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Specialist Physiotherapist

County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pro rata
Closing date
18 Jul 2024

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust are one of the largest integrated organisations in the Country, providing hospital and community services to a popluations of over 650,000. We are an ambitious and innovative organisation with a talented workforce of over 7,000 colleagues. Our Vision is to be 'Right First Time, Every Time' and our mission is to provide safe, compassionate and joined up care to the population of County Durham and Darlington.

- Do you have the enthusiasm and motivation to take on new challenges within our forward thinking Trust?

- Are you an excellent team worker but also have the drive to lead and influence change?

- Do you strive or aspire to provide seamless holistic patient centred care within a progressive multi disciplinary team?

We are looking for a dynamic Specialist Physiotherapist to join our Community Therapy Team in Darlington. This is a full time position but part time hours or a job share would be considered. The post holder will work across a range of community settings in and around Darlington including patients homes, care homes, our intermediate care rehab beds and within our rehabilitation unit at Hundens Lane.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will independently manage a caseload that includes some highly complex patients and provide specialist assessments and treatment plans to adults referred to the team who present with a range of physical dysfunction and/or disabilities resulting from injury, illness, surgery or chronic disease, within a range of community settings. They will work alongside Physiotherapists, Assistant Practitioners and Speech and Language Therapists within the community therapy team and other professionals within the wider organisation and partner organisations.

Opportunities to:

- Develop skills in holistic assessing beyond the scope of traditional Physiotherapy practice.

- Develop your supervisory, leadership and service development skills.

- To have an identified specialism or defined area of the service to lead and work without direct supervision

- Support junior and assistant staff and help with their development

- Lead and participate in peer support and in service training

- Work across a range of community areas including Falls, Rehab beds, Amputees, Neuro and Stroke

About us

If you are being interviewed you must accept an interview slot in the system to continue, even if you have arranged with the manager

You must be able to produce ALL certificates stated essential in the person specification or you will not be able to complete pre-employment checks

We provide hospital services from two acute sites - Darlington Memorial Hospital and University Hospital of North Durham. We have a centre for planned care in Bishop Auckland and provide care from community hospitals in Chester-le-Street, Shotley Bridge, Barnard Castle, Sedgefield and Weardale as well as over 80 other community based settings and providing care in patients' homes.

We particularly welcome applications from disabled and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates as BAME and disabled people are currently under-represented

From April 1 2024 we are unable to offer sponsorship for healthcare roles that do not meet the minimum salary �23,200, to apply you must have Right to Work in the United Kingdom. If you are in the UK on a VISA please ensure you have no restrictions that would prevent you from taking this post

Full Job Descriptions can be found in the adverts supporting documents

Job description

Job responsibilities

Organise and prioritise own workload and to monitor those you clinically supervise within a defined area.

- Independently screen, prioritise and plan interventions for routine and priority referrals received within community therapy services.

- Use sound clinical judgement to prioritise patients within a demanding and unpredictable environment ensuring effective use of resources

- Assist staff under your supervision to prioritise their caseloads and advise them on appropriate interventions in response to complex cases on a daily basis.

- Undertake holisitic and comprehensive specialist assessments of patients including those with diverse or complex presentations/multi pathologies that change across the caseload.

- Utilise analytical and clinical reasoning skills and manual assessment techniques to provide accurate diagnosis of their condition, these skills may be advanced intepret facts and select the appropriate treatment and implement rehabilitation programmes.

- Work with the multi-disciplinary team to facilitate patient centred goals

Person Specification



  • Comprehensive and relevant qualified experience in physical rehabilitation including recent general rehabilitation experience
  • Experience of collaborative working within multi disciplinary teams.
  • Evidence of communication skills within a wide variety of settings


  • Experience in staff appraisals
  • Experience in working in a variety of settings

Special Skills & Knowledge


  • In depth and up to date knowledge and skills in the assessment and treatment of a wide range of physical disabilities.
  • Remain updated with professional practice and new research
  • Understand clinical governance and its implication for services, including experiences of quality and audit
  • Ability to comprehend and work within the Trust's policies of data protections, equal opportunities and health and safety
  • To meet the differing needs of patients
  • Ability to carry out moderate to intense physical effort throughout the working day and carry out concurrent activities
  • Ability to cope with working in stressful environment and deal with emotional or aggressive patients and carers
  • Ability to work independently and organise, prioritise and delegate workload to meet service demands
  • Understand the legal responsibilities of the profession
  • Evidence of self-directed learning and critical appraisal skills


  • Ability to use own initiative appropriately to enhance service delivery
  • Presentational skills
  • Competent IT skills (e.g.for electronic record keeping, emails)
  • Evidence of participation in research/audit
  • Clinical supervision of other therapy staff/students
  • Clinical educator experience

Special Requirements


  • Ability to travel and carry small items of equipment on a daily basis to fulfil the requirements of the post


  • Ability to meet physical demands of the post

Statutory Registration


  • HCPC


  • Member of CSP



  • BSc/MSc in Physiotherapy
  • Evidence of CPD, including attendance at recent post-graduate courses relevant to the clinical fields in the specialism


  • An understanding of County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, its culture, strategic direction, achievements and NHS standing
  • Involvement in specific interest groups

Employer details

Employer name

County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust


Darlington Nhs Trust

Hundens Lane


County Durham


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