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Specialist Physiotherapist

Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year pa
Closing date
11 Jun 2024

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Due to the promotion of the existing post holder we now a vacancy for this exciting role within the well-established Downham Market & Swaffham/Fens & Brecks Community Therapy Team. You will be working as a Specialist Band 7 Community Physiotherapist, supporting patients in the community setting and also in-reaching onto Swaffham Community Hospital ward.

The role is based at Swaffham Community Hospital, approximately 35 minutes drive from Norwich or 25 minutes from Kings Lynn.

The successful candidate would undertake a role in leading, planning, co-ordinating the delivery and evaluation of the service, whilst maintaining a strong clinical focus on patients presenting with complex presentations seen by the service as an autonomous practitioner. As a clinical specialist you will have a role in some management and leadership tasks, alongside the Clinical Lead Physiotherapist, Clinical Lead Occupational Therapist and Clinical Operations Manager. You will deputise for the Clinical Lead in their absence as required, and undertaken evidence-based projects, including recommendations for service development and participation in research and audit.

Main duties of the job

Are you currently an experienced physiotherapist looking for a new challenge, with a wish to develop your current skill base and build on your existing leadership skills? If so, this role may be ideal for you.
  • Being professionally and legally accountable as an autonomous practitioner for your workload, including management of patients in your care and that of your team.
  • Undertaking skilled assessment using a variety of assessment techniques and advanced clinical reasoning.
  • Manage your own caseload of complex patients in the community and ward-based setting, using specialist knowledge and skills as an autonomous practitioner.
  • Providing training in specialist knowledge for physiotherapy staff and the wider community nursing and therapy team.
  • Supporting clinical supervision and appraisals for physiotherapy staff, the wider therapy team and students.
  • Supporting service transformation, development and integration projects within the wider Primary Care Network and Integrated Care System.

It is essential the post holder has the ability to travel to patients across Swaffham, Downham Market and the surrounding areas.

West Norfolk is an area of contrast and beauty situated close to the borders of Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire.

Apply now to join an organisation that has been awarded an 'Outstanding' rating by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the highest possible rating and the first stand-alone NHS community trust in the country to be awarded the title.

About us

You will have the opportunity to progress your clinical knowledge and skills through our in-service training program and will participate in regular supervision with the Clinical Lead Physiotherapist.

Successful candidates will also attend a formalised trust induction programme, mandatory training programme and have opportunities to apply for additional training relevant to their role. There will also be opportunities to develop your management and supervision skills through NCHC's well established Leadership Roadmap Programme.

We are committed to providing high quality care and have a strong agenda in improving quality, which includes the opportunity to become a Quality Champion. NCHC is committed to support staff wellbeing, and as such offers self-referral for staff physiotherapy, access to mental health support, occupational health support and NCHC has a Staff Wellbeing Board. Staff are encouraged to provide their feedback through the annual NHS Staff Survey, but we also complete quarterly pulse engagement questionnaires. Our trust values are Community, Creativity and Compassion.

Our trust vision is to improve the quality of people' lives, in their homes and community through the best in integrated health and social care.

Job description

Job responsibilities

OrganisationalThe post holder will: Undertake a major clinical role in assessment, review and treatment to the adult population living in the community within West Norfolk. The role is based within the Swaffham, Downham , Fens and Brecks Therapy Teams, you will be based at Swaffham Community Hospital but you would be required to provide support to the teams across West Norfolk as required. To plan, deliver and co-ordinate therapy interventions for patients of a higher complexity across West Norfolk To be responsible for Continued Professional Development (CPD) and Personal Development Plan (PDP) for members of the therapy team. To have an input into service development, under the direction of the Clinical Leads/ Service Manager, across West Norfolk and in conjunction with the rest of the team in response to NICE guidance, local governance and government policy.

