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Clinical Specialist Spinal Physiotherapist

Band 8a

Main area
Band 8a
Part time - 22.5 hours per week
Job ref
Southampton General Hospital
£47,126 - £53,219 pa pro rata
Salary period
05/07/2022 23:59
Interview date

Job overview

This post offers an exciting opportunity for a highly skilled, experienced and motivated physiotherapist to work as an integral member of the specialist spinal multidisciplinary team, within the major trauma centre at University Hospitals Southampton. The successful applicant will have a proven track record demonstrating their advanced therapeutic, clinical and diagnostic skills in the management of complex spinal presentations and possess all the attributes akin to working within a dynamic team ethos. This position will challenge your skills in the appropriate triage of patients as a first contact practitioner, with both acute and chronic orthopaedic and neurological spinal presentations, referred to our regional service through a variety of different routes. 

Main duties of the job

Attached you will find the person 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

You will be able to demonstrate evidenced leadership and specific involvement within aspects of service improvement and development. Advanced handling and treatment skills will be second nature to you and the ability to teach and share your knowledge and skills base throughout the spinal and wider therapy teams should be an equally important aspect of this role. A strong emphasis is placed on the ability to clinically reason, interpret a variety of investigations and diagnose as part of a multidisciplinary team.

A robust framework of clinical support will be provided through a network of clinical specialist physiotherapists, consultant physiotherapists, consultant neurologists, neurosurgeons, orthopaedic surgeons and specialist nurses. Along with the exposure to the management of a vast array of spinal conditions, this post will undoubtedly offer ample opportunities for the right candidate to develop their career in this exciting and dynamic field.

What we’re looking for

If you are driven, motivated, have a solid background of working within a spinal service, possess excellent clinical reasoning, therapeutic treatment skills and understanding of patient pathways for spinal conditions, then we would like to hear from you. If you would like to discuss this role in more detail, then please feel free to contact us.

Additional information

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
  • Degree or equivalent in Physiotherapy
  • HCPC registration
  • Student fieldwork educators course
Desirable criteria
  • Successful completion of Masters module in area relevant to specialist area e.g spinal/upper limb/lower limb/injection therapy
  • Membership of an appropriate clinical specialist interest group
  • Member of CSP
  • Recognised post graduate qualification e.g. MSc

Previous or relevant experience necessary

Essential criteria
  • Currently working at Band 7 level or above specialising in musculoskeletal conditions relevant to post description, with advanced knowledge and experience of management of patients with complex pathology
  • Previous experience of working clinic or in triage service
  • Experience in MSK and minimum of 6/7 rotations at Band 6 level, or equivalent, demonstrating a broad range of experience
  • Experience of supervising staff and students
  • Involvement in research and audit within practice
  • Proven leadership ability
  • Experience working as part of a MDT
  • Work with a variety of physical and mental health conditions/multiple pathology
  • Evidence of CPD maintained in a Professional Portfolio
Desirable criteria
  • Work in an acute UK hospital setting in the last 12m
  • Appropriate external clinical and managerial/leadership courses
  • Previous experience in teaching/lecturing at a regional/national level to multiprofessional groups
  • Publications in peered reviewed journals
  • Evidence of previous experience of interpretation of imaging and other diagnostic tests

Aptitudes and skills required

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
  • Presentation skills e.g. experience of formal teaching to small groups
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 financial pressures within the NHS and the impact on service delivery
  • Knowledge and understanding of confidentiality and data protection
  • Knowledge and understanding of health and safety
  • Knowledge and understanding of 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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Further details / informal visits contact

Warren Corbett
Job title
Therapy Manager
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023 81 204061

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