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Static Physiotherapist (Band 6)– Burns and Plastic Surgery
Therapy Services at the Chelsea and Westminster Healthcare NHS Trust has a vacancy for a permanent Band 6 Physiotherapist in the Burns and Plastic Surgery Therapy Team.
Burns and Plastic Surgery Therapy Team
The burns therapy team provides pro-active, patient-centred and highly specialist care to patients following burn injury and plastic surgical intervention. The team provides acute and rehabilitative care to the regional burns unit and plastic surgical wards and manages a diverse caseload of adult and paediatric burns and plastic surgery patients including the critically ill, acute inpatients, elective admissions and outpatients.
The successful applicant will have recent physiotherapy experience at band 6 level (or higher) in burns, with up to date clinical knowledge and skills in the assessment and management of patients following burns and plastic surgery. This includes burns intensive care, acute inpatient care, outpatient clinics and rehabilitation, splinting and scar management. You must be confident in your ability to clinically reason a range of burns therapy assessments and interventions including fabrication of static splints and management of complex hand burns. Knowledge and experience of scar management techniques, including scar assessment, pressure garment prescription, scar massage and silicon contact media would be highly desirable. Experience in a hand therapy setting would also be beneficial and you should feel confident working as an autonomous practitioner in outpatient clinics.
You will have recent experience as a qualified physiotherapist in an acute hospital setting, including experience of a wide range of clinical conditions with broad exposure to different patient populations including acute medicine, respiratory/ICU, neurology, orthopaedics and surgery.
You should have strong clinical reasoning and communication skills, be willing to develop skills outside the traditional scope of Physiotherapy practice and be confident working in a busy, multi-disciplinary, teaching-hospital environment. This post would suit an experienced Band 6 therapist with skills and experience in a range of clinical areas (including burns).
The post-holder will also be responsible for the appraisal, supervision and day-to-day management of a rotational band 6 member of staff and provision of a teaching programme to rotational therapists (Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists).
As part of a growing team and changing service, participation in service development and audit will also be a responsibility of the post-holder. You will also be required to deputise for the Band 7 Physiotherapists in their absence and should therefore also possess strong leadership skills, reliability and initiative.
Therapy services at Chelsea and Westminster are provided by integrated therapy teams consisting of occupational therapists, physiotherapists, pressure garments technicians (burns) and therapy assistants. This enables therapists to work closely together to achieve combined goals, improving the quality of care for patients. The integrated therapy approach delivers high standards of patient care, service and professional development. We pride ourselves on having a robust supervision and in-service training programme where you will have the opportunity to further develop your clinical and non-clinical skills and knowledge.
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For further information please contact Kayleen Engelsman, ( Email address removed )
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