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Specialist Physiotherapist

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience Dependant on experience. Development posts available,
Closing date
28 Jan 2023

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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The CIS SE Alliance therapy team is a multi-disciplinary team providing Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy intervention to adults within South East Staffordshire.

Referrals to the service cover a range of conditions including; progressive neurological conditions, hip and knee replacements, arthritis, fractures, general frailty, acute medical conditions and dementia

Currently the service operates between 08:00 and 17.00 Monday to Friday although this will be reviewed and may include weekend and bank holiday work in the future.

Main duties of the job

Be competent as appropriate to the requirements of the role.

Putting people at the heart of what we do, Empowering People to improve Care and Wellbeing, Delivering better Health, better Care in partnership.

Be a Registered Physiotherapist with professional and clinical knowledge of their discipline

Provide Physiotherapy intervention to patients who may have complex physical conditions due to acute medical conditions, respiratory issues, falls and frailty within a community setting aiming to maximise their independence, prevent hospital admission, facilitate hospital discharge & to minimise risks.

Be responsible for a defined population of service users in a variety of settings across the Trust.

Be skilled in the assessment of complex/specialist care/support needs & in the development, implementation and evaluation of care/support packages.

Provide advice to patients, carers, other professional & agencies across the health and social care economy.

Act as a source of Physiotherapy advice for other team members.

Be responsible for recommending appropriate equipment to meet patient's needs and ensuring that patients and their carers know how to use prescribed equipment in a safe manner.

Have supervisory, training and leadership responsibilities where appropriate and will have some responsibility for team performance and service developments/improvements.

Demonstrate initiative and be creative in finding solutions to problems.

Work with the team leader undertaking delegated tasks

About us

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (MPFT) is an award winning organisation with over 9000 employees. We are one of the largest integrated Health and Social Care providers, covering services across North & South Staffordshire, Shropshire, Hampshire, Buckinghamshire, Isle of Wight and Essex.

Demonstrating our strong commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, and in context of our objective aligned to the growth of diversity across the workforce; we are particularly seeking applications from individuals who may be from under-represented groups, such as black, Asian or other ethnic groups, individuals with a disability, or LGBTQ+ individuals who meet the specific criteria.

We are embedding values based and inclusive recruitment practices to ensure that all applicants, from any backgrounds, have an equal chance of success in achieving a role with us.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • To adhere to and apply the Health and Care Professions Councils (HCPC) standards of proficiency and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) Code of Conduct and Behaviour and all other relevant guidance from the Partnership Trust.
  • To be professionally accountable and responsible for all aspects of own work.
  • To establish and maintain effective working relationships both within the Partnership Trust and with external organisations in order to meet service requirements and support and demonstrate the Trusts equality values.
  • To assess new service user referrals and care/support needs. Assess service users and formulates, develops, implements and evaluates programmes of treatment /care/support for individuals, families and carers. The specialist care/support plans may include the following:
    • Adaptation to condition, injury and / or trauma
    • Promoting independence/self-management and maintaining safety
    • Increased functional ability
    • Improvement in health and wellbeing including mental health
    • Interventions in disease/condition management
    • Prevention and reducing of health inequalities
    • Admission avoidance
    • Early supported discharge
    • Case management/ treatment /care plans
    • Palliative and end of life care
  • To use professional knowledge and judgement to take into account the range of care/support packages and treatment options available. To consider each service users personal circumstances and preferences in order to implement and adjust programmes of care and intervention.
  • To maintain and develop skills and knowledge to deliver a range of interventions and sets an example of good practice to other team members including skill sharing.
  • To maintain sensitivity at all times to the emotional needs of the service user and their carers offering reassurance and empathy, in particular when imparting potentially distressing information. This may be in regard to the nature/prognosis of their condition and implications of the same
  • To work with individuals and carers who may find it difficult to engage with the service or aspects of the service resulting in uncooperative or challenging behaviour that has to be managed.
  • To use professional knowledge, skills and expertise when working in changing environments and across professional boundaries.
  • To maintain contemporaneous and accurate records as required by the Partnership Trust and in line with professional standards (HCPC/CSP). Support identified team members giving guidance and direction where appropriate.
  • To take responsibility for the safe use and transportation of equipment between locations. To work in non-purpose built rooms involving the necessity to move furniture, therapy equipment etc.
  • To ensure that the skills of identified team members are appropriately deployed and that care is delivered by staff with the relevant education, expertise and competence.
  • To deliver a high standard of intervention, whilst managing the demands of unplanned aspects of the role using innovative problem solving techniques.
  • To provide advice, education and training to service users, carers and professionals regarding the management and care/support of service users.
  • To take accountability for allocated assessments, planning and implementation of care packages/ programmes of support, within their caseload.
  • To provide professional and clinical support and leadership to identified team members. Supports in identifying training needs of staff and encouraging practitioners to develop skills in:
    • Critical thinking and reflective practice
    • Excellence in practice
    • Specialist knowledge and research based practice

