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Specialist Physiotherapist/OT Neuro - Fixed Term

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
23 May 2024

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Band 7
Full Time

Job Details

We are looking to appoint a passionate, highly motivated, and proactive Specialist Physiotherapist or Occupational Therapist to join our Neuro Therapy team at Luton and Dunstable Hospital. This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced therapist to work within the Hyperacute Stroke Unit, Acute Stroke Unit, Neuro Outliers and Neuro outpatients.

High standards of clinical performance are essential together with good leadership and an interest in developing your managerial potential.

You will work closely with other band 7 therapy staff in the team to share the responsibility of team management. You will be supported in your role by the Clinical Lead and Therapy Service Lead.

As a member of our Stroke MDT, you will work closely with your colleagues to motivate and inspire the team to deliver ongoing high standards of patient centred care.

The Therapy Department at the Luton & Dunstable Hospital is a dynamic and evolving department. Working in a department, which offers a wide range of experience, you will be encouraged and supported to develop your clinical, teaching, and managerial skills as well as contribute towards service development and service evaluation. The department has a strong commitment to CPD and your ongoing professional development will be supported.

This position is fixed term for 12 months (Maternity leave cover). Applications for between 22.5 - 37.5 hours per week will be considered.

Previous NHS experience is essential

Main duties of the job

  • Provide a high standard of specialist assessments and treatments for patients across our service areas.
  • Use specialist knowledge to make comprehensive referrals for patients moving from the acute setting into the community.
  • Use strong interpersonal skills to communicate often complex information, to a variety of people including the MDT, community services and service users.
  • Provide supervision and support to members of the therapy team
  • Plan and motivate the team to be involved in and deliver on quality improvement projects to contribute to service development.
  • Hold shared responsibility with other Band 7 therapy staff in the team to manage the team, including sickness, annual leave, rotas, performance to standards, supervision, engagement.

About us

Our Trust provides hospital services to a growing population of around 700,000 people living across Bedfordshire and the surrounding areas across two busy hospital sites in Bedford and Luton. Travel between hospital sites may be required.

We have state-of-the art facilities placing us at the heart of cutting edge health care. The Trust continues to be committed to delivering the best patient care using the best clinical knowledge and technology available.

Please note that vacancies may close prior to the advertised closing date when sufficient number of applications have been received. Please ensure that you make your application as soon as possible.

All new staff will be subject to a probationary period covering their first six months in post

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see detailed Job Specification, Personal Specification and Functional Aspects form which outline the main responsibilities of this role.

Person Specification



  • Diploma/degree in physiotherapy / Occupational Therapy
  • HCPC Registration
  • Evidence of CPD maintained in a portfolio including attendance at recent postgraduate courses/in-service trainings relevant to the clinical field.


  • Evidence of managerial / leadership training.
  • Membership of a specialist interest group



  • Substantial postgraduate experience, also within the relevant speciality
  • Relevant NHS experience


  • Clinical Educators Certificate/training



  • Knowledge of the workings of community services
  • Understanding of clinical governance and its implications for services, including experience of quality issues and audit


  • Awareness of the wider local and national agenda around therapy and NHS developments



  • Ability to disseminate complex information to others
  • Ability to pass on skills/ knowledge to others within formal and informal environments
  • Be able to communicate where there may be barriers to understanding



  • Good Leadership skills
  • Ability to comprehend and work within the Trust's policies


  • Data collection & analysis skills
  • Service improvement skills

Employer details

Employer name

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Luton and Dunstable Hospital

Lewsey Road



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