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Highly Specialist Physiotherapist Neonatal and Community

South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year
Closing date
17 Jul 2024

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Our Trust knows the value of Childrens Physiotherapy and we have new investment into our team to improve the outcomes of babies, children and young people. We have an exciting opportunity for a Band 7 Highly Specialist Physiotherapist in our Childrens Physiotherapy Team and with the right skills. You will join our well-established Childrens Physiotherapy service which supports children aged 0-19 years and will work in providing support to the Neonatal Unit and all community settings across Sunderland and South Tyneside. You will be a key part of our childrens physiotherapy service and will have opportunity to develop your clinical and leadership skills. You will be predominantly based in our Sunderland site providing care across both Sunderland and South Tyneside areas. As a team we work together to provide the best service we can whilst striving to develop staff who are our key asset to improve patient outcomes. You will have excellent support and be part of a wider AHP neonatal team and the Childrens Integrated Therapy Service team too. You will be keen to drive services forward as we change and develop. You will align to our vision and values to improve patient outcomes and develop our workforce.

Contact details for job related candidate queries:

Ruth Rayner, Head of Service, Speech and Language Therapy and Childrens Integrated Therapies

tel 0191 5699009

Main duties of the job

You will be based in Sunderland as part of our Childrens Physiotherapy team that covers South Tyneside and Sunderland. You will be integral in developing the service to and providing support into the Neonatal Unit at SRH, continuing care within the Physiotherapy department and all community settings. You will be responsible for a wide and varied caseload. You will have a comprehensive knowledge and experience within paediatrics including pre-term babies and children with complex presentations. You will have experience of Paediatric assessment tools relating to pre-term infants and a good working knowledge of the Bobath approach. You will have experience of the Education Health and Care Plans (Children and Families Act 2014), report writing and participation in associated meetings. You will have experience and a working knowledge of safeguarding. You will have knowledge and experience of CPIPs and have the ability to work both within a Physiotherapy team, MDT and the wider team. This is an excellent opportunity to work in a large team across our patch with other specialist clinicians. You will participate in and be integral to the clinical supervision, training and education of all staff, including students. You will be required to meet the travel requirements of this post.

About us

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One Team One Trust - There are many reasons to work at our Trust. From our commitment to putting people first to our accessible services and award winning teams. We have a passion for research, innovation and tackling inequalities. We are committed to respect, fairness and civility and promote a compassionate, caring and positive culture / working environment.

We welcome all applications irrespective of peoples race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion/belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy/maternity and in particular those from under- represented groups. Looking after our workforces health and wellbeing is a priority for STSFT. We also provide access to high quality education, training, career progression and support. Flexible working is supported via the Trust's Flexible Working Policy.

The Trust employs around 8,300 people and provides a range of hospital services to a local community of around 430,000 residents. We also provide a range of more specialised services outside this area, in some cases to a population as great as 860,000. We offer our staff outstanding benefits - Fitness Centre (SRH), libraries at both hospital sites, chaplaincy support and access to a Childcare Co-ordinator to help staff with childcare arrangements.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will work within the multidisciplinary team on the neonatal unit at Sunderland Royal Hospital including Nursing staff, Medical team, other Allied Health Professionals and support staff. This may also include any teams involved in care of babies who have received neonatal care who require further in-patient care in SRH.

To contribute to the delivery of Family Integrated Care (FiCare). To support parents to be confident in in caring for their baby whilst on the neonatal unit and in preparation for discharge home.

To take a lead role, in the advanced assessment and treatment of neonatal patients with neuro-developmental problems who may have complex multi-pathology / chronic presentation.

To play a key role in the development, implementation and evaluation of specialist physiotherapy programmes and packages of care.

To contribute specialist assessment and intervention in neonatal follow-up clinic service provision.

