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Physiotherapist Team Lead

Solent NHS Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year
Closing date
30 Jan 2023

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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Would you like to work in a fast-paced Urgent Response team based in the community which offers a good work life balance?

We can offer flexible hours across a 7-day working week. We are looking for full time but are happy to consider hours from 30 hrs per week upwards.

As a Physiotherapist Team Lead you will support some of the most vulnerable patients within our community. Join Solent NHS Trust and enjoy a rewarding career where your expertise makes meaningful change happen.

In this role you will be treating patients in their home, supporting to avoid them being admitted unnecessarily to hospital, or to facilitate their early discharge from hospital. This is a continually developing service and effective leadership is essential. This team also flexes across the Emergency Department (ED) at University Hospital Southampton with the aim to support discharge from ED. This is a fast-paced role where every day is different.

Working in the community offers a wealth of opportunity to learn and grown as an independent practitioner.
  • Autonomy
  • Holistic approach to care
  • Independent decision making supported by your team
  • Work life balance
  • Always learning

Main duties of the job

  • Professionally and legally responsible and accountable as an autonomous practitioner for all aspects of your workload including management of patients in your care and that of your team
  • Undertake skilled assessment using advanced clinical reasoning and a variety of assessment techniques to provide accurate diagnosis
  • Manage own caseload using specialist knowledge and skills as an autonomous practitioner, including maintenance of comprehensive records
  • Provide highly specialist advice
  • Take lead role alongside the clinical lead and service lead in developing the specialist physiotherapy role
  • Be the lead specialist for the specific clinical area for the Trust using a variety of resources to drive improvement in clinical practice
  • Keep up to date with evidence base, current national and developments within the speciality and utilise knowledge and best practice in actively leading the development of clinical services
  • Maintain a high-level clinical skill set within the team to ensure high quality compassionate care for all patients referred to the service
  • Ensure all care delivered empowers patients to recover independence at the earliest opportunity

About us

Make a difference with us

If you are looking for somewhere you can make a real difference and are passionate about keeping people safe, well and out of hospital, a career with us may be just what you're looking for. At Solent NHS Trust, we strive to make a difference to the health and wellbeing of our communities.

We are proud to be an organisation which is focused on our people and we welcome people who share our values to come and work with us.

To deliver great care that is safe, simple and easy to access

To be a caring, flexible and supportive place to work

To deliver the best value for money

Our shared values support the development of a strong working culture. They breathe life into our organisation -- guiding and inspiring all of our actions and decisions. They enable us to be better at what we do and create a great place for our staff to work, whilst ensuring we provide the highest quality of care to our patients.

In creating our values, we spent time listening to our employees and members. Based on what people told us, we created our HEART values to reflect the deep belief that we are caring organisation at the centre of our community: Honesty, Everyone counts, Accountable, Respectful, Teamwork.

We are an accredited Real Living Wage employer.

We encourage and support our staff to be vaccinated as this remains the best line of defence against Covid-19.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • To be able to communicate complex, sensitive information to patients/carers where there may be barriers to understanding.
  • To ensure all patients are given the appropriate information & are actively encouraged to engage in their own health needs

Knowledge, Education & Training
  • To maintain own Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and assist the Clinical Lead to assess the CPD needs of the staff.
  • Be responsible for ensuring that relevant training is undertaken by staff in the team and an annual audit of training needs identified as required by the Trust
  • Supervise and assess students on placement, involving close working with the University to ensure academic and practice standards are met
  • Develop and implement induction programmes for new staff
  • Attend regular supervision from Clinical Lead
  • Implement relevant teaching programmes to update staff on clinical care issues
  • Lead on reflective practice discussions within the team and ensure effective outcomes of care are demonstrated.
  • Assist other disciplines within the team to gain their generic competencies in rehabilitation and issuing equipment, signing these off as achieved when appropriate.
  • Lead on equipment provision alongside Band 7 OT, acting as a resource for health and social care staff