  • To provide and receive regular supervision in order to support the continuous professional development of self and others.
  • To contribute to the process of induction for new team members and other disciplines, as appropriate.
  • To identify own training/educational needs as part of the supervision and appraisal process. Attains and maintains an agreed level of expertise through ongoing training and development.
  • To have people management skills which incorporate compassionate and appreciative leadership.
  • To set workload priorities for self, and oversee the workload of more junior team members and students as required.
  • To provide training, undertake work based assessments and supervision of pre- registration students, typically for periods of 4-12 weeks as required.
  • To contribute to service/policy development through active membership on working parties or professional forums.
  • To undertake tasks concerning the day to day organisation and operation of the team, working with the team leader as required.
  • To set priorities to achieve a balance between service user needs, supervisory duties, (may include staff work allocation, sickness cover and annual leave) and staff training within resource limitations.
  • In collaboration with the team leader and/or specialist establishes clear goals and standards for the team/service in order to maintain and improve the quality of care/support.
  • To work with the Clinical Lead/ Specialist / Service / Professional Lead to identify clinical levels of expertise within the team, in order that talents, training and competences are identified and can be fully utilised.


Our 2020 Vision: Our Sustainable Future with a vision to become the most sustainable NHS Trust by 2020. In order to achieve this, we need the support of all staff. As a member of staff, it is your responsibility to minimise the Trusts environmental impact and to ensure that Trust resources are used efficiently with minimum wastage throughout daily activities. This will include minimising waste production through printing and photocopying less, reducing water waste and when waste is produced, it is your responsibility to segregate all clinical waste correctly and recycle. Switch off lights and equipment when not in use, report all faults and heating / cooling concerns promptly to the Estates Helpdesk and where possible minimise business travel. Where the role includes the ordering and use of supplies or equipment the post holder will consider the environmental impact of purchase

Disruptive Incident & Business Continuity

The Trust needs to be able to plan for, and respond to a wide range of incidents and emergencies that could affect health or patient care. These could be anything from severe weather to an infectious disease outbreak or a major transport accident.

All staff are required to have an awareness of the Trusts business continuity arrangements, as a minimum. All staff will be required to;
  • To know how to identify a business continuity incident and the method for reporting;
  • To have an awareness of local business continuity arrangements;
  • To participate in awareness, training and exercises, as required;

In the event of a disruptive incident, all Trust employees will be required to attend work if they are fit and well and able to do so in line with a Trust risk assessment Those who are clinically qualified will be required to work flexibly across the Trust to meet the service need in clinical areas. This will include front line clinical staff who will be expected to cover alternative duties as and when required in order to ensure that all essential services are maintained.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • oDegree in Physiotherapy or equivalent. oRegistration with HCPC
  • oo Modules at Masters level o Evidence of further clinical study o Specialist interest
Experience Essential
  • oo Relevant experience to the role including assessment and management of various conditions within the area of clinical speciality. o Ability to manage time and caseload effectively. o Supporting service users, families and carers in dealing with issues within the area of clinical speciality. o Working in a multidisciplinary team
  • oo Experience of negotiation and conflict management in clinical situations.
Skills & knowledge Essential
  • oEvidence of specialist clinical knowledge relevant to the post. oUnderstanding of Information Governance, Data Protection, HCPC /CSP standards and Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults/Children. Awareness of relevant NSF's and NICE guidance. oThe necessary competences required to undertake this role will be provided (once ratified) as a separate document on appointment. They are derived from skills for health and aligned to national occupational standards. An element of these is given below: oBasic IT skills oInitiate, and participate in networks and discussion groups oProvide leadership in your area of responsibility oEstablish a diagnosis of an individual's health condition oDischarge and transfer individuals where appropriate oEnable other individuals to reflect on their own values, priorities, interests and effectiveness oIdentify and evaluate opportunities for innovation and improvement oAble to disseminate information by giving formal and informal presentations.
  • oKnowledge of relevant NSF's and NICE guidance. Understanding of wider NHS agenda and its application to the local context.
Personal attributes Essential
  • oWorking across hospital / community settings and have the ability to travel within a geographical area to meet the requirements of the post. oFlexibility with working hours to en

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