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Lead Specialist Respiratory Physiotherapist

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 Per Annum / Pro Rata
Closing date
27 May 2024

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Band 7
Part Time
Maternity cover for 6 months - Part time

We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced respiratory physiotherapist to join the Oxford Sleep and Ventilation Service for a 12 month secondment contract covering maternity leave. You will work as part of a team delivering a specialist physiotherapy-led respiratory service and alongside the broader multi-disciplinary team to deliver exceptional care to a complex and diverse group of patients in Day case/outpatient setting. You will lead a team of physiotherapists in delivering high standard of care to patients receiving long term ventilation at home including setting up, monitoring and following up patient's compliance and the effectiveness of the therapy.

There will be opportunities for service development, especially in the implementation of recent technological advances in non-invasive ventilation. The post offers excellent training opportunities, including academic modules. You will be encouraged and supported to use your initiative and to be creative in seeking ways to continuously improve care in line with the best available evidence.

Main duties of the job

  • Monitor and maintain standards of care and provide this information to the Directorate.
  • Ensure the provision of continuity of care.
  • Assess and evaluate, with patients and /or carers, the effectiveness of the treatment and care provided and make changes as needed.
  • Work across professional, organisational and system boundaries and proactively develop and sustain new partnerships and networks to influence and improve health, outcomes, and healthcare delivery systems.
  • To effectively manage human, financial, material and information resources.

About us

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trustis one of the largest NHS teaching trusts in the country. It provides a wide range of general and specialist clinical services and is a base for medical education, training and research. Find out more

The Trust comprises four hospitals - the John Radcliffe Hospital, Churchill Hospital and Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Headington and the Horton General Hospital in Banbury.

Our values, standards and behaviours define the quality of clinical care we offer and the professional relationships we make with our patients, colleagues and the wider community. We call thisDelivering Compassionate Excellenceand its focus is on our values of compassion, respect, learning, delivery, improvement and excellence. These values put patients at the heart of what we do and underpin the quality healthcare we would like for ourselves or a member of our family. Watch how we set out to deliver compassionate excellence via theOUH YouTube channel.

Job description

Job responsibilities


Clinical Practice:

The Lead Physiotherapist will:
  • Work at a leadership level of practice influencing and directing the Lead and multidisciplinary team.
  • Work clinically to optimise health and wellbeing, acting as a role model to ensure an individualised, holistic approach to patient care.
  • To work and provide clinical support in relevant patient settings such as outpatients, inpatients and domiciliary areas.
  • Apply expert judgement and accept accountability for the standards of care on the Lead.
  • Work at an advanced level drawing on a diverse range of knowledge in complex decision making to determine evidence-based therapeutic interventions.
  • Use professional judgement in managing complex and unpredictable care events.
  • Draw upon an appropriate range of multi-agency and inter-professional resources in their practice.
  • Promote a high standard of care by initiating and co-ordinating the assessment, planning, delivery, and evaluation of the holistic needs of patients/families through evidence-based practice following agreed policies, protocols and guidelines.
  • Practice a high standard of communication including highly sensitive and complex information to develop and sustain partnership working with individuals, groups, communities, and agencies. Utilise evidence-based information through a variety of communication media.
  • Maintain adequate patient documentation fulfilling professional requirements for all patients on the unit, setting and monitoring the standard to which it is delivered.
  • Ensure effective management of patient journey / flow by ensuring good systems for operational performance are developed and consistently delivered.
  • Ensure all incidents are properly recorded and managed via trust incident system.


