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Junior Physiotherapist

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience pro rata
Closing date
25 Jun 2024

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
********Previous applicants need not apply********

We have exciting opportunities for newly/recently qualified physiotherapists in our established and varied Intermediate Care Services in South East Essex. Community services are changing and developing at a rapid rate with the development of Frailty virtual wards and Community Stroke Services.

Our Intermediate Care Physiotherapists, work as part of Multidisciplinary Teams, along-side Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Rehabilitation assistants, Nurses, Psychologists and Associate Practitioners. The Therapists have an opportunity to make a real difference to patient's functional abilities in their own home or community settings. Therapy is patient focused around individual goals rather than constraints of traditional discharge planning.

There are opportunities to develop and specialise your clinical skills in orthopaedics, neuro/stroke rehabilitation, falls prevention and frailty patients, as well as developing leadership and managerial skills supporting the development of new and exciting services.

Intermediate care cover the following areas:
  • Inpatient Stroke rehabilitation
  • Frailty/complex neurology/orthopaedic rehabilitation beds
  • Early support stroke rehabilitation
  • Frailty virtual ward/admission avoidance
  • Re- ablement and unstable fracture management

Due to nature of post it is essential that applicants have a driving licence and access to vehicle.

Main duties of the job

The post holder is part of the Intermediate Care Physiotherapy team, participating in Physiotherapy assessment, treatment and evaluation of patients in the defined area. There is an opportunity to rotate between different clinical areas to enhance and specialise skills.

The Intermediate Care services provide multidisciplinary rehabilitation services in patient's own home or our bed based rehabilitation unit - (Cumberlege Intermediate Care Centre). Patient rehabilitation is personalised to individual goals and needs and intervention usually occurs over a period of 2 - 6 weeks.
  • Intermediate care services includes the following areas:
    • Early supportive discharge team (Stroke)
    • Cumberlege Intermediate Care Centre - Inpatient stroke rehabilitation and frailty rehabilitation
    • Collaborative care team - unstable fractures and complex neurological rehabilitation and Re-ablement
    • Frailty virtual ward - frailty rehabilitation

The post holder will be expected to play an active role as a member of the Community Services and participate in the planning, development and evaluation of Physiotherapy intervention. The post holder will be proactive in addressing their own continuing development needs.

We can offer flexible working opportunities, supervision, peer support and CPD opportunities. There is the option to rotate within different areas of intermediate care to increase skills.

About us

EPUT are looking for motivated staff who shares our Trust values of Care, Learn and Empower. In return, EPUT can offer you a range of benefits and development including

o Season Ticket Loans

o NHS discounts for staff

o Excellent Training facilities and opportunities

o Buying and Selling annual leave scheme

o The opportunity to work bank shifts and expand knowledge and experience in other areas

o Salary Sacrifice schemes including lease cars and Cycle to Work

o Day One Flexible Employer

Join our Staff bank

What is Staff Bank?

Our EPUT NHS staff bank is an entity managed by the trust that hires clinical and non-clinical healthcare professionals to take on shifts at our trust hospitals and community settings. Here at EPUT we maintain our own bank of specialist staff to ensure that we are able offer safe and effective care at all times.

All our permanent staff are automatically enrolled onto the staff bank however this does not mean you have to work any additional shifts, but the option is there for you if you wish.

If you are joining our Trust in a fixed term role, please indicate on your New Starter Paperwork that you wish to join our staff bank.

Job description

Job responsibilities


  • To be responsible for delivery of Physiotherapy within the area of general / complex medical conditions, prioritising clinical needs to provide an equitable and effective service.
  • To be responsible for managing a caseload of patients with complex / variable needs, within a community setting.
  • To plan and implement effective assessment and treatment programmes, using confident decision-making skills.
  • To co-ordinate, implement and monitor patient-centred goals, as part of the overall treatment plan, using appropriate recognised assessment tools.
  • To respond effectively to changing needs of the patient caseload, evaluating and modifying treatment in order to measure progress and ensure effectiveness of intervention.
  • To apply appropriate understanding of the effect of disability and provide training and advice to patients, carers, members of the voluntary sector and other members of the multi-disciplinary team.
  • To empower patients to be actively involved in self-management, through advice, education, coping strategies and therapeutic procedures.
  • To seek advice from other relevant professionals to inform analysis and reasoning where appropriate, or when more complex needs or situations become apparent.
  • To seek informal / formal support from senior colleagues to alleviate distressing or emotional situations.
  • To identify and justify when a patient does not require Physiotherapy intervention, but needs other professional input and referral to other services.
  • To make appropriate onward referrals, to ensure identified clinical needs continue to be met after discharge from the service.
  • To significantly develop knowledge of aids, adaptations and manual handling skills, to promote maximum independence.
  • To evaluate treatment and use reflective practice within supervision to improve patient care and modify as required.
  • To develop a good knowledge and application of risk assessment, including carrying out intervention within the community.
  • To adhere to the NHS policies and procedures, including Health & Safety, Manual Handling and work regulations.
  • To have knowledge and experience of the Care Quality Commission and participate in assessments, as required.

