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Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist and Practice Educator

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year based on full time hours
Closing date
24 Jul 2024

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you passionate about helping others learn and grow in their professional development?

We are looking for a dedicated Practice Educator to join our team.

You will lead the learning and development agenda for registered and unregistered Physiotherapy (PT) staff underpinned by training, education, and the creation of positive learning environments where staff development is encouraged and supported.

Ensuring registered staff are fit to practise to maintain HCPC registration, you will take the Lead role in managing and developing PT student placements, external clinician placements and PT apprentices.

There will be opportunities to ensure internationally recruited staff are fully integrated into the service whilst you provide visible clinical leadership and presence across the PT services working with Therapy Service Leads and Clinical Leads to facilitate and support innovation in the pursuit of clinical excellence.

Main duties of the job

To work with the Clinical Specialists and Team Leads to design and contribute to the delivery of in-service training programmes for all specialties across registered and unregistered staff.

To ensure core competencies are in place for Bands 2 to 4 and review and update competencies as required.

To ensure all AHP support staff (unregistered) are trained and assessed to meet competency standards relevant to their grade and role.

To ensure the support worker framework if followed and that all unregistered staff have the opportunity to develop their career pathway through relevant in-service or external training programmes/apprenticeships.

Working with Therapy Service Leads, Therapy Clinical Leads and Team Leads to ensure practice is evidence based, or based on best practice where there is lack of evidence base.

Be a highly visible clinical role model, working alongside staff in clinical practice to understand the requirements of different areas of specialty.

Maintain personal and professional development to meet the changing demands of the job, participate in appropriate training activities and encourage and support staff development and training.

Always keep requirements in mind and seek out to improve, including achieving customer service performance targets.

Regular exposure to moderate physical effort in clinical practice and unpleasant working conditions can be expected.

You will be required undertake 7 day working and you may be required to work occasional Bank Holidays.

About us

Southern Health is one of the largest NHS Foundation Trusts in the UK, specialising in mental health and learning disabilities, as well as offering physical health community-based services.

With a workforce of more than 7000 and a footprint that spans more than 200 sites across Hampshire, we're wholeheartedly committed to providing the best possible healthcare, reaching a range of diverse communities, whilst placing patients and staff at the forefront of all our endeavours.

We are currently working closely with other NHS Trusts to integrate all our collective community, mental health, and learning disability services. Our new organisation, to be known as Hampshire and Isle of Wight NHS Foundation Trust, is set to launch in July 2024.

The transformation will happen in staggered stages Hampshire CAMHS, part of Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust joined Southern Health in February 2024, with Isle of Wight NHS Trust mental health and community services transitioning in early May 2024. The final combination of Southern Health and Solent Trusts is anticipated to occur in July 2024, when the new organisation will be formed.

Our new Trust will continue to cater to the unique needs of different communities, making healthcare across the county more accessible, as well as offering staff more opportunities for career development, training and partnership working.

Join us as we embark on this exciting journey to shape the future of healthcare in Hampshire.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Further information about the Trust and this role can be found on the Job Description and Person Specification document attached.

We are happy to talk Flexible Working - all requests for flexible working options can be discussed as part of the interview process.

Person Specification



  • *Degree in PT
  • *Current registration with HCPC


  • *Membership of CSP
  • *Hold or be working towards relevant Post Registration qualifications to MSC Level (or equivalent level of learning) in specialty to include a teaching/mentorship qualification e.g. Post Graduate Certificate in Education



  • *Significant demonstrable post grad clinical experience at B6/7 level with evidence of CPD


  • *Evidence of teaching (either formal or informal) experience
  • *Experience of change management
  • *Previous experience in the development of practice

Additional Criteria


  • *Demonstrated ability to complete complex physical skills required, involving the manipulation of objects and people with narrow margins for error. E.g. manual handling
  • *Demonstrated ability to exert moderate physical effort for several short periods during the working day. E.g. moving & handling service users with mechanical aids including hoists. Manoeuvring service users into position for treatment and personal care purposes. Moving & handling heavy pieces of adaptive equipment.

Employer details

Employer name

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust


St Marys Hospital

Parkhurst Road


Isle of Wight

PO30 5TG

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