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Physiotherapist - Falls Specialist

Job Description

We are a pioneering research active organisation and we are proud to be doing things differently; whether that be redefining the shape of the local health and care system through our innovative plans for integrated care, or developing new services such as our Frail Older Person’s Assessment Service and our Medically Fit for Discharge Ward.

As well as creating the future, we also know the importance of providing really good, safe, and caring services for our patients. Our iCARE ethos sets out the principles which every member of our staff works to, ensuring good communication, attitude, respect and care for the hospital environment. Our patients tell us we’re getting this right, with our Friends and Family Test results consistently above 95 per cent (patients ‘extremely likely’ or ‘likely’ to recommend us to their friends and family).

We are looking for a band 6 physiotherapist to take up a fantastic new post of Physiotherapy Falls Specialist.

This is an innovative new role which will form an essential part of our multi-professional team working within YDH.

The post holder will provide advanced physiotherapeutic assessment of patients with diverse clinical presentations who are at risk of falls, helping to formulate and deliver an agreed patient-centred treatment programme to facilitate safe care within the acute clinical environment.

Specific duties will include:
• Ensuring a clear action plan for a reduction in falls within the organisation is delivered in accordance with NICE guidance and areas identified for improvement from the National Audit of Falls alongside the Trust Falls Lead
• Working with the clinical teams to ensure staff are trained and familiar with multi-factorial falls assessment and prevention, ensuring staff are appropriately skilled in completing assessments and developing individualised care plans
• Acting as adviser on patient-centred care planning and providing expertise and guidance as required
• Ensuring falls assessment, prevention and management forms an integral part of the MDT approach and that plans for individual patients are comprehensive and can be clearly articulated and understood
• Developing referral pathways within the acute trust of patients who require specialist falls risk review
• Work with the Falls Prevention Group to achieve the Trust’s Falls work plan objectives
• Assist ward-based Occupational Therapists to complete home hazard assessments, liaising with the Independent Rehab Teams and volunteer sector re: preventative interventions
• Work with ward teams to address problems of recurrent inpatient falls
• Support teams to complete environment assessments of ward areas to reduce risk

For further details / informal visits contact:
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We also have a range of nursing, medical and GP vacancies. If you know of anyone who might be interested in these roles we’d be delighted to hear from them. You can find our adverts for these posts by searching for Yeovil District Hospital in the employers list on NHS Jobs, or please contact our Recruitment Team on  ( Phone number removed ) , or ( Email address removed ) for details.

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.

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship (formerly a Work Permit)

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test. The UK Visas and Immigration department requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.

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