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Senior Physiotherapist - Care Homes Engagement Support Services

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
21 Jul 2024

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Band 6
Full Time
Do you have a passion for ensuring effective, quality care and support for adults in care homes, ensuring they avoid unnecessary admissions to hospital and receive the right care in the right place? Do you have experience of working in either a health or social care setting? Do you have tenacity, drive, great communication skills and desire to influence change? Can you engage people at all levels and look to create win-win outcomes that create positive results?

This is an exciting opportunity for the right person to make your mark shaping a new role to meet the needs of the Care Home residents, Care Homes and commissioners and deliver positive change.

This role will facilitate effective, appropriate and timely therapy support to care homes and their residents providing education and clinical support in the community, avoiding attendance to the acute trust where possible. You will work as part of a care home project team including nurses and therapy to collectively support groups of care homes while also working with the local Integrated Neighbourhood Team to ensure joined up seamless care .

Main duties of the job

The post holder must be able to:
  • Demonstrate experience of working within a multi-disciplinary settings
  • You will have excellent clinical skills, providing holistic patient assessments to a range of patients
  • You will have excellent communication skills and will be required to get out and meet with Care Homes, building ongoing relationships with the managers and owners to promote the role
  • Maintain open communication with social care providers, primary care and commissioning to make recommendations for improvements to support effective outcomes for adults
  • Develop and gather information to demonstrate effectiveness of the Care Home project. This will include the production of regular monitoring reports.

This is a unique opportunity and anyone who has worked in the Care Home sector will immediately recognise the benefits of introducing this new role. You need to be credible and your ability to work with Care Homes to ensure effective and quality outcomes for residents is critical.

There will be challenging situations at times, so your ability to positively influence and create win-win outcomes for patients, relatives, carers, and staff is really important, but for the right individual, this is a great opportunity to make a difference.

Please note a driving licence and access of a vehicle is an essential requirement of this role

About us

We are ESNEFT and we provide hospital and community health services to almost one million people across east Suffolk and north Essex. Our dedicated staff deliver care from acute hospitals in Colchester and Ipswich, community hospitals, surgeries, community clinics and in patients' own homes.

We are one of the largest NHS organisations in England, employing more than 12,000 staff.

We pride ourselves on supporting our staff. We offer a wide range of training and development opportunities, as well as flexible working options.

Along with supporting you to achieve your career goals we offer a generous pension scheme, unsocial hours payments (where applicable), 27 days annual leave on commencement (pro rata) and access to a range of NHS discounts. Our Staff Health and Wellbeing programme offer a variety of services.

Our philosophy is that Time Matters to everyone. Across the Trust, we concentrate on improving the things we do and removing those which cause time delays for our staff and patients.

We are investing in our commitment to Time Matters with a partnership with leading electronic patient record (EPR) supplier Epic. This digital transformation will bring what's widely regarded as the world's best EPR system to ESNEFT, transforming life in hospital for staff and patients.

If you are passionate about patient care and want to develop your skills and knowledge, then we want to hear from you.

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Job description

Job responsibilities

For full details of the responsibilities and duties of this role please see the attached job description.

Person Specification



  • Proven post registration experience
  • Range of rotational acute/community care experiences - and acute discharge planning
  • Demonstrable In-service training and reflective learning in these specialities
  • Ability to work as an autonomous practitioner
  • Experience of working with assistants / technicians
  • Ability to build effective working relationships with patients/carers/colleagues
  • Directing patient care


  • Experience of evidencing and auditing practice
  • Supervision of students in any environment
  • Membership of SIG
  • Completed rotation in Emergency Care (A& E, EAU, FAB) and/or
  • Completed rotation in Complex and/or Completed rotation in Community care



  • BSc/MSc Occupational Therapy
  • Registration with HCPC


  • Information Technology
  • Audit
  • Validated post registration courses
  • Non-clinical courses
  • LEO/Leadership
  • Accredited wheelchair assessor
  • MCSP
  • Clinical Educators Course



  • In-depth Knowledge of all relevant diagnoses and their management
  • Principles and practices of rehabilitation
  • Clinical reasoning
  • Literature search/review
  • Current evidence based practice
  • Detailed anatomy and physiology relevant to the speciality
  • Clinical Governance
  • Management/prevention of HAI
  • Health and Safety and Risk awareness


  • Falls re-education
  • Benefits of exercise and education
  • Knowledge of local community services and value of inter-agency working
  • Role of CSP

Employer details

Employer name

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust


Constantine House

5 Constantine Road



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