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Physiotherapy Lead, Northern Neonatal Network

South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year
Closing date
23 May 2024

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced Neonatal Physiotherapist to join the Northern Neonatal Network team in one of our Allied Health Professional lead roles.

The Northern Neonatal Network provides specialist care to infants in ten units across the North East and North Cumbria. The post holder will provide leadership in relation to the delivery of Physiotherapy across the region. This post is on a Permanent or Honorary Contract basis, with up to 15 hours a week available.

Are you

Enthusiastic about the role of Physiotherapy in the Neonatal Unit

Highly motivated to provide specialist clinical leadership, demonstrating the value of Physiotherapy for Neonates and helping to identify future service development needs

Main duties of the job

The Neonatal Critical Care Review (NCCR) made recommendations to further improve neonatal care a key part of this is the focus on a suitable workforce strategy that recognises the pivotal role that Allied Health Professionals play in this programme.

The successful post holder will work with their colleagues across the Northern Neonatal Network to provide leadership and independent advice to the ODN and its membership. They will be central to the implementation and embedding of developmentally sensitive care into neonatal practice, and champion the need for neonatal care which improves longer term outcomes for babies and their families.

Sunderland & South Tyneside NHSFT, as the Host Trust for the NNN are inviting applicants to work either on a permanent basis or an honorary contract/portability agreement basis via an existing NHS Trust employer.

Family Care is an exciting place to work that will provide you with an opportunity to grow and develop. Many of our staff work flexibly, including part-time and we are committed to supporting flexible approaches to work wherever possible for our people. Please enquire to see how we might work flexibly with you in this role.

If you are interested in becoming part of our fantastic team then we would welcome your application.

About us

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One Team One Trust - There are many reasons to work at our Trust. From our commitment to putting people first to our accessible services and award winning teams. We have a passion for research, innovation and tackling inequalities. We are committed to respect, fairness and civility and promote a compassionate, caring and positive culture / working environment.

We welcome all applications irrespective of peoples race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion/belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy/maternity and in particular those from under- represented groups. Looking after our workforces health and wellbeing is a priority for STSFT. We also provide access to high quality education, training, career progression and support. Flexible working is supported via the Trust's Flexible Working Policy.

The Trust employs around 8,300 people and provides a range of hospital services to a local community of around 430,000 residents. We also provide a range of more specialised services outside this area, in some cases to a population as great as 860,000. We offer our staff outstanding benefits - Fitness Centre (SRH), libraries at both hospital sites, chaplaincy support and access to a Childcare Co-ordinator to help staff with childcare arrangements.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached Job Description for full duties of the role.

This should provide an accurate, concise statement which explains why the post exists

The Allied Health Professional lead for Physiotherapy will work as a member of a discrete Neonatal Network AHP team that forms part of the Neonatal Operational Delivery Network. In line with the recommendations of the National Neonatal Critical Care Review (NCCR) and the NHS Long Term Plan (2019), they will provide work with their colleagues across the network to provide clinical leadership and advice in the delivery of physiotherapy services to newborn infants within our care. They will be central to the implementation and embedding of developmentally sensitive care into neonatal practice, and champion the need for neonatal care which improves longer term outcomes for babies and their families.

They will work closely with the Network Director, Professional Leads and Network board to agree a range of priorities and key deliverables that will be embedded within the Network Action Plan. They will work collaboratively with all other Network AHPs to share the strategic and managerial responsibilities.

Person Specification



  • HCPC registered AHP
  • Post Reg Advanced Paediatric/ Neonatal Training
  • Neonatal training at Masters level or equivalent knowledge and skills
  • Evidence of extensive Neonatal CPD in line with professional body, Neonatal competencies and maintenance of a Personal Professional Portfolio
  • Masters Degree or ability/commitment to undertake a health care related higher degree (MA/MSc) and complete within 4-5 years


  • Educational Qualification
  • Leadership course/module or recognized leadership qualification

Personal Qualities


  • Diplomacy and ability to work collaboratively
  • Self motivated, able to set own priorities and meet changing priorities and deadlines
  • Motivated to drive professional development of self as well as others.
  • Evidence of an enthusiasm for developing practice in current role.
  • Excellent role model and high standards of conduct and behaviour
  • Positive and proactive approach to problem solving.
  • Calm and objective
  • Able to reflect on own performance
  • Able to respond to unpredictable work patterns
  • Clean driving licence and flexible approach to work the role will entail significant travel and a high degree of autonomy



  • Evidence of significant post registration neonatal experience
  • Significant experience of acute neonatal clinical care at Band 7 or above.
  • Evidence of up to date skills and is clinically competent in current role
  • Proven experience of the delivery and evaluation of high quality multidisciplinary education, training and mentoring
  • Demonstrates an understanding of the principles of practice development and evidence based practice.
  • Experience of guideline /policy writing
  • Proven experience of the entire audit process
  • Sound knowledge of key national issues/agendas relevant to the neonatal field
  • Experience of managing/mentoring staff


  • Published articles/research (or contributor to)
  • Proven experience of leading and implementing service developments, including developing AHP business cases & recruitment, & large scale change management

Knowledge & Skills


  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills both written and verbal
  • Excellent leadership skills
  • Good IT skills
  • Ability to produce written reports
  • Ability to adapt to changing needs of the service
  • Good time management skills
  • Highly developed organizational skills
  • Able to demonstrate good multidisciplinary team working
  • Able to work flexibly with a high degree of autonomy

Employer details

Employer name

South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust


Sunderland Royal Hospital

Kayll Road



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