The Lead Physiotherapist will:
  • Collaborate with the multi-professional team and unit team to develop a shared vision of the service.
  • Act as a role model and resource in expert clinical evidence-based practice.
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues to develop effective documentation, pathways, protocols, and guidelines for care. Demonstrate a commitment to share expertise and disseminate information.
  • Lead the development of the team and the service to continuously improve patient care.
  • Actively manage the Unit budget and apply detailed level of understanding of the budgetary constraints.
  • Use effective change management skills to initiate and implement service and practice development, making the best use of resources to improve practice and health outcomes.
  • Participate in the selection, interviewing, appraisal, and professional development of team members.
  • Monitor and ensure that all members of the Lead team maintain their clinical competence.
  • Ensure all members of the Unit team have an annual appraisal and personal development plan, with appropriate aims and objectives agreed and monitored.
  • Ensure all members of the Unit team maintain their statutory and mandatory training.
  • Maintain involvement and active input in multidisciplinary meetings and appropriate local bodies / forums to contribute to practice and service development.
  • Monitor and manage all issues related to staff sickness absence, or performance, liaising with human resources and occupational health as necessary.


The Lead Physiotherapist will:
  • Maintain, advance, and develop personal theoretical knowledge, high standards of clinical competence and professional development through ongoing self-education and attendance at relevant courses of study.
  • Maintain own professional portfolio and support others with their own.
  • Lead the development and acquisition of professional knowledge and skills to enhance and extend the practice of the Unit team.
  • Identify and address the educational needs of patients, families, carers, and staff involved in the delivery of this service.
  • Contribute to the teaching and support of students from the multi professional team within relevant educational programmes.
  • Provide an appropriate learning environment, including mentorship, coaching and preceptorship.
  • Organise and contribute to relevant educational programmes and in house study days.


The Lead Physiotherapist will:
  • Coordinate and participate in ongoing service review and evaluation, including seeking and monitoring patient experience and outcomes.
  • Evaluate clinical practice in relation to its evidence base and clinical effectiveness including policy and guidance.
  • Identify areas of risk and poor quality, and address these through appropriate governance structures and forums.
  • Participate and actively seek peer review in practice and sound evidence for assurance purposes.
  • Have responsibility to ensure annual appraisal, agree objectives which reflect local and national service needs and develop personal development plans.
  • Advocate and contribute to a working environment that promotes continuous learning and development, evidence-based practice and succession planning, as well as identifying learning opportunities at local and national levels.
  • Have a high level of communication skills to enable the participation in the dissemination of practice through conferences and professional publications.
  • Ensure statutory and mandatory training updates, as well as role /speciality updates are completed, and necessary records maintained.

Person Specification



  • Degree in Physiotherapy
  • HCPC REgistration
  • Evidence of continuing Professional Development in the form of a detailed portfolio to include evidence of attendance at recent post graduate courses relevant to the clinical field
  • Formal Leadership training at post graduate level


  • masters degree level ( HEI level 7)



  • Minimum 5 years post registration respiratory physiotherapy experience in the NHS setting, including experience in the care of patients requiring long term ventilation
  • Experience of Team leadership and service development


  • Experience of managing change
  • Experience on organising andchairing a meeting

Skills, Knowledge and abilities


  • Highly competent clinician with advanced skills in respiratory care
  • Advanced knowledge of the anatomy, physiology and pathology related to Respiratory care
  • Expert clinical reasoning skills in respiratory care
  • Evidence of ability to meet deadlines including regular data reporting
  • ability to work as an autonomous practitioner where no support or advice is available
  • With writing skills
  • Understanding of the legal responsibilities of the profession
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to keep legible and accurate notes in English
  • Ability to teach and motivate others within the team
  • Proven organizational skills including prioritisation and delegation
  • Excellent presentation and teaching skills
  • Decision making skills
  • Knowledge of Clinical Governance
  • Ability to work within a stressful environment
  • Demonstrate a clear vision of the role and the service
  • Competent computer skills


  • Advanced IT skills
  • Research skills
  • Good understanding of statistics and their evaluation

personal qualifications


  • Ability to work flexibly to meet the needs of the service in conjunction with other members of the team
  • Consistently demonstrates a problem solving approach to situation
  • Team player and motivated
  • Supportive of others
  • Reliable and empathetic

Employer details

Employer name

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Churchill Hospital

Old Road



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