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Out Patient Physiotherapy & MSK
NHS AfC: Band 3
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust
Employer type
Walton hospital
£21,730 - £23,177 pa pro rata
Salary period
07/12/2022 23:59

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Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust logo

COVID-19 Vacancy Technical Instructor - Out Patient Physiotherapy & MSK

NHS AfC: Band 3

The Trust is currently under-represented in terms of individuals from BME backgrounds and welcomes applicants from these communities.  DCHS is also an LGBT inclusive employer.  Selection will be on a basis of merit.  The Trust has achieved the status of a Disability Confident Leader and guarantees to invite to assessment applicants who meet the criteria for the job vacancy.  To ensure the diversity of the workforce and understand the differing needs of our communities, the Trust is committed to the principles of Positive Action.

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COVID-19  We recognise that the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted on people in different ways. Please be reassured that at DCHS we understand this and have a risk assessment process in place, where this is needed, to ensure your safety.

Job overview

Derbyshire Community Health Services is unable to sponsor international applicants in this role.  You can find out more about how you can work in the UK by visiting  Work in the UK - GOV.UK (

Derbyshire Community Health Services has a great opportunity for a Technical Instructor to join our  Musculoskeletal Outpatient Physiotherapy team.

This role is based in the Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire area which offers an easy commute from neighbouring counties.

Full time and part time hours will be considered. Various hours are available to support flexible working

We offer a supportive environment with senior clinical mentorship and leadership support across all of our teams. We have an established CPD offering and in service training programme.

Main duties of the job

The post will be flexible to move across sites according to the department needs and therefore the ability to travel will be essential.

As a Technical Instructor working within our service you will:

  • Provide specific support work to Physiotherapists, involving the practice of clinical techniques, which require technical skill and clinical understanding of patients requiring rehabilitation
  • Aid the rehabilitation of patients in the Outpatient Physiotherapy Service.
  • Provide ongoing treatment, education and instruction to a referred caseload of patients, seen in both individual and group settings. This will include some amendment and progression of treatment programmes in agreement with the Physiotherapist.
  • Work independently, when appropriate in outpatient department, but with access to a Physiotherapist
  • Provide initial assessments for walking aids.
  • Provide support to the Admin Team Lead, providing clerical and administrative duties as needed

Working for our organisation

As a DCHS employee it will be your responsibility to ensure that your behaviour and values reflect those set out in the "DCHS Way."

DCHS will provide protected CPD time, mentorship and supervision to support your practice and development. 

At DCHS we also offer:

  • Up to 33 days’ holiday each year plus Bank Holidays
  • Option to purchase additional leave
  • Flexible working options
  • Relocation package (qualifying criteria)
  • One of the best Pension schemes in the UK
  • Free parking at all of our sites
  • A fair mileage and lease car scheme
  • Supported study leave
  • Staff health & wellbeing programme
  • Access to Health Service Discounts
  • Annual flu vaccination

Part time hours will be considered.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

