We are looking for an enthusiastic Physiotherapist, Band 5 to join our KMPT Physiotherapy team.
We are in the process of redesigning and developing Physiotherapy services across all of our mental health inpatient wards and there are many new opportunities for developing physiotherapy practice and promoting the profession.
The work is varied and involves assessing and treating Younger & Older adult in-patients at our Maidstone sites and ward at Medway Maritime Hospital. On the completion of a new ward, the post holder will no longer be required to cover the ward at Medway maritime
You will need to be innovative and be able to think out of the box to enable our patients to achieve their potential.
Main duties of the job
You will be working alongside and have the support of a Physiotherapy Assistant Band 4, who will be able to carry out exercise programmes that you have prescribed.
Regular clinical supervision will be provided by a senior physiotherapist.
The Trust is committed to continuing professional development. The KMPT physiotherapy team have regular team meetings and opportunities for supervision, appraisal and informal peer support.
Experience in mental health is advantageous but not essential, although you will need a broad base of clinical knowledge and excellent assessment/communication skills.
Come and work with us in the Garden of England where we combine exceptional professional development opportunities with a tremendous quality of life.
We are Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust (KMPT), providing mental health, learning disability and specialist services, serving 1.8 million people across the county.
The Trust (rated Good overall by the CQC and Outstanding for care) has 3,283 staff working in 66 buildings across 33 locations, covering an area of 1,450 square miles.
You will be joining friendly, passionate colleagues, rich in their diversity, who are committed to providing excellent care to our service users and their loved ones.
The nature of our work attracts kindness and compassion as standard and everyone from our cleaners and porters to the chief executive and chairman are recognised as playing a vital role in providing an exemplary service.
Job description Job responsibilities
To be professionally and legally responsible and accountable for all aspects of your own work, including the management of the patients in your care. To ensure a high standard of clinical care for the patients under your management and to support staff to do likewise.
To accept clinical responsibility for a designated caseload of patients and to organise this effectively and efficiently with regard to clinical priorities and use of time.
To undertake the comprehensive assessment of patients using investigative and analytical skills. To formulate appropriate and individualised management and treatment plans using reasoning and to utilise a wide range of treatment skills and options to formulate a specialised programme of care for each patient.
To communicate effectively with patients and carers to maximise rehabilitation potential and to ensure understanding of their condition. Communication skills of explanation, motivation, persuasion and gaining informed consent will be used. Barriers of effective communication and understanding will often be evident e.g. cognitive impairment, lack of insight into own situation, loss of hearing, pain, fear, English not the first language.
To assess capacity, gain informed consent, and have the ability to work within the legal framework with patients who lack the capacity to consent to treatment.
Person Specification Qualification/skills Essential
- Professional qualification
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