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Band 7 - Paediatric Physiotherapist, Inpatient Therapy

West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
£45,753 to £52,067 a year pro rata including 5% High Cost Allowance
Closing date
21 Jun 2024

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Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
We are looking for a Part Time Band 7 Paediatric Physiotherapist to join our therapy team.

We have a permanent post, for part time working at 16 hours (0.43WTE) per week. The successful candidate will be expected to work on the therapy seven day working rota, of a 1:6 frequency with compensatory rest days in the following week, as well as being part of the on call service.

The successful candidate will need to have experience of working with Paediatric patients at Band 6 level and would be involved in working with the multi-disciplinary team in providing physiotherapy to inpatients as well as outpatient clinics.

We can offer you training opportunities to develop your specialist skills in line with your PDR. We have senior leadership training opportunities on a regular basis as well courses funded externally.

Main duties of the job

The caseload is varied. The Trust have a large Cystic Fibrosis population who are seen regularly as part of planned admissions and in regular outpatient clinics.

The paediatric team also cover complex respiratory patients, surgical patients, orthopaedics, general medical, neurology as well as cover for the SCBU unit and Bayley clinics. The team have good links with our local Community Therapy service, Great Ormond Street Hospital and the Brompton specifically regarding the Cystic Fibrosis (CF) caseload. There are regular joint/ shared care clinics with the Brompton CF Team.

About us

There has never been a more exciting time to join West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust! Major redevelopment works are planned as part of the New Hospital Programme. These will be most dramatic at Watford General Hospital where up to 90% of buildings will be new.

The trust has recently gained 'teaching hospital' status which reflects the dedicated work of many teams and individuals who have set the standard for delivering high quality training, learning and education at all levels of the workforce.

We are a flexible working employer

At West Herts we recognise the importance of a good work life balance and the ability to work flexibly. We are delighted to offer a variety of flexible working options for all staff. Please check out our web page for more information.

We encourage and welcome people with disabilities. If you need help, please ask.

We reserve the right to close this advert early due to the volume of applicants. Please apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

If you do not hear back within 3 weeks of your application, please assume you have been unsuccessful on this occasion.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The successful candidate will need to be confident in managing respiratory patients with complex long term needs as well as those with Cystic Fibrosis. The candidate should also ideally be Bayley Infant Neuro development Assessment trained (training can be supported).

Applicants will need to be confident in their ability to support a small team of Physiotherapy staff and willing to work collaboratively in relation to service provision and cover to the wider therapy team. The post holder would also have a significant role in the service training programme to support and underpin the competence of staff in relation to developing competence in managing children and their respiratory needs.

Person Specification

Education and qualifications


  • Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy or equivalent recognised by Health Care Professionals Council
  • Physiotherapy degree qualification or equivalent
  • Documented evidence of Continued Professional Development of expanded specialist skills


  • Attained or working towards a Post Graduate Degree or Qualification
  • Bayley III Trained



  • Understanding of organisational structure of the NHS and Social Care
  • Demonstrate an ability to provide professional/clinical leadership
  • Understanding of Standards - Health Professions Council/ Chartered Society of Physiotherapy / Local/ National
  • Understanding policies and procedures (local e.g. Health and Safety)
  • Demonstrate ability to search and review the evidence base
  • Demonstrate evidence of written projects/audits
  • Demonstrate understanding of clinical governance and the implications for the service



  • Documented evidence of Continued Professional Development of expanded and highly specialised knowledge and skills
  • Attendance at post graduate courses in relevant fields (specific to the post)
  • Attendance at a Clinical Educators Course

Skills and ability


  • Clinical problem-solving ability.
  • Skill in physiotherapeutic techniques.
  • Highly developed physical skills, dexterity, coordination and sensory skills for assessment and manual treatment of patients.
  • Ability to assess patient conditions, including those of a highly complex nature, to establish a diagnosis and formulate a highly specialised treatment plan, from a range of modalities.
  • Ability to communicate complex and or sensitive information requiring empathy and reassurance - knowledge of barriers to understanding.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and confidently with colleagues, other disciplines, patients, relatives, and carers across organisations
  • Able to keep legible and accurate patient records in English
  • Good written/spoken English
  • Ability to teach Patients, relatives and carers, individually/in groups.
  • Ability to teach and present to qualified/non-qualified staff and other disciplines, in groups or individually, using a variety of media.
  • Effective self and time management skills.
  • Ability to lead clinical education of less experienced staff, students, or assistants. Ability to manage administration of statistical data collection, department tasks, patient records
  • Ability to take responsibility for own caseload, organising, delegating, and prioritising. Ability to search and review the evidence base.
  • Ability to supervise and manage others, e.g. non-qualified staff, students, more junior qualified staff.
  • Ability to audit own and others practice.
  • Ability to take a lead role in the evaluation of their specialist field and make recommendations for change, within and outside of the organisation.
  • To undertake delegated management responsibilities within the service/department area.

Personal qualities


  • Able to react in a flexible way to changing demands in service.
  • Ability to work in a multidisciplinary team. Ability to demonstrate leadership and team building qualities.
  • Demonstrate responsible and reliable attitude to work.
  • Assertiveness and ability to motivate self and others.

Employer details

Employer name

West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust


Watford General Hospital


WD18 0HB

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