Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist, Occupational Health

Hywel Dda University Health Board
£41,659 to £47,673 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
5 Feb 2023

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Occupational Therapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
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We are looking for a Band 7, Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist to join our team in Glangwili Hospital, Carmarthen. The post holder will contribute to the planning, developing, and evaluating of the Occupational Physiotherapy services within the Occupational Health Service.

The post holder will be part of the senior multi-disciplinary team within the Occupational Health Service, providing expert musculo-skeletal advice and support in the delivery of specialist occupational health services in response to management referrals and self-referrals. The post holder will advise on an individual's ability to work, and return to work, modification woof rk duties, and monitor progress on return to work where necessary.

The post holder will undertake workplace assessments as required and work proactively on initiatives and strategies which aim to promote musculo-skeletal health and manage musculo-skeletal related risks arising from work.

The post holder will undertake critical analysis, appraisal of and synthesis of current research and or relevant literature to maintain evidence-based advice and practice within occupational health.

The post holder will lead and participate in CPD (Continual Professional Development) and the development of practice for staff within the service.

Main duties of the job

Provides a high quality, specialist advisory service to employees and managers.

Manages a caseload of patients with complex musculoskeletal disorders, assessing and evaluating individual needs.

Evaluates screening and diagnostic information as clinically indicated to inform clinical decisions.

Uses specialised clinical judgement to undertake an evaluation of individual's ability to undertake their role relative to their health needs and advises on tailored/reasonable adjustments as required.

Provides specialist advice to managers on expected outcome, an individual's ability to perform their task and other factors which might impact on performance and attendance.

Develops and utilises appropriate and evidenced based guidelines to determine an employee's fitness for work, prognosis and return to work plans.

Provides expert technical advice to manager/s on fulfilling their responsibilities under health and safety legislation with respect to employee's health from a musculo-skeletal perspective.

About us

Hywel Dda University Health Board is the planner and provider of NHS healthcare services for people in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and its bordering counties. Our 11,000 members of staff provide primary, community, in-hospital, mental health and learning disabilities services for around 384,000 people across a quarter of the landmass of Wales. We do this in partnership with our three local authorities and public, private and third sector colleagues, including our volunteers, through:

Four main hospitals: Bronglais General in Aberystwyth, Glangwili General in Carmarthen, Prince Philip in Llanelli and Withybush General in Haverfordwest;

Seven community hospitals: Amman Valley and Llandovery in Carmarthenshire; Tregaron, Aberaeron and Cardigan in Ceredigion; and Tenby and South Pembrokeshire Hospital Health and Social Care Resource Centre in Pembrokeshire;

48 general practices (four of which are managed practices), 47 dental practices (including three orthodontic), 99 community pharmacies, 44 general ophthalmic practices (43 providing Eye Health Examination Wales and 34 low vision services) and 17 domiciliary only providers and 11 health centres;

Numerous locations providing mental health and learning disabilities services

Job description Job responsibilities

You will be able to find a full job description and person specification attached within the supporting documents.

The Health Board is committed to supporting its staff to fully embrace the need for bilingualism thereby enhancing patient and service user experiences. In our commitment to increase the number of staff who are able to communicate in Welsh with patients and professionals, we welcome applications from Welsh speakers.

The ability to communicate in Welsh is desirable for this post. If you do not meet the Welsh Language requirements specified, the Health Board offers a variety of learning options and staff support to help you meet these minimal desirable requirements during the course of your employment with us.

Interviews will be held on 14/02/2023.

Person Specification Qualifications and knowledge Essential
  • Professional Registration as recognised by HCPC
  • Postgraduate courses in musculo-skeletal e.g. Maitland Mackenzie Physiotherapy
  • Master's level qualification or equivalent experience.
  • A knowledge of Health & Safety issues and ergonomic / Human Factors principles.
  • Have a knowledge of CSP standards of practice and conduct.
  • Expertise in the area and management of musculo-skeletal dysfunction.2
  • MSc in Ergonomics/ Human Factors/ Occupational or Public Health Or Willing to work towards achieving these, such as Master's level in Human Factors, Public Health with equivalent experience
  • Specialist knowledge of physiotherapy in Occupational Health
  • Specialist knowledge of ergonomics/human factors
Experience Essential
  • Experience in H&S management and its implementation
  • Experience in application of ergonomics/human factors principles
  • Experience in MSK OPD clinics as an independent practitioner
  • Significant post grad experience including relevant experience in OH
  • Managing a complex caseload using an advanced clinical reasoning process
  • Significant experience working as an automous practitioner
  • Significant experience in working in a multi-agency team within a specialist area
  • Therapeutic handling and risk assessments
  • Evidence of supporting service compliance with clinical governance requirements
  • Leadership of clinical networks - clinical practice groups
  • Experience in assisting in leading service developments
  • Experience in staff development
  • Experience in presenting within clinical area
  • Performance management e.g. PADR
  • Experience of audit and clinical governance
  • Some experience of audit & evaluation of service
  • Evidence of team management
  • Experience of service development across professional boundaries
  • Experience in undertaking risk assessments
  • Experience of health promotion and preventative developments within service
  • Experience of referring for and analysing the results of tests
  • Teaching experience

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