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Paediatric Community Physiotherapist

Tameside & Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience Per annum
Closing date
20 Mar 2023

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 6
Part Time
Paediatric Community Physiotherapist

Band 6

Part time 28.5 hours, Fixed Term 12 months maternity cover

An exciting opportunity has arisen to work as a physiotherapist in an established integrated service within the ISCAN team (Integrated Service for Children with Additional Needs). We are a multi-agency team, consisting of physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, dieticians and nursing.ISCAN Paediatric Physiotherapist

Our physiotherapy service delivers specialist care to children and young people 0-19 years with developmental, musculoskeletal and complex needs.

A dynamic, enthusiastic and experienced Physiotherapist is required to join our friendly, motivated and highly skilled team. The applicant should be an excellent communicator and have relevant experience of working with children and young people. You will be able to demonstrate a sound knowledge of childhood conditions particularly Cerebral Palsy, other neurodevelopmental disorders and musculoskeletal conditions. You will have support from experienced colleagues within the multi-disciplinary team and have regular supervision from your line manager and clinical lead in conjunction with your appraisal. You will be responsible for a community caseload and work in a variety of settings.

Main duties of the job

Work as part of the Integrated Service for Children with Additional Needs (ISCAN) to provide Physiotherapy assessment, diagnosis and treatment for children with complex and long term conditions in a variety of settings including special schools, the child's home and clinics.

Work with other professionals within ISCAN and the wider children's workforce, to set joint goals with the child and family and devise therapeutic programmes. To teach the devised programme to parents, carers and educational staff to ensure therapy is fully integrated into the child's management plan.

To contribute to service development projects including patient care pathways with the support of service team leaders.

Provide leadership and supervision for other team members.

About us

Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust serves a community of 250,000 people across Tameside & Glossop. We provide a range of quality services both within the hospital and across our community for both adults and children.Our vision is to improve health outcomes for our population and influence wider determinants of health through collaboration with our health & care partners.

We have a clear set of values & behaviours which we expect all of our staff to demonstrate & these are:
  • Safety
  • Care
  • Respect
  • Communication
  • Learning

We believe that the best organisations are those that reflect the communities they serve. We are therefore seeking to improve the diversity of our workforce to make it truly representative of our local population.

We actively encourage applications irrespective of race, age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage & civil partnership, or pregnancy or maternity. Recognising those communities that are underrepresented within our workforce, we would particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian & minority ethnic candidates, LGBTQ+ people & Disabled people.

We recognise that flexible working is important. We take requests for flexible working seriously, consider any request we receive and try to work with you, so we can explore if your request may fit with the needs of the service.

Job description Job responsibilities

To be wholly responsible for delivery and monitoring of the physiotherapy component of the child's care, in collaboration with the multidisciplinary team.

To be accountable for own clinical actions, ensuring adherence to professional code of conduct.

To co-ordinate and attend relevant clinical meetings plus meetings in other settings, e.g. schools.

To organise, chair and/or attend client related meetings as appropriate, e.g. Child and Family meetings.

To undertake lead professional / key worker responsibilities.

To recognise the need to work with interpreters or bilingual co-workers as appropriate.

To contribute to the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice by providing timely and detailed reports and recommendations that comply with departmental guidelines.

To organise assessments to identify the most appropriate equipment to meet a child's needs, involving outside agencies where necessary.

To follow departmental criteria for ordering, issuing and retrieval of equipment.

To issue and install equipment, carrying out risk assessments as appropriate.

To train users and carers to ensure safe use of equipment.

To monitor and review all equipment issued to ensure its continued suitability and safety.

To demonstrate correct handling techniques to parents and carers when assessing and treating a child with motor impairment.

To be responsible for the supervision of less experienced staff within the team and for delegating appropriate tasks.

To maintain up-to-date knowledge of local and national changes in legislation.

To make and implement recommendations which contribute to service development.

To lead on specific client related developments and activities within the team as agreed with team leaders.

To participate in and contribute to departmental audit.

To participate in staff meetings and integrated team development meetings.

To assist in the development, use of and actively promote care pathways and protocols within ISCAN as identified by team leaders.

To lead sessions, e.g. journal clubs, which show evidence of ability to accurately appraise and evaluate current research and show evidence of application of practice.

To maintain accurate, comprehensive and timely treatment records in line with Trust Policies.

To ensure that self and other members of staff adhere to high standards of record keeping at all times.

To maintain timely, accurate statistics and other records as requested by the service and the Trust.

To provide specialist reports and discharge summaries as relevant to practice setting.

To provide written reports to a variety of agencies detailing the progress of interventions.

Person Specification Education & Qualifications Essential
  • BSc (Hons) or equivalent in Physiotherapy
  • Health and Care Professions Council Registration
  • Full UK Driving Licence
  • Access to a vehicle for work
  • Post Registration qualifications in related subject areas
Knowledge Essential
  • Child development and common complex conditions
  • Good working knowledge of therapy processes and theoretical models
  • Safeguarding Awareness
  • Understanding of evidence based practice and the implications for clinical practice
  • Common Assessment Framework and common processes
  • To have knowledge of National Care Record System (Lorenzo).
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working /clinical placement with children with complex needs
  • Evidence of current and ongoing Continuous professional development
  • Previous experience gained in NHS setting
  • Experience of managing or supervising therapy assistants and technical instructors
Skills Essential
  • Communication - all ages and abilities of understanding.
  • Independent working
  • Ability to work flexibly and collaboratively with different agencies
  • Self motivating
  • Self evaluating
  • Ability to identify own learning needs.
  • Ability to work with and empower children and adolescents of all abilities.
  • Teaching and assessment skills.
  • Ability to implement packages of care.
  • Working in a multi disciplinary team.
  • Ability to work under a degree of pressure
  • Mentorship skills
  • Developing networks with the wider community
  • Research, audit and data analysis

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