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Team Leader Physiotherapist - Health care of Elderly

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 Per Annum
Closing date
29 May 2024

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced, dynamic and enthusiastic physiotherapist with excellent multidisciplinary communication to lead and develop healthcare of the elderly physiotherapy team jointly with an existing team lead. This post is integral to the delivery of a high standard of physiotherapeutic care and is integral to the multidisciplinary team's ability to provide smooth and appropriate discharge planning with the wider community MDT.

The successful candidate must have extensive experience at a senior level in the field of acute medical, healthcare of the elderly and neurology and respiratory physiotherapy working in the NHS environment be able to demonstrate an appropriate level of personal autonomy, clinical skill, leadership and knowledge of the national healthcare agenda that impacts on day-to-day life in health care of elderly department. You must have good inter-personal skills, work well in a multidisciplinary team environment and have the ability to lead a team in challenging times.

***Preference will be given to internal Trust staff, as well as 'Priority' and 'At Risk' status including NHS At Risk staff throughout Devon who are able to display recent relevant experience as dictated by the Person Specification.***

Main duties of the job

To provide a high level of clinical leadership to the healthcare of the elderly team.

Undertake a joint team leader role, with support from the Head of Physiotherapy and Therapies Service Line Cluster Manager, in planning, coordinating, delivering, developing and evaluating the Physiotherapy service provided to healthcare of the elderly and general medical patients, on a day-to-day basis.

To supervise/performance manage all staff line managed by this post.

To take a major role in the advanced assessment and treatment of patients within the speciality who may have acute complex and/or acute on chronic presentation, and to determine clinical diagnosis and physiotherapy treatment indicated, and to maintain records as an autonomous practitioner.

Undertake evidence-based audit and research projects to further own and teams clinical practice. Make recommendations to clinical lead/manager of service for changes to practice by the team. May lead the implementation of specific changes to practice or contribute to service protocols.

About us

We are a people business - where every member of staff matters and can make a difference. Patients are at the heart of everything we do. Joining University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust means becoming part of a team of dedicated staff, who are committed to leading the way through innovation, clinical excellence and great customer care. The Trust has great opportunities for career development in a highly progressive working environment. We offer all of this in a vibrant, modern city with a historic reputation for adventure. PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL COMMUNICATION WILL BE ELECTRONIC, PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAIL ACCOUNT REGULARLY. If you have any issues with applying online and need additional support including reasonable adjustments with the application process please contact the recruitment team on 01752 432100. We recognise that work life balance is important for our colleagues and so we invite requests from applicants around less than full time/flexible working for our advertised roles. Please contact the recruiting manager to discuss this prior to your application submission. We commit to giving this full consideration in each case. We encourage people from diverse backgrounds to apply for our roles, as diversity strengthens our teams. It is sometimes necessary to close vacancies before the closing date. If you have not heard from us within 4 weeks of the closing date, please assume that you have not been shortlisted.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To be professional and legally responsible and accountable for all aspects of your own work including the management of patients in your care. To ensure a high standard of clinical care for the patients under your management, and support more junior staff to do likewise.
  • Participate in providing a seven day service (Inclusive of bank holidays) for the health care of elderly areas as service provision requires.
  • Maintenance of respiratory competencies is essential due to the acute, complex and unstable nature of the patients.
  • Undertake the assessment and treatment of acutely ill patients with neurological / respiratory/ health problems, who may have a complex presentation and maintain associated records as an autonomous practitioner on a daily basis, including when working on the emergency duty rota.
  • Provide advice to medical and nursing staff and other members of the multi-disciplinary team regarding patients respiratory and chest functions/condition, when working on the emergency duty on-call rota.
  • To interpret and analyse clinical and non-clinical facts to form accurate clinical diagnosis and prognoses in a wide range of highly complex conditions, to recommend the best course of intervention, and to develop comprehensive management plans.
  • To represent the trust externally (locally, regionally and nationally) regarding physiotherapy services provided to patients with complex medical conditions.
  • To undertake the comprehensive assessment of patients, including those with a complex presentation, using investigative and analytical skills, and to formulate individualised management and treatment plans, using clinical reasoning, and utilising a wide range or treatment skills and options to formulate a specialised programme of care and to support junior staff in this work.
  • To accept clinical responsibility for a designated caseload of patients, and to organise this effectively and efficiently with regard to clinical priorities and use of time.
  • To demonstrate highly developed dexterity, co-ordination and palpatory senses for assessment and manual treatment of patients.
  • To participate in working parties developing policy changes within the health care of elderly department at Derriford Hospital, which will impact on all service users.
  • To ensure, as team leader, that designated staff implement policy and service development changes.
  • To work with consultants and head of service in developing the strategic and operational management of the rehabilitation services.
  • To provide spontaneous and planned advice, teaching and instruction to patients/relatives, carers and other professionals, to promote understanding of the aims of physiotherapy, and to ensure a consistent approach to patient care and individual rehabilitation goals.
  • To provide specialist and highly specialist advice to physiotherapy colleagues and MDT working within other clinical areas, regarding rehabilitation.
  • To provide specialist advice, teaching and training to other members of the MDT regarding the management of patients with complex problems.
  • To regularly teach, train, supervise and performance manage more junior staff, technical instructors, assistants and students. This will include the use of formal appraisal documentation.
  • Use an extensive range of verbal and non-verbal communication tools to communicate effectively with patients/carers to motivate, gain co-operation, to progress rehabilitation and treatment programmes. This will include patients who may have difficulties in understanding or communicating e.g.: patients may be dysphasic, depressed, deaf, blind or who may be unable to accept diagnosis, or realistic expectations of Physiotherapy intervention.
  • To assess capacity, gain valid informed consent, which must be documented and have the ability to work within a legal framework with patients who lack capacity to consent to treatment. To comply with local confidentiality polices child protection and vulnerable adults procedures.

