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Physiotherapist Clinical Team Leader Surgery

East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
6 Jun 2024

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
This is an exciting opportunity for a dedicated, highly experienced and passionate Physiotherapist to help lead an integrated surgery therapy team in the role of a Clinical Team Leader. We are looking for an innovative, patient focused therapist with a passion for the management of patients with acute surgical conditions. You will have a wide range of clinical experience and the leadership qualities needed to inspire and support a team of physiotherapists, occupationaltherapists and integrated therapy assistants to consistently deliver safe, personal and effective care to our patients. You will have outstanding interpersonal and communication skills that will enable you to act as an advocate for patients with complex surgical and social care needs and promote the role of therapies within the Surgery division. Within Acute Therapies we will offer the following support: Professional support via the Head of Acute Therapies, Clinical Service Leads and Advanced Clinical Practice colleagues.An individualised job plan which includes protected service development time and regular clinicalsupervision, signposting and support for continuous CPD and leadership training. Opportunity to contribute to wider departmental developments via working party groups. If you are seeking the opportunity to develop both the clinical and leadership aspects of your career and are excited by a dynamic team and working environment then this role is definitely for you.

Main duties of the job

Working within the multidisciplinary teams, act as the Clinical Lead for the designated service area providing a high level of clinical expertise with regard to highly specialist assessment skills and interactions within a defined patient group.

Provide operational and line management to a designated team in the delivery of a highly effective, safe and personal service, delivered around the needs of individual patients/carers as described by agreed goals/outcome measures and within defined clinical pathways.

An active member of the leadership structure, the postholder will contribute toward the strategic operational and clinical development of the service.

Provide teaching and highly specialist support in the management of complex conditions, educating other healthcare professionals and wider stakeholders.

About us

Established in 2003 East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust (ELHT) is a large integrated health care organisation providing high quality acute secondary healthcare for the people of East Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen.

Our vision is to be widely recognised for providing safe, personal and effective care. We currently provide high quality services and treat over 700,000 patients a year from the most serious of emergencies to planned operations and procedures. We employ over 8,000 staff, many of whom are internationally renowned and have won awards for their work and achievements.

The Therapies and Orthotics directorate is driven by the trusts strategic objectives and values, alongside the new ELHT AHP Strategy and we look for people who are strongly aligned with them.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To provide clinical leadership and highly specialised expertise to a defined patient group to ensure that pathways, standards, competencies, training and monitoring are in place for the designated team, using agreed clinical pathways.
  • Undertake comprehensive assessments at a highly specialist level, set patient centred goals, create evidence-based treatment plans, monitor, and evaluate a designated caseload of patients.
  • Interpret and analyse clinical and non-clinical factors including physical, environmental, psychosocial, mental, and cultural aspects of the patients life. To provide advice and intervention tofacilitate an optimum level of function.
  • Formulate goals in partnership with the patient, clearly communicating your clinical reasoning to justify your recommendations and utilising most appropriate treatment / intervention for the patients needs.
  • Responsible for the effective management of a complex caseload individually and within team, requiring allocation and reallocation of work on a daily basis to meet changing clinical priorities and adherence to quality and performance measures.
  • Contribute to the wider multidisciplinary team to provide evidence-based expertise within your specialist area.
  • Contribute to the creation and review of procedures, standards and guidance relating to clinical practice and monitor effectiveness.
  • Liaise with peers and specialist interest groups both regionally and nationally, to collaborate, share learning and develop shared resources to achieve standardised, best practice within your clinical area.
  • Ensure the service provided by yourself and your team is safe, personal and effective. Achieving compliance to governance standards through monitoring, performance, incident reporting, risk management, outcome measures, patient experience, compliments and complaints.
  • Assess capacity of patients in order to gain valid informed consent for intervention and work within organisational policy with patients who lack capacity.
  • Initiate and organise reviews involving multiagency partners, taking the role of key worker, coordinator where required.

  • Communicate with professionals, patients and families/carers in a professional manner and appropriate to the individual using a range of mediums and techniques including letters, reports, groups, verbal, emails and onward referral.
  • Act as an advocate on behalf of patients.
  • Deal with challenging situations using conflict resolution and negotiation skills.
  • Provide early intervention of HR issues such as performance, disputes, behaviour, sickness etc with the support of HR and operational management.
  • Advise and support your team in adapting communication skills to meet individual patients needs.

