Specialist Physiotherapist

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust
£40,057 to £45,839 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
15 Aug 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
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Having gained significant specialist experience in learning disability and through their study, reflection and practice in Learning Disability services, the post holder will use their highly developed specialist knowledge and deep understanding of Physiotherapy, to act as an expert resource for Physiotherapy practice within the Learning Disability service supra-locality i.e. East, Central and North Lancashire.

Autonomous in their practice, the post holder prioritises planning, delivering and supervising interventions for people whose learning disability has a marked impact on their communication and mobility and functional activity. They will assess and deliver a range of group and or individual interventions drawn from relevant frames of reference, and demonstrate sophisticated skills of critical thinking, reflection and analysis in their critical reasoning. They can manage challenging situations and work with people with challenging behaviour and complex needs, identifying and working to manage inherent risks.

This post will involve managing a caseload of adults with learning disability and associated conditions. This may include people with complex needs, sensory impairments, challenging behaviour, autism and mental health conditions. The therapist will work with clients, relatives, carers (both informal and formal) and other professionals to manage the continuing changes.

Main duties of the job

We are currently seeking an experienced, enthusiastic, and motivated physiotherapist to join a busy and well respected Integrated Learning Disability Service, which covers the Lancashire locality. We are very pleased to be able to offer these two senior posts, which would be based in the Pennine Lancashire locality.

The successful candidates will be expected to take a specific clinical lead roles in relation to physiotherapy assessment and intervention adults, including supporting people with postural care needs. They will contribute to the broader aims of the service through joint working, consultation, training, supervision and service development/research.

Service transformation has allowed the development of this post in order to meet the needs of the service. Consequently, you will be joining the service at an exciting time and helping to influence change going forward. You will benefit from an enthusiastic, hard-working and supportive peer group and will be part of a community of professionals within the Trust and Network.

The post-holder will receive regular supervision and professional support from a senior physiotherapist, and a wider network of AHP leads within the both the service and the Trust.

About us

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust provides a range of services including secondary mental health care across this area. Specialist provision comprises inpatient child and adolescent mental health services, perinatal mental health and forensic services including low and medium secure care.

The Trust also provides a range of physical health and well-being services in the community alongside a range of partners in the Lancashire, Cumbria and Sefton area.

Lancashire & South Cumbria Foundation Trust encourages flexible working, we believe that a positive work/life balance benefits NHS employees through improved health and wellbeing. We would consider working patterns such as; term time, part time, compressed hours, flexi-time and career breaks. We encourage applicants to state clearly on their application forms this request and discuss these options at interview.For more information please visit our website via Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS FT.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please see attached the job description and person specification for more information about this role.

Person Specification Education/Qualifications Essential
  • Diploma/Bsc/MSc in Physiotherapy HCPC registration Master's Degree in relevant subject or equivalent knowledge and experience Compliance with regulatory bodies and codes of professional conduct Knowledge of current key NHS developments and policies and implications for service delivery
Knowledge Essential
  • Knowledge of current best practise of Physiotherapy in LD field and ability to put into practise Understanding of professional ethics and application to practise Knowledge of legislation and key policy drivers in Learning Disability (e.g. MCA, Valuing People and implications for practise) Specialist knowledge and application of Physiotherapy assessments and interventions using expert clinical reasoning
Experience Essential
  • Evidence of extensive professional clinical knowledge, skill and experience Evidence of management development through continuous professional development and/or formal management courses Experience of partnership working across a range of agencies and professional boundaries Significant experience of effectively working with service users and carers Experience of clinical professional teaching in a community healthcare setting Significant experience working as an independent and autonomous practitioner Experience of standard setting participating and leading clinical audit within Learning Disability field

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