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Senior Physiotherapist

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
4 Jun 2024

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Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
Part Time - 7.5 Hours Per Week

Are you passionate about supporting people with learning disabilities and committed to improving their quality of life?

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Physiotherapist to join the Wakefield Adult Learning Disability Community Health Team.

Our well-established team provides a service to the whole of the Wakefield area and consists of psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, learning disability nurses, occupational therapists, physiotherapist, speech & language therapists, dietician, and healthcare support staff. The team works together to support adults with learning disabilities and their families/carers across Wakefield.

The Trust is committed to staff development and in-house training to enable the applicant to fulfil the requirements of the role. There is a trust wide Physio Forum led by the professional lead which offers support and CPD opportunities.

Contact Kaye Millard (Senior Physiotherapist / Acting AHP Lead)

Email Address:

Telephone: 07827 083 478

Main duties of the job

We are looking for someone who demonstrate a positive attitude to working with people with learning disabilities and a commitment to promoting a high quality of life for this client group.

We provide specialist interventions such as rebound therapy and hydrotherapy which the physiotherapist will deliver. (Experience is desirable, although training will be provided). The physiotherapist will provide specialist assessment, treatment and management to adults with learning disabilities.

Specific duties will involve assessing and treating service users with respiratory conditions, mobility issues, moving and handling guidance and support adults with postural needs. Completing multifactorial falls assessment and prevention work forms a large part of the role as does health promotion. The post involves attending MDT meetings, reviews and working closely with care agencies, day services and social workers.

The role involves taking responsibility for supervising physiotherapy students and band 5 rotational physiotherapists.

All employees of the Trust are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to protect patients.

About us

We are a specialist NHS Foundation Trust that provides community, mental health and learning disability services for the people of Barnsley, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield. We also provide low and medium secure services and are the lead for the west Yorkshire secure provider collaborative.

Our mission is to help people reach their potential and live well in their communities, we do this by providing high-quality care in the right place at the right time. We employ staff in both clinical and non-clinical services who work hard to make a difference to the lives of service users, families and carers.

We encourage and welcome applications from all protected characteristic groups, we value diversity and want our workforce to be reflective of our communities.

Being a foundation Trust means were accountable to our members, who can have a say in how were run. Around 14,300 local people (including staff) are members of our Trust.

Join us and you will be one of over 4,500 staff committed to supporting and improving the mental, physical and social needs of the thousands of people we meet and help each year.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all colleagues and volunteers to share this commitment.

We do reserve to right to close vacancy before the advertised closing date if necessary, so please apply as soon as possible.

Job description

Job responsibilities


The post holder carries the responsibility for a defined caseload working with adults in the Community team for people with Learning Disabilities. The caseload will include clients of all levels of ability as defined by the team criteria. The post holder will serve as an effective member of the multi-disciplinary team. The post holder will promote a consistent multi-agency approach.

The post holder will contribute to the leadership and development of the Specialist Learning Disability Health team in accordance within local and national guidance

The post holder will have the ability to work independently as specialist individual practitioner and make autonomous decisions as required. Have good clinical, management and leadership skills.

The post holder will work with service users on an individual and group basis as required to provide assessment and treatment and therapeutic interventions in conjunction with the community pathways including in reach to inpatient areas where required


To work as an integral member of the Specialist Learning disability health team.

To carry out a specialised clinical caseload undertaking specialist assessment, treatment and advice to patients often with complex neurological presentations and formulate a clinical diagnosis and physiotherapy treatment plan as an autonomous practitioner.

To be responsible for specialist advice to staff, patients and carers.

Supervision of students, assistant, and band 5 physiotherapist.

No direct budget responsibility.

For full job description, please see attached supporting documents.

Person Specification



  • Evidence of post-graduate learning & development
  • To be willing to undertake post graduate training to further skills, knowledge and expertise


  • Post graduate training relevant to Learning Disability

Physical Attributes


  • Ability to undertake the duties and demands of the post.
  • A satisfactory sickness record over the previous 2 years (subject to the need to act with fairness and equality of opportunity, particularly where the sickness is related to a disability and/or pregnancy).



  • Degree in Physiotherapy or equivalent
  • Registration with Health Professions Council (HCPC)
  • A recognised qualification or appropriate evidence of suitable experience in teaching and assessing in clinical practice (e.g. Supporting Learning in Practice (SLiP) or equivalent, or Accredited Clinical Educator (ACE) status).



  • Post registration experience including in learning disability
  • Documented evidence of continuing professional development
  • Experience of risk assessment/moving and handling issues including the safe and correct use of all specialist equipment.


  • Leadership / first line management experience
  • Experience of a range of learning disability settings
  • Supervision of staff and / or students
  • Involvement in audit/research/quality issues or training.

Special Knowledge/Skills


  • Specialist knowledge and application of physiotherapy assessments and interventions relevant to learning disability, including clinical reasoning, moving and handling, treatment skills and techniques in learning disability support and rehabilitation.
  • Knowledge and understanding of cultural and diversity issues
  • Extensive clinical practice skills including individual and group work
  • Understanding of and ability to use appropriate outcome measures
  • Ability to work autonomously and set own priorities
  • Ability to analyse professional and ethical issues
  • Supervisory / appraisal skills
  • Ability to reflect and critically appraise own performance
  • Ability to organise and respond efficiently to complex information
  • Computer literacy
  • Ability to build effective working relationships
  • Detailed knowledge of clinical governance and its application


  • Understanding of person centred care and positive behavioural approaches

Personal Attributes


  • Ability to implement all of the 6C values & behaviours expected of health care professionals
  • Values contribution of others
  • Ability to motivate self and others
  • Organisational skills
  • Effective communication skills, verbal and written
  • Willingness to work flexibly
  • A Current driving licence and access to a car during the working day is essential (reasonable adjustments will be considered for any applicants who are unable to drive due to a disability)

Employer details

Employer name

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Trust


Block 9

Fieldhead Hospital



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