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Herefordshire & Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust
Newtown Road
£33,706 to £40,588 a year Pro rata for part time
Closing date
26 Sep 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced Physiotherapist with an excellent grounding in exercise therapy, a passion for working in Mental Health services and interest the provision of physiotherapy for all.

The Physiotherapist would primarily work with the inpatient MDT in Redditch, Bromsgrove and Worcester with an occasional requirement to support the Hereford team for any urgent assessments.

The post involves working creatively to provide individual physiotherapy and promote the use of physical exercise to facilitate mental health recovery.

Previous experience in mental health is not essential as the post holder would receive a robust induction with an emphasis on supporting mental health patients. The trust provide regular CPD for allied health professionals. Clinical supervision will be provided via a peer support framework.

Part time/ job share could be considered (minimum of 30 hours) The base location could be flexible and will be discussed at interview.

Main duties of the job

The Role includes undertaking physiotherapeutic assessments and treatment of patients who have been admitted to hospital due to their mental health needs and they are identified to have additional physical health issues which may have a highly complex presentation.

The physiotherapist will assess to determine clinical diagnosis and physiotherapy and physical exercise interventions needed, and will maintain patient MDT records following this

The post holder will need to work flexibly and in conjunction with the therapies team to plan, deliver and evaluate patients in partnership with the wider MDT.

There will be an expectation for the Physiotherapist to assist the Band 6 Occupational Therapists to lead the planning, delivery and evaluation of all elements of the rehabilitation programme including use of gym equipment, ward based exercise programmes, groups, accessing the community and home assessment visits.

There is the opportunity to educate health care professionals, physiotherapy students, carers and assistants in physiotherapeutic management. This includes contribution to CPD of the MDT.

About us

We are community hospitals, neighbourhood teams and community nursing services across Worcestershire and the provider of Mental Health and Learning Disability services across both Herefordshire and Worcestershire. We work in partnership with other organisations to keep our community well at home for as long as possible.

We provide services for people of all ages, across a range of settings, experiencing both physical and/or mental health conditions.

We have an open and supportive culture, recognised by the CQC and other external regulators. We want you to thrive, offering you every opportunity to develop. We will support you; help you fulfil your ambitions with a varied and flexible training programme; and empower you to make positive changes within your team or service. We endeavour to offer an attractive work-life balance, with flexibility in our approach to help you get the most out of your career.

We provide our staff with direct access to a wealth of resources to support their wellbeing, from our Staff Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub, to wellbeing festivals or access to free online exercise classes.

At the core of our values, we are committed to equality, diversity, inclusion and human rights. We take every opportunity to strengthen our approach to equality and diversity in delivering best patient care and the employment of our staff.

We would encourage you to visit the Trusts Recruitment Microsite, click the Employer Website link.

Job description Job responsibilities

The Physiotherapist will work autonomously, accepting responsibility for a caseload of patients with complex mental health and physical health needs across the in patient mental health wards within Worcestershire.

The post holder will communicate effectively with patients and carers to maximise rehabilitation potential and ensure understanding of their condition, gain informed consent and have the ability to assess capacity and work within a legal framework with patients who lack the capacity to consent to treatment.

The Physiotherapist will undertake the comprehensive assessment and diagnosis of patients including those with a highly complex presentation, using investigative and analytical skills.

Individualised management and treatment plans will be developed using clinical reasoning and utilising a wide range of treatment skills and options to deliver specialised programmes of care.

The post holder will demonstrate a sound understanding of clinical governance and risk management and apply this to working with patients who may have high levels of risk associated with their mental health presentation.

There would be an emphasis on undertaking ongoing evaluation of Physiotherapy intervention, a commitment to CPD and peer supervision and an expectation to support junior staff and students in their learning and development.

For full details of the duties and criteria for the role please refer to the job description and person specification attached.

Person Specification Experience Essential
  • A minimum of 2 years post graduate experience including work in a variety of specialities
  • Experience of supervision of junior staff or students.
  • Experience of delegation to qualified / unqualified staff
  • Experience within Mental Health
  • Experience at Band 6
  • Experience of audit
Knowledge Essential
  • Excellent knowledge of physiotherapy in relevant areas
  • Awareness of Audit and research processes
Essential Essential
  • Able to meet the travel requirements of the post
Skills and Abilities Essential
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Be able to work collaboratively
  • within a multi-disciplinary team
  • Able to maintain judgement and work effectively under pressure
Qualifications Essential
  • Diploma / Degree in Physiotherapy
  • HPC registration
  • Evidence of relevant post Graduate) courses / CPD maintained in portfolio
  • Relevant validated clinical course
  • Clinical Educators qualification

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