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Specialist Physiotherapist for Medicine for Older People

Band 6

Main area
Clinical Support
Band 6
Full time: 37.5 hours per week
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Southampton General Hospital
£31,365 - £37,890 per annum
Salary period
31/01/2021 23:59

An opportunity has arisen for a Specialist Physiotherapist, who is motivated to enhance function and quality of life, to join the award winning Medicine for Older People’s team at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS).  If you are looking to progress your clinical and managerial skills in the field of Medicine for Older People, this is the opportunity for you!


Our integrated therapy team offers specialist services covering approximately 150 beds, treating adults living with frailty, with a variety of pathologies through an existing 7 day service. Our therapy team is a valued part of an expansive, robust and close knit MDT, priding itself in delivering patient centred, holistic care.

We offer the opportunity to work on the Enhanced Dementia Care Unit – a unique, specialist ward in our region. We are proud to support the Eat Drink Move initiative at UHS and have won several awards including, ‘Most Inspiring Team’ at the #endpjparalysis awards and the ‘Care of the Older Person’ BMJ Award. The entire MDT is always striving to be at the forefront of innovation and development. Support will be given towards your continued learning, personal and professional development.


  • You will lead the assessment and treatment of complex patients with a variety of pathologies, and therefore it is essential that you will have a broad range of experience
  • Lead on complex discharges, with the support of a robust health and social care MDT
  • Develop leadership and management skills to be able to supervise and support other members of the team
  • Participate in quality improvement initiatives, audits and service development projects
  • Engage in training and developmental opportunities for yourself and others
  • Assist with leading the MOP therapy team with the band 7 Physiotherapist’s and OT’s
  • Mentor students from local universities
  • To take an active part on the respiratory twilight and on-call rota (support will be provided as necessary)


The successful candidate will have a broad range of relevant clinical experience and be able to demonstrate a real passion for the care of older people. The ability to treat your patients with the utmost care, compassion and dignity is imperative, as well as excellent prioritisation and time management skills. Recent experience of working in the acute setting is desirable.

If you are a dynamic and enthusiastic Physiotherapist who thinks this sounds like the perfect role for you, we would love to hear from you!


As one of the largest acute teaching Trust’s in England, we can offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. We believe you deserve the best possible surroundings in which to do your job and we want to support you in doing your job to the best of your ability.            

As a Trust, we support flexible working and will consider requests taking into account the needs of the service. You’ll have an opportunity to discuss this at interview. Our LiveWell and inspire programme offers opportunities, support and advice, including smoking cessation services, exercise and activity classes, and support for mental health.

UHS employees are able to access a huge range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata) on appointment, can access on-site nursery facilities (subject to availability), and we offer a generous pension scheme.


UHS is rated ‘Good’ by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care. 

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and only an hour on the train from central London. The New Forest National Park and the beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than those in London, 13 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted and 13 nearby green spaces to enjoy.


Interviews will be held on Thursday, 11 February 2021.


If you’re interested in applying for this role, we’d encourage you to get in touch using the contact information at the bottom of this advert with any questions or if you would like to arrange an informal visit. Alternatively, if you’re ready to apply, please follow the link below to complete an application.

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Hannah Wood
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