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B6 Physiotherapist: Ortho / MSK Rotational

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
16 Jul 2024

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Would you like to work for an integrated and forward-thinking team that are at the forefront in improving Orthopaedic and MSK pathways and service delivery?

We are looking for an enthusiastic physiotherapist who wants to promote evidence-based practice and who has a passion for rehabilitation and teaching.

We work collaboratively across Somerset to deliver a holistic Orthopaedic and MSK pathway with a system-wide approach to improve patient access to the right care, by the right person, at the right time.

Do you want a role that allows you to further your physiotherapy rehabilitation skills and promote the education of others?

The Outpatient department has a range of inhouse specialities including MSK and hydrotherapy. Referrals are made from the acute trust, GP practices and other physiotherapy teams. The case load is varied. We have evidence-based treatment pathways, with regular teaching and mentoring of team members. We have a rehabilitation gym and hydrotherapy pool onsite. There are well established ACL rehabilitation and ESCAPE pain classes.

There is no On Call commitment but instead an Orthopaedic 1 in 7 weekend rota. We have a clear path of progression onto the advanced Masters degree level qualification in first contact physiotherapy.

Within the Orthopaedic wards you will gain experience with both elective, trauma and spinal surgery. We have an excellent enhanced recovery programme for our day case arthroplasty patients for which we have won a national award.

Main duties of the job

This role will see and treat complex, acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions. You'll become an integral member of the multidisciplinary team.

Undertake teaching and mentoring of other team members promoting clinical reasoning and best practice. You'll also undertake a normal physiotherapy caseload.

Please do contact us if you would like to look around our departments: Helen Williams Outpatient Lead or Carol Landon Ortho Team Lead

About us

As an organisation, the NHS offers a wide range of benefits including flexible working, fantastic pension contributions, market leading annual leave allowance, career progression and regular conversations, not to mention our Blue Light Card and NHS exclusive discounts.The benefits of working in Somerset include the idyllic countryside, with our areas of outstanding beauty and stunning coastlines. You will get to enjoy these perks whilst still only being a stone's throw away from bustling city centres like Bristol, Bath and Exeter and only two hours away from London.There are excellent educational facilities in the area and, when compared to other regions, house prices are reasonable. You will to experience the best of both in Somerset, the countryside and the cosmopolitan -- there is truly something for everyone!

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to full job description and personal specification.

This post requires a graduate level state registered physiotherapist with at least 2 years relevant clinical experience.

The post will be rotational between Orthopaedic wards at Musgrove Park Hospital and MSK OPD department currently at Dene Barton Community Hospital but may also be required to work in locations across Somerset such as GP practices or other departments.

Person Specification



  • Degree/diploma level education leading to State Registration by the Health Professions Council (UK) as a Physiotherapist
  • Evidence of relevant post graduate education


  • Member of Chartered Society of Physiotherapy



  • This post requires a graduate level state registered physiotherapist with relevant MSK / Ortho clinical experience and to have covered the three essential core rotations (respiratory, Musculo-skeletal and neurology)
  • Experience of working within acute setting.
  • Experience of working in an acute NHS setting.


  • Experience of managing staff and/or students

Additional Criteria


  • Good basic knowledge of the three core areas of respiratory, neurology, Musculo-skeletal physiotherapy
  • Specialist knowledge of Orthopaedic and MSK conditions
  • Knowledge of linking between primary & secondary care interface to provide integrated care.
  • Evidence of a good standard of Literacy / English language skills
  • Able to develop rapport with patients, including those with cognitive deficits and behavioural problems.
  • Ability to accurately summarise treatment session. (Written and oral).
  • Clarity in explaining ideas.
  • Ability to cope with distressing situations such as imparting unwelcome news re rehabilitation prospects.
  • Autonomous practitioner with self-management skills.
  • Planning and prioritisation of workload.
  • Ability to work without supervision in routine treatment.
  • Willingness to use technology to improve standards of care and support to our patients
  • Responsible for own learning.
  • Adaptable to sudden changes in workload.
  • Physically able to do the job described


  • Attendance at clinical educators course.

Employer details

Employer name

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust


Musgrove Park Hospital

Musgrove Road




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