Clinical Lead Physiotherapist - Band 7

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year per annum/pro-rata
Closing date
28 Sep 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are looking for an experienced physiotherapist who is passionate about ensuring parity of esteem and access to physiotherapy and supporting those with mental health distress and dementia to maintain their independence and functioning

In this role you will experience an interesting, challenging mix of managerial and clinically focused work.The mental health clinical lead physiotherapist role is key to delivering a safe,effective, evidence-basedspecialistphysiotherapyservice and you will be working across sites and teams ensuring the delivery of high-quality physiotherapy interventions. You will lead a large and committed team of physiotherapists and physiotherapy technical instructors (TI's) and be part of developing roles for physiotherapy apprentices in mental health.

Main duties of the job

You will be delivering highly specialist physiotherapy assessment and treatment to adults and older adult in our mental health inpatient wards. While supervising and coordinating a team of physiotherapists and physiotherapy technical instructors to deliver care across the mental health inpatient wards and hospitals based in Oxford.

A key aim will be to empower clients and their carers to make informed choices about their self-management and to participate in social, leisure and activities of daily living. Strong interpersonal skills are needed to work in close liaison with the client and their carers, both formal and informal. Some clients may have a range of communication and cognitive issues so problem solving and creativity is often key.

As part of the role you will get to work alongside a specialist and experienced multidisciplinary team. You will be supported by the AHP Lead for adult and older adult mental health and clinical supervision will be provide by AHP Lead for community professional Lead for Community Services who is professional lead for physiotherapy. Clinical work is a core component of this post, making this a great opportunity for someone who wants to gain experience in a leadership role, whilst retaining clinical duties.

About us

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust supports the recovery of patients with a range of health needs, including (although not exhaustively) mental health (all ages), community hospitals, community therapy services, learning disability, eating disorder and community paediatric services. This provides a large a well-connected network of physiotherapists and allied health profession colleagues to work and learn alongside.

We are proud of the value AHP's add to our care delivery and the contribution they make to peoples recovery in our local area. We are working hard to support AHP colleagues at all levels to grow and learn. We have developed, and continue to develop, new and diverse clinical, research and leadership opportunities.

Benefits of working for Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust include:
  • Excellent opportunities for career progression
  • 27 days annual leave, plus bank holidays, with an increase to 33 days with continuous service
  • NHS Discount across a wide range of shops, restaurants and retailers
  • Staff accommodation
  • Competitive pension scheme
  • Lease car scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme

Job description Job responsibilities

The post holder will be supported to work alongside mental health clinical leads and physiotherapy colleagues in other directorates to drive service development work and facilitate ongoing research on a regular basis and flexible working across 7 days should be anticipated.

Please Note:
  • New starters have a 6 month probationary period. This, together with the induction process aims to create a positive supportive working environment allowing new employees to learn key elements of their role over a reasonable timescale.
  • Candidates not currently employed by the Trust who attend an interview for non-qualified Band 1-5 posts are required to undertake numeracy and literacy assessments.
  • Appointment to this post is subject to the trust receiving satisfactory references covering 3 years of employment or study. Please ask your referees to respond promptly to reference requests.
  • Employees are expected to undertake mandatory and statutory training related to their role.
  • We positively encourage applications from all areas of the community, regardless of gender, race, faith, disability, age or sexual orientation and we encourage applications from users of mental health services. This is part of our commitment to equality and reflecting the diversity of our population.
  • Oxford Health is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, we expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Person Specification Knowledge Essential
  • Specialist skills attained in an area of practice
  • Clinical work with people with mental health needs
  • Member of the Chartered society of physiotherapy
  • Post qualifying education e.g. MSc modules, in relevant area
Skills Essential
  • Leadership skills
  • Complex clinical skills developed in area of practice
  • Supervisory skills with staff
  • Research skills
Experience Essential
  • Experience leading on service development
  • Facilitation of student learning
  • Supervising others as part of a change process
  • Teaching Skills
  • Budget management

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