) and multiple speciality wards within the hospital. With an increasing complexity in patient population on PICUs, this role would be suited to a physiotherapist who has a wide range of background knowledge, as well as advanced skills and experience in acute respiratory care. The successful applicant would be passionate about providing excellent, evidenced based therapy and possess a desire to be an efficient and competent team leader.

Main duties of the job

  • To provide advanced assessment to determine clinical diagnosis and implement appropriate treatment of critically ill paediatric patients with respiratory problems, some of whom will have multi-pathology including those who have highly complex and / or chronic presentations
  • To liaise effectively with the multidisciplinary team, specialist medical staff and regional physiotherapists to promote optimal care and to maintain associated records, as an autonomous practitioner.
  • To take a lead role in supervision and teaching of physiotherapists / physiotherapy assistants / students, MDT staff and parents/carers in physiotherapeutic care of paediatric patients with respiratory problems.
  • To provide skilled team leadership and be responsible for operational management, team development, implementation of policy and policy changes in own clinical area, and to set and monitor standards of practice.
  • To supervise, initiate and participate in evidence-based projects, including recommendations for change in practice and to lead in & support/ promote departmental research, quality improvement projects and audit in their clinical area.
  • To assist in the provision and organisation of a seven day working rota and overnight on-call service.
  • To work closely with the acute physiotherapy team at Royal Brompton Hospital (RBH) to develop one service across two sites. This may involve some cross site working.

About us

This post is an exciting opportunity to join an acute respiratory team of 12 others covering a busy PICU, PCCU and HDU. The team includes two clinical specialists and a further two band 7s, who the successful applicant would work alongside. The wider Evelina London Paediatric Physiotherapy Team covers a wider range of specialities across several different sites.

At Guys & St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, we are committed to providing you with:
  • Professional expert advice, including access to our Professional Leads
  • An annual appraisal and personal development plan (PDR)
  • Structured in-service development programs and regular supervision
  • Support to undertake research, audit and service evaluation
  • Training links to London Southbank and King's College Universities
  • Support to develop your skills in preparation and presentation (for teaching)

This excellent opportunity is ideal if you're wanting to progress into a senior role or consolidate and develop further in your career.

Job description

Job responsibilities

This post forms part of an acute paediatric respiratory physiotherapy team, which provides care for critically ill children as part of a 7-day working service.

Please see attached Job Description and Person Specification for full details of duties and responsibilities

Person Specification

Education/ Qualifications


  • Diploma or Degree in Physiotherapy
  • HCPC Registration
  • MSc in relevant subject or equivalent level of post graduate specialist training for CPD purposes such as short course


  • Post graduate course(s) in management and/or leadership
  • Membership of relevant National SIG e.g APCP/APCRP

Previous experience


  • Extensive post reigistration experience including experience of acute respiratory physiotherapy care in ward, HDU and intensive care environments
  • Experience of managing respiratory patients transitioning between acute and chronic care
  • Experience managing complex clinical and non-clinical organisational situations e.g. Management of challenging extubations or covering last minute shift vacancies
  • Significant experience in a range of paediatric physiotherapy areas at a senior level (neuro, ortho, resp, developmental, community care and musculoskeletal)
  • Broad range of experience at a junior level including adult critical care, respiratory and rehabilitation
  • Significant experience of working as an integral member of a multidisciplinary team
  • Experience of managing other physiotherapists
  • Student and junior staff supervision/clinical education
  • Current participation in paediatric respiratory out of hours and lone working


  • Previous experience at a senior/specialist level in the relevant clinical areas
  • Experience of formal presentations to MDT
  • Previous experience in research, clinical audit, change management and quality improvement
  • Significant experience of assessment and management of the acutely unwell child including full holisitic multisystem review



  • Knowledge and application of a wide range of approaches to the management of Paediatric respiratory patients demonstrated by advanced clinical reasoning in the settings of PICU, CICU and ward based respiratory patients
  • Remains updated with professional practice and new research as well as knowledge of current national policies/standards/initiatives in paediatrics/respiratory care
  • Understand the legal responsibilities of the profession
  • Competent IT skills e.g word, spreadsheets, Powerpoint
  • Able to present information, written and orally in a clear logical manner
  • Able to organise, prioritise and delegate
  • Able to lead staff training and competency attainment. Student and junior staff supervision/clinical education and empowerment
  • Ability to work with multi/interdisciplinary team
  • Understanding of Clinical Governance and the implications for physiotherapy services including experience of quality issues and audit
  • Ability to comprehend and work within the Trust's policies of data protection, equal opportunities and Health and Safety to meet the differing needs of the patients
  • Advanced communication skills


  • Knowlegde of the current evidence base for common paediatric respiratory physiotherapy techniques
  • Knowledge of approaches to invasive ventilation and NIV, including complex weaning
  • Experience in writing staff rotas for out of hours or 7 day services
  • Skills in treating paediatric patients on VV or VA ECMO

Employer details

Employer name

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust


Evelina London Children's Hospital

Lambeth Palace Road



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