Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
£25,655 to £31,534 a year p.a. pro rata for part time
Closing date
14 Aug 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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Due to internal promotion an opportunity has arisen for a Band 5 Physiotherapist to join the multidisciplinary Purbeck Integrated Community Rehabilitation Team.

The post would suit a therapist with a commitment to integrated working with a passion for promoting rehabilitation, occupation and function as part of a multidisciplinary rehabilitation pathway. Training can be provided to develop any areas of specific clinical interest for both newly qualified and experienced band 5's. Professional support from experienced Band 6 therapists, access to the Trust's Preceptorship programme for newly qualified therapists, clinical supervision, and regular in-service training are just some of the benefits of working as part of this team. The other benefits involve working in a beautiful area of Dorset as part of a busy, friendly team, who are co-located with social services and community matrons which offers further scope for training and development.

Main duties of the job

The post will involve assessment and treatment of patients in both a community and inpatient setting (Purbeck locality and Swanage Community Hospitals) to prevent avoidable hospital admissions, promote earlier hospital discharges and rehabilitate a wide variety of conditions. The caseloads comprise of a mix of orthopaedic, neurology, respiratory and elderly care, so offer an opportunity to gain therapy skills across diverse patient groups.

The hours of work are flexible and would include being part of a rota at weekends and bank holidays once competency is achieved for this. We would consider applicants who are willing to work either part time (minimum 22.5 hours) or full time, 37.50 hours per week.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.

About us

At Dorset HealthCare we're on a mission to empower people to make the most of their lives through our outstanding, joined-up healthcare services. We're a dynamic, forward-looking Trust, running 12 community hospitals, specialist inpatient facilities and a wide range of integrated community and mental health services for a population of almost 800,000 people.

We do things differently here - it's one of the reasons the CQC rated us 'outstanding' in 2019. It's also why 95% of patients across our services say they have a good or very good experience of our services and 89% of staff feel they can really make a difference. Whether you're looking to work with us in one of our bustling market towns, vibrant urban locations, thriving seaside spots, or among the rolling hills of Dorset, there are lots of ways you can make a difference in our communities.

Our 7,000-strong workforce is at the heart of what we do and our success is a testament to our brilliant people. We're all about building a workplace for the future, we believe in equal opportunities and we celebrate diversity. We're an inclusive workplace, where everyone is welcome, everyone can be authentic, and we are all encouraged to be the best version of ourselves.

Working with us you'll be part of a strong team, challenge yourself, build a career, and teach us what we don't know. And you'll be working towards our vision to be better every day through excellence, compassion and expertise in all we do.

Job description Job responsibilities



1.1 To assess, plan, implement and evaluate treatment and care to people on an allocated caseload; promoting independence and autonomy; working within a multi-disciplinary team.

1.2 Advance own clinical knowledge, skill and competence based on current evidence through educational programmes.

1.3 Provide advice to others regarding the management and care of patients/service users

1.4 To demonstrate clinical effectiveness by use of evidence-based practice and outcome measures.

1.5 Plan, implement and review health improvement programmes in a range of settings.

1.6 Recognise, assess, and manage risk across the immediate and wider working environment ensuring statutory requirements are met.

1.7 To be responsible for patient safety through knowledge of systems, legal requirements and understanding of litigation.

1.8 To communicate effectively in verbal and written form in the exchange of complex, sensitive, or contentious information in difficult situations using de-escalation, mediation, resolution, and professional Duty of Candour.

1.9 To evaluate care, taking appropriate action leading to improvement in quality standards through clinical audit, and contributing to root cause analysis and dealing with complaints.


2.1 To inspire team members and demonstrate leadership qualities through delivery of the service, working with others, demonstrating personal qualities, supporting continuous service improvement, and settingdirection.

2.2 Support the management of change through innovative thinking, use of negotiating skills, self-awareness, and communication.

2.3 Act as a role model and promote the Trust Behaviours of being proactive, positive, respectful, supportive, reliable, and trustworthy.

2.4 Deputise for the clinical Deputy Team Leader in their absence, carrying out day to day supervision of the team.


3.1 Provide peer support to and receive peer support from other colleagues.

3.2 To provide supervision, regular advice/guidance/support to more junior staff.

3.3 Assisting with the induction and training of qualified and unqualified members of the team, students, and preceptorship staff, including acting as mentor/preceptor as appropriate

3.4 To provide clinical supervision and mentor junior members of the team.


4.1 To be aware of financial and resource limitations and act responsibly to provide the most cost effective service possible.


