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Senior Physiotherapist - Specialist Physiotherapist (XR06)

Leeds Teaching Hospitals
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
29 Jul 2024

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We have an exciting opportunity to recruit a dedicated and enthusiastic Physiotherapist to join our Band 6 Musculoskeletal Inpatients/Outpatients Team with the contract ending March 2025.

Musculoskeletal Inpatients and Outpatients cover a variety of specialties. Inpatient areas include Vascular, Trauma & Orthopaedics, Elective Orthopaedics, Major Trauma, Plastic Surgery and Spines. Outpatient rotations cover mixed MSK Outpatients, Rheumatology, Long Term MSK Conditions, Hands and Plastics, Pelvic Health. You will have the opportunity to work closely with the clinical specialists, community services and the MDT to achieve high quality care and positive outcomes for these patient groups.

Rotations are usually 12months and are a combination of the rotations listed above.

As part of a friendly and supportive team, you will benefit from a wide range of learning opportunities to help advance your musculoskeletal skills. Close links with the MDT provides the opportunity to be involved with research and service development. You will be involved in inspiring the next generation through delivering education and supervision to less experienced members of the team.

Expected Shortlisting Date:26/07/2024

Planned Interview Date:08/08/2024

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will need to demonstrate post graduate experience and clinical knowledge of the assessment and management of musculoskeletal conditions in a variety of settings. They will be required to demonstrate an ability to work both as an autonomous practitioner, and also as part of the multidisciplinary team.

The rotations are based at Leeds General Infirmary, St James Hospital and Chapel Allerton Hospital but the post holder would be expected to work flexibly as required by service need.

You must have excellent leadership, communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to motivate not only patients but staff. You must be organised, flexible and able to empower others

About us

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is one of the largest and busiest acute hospital trusts in the UK. We are committed to delivering the highest quality and safest treatment and care to every patient, every time.

Leeds Teaching Hospitals have a designated major trauma unit treating patients who experience life changing injuries we aim to provide the most up to date evidence based rehabilitation to support a return to an active lifestyle. Alongside this Chapel Allerton Orthopaedic Centre, is a dedicated centre for the diagnosis, management and treatment of adult patients with upper limb, hip and knee and foot and ankle complaints. It has been designed to provide excellent, comprehensive and rapid recovery care for patients.

Our values at Leeds are to always be patient-centred, fair, collaborative, accountable and empowered with the Leeds Improvement Method underpinning these values.

Leeds Teaching Hospitals is committed to our process of redeploying 'at risk' members of our existing workforce to new roles. As such, all our job adverts are subject to this policy and we reserve the right to close, delay or remove adverts while this process is completed. If you do experience a delay in the shortlisting stage of the recruitment cycle, please bear with us while this process is completed, and contact the named contact if you have any questions.

Job description

Job responsibilities


To perform physiotherapeutic assessment of patient with diverse presentations and complex physical and psychological conditions, to provide a diagnosis and develop and deliver an individualised treatment programme.

The post-holder will participate in the senior rotational scheme which involves working across a range of settings.

To be responsible for their own continuing professional and personal development


To hold responsibility for own case load and be responsible for a defined area of the service or a particular patient type, working without direct supervision. Access to advice and support from a senior physiotherapist is available if required, clinical work is not routinely evaluated.

To undertake all aspects of clinical duties as an autonomous practitioner within this specialist field.



Degree or equivalent

Attendance on relevant post graduate courses


Significant experience working as a physiotherapist

Experience working in both inpatient and outpatient musculoskeletal services

Working with a wide range of professionals including medical, nursing and therapy colleagues


Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing

Ability to prioritise, organise and allocate workload

Time management skills


Insight into clinical speciality e.g. through academic study at post

Graduate level or equivalent

Insight into current professional issues and those influencing the NHS standards of professional practice

Personal Attributes

Professional and patient focused

Ability to work independently and as part of a team

Flexible, adaptable capable of lateral thinking

Good interpersonal skills


Our values are part of what make us different from other trusts, so we see this as a strength, as well as a responsibility. They have been developed by our staff and set out what they see as important to how we work. Our five values are:






All our actions and endeavours will be guided and evaluated through these values

Additionally the following are core values which relate specifically to this post:

Committed to the development of physiotherapy within the clinical setting

Committed to the clinical area maintaining high standards of care

Committed to own development

Committed to maintaining high standards of physiotherapy clinical practice in accordance with relevant guidelines and policies


Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is part of the West Yorkshire Association of Acute Trusts (WYAAT), a collaborative of the NHS hospital trusts from across West Yorkshire and Harrogate working together to provide the best possible care for our patients.

By bringing together the wide range of skills and expertise across West Yorkshire and Harrogate we are working differently, innovating and driving forward change to deliver the highest quality care. By working for Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust this is your opportunity to be a part of that change.

WYAAT is the acute sector arm of the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership, one of the largest integrated care systems in the country. The Partnerships ambition is for everyone to have the best possible health and wellbeing, and the work of WYAAT, and each individual trust, supports that ambition.


