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Clinical Lead Physiotherapist - Neonatal Service

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£58,698 to £65,095 Per annum, including high cost area (pro rata)
Closing date
16 Jul 2024

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced neonatal physiotherapist to join our multidisciplinary paediatric therapy team at King's.

At Denmark Hill we have a 36 bedded, busy, Level 3 NICU with surgical, gastro, neurosurgical and respiratory specialities as well as extreme prematurity. On the Princess Royal site there is a developing 16 bedded Level 2 Unit. You will be working in regular outpatient clinics run at both sites.

We are looking for a highly specialist, motivated and enthusiastic physiotherapist, to lead the physiotherapy inpatient and outpatient neonatal service cross-site and join our well established team.

Applicants should have HCPC registration and be able to demonstrate wide experience in working with children and neonates as well as leadership and management skills. The post will involve supervision and teaching of staff. The ability to organise self and team and to work in a busy environment across different sites is essential.

Main duties of the job

To be a physiotherapy clinical expert in the management of neonatal patients and neurodevelopment for inpatient and outpatients services on both sites.To work with the neonatologists and neonatal therapy team to ensure a high quality, effective and efficient service to infants presenting with neurological, neurodevelopmental, respiratory, musculoskeletal and orthopaedic needs.To ensure all infants receive developmental care as part of their neonatal pathway, and implement FIC principles.To work with the MDT to develop and co-ordinate early intervention service for high risk infants.To provide supervision and clinical support to the inpatient neonatal physiotherapy team and students to meet individual and service needs.To be responsible for clinical leadership and service development within the Paediatric Physiotherapy service at Kings College HospitalTo use expert Physiotherapy knowledge and advanced clinical reasoning skills to provide highly specialist support and advice to the paediatric physiotherapy team, neonatal consultants, paediatricians, and other medical staff, and to manage own caseload of patients with highly complex conditions as an autonomous practitioner.

About us

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is one of the UK's largest and busiest teaching Trusts with a turnover of c�1 billion, 1.5 million patient contacts a year and more than 15,000 staff based across South East London. The Trust provides a full range of local and specialist services across its five sites. The trust-wide strategy of Strong Roots, Global Reachis our Vision to be BOLD, Brilliant people, Outstanding care, Leaders in Research, Innovation and Education, Diversity, Equality and Inclusion at the heart of everything we do. By being person-centred, digitally-enabled, and focused on sustainability, we aim to take Team King's to another level.

We are at a pivotal point in our history and we require individuals who are ready to join a highly professional team and make a real, lasting difference to our patients and our people.

King's is committed to delivering Sustainable Healthcare for All via our Green Plan. In line with national Greener NHS ambitions, we have set net zero carbon targets of 2040 for our NHS Carbon Footprint and 2045 for our NHS Carbon Footprint Plus. Everyone's contribution is required in order to meet the goals set out in our Green Plan and we encourage all staff to work responsibly, minimising their contributions to the Trust's carbon emissions, waste and pollution wherever possible.

