Specialist Physiotherapist

Devon Partnership NHS Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year
Closing date
17 Feb 2023

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
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Are you a Physiotherapist wanting to start a career in one of the UKs most respected Mental Health Trusts?

Would you like to be part of the Physical Therapy Team who champion physical health and make a difference every day

Are you looking for a new flexible working opportunity?

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced and motivated Physiotherapist with diverse range of clinical skills to join Devon Partnership Trust. This role is a permanent contract with the availability of up to 22.5 hours per week with a range of flexible working patterns available.

This is a great opportunity to join our inpatient team at one of the country's most respected providers of secure mental health services.

The service benefits from a multidisciplinary leadership team who are committed to creating an environment which supports staff members and service users to reach their potential. Recovery is at the heart of everything we do - it is about people building a meaningful life and represents a shift away from focusing on illness and symptoms towards a focus on personal health, strengths and wellness.

We are encouraging applications from experienced Physiotherapists who have a varied clinical background, with fantastic assessment and treatment skills, as well as good communication skills and are enthusiastic about promoting physical health and championing the fantastic role that physiotherapy plays within an MDT as outlined in the Job Description

Main duties of the job

The role will require you to confidently work both independently and as part of a team with adults with a wide range of complex physical and mental health needs, completing thorough assessments and providing evidence-based treatment programmes as well as running exercise groups and 1:1 rehab sessions.

As part of this role you will be responsible for the provision of a quality and responsive Physiotherapy and exercise service across the site, as well as working closely with and providing clinical accountability for the Physical Therapy team.

You will become an important part of the longstanding multidisciplinary team working to ensure that every patient receives high quality care. This is a brilliant opportunity to work in a multi-disciplinary team consisting of a GP, Physical Health Nurse, OTs, and the Physical Health Practitioners, which will allow you to champion your skills in a very supportive and encouraging environment.

** As this may be something different to what you have done previously we encourage you to either call or email to find out more about the opportunity and discuss what the role entails. **

We look forward to welcoming you as part of our dedicated and expanding Physiotherapy Team within Devon Partnership Trust.

For an informal chat, please contact: Stacey Endacott, Physiotherapy Lead for Mental Health services stacey.endacott2@nhs.net or Helen Hanks, Lead for Occupational and physical therapy hhanks@nhs.net.

About us

About Devon Partnership Trust

We provide mental health, learning disability and neurodiversity services, as well as a range of specialist & secure services for the wider south west region & nationally. We are passionate about promoting good mental health & wellbeing. We strive to use the expertise & resources within our organisation, and through our partnerships, to deliver high quality services that are safe & focused on people's recovery.

Our values

We not only recruit employees based on their qualifications & experience - we recruit individuals who possess and demonstrate the behaviours which underpin the core values of our organisation. These values include such attributes as showing a commitment to quality of care, improving lives of others, giving respect, dignity & compassion. We can bring those values to life in our everyday tasks by giving a smile; making time for people; challenging ourselves & others, & being open to new ideas.

We are committed to being an inclusive employer & applications are encouraged & welcomed from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics as governed by the Equality Act 2010. Part time & flexible working applications will be considered & supported, where possible. We particularly encourage applicants with lived experience of mental health & learning disabilities. We are a Disability Confident Leader Employer.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please see the attached job description and person specification for more for further information on this role.

Person Specification Knowledge Essential
  • Extensive working knowledge of a broad range of mental health, musculoskeletal and neurological conditions etc.
  • Knowledge of the relevant National Service Frameworks and clinical guidelines, and experience of implementing these recommendations in practice
  • Training in staff appraisal
  • Competent IT skills
  • Ability to run internal/external courses or workshops for patients, carers, other health and social care professionals
  • Highly specialist manual handling training and ability to risk assess the physiotherapy programmes to be carried out by carers.
  • Advanced training/experience in standardised assessment and outcome measures appropriate to specialist area
  • Advanced training/experience in specialist communication and behaviour management used within the specialist field of mental health, secure services or other similar environments.
Qualifications Essential
  • Diploma/degree in physiotherapy.
  • State registration current HPC certificate
  • Evidence of extensive Continuous Professional Development maintained in a portfolio. Training/experience in management of conditions relating to the specialty at post grad diploma or equivalent, including recent postgraduate courses relevant to the clinical field or equivalent specialist training.
  • Extensive postgraduate experience some of which were spent at a senior level within a mental health, care of the elderly, musculoskeletal or neurology setting.
  • Good experience working for the NHS
  • Experience in developing workforce, services and other related management, leadership supervision skills
Experience Essential
  • Experience and evidence of conducting audit and research.
  • Specialist experience in managing complex clients with significant mental health, physical health and/or challenging behaviour presentations.
Shills and Abilities Essential
  • Skills and abilities
  • Group work skills
  • Ability to work autonomously, seeking guidance as necessary
  • Requirement for prolonged periods of intense concentration (to analyse and interpret complex information such as assessments including in depth patient history and teaching clinical skills).
  • Communication and Working Relationship Skills
  • Ability to build effective working relationships in stressful and demanding situations
  • Use of total Communication strategies
  • Multimedia/IT skills
  • Analytical & Judgemental Skills
  • Ability to reflect and critically appraise own and others performance
  • Problem solving skills
  • Planning & Organisational Skills
  • Workload management and ability to work autonomously and set own priorities
  • Physical Skills
  • Carry out assessments and treatments of adults with severe mental health impairments, challenging behaviour and physical impairments with the potential for moderate physical effort on a daily basis.
  • The use of expert therapeutic handling skills, manual techniques and facilitation of movement. To provide expert therapeutic manual handling assessment, ergonomic education and advice on continuing management to patient and members of the multidisciplinary team/education staff/family/carers.
  • To demonstrate highly developed dexterity, coordination and palpatory senses, for the advanced assessment and manual treatment of patients.
  • To work in whatever setting required which occasionally may have unpleasant working conditions, e.g. bodily fluids, sputum, vomit. Need to follow Trust infection control policies.

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