  • Professional
  • To maintain own clinical professional development (CPD) by keeping abreast of any new trends and developments, and incorporate them as necessary into your work.
  • To be an active member/lead of the in-service training programme by attending and delivering presentations and training sessions at staff meetings, tutorials, training sessions in house and by attending/organising external courses and practising reflective practice.
  • To communicate effectively and work collaboratively with medical, nursing and therapy colleagues at all levels to ensure delivery of a co-ordinated multidisciplinary service. This will include case conferences, ward rounds and discharge planning.
  • To participate in the staff appraisal scheme and Personal Development Plan (PDP) as both appraiser and appraise.
  • To undertake the measurement and evaluation of your work and current practices through the use of Evidence Based Practice projects, audit and outcome measures, either individually or with clinical specialist or manager. Make recommendations for change.
  • To demonstrate a sound understanding of Clinical Governance and Risk Management and apply to work situation.

  • Organisational
  • To be responsible for a designated area of work, as agreed with the Head of Physiotherapy, and to plan and organise efficiently and effectively with regard to patients management and use of time.
  • To decide priorities for own work area, balancing other patient related and professional demands, and ensure that these remain in accordance with those of the section as a whole
  • To be responsible for ensuring the effective selection and use of all treatment resources available both in the department and on the wards.
  • To be responsible for equipment used in carrying out physiotherapy duties, and to adhere to departmental policy, including competence to use equipment and to ensure the safe use of equipment by others through, teaching, training and supervision of practice.
  • To maintain accurate, comprehensive and up-to-date documentation, in line with legal and departmental requirements, and communicate assessment and treatment results to the appropriate disciplines in the form of reports and letters.
  • To be actively involved in the collection of appropriate data and statistics for the use of the department.
  • To be aware of Health and Safety aspects of your work and implement any policies, which may be required to improve the safety of your work area, including your prompt recording and reporting of incidents to senior staff, and ensuring that equipment use is safe.
  • To comply with the organisational and departmental policies and procedures and to be involved in the reviewing, instigating, devising and updating as appropriate.
  • To undertake any other duties that might be considered appropriate by the Head of Physiotherapy or the Therapies Manager.

  • Person Specification

    Knowledge and Experience


    • Extensive post graduate demonstrable experience across all specialities.
    • Previous demonstrable experience at a Senior level within field acute medical / respiratory / health care of the elderly patients with a broad / Falls & dementia care / management of complex caseloads.
    • Proven evidence of leadership and team working abilities.
    • Demonstrable experience of appraising and supervising junior staff / students.
    • Demonstrable experience of teaching.
    • Proven evidence of CPD and relevant post-graduate training and integrating EBP into current practice.
    • Demonstrable experience of delivering physiotherapy provision within a large clinical setting.


    • Demonstrable experience in a similar role.
    • Demonstrable experience of complex MDT working and discharge planning.
    • Ability to apply research to practice.



    • Degree (BSc Hons Physiotherapy) or equivalent.
    • HCPC registration.
    • Attendance at additional relevant professional courses.


    • MSc relevant to the area.
    • Leadership and Management training.

    Employer details

    Employer name

    University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust


    Derriford Hospital

    Derriford Road


    PL6 8DH

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