Job description

Job responsibilities

1.0 CLINICAL AND PROFESSIONALPatient Care To work at an advanced level in the field of neonatal physiotherapy by receiving referrals and independently assessing and treating own caseload of patients, ensuring evaluation and progression of treatment programmes to a high standard, and in line with National and Trust clinical guidelines, protocols and pathways where they exist. In conjunction with the Neonatologists, Clinical Lead Therapists, and Outpatient Team, organise and manage specialist outpatient clinics forinfants referred to the neurodevelopmental follow-up clinic service. To be professionally and legally accountable for all aspects of own work, including the management of patients in your care. To ensure a high standard of clinical practice for patients under your management and to support more junior staff to do likewise. To have clinical responsibility for a designated caseload of patients as an autonomous practitioner, including those with highly complex and diverse conditions, and prioritise that work efficiently taking into account clinical and service priorities. To use advanced clinical assessment and reasoning skills and evidence based knowledge to assess patients with highly complex conditions, and to formulate prognoses and recommendations for the best form of intervention including e.g. Prechtl General Movements Assessment, Lacey Assessment of Preterm Infants, Bayley Scales of Infant Development, EI SMART. To demonstrate appropriate handling of infants with complex presentations and to be able to interpret behavioural cues. To formulate and deliver individual physiotherapy treatment programmes based on advanced clinical knowledge of current practice, evidence based practice and treatment options. To analyse and interpret clinical and non clinical facts which may be conflicting, and to provide expert advice and second opinion to the MDT, including peers and Consultants, and external organisations. To be able to interpret specialist investigations (e.g. chest x-ray, lung ultrasound, MRI, cranial USS) to assist with patient assessment and to plan the most appropriate patient management approach. To provide individual patient equipment as required, such as splints and supports. To issue such equipment with due regard to safety of the equipment, and in line with legal, national and local guidelines. To recognise boundaries of own extended practice as it develops and to manage associated clinical risk at all times. To make appropriate referrals to other services and clinicians based on assessment and investigation findings, and by having an in-depth understanding of the role of others in the multidisciplinary team. To ensure effective discharge planning as part of a patients management, liaising with referrers and other members of the MDT as appropriate, both locally and regionally. To use advanced theoretical and practical knowledge to advise, guide and teach less experienced physiotherapists, assistants and students in the assessment and management of patients and other aspects of clinical care, including record keeping. To liaise with Neonatologists, Paediatricians, ENT consultants, Radiologists, GPs, Clinical Lead Therapists to formulate protocols/care pathways for the assessment and management of patients attending the specialist clinics. To manage clinical risk within own clinical caseload, and provide expert advice to contribute to the effective management of clinical risk within the physiotherapy team. The post requires a flexible approach to working and a 7-day working pattern may be required, also cover of statutory and public holidays, maintaining the competency required to work as the sole physiotherapist within this clinical area.Communication To demonstrate an expert ability to communicate effectively with others, and to be able to persuade and motivate others, including staff and families / carers. To be highly skilled in communicating with parents and children of all ages and abilities including those with learning difficulties and/or challenging behaviour. To respond appropriately to the parent / carers level of communication and understanding, facilitating the best possible communication outcomes. For example, patients may be deaf, blind, or unable to communicate in English. To provide and receive information parents/carers and other professionals regarding a patients condition and treatment progress. This may include the sharing and receiving of highly complex and/or sensitive information. To clearly communicate highly complex knowledge of anatomy, physiology, development and treatment techniques to patients, parents/guardians and staff, whilst being sensitive to their prior level of knowledge and understanding. To be able to present information to others in an informed, logical and reasoned manner, even where the evidence or opinion may be conflicting. To be able to share knowledge with parents/carers in a way which facilitates understanding of their condition and allows informed participation in planning the management of their condition. To develop and maintain close working relationships with therapy colleagues and other members of the multidisciplinary team. To provide expert advice, teaching and training to other members of the MDT as appropriate, bothinternal and external to the Trust. To ensure that effective communication pathways that enhance patient care are established with referrers from inside and outside the Trust, including GPs, community therapy teams and staff working in regional Trusts, and thatdischarge information is communicated to referrers in a timely and appropriate manner at all times. To communicate service related information to managers and staff using clear articulation, negotiation and persuasion skills. To be responsible for local management of informal conflicts, disagreements and complaints using highly developed interpersonal and negotiation skills. To develop best practice at Kings through liaison with other regional specialists and other relevant groups e.g.CENs. To effectively liaise and network with colleagues in other Trusts for the benefit of patients and the service. To attend groups such as working parties, meetings and events to represent the department, Trust and the profession, both internally and externally to the organisation.

To represent the Trust at local, national and international events or meetings e.g. Neonatal network meetings, Neonatal conferences.

Person Specification



  • In-depth understanding of a broad range of complex neonatal conditions
  • Significant post graduate paediatric experience including, neurodevelopment, neurology, respiratory care, musculoskeletal and orthopaedics
  • HCPC Registered


  • Experience of participating in or leading research
  • Management / Leadership training

Employer details

Employer name

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Denmark Hill



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