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Rapid Response Physiotherapist

Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pa
Closing date
31 May 2024

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Working Full Time: 37.5 Hours Per Week

Band 6 Static Physiotherapist- Rapid Response Team

This is an exciting job opportunity to work within the Rapid Response Team. This is an expanding service which provides support to patients both in the acute and community setting.We are building towards a locality hub model with prospective bases in Chester, Ellesmere Port and Tarporley.

This post is a permanent post within the Rapid Response Team which would be suitable for an experienced Physiotherapist who enjoys the challenge of supporting a highly varied and complex caseload of patients in their own home following their discharge from the acute hospital setting.

This post is to cover a 7-day service between 8am-9pm.

Main duties of the job

Main duties as outlined below:

The successful candidate will be based at one of the locality hubs but will work across all areas to support the Rapid Response Team therapy caseload. The entire patient discharge pathway will be covered within this role. From assessing and discharging patients in SDEC (Same Day Emergency Centre) and A& E, completing discharge visits in the Community within 2hours of hospital discharge to ascertain patient's needs, through to managing a large and varied therapy caseload within the community.

The successful candidate will need to have had experience in the core Physiotherapy rotations in addition to being confident and competent in discharge planning and autonomous working within the Community setting.

About us

The Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust provides services to West Cheshire and to Welsh patients covered by Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board. The Trust works collaboratively within the wider Cheshire and Merseyside Health and Care Partnership. Its services are provided from three locations:
  • The Countess of Chester Hospital: providing 438 general and acute beds
  • Ellesmere Port Hospital: providing 56 beds as a rehabilitation, intermediate and outpatient facility
  • Tarporley War Memorial Hospital: a base for community services which serve the local rural population.

The Trust employs over 6258 staff (headcount) which includes temporary bank staff and provides acute emergency and elective services, primary care direct access services and obstetric services to a population of approximately 407,000. This includes 357,000 residents in Chester and West Cheshire which includes Ellesmere Port and Neston as well as the Deeside area of Flintshire which has a population of approximately 50,000.

The Trust is a busy district general hospital and in 2022/2023, there were more than 503,342 patient attendances (inpatient, outpatient and diagnostic) ranging from a simple outpatient appointment to major cancer surgery. This is an increase of nearly 10,000 compared to the previous year when there were 494,387 patient attendances.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Recruitment selection processes are based on competence (see Person specification) and values.

Please note applicants will be required to pay for their DBS check. Costs are deducted from salary following appointment. The cost of the DBS application is �23 (standard) or �43 (enhanced), this cost will be deducted from your salary over the first three months of employment.

You are encouraged to enrol for the DBS Update Service. A small annual fee of �13 per year applies.

New entrants to the NHS will commence on the minimum of the scale stated above.

Applicants are advised to apply early as if a large number of applications are received for this post, we reserve the right to close the vacancy prior to the advertised date.

Good luck with your application.

Person Specification



  • Degree in physiotherapy
  • HCPC Registration
  • Relevant student training course or qualification


  • Membership of professional body



  • Between 24 and 36 months post graduate experience
  • Evidence of post graduate short courses
  • Evidence of CPD and reflective practice
  • Knowledge of current best practice in specialist physiotherapy area work
  • Evidence of audit and/or research work
  • Understanding of professional ethics and their application in practice
  • Knowledge of the principles of clinical governance



  • Communication skills (verbal and non verbal)
  • Evidence of group working and team working
  • Evidence of participation in health, safety and risk management
  • Ability to reflect and critically appraise own performance and that of others
  • Ability to organise and respond to complex information, and work under pressure
  • Good computer skills
  • Good interpersonal and organisational skills


  • Supervisory skills and/or first line management experience

Employer details

Employer name

Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Countess of Chester Hospital

Liverpool Road



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