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Clinical Team Lead - Neurosurgery

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£66,718 to £76,271 Per annum inclusive of HCAS
Closing date
12 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for an expert physiotherapist with advanced clinical and leadership skills to work within the neurosurgical service and neurocritical care at the National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery. The post holder will be work within an established and highly skilled multidisciplinary team to deliver clinically excellent, high quality, patient focused care in both an inpatient and critical care setting.

Main duties of the job

Clinically you will be job planned to work within the areas of neurosurgery, neuro-oncology and neuro-critical care. You will act as a clinical expert and senior leader to the multiprofessional neurosurgical, neuro-oncology and neurocritical care therapy team, and have professional and direct line management responsibilities for the physiotherapists within that team.

This post has operational responsibility for a team multiprofessional team of therapists, and support workers, and is jointly responsible, with the other senior members of the MDT for the delivery of work class neurosurgery, neuro-oncology and neurocritical care.

This post presents excellent opportunities for both career development and job satisfaction for individuals who have an interest in working with people with complex neurological disorders. You will be working within a friendly and supportive multidisciplinary team across a number of clinical areas and play a key senior leadership role in the development of our staff and of our services.

About us

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH) is one of the most complex NHS trusts in the UK, serving a large and diverse population. We provide academically led acute and specialist services, to people from the local area, from throughout the United Kingdom and overseas. Our vision is to deliver top-quality patient care, excellent education, and world-class research.

We provide first-class acute and specialist services across eight sites:
  • University College Hospital (incorporating the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Wing)
  • National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery
  • Royal National ENT and Eastman Dental Hospitals
  • University College Hospital Grafton Way Building
  • Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine
  • University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre
  • The Hospital for Tropical Diseases
  • University College Hospital at Westmoreland Street

We are dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of many complex illnesses. UCLH specialises in women's health and the treatment of cancer, infection, neurological, gastrointestinal and oral disease. It has world class support services including critical care, imaging, nuclear medicine and pathology.

We are committed to sustainability and have pledged to become a carbon net zero health service, embedding sustainable practice throughout UCLH. We have set an ambitious target of net zero for our direct emissions by 2031 and indirect emissions by 2040.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For the full Person Specification and more information regarding the main responsibilities of this role, please refer to the attached Job Description.

Come and be a part of the best NHS trust in England to work for, according to our staff*

UCLH top trust to work at in England for the second year running! : University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

*In the most recent NHS staff survey UCLH had the highest percentage of staff who said they would recommend us as a place to work, out of all general acute or acute/community NHS trusts in England for the second year in a row.

UCLH top trust to work at in England for the second year running! University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Once again, UCLH has received the highest score of all general acute and acute/community NHS trusts in England for staff that would recommend us as a place to work.

Person Specification

Education/Qualifications Training


  • Degree / diploma in Physiotherapy
  • HCPC registered
  • Evidence of post-graduate training in neurosciences to the equivalent of modules at Masters/Level 7 education
  • Active member of neurological special interest group
  • Evidence of management training
  • Evidence of appraisal training


  • Masters degree / working towards a MSc
  • Evidence of teaching skills course
  • Experience of working in the NHS
  • Member of the relevant professional college or society e.g., CSP



  • Minimum of 6 years post-graduate experience
  • 5-year specific neurological experience
  • Previous experience as a Senior I or Supt IV physiotherapist for a minimum of 2 years
  • Evidence of having supervised qualified therapy staff
  • Experience in initiating and undertaking audit
  • Experience in management of patients with acute neurosurgical needs and / or complex neurology
  • Experience of teaching a wide range of groups, e.g., therapy colleagues, the multidisciplinary team and external agencies.
  • Experience of acute neurosurgical treatment interventions
  • Evidence in involvement in risk management, quality standard setting and clinical effectiveness
  • Evidence of a knowledge of the recruitment and selection process


  • Experience in initiating and undertaking research

Skills and Knowledge


  • Autonomous practitioner who has the ability to work unsupervised
  • Effective time management and the ability to prioritise own workload and that of others
  • Ability to supervise staff directly accountable to post holder
  • An understanding of interdisciplinary issues and an ability to work efficiently and effectively in an interdisciplinary team
  • Able to communicate complex, sensitive and contentious information in an understandable form to patients, significant others and all other professionals involved
  • Effective written communication skills, including accurate record keeping using POMR system, and policy documents
  • Effective oral communication skills with patients, line managers, other health care professionals, demonstrating negotiating skills and ability to manage and diffuse potential conflict
  • Demonstration of clinical leadership qualities e.g., management of change, clinical competence, the ability to inspire, motivate and empower teams
  • Broad knowledge of current best evidence-based practice in neurotherapy
  • Demonstration of use of audit, quality standard setting and risk management processes for clinical effectiveness, taking a lead in projects
  • A commitment to evidence based practice
  • A commitment to professional development of self and other therapists
  • A positive approach to the treatment of acute, chronic and progressive disability
  • Evidence of initiative
  • Application of complex clinical reasoning to a diverse neurologically impaired patient group, demonstrating highly specialist analytical and diagnostic skills during assessment and intervention
  • Ability to plan, coordinate and advise appropriate physiotherapy treatment and evaluate outcomes, using generic and unidisciplinary measures, for patients with highly complex neuro-disability
  • Evidence of up to date Continued Professional Development diary including evidence of reflective practice, inservice training, any courses attended and clinical experience gained
  • Demonstrate an ability to prioritise own and physiotherapy workload equitably across physiotherapy services as required, responding to unpredictable changes to patients and staffing levels
  • Evidence of effective presentation and training skills to a wide ranging audience e.g. peers, multidisciplinary teams and user groups, nationally and internationally
  • Evidence of being self motivated
  • Constructive assertiveness
  • Ability to lead and actively participate in research, demonstrating knowledge of research methodologies and research application
  • Application of Health and Safety and risk management policies

Employer details

Employer name

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery

Queen Square



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