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Paediatric Physiotherapist - Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW)
£43,742 to £50,056 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
22 Jul 2024

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Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
Paediatric Physiotherapist - SDR 0.8wte

The successful candidate will provide highly specialist physiotherapy for children undergoing Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) or within the acute neurosciences service, within Bristol Royal Hospital for Children. The postholder will assist in the development of this service as a member of the multidisciplinary team and provide a source of expertise locally, nationally and internationally.

Bristol Royal Hospital for children is a specialised tertiary hospital, taking the most complex referrals from both local and national centres and a designated major trauma centre for the South West of England.

Main duties of the job

To provide a highly specialised service that includes the assessment, treatment and management of children referred for SDR, assisting in the development, planning and progression of service provision.

To act as a source of expertise and demonstrate advanced knowledge and experience in the highly skilled management of children requiring rehabilitation

To provide specialist advice to other members of the multi-disciplinary team and to provide clinical education and training to others within the Trust and externally.

To take a lead role in the management of more difficult and complex cases within a multi-disciplinary team approach, acting as an autonomous practitioner.

To assist across the neurosciences service, supporting colleagues to provide suitable rehabilitation opportunities for all patients.

To be an active member of the 24 hours and weekend on-call service, undertaking assessment and treatment of acutely ill children.

About us

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW) is one of the largest acute Trusts in the country, bringing together a combined workforce of over 13,000 staff and over 100 different clinical services across 10 different sites, serving a core population of more than 500,000 people across South West England. UHBW has been rated by the CQC as 'Good' overall and our staff are proud to deliver excellent care to the people of Bristol, Weston and beyond. As a forward-thinking multi-award winning Trust and a digital exemplar committed to improving patient care, our world-leading research and innovations are having a positive local and global impact. Our hospitals are spread across Bristol and Weston, join us and you can enjoy the very best of both worlds city living within a stone's throw of the countryside or beside the seaside, both with easy access to all that the South West has to offer. UHBW is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. As an equal opportunities employer actively working towards a diverse workforce we aim to recruit and retain a workforce which represents the rich diversity of the local population at all levels and are committed to designing our services around the needs of individual patients and those around them. Anonymous information will be used from your application in order to ensure we're meeting our pledge.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For a more detailed job description, main responsibilities, and Person Specification, please refer to the job description document attached to this vacancy.

Person Specification

Qualifications and Training


  • Degree or equivalent in Physiotherapy
  • Registration with Healthcare Professions council
  • Evidence of relevant post graduate continued professional development eg spasticity management, gait analysis


  • Membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and special interest groups



  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills
  • Be able to speak fluent English to an appropriate standard
  • Ability to motivate, teach and share learning
  • Ability to be a team player

Knowledge and experience


  • Significant and appropriate post graduate experience across a wide range of complex neuro-disabilities
  • Experience of working within paediatrics at a senior level (Band 6 or above)
  • Evidence of working within a multidisciplinary team
  • Previous experience of working with children cerebral palsy and tone management
  • Demonstrable understanding of gait analysis


  • Proven experience of clinical audit and research
  • Previous experience of working with children following selective dorsal rhizotomy surgery
  • Previous experience of service development
  • Previous experience within a community setting

Skills and Abilities


  • Excellent organisational and time management skills
  • Excellent problem solving and analytical skills
  • Ability to work independently as an autonomous practitioner
  • Proven responsibility for own decision making whilst working closely within a team
  • Ability to be flexible and adaptable


  • Sound IT skills eg Word, Excel, Internet, video conferencing

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW)


Bristol Royal Hospital for Children

Upper Maudlin Street



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