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Neurosciences Rotational Physiotherapist

Band 6

Main area
Band 6
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Southampton General Hospital
£32,306 - £39,027 pa
Salary period
04/07/2022 23:59
Interview date

Job overview

We are looking for  skilled and dynamic physiotherapists to provide senior clinical and operational leadership alongside the current senior therapists within the UHS neurosciences team, and assist with strategic development of the therapy service within neurosciences.  There are both permanent and fixed term posts available.

The service covers three main areas -The Wessex neurological unit, covering complex neurology and neurosurgery.  The Wessex Spinal Unit- specialist spinal surgery, trauma, spinal injury and pain management and the hyper acute stroke and stroke rehabilitation service.  This acute neurosciences centre provides services to a population of 3 million covering central southern England and the Channel Islands and has strong links with Universities across the region. 

Main duties of the job

Attached you will find the personal specification document which provides more detail about the essential and desirable skills and experience needed for this role. We highly recommend you review this document and use it when completing your application as these criteria are used by hiring managers as guidance during shortlisting.

For an overview of the main duties of the role please see the ‘Job Description and Main Responsibilities’ section below. To understand the day-to-day responsibilities in more detail please read the full job description document attached.

Working for our organisation

What we can offer you

 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. 

All non-clinical roles may involve a mixture of on site and remote working, Specific details and flexible working options can be discussed as part of the interview process. 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

Your Responsibilities

What you’ll do

The successful applicant would rotate through hyper acute stroke and stroke rehabilitation, spines, neurological intensive care, as well as neurosurgery & neurology. The post holder, once competent, would be expected to work independently at weekends, on twilights and be involved in the trust wide therapy on-call rota. The role will also require teaching postgraduate/undergraduate students as well as providing specialist advice to onward care providers.

Within our combined therapy department at UHS Foundation Trust, we employ over 300 Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists and B2-4 therapy support staff with a huge variety of expertise and specialist skills.

What we’re looking for

An enthusiastic physiotherapist wishing to progress their career and specialise in the area Neurosciences.

Working across the Wessex Neurological Centre, Wessex Spinal Unit and Strokes services and you will be completing specialised neuro assessments, goal-directed treatments and multi-therapy discharge planning. You will be required to liaise closely with local community services, specialist regional units & local DGH’s.

We are looking for a forward-thinking Physiotherapist who is passionate about high quality patient centred care within the field of neuroscience. You will need excellent communication skills and the ability to work flexibly to accommodate the ever-changing nature of both acute and rehabilitation environments. You will be responsible for managing a varied and complex caseload as well as supporting and supervising junior staff & students. All our therapy staff are required to be able to undertake flexible working over a 7 day period.

We have an extensive induction programme and in-service training programme. There is regular clinical supervision as well as peer support. There are also opportunities for involvement in audit, research and service development is always encouraged as we strive for new and innovative ways of working.

Additional information

 We have one permanent position and one fixed term 1 year contract available with this advert.

Interviews will be held on Friday, 22 July 2022

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

Person specification

Qualifications / training required

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

Previous or relevant experience necessary

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
  • Band 6 experience within relevant clinical area within the last 12m
  • Evidence of involvement in research and audit

Aptitudes and skills required

Essential criteria
  • Able to present information, written and orally, in a clear and logical manner
  • 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 – listening/speaking
  • 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
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 of the post

Essential criteria
  • Advanced DBS check
  • 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
  • Knowledge and understanding of confidentiality and data protection
  • Knowledge and understanding of health and safety and infection control
  • Knowledge and understanding of resuscitation procedures
  • Ability to travel independently between hospital sites or for necessary patient visits

Values and behaviours

Essential criteria
  • Patients First
  • Always Improving
  • Working Together

Employer certification / accreditation badges

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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.

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