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Rapid Response Physiotherapist

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
£29,553 to £36,265 a year pa inc
Closing date
27 Sep 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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Rapid Response/ Urgent Community Response Physiotherapist, Band 5 Permanent; full time: 37.5 hours per week

We are looking to appoint a committed, highly motivated, enthusiastic Band 5, Physiotherapist to join our dynamic, integrated multi- disciplinary Rapid Response Team.

This is an exciting opportunity to join and develop our integrated collaborative working between Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust and Bexley Adult Social Services (Bexley Care). Would you like to help us continue to improve our provision of health, social care and community support to the residents of Bexley.

The Bexley Rapid Response Team are part of the South East London Accelerator Programme the Rapid Response team are delivering the essential elements of the Urgent Community Response (UCR) pathways.The Integrated rapid response team has been operational since 1st August 2013 and is a multi- professional team consisting of Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists and Social Workers. The team provide holistic health and social care assessments for people over the age 18 years, who are registered with a Bexley GP and live in the Borough of Bexley. The Team treats/ manages/ cares for patients in their usual place of residence with an urgent health or social care need.

The team are based at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Woolwich and operates 7 days a week, on an 8am-8pm basis, focusing on rapid 2-hour assessments to patients with potential short-term intervention(s) typically lasting up to 5 days.

Main duties of the job

The team act as a liaison between acute and community settings, by identifying the most appropriate onward referrals and initiating integrated care pathways, ensuring seamless provision of care and on- going case management. Referrals are received from Health and Social Care professionals, Medical Teams, General Practitioners, 111 and the Ambulance Services.

The Physiotherapist will work as a part of the multi-disciplinary team Rapid Response Team, including health and social services colleagues to meet the needs of patients referred to the team, ensuring the highest possible standards of practice.

To be based at QEH respond to urgent referrals from Emergency Departments, Acute Medical Units and community setting. With support, assess patients in community and Emergency Departments to prevent A and E attendance and unnecessary admission to hospital wards. To identify appropriate referral pathways to ensure seamless patient care and community case management.

The Physiotherapist and team will provide equipment and urgent community follow up as necessary to maintain clients at home following assessment. The Physiotherapist will assess for and recommend admission to intermediate care facilities for rehabilitation or refer to integrated health and social care community services for appropriate intervention and follow up.

About us
Oxleas offers a wide range of NHS healthcare services to people living in South East London and Kent and to people in prison. Our services include community health care such as district nursing and speech and language therapy, care for people with learning disabilities and mental health care such as psychiatry, nursing and therapies. Our multidisciplinary teams look after people of all ages and we work in close partnership with other parts of the NHS, local councils and the voluntary sector and through our new provider collaboratives. Our 4,000 members of staff work in many different settings including hospitals, clinics, prisons, children's centres, schools and people's homes. We have over 125 sites in a variety of locations across the London Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley Greenwich and into Kent and manage hospital sites including Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup and Memorial Hospital in Woolwich as well as the Bracton Centre, our medium secure unit for people with mental health needs. We are one of the largest providers of prison health services providing healthcare to prisoners across Kent and South London. We are proud of the care we provide and our people Our purpose is to improve lives by providing the best possible care to our patients and their families. This is strengthened by our new values: We're Kind We're Fair We Listen We Care

