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Specialist MSK Physiotherapist

Band 6

Main area
Clinical Support
Band 6
Part time - 18.75 hours per week
Job ref
Southampton General Hospital
£31,365 - £37,890 Per Annum Pro Rata
Salary period
21/04/2021 23:59

Job overview

Are you looking for a new challenge? Would you like to use your MSK skills to treat a range of MSK problems in the Adult Cystic Fibrosis (CF) service? Would you like to work within a highly respected and established team, whist ensuring you get appropriate training, support and education? Then this band 6 post is for you! 
An exciting opportunity has arisen in University Hospital Southampton, one of Europe’s largest teaching hospitals for an enthusiastic MSK Physiotherapist to support the Adult Cystic Fibrosis team in treating MSK disorders in this population.

The highly skilled and dedicated Wessex Adult Cystic Fibrosis multidisciplinary team are based within Southampton General Hospital. They are committed to delivering high quality care to approximately 300 adults with CF across a large geographical location. 

This role is offered on a part time (18.75 hours per week) basis.

Main duties of the job

You can read an overview of the main duties of the role in the section below: Job Description and Main Responsibilities.

To understand the role in more detail please read the full job description and person specification documents attached. 

Working for our organisation

As one of the largest acute teaching Trusts in England, we offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. 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. 

We support flexible working and will consider requests taking into account the needs of the service. UHS employees are able to access a range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata), and we offer a generous pension scheme.

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and direct trains to London. The New Forest National Park and beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than London and 14 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities


Work closely with our regional multi-professional Cystic Fibrosis team

Supported by a Clinical Specialist and highly specialised physiotherapists in Cystic Fibrosis to provide the necessary training in CF but with MSK supervision from the MSK department.

Reviewing outpatients attending our multi-professional Cystic fibrosis clinics both face to face and virtually.

Reviewing in patients with acute and chronic MSK issues

Occasional community visits as indicated

Assessing and treating MSK disorders associated with CF but also a range of acute and chronic MSK issues akin to those of the general population.

Supporting the CF team in home exercise programmes and upskilling in simple MSK treatments.

Supervising Band 5 and Band 4 in delivering MSK programmes and interventions.

Expected to be involved in the teaching programme, service development and student supervision.

Involvement in research and development and presenting where able

Attendance at regional meetings may also be required.

The MDT strives to develop the service and has a strong focus on research with numerous team members presenting at conferences both Nationally and internationally.

The friendly and experienced physio team will ensure you have excellent support with continual learning and professional development.         


Dynamic Physiotherapist

Relevant postgraduate MSK clinical experience

Desire to develop knowledge and skills in MSk with an interest in CF

Leadership skills in the absence of Band 7/8

Motivated to take part in audit, service improvement and research and development

Able to teach junior staff and students

Able to take part in on call rotas across the trust on a rota basis


Interviews will be held on Friday, 30 April 2021

Should you have any queries, please use the contact details below to get in touch.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Diploma/BSc in Physiotherapy/Pre-registration or MSc in Physiotherapy or equivalent
  • Current HCPC registration
Desirable criteria
  • Membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
  • Membership of an appropriate clinical specialist interest group
  • Student Fieldwork Educators Course


Essential criteria
  • Must have completed a minimum of 4 rotations at Band Five level, or equivalent, e.g. in a static post in relevant area, demonstrating a broad range of experience. Rotations should include 4 of the following clinical areas: Respiratory (ITU, surgical , CT, Medicine, Medicine for Older People), MSK (inpatients, outpatients), Neurology (Stroke, acute neurology, ITU)
  • On call competence with recent on call experience
  • Experience working in an acute hospital setting
  • Experience of supervising staff/students on placement
  • Up-to-date CPD portfolio
Desirable criteria
  • Recent Band 6 experience within relevant clinical area
  • Evidence of involvement in research and audit


Essential criteria
  • Demonstrates clarity and breadth in use of verbal and written communications in relation to our patient group
  • Confident to work alone in the clinical area, with guidance from Senior Therapists for complex cases
  • Knowledge of contemporary practice issues and recent research
  • Proven time management and prioritisation skills
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Competent IT skills
  • Ability to handle sensitive information
  • Self motivated
  • Ability to recognise own limitations
  • Professional manner
  • Ability to work as part of a close knit MDT
  • Understanding of clinical governance
  • Ability to stay calm when under pressure
  • Able to use initiative
  • Be flexible and adaptable at work in order to meet competing priorities
  • Reliable and honest
Desirable criteria
  • Advance IT skills
  • Evidence of delegation skills
  • Presentation skills e.g. experience of formal teaching to small groups.
  • Experience of committee membership e.g. as a Steward, Health and Safety representative etc
  • Evidence of involvement in organising courses.
  • Evidence of attendance at courses, related to defined clinical area

Special requirements

Essential criteria
  • Able to work flexibly over 7 days, including on-call (if relevant to clinical area) and weekends according to the rota
  • Knowledge and understanding of  manual handling  financial pressures within the NHS and the impact on service delivery  confidentiality and data protection  health and safety  infection control  resuscitation procedures
  • Ability to travel between hospital sites or for necessary patient visits

Trust Values

Essential criteria
  • Able to demonstrate behaviours that meet the Trust Values  Patients First  Always Improving  Working Together
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Sian Green
Job title
Senior Physiotherapist
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