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Specialist Paediatric Physiotherapist

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£38,762 to £45,765 a year per annum inc HCAS pro rata
Closing date
29 Sep 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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We have a great opportunity for a physiotherapist to continue their development in the field of community paediatrics. The caseload you will be responsible for will be highly varied and promote your clinical and professional development within a supportive environment. The successful candidate will complete rotations in specialist provision (special schools and nurseries) and clinic-based services (for pre-school & mainstream school children) in order to develop their skills and experience with all ages and abilities of children/young people.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be responsible for providing a high standard of physiotherapy intervention for children aged 0-19 referred to the service with a range of developmental and neurological conditions and/or complex needs, and to organise and coordinate their own caseload with supervision from the Team Leader. The post holder will work as part of a multi-disciplinary team in a range of community settings including Mainstream and Special Schools, Specialist Nurseries and Community Clinics. There will also be the opportunity to work in the Paediatric Musculoskeletal Clinic.

The successful candidate will be highly motivated, team player with some previous experience in paediatric physiotherapy. Excellent communication skills are expected and own transport will also be beneficial. You will be joining a friendly and supportive team that is passionate about delivering a high-quality service for our children and families, and you will be encouraged to be involved in service development and other quality improvement initiatives to improve staff & service user experiences.

About us

We offer multidisciplinary assessment and reviews, joint OT/physio clinics, CPIPs assessments and shared care clinics with neuro-orthopaedics and rheumatology, and an orthotics service. Professional development and training will be supported within our department by experienced paediatric physiotherapists and you will be part of an in-service training program. Development of excellent clinical skills will be promoted and supported by senior staff, along with access to external training available in line with your personal development plan. Multi-disciplinary working is a vital component of this position, and we have strong working relationships with our colleagues in Health, Education and Social Care within Ealing Services for Children with Additional Needs (ESCAN). We also have close links with some of the tertiary centres in the London area, and work jointly with Chelsea and Westminster for our Neuro-Orthopaedic pathway.

We are based in the London borough of Ealing, which is a vibrant and diverse Borough that has good transport links to the centre of London by train, tube, bus and road, including the new Elizabeth Line.

The successful applicant may have contact with patients or service users. 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

  • To assess and diagnose the specialist physiotherapy needs for children aged 0- 19 years, (depending on setting), and analyse the appropriate clinical intervention for the variety of childhood conditions referred to the community service
  • To set realistic, measurable goals that are compliant with the functional needs of the children and families, depending on the setting.
  • To plan and implement specialist physiotherapy programs, which are taught to parents, carers, nursing staff or school staff where appropriate
  • To provide continual reassessment and review of these goals depending on the needs of the children and environment change.
  • To manage a caseload of children with simple to complex needs with supervision and guidance as necessary from senior staff
  • To teach other agencies therapeutic handling of children to access the school curriculum or give advice to other staff and parents who are involved in the daily management of the children in other settings.
  • To attend relevant meetings within the multi-disciplinary team whilst autonomously providing advice and support, including providing Physiotherapy advice and recommendations for Education, Health and Care Plans.
  • To maintain a high level of manual skills to facilitate functional outcomes for the children
  • To identify the need and arrange provision of appropriate specialist equipment, e.g. orthotics, wheelchairs, Special Seating, standing frames, mobility aids, manual handling equipment, other postural management equipment in conjunction with the Paediatric occupational therapy team.
  • To work in non NHS environments, developing and organising your own caseload and time.

  • See job description and person specification for full details.

    Person Specification Education & Qualifications Essential
    • Diploma Physiotherapy or BSc Physiotherapy.
    • State Registration as a Physiotherapist (HCPC)
    • Registration with the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP)
    • APCP Membership
    • Post-graduation training in Paediatrics
    Knowledge & Experience Essential
    • Evidence of a strong interest in specialising in physiotherapy for children and young adults with disabilities and demonstrable evidence of previous paediatric experience
    • Knowledge of appropriate assessment tools and therapeutic interventions for children and young people with physical disabilities
    • Knowledge of postural management and mobility equipment, and orthotics
    • Experience working with children in a community setting
    • Previous experience of working in the UK Health Service or similar health economy
    • Evidence of continued professional development
    • Experience of supervising Band 5 physios, assistants & students
    • Evidence of multi-disciplinary working
    • Participation in and delivering multi-agency and in-service training
    • Participation in evidence based practice (e.g. research, audit) to improve services and outcomes
    • Evidence of basic rotations in areas such as respiratory, neurology, orthopaedics, etc
    • Experience of working in, or with, schools and education staff
    • Knowledge of relevant National Policies and Procedures e.g. SEND green paper
    • Awareness of the NHS long term plan and the implications for community services
    Skills, abilities & attributes Essential
    • Ability to manage a caseload independently
    • Ability to prioritise & practice effective time management in the face of conflicting demands
    • Understand the importance of, and be able to work effectively as, part of a team
    • Contribute towards improving quality in own work area and the service, and encourage others to do so
    • Sound communication and interpersonal skills including managing difficult situations
    • Intermediate IT skills

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