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Community Physiotherapist Lead for Sickle Cell and Thalassemia

Barts Health NHS Trust
£58,698 to £65,095 per annum inc
Closing date
12 Jun 2024

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Band 8A
Full Time
We are looking for a Community Haemoglobinopathy Physiotherapist who is passionate about tackling health inequalities and improving access to care for those who are least well served by health services, and who has experience in working with patients with chronic health conditions.

Responsibility for the quality of care delivered within the Community Red Cell Service and for demonstrating quality standards applied.

To be a source of expert advice on physical therapies for Haemoglobinopathies and to support health care and other professionals working with affected people and their families to provide these therapies.

To develop and plan a programme of interventions and a training strategy for other health care professionals to provide physical therapies.

Main duties of the job

  • To contribute as a member of the sickle cell & thalassemia service, to the development of effective physiotherapy services for people living with sickle cell disease, thalassaemia & rare anaemias within North East London (NEL).
  • Map the current existing provision in place to support patients with these conditions in the community settings across NEL.
  • Provide a specialist physiotherapy service to adults with sickle cell disease including specialist assessment, treatment planning, implementation & monitoring of outcome. The focus will arise from the work packages of the Community Pilot Project, which include wellbeing, & pain management outside of hospital. The principle elements will be

- Chronic complex pain syndromes.Musculoskeletal problems including avascular necrosis of hips, shoulders & lumbar spine

- Physical therapies to help in managing acute pain episodes-

- Physiotherapy interventions to help with managing fatigue

- Evaluation & support of cardiac & respiratory complications.
  • Establish communication networks with a wide and cross organisational group of professionals, associated agencies & client group/family
  • Provide expert advice, consultation & training to staff working with this client group across a range of agencies and settings.
  • Provide clinical placements for trainee physiotherapists, ensuring that trainees acquire the required skills, competencies, & experience.
  • Represent physiotherapy & attend relevant meeting

About us

Barts Health is one of the largest NHS trusts in the country, and one of Britain's leading healthcare providers.

The Barts Health group of NHS hospitals is entering an exciting new era on our improvement journey to becoming an outstanding organisation with a world-class clinical reputation. Having lifted ourselves out of special measures, we now have the impetus and breathing space to chart a fresh course in which we are continually striving to improve all our services for patients.

Our vision is to be a high-performing group of NHS hospitals, renowned for excellence and innovation, and providing safe and compassionate care to our patients in east London and beyond. That means being a provider of excellent patient safety, known for delivering consistently high standards of harm-free care and always caring for patients in the right place at the right time. It also means being an outstanding place to work, in which our WeCare values and behaviours are visible to all and guide us in how we work together.

We strive to live by our WeCare values and are committed to promoting inclusion, where every staff member has a sense of belonging. We value our differences and fully advocate, cultivate and support an inclusive working environment.

We particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian and minority ethnic candidates as they are underrepresented within Barts Health at this band.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The full job description provides an overview of the key tasks and responsibilities of the role, and the person specification outlines the qualifications, skills, experience, and knowledge required. For both documents, please view the attachment/s below.

Person Specification



  • Significant post-qualification experience working at a specialist level with adults in the field of persistent pain and musculoskeletal physiotherapy
  • Experience of multi-disciplinary team working joint work and inter-agency collaboration
  • Experience of working within multi-cultural populations.
  • Experience of supervising qualified therapy staff and students
  • Experience of delivering informal/formal training to a wide range of groups e.g other healthcare professionals, the multidisciplinary team and external agencies
  • Experience in implementing service improvements and conducting audits.
  • Experience in initiating and undertaking research
  • Experience in treating pain using cognitive behavioural approaches
  • Evidence of active participation in the organisation and delivery of education programmes
  • Experience of working on a multidisciplinary cognitive behavioural pain management programmes


  • Experience of working with people with sickle cell disease
  • Experience in the psychological management of haematological disorders and / or chronic pain.
  • Experience of undertaking and interpreting neuropsychological assessments and writing reports based on the results.



  • Leadership skills including the strategic development of services and proven success in project management of quality initiatives.
  • The ability to plan and deliver physiotherapy services in an effective, efficient, and resourceful manner.
  • The ability to manage and develop self and others in a busy working environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to effectively collaborate with colleagues, family, carers, and service users to deliver the best possible services with available resources.
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate to support and maintain clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour.
  • An understanding of interdisciplinary issues and an ability and commitment to work efficiently and effectively in an inter-disciplinary team
  • Evidence of effective presentation and training skills to a wide ranging audience
  • Able to communicate complex, sensitive and contentious information in an understandable form to patients, significant others and all other professionals involved
  • Effective oral communication skills with patients, line managers and other health care professionals, demonstrating negotiating skills and ability to manage and diffuse potential conflict



  • Excellent knowledge of complex pain syndromes, anatomy and physiology underlying chronic pain and the cognitive behavioural mode, demonstrated by advanced clinical reasoning
  • Advanced clinical reasoning skills in musculoskeletal physiotherapy and pain management
  • Knowledge of national policies, procedures and current research relevant to this patient cohort


  • Knowledge and understanding of Sickle Cell Disease
  • Evidence of presentations at local, regional, national and/or international conferences



  • Degree in Physiotherapy
  • HCPC registered
  • Evidence of post-graduate training in pain to the equivalent of modules at Masters leve


  • Masters degree / working towards an MSc
  • Active member of BPS or PPA interest group
  • Member of the relevant professional college or society e.g. CSP

Employer details

Employer name

Barts Health NHS Trust


The Royal London Hospital


E1 1FR

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