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Specialist Physiotherapist for Respiratory Outpatients

Band 6

Main area
Band 6
Fixed term: 12 months
  • Full time
  • Part time
37.5 hours per week (30 - 37.5hrs)
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Southampton general Hospital
£32,306 - £39,027 pa
Salary period
29/09/2021 23:59
Interview date

Job overview

Exciting opportunities have arisen for a Band 6 Physiotherapist to join our Respiratory Outpatient services team at University Hospital Southampton. The postholder will be based in the respiratory centre and will work clinically within the MDT teams in Home ventilation team, asthma and airway clearance services. The post holder will be supported by a Band 8B consultant physiotherapist, band 8a in Home ventilation and band 7 staff.  This post is an opportunity to develop respiratory outpatient skills as well as gaining experience in managing patients in the regional long term ventilation service.

UHS is one of Europe’s largest teaching hospitals, a designated regional centre for many specialties alongside being a Major Trauma Centre covering southern England and the Channel Islands.

The well-established specialist medicine Therapy team consists of 12 qualified staff working across Tracheostomy, pulmonary and Long-Covid rehabilitation and respiratory physiotherapy outpatient services.

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.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities




Your clinical remit would involve the treatment of outpatients attending the respiratory centre including patients with a variety of medical conditions including bronchiectasis, asthma, COPD, cough assessments, breathing pattern disorders and respiratory failure.  This role is an ideal opportunity for an individual who is keen to develop their specialist respiratory skills and therefore experience with NIV and respiratory patients is desirable.

The post holder will be expected to assist with strategic development of the Therapy service for UHS. This permanent post offers an exciting opportunity for a motivated individual to develop clinical and managerial skills within Respiratory physiotherapy and oversee the development of others. The postholder will gain experience  in working with therapy, nursing and medical staff with complex patients requiring HMV in both the outpatient clinics and on the acute inpatient wards.

The post holder will be expected to engage in research, as well as regular clinical audits, and maintain up to date skills and knowledge in order to implement evidence based practice. The role will require supervising undergraduate students, as well as providing specialist advice to colleagues.

The successful applicant would be expected to work at weekends within all fields of Medicine and be rostered on the Physiotherapy Respiratory On-call and twilight rota, working across the acute wards.



We are looking for a highly motivated clinician with evidenced experience in managing and treating outpatients with complex respiratory conditions.

This role is an ideal opportunity for an individual who is keen to further develop their specialist respiratory and leadership skills. 



If you believe you fulfil the essential criteria on the person specification and would like to join our dynamic and driven team, then we would love to hear from you. For more information or to arrange an informal visit, please contact Denise Gibson via email Denise.Gibson@uhs.nhs.uk



Interviews will be held on Thursday, 14 October 2021

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

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Diploma/BSc in Physiotherapy/Pre-registration or MSc in Physiotherapy or equivalent
  • Current HCPC registration
  • Student Fieldwork Educators Course
  • Membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
  • Membership of an appropriate clinical specialist interest group


Essential criteria
  • Experience of supervising staff/students on placement
  • Up-to-date CPD portfolio
  • 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
  • Band 6 experience within relevant clinical area within the last 12m
  • Evidence of involvement in research and audit


Essential criteria
  • Self motivated
  • Ability to recognise own limitations
  • 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
  • Be flexible and adaptable at work in order to meet competing priorities
  • Reliable and honest
  • 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
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of committee membership e.g. as a Steward, Health and Safety representative etc
  • Evidence of attendance at courses, related to defined clinical area
  • Advance IT skills
  • Evidence of delegation skills
  • Presentation skills e.g. experience of formal teaching to small groups.
  • Evidence of involvement in organising courses.


Essential criteria
  • Able to demonstrate behaviours that meet the Trust Values  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.

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