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Community Physiotherapist Rotation - Band 6

Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum plus HCAS
Closing date
28 Jul 2024

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time

Community Physiotherapist (Rotational post Band 6)

We are offering an exciting career opportunity for an experienced physiotherapist to join our well-established Community Physiotherapy Team, working in a number of specialties, including D2A and home-based rehabilitation, Urgent Care Response Therapy, community physiotherapy, stroke and neurology (LTC) as well as opportunities to work alongside community falls service.

You will join our forward-thinking multidisciplinary teams to deliver high quality patient care, tailored to meet the patient's needs in a variety of settings. You will be assessing and treating patients with a diverse range of conditions and multi-pathologies in a number of clinical settings. You may see people only once following surgery through to patients living with complex and long-term conditions, including the frail elderly.

You will be asked to provide expert opinion whether a patient can remain within their home with additional support or require hospital admission. As your caseload will be varied, experience in all core rotations with evidence of working with older people and the multidisciplinary team is essential.

This post is based at Honor Oak Health Centre, 20 Turnham Road

We have 1 fixed term post ending May 2025 and 1 permanent post

Main duties of the job

You will be required to assess the patient's physical, social and psychological needs in discussion with the patient, carers and the multidisciplinary team. You will formulate and implement treatment plans and delegate tasks to the rehabilitation assistants as appropriate.

Good IT, written and verbal communication skills are important to liaise with a wide range of healthcare professions, the patients and their carers. You will need to be flexible, able to work alone and as part of a team and will be required to travel across the borough via car or other means (e.g bicycle). Community experience is desired but not essential.

You will be expected to take part in the weekend rota in the Community Discharge Service team (D2A). You have the opportunity to contribute to the respiratory and rehabilitation weekend rota at Lewisham Hospital and will receive further training to cover any outstanding learning needs as identified in your induction.

Continuing Professional Development is encouraged through the online appraisal system. Senior and peer support is available at all times, and you are encouraged to take part in the regular in-service education programme organised by your community and acute therapy colleagues.

About us

We praise ourselves as being a very open and friendly MDT. Current rotational staff have expressed how much they have enjoyed their rotations in the community setting as it provided the opportunity to place the patients at the heart of their intervention and required a much more holistic therapy and management approach. Staff are using mobile working for more flexible working.

Our people are our greatest asset. When we feel supported and happy at work, this positivity reaches those very people we are here for, the patients. Engaged employees perform at their best and our Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) initiatives contribute to cultivate a culture of engagement. We have four staff networks, a corporate EDI Team and a suite of programmes and events which aim to insert the 5 aspirations:
  • Improving representation at senior levels of staff with disabilities, from black, Asian, and ethnic minorities background, identify as LGBTQ+ and women, through improved recruitment and leadership development
  • Widening access (anchor institution) and employability
  • Improving the experience of staff with disability
  • Improving the EDI literacy and confidence of trust staff through training and development
  • Making equalities mainstream

  • Job description

    Job responsibilities

    Job Purpose

    1 To provide a physiotherapy service of assessment, diagnosis, treatment and management of patients in the borough of Lewisham.

    Job Summary

    1 To undertake all aspects of clinical duties as an autonomous practitioner.

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

    3 To take responsibility for own caseload, being responsible for a defined area of the service, with the support of a Band 7/8 physiotherapist.

    4 With the team, to participate in evidence-based audit / research activity to further the team's clinical practice.

    5 To make recommendations to the lead Band 7/8 for any changes to practice by the team.



    1.1 To be professionally and legally accountable for all aspects of your own work,including the management of patients in your care.

    1.2 To undertake a comprehensive, and holistic, assessment of patients including those with complex presentations / multi-pathologies.

    1.3 To use manual and other assessment techniques and clinical reasoning skills toprovide an accurate diagnosis of patients' conditions and identify their problems.

    1.4 To assess patients' understanding of treatment proposals, gain valid informedconsent and have the capacity to work within a legal framework with patients wholack the capacity to consent to treatment.

    1.5 To use clinical assessment and reasoning skills combined with a specialistknowledge and clinical experience of patho-physiology, evidence-based practiceand treatment strategies to provide an effective treatment plan and goals incollaboration with the patient.

    1.6 To evaluate patients' progress, re-assess and alter treatment programmes as required.

    1.7 To formulate accurate prognoses and liaise with the multi-disciplinary teamregarding discharge planning, where necessary, to ensure safe, timely and effective discharge from hospital and following a community-based episode of care.

    1.8 To be responsible for the safe and competent use of electrotherapy, manualhandling and respiratory equipment, as well as the use of other aids and appliancesby patients in your working area, ensuring that any Band 5 Physiotherapists andassistant staff attain competency prior to use.

