Trainee Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist - Development post

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
South Ealing
£38,762 to £45,765 a year per annum HCAS inclusive
Closing date
26 Mar 2023

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for a motivated and experienced MSK Band 6 Physiotherapist who would like an opportunity to develop into as a Trainee Band 7 Physiotherapy role. You will be working in a supported environment with your clinical leads with a focus on working towards successful completion of band 7 MSK physiotherapy competencies.

You will initially be employed as a band 6 physiotherapist whilst you develop from novice to experienced clinician. You will be expected to progress from the trainee Band 7 as you develop and complete your competencies. This post is ideal for a Band 6 who would like to develop further in the musculoskeletal specialism in a supported environment.

It is expected that the post-holder with take up to 12-18 months to complete the MSK competency framework. They may take further time to complete specific non-clinical competencies, however if the post holder cannot complete the requisite competencies they will not progress to the 7 position.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for a motivated Senior MSK Band 6 Physiotherapist to work within the Ealing Community Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Service. This is a full time post of 37.5hrs/week.

We have a commitment to clinical quality and service efficiency and can offer a supportive working and learning environment.

About us

The physiotherapy team is integrated with our interface service and there is opportunity to work alongside Extended Scope Practitioners and Musculoskeletal Physicians, as well as experienced senior physiotherapists. This is a non-rotational MSK post and thus some previous rotational experience would be beneficial but not essential. We aim to provide a supportive environment with the chance be involved in a range of innovative service projects.

The successful applicant may have contact with patients or service users. As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • To provide a comprehensive service to patients with physiotherapy need at a variety of locations. Skills required include:
  • Management of patients with complex musculoskeletal, orthopaedic and rheumatological disorders and conditions
  • Advanced manual therapy and therapeutic exercise skills.
  • Extensive knowledge of patient self- management and education
  • Excellent communication with consultants, GPs and other healthcare professionals is essential in providing a holistic approach to patient management
  • To initiate and participate in the development of new ideas and the evolution of existing systems within Primary care and hospital based musculoskeletal services.
  • To provide structured supervision, in line with ERS guidelines, for more junior members of the team.
  • To carry out annual appraisals and subsequently create professional development plans with more junior members of the physiotherapy team
  • To provide specific advanced level teaching for more junior members of the team.
  • To organise, coordinate and deliver training for GPs and other healthcare professionals as required.
  • To be responsible for helping to plan service development and implementing decisions.
  • To deputise for musculoskeletal team leads, in their absence, with regards to day to day management tasks. Examples of tasks included:
  • Checking new referrals against the teams referral criteria
  • Dealing with problems/issues as they arise and passing things on to more senior managers as required
  • Support and liaison with the admin/booking teams
  • To lead on the planning and clinical education of undergraduate students in the physiotherapy team
  • To participate in the recruitment process of more junior members of the physiotherapy team
  • To participate and lead, when appropriate, in the monitoring of activity and audit of Musculoskeletal physiotherapy service.
  • To autonomously assess and diagnose patients with a diverse range of Musculoskeletal, orthopaedic or rheumatology conditions, using appropriate assessment/diagnostic techniques, skills and tools.
  • To autonomously create individual treatment plans using a variety of appropriate physiotherapy treatment regimens for a range of patient groups including patients with complex and multiple musculoskeletal and medical problems.
  • To adopt a problem solving approach, engaging patients and carers in their treatment plan, negotiating on agreed outcomes, gaining consent and educating patient on self-care.
  • To evaluate and review treatment outcomes to facilitate discharge of patients.
  • To deliver care in a range of settings including clinics, GP surgeries and acute hospital as required.

Person Specification Education & Qualifications Essential
  • Graduate Diploma Physiotherapy/BSc Physiotherapy or equivalent level
  • HCPC Registration
Experience Essential
  • Good general exerience and some specialist experience in MSk
  • Have participated in in-service training
  • Have been involved in service training evaluation/initiated service change
  • Experience of sole responsibility for supervision of staff and students
  • Experience in MDT working MDT in the NHS
Knowledge Essential
  • Relevant post-graduate courses completed or commenced
  • Awareness of research methods, patient outcomes, clinical governance and audit
  • Good general background knowledge of orthopaedic conditions and their management
  • High level knowledge of musculoskeletal conditions and their management, specifically spinal pain
  • Knowledge of pain management strategies for chronic conditions
  • Participation in research, outcomes, clinical governance & audit
Skills and abilities Essential
  • Good communication
  • Excellent organisational skills and time management
  • Thorough and reliable
  • Good problem solver & able to work independantly as a sole practitioner in GP surgeries

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