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Senior Physiotherapist

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
Laindon Essex
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pro rata
Closing date
22 Jul 2024

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Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
Please note you must have right to work in the UK to apply for this position.

Due to current Home Office Guidelines, we are unable to sponsor this job role.

We are delighted to offer this opportunity for a Senior Physiotherapist to join the Adult Learning Disability Service. The post holder will be joining the Physiotherapy team consisting of a Specialist Physiotherapist, a Senior Physiotherapist and Physiotherapy Assistants.

The Physiotherapy team contributes to the Community Specialist Health Team, working alongside Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Learning Disability Nurses, Psychologists, Behaviour Therapists and Psychiatry.

This is a part time position and hours of working can be discussed at interview . The team operates Monday - Friday 9am-5pm.

This is an exciting opportunity to work alongside Physiotherapy colleagues and contribute to the specialist clinical care provided by the team.

The service offers specialist training opportunities to support the post holders clinical professional development.

A car driver is essential for this position.

Main duties of the job

  • To where appropriate provide advice to other health professionals, social services, and voluntary agencies.
  • To supervise and teach Physiotherapy Technical Instructors, Assistant Practitioners, and students as appropriate.
  • To participate in a full Learning Disability Service within the organisation.
  • To assess, diagnose and develop individual care/treatment plans for clients with a range of conditions within the Learning Disability Service. Some clients will have highly complex clinical, social and psychiatric needs including challenging behaviour.
  • To have good skills of analysis regarding patient needs, arrange assessments and provide sound advice on the provision of aids and equipment, which is in accordance with other professionals views
  • To attend and arrange multidisciplinary meetings, care reviews and to maintain good working relationships with medical, nursing and other staff, ensuring adequate consultation at all levels, concerning the assessment and treatment of clients.
  • To communication effectively with staff in the Acute Trusts, including physiotherapists, ward staff, Consultants and Specialist Nurses within South Essex.
  • To be a source of information for other health professionals by advising and assisting patients and carers in receiving care and treatment from general services when appropriate.

About us

EPUT are looking for motivated staff who shares our Trust values of Care, Learn and Empower. In return, EPUT can offer you a range of benefits and development including
  • Season Ticket Loans
  • NHS discounts for staff
  • Excellent Training facilities and opportunities
  • Buying and Selling annual leave scheme
  • The opportunity to work bank shifts and expand knowledge and experience in other areas
  • Salary Sacrifice schemes including lease cars and Cycle to Work
  • Day One Flexible Employer

The Trust supports and actively encourages flexible working for all employees. We offer many options and you are encouraged to ask the recruiting manager what is possible for this role. If appointed, you will have the opportunity to apply for a flexible working request from the first day of your employment

Join our Staff bank

What is Staff Bank?

Our EPUT NHS staff bank is an entity managed by the trust that hires clinical and non-clinical healthcare professionals to take on shifts at our trust hospitals and community settings. Here at EPUT we maintain our own bank of specialist staff to ensure that we are able offer safe and effective care at all times.

All our permanent staff are automatically enrolled onto the staff bank however this does not mean you have to work any additional shifts, but the option is there for you if you wish.

If you are joining our Trust in a fixed term role, please indicate on your New Starter Paperwork that you wish to join our staff bank.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To manage a caseload as a member of a Physiotherapy team, providing specialist assessments and treatments for patients in the community, who have learning disabilities with highly complex acute or chronic symptoms.
  • To teach some specialist skills of assessment, analysis and treatment to other physiotherapy staff, health staff and carers.
  • To maintain and further develop professional skills to have the ability to progress treatments and services for people with Learning Disabilities.
  • To represent the Physiotherapy team and provide sound advice, as agreed within the Service, to other NHS professionals and other agencies.
  • To assume some responsibility in the organisation of day to day running of the department.
  • To assist with training for students, carers and physiotherapy staff.

Person Specification



  • Diploma or Degree in Physiotherapy Health Care Professions Council State Registration .
  • Current up to date CPD portfolio
  • Appropriate post registration experience and training
  • Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy



  • Requires a high level of expertise working with adults with a learning disability.



  • Evidence of working in different clinical areas for a minimum of 18 months.
  • Experience of working with people with LD.
  • Demonstrates the ability to work independently using own initiative whilst working as part of a team
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Good analytical and judgement skills such as diagnostic/advice.
  • Clear understanding of his/her disciplines roles and expectations and that of other disciplines.
  • Ability to supervise and support more junior staff/students.
  • Good time management and organisational skills.

Personal Qualities


  • Ability to work collaboratively within the multidisciplinary team and within the Physiotherapy Team
  • Drive, enthusiasm, and reliability.
  • Commitment to personal and team development.
  • Ability to take the lead with projects and tasks
  • Ability to maintain judgement under pressure
  • Ability to work well with others
  • A demonstrable interest in working in LD as a specialist physiotherapist.
  • Commitment to increasing skills and competencies


  • Leadership skills to encourage and support others.

Additional Qualities


  • Current driving licence Ability to travel across sites and across Trust boundaries to attend meetings, etc
  • Fitness Analysis as appropriate

Employer details

Employer name

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


Pride House

Christy Road Southfields Industrial Estat

Laindon Essex

SS15 6EA

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