Rapid Access Physiotherapist

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£40,448 to £47,965 a year p.a inc HCAS (pro rata if P/T)
Closing date
30 Sep 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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Do you want to work as part of a friendly, experienced and highly rewarding team? Do you want to make a real difference to people's lives? Do you want to work in the most exciting and fastest growing part of community healthcare today? Look no further. The Camden Community Rapid Access Service is currently looking for a Band 6 Physiotherapist.

Main duties of the job

This post will involve cross working over the two pathways incorporated within the Rapid Access Service: the Rapid Response Team and the Discharge to Assess (D2A) team which are all based at St. Pancras Hospital near vibrant Camden Town but cover the whole of the London Borough of Camden, one of the most diverse populations in London. The service is purely community based and has the privilege of being invited into the homes of Camden residents from as far north as the borders of Golders Green and as far south as Holborn and everywhere in between.The Rapid Response Team care for patients who are acutely unwell and at risk of admission to hospital and require a timely, same day, intervention to provide acute nursing and therapy intervention to prevent that admission. D2A facilitate same-day discharge from Camden's local hospitals for patients who are medically fit for discharge and below their functional baseline requiring additional support at home.

About us

Regular CPD sessions and in-services are held, along with training opportunities identified from yearly appraisal, the Rapid Access Service therapists also share a service line with Palliative Care, specialise nursing and inpatient therapies so the benefits and collective knowledge bases of working in a bigger group can be experienced and shared.As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings.

Job description Job responsibilities

The team works together to act quickly, efficient, comprehensively and always with the patient at the centre of any decision making with an agenda to reduce hospital bed days and holistically care for the patient in the best place possible; their home. Experience of working autonomously is essential as our team is often faced with some challenging situations which present themselves in the home environment.

The post holder will provide rapid specialised assessment and treatment of patients who have complex physical, psychological and sensory impairments and initiate services to safely avoid unnecessary hospital (re)admission. The post holder will have a leadership role in the day-to-day operational management of junior staff and monitoring the quality of care given. The post holder will be expected to identify and promote areas for service development. As the service is seven days, the post holder will be required to work occasional evenings and weekends.

We are looking for a senior, experienced therapist who understands their role and contribution to the multidisciplinary team environment and has the proven ability to communicate in an exceptional manner. Applicants should possess a broad knowledge base covering a variety of inpatient and community specialities that can be transferred to this type of care delivery.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Degree / Diploma Physiotherapy
  • Registration with HCPC as a Physiotherapist
  • Member of CSP
  • Membership and/or involvement in a CSP Professional Network
  • Post-Graduate MSc degree
  • Post Registration course
Experience Essential
  • Previous experience of working in the UK or a similar health economy as a physiotherapist.
  • Previous general experience to include the following: oOlder people/elderly rehab oMedicine & general surgery oOrthopaedics oFalls oDementia oRespiratory
  • Experience of teaching juniors & assistants
  • Experience of completion of audit and service developments
  • Experience of working as an autonomous practitioner in a community setting
  • Experience of teaching students
Knowledge. Essential
  • Excellent communication skills, fluency in written and verbal English
  • Able to demonstrate insight into the problems of disability and its effects
  • Able to demonstrate a good understanding of role of the physiotherapist in rehabilitation as well as the role of other professionals in MDT
  • Demonstrates flexibility, problem solving, initiative and leadership skills
  • Able to demonstrate clinical and professional development
  • Understanding the principles of Multi-Disciplinary Teamwork
  • Understanding of the problems of disability and its effects
  • Awareness of developments in NHS and service delivery and improvement
  • Evidence of maintenance of a CPD portfolio
  • Demonstrates a commitment to working with older people
  • Able to demonstrate a good understanding of role of the physiotherapist in rehabilitation as well as the role of other professionals in MDT
  • Demonstration of knowledge of standards of practice, evidence and best practice guidelines
  • Able to demonstrate insight into the problems of disability and its effects
  • Able to demonstrate an understanding of the application of Health and Safety
  • Excellent IT skills including Outlook, Word, Excel, databases etc
Attitudes, aptitudes, personal characteristics Essential
  • Personally and professionally responsible
  • The ability to work under pressure and set priorities, delegate and manage own time
  • The ability to work in a team
  • Leadership skills and an interest in management skills

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