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Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
29 May 2024

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
The post holder is a member of the Neuro Rehab team/ Early supported discharge Stroke service and will be responsible for the assessments, planning, implementation, and evaluation of individualised physiotherapy therapy intervention to stroke and neurological patients living in the Bedfordshire community.

This will include range of community settings including patients home, care homes, rehab ward settings. This will include lone working within the community with access to additional therapist support when required.

As trust, Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Main duties of the job

To undertake comprehensive assessments, develops and implements specialised physiotherapy treatments/programmes for patients with stroke or a neurological diagnosis.

Develops specialist exercise programmes for patients to follow at home or when not with a physiotherapist. This may include teaching carers and caregivers in patient's own homes.

Works as part of multidisciplinary team including Occupational therapists, Speech & Language therapists, Psychologists and Assistant Practitioners in providing rehabilitation to Stroke and Neurological patients within the community.

(Please note that should we receive a high number of applications, we reserve the right to close the advert earlier than advertised.)

About us

Rated 'Outstanding' by the Care Quality Commission, we are proud to provide high quality innovative services across most of the east of England that enable people to receive care closer to home and live healthier lives.

There's one reason why our services are outstanding - and that's our amazing staff who, for the seventh year running, rated us incredibly highly in the national staff survey.

If you share our passion for innovative and high-quality care delivery, then please submit your application and join us on our exciting journey as a leading-edge specialist community provider. All are welcome to apply and our promise to you is a culture which prioritises staff engagement and development.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Main Duties and Responsibilities

To undertake comprehensive assessments, develops and implements specialised physiotherapy treatments/programmes for patients with stroke or a neurological diagnosis. Develops specialist exercise programmes for patients to follow at home or when not with a physiotherapist. This may include teaching carers and caregivers in patients own home.

To use range of facts or situations as part of the assessment and provide appropriate physiotherapy from range of treatment options. To select and deliver evidence-based specialist physiotherapy treatments, agree goals with patients and monitor outcomes.

To involve patients and carers in the planning of rehabilitation programmes and encourage self-management where appropriate.

To select and administer highly developed physical skills, high degree of precision Dexterity, co-ordination, and sensory skills for assessment & manual treatment of patients. This will require sustained concentration.

Provide adaptive equipment, rehabilitation programmes, and make referrals on to other professionals and agencies as appropriate to meet the identified needs. To be responsible for all aspects of safety relating to equipment used. Occasionally, the post holder will have to pick up the prescribed equipments from the store.

To plan and undertake the discharge of patients from Neuro rehab service when agreed goals have been reached or treatment is no longer appropriate (e.g. the patient has reached a plateau or there is a change in their medical circumstances). To be able to negotiate this with patients who wish to continue treatment on an on-going basis.

To be confident in their own diagnosis and be able to communicate that effectively to others (including medical professionals and other Allied Health Professionals).

To share information in a timely manner with more senior therapists if there are concerns about a patients safety, condition or progress.

To work a variety of shift patterns which may include weekends and bank holidays on a rota basis in the future. There may be occasions which are unpredictable, when the post holder may have to work late to support patients risk.


Using verbal, non-verbal and written communication tools, ensure that patients and carers have an understanding of their condition and the role and aims of physiotherapy in relation to this. The physiotherapist must be able to persuade, motivate and negotiate, as well as demonstrate empathy and reassurance.

To provide and receive complex sensitive information where motivational negotiating, empathetic and reassurance skills are needed, where barriers exist to understanding and the information could cause distress.

To form professional relationships with clients and communicate condition related information to them in a way that respects their views, autonomy and culture.

To communicate effectively with all members of the Bedfordshire Neuro Therapy Service and other providers to ensure optimum patient centred care.

The Physiotherapist must be able to adapt their communication, treatment, information and advice to meet the needs of individual patients/ families. Patients seen will range from the vulnerable (e.g. elderly, mental health concerns or those with poor memory) to those who are extremely well informed about their condition.

The post holder to maintain accurate electronic patient records in a timely manner in accordance with HCPC and trust guidance.

Budgetary Responsibility

Personal duty of care in relation to equipment, resources/ handle cash, valuables safe use of equipment other than equipment used personally maintain stock control.

Responsible for equipment used in course of treatment/ handles patient valuables responsible for physiotherapy equipment used by patients & others orders supplies e.g. walking aids

People management

Responsible for day-to-day supervision and development of unregistered staff within Neuro and ESD service

To delegate tasks appropriately to Assistant Practitioners considering the complexity of the task and the skills and competence of that person. To oversee patient intervention and ensure that they deliver high quality patient care.

Provide support and education to new staff and students.

Research & Development Activity

To contribute to meetings about clinical governance and service development. To participate in delivery of the team development plan and also contribute towards policy development/proposal.

To participate in research to improve service as required

To continue to develop specialist Physiotherapy skills in a specific clinical field.

To exhibit and maintain a high personal standard of professional expertise, attitude and behaviour at all times in accordance with Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, HCPC and local Trust, and service policies.

Clinical and Practice Governance

Observe and maintain strict confidentiality with regards to any patient/family/staff/records and information in line with the requirements of the Data Protection Act.

Any data that is taken/shared as part of a phone call or transported, faxed or transferred electronically must be undertaken with regard to the Trust Information Governance and Information Security policies.

The post holder must adhere to the Trust risk assessment and risk management processes

The post holder must adhere to infection control policies and procedures

It is a condition of your employment that you are currently registered with HCPC and it is your responsibility to maintain your professional registration.

Undertake mandatory training and any other training relevant to the role as required by Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust.

The post holder must participate in clinical and other audits as required

Person Specification



  • Degree or equivalent, e.g. BSc,MSc or Diploma entry level qualification into the Physiotherapy profession.
  • Current HCPC registration


  • Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
  • Member of Association of Chartered Physiotherapists Interested in Neurology



  • Experience of working in the NHS
  • A broad range of undergraduate placements completed including stroke and/or neurology
  • Community experience - as undergraduate placement or in other services


  • Clinical experience including neurology and/or stroke in different settings
  • Detailed understanding of a wide range of medical conditions.



  • Effective communication skills, written, verbal, report writing skills
  • Time management, ability to organise and prioritise own work


  • Understanding of clinical supervision
  • Experience in SystmOne

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust


Bedfordshire - Neurotherapy Service



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