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Clinical Lead Physiotherapist (Acute Neurology and Medicine)

Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year pro rata
Closing date
28 May 2024

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Band 7
Full Time
An exciting new opportunity has arisen for a skilled, experienced Physiotherapist with a special interest in acute Neurology to join the inpatient Therapy service at the Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. We are a welcoming Trust, focussed on valuing a persons differences and encouraging them to grow and flourish in their role in Healthcare. It is set in one of the most beautiful areas of the UK with easy access to the coast and the Dartmoor national park.

Main duties of the job

For more detail about the main duties of this role, please see the job description section below. As a key member of the Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, you will be joining an exceptional team working together to help our patients to stay healthy, when they need it most.

About us

Stretching across Northern, Eastern and Mid Devon, we have a workforce of over 15,000 staff, making us the largest employer in Devon. Our core services, which we provide to more than 615,000 people, cover more than 2,000 square miles across Devon, while some of our specialist services cover the whole of the peninsula, extending our reach as far as Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

We deliver a wide range of emergency, specialist and general medical services through North Devon District Hospital and the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (Wonford).

Alongside our two acute hospitals, we provide integrated health and social care services across a variety of settings, including community inpatient hospitals, outpatient clinics, and within peoples own homes. We also offer primary care services, a range of specialist community services, and Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARC).

Our state-of-the-art equipment, leading technologies and strong links to local universities put us at the forefront of research and innovations, enabling us to provide world-class care to our local communities.

Its never been a more exciting time to join the Royal Devon, as youll help to shape our services as we continue along our integration journey.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For more information on the Job Description and Responsibilities please click the link below.

More detail about the role
  • The post holder will be responsible for the operational management, leadership and clinical expertise for the in-patient Physiotherapy service for acute Neurology and support to acute medical patients if required.
  • They will be flexible to support the Physiotherapy team to provide timely acute assessment of respiratory conditions (including tracheostomy management), and appropriate rehabilitation and discharge for acute and chronic long-term conditions.
  • To work closely with all Clinical Team leads to ensure the smooth running of the Therapy service in the absence of the Heads of PT & OT.
  • To be responsible for service performance and standards implementing audit and other review processes as appropriate/necessary to help ensure an efficient and effective service and feedback of TARN data.
  • Undertake full participation in wider Trust strategies and policies.
  • Determine the most effective deployment of staff resources and negotiate/delegate specific duties within the specialist therapy teams.
  • To ensure the rotas for weekend and bank holiday working are maintained.
  • Demonstrate a sound understanding of Clinical Governance and Risk Management and apply to work situation.
  • Caseloads will be flexible and the post holder must be able to consider how to support the provision of service to other areas of the Trust, especially during escalation.

This position is based on the in-patient acute Neurology ward supporting both neurology and acute medical patients to achieve their rehabilitation goals. There will be strong links established with the Mardon Neurological Rehabilitation Centre Therapy team.

The post holder will provide highly specialist assessment and interventions for a complex caseload demonstrating advanced clinical reasoning skills including respiratory and tracheostomy management, spasticity management and with specific knowledge of acute neurological conditions. The caseload will comprise acute neurological cases including brain injury and acute admissions for relapses in long term cases such as MS. There will be a particular emphasis on functional neurological cases. In addition, there will be an acute caseload of patients admitted with a range of acute medical and mobility problems.

The post holder will take a lead in Multi-disciplinary activities and will work closely with the Heads of Acute OT & Physiotherapy to support service organisation, recruitment and other HR managerial duties.

Working Pattern: 37.5 hours per week, Monday to Friday, 08:15 - 16:30. The post-holder will also be required to work weekends, bank holidays and provide telephone support to on-call respiratory physios on a rota basis.

Interview Date: To be confirmed.

For further information please contact: Emma Dashwood Clinical Lead

This is a fixed term contract for 12 months. For current NHS employees this post could be a secondment opportunity.

As an inclusive employer, the Royal Devon values diversity and is committed to creating a culture of inclusivity where everyone can be themselves and reach their full potential. We believe in fostering a sense of belonging and actively encourage applications from individuals of all backgrounds, cultures, and abilities. We recognise the advantages of having a diverse workforce that reflects the communities we serve.

Preference will be given to staff with Priority and 'At Risk' status including NHS At Risk staff throughout Devon.

The Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust reserves the right to close vacancy when sufficient applications have been received.

The Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust was established in April 2022, bringing together the expertise of both the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust and Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust.


We will work together to maintain a culture that develops and supports you and your team.

This might include funding for a care certificate, a degree or leadership qualifications. Or it might include days off to study, engage in CPD or rotational placements to help you hone your skills. Wherever you are heading in the NHS, we'll help you get there.

Looking after you is important to us.

We strive to help our staff create a healthy work-life balance through flexible working schemes and our family friendly policies.

If you're starting out in the NHS, you'll start with 27 days paid annual leave (plus bank holidays), rising to 33 days plus bank holidays.

You'll benefit from access to our own comprehensive occupational health services, including counselling, onsite wellbeing activities and groups.

Salary is not the only financial benefit

You'll have access to an extensive range of staff discounts on shopping, fitness and leisure options and you can spread the cost of technology and home appliance purchases from major retailers.

You will also have access to other benefits including:

National discount services such as the Blue Light Card and Health Service Discounts.

Salary sacrifice options including our OFSTED rated outstanding nursery onsite at Exeter

Car lease schemes.

The NHS Pension scheme (one of the most generous and comprehensive in the UK).

Cycle to work scheme

These are just a few of the benefits available if the role is something you are interested in, we'd love to hear from you.

Person Specification

General Requirements


  • See job description text above, and (where applicable) you can download a copy of the full job description


  • See job description text above, and (where applicable) you can download a copy of the full job description

Employer details

Employer name

Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

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