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Senior Physiotherapist (Emergency Care)

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 Per Annum
Closing date
7 Jun 2024

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a demonstrably experienced, motivated and passionate physiotherapist to join our highly regarded Emergency Care team. This post would suit Physiotherapist's looking to specialise or current Physiotherapist's in a similar role, who would like to broaden their experience and specialise in the acute/emergency care medicine. You will need previous demonstrable experience working as a Physiotherapist across a broad range of specialities including acute medicine, health care of the elderly and respiratory, orthopaedics, MSK and demonstrable experience in major trauma and neurology would be an advantage in this field. If you are looking to develop your career in this field and enjoy working in a fast-paced and stimulating environment, this is an excellent prospect.

The successful candidates will be based within the Emergency care team, which covers the emergency care, medical assessment, acute assessment and short-stay units. The post is designed to support the delivery of an enhanced seven-day service inclusive of weekend working and evening work until 7 pm. You will be supported by experienced Team Leaders and receive regular support with CPD and training.

Main duties of the job

To provide a high standard physiotherapy service to the emergency care, medical assessment, clinical decisions and short stay units. This involves working across the trust in a range of settings providing a seven day service to the Emergency care and acute medical services.

To assist the Team Leaders in planning, coordinating, delivering and evaluating the Physiotherapy Service provided to patients within the team, on a day-to-day basis.

To assess and treat own caseload of patients, who may have complex presentations, and maintain own records as an autonomous practitioner.

At times community / home visits may be required to be undertaken

To deputise for the Team Leaders when necessary.

To perform advanced physiotherapeutic assessment of patients with diverse presentations and complex physical and psychological conditions, within the emergency department, medical assessment units and inpatient settings. To provide a clinical diagnosis and develop and deliver an individualised treatment programme and discharge plan.

***Please note that applications from temporary workers who have been engaged with the Trust for a minimum of 3 months are welcome.

About us

We are a people business - where every member of staff matters and can make a difference. Patients are at the heart of everything we do. Joining University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust means becoming part of a team of dedicated staff, who are committed to leading the way through innovation, clinical excellence and great customer care. The Trust has great opportunities for career development in a highly progressive working environment. We offer all of this in a vibrant, modern city with a historic reputation for adventure. PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL COMMUNICATION WILL BE ELECTRONIC, PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAIL ACCOUNT REGULARLY. If you have any issues with applying online and need additional support including reasonable adjustments with the application process please contact the recruitment team on 01752 432100. We recognise that work life balance is important for our colleagues and so we invite requests from applicants around less than full time/flexible working for our advertised roles. Please contact the recruiting manager to discuss this prior to your application submission. We commit to giving this full consideration in each case. We encourage people from diverse backgrounds to apply for our roles, as diversity strengthens our teams. It is sometimes necessary to close vacancies before the closing date. If you have not heard from us within 4 weeks of the closing date, please assume that you have not been shortlisted.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To be professionally and legally accountable for all aspects of own work, including the management of patients in your care.
  • To be responsible for maintaining accurate and comprehensive patient treatment records in line with Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) standards and local/Trust policy. To communicate appropriately with other disciplines (this might include meetings, report and letter writing)
  • To undertake a comprehensive assessment of patients including those with diverse or complex presentations/multi pathologies use advanced clinical reasoning skills and manual assessment techniques to provide an accurate clinical diagnosis of their condition.
  • Formulate and deliver an individual physiotherapy treatment programme based on a sound knowledge of evidence based practice and treatment options using clinical assessment, reasoning skills and knowledge of treatment skills e.g. specialist neurological or respiratory techniques, manual physiotherapy techniques, patient education, and other alternative options.
  • To take delegated responsibility from the Band 7 physiotherapist for managing patients with particular conditions and be responsible for providing specialist physiotherapy assessment and treatment plans for patients with these conditions.
  • Formulate accurate prognoses and recommend best course of intervention, developing comprehensive management plans.
  • Assess patient understanding of treatment proposals, gain valid informed consent, which must be documented and have the capacity to work within a legal framework with patients who lack capacity to consent to treatment. To comply with local confidentiality policies, child protection and vulnerable adult procedures.
  • Use an extensive range of verbal and non-verbal communication tools to communicate effectively with patients/carers to motivate, gain co-operation, to progress rehabilitation and treatment programmes. This will include patients who may have difficulties in understanding or communicating. For example, patients may be dysphasic, depressed, deaf, blind or who may be unable to accept diagnosis, or realistic expectations of Physiotherapy intervention.
  • Evaluate patient progress, reassess and alter treatment programmes if required.
  • To manage clinical risk within own patient caseload and to report incidents and near misses
  • Work within trust clinical guidelines and CSP guidelines and to have a good working knowledge of national and local standards and monitor own and others quality of practice as appropriate.
  • Rarely, when working in the community and domiciliary settings, work as a lone practitioner with telephone support from a senior physiotherapist if required.
  • To be an active member of the respiratory evening on-call rota and seven day services with ED. Individual to ensure competencies are maintained.
  • When working on the emergency duty rota, undertake the assessment and treatment of acutely ill patients with respiratory/orthopaedic/ neuro problems, who may have a complex presentation and maintain associated records as an autonomous practitioner.
  • When working on the emergency duty on-call rota, provide advice to medical and nursing staff and other members of the multi-disciplinary team regarding patients respiratory/ major trauma orthopaedic/ neurology and chest functions/condition and its management.
  • To train, clinically supervise and performance management more junior staff, technical instructors, assistants and students, with assistance from more senior members of the physiotherapy team. This will include the use of formal appraisal documentation.
  • Represent physiotherapy service and /or individual patients at the multi-disciplinary team meetings, to ensure the delivery of a co-ordinated multidisciplinary service, and integrate physiotherapy treatment into the treatment programme. This will include discussion of patient care, patient progress and involvement in discharge planning.
  • To be responsible for the safe and competent use of all electrotherapy equipment, gym equipment and patient appliances and aids by patients and ensure that junior staff/assistants attain competency prior to use.

