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Highly Specialist Respiratory Physiotherapist

Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 Pro Rata Per Annum
Closing date
18 Jul 2024

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
  • We are looking for a dynamic and experienced physiotherapist who will provide clinical leadership to the respiratory therapy team working in the acute hospital.
  • Dorset County Hospital is currently going through development of the Emergency Department and Critical Care Unit with increased bed capacity. To support this expansion we require an expert clinical lead to assist in maintaining the quality service we provide to our adult critical care population - during their stay on critical care , in their recovery period onto the wards and on discharge from hospital.
  • We are a multi-disciplinary team comprising of Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Apprentices and Therapy Assistants. We work closely with our Pulmonary Rehabilitation and Respiratory Out-patient colleagues to provide a seamless service across the respiratory pathway.
  • We promote education and service development and use our connections with Bournemouth University, AECC University College, Thames Valley and Wessex Critical Care Network and surrounding Trusts to ensure we are delivering the best care and service to our population.

Main duties of the job

  • The post holder will be an experienced physiotherapist with an specialist interest in critical care and acute respiratory management.
  • The post holder works alongside the team lead and supervises the day to day running of the team
  • To undertake all aspects of clinical duties and to carry a significant caseload of patients as an autonomous practitioner, including those with complex presentations.
  • To work at an advanced level and to be professionally and legally accountable for a highly specialised patient caseload and to decide priorities for own work area, balancing other patient related and professional demands.
  • To coordinate a rolling programme of education, clinical evaluation, audit and research within the acute respiratory pathway at DCH
  • To be an active participant on the respiratory weekend rota
  • To facilitate the implementation and evaluation of physiotherapy clinical outcomes within a designated pathway and monitor adherence with professional and national standards

About us

Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is a modern District General Hospital, offering an excellent working environment. The Therapy and Nursing departments are committed to forging links with Bournemouth University, engaging with regional and national networks and increasing our involvement in Advanced Practice and research.

Dorset County Hospital has received investment to refurbish and extend the Emergency Department and Intensive Care Unit (ICU) which will make a huge difference to both the people who use it and the dedicated staff and teams who work in ED, ICU and other connected departments. The new ED and ICU is part of the Government's New Hospital Programme and will help us expand our facilities on site and support wider plans to improve our site over the next five years.

Much of West Dorset is designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty, and the Jurassic coastline is protected by World Heritage status. There are numerous beaches within easy reach, and Portland harbour (host of 2012 Olympic Sailing) promotes a wide range of water sport activities. The area is largely rural, with good rail and road links. The closest airport is situated in Bournemouth.

If you are ready for a new challenge, with a passion for delivering high quality, safe, personal and effective care join us at Dorset County Hospital for the next step on your career ladder.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Our DCHFT Job Description and Person Specification (attached) tells you all about this role, what to expect and what is needed to succeed. When completing your application please make sure to tell us how your experience and skills fit the person specification.

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For all our roles, we are looking for staff who hold our Trust Values of Integrity, Respect Teamwork and Excellence, and who are passionate about providing the best patient care. To read more about our Trust and our Values search Dorset County Hospital online.

Person Specification



  • Degree (BSc Hons Physiotherapy) or equivalent
  • Current HCPC registered Physiotherapist
  • Full member of ACPRC/ICS


  • MSc or working at M level or equivalent experience / qualification
  • Undertaken appropriate managerial training



  • Minimum of 2 years post graduate experience in assessment and treatment of complex respiratory conditions
  • Experience of applying clinical reasoning skills to a range of complex and varied caseloads
  • Experience of working successfully in partnership with consultants, nurses and other relevant practitioners and participating in creating innovative solutions for new services
  • Attended external courses relevant to subject area


  • Previous experience at band 7 level
  • Involvement in research in relevant specialist pathway
  • Evidence of leading change management and innovation in clinical practice
  • Evidence of presenting to MDT groups, undergraduate and postgraduate staff



  • Self-confidence and ability to lead, manage, support and mentor a team
  • Ability to promote and develop respiratory physiotherapy services in line with trust, national and professional guidelines in the best interests of patients
  • Self-motivation and reliability and the ability to motivate others
  • Professional role model for specialised clinical practice
  • Ability to work unsupervised and on own initiative as well as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Ability to lead on and respond positively to change
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Excellent time-management skills


  • IT skills - Ability to create and/or format data and/or spreadsheets using computerized systems

Employer details

Employer name

Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Dorset County Hospital



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