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Highly Specialist Physiotherapist

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year p.a
Closing date
30 May 2024

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Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
The Acquired Brain Injury Rehabilitation Service (ABIRS) Dorset provides specialist rehabilitation for patients with complex difficulties following an acquired brain injury. Our team of highly specialist and experienced staff includes a Rehabilitation Medicine Consultant, Clinical/Neuropsychologists, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Speech and Language Therapist and Rehabilitation Assistants. The team applies a fully integrated multidisciplinary approach to offer individualised rehabilitation programmes so that people with severe brain injury can achieve their best outcomes possible.

ABIRS offers supportive supervision and regular in-service education opportunities. This is a brilliant opportunity for a highly experienced Neuro-Physiotherapist keen to develop their career in a specialist area of rehabilitation.

Employment in this post requires an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, which the Trust will cover the cost of. Applicants who subscribe to the DBS update service are able to present a valid DBS certificate instead of requiring a new check.

Main duties of the job

We are currently looking for a Highly Specialist Physiotherapist to join our service in the community. The post holder will play a central role in the comprehensive rehabilitation of patients by providing innovative and evidence-based assessments and rehabilitation programmes for individuals and small groups of patients and carers. The post holder will use a patient centred goal setting approach, working closely with the multi disciplinary team, in patient brain injury rehab colleagues and other specialist teams. The post holder will also be required to offer a specialist consultation service to other professionals, staff supervision and there will be the opportunity for leading/ engaging in Quality Improvement initiatives. Experience in Vestibular Rehabilitation is desirable or the willingness to develop specialist skills in this area.

The successful candidate will be based in Poole but will travel across Dorset as the service requires.

For more information about the post, please call Liz Hooks Highly Specialist Physiotherapist/Team Lead, or Prof Birgit Gurr Clinical Lead on 01202 308077.

About us

At Dorset HealthCare we're on a mission to empower people to make the most of their lives through our outstanding, joined-up healthcare services. We're a dynamic, forward looking Trust, running 12 community hospitals, specialist inpatient facilities and a wide range of integrated community and mental health services for a population of almost 800,000 people.

We do things differently here - it's one of the reasons the CQC rated us 'outstanding' in 2019. It's also why 95% of patients across our services say they have a good or very good experience of our services and 89% of staff feel they can really make a difference. Whether you're looking to work with us in one of our bustling market towns, vibrant urban locations, thriving seaside spots, or among the rolling hills of Dorset, there are lots of ways you can make a difference in our communities.

Our 7,000-strong workforce is at the heart of what we do and our success is a testament to our brilliant people. We're all about building a workplace for the future, we believe in equal opportunities and we celebrate diversity. We're an inclusive workplace, where everyone is welcome, everyone can be authentic, and we are all encouraged to be the best version of ourselves.

Working with us you'll be part of a strong team, challenge yourself, build a career, and teach us what we don't know. And you'll be working towards our vision to be better every day through excellence, compassion and expertise in all we do.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For the main duties and responsibilities for this role please read the attached job description and person specification. When completing your application please ensure your supporting statement reflects the criteria set out in these documents by showing how your experience and skills apply to this post.

As part of our vision to have a skilled, diverse and caring workforce, Dorset HealthCare is working in partnership with The Princes Trust to support people getting into work, as part of this partnership, we are offering an employability service to support individuals between 16-30 years old with application writing, interview skills and other employment support. If you would like or know of anyone who would value this support please do contact

Person Specification



  • Registered practitioner to degree level
  • Membership of the relevant Professional Body (HCPC)



  • Evidence of working to at least band 6 level in a relevant speciality of Physiotherapy
  • Experience of developing specialist programmes of care for an individual or groups of patients/clients and of providing highly specialist advice


  • Evidence of experience in vestibular rehabilitation



  • Effective leadership skills relevant to role


  • Supervision of other staff
  • Experience in being a practice educator for Physiotherapy students.

Quality Improvement


  • Evidence of leading/involvement in research/QI/audit/service development


  • Relevant training in above

Evidence based practice and CPD


  • Evidence of continual professional development, through a variety of means.
  • Demonstrates the ability to use evidence based practice to inform clinical interventions


  • Evidence of relevant training courses
  • Evidence of post-graduate study
  • Demonstrates the ability to reflect on own practice and develop own practice accordingly.

Employer details

Employer name

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust


poole community health clinic

Shaftesbury road


BH15 2NT

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