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Highly Specialist Physiotherapist - Learning Disability

Croydon Health Services NHS Trust
£49,178 to £55,492 per annum, pro rata incl. HCAS (outer)
Closing date
20 Jul 2024

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Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
Highly Specialist Physiotherapist - Learning DisabilityBand 7, Part-time 30 hrs per week

You will work as part of the Croydon Joint Learning Disability Team as part of the multidisciplinary team. The client's age ranges from 18 years onwards.As, the Clinical Lead Physiotherapist you will provide an excellent service to adult people with learning disabilities in the diverse and lively borough of Croydon. We are looking for someone who thrives within a busy community team and is creative, dynamic, and adaptive.

You will have a passion for working with people with learning disabilities and be committed to putting people first, at the centre of your care.You will act as the Lead responsible for the Technician B4 Physiotherapist and support this person in developing their role.

You will work in a wide range of settings including people's homes, clinics and other community settings and deliver comprehensive specialist clinical care including complex assessments, planning and delivery of treatments.

You will be actively encouraged and supported to pursue your interests related to Learning Disability and service development.

Proposed interview date: TBC

Main duties of the job

At a highly specialist level, to assess, formulate a treatment program for complex adults with a learning disability.

To work as a member of the multi-disciplinary team and to coordinate the Physiotherapy Service.

To manage and supervise other physiotherapists and provide expertise and leadership in this specialism.
The post holder is an autonomous practitioner, providing highly specialist physiotherapy assessment, intervention, and review for people with a Learning Disability in both the acute setting and in the community.

The post holder manages a caseload of clients with routine and complex needs, using evidence based / client centred principles to assess, plan, implement and evaluate interventions.

The post holder is a source of clinical expertise and advice on Physiotherapy and making reasonable adjustments for people with a Learning disability.

The post holder takes a lead role in the supervision, teaching and appraisal of senior, junior and assistant physiotherapists, physiotherapy students and other members of the multidisciplinary team.

The post holder works collaboratively with the other band 7 clinicians to support the Team Manager in the day to day management and development of the Service.

The post holder participates in the planning, development and evaluation of Physiotherapy services within the designated area, holding responsibility for defined projects

About us

Croydon Health Services NHS Trust provide hospital and community services from a number of community and specialist clinics throughout Croydon. The Trust was formed on 1st August 2010 through the integration of Croydon Community Health Services and Mayday Healthcare NHS Trust. Around 4,100 staff provide services for a population of over 360,000 people who are relatively young with a high level of ethnic diversity.

Our main hospital site, Croydon University Hospital is one of the busiest in London. We're also leading the way in providing more healthcare outside hospitals at clinics, specialist centres and in people's homes. Our experienced district nursing teams, Allied Health Professionals and community matrons look after people of all ages across Croydon and our Children's Hospital at Home cares for children with long-term conditions without them having to come to hospital.

Across the NHS everyone is working hard to meet growing demand and we're no exception. But with the right people on board, we are rising to this challenge, putting our people in the driving seat, encouraging innovation and transforming our services to give local people the quality of care they deserve. Croydon Health Services puts a great deal of importance on education and training throughout the careers of all of our staff. As well as offering access to a range of core skills training and professional development.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Clinical and Professional
1. To be the Physiotherapist responsible for the day to day provision of appropriate Physiotherapy to the above client group.

2. To be professionally and legally responsible and accountable for all aspects of physiotherapy intervention and care delivered to clients. To ensure a high standard of clinical care, and support less senior staff to do likewise

3. To be able to carry and prioritise your own designated clinical caseload, working as an autonomous practitioner without direct supervision.

4. To take appropriate action to deal with any emergencies identified including identifying and responding to risk or abuse situations in accordance with policies and procedures.

5. To provide specialist Physiotherapy services to adults with a Learning Disability ensuring high standards of assessment and treatment/ management utilising clinical reasoning and a wide range of treatment skills.

6. To apply a person centred model in working towards improvement in physical skills, mobility, general health and independence in accordance with the valuing people white paper.