Management & Leadership
  • Oversee the supervision of junior team members on a day-to-day basis and ensure that clinical supervision is met within the team.
  • Ensure that students obtain an effective placement in a conductive learning environment.
  • Be responsible for undertaking appraisal and supervision of a defined number of staff, ensuring that mandatory training and other relevant competency training is maintained.
  • Act on behalf of the Clinical Lead in co-ordinating responses to formal/informal complaints and incident investigation including RCA/SIRI preparation and presentation.
  • Manage staff sickness as delegated by Clinical Lead.
  • At all times promote the service within the local health economy and Social Services and to non-statutory organisations to make the best use of resources
  • Lead on specific project areas negotiated with Clinical Lead.
  • Attend relevant meetings in the absence of the Clinical Lead.
  • Ensure self and others comply with Clinical Governance and Health and Safety policies and identify risks to Clinical Lead
  • Proactively and positively engage in service change management to meet the requirement of service delivery.
  • With the Clinical Lead, ensure that the service meets the requirements as outlined in the current service delivery specification including achieving all of its agreed Key Performance Indicators.
  • Staff records are maintained ensuring compliance with the agreed record keeping systems of the Trust.
  • Ensure staff and self work positively with colleagues to maintain effective working relationships and develop team morale

Quality & Service Improvement
  • Identifies situations of clinical risk & takes appropriate action to ensure a safe environment for patients/clients/families & staff.
  • Contributes to evidence-based practice in speciality areas.
  • Demonstrates commitment to quality improvements, risk management & resource utilisation participating in monitoring & evaluation activities including audit & research activities
  • Provides input into clinical standards/protocols & policies & undertakes clinical audits as required.
  • Evaluates the effectiveness, efficiency & safety of clinical practice contributing to service improvement initiatives.
  • Participates in the implementation of models of care appropriate to patient/client population needs.
  • Contributes to & participates in Solent NHS policy development providing own expertise where relevant & feedback on proposed polices based on relevant experience & expertise where applicable.
  • Participates in case review & debriefing activities as required.
  • Participates in group/unit discussions that review current practice.
  • Contributes to the development of programmes of care/care packages providing specialist advice where relevant.
  • Promote patient & public involvement in activities designed to inform service improvement
  • Actively participate in clinical audit & service improvement activity to improve patient care & patient outcomes (privacy, dignity, & duty of candour).
  • Fully adheres to the Solent NHS trust Integrated Clinical & Safeguarding Supervision policy along with Safeguarding Children & adult policies, & information sharing protocols to ensure the health & well-being of children & adults at risk.
  • Familiarity with the requirements of the Mental Capacity Act & maintains MCA mandatory training.

Health & Safety, Security & Equality
  • Works in accordance with the relevant Health & Safety Trust policies, procedures, & guidelines.
  • Contribute to development of service.
  • Attends organisational mandatory training as required by the Trust & relevant to your role.
  • Actively participates in & enables others to carry out risk assessments within the working environment.
  • Ensures self & colleagues are trained & competent to use equipment safely.
  • Ensures incident reporting is expedited promptly & appropriate action plans completed.
  • Identifies potential health, safety & security issues & collaborates with others to promote & maintain an environment that supports infection prevention & control policies & procedures.
  • Supports & promotes a positive approach to diversity & equality of opportunity, to eliminate discrimination & disadvantage in service delivery & employment, & to manage, support or comply through the implementation of the Solent NHS Trust's Equal Opportunities Policy.
  • Promotes a culture which respects & values diversity, & support patients, visitors, & staff in exercising their rights.
  • Ensures care within areas of practice & adheres to the 5 principles of the Mental Capacity Act Code of Practice (2005).
  • Recognises & reports behaviour which undermines equality & diversity in accordance with organisational policies & current legislation.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Degree or Diploma in PhysiotherapyPost Registration Course e.g. rehabilitation, Chronic Disease Management, Palliative Care; History Taking etc
  • Recognised Clinical EducatorManagement Leadership course or equivalent
Experience Essential
  • Working with vulnerable adultsRange of relevant experience on either hospital or community settingManagement and training of othersWorking within a multi-disciplinary teamManagement experience

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