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MSK Specialist Physiotherapist

Northamptonshire Healthcare Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
11 Jun 2024

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
A Band 6 MSK Specialist Physiotherapist makes a difference every day to the people of Northamptonshire. As a Trust, we are proud of our Specialist Physiotherapist's who demonstrate advanced assessment and management skills within the field of musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, supporting both patients and family members alike with regards to ongoing management of their presenting complaint.

We are looking for MSK Specialist Physiotherapist with a passion for high quality care and excellent communication to work within our countywide MSK Physiotherapy Team with excellent support and development.

The post holder is expected to be responsible for providing high quality specialist physiotherapy assessment and treatment to patients with complex musculoskeletal conditions, to include prioritising referrals, managing a full caseload of neuro-musculoskeletal patients and supporting the training and development of other team members.

We can also offer an in-depth band 5-6 competency development programme should the successful applicant require further knowledge and skills prior to becoming a band 6.

Rewards and Benefits
  • Excellent learning and development to support you and develop your career
  • Flexible working opportunities
  • Free parking on Trust Sites
  • Competitive Mileage Rates
  • You'll also have access to our generous pension scheme and health service discounts, as well as generous annual leave plus bank holidays.
  • The opportunity to work additional hours/ overtime (when available)

Main duties of the job

Our MSK Physiotherapy service treats a wide range of MSK conditions such as: spinal, peripheral, orthopedic, rheumatological, chronic pain, sports and MSK injuries and dysfunctions as well as pelvic health. We receive referrals directly from patients, GP's, First Contact Practitioners and Consultants.

As a MSK Specialist Physiotherapist, you will
  • Manage a full caseload of neuro-musculoskeletal patients
  • Provide bespoke, individualised treatment programmes that are patient centered and goal specific
  • Be professionally accountable for the delivery of care
  • Utilise technology to enable you to update records as you go
  • Delegate treatment plans to Physiotherapy Assistant Practitioners
  • Provide regular supervision to Junior Staff
  • Actively participate in your own regular supervision with senior colleagues
  • Support Student Physiotherapists whilst on placement within the service
  • Participate and contribute to in-service training programmes
  • Participate in audit and service development projects
  • Work with MSK Physiotherapy colleagues across the county to ensure service delivery is optimal, high quality and accessed in a timely fashion

About us

Must have skills

You will need to have excellent communication skills and be able to work well within a team. You will be adaptable and resourceful. You will also need to be well organised, confident and able to manage in diverse situations to deliver patient care. Leadership and management skills are also important, as with all Physiotherapy roles, rapport building, problem solving and good judgement are crucial. Asking for help and support, acknowledging your own limits are critical and we would like to support you in these areas to aid your professional development.

You will be part of dynamic, driven and caring team and be able to work flexibly, with the ability to prioritise work based on the patient need and service capacity.

Join us and become part of Team NHFT - an Outstanding Trust.

NHFT is an integrated primary care and mental health Trust, providing physical, mental health and specialty services in both hospital settings and out in the community. Because we put the person at the centre of all we do, we focus on delivering care that is as easy to access as possible. This means many of our services can be provided at home, work or in schools.We also provide health services to various prisons and detention centres in Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For further information on the advertised role, please refer to the job description located under the Supporting Documents heading. The full person specification can be accessed under the About You Section of the document.

Person Specification

Education & Qualifications


  • Professional qualification, Bsc Physiotherapy or pre reg Msc Physiotherapy or equivalent
  • HCPC registration as Physiotherapist
  • Evidence of Post graduate CPD
  • Evidence of undertaking regular supervision and appraisals


  • Member of CSP.
  • Evidence of learning from post graduate training
  • Post graduate qualifications

Knowledge & Understanding


  • Up to date with professional practice and research
  • Understanding of clinical governance and its implication for services including quality and audit
  • Understanding of legal responsibilities
  • Ability to comprehend and work within the Trust policies
  • The ability to deal with difficult emotional and social circumstances, including patients who have been given poor prognosis
  • Specialist knowledge within MSK physiotherapy supported by relevant experience, including assessment, intervention and best practice guidelines, evidence based practice


  • Specific knowledge of MSK physiotherapy approaches for area of special interest
  • Understanding of clinical audit and service improvement strategies and experience of these
  • Awareness of National strategic NHS directives and the implications for Physiotherapy.
  • Membership of Interest Groups relevant to clinical interest



  • Experience of working as a Junior Physiotherapist or equivalent in an MSK setting
  • Experience of managing a diverse caseload of MSK patients, including primary care (GP) referrals and Orthopaedic (Consultant) referrals
  • Rotational experience including at least Orthopaedics & MSK
  • Supervision experience of support staff i.e physiotherapy assistants, or work experience students
  • Experience of leading, organising and running a rehabilitation exercise class.


  • Varied Band 5 rotational experience
  • Static MSK experience as Band 5
  • Band 6 MSK experience
  • NHS experience

Skills & Abilities


  • Able to present information written and orally in a clear and logical manner
  • Good organiser and delegator. Flexible working practices
  • Be able to cope with demands of a busy department including prioritisation
  • Skilled clinical reasoning abilities
  • Teaching and Presentational skills and a willingness to share professional learning and knowledge to colleagues to support collaborative learning of the team as a whole


  • Able to motivate others and take the lead as necessary.
  • Ability to organise training
  • Evidence of participation in research / audit

Other Qualities & Attributes


  • Good communicator
  • Team worker
  • Professional Appearance
  • Professional and respectful attitude to others
  • An ability to provide constructive feedback and receive feedback in a professional manner
  • Assertive and able to manage conflict, challenging negative behaviour/raise concerns where appropriate
  • Be able to drive and access to a car
  • Able to carry out moderate to intense physical activity throughout the working day, including the ability to bend, stoop and manoeuvre equipment on an ongoing basis


  • Experience of managing complaints

Employer details

Employer name

Northamptonshire Healthcare Foundation Trust


Countywide: Wellingborough, Northampton, Corby and Kettering



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