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Acute Inpatient Physiotherapist

County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pro rata
Closing date
26 Jun 2024

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
This is an opportunity to join our established adult inpatient physiotherpay team at Darlington Memorial hospital.

We are looking for applicants with knowledge and skills in acute inpatients, including cardiorespiratory management and rehabilitation.

This is an opportunity for a highly motivated and flexible individual to join the team. The successfu applicant will work as part of the inpatient team in specialitites of respiratory, acute medicine, Frailty orthopaedics and surgical.

The inpatient team provides physiotherapy to a diverse range of patients over a 7 day service framework and a respiratory on call service overnight.

We are also considering a Band 5 to Band 6 progression role depending on applicants experience.

Main duties of the job

Senior Inpatient physiotherapist.

The clinical caseload includes covering the acute medical wards, ITU and surgical, orthopaedics and frailty, in addition to physiotherapy support to A& E and paediatric ward as required.

The successful applicant will utilise their outstanding organisational and communication skills in order to support with timely discharge from the acute setting whilst achieving physiotherapy outcomes.

The successful applicant will be part of the acute adult physiotherpay team who support the Darlington respiratory on call service, including training and development.

About us

If you are being interviewed you must accept an interview slot in the system to continue, even if you have arranged with the manager

You must be able to produce ALL certificates stated essential in the person specification or you will not be able to complete pre-employment checks

We provide hospital services from two acute sites - Darlington Memorial Hospital and University Hospital of North Durham. We have a centre for planned care in Bishop Auckland and provide care from community hospitals in Chester-le-Street, Shotley Bridge, Barnard Castle, Sedgefield and Weardale as well as over 80 other community based settings and providing care in patients' homes.

We particularly welcome applications from disabled and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates as BAME and disabled people are currently under-represented

From April 1 2024 we are unable to offer sponsorship for healthcare roles that do not meet the minimum salary �23,200, to apply you must have Right to Work in the United Kingdom. If you are in the UK on a VISA please ensure you have no restrictions that would prevent you from taking this post

Full Job Descriptions can be found in the adverts supporting documents

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will be responsible for supervising Band 3 and Band 4 physiotherapy assistants, Band 5 physiotherapists, as well as supporting students at an undergraduate level as a clinical educator.

We support team members to undertake clinical educator training.

The trust has a robust induction training and essential training programme including individual CPD budgets available to staff.

The team are very commited to providing a robust in service training programme which the post holder will be encouraged to take an active part in developing, leading and benefiting from sessions towards maintaining CPD.

The post holder will have the opportunity to work woth peers and team leads across the CDDFT sites to develop the physiotherapy service within the inpatient physiotherapy team.

Please contact us for more information on the role or to arrange an informal visit

Person Specification



  • Consolidated qualified experience incorporating experience within the chosen specialisms.
  • Consolidated respiratory learning for on-call/ emergency work.
  • Ability to work within a multidisciplinary team.
  • Evidence of communication skills within a wide variety of settings.


  • Evidence of working on strategic planning and development.

Special Skills & Knowledge


  • Remain updated with professional practice and new research.
  • Understand clinical governance and its implications for services, including experience of quality issues and audit.
  • Ability to comprehend and work within the Trusts policies of data protections, equal opportunities and health and safety and meet the differing needs of the patients.
  • Ability to keep accurate and legible patient notes.
  • Ability to carry out moderate to intense physical effort throughout the working day and to carry out concurrent activities.
  • Ability to cope working in a stressful environment and with emotional or aggressive patients and carers.
  • Understand the legal responsibilities of the profession.
  • Able to present information, written and orally, in a clear and logical manner.
  • Ability to organise, prioritise and delegate.


  • Innovative approach to working life
  • Able to use own initiative appropriately to enhance service delivery
  • Presentational skills
  • Competent IT skills.
  • Ability to run internal / external courses.
  • Evidence of participation in research / audit
  • Supervision of other staff, e.g. assistants / technical instructors.
  • Healthcare related committee membership, e.g. Safety Committee.

Specialist Requirements


  • A proactive ability to represent the profession and the Trust with positive enthusiasm.
  • Able to work as a team member.
  • Flexible.
  • Empathetic.


  • Ability to meet physical demands of the post.
  • Commitment, motivation and adaptability.

Statutory Registration


  • HCPC Registration


  • Membership of the CSP



  • BSc Physiotherapy or equivalent
  • Evidence of CPD maintained in a portfolio relevant to the clinical fields in the specialism.
  • Portfolio evidence of information learning.


  • Recognised relevant academic qualification.
  • Attendance of recent post graduate courses relevant to the clinical specialism.
  • An understanding of County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, its culture, strategic direction, achievements and NHS standing.
  • Involvement in specific interest groups .

Employer details

Employer name

County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust


Darlington Memorial Hospital NHS Trust

Hollyhurst Road


County Durham


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