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Physiotherapist

Employer
University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust
Location
Plymouth
Salary
£28,407 to £34,581 £28,407 - £34,581 Per Annum
Closing date
29 May 2024

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Profession
Physiotherapist
Grade
Band 5
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
The Physiotherapy Department can offer you a friendly and social atmosphere with a forward-thinking and progressive attitude to the changing face of the NHS. If you join our department, you will benefit from a well-established and robust appraisal scheme, in-service training, encouragement with CPD and excellent senior and peer support. Clinical specialists enhance the clinical leadership within the department, encouraging evidence-based practice and research/audit. If you are interested in joining our team to progress or start your career, we would be happy to hear from you.

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust is a large acute Trust and Major Trauma Centre, successful candidates will have the enviable opportunity to gain both basic Band 5 experience across all core areas as well as more specialist opportunities in the tertiary specialities that we host. We offer rotations across a wide variety of specialities, such as cardiothoracics, respiratory, intensive care, acute stroke, neurosurgery, critical care rehab, surgical, medical, care of elderly, trauma and orthopaedics, paediatrics, emergency care, out-patients and community.

We welcome applications from Physiotherapy students who are in their final year of education.

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

Main duties of the job

To perform a physiotherapeutic assessment of patients with diverse presentations and complex physical and psychological conditions to provide a clinical diagnosis, develop and deliver an individualised treatment programme, under the supervision of a senior Physiotherapist.

To undertake all aspects of clinical duties as an autonomous practitioner and ensure competence is gained and retained in all areas in which you practice.

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust is a large acute Trust and Major Trauma Centre, successful candidates will have the enviable opportunity to gain both basic Band 5 experience across all core areas as well as more specialist opportunities in the tertiary specialities that we host. Band 5's rotate every six months and the post includes participation with our weekend, late and on-call respiratory service and seven-day working rotas. We offer rotations across a wide variety of specialities, such as cardiothoracics, respiratory, intensive care, acute stroke, neurosurgery, critical care rehab, surgical, medical, care of elderly, trauma and orthopaedics, paediatrics, emergency care, out-patients and community.

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 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.

To be an active member of the respiratory evening and weekend rota and seven-day rota for acute services if required.

When working on the weekend and respiratory on-call rota, to undertake the assessment and treatment of acutely ill patients with respiratory problems, who may have a complex presentation and maintain associated records as an autonomous practitioner.

When working to provide advice to medical and nursing staff and other members of the multi-disciplinary team regarding patients functions/condition.

To interpret and analyse clinical and non-clinical facts to form accurate diagnosis and prognoses in a wide range of highly complex conditions, to recommend the best course of the intervention, and to develop comprehensive management plans.

To represent the trust externally (locally, regionally and nationally) regarding physiotherapy services provided to the patients.

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 of 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 specialities, which will impact on all service users.

To ensure, as team leader, that designated staff implement policy and service development changes.

To work with the consultants and head of service in developing the strategic and operational management of the physiotherapy service.

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.

To provide specialist and highly specialist advice to physiotherapy colleagues working within other clinical areas.

To provide specialist advice, teaching and training to other members of the MDT regarding the management of patients

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 the 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 the capacity to consent to treatment, including gaining consent for intimate examinations. To comply with local confidentiality polices, child protection and vulnerable adults procedures.

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

***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.***

Person Specification

Knowledge & Experience

Essential

  • Broad range of clinical placements including demonstrable experience in MSK (Orthopaedic & Outpatient) / Acute respiratory care / Neuro
  • Proven evidence of Continuous Professional Development
  • An awareness of current large clinical setting and NHS Health issues
  • Development & values-based learning


Desirable

  • Demonstrable experience as a Physiotherapist in a healthcare acute setting


Qualifications

Essential

  • Diploma or Degree in Physiotherapy
  • HCPC registration
  • Demonstration of professional development


Desirable

  • Attendance of additional professional courses


Aptitude & Abilities

Essential

  • Good oral, verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to prioritise workload


Desirable

  • Proven evidence of personal leadership


Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust

Address

Derriford Hospital

Plymouth

PL6 8DH

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