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Band 7 - Physiotherapist, AAU, A&E and Frailty Unit

Job Description

Come and join an influential and growing team.

We have some very exciting opportunities, at Band 7 level, that have recently arisen within our Inpatient Therapy Department at Watford Hospital.

These posts are static and would be suitable for existing Band 7s or experienced Band 6s demonstrating a good range of skills ideally in emergency/acute care, care of the elderly, general medicine.

Excellent clinical reasoning skills are a pre-requisite for these posts. The roles will include being responsible for delivering advanced assessments and treatments to facilitate discharge from the acute Trust and prevent admission to the in-patient wards. The caseload is varied and challenging so an ability to work under pressure is essential, as is the ability to organise and lead a team.

We as a Trust are committed to developing our staff. Successful candidates will be supported by a robust supervision, appraisal and probationary framework. There are plenty of opportunities for internal and external training and course funding through the department links, particularly with the University of Hertfordshire.

These posts also allow supervision/managerial opportunities and for successful candidates to use service development skills to ensure service efficiency and effectiveness.

The AAU/A&E and Frailty Therapy Teams work closely together and cross cover support into each others areas to deal with fluctuating referral rates.
The Frailty service is particularly designed so that comprehensive geriatric assessments are completed with patients who attend the Emergency Department and who meet the frailty criteria. This is currently based on the Bournemouth Frailty Score. These patients are then taken to the designated Frailty Assessment Unit where they are welcomed and assessed by a dedicated Multidisciplinary team which includes Specialist Nurses, Senior Physiotherapists, Senior Occupational Therapists, Social workers and dedicated Doctors and Geriatricians.

Creative and robust decision making skills are essential to make timely decisions that fully incorporate the patients’ needs and wishes whilst preventing unnecessary admission, of our frail patients, to the acute West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust hospital environment.

Watford Hospital is a busy district general hospital but is forward thinking as to how best to develop services to benefit the patients care.

It is well situated for access to the main motorways (M25 and M1) which will improve even further with the soon to be opened link road from M1 to Watford Hospital and has fast train links in to central London. The town centre has a wide range of shops and restruants but it is also surrounded by some beautiful countryside and open spaces.

Service hours are:
Acute Admissions Unit (including A&E) – 7 day service 8 – 6pm.
Frailty Unit – 7 day service 8 – 8pm.
1:4 – 1:6 weekend working frequency for 05 WTE and above staff.
1:8 – 1:12 weekend working frequency for 049 WTE and below staff.

Full time (100 WTE) and part time applicants are welcome to apply. (If you would like to discuss potential working patterns then please do not hesitate to contact us.

For further details / informal visits contact:
Marina Murray, Therapy Team Lead on  ( Phone number removed ) .

West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust provides acute healthcare services to a population of approximately half a million people living in west Hertfordshire and the surrounding area. The Trust also provides a range of more specialist services to a wider population, serving residents of North London, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and East Hertfordshire.

As an employer of over 4000 people we are one of the biggest employers in the area and see around a million patients each year.

Our vision is to embody in our hospitals the principles, values and sense of service that created the NHS by providing consistently good, safe care in a friendly, listening and informative way, as and when people need and want it and always with dignity and respect.

Important Information for Applicants:

We will require references covering a minimum of 3 years of employment history. Please ensure this is provided on your application with all gaps in employment accounted for. All referee's provided must be your Line Manager.

Your salary will be dependent on relevant NHS experience.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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