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Specialist Learning Disability Physiotherapist

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum
Closing date
28 Sep 2022

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Physiotherapist Band 6 fixed term post

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced Physiotherapist to join the Specialist Learning Disability Services based in Buckinghamshire on a fixed term basis.

The successful candidate will work as an influential and integral member of a diverse multi-disciplinary team and will join the growing Physiotherapy service.

You will be highly motivated to develop your clinical skills with adults with learning disabilities and will be able to demonstrate an interest in working with this client group. You will have excellent communication and organisational skills and be enthusiastic about working as part of a dynamic, multi-disciplinary team.

You will receive regular clinical supervision and support from the members of the Physiotherapy team and will be actively encouraged to participate in continuing professional development.

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is committed to providing excellent specialist learning disability health services across the country. HPFT is a thriving and growing organisation; now providing community learning disability services in Buckinghamshire, as well as services in Hertfordshire, Essex and Norfolk.

Main duties of the job

Key job roles:

To assess, develop and implement assessment, treatment and management for adults with learning disabilities.

To provide advice and training to carers, relatives, and other professionals regarding the management and care of adults with learning disabilities.

To undertake supervision of junior staff, therapy assistants and students as required.

To promote the specialist services provided by HPFT to improve the health and well-being of adults with learning disabilities.

About us

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is an outstanding organisation with ambitions to match. We are one of just five mental health trusts to achieve an overall rating of 'Outstanding' from theCare Quality Commission, and our aim is to be the leading provider of mental health and specialist learning disability services in the country.

Our family of over 3500 members of staff provide health and social care for over 400,000 people with mental ill health, physical ill health and learning disabilities across Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Norfolk, delivering these services within the community and several inpatient settings. We also deliver a range of nationally commissioned specialist services including Tier 4 services for children and young people, perinatal services, plus medium and low secure learning disabilities services.

The care we provide makes a fantastic difference to the lives of our service users, their families and carers - everything is underpinned by choice, independence and equality, with our Trust values embedded throughout:

Our Trust values are:

Welcoming. Kind. Positive. Respectful. Professional.

These values are at the core of who we are, everything we do, and how we do it!

Would you like to be part of the HPFT family? Would you like work with us to ensure our service users live the fullest lives possible they can? Would you like to be supported in your career to be the best that you can be?

Then please read on...

Job description Job responsibilities

Essential Criteria:

Recognised UK Physiotherapy qualification or equivalent.

Current UK Health Professions Council and CSP registration.

A desire to work with adults with learning disabilities.

Car driver essential, or access to a car (unless you have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010 which prevents you from driving).

Please see Job Description and personal specification for detailed responsibilities and criteria

Key goals for the Trust include being the provider of choice; delivering high quality integrated health services in collaboration with local people, and to improve overall health and well-being. To deliver this the Trust is committed to employing the best workforce, recruiting individuals with the ability to provide care at the cutting edge of innovative practice. HPFT has a formal affiliation with The University of Hertfordshire and has excellent development and training programmes. HPFT is ranked in the top 20% of Trusts in the UK and a strongly embedded learning culture supports and facilitates staff to develop their potential and progress in their careers.

Buckinghamshire is a county in South East England which borders North West London, with direct train routes in to the city centre from many of the countys historic and picturesque towns such as Beaconsfield, Marlow and Amersham. From High Wycombe, the train in to the city centre takes a little as twenty three minutes. There are also excellent connections to the rest of the UK and the M40, M1, M25, and M4 are all within easy reach.

Person Specification Qualifications/Education Essential
  • Degree in Physiotherapy
  • HCPC registered
  • Evidence of CPD
  • Membership to special interest group
Previous Experience Essential
  • Experience in LD or transferrable setting
  • Experince of MDT/community working
  • Awareness of legislation in LD
Communication Essential
  • Effective written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work well with others/Team working
  • Training and presentation skills
  • Self-motivated and able to motivate others
Analytical Skills Essential
  • Knowledge of current best practice in Physiotherapy.
  • Understanding of professional ethics and their application in practice.
  • Knowledge of the principles of practice governance.
  • Knowledge of health legislation and current practice, including CPA and risk assessment and management
Physical Skills Essential
  • Regular car user with considerable amounts of travel
  • Physical ability to work face to face clinically with service users on a regular basis
Mental Effort Essential
  • Ability to manage own workload and determine priorities.
  • Ability to reflect and evaluate own performance.
  • Awareness of health, safety and risk management policies.
  • Innovative and creative thinker

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