ClinicalThe post holder will:1. Undertake comprehensive therapy assessments of patients including those with a complex presentation, using investigative, analytical and clinical reasoning skills, and inform the development of a differential diagnosis.2. Formulate and execute individualised therapy management and treatment plans of patients including those with a complex presentation, in collaboration with the integrated team, other agencies and the patient, utilising a range of treatment skills.3. Be aware of Assistive Technology and make referrals for this as required.4. Assess patients holistic needs, communicating complex and sensitive information to patients and carers as to their assessment, diagnosis, prognosis and treatment plan.5. Where there are barriers to understanding, such as hearing impairment, mental capacity impairment and other difficulties in comprehension, explanations require adjustments in order to gain understanding, consent and concordance.6. Be required to use tact and persuasive skills in order to gain the patients cooperation in their treatment plan.7. Liaise with GPs, Social Services, inpatient teams, other allied health care professionals and the voluntary sector to ensure identified needs are met and care co-ordinated appropriately.8. To participate in multi-disciplinary/multi-agency meetings as appropriate, e.g. Gold Standard Framework.9. Be responsible for ensuring workload for self and others is planned and prioritised according to service targets and needs.10. Ensure patient held records are completed for each visit, and that SystmOne inputting is completed on a daily basis.11. Plan and organise specialist services within the integrated team.12. Demonstrate dexterity, co-ordination and palpatory senses for assessment, and manual treatment of patients, including using specialist equipment and fine tools, manual and mobilising skills.13. Contribute to the requisitioning of supplies and equipment through electronic ordering systems.14. Be aware of budget and ensure all effort is made to work within this.15. Ensure informed consent is obtained prior to initiating interventions.16. Be exposed to bodily fluids, infected material, blood products on a daily basis, therefore must utilise universal precautions and adhere to infection control policies.17. Demonstrate basic IT and standard keyboard skills.

ProfessionalThe post holder will:1. Be required to undertake risk assessments and act upon them appropriately.2. Contribute to the staff rota on a monthly basis.3. Contribute to the supervision of workload within the integrated team.4. Actively contribute to multidisciplinary team meetings and other meetings where appropriate.5. Support the Clinical leads and all team members within the integrated team, respecting them, their roles and contributions.6. Attend in-house training as required to develop current role.7. Maintain own continual professional development.8. Be able to make own travel arrangements to patients homes, clinics, base and meetings etc., as required.9. Be responsible for safe use and maintenance of equipment and supplies.10. Remain accountable for own professional actions as determined by the professional bodies.11. May be required to demonstrate own duties to students, new starters and other staff.12. Provide mentorship for students undertaking pre/post registration courses.13. Mentor existing staff and provide training in specialist area as appropriate.14. Provide advice/training to other staff and supervise Occupational Therapists, support band 4 staff and students where appropriate, and contribute to the induction process for new staff/students.15. Demonstrate leadership skills within own competence.16. Be accountable for work delegated to others.

OrganisationalThe post holder will:1. Undertake mandatory training as required.2. Participate in a Personal Development Review process.3. Undertake Personal Development Plans for more junior staff members.4. Take part in clinical supervision as per Trust Policy.5. Follow Trust policies, and local procedures, and use discretion in interpreting them according to the setting and circumstances.6. Comment on draft policies.7. Ensure absence reporting is undertaken as determined by Team Leader and Trust Policy.8. Contribute to clinical audit as required.9. Complete the staff survey as required.

10. Complete risk assessments and incident forms as required

Person Specification



  • Diploma or 1st level degree in Occupational Therapy, or equivalent experience
  • Current HCPC registration
  • Clinical educators' course


  • Advanced OT qualifications/attendance of short-courses



  • NHS experience
  • Evidence of working at an advanced clinical level
  • Knowledge of additional specialist areas through in-house training & short courses
  • Experience working as part of a multi-disciplinary team (MDT)


  • Knowledge and experience of complex equipment provision.
  • Experience of working with complex patients in a community setting.

Skills, Abilities and Knowledge


  • Ability to manage stressful situations
  • A team player
  • Concentrate when undertaking patient care and inputting data/patient records
  • Positive attitude towards flexibility to meet the needs of the role
  • Demonstrate good IT and standard keyboard skills


  • Demonstrates an ability to support junior staff.



  • Good observational and reporting skills
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Able to communicate effectively in written and verbal English language
  • Ability to communicate with other members of the MDT both verbally and non-verbally
  • Ability to communicate effectively with patients who may have highly complex needs

Personal and People Development


  • Regular participation in supervision and continual professional development

Personal Attributes / Behaviours (linked to the Trust's Behaviour Framework)


  • Highly motivated
  • Tact and diplomacy
  • Empathy and sensitivity



  • Able to kneel, bend and stoop, and work in cramped environments
  • Able to manoeuvre limbs of around 5-6kg
  • Able to manoeuvre patients using handling aids
  • Must have a full UK driving license and have access to a vehicle

Employer details

Employer name

Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust


Swaffham Community hospital

15 Sporle Road


PE37 7HL

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