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Physiotherapist, Band 5

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Physiotherapist, Band 5

An exciting opportunity has arisen for band 5 Physiotherapists to join Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

The post will be based in South Somerset and will rotate on a 6 monthly basis through MSK outpatients, the Integrated Rehabilitation Team (IRT), paediatrics and Early Supported Discharge (ESD) for both Stroke and Acquired Brain Injury (ABI).

This post will give the successful candidates the opportunity to gain core physiotherapy skills in a supportive environment. We have an excellent preceptorship programme which includes regular supervision, in-service training, performance reviews and completion of competencies.

Within the MSK rotation the post holders will work closely with all MSk Physiotherapy staff, ESPs and Clinical Specialists in the delivery of musculoskeletal services in a community hospital setting. The MSk Physiotherapy Service is a forward thinking, dynamic service, which has a number of active projects ongoing such as Physiodirect telephone triage, clinical pathway auditing, and a staff self-referral service – Physio4U. The MSk Physiotherapy Service is fully integrated with our sister service – the Orthopaedic Assessment Service (OASIS); this promotes close working relationships and ensures seamless pathways of care for patients and many learning opportunities for staff.

The IRT consists of Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Rehabilitation Assistants and Pharmacy Technicians. We work within community hospitals as well as the community setting in order to provide rehabilitation to a broad range of patients. As a member of the team you will treat a variety of conditions effecting adults and older persons. You will carry out specific physiotherapy assessments, which will include goal setting and treatment planning, assessing risk, promoting and enabling independent functioning, and will ensure that service users optimise their rehabilitation potential. You will be committed to a person-centered approach within your practice and exhibit an ability to prioritise and work flexibly. We work as part of an integrated and co-located service consisting of district nurses, IRT and older person’s mental health. Together we offer interventions aimed at addressing the needs of individuals who present with multiple conditions.

The IRT covers a 7 day a week service and therefore it will be a requirement to work some weekends and Bank Holidays.

The innovative ESD interdisciplinary service consists of Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Nurses, Speech and Language Therapists, Psychologists and Rehabilitation Assistants jointly providing patient centered specialist rehabilitation to patients within their homes. During this rotation you will develop your Stroke and Neuro Rehabilitation skills and will be supported by band 6 therapists and clinical specialists you will also spend 3 months in the acute stroke units gaining experience.

To meet the patient’s needs it is a 7 day service with some shift working to be expected, however flexible working will be considered.

The paediatric rotation provides you with an excellent opportunity to gain a good grounding in a wide variety of paediatric conditions. We provide a local, community physiotherapy service for children and young people aged 0 - 19 years with conditions including developmental delay, cerebral palsy, neuromuscular, respiratory, orthopaedic, musculoskeletal and rheumatology. As a Band 5 Physiotherapist you will be part of a dedicated Therapy team comprising of Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists and Speech Therapists. Therapists provide high quality care through effective Multi-disciplinary teamwork. There will be opportunity to gain experience within a variety of settings including specialist clinics, special schools, client’s homes, mainstream schools and hydrotherapy.

We will be recruiting to 3 posts initially each of these will commence in Stroke/IRT, MSK or Paediatrics.

For further information on these posts or to book a visit please contact

Stroke/IRT - Oonagh Michelmore  ( Phone number removed )  ( Email address removed )

Musculoskeletal - Jillian Walters  ( Phone number removed )  ( Email address removed )

Paediatrics- Helen Donovan  ( Phone number removed )  ( Email address removed )

At Somerset Partnership, we offer some excellent benefits over and above the standard NHS benefits. Here are just some of them:

Refer a Friend scheme. We recognise that our staff are our most valuable resource. We are therefore keen for people with similar skills, experiences and approach to you to join our team. If you are already employed by us and have a friend or family member who you think would fit in with our culture and values, this scheme enables you to introduce them to the Trust.

If the introduction is successful and leads to your friend being appointed to a role within the Trust, you will both be entitled to an initial payment of £175 after your friend has been in post for three calendar months and a further payment of £175 each after they have been in post for a period of 12 calendar months.

Registration: The Trust welcomes newly qualified staff joining the team and will pay their registration for the first year that they are with the Trust.

Relocation assistance: The Trust already has in place a generous relocation scheme, subject to eligible applicants meeting the terms of the scheme. The full terms of the scheme can be found in the ‘Removal and Relocation Expenses Policy’ under ‘Human Resources’ on the public website.

Other benefits at Somerset Partnership include:

  • Excellent annual leave entitlement
  • NHS Pension Scheme
  • On site, free car parking in a number of our hospitals/units
  • Childcare voucher scheme
  • National NHS discounts
  • Annual Staff Recognition Awards
  • Long service awards
  • Training and development
  • Flexible working practices and career breaks
  • Family friendly benefits
  • Salary sacrifice schemes

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.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see applying from overseas.

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