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Highly Specialist Outpatient MSK Physiotherapist

Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
28 Jul 2024

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Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
Would you like to be part of an exciting new integrated service .

Are you an eager and enthusiastic clinician looking for a new challenge? Then we have the perfect opportunity for you.

The Musculoskeletal Service Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin brings together partner organisations across the county, including Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust, Shrewsbury & Telford Hospitals and the Robert Jones & Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital, to provide quality care to patients with musculoskeletal concerns within the population of Shropshire.

This post would be suitable for a dynamic individual who is enthusiastic and motivated to continue their professional development. This will be supported via access to a wealth of knowledge and experience in the form of consultants, GP's with special interest, Advanced practitioner's as well as clinicians with special interests.

Through job plans and CPD programmes as well as opportunities to access apprenticeships and funding, this is the perfect role for clinicians with a vision for enhancing their knowledge and skills in the field of Musculoskeletal disorder management.

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled Worker Sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. Job seekers should be aware that not all roles will be eligible for Skilled Worker Sponsorship. For further information visit UK Visas and Immigration - GOV.UK (

Main duties of the job

  • To assess, diagnose/interpret and manage own highly specialist caseload of complex musculoskeletal patients as an autonomous physiotherapist in accordance with Professional Code of Conduct and Health and Care Professions Council Regulations, within an outpatient environment.
  • To develop, through experience and postgraduate training, the highly specialist knowledge and clinical skills required for working within an MSK outpatient setting
  • To triage incoming referrals to the service as well as review onward referrals from physiotherapy departments to ensure thresholds are met, where they are not, to provide the support, mentoring and training required to develop more junior staff to ensure evidenced based treatment is provided.

About us

The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic NHS Trust (RJAH)is one of the leading orthopaedic hospitals in the country, with some of the highest levels of staff and patient satisfaction, as well as a strong reputation for research and innovation.

Joining RJAH is more than just a job - we want our people to have the best opportunities to thrive in their role.We have a range of fantastic staff benefits on offer to everyone who joins RJAH and you'll have access to outstanding professional development opportunities and state-of-the-art facilities - including our recently-opened �6 million Headley Court Veterans' Orthopaedic Centre (the first unit of its kind in the UK).RJAH has strong links with a range of universities including Staffordshire, Keele, Glyndwr, Chester and Birmingham.The hospital is located on a site outside Oswestry in Oswestry, just off the A5. The nearest train station is in Gobowen, approximately two miles from the hospital. The station is part of the Chester to Birmingham line.We are based in North Shropshire, close to the border with North and Mid Wales. It is one of the most attractive parts of the country, with a rich historic culture and excellent transport links. It offers outstanding opportunities for anyone who enjoys an outdoor lifestyle or is looking to raise a family.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • The post holder will be a highly specialist autonomous practitioner to perform advanced assessment of patients with diverse presentations. To use highly specialist clinical reasoning to diagnose/interpret and then develop, deliver and adapt individualised treatment plan for patients within a specialist clinical area.
  • To ensure that contemporaneous treatment records and activity data are maintained in accordance with Trust and Professional standards and where appropriate other members of the team.
  • To be responsible for organising and planning own caseload and where appropriate other members of the team, to ensure the needs of the service are met, readjusting plans as situations and priorities change.
  • To maintain a professional portfolio for continuing professional development to demonstrate highly specialist clinical competencies and compliance with Trust policies and Professional code of conduct.
  • To create an environment that supports lifelong learning through the provision of highly specialist pre and post registration training.
  • The post holder will work in close co-operation with colleagues within all departments to deliver a cohesive service that is led by user need ensuring high quality of patient care and optimal patient flow and safe timely discharge.
  • The post holder may be required to work flexibly, as part of the cover arrangements within their competence across all departments as required. Notification of flexible working may be communicated at short notice.
  • To have highly effective communication skills and demonstrate these on a continual basis with patients, carers, colleagues and the wider Multi-disciplinary Team (MDT).
  • To undertake research and audit projects as a regular part of the role.
  • To use the Trust values at all times as a framework for own behaviour and encourage others to do likewise, ensuring the values underpin all that is done.
  • To collaborate with the Outpatient Physiotherapy Service Lead in the operational management of the physiotherapy department to develop and maintain an efficient and effective service for MSK patients referred to the MSK Outpatient team. To deputise in the Outpatient Physiotherapy Service Leads absence
  • To provide induction, supervision, assessment and training to students on clinical placement, liaising with the student coordinators as appropriate and providing evaluation and feedback to the Higher Education Institutes (HEI) as appropriate.
  • To maintain competence to demonstrate the safe use of equipment to patients and carers as appropriate to role.
  • To regularly undertake research and audit activity as part of the role. To critically evaluate current research and apply where appropriate to practice.
  • To demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of current research, national guidelines and legislation and ensure this knowledge is disseminated to the Clinical Service Manager and Professional Lead and the wider MDT.

Person Specification

Training and Qualifications


  • Diploma/Degree in Physiotherapy
  • Registered with the HCPC
  • Evidence of Continuing Professional Development including attendance at recent post graduate courses relevant to musculoskeletal practice
  • Masters level specialist training or equivalent experience



  • Evidence of extensive experience in relevant area of clinical practice
  • Evidence of teaching / presentation experience
  • Experience in audit and research
  • Experience of supervision and delegation
  • Extensive post registration experience working at a senior level within speciality area

Knowledge and Skills


  • Evidence of independent decision making and problem solving
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, with the ability to receive and provide highly complex or sensitive information
  • Good working knowledge of IT programmes to include Word, Excel, Power Point and Publisher
  • Awareness of current initiatives within the Local and National health economy
  • Knowledge of referral criteria to other MSK professions
  • In depth knowledge of speciality area of practice
  • Knowledge of audit and research processes
  • Complex problem solving and assessment skills
  • Ability to demonstrate analytical skills and judgement when dealing with the management of complex clients
  • Specialist knowledge of professional practice and research, to be innovative and proactive in order to enhance the service
  • To display effective communication skills, communicating complex, sensitive and contentious information to patients, carers and colleagues
  • Ability to work independently, and to pass on knowledge / skills to others within both formal and informal environments
  • Ability to influence change in practice
  • Ability to maintain high standards of concentration
  • Clinical supervision, teaching, mentorship and appraisal skills

Employer details

Employer name

Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt


SY10 7AG

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