  • To communicate effectively with patients, relatives, carers and colleagues, demonstrating highly developed verbal and non-verbal skills to communicate often complex information, managing barriers to communication such as dysphasia, learning difficulties, cognitive or sensory difficulties.
  • To provide advice and demonstration to clients and carers in the use of equipment and other techniques to optimise the clients functional ability, independence and safety.
  • To undertake joint visits with other professionals, as required.
  • To maintain patient confidentiality in all communications.
  • To attend team meetings to ensure effective team communication.
  • To liaise with external agencies to assess for and arrange provision of appropriate equipment and adaptations to maximise independence.
  • Ensure that feedback and appropriate information is given to clients in a patient-centred manner.

  • To accurately record all activity data and maintain clinical records, in a timely manner, via our electronic systems. This would include all patient and family/carer contacts as well as time spent on training and travel, etc.
  • To ensure that information provided to patients/carers is presented in an easily understood format.
  • To participate in developing clinical guidelines for staff, clients and carers, with regards to set up of equipment/aids/splints and treatment.

Professional / Service Development
  • To adhere to the HCPC and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapys Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.
  • To exercise good practice with time management, punctuality and consistent reliable attendance.
  • To respect the individuality, values, cultural and religious diversity of clients and key relationships, and contribute to the provision of a service sensitive to those needs.
  • To facilitate and encourage the sharing of best practice and regularly evaluate clinical interventions, in line with local and national research & development.
  • To apply specialist skills and knowledge, in order to establish professional competence and fitness to practice as a Band 5 Physiotherapist.
  • To engage actively in practice development, audit and research activities relevant to Physiotherapy and / or the service area, to promote evidence-based practice.
  • To be involved in the identification of service development needs and supporting the Service Manager in changes to service provision, as necessary.
  • To work effectively as a member of the team to support the planning and delivery of local & national service objectives, in line with departmental development strategies.
  • To work with the management team and Senior Therapist to contribute to the delivery of the Trusts Development Plan for Intermediate Care Therapy, and the development of clinical governance and quality agenda.
  • To be familiar with project developments / initiatives within the department and Trust.
  • To report incidents using the Trust incident reporting system.
  • To adhere to the Trusts Uniform Policy.

Training / Supervision & Appraisal
  • To maintain up-to-date knowledge and evidence of best practice in relation to Physiotherapy Practice, through formal / informal training, meetings and supervision.
  • To demonstrate ability to review and reflect on own practice and performance, through effective use of professional / operational supervision and appraisal, in line with local guidelines.
  • To demonstrate ongoing personal development through participation in external / internal training courses, as agreed, for continual professional development and to meet appraisal objectives, providing feedback for courses attended.
  • To participate in the induction and training of students and other staff, in line with the Trust Supervision & Appraisal Policy.

Clinical Governance, Quality & Standards
  • To apply and advise, as commensurate with band, on guidelines / legislation relating to Physiotherapy service provision.
  • To actively involve and engage patients, carers and members of the public in the development of service provision, through the audit process.
  • To comply with professional standards, including quality and Trust clinical governance policies and procedures.

Person Specification



  • BSc Hons or recognised qualification in Physiotherapy
  • Registered Physiotherapist with HCPC
  • Member of CSP


  • Evidence of CPD
  • Relevant Mentorship or supervision training



  • Varied clinical experience as student physiotherapist
  • Basic awareness of current legislation, government initiatives & current practice affecting Physiotherapy
  • Good organisational skills and ability to prioritise / facilitate own and others daily work activities
  • Literate in IT / Computer Skills
  • Excellent oral / written communication skills based on fluency of the English Language
  • Good organisational skills and ability to prioritise / facilitate own and others daily work activities
  • Experience in Uk health or social care setting (including work experience, student placement or any paid position)


  • Previous experience in an NHS community or rehabilitation setting
  • Experience of working with patients with physical impairments / long-term conditions
  • Experience of supervising staff and students

Personal qualities


  • Ability to demonstrate efficient and effective time management organisation, planning and problem solving skills
  • Access to car for work purposes
  • Holds a current valid driving licence


  • Keen to learn new skills and progress career

Employer details

Employer name

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


Rochford Hospital

Union Lane



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