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Highly Specialised Physiotherapist – Special Schools

Job Description

St. George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is the regional specialist care provider for south west London, Surrey and beyond. The trust provides a high quality, comprehensive range of health services from leading edge tertiary and trauma care to community services, delivered from 2 hospital sites, St.George’s Hospital in Tooting and Queen Mary’s Hospital in Roehampton, and from St John’s Therapy Centre, 11 health centres and clinics, schools, nursing homes and people’s own homes. The trust also manages the healthcare service at HMP Wandsworth. With national and regional referrals added to our local 35m catchment, we serve a population of around 5m. We employ around 8,000 staff.

An opportunity has arisen for an experienced paediatric physiotherapist to join the team at Linden Lodge School and to work with the children, families and school staff to support children with complex needs.

Linden Lodge is a special needs school providing a high quality educational experience for children with additional needs aged 2-19 years. A friendly and experienced team of therapists are based at the school, including Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists and Therapy Assistants. The therapists and school staff work closely together to provide all-round care and support to meet the needs of each pupil. Children attending the school present with a wide range of conditions and functional abilities, including those with complex physical disabilities.

The post holder will be responsible for the provision of expert assessment, treatment, and advice for school staff to enable the children to develop motor and mobility skills. The role will also include assessment and provision of specialist equipment and monitoring of children’s orthopaedic and musculo-skeletal conditions. The post holder will provide second opinions and line management support for other therapists including band 6’s and TA’s.

The role will include strategic development of PT input into the curriculum whilst contributing to whole school workforce development and facilitating collaborative multidisciplinary working.

The post holder will be part of a progressive and supportive multidisciplinary team. Great emphasis is placed on supervision and professional development with strong links to the acute trust and community colleagues.

As well as being part of a structured clinical supervision and support system, there are many opportunities for joint working, continuing professional development, and professional networking. You will be able to use and develop your skills through direct work with children as well as informal and formal training for parents, teachers and others.

Work will be based within the school and will include children with a range of complex disability, associated impairments and secondary difficulties. The post holder will also be required to carry out occasional home visits to children attending the school who live in the borough of Wandsworth in order to support the child’s gross motor function within the home, and to provide and monitor specialist physiotherapy equipment.

This post represents an excellent opportunity to specialise in a challenging and rewarding area of complex neuro-disability.
You will need to have:
• Experience of working with children with complex needs
• Knowledge of assessment and intervention approaches for children with complex needs
• Knowledge and experience of specialist equipment and its prescription
• The ability to work closely and effectively with school staff, parents and others in order to support children
• The ability to devise, implement and review therapy plans
• Knowledge of current intervention policies, practice and national drivers
• The ability to support and supervise students, junior staff and others
• The ability to work autonomously, flexibly and under sometimes challenging conditions
• Enthusiasm, imagination and initiative

Please refer to the job description and person specification for more details.
Flexible working considered.

For further details / informal visits contact:
Hannah Coulton:  ( Phone number removed )  ( Email address removed )
Valerie Hanson:  ( Phone number removed )  ( Email address removed )

We expect all our staff to share the values that are important to the trust – being excellent, kind, responsible and respectful – and behave in a way that reflects these. More information on the vision and values of St. George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is attached below.

Please note that this vacancy may close before the advertised closing date if sufficient applicants are received. Please check your email regularly as all candidates shortlisted for interview will be contacted and informed by email or via NHS Jobs.

If you are appointed to the post, as part of your pre-employment check we will be required to verify your identity. The document/s you present for this purpose will be checked for their authenticity by scanning all known security features. These features will include:

- The machine readable zone
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- An infra red image

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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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