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Community Specialist Physiotherapist

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
£32,306 to £39,027 a year p.a.
Closing date
10 Aug 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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Weymouth and Portland ICRT are looking for an experienced Physiotherapist to work within the Multidisciplinary team. The team consists of OT's, Physiotherapists, Nurses, Advanced Practitioners, Therapy Assistant Practitioners, Rehab Assistants and admin support who work as a team to provide intermediate care and rehabilitation to the adult population of Weymouth and Portland.

We are a friendly and dynamic team, that are committed to providing high quality care to the residents of Weymouth and Portland through integrated and collaborative ways of working in conjunction with our colleagues in Primary and Social Care sectors.

Main duties of the job

The post holder would be required to provide Physiotherapy based rehab for a range of physical presentations such as stroke and neurology, orthopaedics, frailty, falls, cognitive impairment and many more. Skills required to fulfil this role include knowledge and experience in community Physiotherapy, skills to holistically assess and formulate a patient centred rehab program, knowledge and experience of working with the older person, particularly with frailty.

The team also provide a 7 day service to support admission avoidance for patients in their own homes. Skills required to manage this cohort of patients include the ability to recognise and manage a deteriorating patient, problem solving and crisis management of an acute situation, skills in carrying out a basic physical assessment including basic observations and recognising when it is appropriate to escalate.

The post holder will be required to work with the rest of the team to provide cover across the 7 days on a rota basis. They will also be required to carry out a day per week of 'duty' cover which involves working until 18.00 to cover any urgent referrals.

The successful candidate will be expected to demonstrate skills in communication, organisation, caseload management, autonomous working, supervision of junior colleagues, problem solving and innovative thing to inform service development.

About us

Weymouth and Portland ICRT is a friendly and dynamic service to be a part of. We pride ourselves on a supportive working environment, encouraging all members of the team to achieve their full potential by providing training and learning opportunities, that benefit the individual and the service we are able to provide.

West Dorset has a multitude of beautiful beaches and country walks, making it an ideal place to live if you enjoy outdoor activities and being close to nature. For those who enjoy water-sports there is plenty on offer at locations like Portland, which is where the sailing events for the London Olympics were held.

In addition, the historic market towns of Dorchester, Weymouth and Lyme Regis are bursting with places to eat, drink and shop, combining historic architecture with contemporary art and culture, as well as that unique blend of special Dorset charm.

Job description Job responsibilities

For the main duties and responsibilities for this role please read the attached job description and person specification. When completing your application please ensure your supporting statement reflects the criteria set out in these documents by showing how your experience and skills apply to this post.

If you feel you meet the requirements above and enjoy working with people in their own homes to promote independence, then please contact us to find out more information.

Employment in this post requires an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, which the Trust will cover the cost of. Applicants who subscribe to the DBS update service are able to present a valid DBS certificate instead of requiring a new check.

Person Specification Knowledge, skills and training Essential
  • Registered practitioner to degree/diploma level supplemented by post registration diploma level specialist training and/or short courses or demonstrable extensive experience in the relevant specialty
  • Membership of the relevant Professional Body
  • Learning and Assessing in Practice Qualification or equivalent practice assessors training
  • Evidence of recent professional development in an up to date portfolio
  • Knowledge and understanding of Trust Strategy relevant to role
Job Specific Experience Essential
  • Experience at Practitioner Band 5 level
  • Experience of working in rehabilitation of adults and older people
  • Recent previous experience within a comparable role
  • Experience of managing change
  • Experience of developing specialist programmes of care for an individual or groups of patients/clients and of providing highly specialist advice
  • Demonstrable knowledge of assessment and therapeutic interventions in area of specialism
  • Able to demonstrate specialist clinical reasoning skills to assimilate information in order to make a clinical judgement regarding diagnosis and intervention.
  • Ability to prioritise and organise workload effectively
Managerial / Supervisory Experience Essential
  • Experience of providing clinical supervision and mentoring to junior staff and/or students
  • Experience of devising and delivering training
Finance / Resources Essential
  • Able to effectively manage available resources in the pursuit of quality service provision ensuring a safe environment
Information Technology / Resources Essential
  • Able to analyse data and produce reports using Microsoft Excel and Word
  • Experience of using electronic patient / service user record systems
Personal qualities / attributes Essential
  • Evidence of demonstrating the Trust's values and behaviours.
  • Able to communicate effectively at different levels of the organisation and with staff, patient/service users, visitors or external organisations both verbally and in writing in the exchange of highly complex, sensitive or contentious information which may require the use of negotiating and/or persuasive skills.
  • Able to overcome barriers to understanding where there are physical or mental disabilities
  • Able to analyse and assess situations and to interpret potentially conflicting situations and determine appropriate action, where there is a range of options and judgement is required.
  • Experience of planning and organising complex activities, e.g. organise own time and that of junior staff and learners, planning off duty rotas and undertaking discharge planning involving co-ordination with other agencies.
  • Ability to use own initiative within sphere of authority
  • Demonstrable ability of using tact and diplomacy
  • Demonstrable ability to analyse situations and provide a resolution
  • Knowledge and understanding of legislation relevant to practice
  • Ability to evaluate care leading to improvement in quality standards an service improvement
  • Demonstrable leadership qualities and the ability to perform as a role model
  • Willingness to advance own clinical knowledge, skill and competence based on current evidence
Business Travel Essential
  • Subject to the provisions of the Equality Act, able to travel using own vehicle on Trust business.
Additional requirements Essential
  • Demonstrable skills in written and spoken English, adequate to enable the post holder to carry out the role effectively

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