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Senior Inpatient Physiotherapist

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

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
This is an opportunity to join our established Adult Physiotherapy inpatient team at University Hospital North Durham. We are looking for an applicant with knowledge and skills in acute orthopaedics including cardiorespiratory management and rehabilitation of inpatients. This is an opportunity for a highly motivated and flexible individual to join the team. The successful applicant will work as part of the wider inpatient team to cover the trauma and elective orthopaedic wards including the day surgical unit. The role includes working as part of the wider inpatient physiotherapy team. The inpatient team provides physiotherapy to a diverse range of patients over a 7 day service framework and a respiratory on call service overnight.

Main duties of the job

The clinical case load includes covering the orthopaedic specialties as required by team leaders to meet demands of the inpatient capacity. The successful applicant will work closely with the orthopaedic MDT and the ortho-geriatricians as well as the wider therapy teams in the community and community hospitals. The successful applicant will utilise their outstanding organisation and communication skills in order to support with timely discharge from the acute setting whilst achieving physiotherapy outcomes.

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 team is supported by two team leads at UHND, with each of the three inpatient physiotherapy teams at CDDFT having an orthopaedic specialist team lead. The post holder will be responsible for supervising band 3 and 4 physiotherapy assistants and band 5 junior physiotherapists. The successful applicant will support students at an undergraduate level as a clinical educator.

The trust has a multitude of learning and development opportunities available as well as education links with Teesside and other local universities. The role provides opportunities to be involved with clinical research.

The team are very committed to providing a robust in-service training programme which the post holder will be encouraged to take an active part in developing, leading and benefitting from sessions towards maintaining CPD. The post holder will have the opportunity to work with peers and team leaders across the CDDFT sites to develop the physiotherapy service in the inpatient physiotherapy team.

There is potential for the successful candidate to rotate within inpatient disciplines if required by the service or to benefit the individual.

We are able to consider developmental roles of band 5 to band 6 progression.

We welcome prospective applicants to contact us for more information on the role.

Person Specification



  • BSc Physiotherapy or equivalent
  • Evidence of CPD maintained in a portfolio including attendance at recent post-graduate courses relevant to the clinical fields in the specialism.
  • Portfolio evidence of information learning.


  • Recognised relevant academic qualification.
  • An understanding of County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, its culture, strategic direction, achievements and NHS standing.
  • Involvement in specific interest groups .



  • Consildated 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.

Statutory Registration


  • HCPC Registration


  • Membership of the CSP

Special 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.

Employer details

Employer name

County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust


University Hospital Of North Durham

North Road



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