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Patient Care 

  • To provide skilled support to the Physiotherapists through ongoing treatment, education and instruction for patients seen in both individual and group settings. This will include some amendment and progression of treatment programmes in agreement with the Physiotherapist.
  • To provide initial assessment for walking aids.
  • To work without direct supervision, but with access to a Physiotherapist, reporting back on patient progress and informing the Physiotherapist of any problems or issues.
  • To assist outpatient physiotherapists in all aspects of patient care, with specific emphasis on exercise, education and mobility programmes, when working with the therapist or independently.
  • To maintain and demonstrate the required level of clinical competence to ensure safe effective patient care.
  • To use therapeutic skills (e.g. massage, mobility) within the guidance of the physiotherapist and have a theoretical understanding of orthopaedic and musculoskeletal conditions combined with a basic understanding of how equipment works and its appropriate application to patients.
  • To use knowledge to recognise problems or complications, e.g. infection or deteriorating medical condition, and to discuss with the Physiotherapists whether medical review or alternative management is indicated.
  • To treat patients individually or in a group setting in the Outpatient Department, ensuring that the background administrative duties are complete e.g. handouts, questionnaires, inputting.
  • To determine timely and effective discharge of patients, relaying this to the Physiotherapist.
  • To assess and issue walking aids, train patients fully in their safe use and carry out mobility assessment, e.g. stairs, without direct supervision from a Physiotherapist.
  • To provide Physiotherapy colleagues and other AHPs, medical and non-medical staff with information regarding the progress of service users to optimise the outcome for each individual. This could include attendance as the Physiotherapy representative, at Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) meeting to present relevant patient information and participate in the clinical decision-making process.
  • To be responsible for stock monitoring and ordering to support service provision, with budgetary responsibility borne by team and operational leads.
  • To support delivery of quality standards across clinical sites in liaison with team leads and business support lead.
  • To be responsible for day-to-day maintenance, cleaning and testing of Physiotherapy equipment and Physiotherapy treatment areas, adhering to department and Trust policy, including competence to use equipment. To immediately remove from service any items of equipment found to be defective, informing senior staff and liaising with other appropriate agencies, e.g. Medical Engineering.
  • To maintain accurate and legible records of all interventions and advice given to patients, carers or colleagues. Clinical records must comply with legal, professional and Trust Service Standards.
  • To motivate and provide psychological support, empathy and reassurance to patients and carers using well developed communication and interpersonal skills.
  • To use a range of effective verbal and non-verbal communication tools to communicate with patients, relatives and carers who may present barriers to communication to ensure a full understanding of their condition, treatment programme and to gain consent.
  • To have current knowledge of Physiotherapy guidelines and protocols for a stated caseload and to be able to answer patient and carer queries or to consult with the Physiotherapist when appropriate.
  • To be committed to the Trust Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) agenda and to undertake PPI activity.
  • To undertake any other responsibilities required by the Physiotherapy Manager or Senior Physiotherapy staff.

Strategy and Service Development 

  • To actively contribute to service development as part of the wider team

Financial Resources/Management 

  • To be responsible for equipment and stock control

Information Resources/Information Systems 

  • To undertake occasional clerical duties for the Physiotherapy department.
  • To participate in the delivery of the Clinical Governance
  • To input into all relevant information systems e.g. SystmOne, NHS Supplies

Autonomy/Scope within Role 

  • Ability to work independently but within procedural guidelines and under the guidance of the physiotherapist


Person specification

Education, Qualifications and Training

Essential criteria
  • English Language pass at GCSE Level (or equivalent)
  • Maths pass at GCSE Level (or equivalent)
  • NVQ3 in relevant health care subject (or equivalent)
Desirable criteria
  • Exercise/personal training qualification

Experience and Knowledge Required

Essential criteria
  • Experience working in a Health, Community or Social Care setting.
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of working in the NHS
  • Experience of working in a rehabilitation setting
  • Experience of working in Physiotherapy

Skills and Attributes

Essential criteria
  • Excellent communication skills – written
  • Good organisational skills
  • Basic IT competency
  • Able to work as a member of a team

Aptitude and Personal Qualities

Essential criteria
  • Able to deal with difficult individuals/situations
  • Willingness to learn and commitment to personal development
  • Able to work alone/under own initiative
  • Ability to travel between sites
  • Flexibility to be able to work across sites

Values, Drivers and Motivators

Essential criteria
  • Focused on patients and their families

Employer certification / accreditation badges

We are a Living Wage EmployerArmed Forces CovenantApprenticeships logoNo smoking policyHSJ Best places to workMindful employer.  Being positive about mental health.Age positiveDisability confident leaderCare quality commission - OutstandingDefence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) - GoldArmed Forces Covenant (Silver Award)Stonewall equality policy. Equality and justice for lesbians, gay men, bisexual and trans people.

Applicant requirements

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

Lisa Leverton
Job title
Team Lead Out Patient Physiotherapy & MSK
Email address
Telephone number
07812 655239
Additional information

Additional contact: Philippa Hancock, Team Lead Out Patient Physiotherapy & MSK

Tel: 07867 161146,  Email:

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