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Specialist Physiotherapist

Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
21 May 2024

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Would you like to be an integral part of the NHS@Home service development and use your AHP specialist skills to provide excellent patient care in Swindon Community Services?

We are an integrated, innovative and supportive inter-disciplinary team, making a real difference to people's lives. We are looking for an experienced, dynamic and enthusiastic Physiotherapist with previous NHS experience who is seeking to develop and support advanced specialist clinical practice and would relish the opportunity to develop with us. . Confidence in proactively assessing and managing frailty and deconditioning is essential.A background of acute medical and respiratory care would be highly valued within this integrated Urgent Community Response (UCR) and NHS@Home service.

Your desire should be to develop your skills in rapid assessment promoting health, well-being and independence within intermediate care across seven days. We champion interagency collaboration and work closely with Acute Hospital Services, Community, Adult Social Care and the Hospice. You will be based within the Community Rehabilitation Team who provide UCR, HomeFirst, NHS@Home, reablement, discharge to assess, specialist falls and Parkinsons services.

This role could be considered as a B6/7 Development Post.

You will need to be a car driver and owner - independent means of travel is essential for this role.

Main duties of the job

  • To provide a high standard of physiotherapy assessment, treatment and advice to patients/clients, carers and families in their own homes. Wherever possible promoting hospital admission avoidance and reduce in-patient length of stay with supported early discharge to ensure that patients receive the appropriate care in the most appropriate setting.
  • Lead in the assessment, diagnosis and formulation of physiotherapy treatment plans for NHS@ Home patients.
  • To share your knowledge and clinical reasoning skills to support teams in other clinical areas in complex case management.
  • Use specialist skills to screen and prioritise referrals for home based and venue based rehabilitation services and refer to other services when necessary.
  • As part of your employment with GWH we actively support and provide development opportunities to advance practice and to support your professional objectives. There is a strong leadership structure that enables both clinical and leadership development.
  • You will be joining a very friendly, social and supportive teamwith a wealth of experience in a variety of areas which the team is happy to share.

Please see the attached job description for full details

About us

Our STAR values - Service, Teamwork, Ambition and Respect - are a golden thread running through everything we do. These values serve as a guiding principle, driving us towards our vision of delivering great joined up services to our local community. Whether at home, in the community, or within the hospital, our goal is to empower individuals to lead independent and healthier lives.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will work as an autonomous practitioner with other care professionals and services. They will combine high level assessment to establish a diagnosis, initiate medical and/or nursing/therapy interventions, appropriately refer and lead the co-ordination of care from an integrated team perspective, working with partner agencies and key stake holders.

Provide individualised care plan for all patients, so that their condition remains as stable as possible and, where appropriate, hospital admission is prevented and patient remains within their own home as to their wishes.

To provide clinical therapy leadership to the Community Teams and thereby support the wider community including Primary Care, Social Care, and all other provider organisations to deliver high standards of care to patients. This will be the avoidance of unnecessary admission to secondary care and the supporting of patients discharged from hospital bed based care.

To provide education and training for practitioners, and within integrated community teams, to help develop a competent and confident workforce to support patients.

Person Specification



  • Registered Physiotherapist
  • Qualified to Masters level in relevant discipline or equivalent training and experience or working towards
  • Advanced Communication skills.
  • Demonstrate evidence of on-going continuous professional development
  • Experience of working with patients who have a long term condition including frailty.


  • Further qualifications relevant to long term condition management.
  • Awareness of recent Government initiatives that may affect future clinical practice
  • To be knowledgeable of the clinical governance agenda and have an awareness of commissioning
  • Post graduate qualification
  • Teaching qualification



  • Significant experience of working with a multi-disciplinary team
  • Leadership experience
  • Setting and monitoring standards of care
  • Experience within a wide range of patient/client care groups
  • Community services experience


  • Profiling community needs and targeting identified health needs of population
  • Evidence of innovative and flexible approach to care and the organisation of care
  • Teaching experience

Knowledge and Skills


  • To be able to communicate with people from a wide range of backgrounds.
  • To be able to work flexibly and sensitively.
  • High level communication skills to be able to communicate effectively and sensitively with a diverse patient group
  • Wide range of interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Competence in a wide range of therapy skills.
  • I.T. literate
  • Undertake specific therapy tasks requiring precision and/or intense concentration. Undertaking complex therapy skills.
  • Ability to sensitively inform service users on complex and distressing issues. Able to support and facilitate staff in dealing with these situations
  • To be flexible and adaptable


  • Report writing
  • Further training in managing complex situations.

Employer details

Employer name

Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


The Orbital

Thamesdown Drive


SN25 4AN

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