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Rotational Physiotherapist

Solent NHS Trust
£27,055 to £32,934 a year
Closing date
17 Feb 2023

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Soon to graduate and looking for your first physiotherapist role? Looking for a new challenge? Want a role with a broad range of acute and community rotations? We would love to hear from you.

Solent NHS Trust is looking for physiotherapists to join its teams working on a 6 monthly rotational basis within the Portsmouth and Southampton areas.

This post is part of the combined Solent NHS Trust and Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust's Band 5 rotational programme, a truly integrated Band 5 rotational scheme between the two trusts.

There are currently over 40 rotations taking you into Acute, Community and Primary Care settings. These include opportunities on intensive care, acute wards in all specialties at Queen Alexandra Hospital, high level community care, rapid response teams, specialist community care and a multitude of musculoskeletal services at a variety settings within the Solent NHS Trust area.

To start or develop your career, there is no better way. You will have the opportunity to work with highly expert and specialised clinicians who will teach you the skills you need to deliver excellent patient care and progress in your career.

We have a comprehensive competency, clinical supervision and CPD programme supported by highly skilled staff. All newly qualified health professionals are supported to excel as autonomous practitioners in the workplace by the multidisciplinary preceptorship programme which runs for a ten month period.

Main duties of the job

To meet the needs of patients and their families to achieve improved health outcomes and promote health and wellbeing whilst demonstrating care, compassion, competence, communication, courage and commitment.

To undertake the comprehensive assessment of patients using investigative and analytical skills and seek guidance from senior staff as required.

To devise an individualised physiotherapy management and/or treatment plan, using clinical reasoning skills, to utilise a range of treatment options in formulating a programme of care in consultation with the patient.

To assess and treat own workload of patients / clients within a defined clinical speciality and maintain associated records.

To hold responsibility for own caseload, as an autonomous practitioner and to manage this using evidence based / client centred principles

To develop and maintain a culture of service improvement which promotes quality and safety and striving to do better.

Participate in Continual Professional Development and other departmental activities.

To communicate effectively with all patients and colleagues

To supervise assistants / technicians and students.

For this post you will need to hold a full UK driving licence and have access to the use of a car.

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

Clinical and Professional

To be responsible for implementing within your clinical practice the standards and policies in each specialty.

To maintain a high standard of clinical care using evidence based practices and evaluate the outcomes.

To be responsible as an autonomous practitioner to undertake a significant clinical caseload.

To undertake the comprehensive assessment of patients using investigative and analytical skills and seek guidance from senior staff as required.

To devise an individualised physiotherapy management and/or treatment plan, using clinical reasoning skills, to utilise a range of treatment options in formulating a programme of care in consultation with the patient.

To be professionally and legally responsible and accountable for all aspects of your professional activities working within codes of practice and professional guidelines.

To keep accurate, legible records of patient care in line with service guidelines

To demonstrate a sound understanding of clinical governance, clinical risk and to demonstrate the use of treatment plans with an evidence based link.

To demonstrate physical ability to carry out physiotherapy assessment and interventions, including highly developed manual physiotherapy techniques and therapeutic handling. This includes frequent moderate physical effort.

To keep up to date with clinical developments, analysing current research and discussing and implementing changes in clinical practice.

To be responsible for the safe use of equipment used in carrying out physiotherapy duties, adhering to the department's medical devices policy.

To participate in the oncall and emergency rotas. Supervision from a senior physiotherapist is available if required.


Work effectively with those patients whose first language is not English and take into consideration diversity issues in particular differing cultural awareness.

Communicate effectively with all patients and colleagues.

Be aware and adapt communication with patients whom may have communication difficulties, using other communication tools ie: language line, written, interpreter.


To participate in appropriate work related research/evaluation projects and to be aware of current research relevant to the specialty.

To undertake and present a relevant evidence based project in each rotation if required.

In line with the Trust's commitment to Clinical Governance, to participate in clinical audit and evaluate your own clinical effectiveness.

Knowledge, Education and Training

Health & Care Professions Council Registration

BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy, or equivalent

To assist if required in the training of students on clinical placement and assistant/technicians within the clinical area.

To be responsible for and actively record your own personal development.

