Community Physiotherapist (Band 6)
- Band 6
- Full time - 37.5 hours per week
- Whittington Health NHS Trust
- Stuart Crescent Helath Centre
- £32,306 - £39,027 per annum excluding HCAs
- 26/10/2021 23:59
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Specialist Physiotherapist- Community Rehab - Band 6 (37.5hrs/week)
Outer London weighting: Full-time 37.5hrs/week. Mon-Fri 9-5pm.
Whittington Health is an innovative Integrated Care Organisation providing community and hospital services to the population living in Islington and Haringey as well as other London boroughs including Barnet, Enfield, and Camden. It has embraced quality as the overarching principle for the organisation and achieved CQC rating of an outstanding community service provider.
We are looking for an experienced, enthusiastic clinician to join our Haringey team of physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists and rehabilitation technicians. The team works with adults of all ages and is based on achieving client-centred goals. We are looking for therapist with junior core rotational experience and experience in working in the community/inpatient. Currently working on intermediate care pathways and looking at exciting/rapid ways to respond to our patients.
Main duties of the job
To provide high quality effective physiotherapy assessment and short term treatment/management programmes for adults presenting with a range of conditions in Haringey, who require a community based service.
To use specialist physiotherapy knowledge and skills to manage own complex caseload, as an autonomous practitioner.
To act as a source of expertise on falls, orthopaedic and neurological conditions and rehabilitation liaising closely with specialist services; providing advice to patients, carers, all grades of physiotherapists, other health care professionals, consultants, general practitioners and social services.
To support the use of evidence based practice within the service, incorporating national guidelines e.g. falls guidelines into practice.
To assist with the running of strength and balance classes in the community.
To rotate between community rehab and falls service and bed based intermediate care unit
Working for our organisation
Whittington Health serves a richly diverse population and works hard to ensure that all our services are fair and equally accessible to everyone. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the way we look after our staff. We aim to employ a workforce which is as representative as possible of this population, so we are open to the value of differences in age, disability, gender, marital status, pregnancy and maternity, race, sexual orientation, and religion or belief. The Trust believes that as a public sector organisation we have an obligation to have recruitment, training, promotion and other formal employment policies and procedures that are sensitive to these differences. We think that by doing so, we are better able to treat our patients as well as being a better place to work.
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Detailed job description and main responsibilities
- To deliver patient care based on principles of best practice, achievable through direct patient contact or via supervision.
- To carry out specialist, comprehensive assessments of patients with a complex presentation, using investigative and analytical skills formulating individualised management and treatment plans.
- To provide specialised physiotherapy interventions at home or in a community setting as required, collaborating with colleagues in the community and secondary care health professionals to promote continuity of care.
- To ensure a timely response to hospital discharges in line with Haringey’s Trust policies.
- To provide specialist assessment for and provision of multi-disciplinary equipment in line with national and local guidelines.
- To undertake joint visits with all multi-disciplinary team members where appropriate and provide specialist advice on treatment/ management regimes.
- To keep accurate electronic treatment records, which fulfil legal and statistical requirements and which are in accordance with HPC, CSP, Trust and ICTT documentation standards.
- To facilitate and lead weekly falls exercise classes working closely with multi-disciplinary team, and collating data for ongoing audit/monitoring as required.
- To attend and actively participate in MDT clinical meetings.
- To challenge and improve current practice where appropriate, ensuring practice is evidence based.
- To be able to gain consent, often in the presence of communication difficulties, and be able to work within a legal framework with patients who lack capacity to consent to treatment.
- To be involved in public health promotion. Sometimes producing materials to facilitate effective delivery of treatment and ensure compliance and carry over.
- To identify own learning needs related to clinical knowledge and skills in the management of patients following stroke and with long term neurological conditions.
- To support in the delivery of multidisciplinary education and training.
- To access further education programmes to develop own knowledge and skills, by keeping up-to-date with current best-practise in physiotherapy (particularly in areas of community rehabilitation, falls and neurology) and to share learning with the wider team.
- To provide specialised advice, teaching and training to other members of the MDT regarding the physiotherapy management of adults in the community.
- To actively participate in the delivery of student education as a Clinical Educator.
- To co-ordinate workload of self and assistants as required.
- To participate in service reviews and policy, guideline and protocol development as required by NHS Haringey and other services.
- To support the provision of evidence based clinical practice within physiotherapy and the community rehabilitation service.
- To ensure that all equipment and treatment resources are optimally used for the management of patients with neurological conditions and across the community service.
- To ensure that all relevant policies are adhered to and assist the clinical leads in any investigation or actions to improve performance.
- To participate in the supervision, education and training of junior physiotherapist, rehabilitation assistants and other members of the multidisciplinary team.
- To support in the monitoring of the effectiveness of the community therapy service through the collation of data for ongoing audit.
- Contribute to the evaluation of research findings and disseminate them appropriately, including presentations at study days or conferences.
- To support the monitoring of adherence to local audits on neurological conditions.
- To be aware of and act in accordance with national policy procedures, legislation and professional regulatory body standards.
- To attend regular clinical supervision with an appropriate supervisor and according to Whittington Health guidance.
- To adhere to Whittington Health policy and procedures at all times.
- To be aware of one's own continuous professional development needs and maintain an annual personal development plan (PDP).
- To comply with and participate in the implementation and development of departmental and trust policy, and to support clinical leads in ensuring adherence within the team.
- To support the physiotherapy leads in implementing related polices.
- To comply with and support community based audit programmes.
- To ensure all equipment complies with health and safety policy and standards, liaising with management for new and replacement items as required and ensuring staffs are competent to use.
- To identify incidents and ensure that all members of the community team adhere to the Trust’s incident reporting protocol
- To ensure adherence to the health and safety policy within the team.
- Degree or Diploma in Physiotherapy
- Registration with the Health Professions Council
- Member of the CSP and relevant Clinical Interest group e.g. AGILE
- At least 2 years post-registration experience, including rotational
- Experience of working in the NHS.
- Experience of running Falls/Balance/other groups
- Knowledge of current NHS priorities and policy
- Understanding of clinical governance activity and its application to physiotherapyy services and practice.
- Knowledge of outcome measure tools relevant to community
- knowledge of the audit cycle and its uses.
Skills and Ability
- Essential IT skills, including Word and PowerPoint.
- High level of organisation skills and ability to prioritise own
- Ability to work in the community in patient’s homes and to travel around the borough.
- Willingness to work on any site as service requirements dictate, and as appropriate
Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the United Kingdom (UK) are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. Please note that from January 2021, to work in the UK all candidates who are not UK or Republic of Ireland (RoI) nationals require sponsorship unless you have permission to work via another route. Non UK / RoI candidates wishing to apply can self-assess the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship here. It is vital that you provide full and accurate details of your current immigration status on the application form. Overseas applicants applying for entry clearance into the UK must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided in continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Guidance can be found here. Not everyone needs a ‘Skilled Worker’ visa. If you are applying for a vacancy in health or adult social care, check if you’re eligible to apply for the Health and Care Worker visa instead. It’s cheaper to apply for and you do not need to pay the annual immigration health surcharge
The postholder will have access to vulnerable people in the course of their normal duties and as such this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service to check for any previous criminal convictions.
Documents to download
Further details / informal visits contact
- Laxmi Shrestha
- Job title
- Band 6 Community Physiotherapist
- Email address
- Telephone number
- 020 3074 2903