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Static Physiotherapist for Respiratory

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum pro rata
Closing date
23 May 2024

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Band 6
Full Time
University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust has an exciting opportunity to recruit a Band 6 Static Respiratory Physiotherapist to join our operational Respiratory Physiotherapy Team at Worthing Hospital. This role would suit a practitioner with highly developed leadership and people skills who are able to balance the day-to-day operational running and governance of a fast paced, multi-faceted team with a clear vision for the future development of the service and staff. Candidates should be skilled in the assessment and treatment of complex, acutely unwell patients as well as the long-term management of those with ongoing respiratory conditions. We are a research active therapies department with strong links to the Trust Research and Innovation Committee and local HEI's. We are continuing to develop local clinical research activity and will support staff to develop clinical academic careers.

Main duties of the job

To work as part of a team covering multiple acute wards, contributing to a range of respiratory services. To include rotations & experience working within acute admissions, ITU/HDU, surgery, acute respiratory ward & respiratory/ITU outpatient services.To use this role to develop professionally within the respiratory physiotherapy specialty and provide a high-quality experience to patients and team members.

About us

At UHSussex, diversity is our strength, and we want you to feel included to help us always put the Patient First, as shown in our Outstanding for Caring CQC rating. Your uniqueness and experiences will be part of our creative and innovative community where everyone is encouraged to succeed. We have a range of Staff Networks to help break down barriers, and can offer a buddy to help new members settle in. We're proud to be a Disability Confident Employer (Level 2) and a Veteran Aware Trust.

We treat our patients and staff with the same compassion and empathy we expect for ourselves. We're here for them when they need us, and we go above and beyond to meet their needs. This can be seen in our Wellbeing Programme for staff which is extensive and designed to support you when you need it - because we know that to look after others we must first look after ourselves.

As a university trust and a leader in healthcare research, we value learning, teaching and training so that we can be the best that we can be. From the moment you start with us and throughout your career we will help you to grow and develop. We hope that in choosing UHSussex you are choosing a long and happy career where you will be able to see the difference you make and feel valued for all that you do.

We look forward to receiving your application and the start of your journey with UHSussex.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To assist in providing a high standard respiratory physiotherapy service involving the assessment and treatment of patients who may have complex presentations.
  • To develop clinical and managerial skills to a higher level, specific to respiratory physiotherapy.
  • To contribute to and initiate service development projects that improves the quality of patient care and professional development within the team.
  • To supervise and teach recently qualified physiotherapists/technicians/assistants and students and be involved in teaching MDT staff.
  • To participate in CPD and other departmental activities

Service Delivery and Improvement
  • To assist in the supervision and development of junior or rotational physiotherapists in the clinical area with Band 7 assistance.
  • To assist with the training of students on placement, on-call staff, juniors, technicians, and assistants within the clinical area.
  • To be responsible for and actively record your own personal development.
  • To keep abreast of all new developments within the specialty which includes attending relevant study days and post graduate education.
  • To contribute to the teams teaching and post-registration education programme. To be pro-active regarding learning from senior staff within the department.
  • To be involved in induction/teaching of MDT staff.
  • To be involved in peer group meetings to identify training needs of the peer group and develop as a team.
  • To be involved in providing the departments on-call training and competencies.
  • To support the team leads in ensuring smooth running of the on-call rota, actively participating in the rota to provide respiratory physio for both adults and paediatrics during weekend and overnight periods.

People Management and Development
  • This job may involve frequent exposure to unpleasant working conditions e.g. bodily fluids including sputum, unpleasant smells, and occasional exposure to hostility in the form of verbal and physical aggression.
  • To comply with fire, health & safety, universal precautions, infection control measures and all other departmental policies.
  • To report all complaints/incidents to the immediately senior member of staff and document accordingly.
  • In times of crisis to help as indicated in other areas of the Hospital.
  • To train and develop members of staff.
  • To assist in the setting of objectives for staff and in the appraisal of staff at least once annually.
  • To discuss expected outcomes of training and development activity with staff prior to attending training events and to assist staff to transfer, develop and use skills acquired.

Patient Care Delivery
  • To liaise with other physiotherapists as necessary with regard to patient care and arrange outpatient /community /clinic appointments when required.
  • To be an active member within the multi-disciplinary team and ensure good communication skills with other professions both verbally and in writing in the patients medical notes.
  • To communicate effectively with other disciplines outside the immediate team both internally and externally (as detailed above) to ensure an ongoing multidisciplinary approach to care both verbally and by providing clinic letters, transfer, and discharge reports.
  • To be able to communicate complex and sensitive information to patients, carers and other staff including imparting unwelcome news.
  • To ensure timely and effective communication with senior staff on all professional matters.
  • To maintain an accurate record keeping system in line with CSP standards and local guidelines.
  • To attend any ward rounds, meetings, case conferences as appropriate to ensure appropriate and timely management of patients through to discharge.
  • To attend and be an active participant in speciality, peer group and departmental staff meetings.
  • To initiate and maintain contacts with local and national clinical interest groups appropriate to the clinical field.
  • To be able to motivate others through effective communication skills.
  • To provide excellent, evidence-based respiratory physiotherapy treatments to patients with a range of acute and chronic respiratory conditions, including environments such as ITU, Emergency floor, Respiratory Ward, and Respiratory Outpatients.
  • To build on on-call level respiratory knowledge to gain skills/knowledge in areas such as ventilator settings, ventilator hyperinflation and extubating predictors, as well as more detailed knowledge and delivery of treatment for those with chronic conditions in respiratory outpatient setting.

Person Specification

Professional Registration


  • HCPC Registration


  • Member of Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
  • Membership of special interest groups

Experience/ Qualifications


  • Continued professional development diary including evidence of reflective practice, in-service training, courses attended, and clinical experiences gained.
  • Understanding of clinical governance and the implications of it on Physiotherapy Services.
  • Experience of deputising for Band 7 in an in-patient setting.
  • Proven experience of leading service development initiatives / projects.


  • Participation in evidence based and service development projects

Skills Clinical


  • Evidence of having undertaken own development to improve understanding of equalities issues.
  • Use of advanced clinical reasoning to demonstrate a wide range of approaches to treatments and management of complex conditions.
  • Experience at Band 6 level in the specialist clinical field.
  • Experience of teaching in a clinical setting including students.
  • Remains updated with professional practice and new research.
  • Ability to lone work in on call situation


  • 16 months of cumulative respiratory B6 experience

Skills Non-Clinical


  • Ability to form effective working relationships and be supportive of colleagues.
  • Ability to liaise effectively with all involved in key relationships (see above).
  • Able to present information, written and orally, in a clear and logical manner.
  • Understands the legal responsibilities of the profession and uses this within their judgements.


  • Good presentation skills
  • Ability to organise, prioritise and delegate effectively across the team caseload.
  • Competent IT skills.

Specific Requirements


  • To be a team worker and mindful of the needs of the team.
  • Ability to work autonomously. To be motivated and enthusiastic.
  • To be able to motivate and engage other staff.
  • To live within a 45-minute journey of the hospital or be able to make alternative arrangements for on call duties.


  • To support the organisational management of the on-call rota

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion


  • Evidence of having undertaken own development to improve understanding of equalities issues
  • Evidence of having championed diversity in previous roles (as appropriate to role).

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust (279)


Worthing Hospital

Lyndhurst Road


BN11 2DH

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