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Experienced MSK Physiotherapist

Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
18 Jul 2024

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Part-time Band 6 MSK Physiotherapist South Devon.

We are looking for a full time Band 6 MSK Physiotherapist to join the Torbay and South Devon MSK service.

This is an ideal opportunity for a physiotherapist who enjoys the challenge of a varied, often complex clinical caseload, and wishes to develop their diagnostic, clinical reasoning and rehabilitation skills in MSK further.

Our innovative MSK physiotherapy service offers rapid access, self-referral and the well-established Single Point of Access (SPoA) pathways from physiotherapy into orthopaedics for patients with hip, knee and spinal conditions.

CPD is at the forefront of our service, ensuring we offer high quality care to our patients. We host external courses, provide funding for training and deliver local and service wide training events to support your CPD.

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Main duties of the job

  • To provide a high standard of physiotherapy service to people presenting at musculoskeletal (MSK) outpatient clinics based in physiotherapy departments across South Devon. There is a rapid access booking system in place with up to 50% of patients self-referring.
  • To act as a source of expertise on the assessment and management of general MSK patients to patients, physiotherapists, student physiotherapists, assistants/technical instructors, other healthcare professionals, G.P's, and consultants.
  • To educate and train physiotherapists, students, and other healthcare professionals in physiotherapeutic management of general MSK conditions.
  • Within the MSK service we can offer a range of rehabilitation classes, acupuncture, steroid injections and 1:1 treatment.
  • Close MDT links.

About us

Why work with us

As an organisation Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust (TSDFT) values staff and the diverse experiences and contributions they bring.

We pride ourselves in being an inclusive organisation where every individual has the opportunity to make a difference.

We are a mindful employer recognising employee health and wellbeing as a fundamental part of our success.

TSDFT is a leader in innovation-integrated health and social care across acute and community services.

Our aim is to provide high quality, safe health and social care at the right time, in the right place to support the people of Torbay and South Devon to live their lives to the full.

The Physiotherapy Service is integral to ensuring that this statement of purpose is delivered to our communities. For staff this gives unequalled scope for joint working, skill sharing and learning in a supportive environment.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Ability to use a variety of communication methods to conduct patientAssessments/interactions for example telephone, video or face to face consultations and adapt communication strategies accordingly.

Assess patient understanding of treatment proposals, gain valid formalconsent and jointly agreed goals. To have the capacity to work within a legal framework with patients who lack capacity to consent to treatment.

Communication will include imparting sensitive and comprehensive information relating to diagnosis, prognosis, physical and functional recovery and potential life style adjustments to patients and their relatives. This may involve informing patients that they may be unable to return home or return to their previous level of activity/work/leisure.

To maintain accurate comprehensive and up to date documentation, in line with legal, departmental and CSP standards of practice and to monitor that of less experienced staff. To communicate assessment and treatment results to the appropriate disciplines in the form of reports, letters or verbally.

To be responsible for accurate and timely data input into the IHCS datacollection system for patient registration and contact information anddischarge.

Full Vacancy details can be found on the attached Job Description/Person Specification. Please refer to your suitability to the post in your supporting information from the role requirements or person specification.

Person Specification



  • Diploma / degree in physiotherapy
  • State registration - current HCPC certificate
  • Evidence of CPD maintained in a portfolio
  • Experience within the NHS as a Band 5 physiotherapist working in a range of clinical settings, including the musculoskeletal field.
  • Previous MSK experience equivalent to NHS Band 5/6


  • Qualification in acupuncture
  • oPost graduate qualification in relevant MSK skills, for example MACP/Society of Orthopaedic Medicine/ Pilates/acupuncture/strength and conditioning
  • oBand 6 experience within a musculoskeletal setting in the National Health Service

Knowledge and Skills


  • Advanced working knowledge of a broad range of musculoskeletal conditions.
  • Experience of working as part of a physiotherapy team and multidisciplinary team (health / social care).
  • Clinical skills encompassing the core areas of exercise therapy, management of pain relief, mobility training and therapeutic handling.
  • Sound assessment skills with clinical reasoning and analytical ability.
  • Proven ability of complex case management.
  • Knowledge of the relevant NSFs and clinical guidelines, and experience of implementing these recommendations in practice.
  • Competent IT skills.
  • Ability to maintain judgment under pressure


  • Training in Staff Appraisal
  • Presentation skills
  • Clinical educator course
  • Evidence of participating in Clinical Audit

Employer details

Employer name

Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust


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