  • Ensure compliance with mandatory training for yourself and your team.
  • Take responsibility for own professional development and the development of your team using a training needs analysis and competency framework across a variety of settings and patient groups and clinical pathways.
  • Provide regular supervision and feedback to your team to facilitate self-development.
  • Plan, organise and deliver training to students, assistants, junior staff and colleagues including wider multi-disciplinary team and other agencies as required.
  • Lead on and participate in research and development activities as required.
  • Provide training to other health care professions, both undergraduate and post graduate level.
  • Review, update and produce guidelines/procedures and educational resources that reflect national guidance/clinical standards and evidence-based practice.

  • Work closely with the operational service lead, Head of Service and clinical leads to interpret and implement Trust and Directorate targets, national guidelines and AHP strategies within your specialist area.
  • Actively contribute to the development and delivery of the Therapies Directorate and service level business and improvement plans.
  • Undertake line management duties including rostering, job planning, appraisals, clinical supervision, approval of travel expenses, sickness monitoring and support etc.
  • Undertake a team leader role in the planning, co-ordinating, delivering and evaluation of the designated clinical service.
  • Identify areas for, lead and implement, continual improvement, underpinned by evidence-based practice.
  • Lead on the performance management of the designated clinical team across a range of Quality, Delivery, Finance and People measures.
  • Lead on the recruitment and retention of staff, ensuring competency frameworks are in place, supporting staff through probationary and preceptorship with training and feedback. Facilitate the ongoing development of your team and facilitate rotations of clinical staff where appropriate,
  • Assist the service in involving service users, their families and carers in service evaluation and associated developments.
  • Be responsible for deputising for the Clinical and Operational Service leads.

  • Ensure you and your team adhere to the HCPC standards of conduct and professional proficiency.
  • Understand and demonstrate the need to respect and uphold the rights dignity and values and autonomy of every service user.
  • Understand your role, and that of your teams, in the process of promoting and maintaining health and wellbeing for patients, self and others.
  • Ensure you and your team operate within the codes of practice outlined in the Trust Behavioural Framework.
  • Undertake the measurement and evaluation of the work of you and your team and current practices through the use of evidence-based practice projects, audit and outcome measures, either individually or with colleagues. This will include leading on and participating in research and development.
  • Support staff and patients with protected characteristics, to be a role model and ally in challenging and eliminating discrimination of all forms.
  • Undertake as directed the collection of data for use in service audit and research projects. To manage and undertake research into specific areas of clinical practice and service delivery using a range of research methodologies as part of multi-disciplinary team audit and departmental research initiatives.
  • Be actively involved in professional clinical groups, clinical interest groups, peer review, ICS wide review and standardisation of services and professional development initiatives.
  • Promote awareness of the professional role within the Trust and externally.


    All employees are required to comply with employment legislation and codes of good practice.

    Equality and Diversity

    We are an Equal Opportunities employer and will do all we can to make sure that job applicants and employees do not receive less favourable treatment because of their age, sex, marital status, faith, race, disability or sexual orientation, or for any other reason that is not justified.

    Health and Safety

    In accordance with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, and other supplementary legislation, all employees are required to follow Trust Health and Safety policies and safe working procedures, take reasonable care to avoid injury during the course of their work, and co-operate with the Trust and others in meeting statutory requirements.

    Infection Control

    All employees must comply with Prevention and Control of Infection polices and attend any related mandatory training.

    Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility

    The Trust attachesgreat importance to Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility. It is the responsibility of all members of staff to ensure that the Trusts resources are used efficiently with minimum wastage throughout their daily activities.

    Risk Management

    Employeesare required to report every incident where the health and safety of self or others has been jeopardised (including near misses) and to carry out or participate in investigations into such incidents as required.


    All employees have a responsibility for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and adults. Further guidance can be sought from your Line Manager.

    Data Protection Act

    All members of staff are bound by the requirements of the Data Protection Act 1998.

    Rules, Regulations, Policies, Standing Orders and Financial Instructions

    All employees are required to comply with the rules, regulations, policies, standing orders and financial instructions of the Trust.

    Research and Development Projects

    Whenever you decide to undertake a piece of research, either as a Principal Investigator or Local Researcher, or Assistant Researcher, you must comply with the principles of Clinical Governance and the Research Governance Framework.

    Development Review

    Key performance objectives, development needs and compilation of a Personal Development Plan will be discussed and agreed at Annual Development Review meetings.


    Post holders are required to attend any relevant and mandatory training for the post.

    Person Specification

    Profession specific Degree/ Diploma


    • Profession specific Degree/ Diploma

    Employer details

    Employer name

    East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust



    Haslingden Road


    BB2 3HH

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