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Physiotherapist North REACH Team

Band 7

Main area
Band 7
Secondment: 11 months (0.5 WTE)
Part time - 18.75 hours per week
Job ref
Whittington Health NHS Trust
Employer type
4th Floor, Council Offices,
£40,057 - £45,839 Per Annum (pro-rata) excluding HCAs
Salary period
22/10/2021 23:59

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Job overview

An exciting opportunity has arisen within Whittington Health for an experienced band 6 or existing band 7 physiotherapist to develop their skills and knowledge in a Team Leadership position within REACH Team  based in Islington.

Whittington Health is situated in North London and delivers health care to the residence of Haringey and Islington. We have an excellent reputation for being innovative, responsive and flexible to the changing clinical needs of the local population.

The remit of the REACH intermediate care team is to provide client centred intervention for service users, which promotes independence and  prevents unnecessary hospital admission. Intervention can take place in the clients own home.

We are a multi-professional team providing multi-disciplinary rehabilitation to adults with varying comorbidities. We are a dynamic team that enjoy working together to establish a highly responsive and effective service.

Main duties of the job

 You will need to have a strong clinical grounding in a variety of physiotherapy settings as a post graduate. The successful applicant will act as an accredited clinical educator for physiotherapy students and provide supervision of junior physiotherapists and rehabilitation assistants that carry out directed programmes. You will also have line management responsibilities for the occupational therapists within the team.

You will be a team player with proven clinical and interpersonal skills. Combined with a wide knowledge and skill base you will have organisational ability and a commitment to service and staff development as well as deputising for the 8a physiotherapist. You will also demonstrate a strong commitment to a person centred approach.

In return we will offer you:

  • Excellent management support and clinical supervision
  • The opportunity to be part of a dynamic team of permanent staff
  • Professional development
  • A chance to enhance service development skills

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 be professionally and legally responsible and accountable for all aspects of your own work including the management of patients in your care. To ensure a high standard of clinical care for the patients under your management, and support more junior staff to do likewise.
To undertake the comprehensive assessment of patients with a complex presentation, using investigative and analytical skills, formulating individualised management and treatment plans using clinical reasoning skills, developing specialised programmes of care utilising a wide variety of treatment skills and options.                                                                                                          


To be responsible for the day to day management of therapy staff in the North team including ensuring that all staff receive an annual appraisal and regular clinical supervision.  

To work with the lead physiotherapist on management and delivery of the physiotherapy service to adults in the community, providing an effective and efficient use of time and resources, balancing the demands of your clinical and managerial duties.
To be involved in identifying priorities for the service, and ensure that these priorities are met in the face of fluctuating patient demands and staff skill mix.                                            

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Hold a recognised degree or diploma in Physiotherapy
  • Current HCPC registration
  • Evidence of relevant post graduate courses or training to post-graduate diploma level
Desirable criteria
  • Member of relevant clinical special interest groups/sections.


Essential criteria
  • Evidence of extensive clinical experience in working as a specialist assessing and treating older people at a minimum of Band 6 level.
  • Evidence of supervision of less experienced staff, students and assistants.
  • Worked in the NHS or equivalent and are familiar with the NHS system and the role of the autonomous practitioner.
  • Experience of planning ongoing treatment or care for patients in the community and of making effective referrals to other agencies


Essential criteria
  • Evidence of specialist theoretical and practical knowledge of clinical practice with older people, demonstrating familiarity with a wide range of procedures and working practices.
  • Knowledge of relevant clinical guidelines.
  • Knowledge of the role of statutory and non-statutory services in supporting older people on discharge from hospital
  • Understanding of audit and its practical application.

Skills and abilities

Essential criteria
  • The ability to analyse clinical and non-clinical complex facts and situations, which require the interpretation and comparison of a range of options.
  • Evidence of ability to supervise and delegate work to junior staff and students
  • Excellent communication skills, and the ability to communicate complex information in a clear way, including written reports
  • Understanding of how to facilitate effective multi-disciplinary
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

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

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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Further details / informal visits contact

Florence Hing
Job title
Clinical Lead Physiotherapist
Email address
Telephone number
07392 272 827
Additional information

If you would like to be part of a team that is hard-working, supportive and works together to provide the best service for residents of Islington then contact Florence Hing, Clinical lead Physiotherapist at Florence.hing@nhs.net or 07392 272 827 to discuss the role further or arrange an informal visit.