To offer a pathway for the speciality management of paediatric complex cases by facilitating timely and appropriate intervention within community settings

To use highly developed analytical and judgment skills to be directly involved in the clinical decision making process as part of the multidisciplinary team, using and interpreting the results of diagnostic tests to progress the management of the childs condition in relation to developmental/ Neurological/ musculoskeletal and respiratory status.

To work as part of the neonatal multi-disciplinary team, working collaboratively with colleagues

To deliver co-ordinated care, and to lead on neurodevelopmental teaching to MDT staff

To empower families and clinical staff to provide neuroprotective developmental care and advocate neuro-developmental care

To undertake evidence-based projects, including recommendations for change in practice and to participate in departmental research and audit


Person Specification

Skills and Knowledge


  • Demonstrate skills in highly specialist assessment, diagnosis and development of care plans, where clients have highly complex needs.
  • To be able to communicate highly complex and sensitive condition related information to clients/carers, multidisciplinary team members, other professionals often in the face of hostility and/or antagonism.
  • Specific skills as follows:
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills including observational, listening & empathy skills.
  • Proven analytical, judgement & reflective skills.
  • Proven organisational and planning skills.
  • Excellent presentation skills, both verbal & written
  • Ability to influence, motivate and facilitate development in others.
  • Time management and Prioritisation skills
  • Good leadership skills as well as ability to be a successful team member.
  • Service modernisation and redesign skills
  • High level of skills in complex information processing of information / facts that require analysis, interpretation and where a comparison of a range of options at a service and clinical level is necessary.
  • Highly skilled in contributing successfully to clinical teams for development of client care.
  • Able to introduce innovative practice impacting on policy / service beyond own area of activity / Organisation.
  • Highly developed negotiation & problem-solving skills in complex situations, & ability to facilitate these skills in others
  • Ability to assimilate, synthesise & present highly complex information / facts that require analysis, interpretation and comparison of a range of options at a service & clinical level.

Physical Skills


  • Proven ability to motivate and lead staff and sustain developments.
  • Ability to sustain prolonged positions and the physical demands of the role.
  • Ability and knowledge of the moving and handling requirements of the role
  • Ability to sustain intense concentration on a frequent basis in all aspects of Service & Client Management
  • Requirement for speed and accuracy with keyboard skills,
  • Ability to carry out the travel demands of the job between sites and within the community.



  • Evidence of extensive CPD and up to date knowledge within Paediatrics achieved through:
  • post-graduate
  • specialist
  • advanced short courses
  • conferences (MSc equivalent)
  • Registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists
  • Highly specialist knowledge of specialist assessment tools relevant to Paediatric Physiotherapy
  • In depth knowledge of a range of appropriate therapeutic assessments and interventions & an ability to compare & contrast relative benefits
  • An ability to critically appraise new ideas / approaches to therapy.
  • Knowledge of the structure and functioning of the NHS, and how the trust fits into the wider picture
  • Knowledge of the principles of clinical governance/ audit/ research
  • Understanding of the roles of other professionals & the principles of partnership-working with key stake holders
  • Knowledge of standards of record keeping and ability to monitor and audit this in own team.
  • Attendance at management and leadership training to include and not exhaustive of short courses on a range of management and HR issues


  • Member of APCP or other Paediatric SIG
  • Knowledge of national and local policies & procedures relevant to health, social services & education and areas of responsibility



  • Comprehensive experience within Paediatric Physiotherapy at senior level incorporating experience within a range of specialisms within Paediatric Physiotherapy to include Neonatal care.
  • Some management/leadership experience
  • Experience of policy / practice development in specialist area.
  • Experience and high level of skill in the use of and interpretation of a wide range of appropriate standardised formal and informal assessments and with a wide range of therapy approaches for client groups in service areas.
  • Experience of supervising all levels of qualified Physiotherapy staff, assistants and students
  • Experience in designing and delivering training and education programmes to other professionals/ students/ parents.
  • Training and experience in staff and student supervision, staff and team development
  • Experience of collaborative planning with other Organisations

Employer details

Employer name

South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust


Sunderland Children's Centre

Durham Road



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