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Exercise and Physical Activity Therapist

Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
26 Jun 2024

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Mental health
Band 6
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for an Exercise and Physical Activity Therapist to join our team. This is an innovative post supported by BirminghamChildren's Hospital Charity and has funding for 12 months, with the aim to make it a substantive post. The successful candidate will take the lead in establishing and maintaining the service that seeks to improve the physical activity, exercise tolerance and engagement ofchildren& young people with a haematological or oncological diagnosis.The post holder will make meaningful relationships withchildrenand families who require compassion and expert advice throughout their journey, ensuring we show our Trust values to every patient - Ambitious, Brave, Compassionate.If you are a dynamic, motivated, enthusiastic Exercise and Physical Activity Therapist who enjoys working withchildrenand young people and is looking for a new challenge then come and join our amazing team!

Main duties of the job

The post holder will have a BSc in Physiology/Exercise and Sports Science/Physical Education or equivalent.

The post holder will support the development and implementation of a working model that seeks to improve the physical activity, exercise tolerance and engagement of children & young people (C& YP) with a haematological or oncological diagnosis under the care of Birmingham Children's Hospital.

The post holder will manage an independent case load of patients referred directly for exercise and physical activity therapy.

The post holder will develop and deliver practical exercise sessions for inpatients and outpatients with single or groups of C& YP, face to face or virtually.

The post holder will implement initiatives to promote physical activity and be an advocate for change.

The post holder will help to record activity, outcomes and changes through service evaluation and audit.

About us

Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust is the first of its type in the UK. Our Trust was formed in February 2017 to drive forward our commitment to provide the highest quality, world-class physical and mental health care for our women, children and families. Uniting our hospitals means more seamless care more investment to make greater advances in our specialist treatment and world-leading neo-natal and fetal work. Importantly, it also gives us a greater voice in shaping the future of family-centred care.

Birmingham Children's Hospital is a UK leading specialist paediatric centre with an international reputation in several areas.

Birmingham Women's Hospital is one of two dedicated women's hospitals in the UK, with the busiest single site maternity unit, delivering more than 8,200 babies a year offering a full range of gynaecological, maternity and neonatal care.

Forward Thinking Birmingham (FTB) Mental Health Services are a unique, innovative community and inpatient mental health partnership. Alongside partners FTB offers care pathways of mental health assessment and treatment for young people aged 0-25 years old.

Our Trust is committed to creating the best place to work. We believe in promoting and enhancing inclusion, diversity and equality and encourage applications from all areas of the community, who meet the criteria for the role, regardless of age, gender identity, disability, race, religion or sexual orientation.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification to view the full details for this opportunity at Birmingham Womens and Childrens NHS Foundation Trust.

When completing your application, please ensure you have evidenced how you meet the job description and person specification to include transferable experience, qualifications, skills along with professional registration details (if applicable).

Occasionally we receive a large number of applications for our roles and when that happens we sometimes bring the closing date forward, so please apply promptly to avoid disappointment.

Person Specification



  • BSc in relevant Physiology/Exercise and Sports Science or Physical Education or equivalent
  • Evidence of relevant post graduate courses or willingness to undertake


  • Behavioural change training/motivational interviewing
  • Completion of Level 4 CanRehab course
  • GP Exercise referral qualification

Knowledge and Experience


  • Experience of helping people to improve their health and wellbeing
  • Experience of working within a multidisciplinary team
  • Experience of working with children of differing ages
  • Experience in consultation, goal setting and negotiation


  • NHS clinical experience
  • Experience of delivery and supervision of exercise sessions for those with long term conditions
  • Experience of working with people who have had cancer

Analytical and Judgement Skills


  • Ability to recognise own limitations and boundaries
  • Ability to clinically reason with patients
  • Ability to apply theory to practice
  • Evidence of good communication skills


  • Evidence of participation in audit/research projects

Professional/Managerial/Specialist Knowledge


  • Ability to prioritise case load
  • Ability to work as part of a team or autonomously
  • Ability to use own initiative and have sound organisation skills
  • Demonstrate sound understanding of patient confidentiality and data protection
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft packages including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook
  • Record of continuing professional development


  • Experience of data collection and analysis

Personal Skills and Attributes


  • Flexible attitude, motivated and committed to improving patient care and experience
  • Flexible working including working in the community and non-hospital-based venues
  • Willing to participate in personal development
  • Interest in research, audit and developing a service


  • Access to appropriate transport

Employer details

Employer name

Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust


Birmingham Children's Hospital

Steelhouse Lane


B4 6NH

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