  • Professional
  • To be responsible for maintaining own competency to practice through CPD activities, and maintain a portfolio which reflects personal development.
  • Be an active member of the in-service training programme by attendance at, and participation in, in-service training programmes, tutorials, individual training sessions, external courses and peer review.
  • Ensure that your own practice and that of any staff under your supervision meet the required professional standards of physiotherapy practice.

  • Organisational
  • Participate in the staff appraisal scheme as an appraisee and be responsible for complying with your agreed personal development programmes to meet set knowledge and competencies.
  • To undertake as directed the collection of data for use in service audit and research projects.
  • Be responsible for the safe and competent use of gym, electrotherapy and hydrotherapy equipment by patients, through teaching, training and supervision of practice.
  • To be responsible for organising and planning own caseload to meet service and patient priorities. Readjusting plans as situations change/arise.
  • Any other duties that might be considered appropriate by the physiotherapy line manager

  • Person Specification

    Knowledge and Experience


    • Broad demonstrable post graduate clinical experience in Acute Medicine, Acute Respiratory, Trauma and Orthopaedics / and Frailty, Neuro / completion of neuro framework.
    • Demonstrable experience of teaching
    • Proven evidence of contribution to clinical education / supervision of less experienced staff, students or assistants
    • Demonstrable experience of working as part of a multidisciplinary team
    • Proven evidence of relevant CPD
    • Proven awareness of current NHS and Health issues related to Emergency Care


    • Previous demonstrable experience of working in Emergency care.
    • Clinical educator course
    • Demonstrable experience within acute NHS environment



    • Degree (BSc Hons Physiotherapy) or equivalent.
    • HCPC registration.
    • Attendance at additional relevant professional courses


    • MSc relevant to the area
    • Leadership qualification

    Aptitude and Abilties


    • Professional manner
    • Demonstrates effective and adaptable


    • Demonstrable experience of deputising for senior
    • Proven evidence of Service Improvement

    Employer details

    Employer name

    University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust


    Derriford Hospital

    Derriford Road


    PL6 8DH

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