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Inpatient Physiotherapy
Band 5
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust
Employer type
Watford General Hospital
£26,938 - £33,111 pa inc 5% High Cost Allowance
Salary period
28/01/2022 23:59

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COVID-19 Vacancy Band 5 - Rotational Physiotherapist, Inpatient Therapy

Band 5

IMPORTANT information regarding mandatory COVID vaccinations within a healthcare setting

West Herts is committed to ensuring the safety of all our staff and patients. In order to prevent the spread of Covid-19, the Department of Health and Social Care has formally announced that a CQC registered person can only employ or otherwise engage individuals in regulated activities in England who have face to face contact with patients or service users if they are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 on 1 April 2022.

We are obliged to comply with this statutory obligation. The government policy takes into account specific exemptions to the requirement to be vaccinated and we recommend that you visit for further information on this matter.

Where you are applying for roles where some or all of your potential duties fall within the scope of the health and social care mandatory vaccination regulations, you should be aware that it will be a condition of your employment with West Herts that you have received the 1st and 2nd dose of the Covid-19 vaccination and have provided evidence of this (unless an exemption applies) by the relevant dates, being 3 February 2022 for the 1st dose and 31 March 2022 for the 2nd dose.

ExemptionsIf you are medically exempt from vaccination, we require evidence of formal medical exemption through the NHS COVID Pass process before West Herts can confirm acceptance of your medically exempt status. If you would like further details on the new rules around mandatory vaccinations, these can be provided during the recruitment process.

Job overview

This is an exciting opportunity to progress your physiotherapy career within our well established and dynamic therapy service. This includes rotations through both inpatients and outpatients allowing the post holder to gain experience within varied settings.

The rotations are 4 months and rotate through; Care of the Elderly, Medicine, Respiratory including ITU, Surgical (including Amputees), MSK Outpatients, Paediatrics, Acute Stroke Unit, Orthopaedics – trauma and elective and Women’s Health Outpatients.

Each rotation is supported by a robust senior tier with a wealth of experience to help guide and support in both your individual learning needs but to also strive to ensure that the best standards of care are provided. A well established supervision, probationary, preceptorship and appraisal process is in place to help facilitate this. We also offer In-Service training opportunities and experience will be gained in the informal supervision of assistants when appropriate.

Main duties of the job

West Hertfordshire NHS Trust is a busy acute district general with most of the main caseload now centralised at the Watford General Hospital site, with the exception of the  elective orthopaedic service which is at St Albans City Hospital and Outpatients MSK and Women’s Health which is based at Jacketts Field in Abbots Langley. As a Trust we have one of the largest Acute Assessment Units which provides opportunities to provide rapid but comprehensive assessments to help support patients to the most appropriate place of care. The teams have established strong relationships with our community bedded counterparts and community team colleagues, including rapid response and early supported discharge for stroke, to enable best patient care. We additionally have a Frailty Unit service and delirium recovery pathway.  We have a 19 bedded ITU offering opportunities to enhance critical care management both in respiratory and rehabilitation.

The department is 7 day working and this post would be included in that rota (frequency 1:6-1:4 weekends) with rest days in the following week, along with a requirement to be on the Respiratory on call evening rota.

Working for our organisation

There has never been a more exciting time to join West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust! Major redevelopment works are due for completion by 2025 or soon after. These will be most dramatic at Watford General Hospital where up to 90% of buildings will be new.

There are also plans for a digital transformation, new models of care and a multi-storey car park. As well as this, the trust – which won the UK Best Employer Award (Nursing Times 2019) – is applying for teaching hospital status in recognition of its wide and well-renowned role in educating doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals.

We encourage and welcome people with disabilities if you need help please ask.

We reserve the right to close this advert early due to the volume of applicants. Please apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

If you do not hear back within 3 weeks of your application, please assume you have been unsuccessful on this occasion.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

To deliver a complex package of high quality healthcare including assessment, treatment and advice to patients with various needs in a variety of settings.

To participate in the Junior Rotational Scheme which involves ITU, Surgery, Medical, Outpatients, Orthopaedics, Care of the Elderly, Paediatrics, Stroke and Women's Health Outpatients.  

The rotations are across Watford, St. Albans and Jackets field/ Abbots Langley.

To assess and treat own caseload of patients and maintain own records as an autonomous practitioner.

To communicate with relevant medical and nursing staff, social workers and other healthcare professionals, patients relatives and carers who may be in direct contact with the postholder with regard to patient care in order to facilitate a team approach to patient care. 

To actively participate in Continuous Professional Development and departmental education and training activities.

Postholder to have clinical supervision on a regular basis by a more senior member of the team.  Supervision takes the form of regular formal training and clinical reasoning sessions, peer review, case conferences and reflective practices.

To undertake the out of hours on-call duties overnight and at weekends (working autonomously).

To participate in the Service’s 7 day working service.

To actively participate in working over a seven day roster, fulfilling contractual hours of 37.5 hours a week.

Person specification

Your application form will be scored against the Job Description

Essential criteria
  • Score 0 = does not meet the person specification, 1 = reserved meets some person specification requirements - 2 = Meets all person specification requirements.
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

The postholder will have regular contact with vulnerable people 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.

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Tina Wrigley
Job title
Therapy Team Lead
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01923 436309
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