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Band 7- Lead Physiotherapist for Rapid Response Virtual Ward (RRVW)

NHS AfC: Band 7

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Lead Physiotherapist for Rapid Response Virtual Ward (RRVW)
NHS AfC: Band 7
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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Whittington Health NHS Trust
Employer type
Whittington Hospital
£40,057 - £45,839 per annum excl HCAs
Salary period
28/10/2021 23:59

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Job overview

The post holder will proactively manage a caseload of patients requiring complex case management in order to prevent hospital admissions and facilitate early discharge to improve patient health outcomes.  

The Physiotherapist will work as a part of the multi-disciplinary Rapid Response team including health and social services colleagues to meet the needs of patients referred to the team, ensuring the highest possible standards of practice.

The Team aims to prevent inappropriate admissions to acute hospital wards, unnecessary Emergency Department attendances from the community and to facilitate early discharges from hospital.


Main duties of the job

To interpret and analyse complex clinical and non-clinical facts to form accurate diagnoses and prognoses in a wide range of complex conditions, to recommend the best course of intervention, and to develop comprehensive discharge plans.

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 accept clinical responsibility for a designated caseload of patients, and to organise this effectively and efficiently with regard to clinical priorities and use of time.

To demonstrate highly developed observational, dexterity, co-ordination and palpatory senses for the assessment and therapeutic handling of patients as part of their management, including manual handling risk assessment.


Working for our organisation

Working patterns 

Therapists will be required to work 08.00- 20.00 and this includes weekend working.

 The Trust is currently exploring ways in which patients can be given more choice about when they can attend appointments at the hospital. In order to make this possible there may be a future requirement for administrative staff scheduling appointments for patients to contact them by telephone in the evenings or at weekends. This means that administrative staff may be required to work a shift pattern in future. Shifts will not normally operate beyond 8pm in the evenings and appropriate pay enhancements will apply. Staff will be consulted about the introduction of / changes to shift systems.

Staff working in any department where an on 'call rota' operates will be required to participate in the rota. Managers will discuss with staff the level of 'on call' cover required taking into account their individual circumstances.

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Detailed job description and main responsibilities

To demonstrate highly developed motivational and influencing skills, in facilitating patients and cares to share responsibility for achieving their  goals.

To challenge poor practice within the area of speciality whether this is physiotherapy practice or the practice of other professionals. Consequent to this you will need to identify strategies to cope with such poor practice, for example, education and training sessions.

To lead on the implementation of evidence based practice in relation to care of adults in the community and participate in the development of integrated care pathways for patients across the London Borough of Islington.

To provide specialist advice and input to multi-professional assessment for, and prescription of pressure care and seating equipment.

Leading in the assessment and prescription of mobility aids specialist equipment (including wheelchairs) for highly complex patients, recommending and ordering as appropriate.

To assess for and prescribe multi- professional equipment for use by patients in the community.

To initiate, arrange and co-ordinate case conferences in order to achieve a comprehensive and holistic care.

To be involved in public health promotion Sometimes producing materials to facilitate effective delivery of treatment and ensure compliance and carry over.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Degree or Diploma in Physiotherapy
  • Registration with the Health Professions Council
Desirable criteria
  • Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and relevant Clinical Interest Group.


Essential criteria
  • Able to communicate highly complex and sensitive information in written, verbal and presentational form to patients, staff and senior Managers within the Trust and across other organisations.
Desirable criteria
  • Able to identify and recognise when to seek advice and support concerning clinical, managerial, professional and organisational issues.


Essential criteria
  • Knowledge of a variety of physiotherapy concepts and Approaches and current best practice.
Desirable criteria
  • Knowledge of neurological conditions and pathologies and the Current medical management of such conditions.
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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

Susan Gibbs
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Lead Community Matron
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If you have any queries please contact the team on 0207 288 3670.