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Pulmonary Rehab Respiratory Physiotherapist (Band 6/7)

Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust
£32,306 to £45,839 a year dependent on experience
Closing date
15 Aug 2022

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Band 6
Full Time
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The Pulmonary Rehab (PR) service is recruiting a full or part time physiotherapist (band 6 or band 7 depending upon on experience) to cover a period of maternity leave on a temporary basis until the end of March 2024.

Although the post is temporary in the first instance, there is a possibility of this being extended due to funding being released as part of NHS England's plan to expand pulmonary rehab services over the next five years.

The postholder will be based at Nevells Road Health Centre in Letchworth but will be required to travel across east and north Hertfordshire, working in leisure centres, clinics, and patients' homes. In addition, the postholder may be required to work from home for part of the week.

You must hold a full valid driving licence and access to a car to use regularly for business purposes - including business insurance - is essential (unless you have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010).

This position is suitable for a physiotherapist with experience working at either band 5 or band 6 level.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate an understanding of the theory of pulmonary rehab with experience preferred but not essential.

Candidates must have a good knowledge of common respiratory conditions and how they present.

Main duties of the job

The service provides PR via online and face to face classes, currently held in leisure centres across east and north Hertfordshire, as well as within patient's homes (PR Home Delivery).

PR Home Delivery is a new pathway and focuses on patients who find it challenging to attend a PR class with barriers to exercise such as complex mental and physical health comorbidities.

The service is aware that this cohort of patients has found self-management and exercising to be even more difficult due to the impact of the Covid 19 pandemic.

These patients who are seen as hard to reach will need to be seen in their own homes at least initially.

About us

A big thank you for considering joining us at Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust.

You'll find it a great place to work with many benefits offered to you as a member of our staff.

We put our patients, their families and carers at the centre of our vision - Outstanding Services and Healthier Communities.

Our staff are proud to be Innovative, Caring and Agile in their work to help achieve the Trust vision.

We welcome diversity in our workforce and are interested in applicants from all background.

We don't want you to miss out so we'd like you to know that if we have a high level of interest in this role, the vacancy may close prior to the advertised closing date, so please make your application as soon as possible. - Apply now

You've made a great decision to apply to join to HCT - we're looking forward to taking the next steps of the journey with you.

Job description
Job responsibilities

See job description for full details.

To provide clinical expertise in the assessment, diagnosis, treatment and management of patients with respiratory conditions.

To run a specialist physiotherapy respiratory service in a community setting.

To organise and implement pulmonary rehabilitation programmes in the community supported by Band 4 Assistant Practitioner.

Provide pulmonary rehabilitation to hard to reach patients which will involve working with clients in their own homes as well as clinics and leisure centre settings.

To take a lead role in developing and running the pulmonary rehabilitation service in order to increase accessibility and capacity and maintain high standards and outcomes.

Online pulmonary rehab exercise and education is provided using online platforms such as MS teams and Attend Anywhere video conferencing. Candidates must therefore be fully computer literate although support and training will be provided.

Full support, induction and training (in-house and external courses) will be offered to the successful candidate. The post offers multiple opportunities to develop both clinical, managerial and leadership skills.

The key skills required for this post are good clinical assessment and problem-solving skills, the ability to communicate across all age ranges, organisational skills, the ability to deliver regular presentations to groups of patients, motivational skills where barriers to exercise exist, flexibility and enthusiasm as well as the ability to work as part of an expanding team.

Whilst it is not a legal requirement, Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust encourages and supports all staff to be vaccinated as this remains the best line of defence against COVID-19.

Person Specification
Qualifications and training
  • Essential-Physiotherapy degree or equivalent (Dip Phys)
  • HCPC registered
  • Significant post graduate experience to include respiratory experience
  • Ability to respond to and cope well with change within the service
  • Hold a full, valid, UK driving licence and have access to a car to use for business purposes (unless you have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010)
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Able to work under pressure and juggle a mixed clinical/managerial caseload o
  • Highly developed analytical & problem solving skills
  • Highly organised individual
  • Information technology literate
  • Team player
  • Innovative
  • Responds well to change
  • Eligible to live and work in the UK
  • Self-motivated

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