Job description Job responsibilities

  • To receive urgent referrals from health and social care professionals in both acute and community settings, including GPs, London/ Kent Ambulance Service, Integrated health and social care teams, local voluntary organisations and take appropriate action.
  • To organise transfer to intermediate care facilities and community rehabilitation at home or intermediate care beds as appropriate.
  • In conjunction with Rapid Response Team initiate patient care packages and undertake appropriate onward community referrals.
  • Complete appropriate onward Physiotherapy care plans for clients who require functional rehabilitation input from integrated community rehabilitation services bed-based or home-based input.
  • Undertake Partnership working with acute setting in assisting with 4hour breech times.
  • Identification of specific and appropriate patient community care pathways to maximise holistic patient care and prevent unnecessary admission to acute setting.
  • Conduct thorough Physiotherapy assessment of clients, obtaining consent in accordance with professional guidelines and local team procedures.
  • Recommend appropriate Physiotherapy interventions topromote functional independence and safety, utilising effective clinical reasoning skills and evidence-based practice.
  • Ensure management of clinical risk with clients under their care.
  • Be able to identify when and how to terminate involvement or refer onwards to appropriate teams/services and completeinput in a timely, seamless manner and seek advice when required.
  • Participate in MDT meetings and family conferences as required
  • Undertake when appropriate urgent community visits/follow up visits after discussion with Deputy Managers
  • Seek guidance from moreexperienced colleagues when required
  • Responsible for keeping up to date with current issues and events in Physiotherapy and Primary Health Care.
  • To actively participate in the development of the service working collaboratively with other care providers.
  • To work flexibly and relieve colleagues / rotate within the team as required and requested by the team leader to meet the needs of the service.
  • To maintain professional registration.
  • To ensure efficient and effective use of resources within own practice and within the team e.g. equipment ordering, supplies and time sheets
  • Maintain high level of efficiency and effectiveness in work area to utilise resources to the full and report defects in equipment in a timely manner.
  • To attend and participate in clinical supervision.
  • To understand and adhere with all Trust policies procedures and guidelines.
  • To demonstrate knowledge and promote the local and national priorities of health care delivery e.g. National Service Frameworks, NICE Guidance.
  • To support the Team Manager in the reviewing of documentation and the standards of care provided by other team members.
  • To actively participate in the Professional Development Review (PDR) process and ensure own training needs are addressed.
  • To be managerially accountable to the Team Leader.
  • To act as a mentor/preceptor to new staff, and support them to achieve their learning objectives.
  • To actively participate and support in audit or quality assurance projects as and when required.
  • To promote current Physiotherapy research and evidence based care within team and locality.
  • When appropriate to actively participate in the facilitation of changes within Community Services and Primary Health Care delivery.
  • Conduct thorough Physiotherapy assessment of clients, obtaining consent in accordance with professional guidelines and local team procedures.
  • Recommend appropriate Physiotherapy interventions topromote independence and safety, utilising effective clinical reasoning skills and evidence-based practice.
  • Demonstrate theoretical knowledge of acute, multiple, complex, and long-term pathologies and impairments in the assessment of clients.
  • Undertake timely and appropriate referrals to existing community services to ensure ongoing care intervention and effective case management.
  • To ensure that documentation is carried out to the agreed standard.
  • Ensure timely and appropriate referrals to maintain community patient care pathways.
  • To provide physiotherapy assessment and treatment of patients who may have acute, complex and or chronic presentations. To determine clinical diagnosis and physiotherapy treatment indicated and seek advice from senior staff as indicated.
  • To maintain skills in monitoring and recording patient observations (Temperature, Pulse rate, Oxygen saturations, blood pressure and respiratory rate) where indicated. Highlighting need for more complex case management through nursing colleague support and recognising own scope and limitations of practice.
  • To keep up to date and implement and monitor current research based practice appropriate to role of team.
  • To participate in any audit or quality assurance project as required. Participate in the audit of practice, clinical care pathways and protocols within own clinical area as appropriate
  • To promote current Physiotherapy research and evidence based care within team and locality.
  • To contribute to the development of practice standards and guidelines.
  • To ensure effective communication with patients and their carers, including the provision of patient education, health promotion and emotional support where appropriate.
  • To ensure effective daily communication with all members of the multidisciplinary team in both acute and community settings
  • Direct communication and joint working with GPs to ensure transparency of information, prevention of unnecessary admission and ongoing patient community case management.
  • To document all patient contact and intervention Rapid Response has in relation to patient care pathways. Records must be kept up to date and accurate in accordance with trust policies.
  • To maintain confidentiality of information relating to patients, staff and organisation.
  • To liaise with other agencies and refer patients, their families and carers as appropriate.
  • Promote and encourage the ethos of rehabilitation/enabling with therapy assistants/support workers/carers/relatives through demonstration, example and support.
  • Promote awareness of the Physiotherapy role within the team and participate in the development of the Physiotherapy service within team.
  • To be conversant and adhere with Trust policies.
  • Ensure correct use of equipment and supplies and report any deficiencies.
  • To minimise the risk of cross infection and be conversant with the trusts infection control policy.

Person Specification Rotations and Car / licence Essential
  • Student core rotations / Car driver and licence
Community Experience Desirable
  • Community experience
Rehabilitation Experience Desirable
  • Rehabilitation experience
Qualifications Essential
  • Degree in Physiotherapy
Experience Essential
  • NHS Experience
HCPC registration Essential
  • HCPC registration

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