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Band 6 Physiotherapist
NHS AfC: Band 6
Part time - 26.25 hours per week (May include flexible (weekend and extended days) working and participation in the on-call respiratory service)
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Mersey and West Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
Employer type
£35,392 - £42,618 Per annum (pro rata for part time)
Salary period
16/06/2024 23:59

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Physiotherapist Neurological Rehabilitation/Spinal Cord Injuries

NHS AfC: Band 6

Job overview

Neurological Rehabilitation/Spinal Cord Injuries


Part Time- 26.25 hours per week (may include weekend and extended days)

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a motivated and dynamic individual to join our team as a Band 6 Physiotherapist. The Northwest Regional Spinal Injuries Centre is one of the twelve specialist centres across the UK, that provides specialist care and rehabilitation for patients with spinal cord injury.

There will be opportunities to develop your Neurological, Musculo-skeletal and Respiratory assessment and treatment skills. You would be working across a ward and therapy gym environment with additional opportunities to rehabilitate within our hydrotherapy pool. There are also services provided within an outpatient and community setting.

We are passionate about service development and quality improvement, therefore we ensure to provide learning opportunities through fortnightly therapy in-service training, a monthly multi-disciplinary team journal club and networking opportunities.

We work closely as a multi-disciplinary team to strive for patient centred care. As part of your role, you will be involved in supporting students through their placements and developing our new graduates within a preceptorship programme.

We are looking for a candidate who has experience within neurology/spinal cord injury. If you believe you have the skills that we are looking for and are ready for a positive challenge, then we would love to hear from you.

Main duties of the job

Main duties of the job

    • To assess and treat patients within the inpatient, outpatient, or Community setting.
    • To assist Clinical Therapy Manager/Team Leader in service development and the provision of a quality service.
    • To take responsibility for junior members of staff and delegate duties as necessary, always providing an appropriate level of support.
    • To meet the Therapy, Community and Continued Care Service objectives.
    • To cover for absence when required within the Community and Departments of Southport & Ormskirk Hospital Trust · To take part in the On Call Respiratory rota if applicable.

Working for our organisation

The Secretary of State has approved the partnership between St Helens & Knowsley Teaching Hospitals and Southport & Ormskirk Hospitals.

From 1st July we have come together as a single organisation under the name Mersey & West Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

The Trust delivers acute hospital care, intermediate care, community, and primary care services to a population of over 600,000 people with a combined workforce of around 9000 dedicated and skilled staff from 17 locations including Whiston, Southport & Formby, St Helens, Ormskirk and Newton hospitals.

The Trust provides regional services for burns, plastic surgery and spinal injuries to more than 4 million people across Mersey and West Lancashire, Cheshire, the Isle of Man and North Wales.

Our Vision is to deliver 5 Star Patient Care:

  • CARE that is evidence based, high quality and compassionate
  • ​​​​​​SAFETY that is of the highest standards
  • COMMUNICATION that is open, inclusive and respectful
  • SYSTEMS that are efficient, patient centred and reliable
  • PATHWAYS that are best practice and embedded, but also respect the individual needs of patients

Our achievements include:

  • Trust rated Outstanding by CQC Inspection August 2018
  • Top 100 places to work in the NHS (NHS Employers & Health Service Journal)
  • Awarded National Preceptorship Accreditation (2023) for our Nursing & AHP Preceptorship Programme

Please see our Wellbeing & Benefits booklet for more information on our staff benefits. 

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

For further details about this role including the main responsibilities, please see attached job description and person specification.

Advertising Date:  24th May 2024

Closing Date:  16th June 2024

Shortlisting Date: 17th June 2024

Proposed Interview Date: 28th June 2024

Previous applicants need not apply.

Please be aware this vacancy may close if a sufficient number of applicants is reached.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Degree in physiotherapy
  • HCPC registration
  • Evidence of relevant post-graduate courses/CPD
Desirable criteria
  • Fieldwork/practice educator qualification

Knowledge & Experience

Essential criteria
  • Post qualification & NHS experience in specialist field
  • Membership/participant of relevant Special Interest group

Skills and Abilities

Essential criteria
  • Ability to work autonomously independently and with MDT
  • Excellent time management, prioritisation skills and self management
  • Ability to delegate appropriately and supervise junior staff
  • Good clinical reasoning skills, assessment and treatment to problem solve and make decisions
  • Awareness of up-to-date NHS issues, clinical governance relating to therapy
Desirable criteria
  • Effective teaching and presentation skills

Physical Effort

Essential criteria
  • Physically able to fulfil physical activities/duties with complex patients in a variety of settings
  • Be able to carry out moving and handling with complex patients using equipment eg hoists or specialist medical devicess

Working conditions

Essential criteria
  • Ability to fulfill the travel requirements of the post

Emotional effort

Essential criteria
  • Ability to communicate with complex patients and their carers
  • Had exposure to sensitive , emotional circumstances

Mental effort

Essential criteria
  • Ability to overcome barriers to communication in a comprehensive and practical way with patients, families and MDT
  • Ability to prioritise workload in unpredictable demands

Employer certification / accreditation badges

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

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.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Paula Davies
Job title
Spinal Cord Injuries Therapy Team Leader
Email address
[email protected]
Telephone number
01704 705119
Additional information

If you would to discuss this further please contact Paula Davies/Christine Hogg, Spinal Cord Injury Therapy Team Leaders on 01704 70 4560/5119 or Clare Miller, Clinical Specialist PT(spinal cord injuries) on 01704 704560

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