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Paediatric Physiotherapist

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£32,306 to £39,027 a year per annum, pro rata
Closing date
11 Aug 2022

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We are currently seeking a Band 6 Physiotherapist to join our experienced Paediatric Physiotherapists within our Community Paediatric Physiotherapy and Young Adult Service (0-25 yrs.).

Our wonderful team of Paediatric and Young Adult Specialist Physiotherapists would be delighted to help you to further your career development in the exciting world of Children's and Young Adult Physiotherapy.

The successful applicant will be required to work in a variety of settings including clinics, travel to homes, and educational settings (Mainstream and Specialist settings) in the City of Derby and Southern Derbyshire.

The service is forward thinking and supportive of new ideas. We operate flexible working arrangements. Regular supervision is provided and we encourage training and personal development. Access to transport is required and allowances are payable.

If you would like to apply for the post on a secondment basis, please ensure that you have prior approval from your current line manager before submitting your application.

Main duties of the job

To manage a mixed caseload of CYP and young people within a community setting and provide physiotherapy assessment, planning, implementing and evaluation interventions and advising parents, carers and schools leading to an effective package of care using clinical reasoning and evidence based/child centred principles thus ensuring a quality service is delivered.

Supervise and teach technical instructors and students and provide clinical supervision for colleagues in order that all staff achieve their full potential.

Participate in planning and development of the service to ensure a quality service is delivered against national agendas and work closely with the multi-agency team to ensure physiotherapy is fully integrated into the child's care programme.

Delivering age appropriate packages of physiotherapy intervention for older children and young adults to support transition into adult services.

About us

Join 'Team Derbyshire Healthcare' and become part of a talented, compassionate and enthusiastic workforce committed to a vision of 'making a positive difference in people's lives'.

Benefits include:
  • Commitment to flexible working where this is possible
  • 27 days annual leave/year plus bank holidays, increasing to 29 days after 5 years & 33 days after 10 years' service
  • Yearly appraisal and commitment to ongoing training
  • Generous NHS pension scheme
  • Good maternity, paternity and adoption benefits
  • Health service discounts and online benefits
  • Free confidential employee assistance programme 24/7
  • Access to our LGBTI+ network, BAME Network and Christian Network
  • Health and wellbeing opportunities
  • Structured learning and development opportunities

Job description Job responsibilities

Please see attached Job Description and Person Specification. To apply, please click APPLY FOR THIS JOB - this link will take you to the TRAC Recruitment Site. You will need to register if you do not already have an account.
  • To effectively manage a complex and diverse caseload using evidence based/child centred principles: including prioritisation; assessment, and intervention leading to a package of care designed to meet the childs needs in a range of settings. To continuously monitor and evaluate the care package to ensure it meets the childs needs.
  • To assess children and young people (CYP) for specialist equipment and recommend its purchase and to continuously monitor and evaluate its effectiveness and safety so that the CYP is able to use the equipment safely.
  • To be responsible for facilitating parents, school staff and other agencies to develop their knowledge and skills to contribute towards the CYPs care plan so that all involved with the child have a good understanding of their role.
  • To have an understanding of the effects of disability and provide training and advice on lifestyle changes and adaptations to the social and physical environment and to act as an advocate on disability issues so the CYP receives a high standard of care.
  • To be able to communicate effectively with CYP and to gain informed consent to treatment in order to have the capacity to work within a legal framework with CYP who lack capacity to consent to treatment.
  • To contribute specialist advice as part of the Code of Practice for the Assessment of Special Educational Needs in line with educational policies and procedures in order to ensure the CYP receives the best possible care in school.
  • To interpret medical, educational and psychological assessments of the CYP in order to manage the complexity of the needs and integrate and prioritise care plans with other agencies.
  • To communicate in a skilled manner with CYP of all ages who have a range of physical and psychological barriers to communication, their parents/carers and other members of the multi-agency team providing reports and attending and initialling meetings as necessary to ensure the CYPs care needs are met.
  • To effectively motivate CYP of all ages with a range of complex needs to work with programmes of intervention and towards personal goals utilizing skill mix opportunities available within other agencies and the CYPs family in order to achieve maximum potential.
  • To comply with CYP Protection procedures and training requirements and to ensure junior staff/assistants work within policy so that any risks are quickly identified and appropriately dealt with.
  • To contribute to the clinical governance agenda by maintaining high quality records, providing clinical supervision, participating in audit projects, implementing evidence based practice to ensure high quality standards of service are met.
  • To provide a source of clinical advice, and to plan, organise and deliver training for junior staff and assistants/technical instructors and to organise the appropriate delegation of work in order to deliver an efficient and effective service.
  • To hold responsibility for own caseload and work without direct supervision. Supervision takes the form of regular formal training and clinical reasoning sessions, peer review, case conferences. Access to advice and support from senior physiotherapists is available if required, clinical work is evaluated as appropriate.
  • To be aware of, and identify areas for improvement in clinical practice and to assist with managing the changes to service delivery in order to maintain high standards of care.
  • To contribute to a high quality service by working within national, local and professional standards and to act as a source of clinical advice for junior staff in order to ensure a high standard of service is delivered.
  • To participate in multi-agency working groups (providing reports are necessary) to develop clinical and policy changes, which may involve being the lead physiotherapy contributor in order to address modernisation and developments as necessary.
  • To participate in IPR both as an appraiser and appraisee leading to PDPs and the identification of training needs in order to ensure a competent workforce.
  • To ensure accurate data is maintained, both written and electronic, in order to contribute to performance management and to provide information on outcomes of patient care.
  • To ensure that the cultural and religious diversity considerations of the service are met in order to provide an equitable and appropriate service for the CYP.
  • To demonstrate ongoing personal development through participation in reflective practice, local and national training opportunities including work based learning opportunities and literature reviews in order to ensure appropriate service standards are maintained.
  • To work as a lone practitioner in a community setting without the support of physiotherapy so that an efficient service is maintained.
  • To regularly deputise for the Band 7 Physiotherapist in their absence.

