New Year- Looking for a New Challenge? Want to work within a tertiary neurology service and within a designated paediatric neuromuscular centre, as part of a well-established and skilled MDT?
The Children’s Hospital is one of the 10 largest children’s hospitals within the UK and located within University Hospital Southampton which is a large regional teaching hospital with links to the University and Wellcome Trust research facility. We have a vast range of Paediatric specialities including major trauma, neurosurgery, neuro-rehabilitation, neonates, and cardiology - plus a level 3 PICU.
The regional neuromuscular service is a well established MDT service that is keen to support patients in meeting the standards of care and accessing emerging treatments options. We are part of the Northstar National clinical network and SMAREACH.
The successful post holder will work alongside existing band 7 PT and OT roles to provide a high level of assessment and management for children within the neuromuscular service and support the wider inpatient and outpatient neurology, neurosurgery and neurorehabilitation service. They will become an integral part of our 30 strong combined Paediatric Occupational and Physiotherapy Therapy team and wider Therapy services department of over 240wte staff.
This post provides therapeutic interventions and advice for children both within the regional neuromuscular service and acute neurology service. This includes children of all ages and ensuring holistic care with regards to consideration of their neurology, orthopaedic and respiratory needs. This could be as inpatients, outpatients, within clinic settings or within a community setting. They will also work closely with the Neuromuscular MDT, the acute neurology MDT and paediatric therapists including supervision of specialist rotational band 6 physiotherapists as well as therapy technicians and students.
Work within and support this dynamic and proactive Therapy team, it will also include participating in research, undertaking standardised outcome measures, managing clinical databases, regular audits, teaching and support for therapists either internal to the trust or external to support the patient journey and provide co-ordinated care.
The successful applicant will be expected to work within our team philosophy:
“We strongly believe in team working in a happy working environment. Workloads are shared and communication/ support is strongly encouraged. We are mutually responsible for the service and its development, and expect everyone to carry a certain level of responsibility for this.”
The successful post holder should have comprehensive B6 experience including specific experience with children with neuromuscular conditions and within acute neurology. Due to the need to ensure holistic management of the children they must also have proven recent respiratory experience including respiratory monitoring/NIV/LTV and chest clearance techniques and be on call competent. The applicant must be keen, enthusiastic and have a definite desire to work within the speciality, to drive forward service improvements to meet the changing needs secondary to emerging treatment options. They should have excellent communication skills to work closely within the MDT but also with community services, National network and with the child and their family.
The UHS Therapy services department runs a 7 day service, using a rota system so weekend working and On-call duties will be expected.
Due the unique nature of this post we welcome informal enquires or visits – please contact Shelley Geary or Jenni Palmer on 02381204560.
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 Wednesday, 24 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.
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.