5.1 Participate in surveys, regular audits, evaluation of practice and clinical trials relevant to role as required

5.2 To take responsibility for keeping abreast of developments and research relevant to clinical work and the profession.


6.1 Follows policy, commenting on proposals for change in policies, procedures, and practices applicable to their area of practice


7.1 To maintain and ensure the highest quality of recording of patient data into the relevant record system in line with professional guidance and Trust Policy.

7.2 Provide quality information relevant to role using Trust record systems using Microsoft Office components such as Word and Excel.


8.1 Ensure that personal performance meets job requirements, Professional Codes and standards, Trust, and post competency standards at all times.

8.2 Ensure the required level of IT competence required for the role to process, record, evaluate, and report data.

8.3 Demonstrate commitment to the role and to service improvement through innovative thinking and assisting with small scale projects.

8.4 Challenge poor practice and take appropriate action making full use of current support systems.

8.5 Provide a positive, compassionate role model to junior staff and colleagues to ensure the delivery of people centred care and the key components of compassionate care

8.6 Create effective teamwork across professional boundaries using team building skills, creating common goals, and through engagement.

8.7 Respect and apply the requirements of equality and diversity, promoting and role modelling these across the multi-disciplinary team.


9.1 To work as part of a Multi-disciplinary team to provide effective Physiotherapy assessment and interventions patients in their own homes, care homes or, where applicable, Community Hospital wards.

9.2 The postholder will be expected to work autonomously, with supervision from senior team members, to assess, treatment plan and carry out interventions for a range of clinical presentations such as falls, balance, neurology, stroke, orthopaedics, respiratory and musculo-skeletal conditions.

9.3 The postholder will be expected to have sound knowledge in order to recognise the deteriorating patient and be able to escalate appropriately to senior colleagues or emergency services. This will include awareness of basic observations, pressure care management, medication, continence.

9.4 To undertake functional and holistic assessments that are evidence based and formulate patient centred goals to promote independence. To formulate treatment plans and delegate these to junior assistant staff where appropriate.

9.5 To evaluate treatment programmes and patients responses to treatments through the use of outcome measures, adapting goals and interventions where necessary.

9.6 Demonstrate good knowledge of standard equipment and autonomously prescribe and assess for this.

9.7 To manage own caseload ensuring prioritisation and timely input to patients that have been referred to the service.

9.8 To work as part of the wider Cluster Team to plan and facilitate discharges from Acute and Community Hospitals through the Discharge to Assess pathway.

9.9 To support the MDT to clinically triage incoming MDT referrals and allocate to a waiting list appropriately.

A sound knowledge of other Health and Social care roles is required.

9.10 To promote a self-management approach where appropriate; empowering service users to gain the skills and confidence for managing long term health condition wherever possible.

9.11 To assess for home adaptations to ensure the patients environment promotes independence and reduces the need for care

9.12 To demonstrate sound understanding of clinical governance by ensuring practice is evidence based and up to date. To actively seek learning opportunities through training, supervision and shadowing to achieve this.

9.13 To support Physiotherapy students under the supervision of a senior Physiotherapist.

9.14 Be responsible and accountable for all aspects of the practitioners professional activities in accordance with the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP).


10.1 The post holder may be required to participate in the prevention and management of violence and aggression (PMVA) where required and following relevant training.

10.2 The role will require highly developed physical skills where accuracy is important e.g., for patient interventions and specialist therapy appropriate to profession and area of practice such as use of specialist equipment and fine tools; manual, sensory and cognitive assessment and treatments,intravenous injections, insertion of catheters, removal of sutures; use of diagnostic equipment such as audiometers.

Person Specification Educational Requirements / Qualifications Essential
  • oBSc or diploma in physiotherapy
  • oMembership of Special Interest Group
Skills / Experience / Knowledge base Essential
  • oUndergraduate clinical rotations in respiratory, out-patients, rehabilitation and elderly.
  • oResearch skills
Managerial / Supervisory Experience Essential
  • Experience of demonstrating duties to junior staff
Information Technology / Resources Essential
  • Experience of using electronic patient / service user record systems

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