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Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
16 Jul 2024

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust Musculoskeletal Service is looking for a Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist to join the team in Knowsley.

The MSK service has a well-structured programme of mentoring, supervision and CPD the department is research-active and has close links with Higher Education Institutes. Active involvement in training and development, including supervision of students and delivery of staff training, is a key requirement.

Main duties of the job

To provide high quality Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy services to patients

To perform advanced physiotherapy assessment of patients with diverse presentation and complex physical and psychological conditions. To provide a diagnosis and develop and deliver an individualised treatment programme

To hold responsibility for own caseload and be responsible for defined area of service or patient type without direct supervision.

About us

Mersey Care is one of the largest trusts providing physical health and mental health services in the North West, serving more than 1.4 million people across our region and are also commissioned for services that cover the North West, North Wales and the Midlands.

We offer specialist inpatient and community services that support physical and mental health and specialist inpatient mental health, learning disability, addiction and brain injury services. Mersey Care is one of only three trusts in the UK that offer high secure mental health facilities.

At the heart of all we do is our commitment to 'perfect care' - care that is safe, effective, positively experienced, timely, equitable and efficient. We support our staff to do the best job they can and work alongside service users, their families, and carers to design and develop future services together. We're currently delivering a programme of organisational and service transformation to significantly improve the quality of the services we provide and safely reduce cost as we do so.

Flexible working requests will be considered for all roles.

Job description

Job responsibilities


To undertake a comprehensive assessment of patients including those with diverse or complex presentations/multi pathologies use advanced clinical reasoning skills and manual assessment techniques to provide an accurate diagnosis of their condition.

Undertake video and telephone assessments as well as face to face sessions.

Formulate and deliver an individual therapy treatment programme using assessment, reasoning skills and treatment skills based on a sound knowledge of evidence based practice and treatment options. Formulate accurate diagnosis prognoses and recommend best course of intervention, developing comprehensive discharge plans.

To take delegated responsibility from the Band 7 therapist for managing patients with particular conditions and be responsible for providing specialist therapy assessment and treatment plans for patients with these conditions.

Evaluate patient progress, reassess and alter treatment programmes as required.

Work as a lone practitioner with telephone support from a senior therapist if required.

To demonstrate highly developed dexterity, co-ordination, palpatory and other senses for assessment and manual treatment of patients

To communicate effectively with patients and carers to maximise rehabilitation potential and to ensure understanding of their condition

To assess capacity, gain valid informed consent and have the ability to work within a legal framework with patients who lack capacity to consent to treatment

To communicate effectively and work collaboratively with medical, nursing, therapy staff and other health and social care and education professionals to ensure delivery of a coordinated multidisciplinary service. This will include discharged planning and other forms of verbal/written communication as necessary including report writing, referrals to other agencies

To communicate highly sensitive information effectively with all patient groups/carers were there maybe difficulties in accepting or understanding information

To maintain tact and diplomacy and use highly developed communication skill when working in situations which may become hostile/antagonistic

To maintain accurate, comprehensive and up to date documentation in line with legal and departmental requirements, and communicate assessment and treatment results to the appropriate disciplines in the form of reports and letters

To undertake as directed the collection of appropriate data and statistics for the use of the department

To adhere to the HCPC code of Ethics and Professional Conduct and facilitate compliance of the occupational therapy/physiotherapy staff with local and national standards of practice

Work within Trust clinical guidelines and CSP guidelines and to have a good working knowledge of national and local standards and monitor own and others quality practice as appropriate


To be professional and legally responsible and accountable for all aspects of your own work including the management of patients in your care. To ensure a high standard of clinical care for the patient under your management, and support more junior staff to do likewise

Implement policy and service development changes as directed

To take responsibility for Health and Safety aspects of your work and implement any policies that maybe required to improve the safety of your work area, including your prompt recording and reporting of accidents to senior staff, and ensuring equipment use is safe

To demonstrate a sound understanding of clinical governance and risk management and apply to work situation

To undertake the measurements and evaluation of your work and current practices through the use of evidence based practice projects, audit and outcome measures under the guidance of the Senior or Lead Clinician. Make recommendations for change and to implement change

To comply with the organisational and departmental policies and procedures and to be involved in the reviewing and updating as appropriate

To ensure that staff adhere to health and safety guidelines and maintain a safe environment and working practices

Please reference attached job description for full list of duties and responsibilities.

Person Specification



  • Registered Professional
  • Teaching/mentorship qualification or equivalent or equivalent work-based experience


  • Clinical Examination



  • Continuous Improvement
  • Accountability
  • Respectfulness
  • Enthusiasm
  • Support
  • High professional standards
  • Responsive to service users
  • Engaging leadership style
  • Strong customer service belief
  • Transparency and honesty
  • Discreet
  • Change oriented



  • Excellent communication, organisational and interpersonal skills
  • Risk assessment skills
  • Ability to travel to work across boundaries
  • Self-management and motivation skills
  • IT literate

Experience/ Knowledge


  • Demonstrable post registration/qualification experience in the identified specialised field of physiotherapy
  • Experience of successful multi-agency working
  • Demonstrable experience in relevant area of specialised physiotherapy practice or equivalent
  • Evidence of CPD/Short courses
  • Awareness of current national and local agenda in health and social care
  • Understanding of partnership working
  • Understanding of the principles of care management
  • Awareness of factors that contribute to good health and the importance of promoting these in line with organisational public health policy
  • Evidence of being able to communicate complex information and advice on healthcare to patients/clients, carers and colleagues


  • Management and clinical leadership experience

Employer details

Employer name

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust


Whiston Hospital

Warrington Road


L35 5DR

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