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Respiratory Specialist Physiotherapist

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
18 Jul 2024

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We have an exciting opportunity for a physiotherapist to join our established physiotherapists with our ever expanding & diversifying Adult Integrated Respiratory Specialist Service (AIRS).

We are keen to recruit a highly motivated individual who is looking to develop themselves in a specialist area, whilst forming part of our growing therapist workforce, within our Bronchiectasis, Home Oxygen & the Pulmonary Rehabilitation. Alongside the Band 7 Bronchiectasis Specialist Physiotherapist, you will help support them with service developments.

The post with be overseen by our Band 7 Bronchiectasis Specialist Physiotherapist, who will provide clinical supervision & CPD time. The post is excluded from on-call responsibilities & services function Monday to Friday in core hours of 08:00 to 17:00 (flexible whilst meeting service needs/specification).

We encourage potential applicants to reach out for an informal chat during the application & interview process on the numbers/emails below.

Please see Job Description & Person Spec for fuller details

Main duties of the job

The Band 6 Specialist Physiotherapist role is a highly specialised role, designed to provide expert assessment, review, advice, education & medicines optimisation to patients with specific respiratory diseases & home oxygen therapy.

You will be required to practice in a self-directed manner, with confidence and authority. You will exercise a freedom to act in the absence of & alongside the consultant teams, to direct and guide patient care and treatment, with the support of the Service Leads. Maintain effective working relationships with a wide range of staff, ensuring effective communication about complex issues and/or indifficult situations with appropriate professionalism, diplomacy, and sensitivity.

You will improve organisational agility and resilience, by delivering comprehensive care across organisational and professional boundaries, between the divisions, directorates, and clinical areas.

The post holder will provide supervision,teaching, and support to junior medical, nursing, allied health professionals, and physiotherapy students throughout the trust. Where directed by the Bronchiectasis Service Lead, deputise with aspects of their responsibilities in their absence where appropriate & competent. The post holder will be required to undertake Specialist Physiotherapy clinics, undertake assessment & review of Home Oxygen, & support delivery of the Pulmonary Rehabilitation assessments & classes.

About us

Working for Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust will provide you with lots of opportunity to develop your skills and further your career. The Trust provides services to the 440,000 residents of Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre and North Lancashire.

As a Trust we are committed to:
  • Developing new roles and ways of working to ensure a flexible and innovative approach to staff.
  • Real equality of opportunity.
  • Continual development and learning for staff.
  • Achieving a work life balance.

We are committed to the effective recruitment, retention and development for our employees, which is why we offer a great working environment, an attractive range of benefits and excellent opportunities for training and development.

The Trust is accredited as a disability Confident employer. That means we recognise our obligations to ensure people with disabilities are afforded equal opportunity to enter employment and progress if and where possible.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Provide expert assessment, review, advice, education & medicines optimisation to patients with specific respiratory diseases, using advanced clinical reasoning skills.
  • Formulate & deliver individualised physiotherapy treatment programmes based on assessment findings.
  • Safely initiating or recommending new treatments including nebulisers, mucolytics and inhaled therapy.
  • Under the direction of the Team Lead, you will be prepared to support the unqualified PR team members with a specific respiratory disease cohort and all aspects that come under it, within your competency.
  • The post holder will be required to run Pulmonary Rehabilitation classes independently & in a self-directed manner across Trust sites & non-NHS trust sites (e.g., Sports Centres, Community/Church Halls), and will therefore require a driving license & vehicle to undertake this work.
  • The post holder will be required to undertake clinic & home based assessments of patients requiring home oxygen therapy, and will therefore require a driving license & vehicle to undertake this work.
  • Undertake advanced assessment of patients and effectively interpret and analyse clinical and non-clinical information in a range of complex, long-term diagnoses to develop comprehensive, patient-centred management plans.
  • Take active responsibility for an identifiable caseload of patients effectively and efficiently, demonstrating the ability to manage complex cases.
  • Provides support, reassurance and encouragement to patients and their family/carers.

Please see Job Description & Person Specification documents for broader details of the post.

The above list of duties and responsibilities is not intended to be fully comprehensive and may be amended to take account of changing circumstances or requirements following consultation with the post holder.

Person Specification



  • Diploma/Degree in Physiotherapy
  • HCPC registered
  • Evidence of CPD maintained in a portfolio, including attendance at recent post graduate courses.


  • Additional specialist training up to Post graduate diploma level or equivalent experience (eg Respiratory disease area)
  • Membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
  • Membership of Specialist Interest Groups



  • Postgraduate experience to include Respiratory
  • Experience of managing and caring for patients with respiratory conditions


  • Management development and supervision of students and technical instructors
  • Experience in community, outpatient & group work
  • Experience in management of complex respiratory patients including assessment, planning and implementation of treatment and care
  • Experience of service development or QI
  • Ability to demonstrate an understanding and application of audit and research principles



  • Ability to set and establish priorities
  • Ability to work in a self-directed manner
  • High standard of oral and written communication skills with confidence to discuss patients and drive decision making
  • Competent and confident to accurately assess and manage complex patient presentations to a high professional standard
  • Ability to critique own practice
  • Confident and assertive decision making & delegation skills
  • Ability to manage time and personal workload effectively and to work in a high-pressure environment
  • Possess excellent liaison and negotiation skills
  • Able to influence and communicate effectively and professionally with both senior and junior members of the multi-disciplinary team
  • Evidence of good team working
  • Team leadership qualities
  • IT Literate
  • Have a valid driving licence and use of care for work related purposes
  • Ability to travel to various venues across the Fylde Coast for Home Visits & where Pulmonary Rehabilitation services are delivered away from the designated base location

Employer details

Employer name

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Blackpool Victoria Hospital

Whinney Heys Road



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