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Frailty AHP Practitioner

Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust
£45,753 to £52,067 Per annum pro rata including HCAS
Closing date
15 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
This is an exciting role for an experienced Physiotherapist/ Occupational Therapist to work within the multidisciplinary frailty team. The Frailty Team is responsible for providing Comprehensive Geriatric Assessments and advice to older people attending the acute hospital trust with a frailty syndrome (e.g., falls, reduced mobility, altered cognition, new incontinence, and polypharmacy). You will work collaboratively with, and be supported by, the Frailty team leads, Consultant Geriatricians, GPs and a team of multidisciplinary frailty practitioners that includes nurses, medics, physiotherapists, and a pharmacist).

You will work within the Emergency Department assessing older patients who have experienced a frailty crisis leading to hospital admission, and also within the hospital on the wards.

This post would suit a Physiotherapist/ Occupational Therapist with experience of elderly care, emergency medicine and/or a rehabilitation background. The frailty service operates 7 days a week, currently 7am-5pm (but soon to expand to an 8-8 service model). The post holder will be required to work within these operating hours, including sharing weekend and bank holiday cover with the other members of the team.

Main duties of the job

  • To work closely with the Frailty team leads, the Frailty Practitioners, medics and Consultant Geriatricians to proactively identify and manage patients with frailty and support them in the development of supportive management plans.
  • To undertake Comprehensive Geriatric Assessments for individuals presenting with a frailty crisis and their carers where needs are highly complex. This will involve planning, implementing, and evaluating the care delivery according to changing healthcare needs.
  • To provide evidence-based holistic assessment and treatment planning for patients with frailty referred to the service, without direct supervision.
  • To work in conjunction with a wide range of clinical colleagues, specifically primary care and community teams and Social Care professionals, to lead and facilitate a patient focused, co-ordinated case management approach across primary and secondary care for people who are most vulnerable to, and at high risk of repeat admissions to hospital.
  • To provide expertise in their own discipline to the wider team and seek professional supervision from colleagues within their professional discipline.
  • To complete onward referrals to specialist teams, assess for and order any necessary equipment as appropriate for the longer-term maintenance and prevention of further frailty crises (OT specific).

About us

Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust provides NHS hospital servicesforaround 900,000 people across Berkshire, Hampshire, Surrey and south Buckinghamshire.

As well as delivering excellent general hospital services to local people, we provide specialist heart attack, vascular, stroke, spinal, cystic fibrosis and plastic surgery services across a much wider area.

We have three main hospitals - Frimley Park in Frimley near Camberley, Heatherwood in Ascot and Wexham Park near Slough.

Our threecore values, and the behaviours that support them, guide everything we do and set out what we expect of our staff in the way they treat patients, visitors, service users and each other,Committed to Excellence,WorkingTogether and Facing the Future.

We are also proud to host the Defence Medical Group South East at Frimley Park with military surgical, medical and nursing personnel working alongside the hospital's NHS staff providing care to patients in all specialties.

Job description

Job responsibilities


To provide evidence-based holistic assessment and treatment planning for patients with frailty referred to the service, without direct supervision.

Use assessment tools/skills that will ensure an appropriate level of recovery intervention so that patients who present with highly complex needs are timely referred to the appropriate clinicians/teams

Complete complex risk assessments, both as an independent clinician and drawing on the wider MDT as appropriate

Complex manual handling including urgent prescription of specialist equipment to manage immediate risks to patients during a crisis situation

Profession-specific assessments, generalist assessments and, where appropriate and within scope of extended practice, cross-profession assessments to maintain patient safety during acute medical / social crisis

Refer to appropriate clinical services to ensure patient safety is maintained


Line-management of other members of the Frailty team, and be involved in management tasks, for example recruitment, retention and education.

Promote and contribute to our open reflective learning culture by supporting and educating others within the multidisciplinary team, particularly those from different professional backgrounds.

Person Specification

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  • oRegistered Allied Health Professional (Physiotherapist/ Occupational Therapist)
  • oExtensive post-registration experience (at Band 6 minimum) in a range of clinical areas, including elderly care
  • oEvidence of teaching / mentorship roles


  • oLevel 7 Physical examination module
  • oPost registration experience of emergency medicine and/or a rehabilitation background
  • oManagement/Leadership/Qualification/development programme

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  • oRelevant post registration experience
  • oExperience of caseload management including responsibility for complex care packages for vulnerable people (OT specific)
  • oExperience, underpinned by knowledge of working with and understanding the complex needs of patients in a primary care / community setting.


  • oInvolved in the implementation and management of change
  • oExperience of initiation of participating in clinical audit. Research relating to clinical practice.
  • oExperience of working with long-term conditions and frailty

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  • oBroad range of enhanced clinical skills
  • oGood knowledge of health and safety and risk management
  • Effective written communication skills


  • oExperience of management responsibilities such as line management, recruitment and retention.
  • oExperience of working with long-term conditions and frailty

Employer details

Employer name

Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust


Frimley Park hospital

Portsmouth road


GU16 7UJ

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