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Specialist Physiotherapist for Cancer Care

Band 6

Main area
Clinical Support
Band 6
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Southampton General Hospital
£31,365 - £37,890 per annum
Salary period
25/04/2021 23:59
Interview date

Job overview

The Regional Cancer Care Therapy Team at University Hospital Southampton, NHS Foundation Trust (UHS) are looking to recruit a full time Band 6 Physiotherapist. 

If you have a passion for Cancer Care, we want to hear from you!

UHS is one of Europe’s largest teaching hospitals, a designated Major Trauma Centre and a Regional Treatment Centre for Cancer Care, covering Southern England and the Channel Islands. We are part of MDT for the Specialist Teenage and Young Adult Unit, one of only 17 Principal Treatment Centres in the UK.

We have an exciting opportunity for a full time Physiotherapist, with a keen interest in Oncology, to continue the development of the inpatient Physiotherapy role within our Regional Cancer Centre, whilst working alongside an established therapy team. 

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


The successful applicant would assess and treat oncology patients on the cancer care wards undergoing Radiotherapy, Chemotherapy, Bone Marrow Transplants and CAR-T cell therapy for haematological malignancies, as well as patients with haemophilia.

The role involves assessing, treating and discharge planning for complex oncology patients i.e. with Metastatic Spinal Cord Compression, brain tumours and brain metastases and for patients nearing the end of life. This also includes the development of appropriate links between hospital, hospice, rehabilitation centres and living at home and also lifestyle management through holistic and individualised assessment.

Excellent support will be given towards continual learning and professional and personal development by the established therapy teams. The post holder would also be encouraged to undertake audit and research, service development projects and will participate in in-service training programmes, student supervision and the development of Band 2-5 therapy staff.

All staff are expected to work flexibly to support a 7 day service in order to maximise patient care.

The successful applicant would be expected to participate in the Respiratory On Call roster (evenings and overnight) and Weekend/Bank Holiday Rehabilitation rosters.


We are looking for a Physiotherapist with a keen interest and enthusiasm for Oncology.  You need to be flexible, adaptable and have excellent communication skills.  The hours available are 37.5 hours per week.  The post is static and adopted by Macmillan, which allows access to further development resources.

Please ensure that you fulfil all the essential criteria in the Person Specification and have read the Job Description before applying.


Interviews will be held on Wednesday, 5th May

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

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Degree/Diploma in physiotherapy
  • Current HPC registration
Desirable criteria
  • Member of CSP
  • Membership of an appropriate clinical specialist interest group
  • Student Fieldwork Educators Course


Essential criteria
  • 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, 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
Desirable criteria
  • Band 6 experience in relevant clinical area/respiratory within the last 12m
  • Experience of Audit/Research

Aptitudes and skills

Essential criteria
  • Able to present information, written and orally, in a clear and logical manner
  • Knowledge of contemporary practice issues and recent research
  • Proven time management and prioritisation skills
  • Self motivated
  • Ability to work as part of an MDT
Desirable criteria
  • Evidence of delegation skills

Special requirements

Essential criteria
  • Able to work flexibly over 7 days, including On calls and weekends
  • Ability to travel independently between hospital sites or for necessary patient visits

Living the Trust values

Essential criteria
  • 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

Kit Pandher
Job title
Cancer Care Therapy Team Lead
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02381 204552

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