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Specialist Physiotherapist

County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pro rata
Closing date
22 May 2024

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Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
To work as a member of the clinical team of physiotherapists, occupational therapists and therapy assistants within the crisis an community therapy services.

The post holder will independently manage a caseload that includes some highly complex patients and provide specialist assessments to adults referred to the team who present with a range of physical dysfunction/or disabilities resulting from injury, illness, surgery or chronic disease, within a range of community settings and establishments (including Rehabilitation Wards/Units, Clients Homes, Care Homes and Prisons)

On an on-going basis the post holder will assess, diagnose, implement and evaluate individual programmes of care for patients.

The post holder will work within a multi-professional team (Consultants, GPs, nursing staff, Occupational Therapists, Social workers and other AHPs) regarding the management and discharge of patients under your care.

The post holder will deliver clinical education of all staff as required within community services.

Main duties of the job

Own individual responsibilities and share team objectives

Lead or contribute to creating improvement, transformation and innovation of services

Contribute to creating a work environment that is marked by pride, enthusiasm and collaboration

Manage and/or contribute to financial performance and target delivery

Lead by action and inspire others acting as role model, demonstrating the leadership behaviours and values identified by CDDFT

Communicate positively and effectively

Actively give and receive feedback in a constructive manner

Be adaptable, work with integrity and be trustworthy

Show constancy, courage and resolve in the pursuit of the vision and aims of CDDFT

Actively contribute to improving the health and well being of the population that is served.

About us

If you are being interviewed you must accept an interview slot in the system to continue, even if you have arranged with the manager

You must be able to produce ALL certificates stated essential in the person specification or you will not be able to complete pre-employment checks

We provide hospital services from two acute sites - Darlington Memorial Hospital and University Hospital of North Durham. We have a centre for planned care in Bishop Auckland and provide care from community hospitals in Chester-le-Street, Shotley Bridge, Barnard Castle, Sedgefield and Weardale as well as over 80 other community based settings and providing care in patients' homes.

We particularly welcome applications from disabled and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates as BAME and disabled people are currently under-represented

From April 1 2024 we are unable to offer sponsorship for healthcare roles that do not meet the minimum salary �23,200, to apply you must have Right to Work in the United Kingdom. If you are in the UK on a VISA please ensure you have no restrictions that would prevent you from taking this post

Full Job Descriptions can be found in the adverts supporting documents

Job description

Job responsibilities

Adult rehabilitation and crisis management to community based patient population.

To be an autonomous practitioner with the freedom to act to be personally, professionally and legally accountable for the services you provide to patients in your care and for those of any Assistant Practitioners, Care Support workers and Students under your supervision

To perform advanced therapeutic assessment of patients with diverse presentations and sometimes highly complex physical conditions to provide a diagnosis, develop, and deliver individualised treatment programme

To hold responsibility for own caseload and be responsible for a defined area of the service or a particular patient type, working without direct supervision.

To be operationally managed on a day to day basis by your designated clinical lead, and will receive formal supervision from a B7 therapist either within group or individual sessions.

To be supported by the designated Clinical Lead to carry out your duties via informal supervision and guidance on an as needs basis, dependant on your level of experience and complexity of patients under your care.

To work within established Service / Trust policies and procedures and contribute / propose changes for the development of operational procedures / working practices relevant to the team and services it provides.

To be responsible for providing formal clinical supervision and support to lesser experienced therapists, plus Assistant Practitioners and Care support workers. This includes personal and professional development, including appraisal as well as support for case management beyond their level of knowledge and experience. Informal support will also be given on a day to day basis to assist with caseload management.

To provide supervision, education and assessment of therapy students this would be to a graduate standard and involve working with universities to ensure the standard of practice and teaching meets the standard set by the degree level qualification

To undertake evidence based audit to further own and teams clinical practice within the specialism. To make recommendations to the Clinical Lead of service that may lead to implementation of specific changes to practice or contribute to service protocols

Person Specification



  • BSc/MSc in Physiotherapy
  • Evidence of CPD, including attendance at recent post-graduate courses relevant to the clinical fields in the specialism


  • An understanding of County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, its culture, strategic direction, achievements and NHS standing
  • Involvement in specific interest groups

Statutory Registration


  • HCPC


  • Member of CSP

Special Skills & Knowledge


  • In depth and up to date knowledge and skills in the assessment and treatment of a wide range of physical disabilities.
  • Remain updated with professional practice and new research
  • Understand clinical governance and its implication for services, including experiences of quality and audit
  • Ability to comprehend and work within the Trust's policies of data protections, equal opportunities and health and safety
  • To meet the differing needs of patients
  • Ability to carry out moderate to intense physical effort throughout the working day and carry out concurrent activities
  • Ability to cope with working in stressful environment and deal with emotional or aggressive patients and carers
  • Ability to work independently and organise, prioritise and delegate workload to meet service demands
  • Understand the legal responsibilities of the profession
  • Evidence of self-directed learning and critical appraisal skills


  • Ability to use own initiative appropriately to enhance service delivery
  • Presentational skills
  • Competent IT skills (e.g.for electronic record keeping, emails)
  • Evidence of participation in research/audit
  • Clinical supervision of other therapy staff/students
  • Clinical educator experience



  • Comprehensive and relevant qualified experience in physical rehabilitation including recent general rehabilitation experience
  • Experience of collaborative working within multi disciplinary teams.
  • Evidence of communication skills within a wide variety of settings


  • Experience in staff appraisals
  • Experience in working in a variety of settings

Specialist Requirements


  • Ability to travel and carry small items of equipment on a daily basis to fulfil the requirements of the post


  • Ability to meet physical demands of the post

Employer details

Employer name

County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust


Spectrum 8

Seaham Buisness Park


County Durham


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