    1.9 To use a range of verbal and non-verbal communication skills to communicate effectively with patients during assessment and treatment. To communicateappropriately at all times with all individuals in a respectful manner.

    1.10 To use active listening and optimum communication skills to discuss patientsconcerns, worries and prognoses with them and their families, for example patientswho have progressive, degenerative or terminal illnesses and those with newlyacquired disabilities.

    1.11 To work within Trust, departmental and CSP guidelines, ensuring a good working knowledge of national and local standards.

    1.12 When working in the community and domicilary settings, to work as a lone practitioner with telephone support from a senior physiotherapist if required.

    1.16 To participate in 8am- 8pm, 7/7 working pattern.


    2.1 To maintain an accurate and evaluative record keeping system in accordance with the Trust and departmental policies, and which can be used for audit and legal purposes.

    2.2 To be responsible for organising, prioritising and planning your own caseload tomeet service needs and patient priorities, adjusting plans as situations arise.

    2.3 To identify and manage clinical risk within your own patient caseload and clinicalArea,

    2.4 To comply with all Trust policies and procedures, and the Health & Safety at WorkAct, and the Data Protection Act. To report on complaints, accidents and clinicalincidents to the immediate senior as soon as possible.

    2.5 To be familiar with and comply with local fire procedures.

    2.6 To be familiar with all Trust and Therapy emergency and precautionary procedures, both on and off site, and to respond as necessary eg. hydrotherapy, emergencyresuscitation, infection control etc.

    2.7 To ensure that all equipment defects are reported to the Therapy Manager immediately, and that appropriate action is then taken.

    2.8 To advise and demonstrate to carers, nursing and other staff on the safe manual handling, positioning and moving of patients.

    2.9 To provide training on the use of equipment and management of conditions for

    carers, nursing and other staff when necessary.

    2.10 To make appropriate referrals to other health professionals following assessment / identification of need.

    2.11 To participate in the managerial matters of the unit and department as required, and to attend staff meetings.


    3.1 To participate in mandatory and statutory training, having an awareness of andcomplying with Trust and departmental procedures.

    3.2 To attend Trust in-house training sessions / programmes and external courses asappropriate.

    3.3 To contribute to the education of Therapy Assistants when necessary.


    4.1 To participate in staff meetings, ward rounds, seminars/case conferences, multi-disciplinary team meetings and other meetings of the specific unit and Therapydepartment as required, providing a clinical opinion about specific patients.

    4.2 To maintain close links with the Therapy Manager and Band 7 Physiotherapist in the specific rotation, as well as maintaining close working relationships with other disciplines within the hospital to ensure optimal patient care and management.

    4.3 To ensure close links of communication / liaison with the Therapy Manager, senior staff, schools of physiotherapy and all other disciplines involved in patient care, both in the hospital and in the community, and to promote good working relationships.

    4.4 To provide comprehensive discharge summaries and patient reports whenrequested by Doctors and outside bodies.

    4.5 To participate in IT training and be able to use therapy computer software.

    4.6 To encourage health promotion within the Hospital and Community by example andadvice to individual patients.

    4.7 To deal with any verbal and telephone complaints from patients, relatives or carers,ensuring necessary documentation. To report on any such complaints to theimmediate senior as soon as possible.


    5.1 To be involved, with the clinical team, in clinical / organisational audits, ensuringquality standards of service are maintained.

    5.2 To be aware of current research and best evidence relevant to the clinical speciality, and incorporate it into your treatment.

    5.3 To work with members of the team to identify needs and develop the service andpolicies.

    Person Specification

    Qualifications & Training


    • HCPC registration
    • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary Team
    • Relevant post-registration experience and NHS experience


    • Evidence of attendance at relevant post-registration courses MCSP



    • Ability to organise and manage own caseload.
    • Problem solving approach.
    • Experience of liaising with other agencies
    • Experience of supervising / teaching other staff
    • Knowledge of quality issues, clinical governance and outcome measures.


    • Member of special interest groups
    • Community experience
    • Attendance of clinical educator course

    Knowledge & Skills


    • Ability to keep clear, precise records, which meet legal requirements, and in the English language, including ability to write short reports / letters.
    • Ability to teach in 'one to one' and small group situations
    • Able to develop rapport with patients, incl those with cognitive and behavioural problems
    • Flexible & adaptive and weekend working, incl 7/7
    • Ability to cope with stress and sudden changes in workload
    • Driving licence or other means of travelling across borough (car/ bike)
    • Confident to work independently within community setting, inc lone working
    • Good IT literacy: Office 365/ TEAMS


    • Service improvement and Development skills
    • Owns cars for work purpose

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust


    University Hospital Lewisham

    Honor Oak Health Centre, 20 Turnham Road


    SE4 2LA

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