To keep abreast of all new developments which includes attending relevant study days and visits to specialist units in consultation with the physiotherapy team.

To disseminate knowledge to physiotherapy staff through in-service training and be available for training other healthcare professionals as required.

To participate in the in-service and post registration education programme.

Management and Leadership

Staff are managed and standards of work are maintained and Trust policies for the management of staff performance are adhered to.

Appraisals of staff directly managed are undertaken and that the appraisal process is maintained throughout the team.

Informed consent is obtained where appropriate and documented in accordance with Trust procedures.

Appropriate risk and other assessments are completed and documented in a timely manner in accordance with Trust policy.

Infection prevention and control procedures are followed by all staff within their area of responsibility

All staff follow Trust clinical governance requirements

Plan the effective daily management of a caseload of patients including responding to urgent referrals and occasionally unpredictable work patterns.

To be able to prioritise clinical work and balance other patient related and professional activities in accordance with the departmental requirements.

To be able to manage potentially stressful, upsetting or emotional situations in an empathic manner including but not limited to ITU, neurology and areas for terminal care.

To work with the physiotherapy team to provide an efficient and effective service and to be involved in the proposal/development and implementation of departmental policies and the annual business plan.

To supervise physiotherapy assistants/technicians and when appropriate physiotherapy students on clinical placement.

To maintain and provide accurate and timely statistical information as required in consultation with senior staff.

To participate in the Trust appraisal scheme as an appraisee.

To ensure that all equipment defects, accidents and complaints are reported to your line manager and the physiotherapy manager immediately to ensure that appropriate action may be taken in line with Trust Health and Safety Policies.

Quality and Service Improvement

Identifies situations of clinical risk and takes appropriate action to ensure a safe environment for patients/clients/families and staff.

Contributes to evidence-based practice in speciality areas.

Demonstrates commitment to quality improvements, risk management and resource utilisation participating in monitoring and evaluation activities including audit and research activities

Provides input into clinical standards/protocols and policies and undertakes clinical audits as required.

Evaluates the effectiveness, efficiency and safety of clinical practice contributing to service improvement initiatives.

Participates in case review and 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 and public involvement in activities designed to inform service improvement

Fully adheres to the Solent NHS trust Integrated Clinical and Safeguarding Supervision policy along with Safeguarding Children and adult policies, and information sharing protocols to ensure the health and well-being of children and adults at risk.

Familiarity with the requirements of the Mental Capacity Act and maintains MCA mandatory training.

Limits of Authority

May not dismiss or suspend staff under the disciplinary procedures.

May not take annual leave without prior agreement of the manager

General requirements

Ensure they and where appropriate their staff:

adhere to trust policies and procedures at all times,

comply with trust standing orders, standing financial instructions, policies, procedures and guidelines,

follow any policies and procedures in relation to infection, prevention and control

are aware of their responsibilities in relation to safeguarding children, and vulnerable adults, and the specific responsibilities placed on individuals who care for such clients/patients

take all reasonable steps to manage and promote a safe and healthy working environment which is free from discrimination,

comply with the trust policy on confidentiality, and the Data Protection Act 1998 as amended, relating to information held manually or on computerised systems,

respect the confidentiality and privacy of clients and staff at all times,

maintain a constant awareness of health, welfare and safety issues affecting colleagues, patients, visitors and themselves, reporting any accidents or fault in line with trust policy,

fully participate in health and safety training,

participate in personal training, development, appraisal, and attend all relevant training courses as required.

comply with the professional body code of conduct

This job description seeks to outline the key duties and responsibilities of the post; it is not a definitive document and does not form part of the main statement of Terms and Conditions. The job description will be reviewed during the annual appraisal process.

The post holder may, with their agreement, which should not reasonably be withheld, be required to undertake other duties as required, which fall within the grading of this post, to meet the needs of this new and developing service.

Individuals who are required to hold a professional registration in order to practice must continue to be a member of their professional body throughout the lifespan of this job description. Such individuals will be required to notify the Trust immediately if their professional body limits or changes the terms of their registration.

This job description will be reviewed yearly as part of the annual individual appraisal, to ensure that it reflects the responsibilities of the post. No changes will be made without full consultation with the post holder.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy or equivalent
  • HCPC Registration

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