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Specialist Physiotherapist

Band 6

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Band 6
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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Southampton General Hospital
£32,306 - £39,027 pa
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Today at 23:59
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Job overview

We have an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic Band 6 Physiotherapist to join our B6 respiratory rotations and be part of our large therapy services department. We have a wide selection of respiratory rotations to enable you to develop a broad respiratory knowledge, working in ward, clinic and community settings. You would be part of a large, dynamic and supportive team that includes a Consultant Physiotherapist in respiratory medicine.

About the team:

By joining this team you will be part of a combined Therapy Services department of over 260wte staff, consisting of B2-4 Therapy support staff, Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists. We are one of the largest teaching hospitals in Europe. This is a great opportunity for the right person. 

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. 

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

What you will do:

The current rotations are within the following specialties:                    

  • Respiratory centre - Domiciliary NIV/Outpatients

  • Respiratory Centre – COPD / Community

  • Respiratory Centre - Asthma

  • GICU

  • Cardiothoracic

  • General surgery

  • Medicine- including High Dependency Unit

  • Medicine – acute wards with a rehabilitation focus

  • Acute medical Unit

  • Adult cystic fibrosis                                                                             

The post holder will be expected to lead the therapy team in the absence of the Band 7s, be involved in the teaching programme, service development, student supervision and the development of Band 2-5 therapy staff. All staff are expected to work flexibly to support a 7-day service.

What we are looking for:

The successful applicant should have relevant postgraduate respiratory clinical experience with a desire to develop their knowledge and skills in the respiratory care of patients with a wide range of pathologies. Excellent support will be given towards continual learning and professional development, including undertaking regular audits.

Please ensure you fulfil all the essential criteria before applying

We recommend speaking to us to find out more ahead of application and interview so you have the opportunity to ask questions. We look forward to hearing from you.


Person specification


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


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
  • Recent band 6 experience within relevant clinical area
  • Evidence of involvement in research and audit

Aptitudes and skills

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
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

Knowledge and understanding of

Essential criteria
  • manual handling
  • financial pressures within the NHS and the impact on service delivery
  • confidentiality and data protection
  • health and safety
  • infection control
  • resuscitation procedures

Values and behaviours

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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Denise Gibson
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