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MARS Physiotherapy/ Osteopathy Team Lead

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year PA
Closing date
28 May 2024

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Band 7
Full Time
Are you an experienced Physiotherapist or Osteopath looking for a new leadership opportunity in an innovative, forward thinking team? We have an exciting opportunity to lead the Musculoskeletal Assessment and Rehabilitation (MARS) team at Crawley and Horsham hospitals on a 14 month fixed term basis. You will be supported by a co-lead and Operational Lead Physiotherapist and be working within the wider Sussex MSK partnership, a truly MDT and patient centred organisation

Main duties of the job

Main Tasks

a) To provide independent, specialist advice and expertise in the assessment and management of patients presenting with MSK conditions

b) To educate and supervise other health professionals and physiotherapists.

c) To assist the Clinical services manager and team leads with operational and strategic planning, with particular reference to musculoskeletal out patient services

d) To support in the management of the MARS department

e ) To initiate and participate in audit/research projects and support the wider clinical governance programme

f) To be responsible for the supervision and performance management of clinical staff or students. This will include the use of formal appraisal and clinical supervision documentation

g) Identify own training and development needs and undertake appropriate training/education as required.

About us

We are the main provider of NHS community services across East and West Sussex. Our 6,000 staff serve a population of 1.3 million providing essential medical, nursing, and therapeutic care to adults and children.

Our Trust vision is to provide excellent care at the heart of the community, helping people plan, manage, adapt to changes in their health, supporting avoidable hospital admissions and reducing hospital stay times.

We have opportunities for everyone across our wide variety of services including medical, clinical, support and corporate services.

Why work for us?
  • Positive 2022 NHS Staff Survey results, scoring highly in compassionate culture & leadership, and staff wellbeing support
  • Variety of working environments across the community, in patients' homes, within our community hospitals and bases across the county
  • Supportive flexible working patterns such as: part time, flexi time, annualised hours, and flexi retirement options
  • Excellent training and development opportunities
  • Research opportunities
  • Cost-effective workplace nurseries in Crawley, Hove and Brighton
  • Thriving BAME, Disability and Wellbeing, LGBT+ and Religion and Belief staff networks
  • Level 3 accredited Disability Confident Leader, committed to creating inclusive workplaces
  • Veteran Aware Trust, achieving accreditation from Veterans Covenant Healthcare Alliance (VCHA)
  • Located in stunning Sussex, with easy access to the South Downs and the coast
  • Access to a wide range of benefits and discounts for NHS staff

Job description

Job responsibilities

You must be a UK registered physiotherapist or osteopath to apply, with a broad range of musculoskeletal experience. Recent experience of leading and managing others would be beneficial. Applicants should be committed to delivering high quality care and have excellent communications skills.

Person Specification



  • oDegree/diploma equivalent
  • oHCPC registration


  • oFoundation management training (e.g. supervision, appraisal skills)

Knowledge and Experience


  • oPost registration experience with significant clinical experience at Band 6 or above


  • oExperience in operational management of clinical teams
  • oKnowledge of current NHS and local Trust/Partnership issues

Key skills


  • oGood communication skills
  • oExperience of clinical supervision
  • oBasic IT skills
  • oAudit/research skills
  • oCommitted to personal and team development
  • oAbility to support staff through difficult situations
  • oDemonstrate self-awareness, able to identify personal limitation and seek help and support when required

Employer details

Employer name

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust


Horsham Hospital

Hurst Road


RH12 2DR

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