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Senior Physiotherapist (Trauma rotation)

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 Per Annum pro-rata
Closing date
22 May 2024

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust is currently looking for an existing Band 6 or Band 5 Physiotherapist who is wishing to extend and develop their assessment and treatment skills to join our service in part-time (as job share) or full-time hours. This is a rotational post between the specialties of Cardiothoracic, Neurosurgery, Orthopaedics, Health Care of Elderly and Emergency Care.

The successful candidate will be joining already established teams in delivering an enhanced seven day physiotherapy service inclusive of weekend working and evening work to patients as part of the wider physiotherapy department including a commitment to respiratory on-call. There is a comprehensive on-call competency pack and pathway to support staff going on-call.

These teams provide physiotherapy services to Cardiothoracics (cardiac and thoracic wards and cardiac ICU/HDU), Neurosurgery (neurosurgical ward and neuro ICU), Orthopaedics (major trauma, paediatric orthopaedic, fractured neck of femur, day-case, fracture clinic, elective orthopaedic and outpatient orthopaedic), Health Care of Elderly and Emergency Department (emergency care, medical assessment, acute assessment and short-stay units).

***Preference will be given to internal Trust staff, as well as 'Priority' and 'At Risk' status including NHS At Risk staff throughout Devon who are able to display recent relevant experience as dictated by the Person Specification.***

Main duties of the job

To provide a high standard physiotherapy service to the patients in the clinical areas which you have rotated. This involves working across the trust and peripheral sites in a range of settings providing a seven day service including weekends and evening to Cardiothoracics (cardiac and thoracic wards and cardiac ICU/HDU), Neurosurgery (neurosurgical ward and neuro ICU), Orthopaedics (major trauma, paediatric orthopaedic, fractured neck of femur, day-case, fracture clinic, elective orthopaedic and outpatient orthopaedic), Health Care of Elderly and Emergency Department (emergency care, medical assessment, acute assessment and short-stay units), providing assessment and treatment to major trauma patients as well as elective surgery patients across those areas.

To assist the Team Leaders in planning, coordinating, delivering and evaluating the Physiotherapy Service provided to patients within the team, on a day-to-day basis.

To assess and treat own caseload of patients, who may have complex presentations, and maintain own records as an autonomous practitioner.

At times community / home visits may be required to be undertaken.

To deputise for the Team Leaders when necessary.

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

About us

We are a people business - where every member of staff matters and can make a difference. Patients are at the heart of everything we do. Joining University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust means becoming part of a team of dedicated staff, who are committed to leading the way through innovation, clinical excellence and great customer care. The Trust has great opportunities for career development in a highly progressive working environment. We offer all of this in a vibrant, modern city with a historic reputation for adventure.


If you have any issues with applying online and need additional support including reasonable adjustments with the application process please contact the recruitment team on 01752 432100.

We recognise that work life balance is important for our colleagues and so we invite requests from applicants around less than full time/flexible working for our advertised roles. Please contact the recruiting manager to discuss this prior to your application submission. We commit to giving this full consideration in each case. We encourage people from diverse backgrounds to apply for our roles, as diversity strengthens our teams.

It is sometimes necessary to close vacancies before the closing date. If you have not heard from us within 4 weeks of the closing date, please assume that you have not been shortlisted.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To be professionally and legally accountable for all aspects of own work, including the management of patients in your care
  • To be responsible for maintaining accurate and comprehensive patient treatment records in line with Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) standards and local/Trust policy. To communicate appropriately with other disciplines (this might include meetings, report and letter writing
  • To undertake a comprehensive assessment of patients including those with diverse or complex presentations/multi pathologies use advanced clinical reasoning skills and manual assessment techniques to provide an accurate clinical diagnosis of their condition
  • Formulate and deliver an individual physiotherapy treatment programme based on a sound knowledge of evidence based practice and treatment options using clinical assessment, reasoning skills and knowledge of treatment skills e.g. specialist neurological or respiratory techniques, manual physiotherapy techniques, patient education, and other alternative options
  • To take delegated responsibility from the Band 7 physiotherapist for managing patients with particular conditions and be responsible for providing specialist physiotherapy assessment and treatment plans for patients with these conditions
  • Formulate accurate prognoses and recommend best course of intervention, developing comprehensive management plans
  • Assess patient understanding of treatment proposals, gain valid informed consent, which must be documented and have the capacity to work within a legal framework with patients who lack capacity to consent to treatment. To comply with local confidentiality policies, child protection and vulnerable adult procedures
  • Use an extensive range of verbal and non-verbal communication tools to communicate effectively with patients/carers to motivate, gain co-operation, to progress rehabilitation and treatment programmes. This will include patients who may have difficulties in understanding or communicating. For example, patients may be dysphasic, depressed, deaf, blind or who may be unable to accept diagnosis, or realistic expectations of Physiotherapy intervention
  • Evaluate patient progress, reassess and alter treatment programmes if required
  • To manage clinical risk within own patient caseload and to report incidents and near misses
  • Work within trust clinical guidelines and CSP guidelines and to have a good working knowledge of national and local standards and monitor own and others quality of practice as appropriate
  • Rarely, when working in the community and domiciliary settings, work as a lone practitioner with telephone support from a senior physiotherapist if required.
  • To be an active member of the respiratory evening and weekend on-call rota and medical / surgical / cardiothoracic and critical care seven day services. Individual to ensure competencies are maintained.
  • When working on the emergency duty rota, undertake the assessment and treatment of acutely ill patients with respiratory/orthopaedic/ neuro problems, who may have a complex presentation and maintain associated records as an autonomous practitioner
  • When working on the emergency duty on-call rota, provide advice to medical and nursing staff and other members of the multi-disciplinary team regarding patients respiratory/ major trauma orthopaedic/ neurology and chest functions/condition and its management.
  • To train, clinically supervise and performance management more junior staff, technical instructors, assistants and students, with assistance from more senior members of the physiotherapy team. This will include the use of formal appraisal documentation
  • Represent physiotherapy service and /or individual patients at the multi-disciplinary team meetings, to ensure the delivery of a co-ordinated multidisciplinary service, and integrate physiotherapy treatment into the treatment programme. This will include discussion of patient care, patient progress and involvement in discharge planning
  • To be responsible for the safe and competent use of all electrotherapy equipment, gym equipment and patient appliances and aids by patients and ensure that junior staff/assistants attain competency prior to use.

  • For further details please see attached JD& PS

    Person Specification

    Knowledge and Experience


    • Demonstrable broad post graduate clinical experience in Neurology, Acute Respiratory, Trauma and Orthopaedics / and Frailty
    • Proven evidence of contribution to clinical education / supervision of less experienced staff, students or assistants
    • An awareness of current NHS and Health issues related to Trauma Care
    • Demonstrable experience of working as part of a multidisciplinary team
    • Proven evidence of relevant CPD


    • Previous demonstrable experience of working in Cardiothoracics/ Neurosurgery/ ICU/ Emergency care/Health Care for the Older Person/ Major trauma / MSK patients.
    • Clinical educator course
    • Demonstrable experience within acute NHS environment



    • Degree (BSc Hons Physiotherapy) or equivalent.
    • HCPC registration.
    • Proven attendance at additional relevant professional courses


    • MSc relevant to the area
    • Leadership qualification



    • Demonstrates effective and adaptable communication skills including written and verbal
    • Ability to recognise own limitations and act on them.
    • Proven evidence of personal leadership


    • Demonstrable experience of deputising for senior
    • Proven evidence of Service Improvement

    Employer details

    Employer name

    University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust



    Derriford Road


    PL6 8DH

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