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Specialist Paediatric Rotational Physiotherapist

Band 6

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Band 6
Full time: 37.5 hours per week
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Southampton General Hospital
£31,365 - £37,890 per annum
08/06/2020 23:59
Interview date

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 – University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS).


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, neuro-rehabilitation 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 240 staff.


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 ideally 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.

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!


As one of the largest acute teaching Trust’s in England, we can offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. We believe you deserve the best possible surroundings in which to do your job and we want to support you in doing your job to the best of your ability.               

As a Trust, we support flexible working and will consider requests taking into account the needs of the service. You’ll have an opportunity to discuss this at interview. Our LiveWell and inspire programme offers opportunities, support and advice, including smoking cessation services, exercise and activity classes, and support for mental health.

UHS employees are able to access a huge range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata) on appointment, can access on-site nursery facilities (subject to availability), and we offer a generous pension scheme.


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. 

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and only an hour on the train from central London. The New Forest National Park and the beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than those in London, 13 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted and 13 nearby green spaces to enjoy.


Interviews will be held on Friday, 26 June 2020.


If you’re interested in applying for this role, we’d encourage you to get in touch using the contact information at the bottom of this advert with any questions or if you would like to arrange an informal visit. Alternatively, if you’re ready to apply, please follow the link below to complete an application.

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

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

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Michelle Geary

Therapy Manager Paediatrics

0238120 4560

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