7. To liaise and work with the wheelchair service regarding referral, assessment provision, monitoring and repair of wheelchairs and specialist seating.

8. To contribute to clients individual progress planning meetings, case conferences, review meetings and health promotion planning.

9. To monitor and evaluate intervention to measure progress and to ensure effectiveness of the intervention using appropriate outcome measures and evaluation tools. To modify physiotherapy programmes as required.

10. Effectively communicate with clients and carers in order to maximise an individuals functional potential.

11. Carry out safe therapeutic manual handling manoeuvres. Where appropriate, following

Physiotherapy assessment provide advice and conduct risk assessments for individuals involved in moving and handling clients.

12. To act as a specialist advisor for other Physiotherapists within Croydon Health services managing clients who have a Learning Disability.

13. To liaise with Physiotherapy colleagues and staff from other disciplines within and external to Croydon Health Services NHS Trust ensuring effective communication at all times in order to provide excellent patient care within the Physiotherapy Service.

14. To be aware of other clinical interventions that can be used in conjunction with Physiotherapy practice to maximise treatment benefit e.g. orthotics and special seating and work collaboratively with the other health professionals involved.

15. To keep comprehensive, accurate and up-to-date records of assessment and intervention according to service, professional and legal standards. To ensure that more junior and unqualified staff do likewise.

16. To be fully conversant with the Mental Capacity Act and how it translates to practice. Gain appropriate consent for treatment/ intervention and ensure that service users understand the intention to treat Where this is not possible ensure that the principles of MCA are followed and documented appropriately- ie consent discussions are fully reflected in clinical notes.

17. Providing targeted episodes of care and ensure that client and carers are aware of goals and outcomes

18. Keep fit sessions- gym sessions risk assessments

19. Walking groups- risk and environmental assessments pertaining to clients and behaviours

20. To ensure safe and correct use of any aids and appliances used by service users- trusted assessor and to provide equipment from the community equipment service or other providers

Person Specification



  • HCPC registration and a Degree in Physiotherapy


  • Relevant postgraduate training applicable to Physiotherapy eg manual handling, postural assessment and management
  • Experience in wheelchair assessment and provision
  • Validated postgraduate training in Aquatic Therapy
  • Masters programme in Physiotherapy
  • Formal management/clinical supervision training and experience
  • Postgraduate education/courses in learning disabilities Relevant special interest group



  • Thorough knowledge of assessment and interventions relevant to specialist LD physiotherapy in the community setting
  • Highly competent clinical reasoning and reflective practice skills
  • Knowledge and understanding of current legislation, guidance, standards and national initiatives relating to LD services
  • Knowledge and understanding of clinical governance and application to practice
  • Knowledge and understanding of a range of specialist equipment
  • Knowledge and experience of using relevant outcome measures Knowledge of Children's and Adult Safeguarding agenda and guidance
  • Knowledge and understanding of risk management in practice


  • Knowledge of different service delivery models
  • Knowledge and understanding of leadership styles
  • Evidence of clinical educator training and/or appraisal skills



  • Experience in an acute hospital based experience including proven experience at minimum of band 6 level of physiotherapy for adults in the acute in-patient and / or outpatient setting
  • Experience of working with families and carers
  • Experience working in the NHS Proven experience of providing clinical supervision and training
  • Proven experience of working as part of a multi-professional team
  • Evidence of providing teaching sessions including group presentations Techniques approaches and options commonly used in Learning disabilities eg: ?Neurological conditions ?MSK conditions ?Respiratory


  • Proven experience at band 7 level of physiotherapy in the acute in-patient and / or community setting
  • Experience of service development and implementation of clinical projects
  • Experience of evaluating, and implementing evidence based best practice
  • Experience of undertaking clinical audit
  • Experience of data collection and electronic patient information systems
  • Experience of leading a group of people
  • Experience of aquatic therapy for Adults with LD

Employer details

Employer name

Croydon Health Services NHS Trust


Bernard Wetherill House

8 Mint walk.



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