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Specialist Stroke Physiotherapist

NELFT North East London Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year pa (plus 5% HCAS)pro rata
Closing date
23 May 2024

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Band 7
Part Time
The post holder will hold a relevant clinical qualification to degree level or equivalent in Physiotherapy and have worked recently as a physiotherapist within stroke specialist or neurology specialist services either as a community practitioner or within an identified inpatient setting.Working as part of a multi-disciplinary team, they will manage a caseload of patients with complex needs, using evidence based practise, the principles of physiotherapy practise and patient centred practise, to ensure a high quality service to all those referred to the teams.They are required to have a role in the leadership of junior staff and support assistants, through supervision, training and appraisal.

Main duties of the job

1. To complete comprehensive physiotherapy assessments, through interview, observation of functional tasks and/or use of standardised assessments for patients referred to the service with a range of complex post stroke presentations and symptoms.2. To be responsible for organising and prioritising own caseload in the day to day allocation of work, whilst being able to work flexibly to meet the needs of their patients, their relatives and carers and the service.3. To work autonomously as a lone worker in the community.4. To deputise when required in your seniors absence and delegate appropriately to more junior members of staff, support workers and rehabilitation assistants with guidance as appropriate. 5. To be responsible for training and supervision of junior staff, students, assistants and carers in the Community.6. To have organisational knowledge relating to Trust protocols and procedures and adhere to them, particularly administration of medicine and moving and handling.7. To ensure effective risk management at team level by accident/incident reporting, assessing and controlling risk and ensuring residual risks are added to the Trust register.8 To liaise closely with the multi-disciplinary team, specialist nursing staff, patient, carers and other professionals involved in care provision.9 To respect people's privacy, dignity and individuality.

About us

COVID-19 Vaccination

We continue to encourage all staff to ensure that they have been double vaccinated and received their booster. We recognise that taking the vaccine provides the best defence against COVID 19 for our patients, our staff and their families.

Probationary Period

This post will be subject to a probationary period. Internal applicants are exempt from the probationary period (unless you are an internal applicant currently part way through a probationary period or currently a bank member of staff).

Starting with NELFT

NELFT place a great deal of importance on new starters being properly welcomed and inducted into the Trust. All new starters will join the Trust on the first Monday of each month and will undertake a comprehensive induction of up to two weeks which will include mandatory training, systems training and the allocation of equipment. As part of the process new starters will have the opportunity to also meet the executive team, senior managers and attend a number of drop in sessions focusing in engagement, health and wellbeing and key processes. The induction will be held at our head office in Rainham, Essex.

High Cost Area Supplement - London

This post also attracts payment for High Cost Area Supplement of 5% of the basic salary (minimum payment of �1,192 and a maximum payment of �2,011 per annum pro rata).

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To act as an autonomous, registered practitioner who is legally and professionally accountable for own unsupervised actions guided by the professional code of conduct and Trust guidelines and protocols.2. To be able to perform a competent assessment of patients, including those with multiple pathologies, using clinical reasoning skills and manual assessment techniques to formulate a diagnosis based on the clinical findings of their condition. Working with access to direct supervision from a more senior physiotherapist.3. To comply with the organisation and departmental guidelines, protocols and policies, whilst adhering to Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) guidelines and Health Professions Council (HPC) requirements.4. Assess patient understanding of suggested physiotherapy management/rehabilitation programme, gain valid informed consent and to have the capacity to work within a legal framework with patients who are unable to consent to treatment.
  • 5. Use outcome measures and evidence based practice as part of clinical approach.6. Through experiential knowledge and clinical reasoning, be able to identify patient needs and help the patient to form goals and plans for interventions using evidence based practise.7. Complete a wide range of interventions including giving advice and support, home activity or clinic based programmes, rehabilitation, treatment, and equipment provision.8. Continuing evaluation and reassessment of patient progress and the altering of treatment programmes if required.9. To maintain a dynamic caseload with effective discharge planning and onward referral to other services if required.10. To be responsible for maintaining accurate and evaluative / comprehensive patient records in accordance with the Service / organisation standards on record keeping, and in line with CSP standards of practice.11. To assist in the guidance and training of student Physiotherapists to adhere to best practice and to support students from other professional groups who may be visiting the service.12. Ensure own clinical credibility through professional accountability and maintain clinical skills13. To maintain clinical Governance Standards through audit, research and evidence gathering.14. To work in line with the RCP National Stroke Guidelines, Stroke Strategy, NHS Improvement Plan, NSF for People with Long term Conditions and appropriate NICE guidance.
  • 1. To communicate in an appropriate, professional and sensitive manner with service users, their relatives and carers, as well as communicating effectively with colleagues, peers, senior managers and clinical leads within the Trust.2. To be able to communicate information of a complex, sensitive or contentious nature, or information that may be perceived as unwelcome to a patient and their family/representative regarding their mobility, expectations of rehabilitation or the degenerative nature of the patients condition.3. To anticipate barriers to communications and resistance to change and to be able to manager these effectively, liaising and seeking appropriate support as required.4. To have a wide range of knowledge in approaches to communicating and managing patient care, including negotiation skills, persuasion and diplomacy.5. Networking with other multi-disciplinary, statutory, private and voluntary organisations, users, carers and assisting in managing the interfaces between them.

  • If you are an overseas qualified nurse and wanting to start your journey to becoming a UK based registered nurse with the NMC, you can check whether you are eligible to be supported through our Capital Nurse consortium. Please visit Whilst NELFT is happy to welcome overseas nurses we are unable to consider your application directly. You should submit your interest and apply through the Capital Nurse London group.

    Although we are a registered sponsor organisation, we are unable to offer sponsorship for some job roles, and this will be identified through filtering questions at the start of any job application on the Trac recruitment system.

    Person Specification



    • Minimum of 3 years experience working as a physiotherapist with patients with various neurological conditions
    • Previous experience of working in the UK or a similar health economy as a physiotherapist
    • Experience of working as a band 6 physiotherapist and working in a variety of specialities


    • Post registration courses completed in specific areas of neurology



    • Clinical Knowledge in neurological physiotherapy and of standards of practise, evidence and best practise guidelines
    • An awareness of NHS Plan, NSF and clinical governance priorities


    • Previous experience of clinically supervising junior staff/students



    • To be able to travel efficiently throughout the area and across the boroughs
    • Team Worker: Able to work effectively and flexibly in a team and variety of environments


    • evidence of involvement with Audit or service development

    Employer details

    Employer name

    NELFT North East London Foundation Trust


    Brentwood community Hospital

    Crescent drive



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