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Heart Failure Lead Physiotherapist

St George's Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£51,488 to £57,802 Pro rata per annum
Closing date
18 Jun 2024

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Band 7
Full Time
The post joins our well-established cardiorespiratory team as Acute Heart Failure and joint Cardiothoracic Team Lead. The Cardiorespiratory team comprises Cardiothoracic, General ITU and Surgery and Acute and Respiratory Medicine. As joint Cardiothoracic Team Lead you would share responsibility for leadership and operational management to a physiotherapy team providing input to Cardiology, Cardiac Surgery, Acute Heart Failure, Thoracic Surgery and CTITU, whilst holding your own specialist caseload of heart failure patients. The role will deliver person centred care, comprising comprehensive holistic assessment and treatment of inpatients with acute heart failure, including end of life care.

Main duties of the job

This post will be of interest to physiotherapists with a cardiorespiratory or senior health background who are working at Band 6 or 7 level, who wish to progress and apply their expertise in supportive specialist MDT environment. The post holder will be supported in their development within an expert team.

This is a team lead role, which link closely with the Principal Physiotherapist, in the advanced assessment and treatment of patients with acute heart failure, including those with highly complex presentations, to determine clinical diagnosis and ensure holistic treatment indicated as an autonomous practitioner.

The post holder provides highly skilled team leadership and is jointly responsible for operational management, team development, implementation of policy and policy changes within cardiothoracics.

The role offers the opportunity to supervise, initiate and participate in evidence-based projects, including recommendations for change in practice in the clinical areas of Heart Failure and Cardiology

About us

St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is the regional specialist care provider for south west London, Surrey and beyond. The trust provides a high quality, comprehensive range of health services from leading edge tertiary and trauma care to community services.

With national and regional referrals added to our local 3.5m catchment, we serve a population of around 5m.

Co-located with St George's, University of London and with both organisations now in a formal strategic alliance with King's Health Partners, the trust delivers with its partners high quality research and education both of which contribute to the healthcare provision of tomorrow.

Acute and tertiary health services are delivered from over 1,000 beds across two sites, by around 8,000 staff.

St George's Hospital is a major acute hospital that offers very specialist care for complex injuries and illnesses, including trauma, neurology, cardiac care, renal transplantation, cancer care and stroke. It has a helipad which opened in spring 2014 and the work of its emergency department can currently be seen on Channel 4's '24 Hours in A& E' programme. The hospital also provides all the usual care you would expect from a local NHS district general hospital.

Job description

Job responsibilities

**Please see the attached supporting job description and person specification document, which contains more information about the role and requirements. Please ensure your application refers to the job description and person specification**

Person Specification

Qualifications and Training


  • oDegree/Diploma in Physiotherapy
  • oHPC Registration
  • oWorking at Masters level as demonstrated by on-going CPD i.e. Masters level accreditation, lecturing on Masters level courses and research / publications
  • oEvidence of post registration training in respiratory physiotherapy and management


  • oRecognised post graduate qualification e.g. MSc Respiratory Physiology
  • oMembership of a special interest group
  • oMember of relevant appropriate multi professional interest group e.g. BTS
  • oLeadership Training
  • oPost-graduate management training



  • oMinimum 4 years post registration experience
  • oMinimum 2 years experience in specialist cardiorespiratory care including cardiology and cardiac rehabilitation
  • oHigh level of experience of complex discharge planning
  • oBroad knowledge & experience of a wide range of approaches to the management of patients across a number of respiratory specialities including critical care settings, demonstrated by advanced clinical reasoning
  • oHigh level of knowledge in the application of all respiratory modalities including invasive and non-invasive respiratory support
  • oHigh level of knowledge of tracheostomy management including development of weaning strategies
  • oPrevious experience of student supervision and clinical education
  • oPrevious experience of formal presentations to multi professional groups
  • oEvidence of continued professional development, reviewing current practise and research developments within cardiorespiratory, with application to clinical practise
  • oUnderstanding of research methodology
  • oDemonstrated understanding of the role of physiotherapy within the evolving health environment
  • oClear understanding of other disciplines' roles and expectations
  • oUnderstanding of all aspects of Clinical Governance including previous experience of quality issues, audit and risk management


  • oPrevious experience as a Highly specialist physiotherapist (or equivalent ) in a teaching hospital environment
  • oInvolved in developing research links with other academic institutions
  • oInvolved in teaching to the multi-disciplinary team as well as evaluating and auditing



  • oRemains Updated with professional practice and new research
  • oUnderstand the legal responsibilities of the profession
  • oAble to present information, written and orally, in a clear and logical manner
  • oAbility to organise, prioritise and delegate
  • oWillingness to lead staff training
  • oAbility to work with multi-interdisciplinary team and set team goals
  • oAwareness of skill mix and service needs
  • oUnderstanding of Clinical Governance and the implications for physiotherapy services including experience of quality issues and audit
  • oAbility to comprehend and work within the Trust's policies of Data Protection, Equal Opportunities and Health & Safety to meet the differing needs of the patients
  • oAbility to keep legible and accurate notes in English in the POMR system
  • oRemains updated on professional practice and new research
  • oShow evidence of being self-motivated
  • oAble to carry out moderate to intense physical effort throughout the working day and carry out concurrent activities.
  • oAbility to cope with working in a stressful and unpredictable environment.
  • oResearch skills
  • oAbility to lead and motivate others


  • oCompetent IT skills
  • oPresentation skills
  • oAbility to run courses - internal/external
  • oCommittee membership e.g. Health & Safety



  • oExperience in service development
  • oSpecialist knowledge of the holistic treatment and management of heart failure
  • oBroad knowledge and understanding of the impact and management frailty


  • Specialist knowledge of the holistic treatment and management of acute heart failure



  • oPhysically fit and able to comply with Trust Manual Handling Guidelines
  • oAble to perform emergency duties
  • oProfessional demeanour
  • oAble to alter their working patterns to include working extended hours (between 8am and 8pm Monday to Friday), unsociable hours (8pm to 8am Monday to Friday) and weekend working (8pm Friday to 8am Monday). This may be via additional on-call hours, shift pattern or another system.

Employer details

Employer name

St George's Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


St George's Hospital


SW17 0QT

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