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Deputy Head of Inpatients Therapy, Band 8a

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum
Closing date
4 Jun 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
We are seeking to appoint a dynamic, effective and motivated leader, with proven operational and relevant clinical experience, for our Therapy Inpatient service across our two sites at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

The post holder will be expected to deputise for the Heads of Inpatients to drive the service forward and meet the changing demands of the health economy. You will work collaboratively with a fellow deputy and the Inpatient clinical leads on the organisation, delivery and strategic planning of the therapy service. You will support the delivery of timely, safe and effective service in line with local and national guidelines and targets, across the Inpatient pathway.

You will have operational management experience with skills to lead change and forge strong relationships within the Acute Trust and across the healthcare community. You will have experience of personnel processes and be able to manage, review and evaluate existing services to ensure that provision is equitable across the service.

Main duties of the job

To be responsible for organisation, delivery and strategic planning of inpatient therapy services across Gloucestershire Royal Hospital and Cheltenham General Hospital.

To work collaboratively with the members of the Therapy Leadership team to deliver an Integrated Therapy (Occupational therapy/Physiotherapy) service.

To provide operational management for the inpatient therapy staff, in order to deliver a high quality service to patients.

To provide professional leadership and accountability for inpatient staff.

To take the lead for clinical governance, service change and development.

To maintain a relevant clinical caseload.

About us

The Therapy service provides physiotherapy and occupational therapy to inpatients and outpatients at Gloucestershire Royal and Cheltenham General Hospitals.We are an integrated service providing patient centred care. Our mission is to 'enable people to maximise their potential to live well'

We are actively engaged in research, leading in trials with Oxford University and the NIHR. We also have close multi-disciplinary working with other services in the acute trust.

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is the largest employer in the county and with over 8,000 staff, we are one of the largest NHS trusts in the UK. We offer a generous annual leave allowance, excellent bank rates, access to the excellent NHS Pension Scheme, discounts for local shops, restaurants and services, access to our health and well-being hub, access to our two on-site nurseries, flexible working options, discounted public transport, reward and recognition schemes, exercise and activity classes and membership to our popular hospital choir.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will:

- Be responsible for the management of approximately 60wte staff, comprising registered Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists and therapy support staff.

- Be accountable to the Head of Inpatient Therapy.

- The post holder will ensure effective control and use of resources to support budget management. This includes reviewing staff resources and skill mix to meet service need. The post holder assumes responsibility for the day to day management of the clinical area.

- To maintain a clinical commitment that accounts for a minimum of 20% of contracted hours and to be present clinically in the department, during clinical hours.

Please see the attached job description and person specification for more detailed information.

Person Specification



  • Degree/diploma in Physiotherapy/Occupational Therapy
  • Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council
  • Relevant postgraduate education to Master's level or Level 7 Leadership and Management diploma



  • Proven team working and leadership skills in a multidisciplinary environment
  • Experience of operational management
  • Experience of leading and managing people and service change management
  • Experience of leading service development
  • Experience of quality improvement and service evaluation through audit/research
  • Proven, relevant clinical experience within the inpatient setting

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities


  • Highly developed communication and motivational skills e.g. presentations / posters at Networks, Boards, ICB multi-professional groups
  • The ability to communicate, negotiate and influence across a wide number of people from Trust senior staff, colleagues, staff and patients/carers
  • Influencing and enabling others to perform and of effective performance management
  • Knowledge and ability to evaluate and audit a new service or utilise research findings
  • Manage changes in service delivery in self and others
  • Set service priorities and monitor performance through utilisation and interpretation of relevant data


  • Translating national policy and guidance into local service level delivery
  • Evidence of operational management and clinical leadership of an Integrated service or equivalent multi professional team.



  • Multi-disciplinary and partnership working to develop integrated service delivery against pathways
  • Independent working and decision-making ability
  • Be able to think quickly and decisively using diplomatic skills where necessary
  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD), including evidence of reflective practice, evaluation and utilisation of best practice
  • Have a flexible approach to working, which may include flexing working pattern to meet service needs


  • Proven networking in relevant regional and national groups

Employer details

Employer name

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust



Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust , London Road



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