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Specialised Physiotherapist - Long Covid Service

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
2 Jun 2024

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
This is an exciting opportunity to join the Merseycare Long COVID Tier 3 Service.

The post holder will provide an assessment of patients in this service to support the caseload of clients with Long COVID symptoms using evidence based and client-centred principles to assess, plan, implement and evaluate interventions.

The successful candidate will be expected to carry out all relevant forms of care, providing highly specialised advice and physiotherapeutic input for the treatment of this disease.

You will play a vital role in supporting the delivery of integrated, co-ordinated, comprehensive, seamless, person-centred care. As a member of the Tier 3 Long COVID Assessment & Treatment service Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) you will be required to make recommendations based on the principles of shared decision making for people living with or experiencing the impact of Long Covid symptoms and access Tier 3 Services.

This will be delivered across various locations in the community for Merseycare Long COVID Services.

Shortlisting planned for 3 June 2024

Interview planned for 10 June 2024

Main duties of the job

As a member of the Tier 3 Long COVID Assessment & Treatment service Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) you will be required to make recommendations and will always take account of the views, preferences and circumstances of patients/service users, parents or carers when considering clinical and non-clinical decision-making.

The post holder will work as a key member of the MDT in the assessment and management of a caseload of clients, and plan, deliver and evaluate the treatment needs of clients with a variety of complex social and health care needs.

The post holder will participate as an active member of the multidisciplinary team in developing and delivering high quality and innovative services to the local population, to promote effective teamwork within Mersey Care delegating activities appropriately, to the benefit of the patient and service delivery. The role is not limited to, but will include, the triaging of inbound referrals, providing pulmonary assessments, breathlessness management, bespoke exercise programmes, facilitating of patient groups, supervision of staff, and day to running of the service in the team coordinator's absence.

The post holder must be flexible as the role will include working from a Liverpool base and include various sites, will at times require home visits, video assessments, and working remotely from home. Providing support to other teams may also be required when and where appropriate.

About us

Mersey Care is one of the largest trusts providing physical health and mental health services in the North West, serving more than 1.4 million people across our region and are also commissioned for services that cover the North West, North Wales and the Midlands.

We offer specialist inpatient and community services that support physical and mental health and specialist inpatient mental health, learning disability, addiction and brain injury services. Mersey Care is one of only three trusts in the UK that offer high secure mental health facilities.

At the heart of all we do is our commitment to 'perfect care' - care that is safe, effective, positively experienced, timely, equitable and efficient. We support our staff to do the best job they can and work alongside service users, their families, and carers to design and develop future services together. We're currently delivering a programme of organisational and service transformation to significantly improve the quality of the services we provide and safely reduce cost as we do so.

Flexible working requests will be considered for all roles.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The expectations within this job description will be achieved through hands-on clinical practice, education and training and research and duties will include:
  • To undertake timely, holistic assessments of patients, involving functional and environmental factors.
  • To be able to undertake assessment and interventions within the Long COVID Tier 3 service.
  • To be able undertake assessments autonomously as well as working with other members of the multidisciplinary team (MDT).
  • To provide comprehensive intervention to patients making use of assessment and treatment facilities where appropriate.
  • To be able to make rapid decisions where required, using clinical reasoning skills, knowledge and experience, with support as appropriate.
  • To be responsible for a clinical caseload working within multidisciplinary teams, sharing care appropriately ensuring patients and carers receive optimum level of therapy and holistic care within available resources.
  • To provide supervision to staff within the team.
  • To assist and facilitate the running of patient support groups

Person Specification



  • Relevant qualification in Physiotherapy Current registration with HCPC as a Physiotherapist
  • Experience and/or additional education in relevant field to post gradual diploma or equivalent level, combination of education, further training, and experience
  • Evidence of CPD relevant to treatment of older adults, physical disability, and rehabilitation
  • Evidence of an up to date CPD portfolio


  • Qualification in team / service management or prepared to work towards
  • Masters level study related to rehabilitation or prepared to work toward
  • Membership of the CSP



  • Evidence of recent post-graduate experience in core areas including elderly care, respiratory and rapid response
  • Experience of working in a community/ primary care setting
  • Experience of negotiating and liaising within a multidisciplinary/ interdisciplinary environment
  • Experience of working and assessing people with complex needs and delivering complex care plans
  • Experience of coordinating and managing a team
  • Experience of supervision and teaching others
  • Active participation in in service training
  • Experience in service development
  • Knowledge of principles of care for long term conditions, relevant National Service Frameworks, NICE and other national standards including the out of hospital strategies
  • Knowledge and understanding of current health care policy and relevance to the delivery of healthcare services
  • Knowledge of Primary Health Care and collaborative working with other care providers, e.g., social care, acute hospitals, and voluntary services
  • Knowledge of the audit cycle
  • Knowledge of evidence-based practice
  • Knowledge and understanding of clinical governance
  • Knowledge of how equal opportunities can be implemented in practice Has a range of clinical


  • Experience In multi-agency working
  • Experience in promoting services within a locality
  • Experience of working with clients requiring intermediate care
  • Experience of working with in a virtual ward model in a community setting
  • Experience in research and audit
  • Experience in Performance management



  • Continuous Improvement
  • Accountability
  • Respectfulness
  • Enthusiasm
  • Support
  • High professional standards
  • Responsive to service users
  • Engaging leadership style
  • Strong customer service belief
  • Transparency and honesty
  • Discreet
  • Change oriented



  • Advanced skills in the assessment and treatment of adults with complex multi-pathologies
  • An understanding of the importance of involving service users in their treatment and development of the service
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Able to lead and motivate a team and implement change
  • Able to work autonomously, planning, and prioritising own workload and that of others
  • Teaching of junior staff, students, and peers
  • Able to deal with conflict and manage appropriately
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing
  • Able to identify learning and development needs and actively seek ways to meeting those needs
  • Basic computer skills including use of - Word, Power point, Excel, clinical recording systems
  • Has the ability to create and communicate a clear vision and direction in order to create a motivated team and foster an environment where groups and individuals can achieve high performance
  • Skilled in the use of reflective practice and proactive clinical supervision and is selfmotivated
  • Builds and manages internal and external stakeholder relationships and exceeds patient and commissioner expectations by accurately assessing patient needs and ensuring delivery of commissioner requirements
  • Ability to assess, develop, implement and evaluate programmes of care
  • Ability to manage the conflicting demands of the role
  • Builds personal networks, recognises the value of other team members in enhancing overall performance and encourages and enables contributions from all other team members
  • Communicates in a clear and concise manner in the language of the audience and checks that communicated messages have been received and understood. Able to work collaboratively with a strong sense of openness, honesty, and integrity
  • Ability to travel

Employer details

Employer name

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust


Various Sites - Community


L34 1PJ

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