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Specialist Paediatric Rotational Physiotherapist

Band 6

Main area
Clinical Support
Band 6
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Southampton General Hospital
£32,306 - £39,027 pa
Salary period
05/07/2022 23:59
Interview date

Job overview

Want a new challenge? What to specialise in Paediatric Physiotherapy? Want to gain experience in multiple different sub- specialities?

Look no further -This is the job for you!

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic, motivated, and dynamic physiotherapist to join our band 6 rotations within the children’s therapy department in Southampton Children’s Hospital

The Children’s Hospital is one of 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 Welcome Trust research facility. Children’s services have been graded as ‘good’ by CQC.  We have a vast range of Paediatric specialities including a level 3 PICU, and being a designated Major Trauma, neurosurgical, neurorehabilitation and cardiac centre.

The successful post holder 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.

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 post holder will gain experience in multiple Paediatric Therapy specialities during  9 month rotations in the following :

 - Respiratory care: Intensive care, high dependency, medicine and surgery

- Neurology (1): Acute inpatient rehabilitation

- Neurology (2): Bursledon House rehabilitation unit, neuro-orthopaedics and neurology.

- Orthopaedics:  Inpatient, outpatient and hydrotherapy caseloads.

- Neonatology:  Inclusive of neonatal unit, high care areas and developmental caseload of inpatients and outpatients.

- Neuromuscular: Regional clinics and outpatients

- Naomi House Hospice: provide expert hospice based therapeutic care to more than 340 life-limited and life-threatened children, young people and their extended families from Hampshire, Wiltshire, Dorset, Berkshire, West Sussex, Surrey and the Isle of Wight.

The successful applicants will be supported within the specialities by specialist Paediatric Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists allowing excellent opportunity for further developing clinical and theoretical skills. They will work in a dynamic and proactive Therapy team participating in regular audits and teaching.


The successful applicant will be expected to work within our team philosophy, which is “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 out a certain level of responsibility.”

The successful post holder should have completed a comprehensive B5 rotation position and had On-call experience. Previous paediatric experience is an essential criteria however this does not need to be hospital based experience; the applicant must be keen, enthusiastic and have a definite desire to work within paediatrics.

The UHS Therapy services department runs a 7 day service, using a rota system so weekend working and On-call will be expected.

Due the unique nature of this post we welcome informal enquires or visits – please contact Josie Lodge or Esther Bhullar on 02381204560.

We are a modern, flexible and progressive department, looking to appoint both full time and part time staff to join our teams.  Are you currently wanting to work specific hours   If so, call us – we would be interested in talking to prospective applicants who could commit to working a minimum of 3 days per week.  We are keen to offer a range of working hours for the right candidate – that could be you!



Interviews will be held on Monday, 18 July 2022

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
  • Attendance of appropriate clinical post-graduation training


Essential criteria
  • Recent work in an acute hospital setting in the last 12 months or within paediatric community services
  • A minimum of 4 rotations at Band Five level, or equivalent, demonstrating a broad range of experience
  • Including respiratory care
  • In particular must have experience in Paediatrics
  • Recent adult and /or paediatric on-call experience
  • Proven Experience or working as part of a physiotherapy and multidisciplinary team
Desirable criteria
  • Completion of a Paediatric physio rotation or at more senior level.
  • Band 6 experience.
  • Experience of Audit/Research

Aptitudes and skills required

Essential criteria
  • Able to present information, written and orally, in a clear and logical manner
  • Advanced report writing skills and ability to keep accurate and legible notes
  • Knowledge of contemporary practice issues within paediatrics and acute resp care
  • Good interpersonal/communication skills – listening/speaking, ability to adapt for paediatrics
  • Competent IT skills
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of committee membership e.g. Health and Safety representative
  • Evidence of attendance at related specialist training courses

Personal qualities/ temperament

Essential criteria
  • Ability to work effectively in a demanding and challenging environment with emotional or aggressive patients/carers

Special requirements of the post

Essential criteria
  • Able to work flexibly over 7 days, including On calls and weekends
  • Knowledge of trust issues

Living the Trust values

Essential criteria
  • Patients First
  • Always Improving
  • Working Together

Outside interests

Essential criteria
  • Evidence of outside interests

Employer certification / accreditation badges

Apprenticeships logoNo smoking policyDisability confident employerCare quality commission - Good

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

Josie Lodge
Job title
Paediatric Physiotherapist
Email address
Telephone number
023 81204560
Additional information

Esther Bhullar

Paediatric Physiotherapist


023 81204560

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