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Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist in Community Rehab

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
Cotford St. Luke, Taunton
Depending on experience Dependant on experience
Closing date
30 Jan 2023

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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With the national emphasis being on supporting patients' rehabilitation in their own homes and communities, this is an exciting time to join Somerset Foundation Trust Community Rehabilitation Service in a very senior clinical role. As a Physio Clinical Specialist in Community Rehabilitation, you will be part of an MDT consisting of Physio's, OT's, Pharmacy Technicians and Support Staff, working alongside the District Nurses and Older Persons Mental Health Teams as we continue with Integration of community services. You will link closely with the Advanced Clinical Practitioners and liaise with other agencies such as, Primary Care, Adult Social Care and voluntary agencies

This is an excellent opportunity for a senior, experienced therapist who wishes to develop their own clinical skills and those of less experienced staff. This post encompasses the Enhanced Clinical Practitioner Framework to allow the post-holder to gain ECP accreditation, providing a clear clinical career pathway. The post holder will link directly and receive support from our Advanced Clinical Practitioners who are already in place in community services.

Main duties of the job

The service provides non-urgent rehabilitation for residents over the age of 18 in Taunton and West Somerset. Referrals are from multiple sources. The caseload is varied from the straightforward mobility assessment to highly complex frailty, post-acute neuro-rehabilitation, orthopaedics and falls. There is specialist support with neuro conditions and excellent links with complex MDT clinics. People are visited in a host of settings, including their own homes, local community, community hospitals and care homes. The post-holder will be expected to support the most complex cases through their own and shared caseloads.

There are several bases across Taunton and West Somerset to work from, plus the ability to work from home and a flexible working policy. It is expected that a minimum of 80% of your time will be face to face with patients.

You will have advanced therapy assessment and clinical reasoning skills and be able to liaise with primary, secondary and tertiary stakeholders. Excellent communication skills, prioritising and triaging referrals along with outstanding organisational and time management skills will be required. There is an expectation that the post-holder will provide clinical supervision for less experienced staff and provide expert clinical advice in complex cases. Developing areas of special interest within community rehabilitation via appraisal and regular supervision will be positively encouraged.

About us

Some of the benefits of working in Somerset Foundation Trust are to experience the beautiful scenery (both countryside and coastal) whilst being in easy reach of town and city centres, with Bath and Bristol close by as well as neighbouring Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire. We promote a very strong wellbeing ethos within the service and emphasise an excellent work-life balance. Teams are very friendly and supportive, everyone wants each other to do well.

Job description Job responsibilities

The broad purpose of the role is to provide a high standard of complex, enhanced care for patients, using enhanced levels of clinical judgment, skills and knowledge and to clinically support other team members in their clinical development.

Person Specification Experience Essential
  • Significant experience in Community Rehab in a range of settings
  • Community Rehab experience in a range of conditions
  • Evidence of clinical supervision of staff
  • Evidence of teaching/developing staff
  • Experience embedding evidence based practice in clinical work
  • Significant experience of MDT working
  • Excellent communicator
  • Good team player
  • Excellent clinical reasoning and decision making
  • Access to a vehicle for travelling within Trust boundaries
  • Post grad qualification in relevant clinical areas
  • Post grad qualification in teaching, mentoring , coaching

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