Teaching skills with the ability to use various media

Communication skills

Time management skills

Team player


Research conscious


An understanding of the organisational structure and working practices of this specialist area

To have a working knowledge of Professional Standards set by the Charted Society of Physiotherapy, Health Professions Council and National Standards e.g. NSFs



To be professional and legally responsible and accountable for all aspects of your own work relating to the assessment and treatment of patients in your care undertaking clinical duties as an autonomous practitioner.

To undertake the comprehensive assessment and treatment of patients including those with diverse / complex / multi pathological presentation. This will necessitate the use of investigative and analytical skills to formulate an accurate diagnosis and treatment from a range of options.

Using investigative and analytical skills to formulate individualised management and treatment plans including the development of comprehensive discharge plans.

To accept clinical responsibility for a designated caseload of patients and to organise this effectively and efficiently with regard to clinical priorities and use of time.

To demonstrate dexterity, co-ordination and palpatory skills in the assessment and manual treatment of patients.

To develop and deliver the physiotherapy element of the rehabilitation programme and on occasion to deliver some elements normally undertaken by nursing or occupational therapy colleagues.

Use a range of verbal and non-verbal communication tools to communicate effectively with patients to progress treatment and rehabilitation programmes. This will include patients who may have difficulties in understanding or communicating.

Ability to work in a stressful environment imparting information regarding poor rehabilitation prognosis on a daily basis.

Ability to deal effectively with emotional and / or aggressive patients and / or carers on a daily basis. This will necessitate the use of communication skills e.g. to motivate and reassure.

Assess patient understanding of treatment proposals, gain valid informed consent and have knowledge to work within a legal framework with patients who lack capacity to consent to treatment.

To ensure a high standard of clinical care for the patients under your management and support more junior staff/ students to do likewise.

Formulate and deliver physiotherapy treatment programmes based on a sound knowledge of evidence based practice and treatment options using clinical assessment, reasoning skills and knowledge of treatment options using e.g., manual physiotherapy techniques, patient education, exercise classes, electrotherapy techniques and other alternative options.

Represent the physiotherapy service and / or individual patients at multi-disciplinary team meetings, to ensure the delivery of a co-ordinated multidisciplinary service, and integration of physiotherapy treatment. This will include discussion of patient care, patient progress and involvement in discharge planning.

Education and Training

To provide spontaneous and planned advice, teaching and instruction to relatives, carers and other professionals to promote understanding of the aims of physiotherapy and to ensure a consistent approach to patients care.

To communicate effectively with patients and carers to maximise rehabilitation potential and to ensure understanding of their condition.

Be an active member of the in-service training programme by attendance at, and participation in tutorials individual training sessions external courses peer review and reflective practice.

To contribute to the teaching of student physiotherapists to graduate level on physiotherapeutic skills and knowledge within core clinical areas.

Teach, assess and contribute to the performance assessment and appraisal of junior physiotherapists and physiotherapy assistant staff.

To provide daily support, guidance and training to junior physiotherapist, support workers and students, assessing evaluating and ensuring competence.

Professional and Managerial

Maintain and develop current knowledge of evidence based practice in the areas of each rotation, developing knowledge of a variety of conditions and patient types.

As a senior member of the clinical team you may be required to ensure that you implement policy and service development changes and ensure other do likewise.

To be responsible for maintaining own competency to practice through continued Professional Development activities and maintain a portfolio which reflect your own personal development.

To communicate effectively and work collaboratively with medical, nursing and therapy colleagues to ensure delivery of a co-ordinated multidisciplinary service. This will include case conferences, ward rounds and discharge planning as appropriate.

To participate in the staff appraisal scheme as an appraise and appraiser and be responsible for complying with your agreed personal development programmes to meet set knowledge and competencies.

To undertake the measurement and evaluation of your work and current practices through the use of evidence based projects, audit and outcome measures, either individually or with others. Make recommendations for changes as appropriate.

To demonstrate an understanding of Clinical Governance and Risk Management and apply to work situation.

To maintain own continuing professional development by keeping abreast of any new trends and developments, incorporating them as necessary into your work.

In the absence of a senior staff member to supervise more junior staff, technical instructors, assistants and students.

To allocate individual task to more junior staff and support workers as required.


To be responsible for a designated area of work, as agreed with the Clinical Physiotherapy Manager and to plan and organise efficiently and effectively with regard to patients management and use of time.

To decide priorities for won workload, balancing other patient related demands.

Person Specification

Skills & Behaviours


  • Proven relevant clinical experience in the management of respiratory conditions and ability to participate in the relevant weekend rota and / or on call rota
  • Knowledge and experience in a range of approaches to the management of patient in this area of practice


  • Rotational experience at junior level in specific clinical area Experience of clinical education of staff students or assistants with development of basic supervision skills.
  • To have undertaken audit and / or research within physiotherapy specialist or as part of the MDT
  • Broad experience in core physiotherapy specialities required including medicine (including complex discharge planning), surgery, acute rehabilitation, neurology and intensive care.



  • Degree in Physiotherapy or equivalent
  • Health Professions Council Registration


  • Member CSP



  • Evidence
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