  • Person Specification Attainment and Qualifications Essential
    • oDiploma/Degree in Physiotherapy
    • oHCPC Registered (Health & Care Professions Council)
    • oAt least 2 years post graduate experience in a broad range of specialties
    • oEvidence of relevant post, grad courses/CPD
    • oBasic working knowledge of IT packages
    • oRelevant Band6/Band 5 Paediatric experience
    • oAPCP member
    Skills Essential
    • oAbility to assess and treat CYP with physical disabilities
    • oAbility to plan and evaluate treatment programmes
    • oDemonstrate evidence of problem solving skills
    • oAbility to work as part of a multidisciplinary team/cross agency working.
    • oCommitted to personal and team development
    • oGood interpersonal skills including negotiation and conflict resolution
    • oAble to work well with others and pass on skills/knowledge e.g. training/teaching skills
    • oAbility to pass on skills/knowledge to others within both formal and informal environments
    • oAbility to prioritise, supervise delegate and organise.
    • oAbility to use Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Excel (or similar office software packages)
    • oResearch
    • oGood presentation skills
    • oKnowledge of documentation using electronic patient records
    • oEvidence of: Ability to contribute to audit and outcome measures
    • oExperience of additional professional roles e.g. CSP Steward/Health & Safety/Leadership/Journal Club
    • oExperience of alternative therapy tools such as MOVE / Hydrotherapy
    • oRelevant specialist Paediatric Physiotherapy training e.g. Bobath / Oxford Seating / Biomechanics of Gait
    Knowledge/Experience Essential
    • oMinimum 2 years post-graduate experience with a broad range of specialties
    • oRelevant Band6/Band 5 Paediatric experience
    • oAbility to work independently using own initiative
    • oKnowledge of a variety of adjuncts to therapy e.g. orthotics, mobility aids, specialist equipment for postural management
    • oKnowledge of legislation relating to professional practice and CYP / safeguarding / disability.
    • oSound understanding of, and ability to contribute to, clinical governance and risk
    • oCPD evidence to support post graduate courses and learning opportunities
    • oKnowledge of a variety of paediatric conditions relating to physical disability in CYP, including cerebral palsy, Muscular dystrophies and other neuro-developmental conditions who may also present with multiple and complex needs
    • oKnowledge of CYP development and conditions affecting this including Developmental Coordination Disorder
    • oMember of the APCP
    • oExperience of working in a community setting
    Disposition Essential
    • oPassion for Paediatric Physiotherapy
    • oAbility to work as part of a team.
    • oAbility to demonstrate empathy, sensitivity and tact
    • oAbility to communicate effectively with CYP of all ages and abilities and their carers
    • oAccountability: Takes responsibility for own actions and promotes good team working
    • oOpenness: Shares information and good practice appropriately
    • oMutual respect: Treats others with courtesy and respect at all times
    Circumstances/special demands of the post Essential

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