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Advanced Physiotherapist for Medicine for Older People

Band 7

Main area
Band 7
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Southampton General Hospital
£40,057 - £45,839 pa
Salary period
29/09/2021 23:59
Interview date

Job overview

An opportunity has arisen for an Advanced Physiotherapist (Band 7), who is motivated to enhance function and quality of life, whilst leading a dynamic integrated therapy team, to join the award winning Medicine for Older People’s team at University Hospital Southampton (UHS).  If you are looking to showcase your clinical, managerial and leadership skills in the field of Medicine for Older People, this is the opportunity for you!

About the Team

Our integrated therapy team offers specialist services treating adults living with frailty, with a variety of pathologies through an existing 7 day service. Our therapy team is a valued part of an expansive MDT, priding itself in delivering patient centred care whilst embedding the #endPJparalysis principles. The entire MDT strives to be at the forefront of innovation and development. Support will be given towards your continued learning, personal and professional development, with funding opportunities available for external education.

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



  • You will lead the assessment and treatment of highly complex patients with a variety of pathologies whilst supporting the team to do the same
  • Lead on complex discharges, with the support of a robust health and social care MDT
  • Utilise your leadership and management skills to support the operational running of the MOP therapy team alongside Band 7 peers
  • Engage in and deliver training and developmental opportunities for yourself and others
  • Provide clinical and managerial supervision to a range of therapy staff and students
  • Develop an expansive network of relationships with partner agencies to deliver the best possible care for patients across organisational boundaries
  • Actively drive quality improvement initiatives to enhance patient care and develop the service
  • Engage in a range of managerial processes, such as recruitment, appraisals and clinical governance

What we can offer you:

 Access to a range of educational opportunities internally and externally

  • As part of a large teaching hospital, there will be training opportunities to develop your clinical skills in specialist areas, such as respiratory and other body systems
  • Leadership and managerial development with support and guidance, formal training sessions and leadership courses enhancing your toolkit to lead your team to success
  • Support to undertake quality improvement initiatives and audit
  • To be a part of an integrated therapy service of Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists and therapy support staff
  • Opportunity to work with the enhanced dementia care team on a dedicated unit



The successful candidate will have a broad range of relevant clinical experience and be able to demonstrate a real passion for the care of older people. They will have a specialist interest in medicine for older people and be able to demonstrate highly specialist clinical and leadership skills in this area. The ability to treat patients with care, compassion and dignity is imperative, as well as excellent prioritisation and time management skills. An understanding of working in the acute setting is essential, and recent NHS experience is desirable. If you are a dynamic and enthusiastic Physiotherapist we would love to hear from you!


Please ensure you fulfil all the essential criteria and have read the Job description before applying.

We would encourage contact ahead of application. If you would like some more information about the post, please contact 02381 206725 or 07585 961889 Rachael Leyland Division B Therapy Manager for a friendly discussion.



Interviews will be held on Monday, 11 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/Preregistration MSc in Physiotherapy or equivalent
  • Current HPC registration
  • Ability to travel between sites if required
  • Student Fieldwork Educators Course
Desirable criteria
  • Masters level study


Essential criteria
  • Recent work in an acute hospital setting in the last 12 months
  • A minimum of 5 rotations at Band 6 level or equivalent, e.g. static post in relevant area, demonstrating a broad range of experience. Rotations could include: Respiratory (ITU, medicine, medicine for older people)
  • MSK (inpatient, outpatient),
  • Neurology (stroke, acute neurology, ITU)
  • Recent clinical experience in clinical speciality
  • Recent on call experience within last 12m
  • Experience of supervising staff/students on placement
  • Evidence of involvement in research and audit
Desirable criteria
  • Evidence of involvement in research and audit
  • Completed core rotations in acute respiratory, orthopaedics, neurology and outpatients

Aptitudes and skills required

Essential criteria
  • Able to present written information in a clear and logical manner
  • Knowledge of contemporary practice issues and recent research.
  • Proven time management and prioritisation skills
  • Ability to recognise own limitations
  • Ability to work as part of a close knit MDT
  • Able to use initiative
  • Be flexible and adaptable at work in order to meet competing priorities
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of committee membership e.g. Health and Safety representative
  • Evidence of involvement in organising courses
  • Evidence of attendance at related specialist training courses

Special requirements of the post

Essential criteria
  • Able to work flexibly over 7 days, including weekends according to the rota
  • Knowledge of Trust issues

Living the Trust values

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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Further details / informal visits contact

Rachael Leyland
Job title
Therapy Manager for Medicine and MoP
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Telephone number
02381 206725

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