St Luke's Hospice
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Our Physiotherapy Service is designed to provide, develop and deliver specialist physiotherapy to people with a cancer/palliative care diagnosis who have complex needs and includes people with long term conditions. The service is for patients at the end of their cancer/illness journey from diagnosis to end stage disease, offering preventative, restorative, supportive and palliative rehabilitation intervention. This may include those living beyond their cancer diagnosis left coping with the lasting effects of treatment. In addition, support for carers and families is a key element of this service, including attending the established therapeutic and support groups and developing new disease and symptom specific therapeutic and lifestyle management groups.
Main duties of the job
The post holder will have an in-depth understanding of physiotherapy philosophy and its processes.The post holder will undertake physiotherapy assessments and develop home exercise plans (HEP) for patients presenting with problems in the field of palliative/end of life care, including carrying out ongoing reviews/follow ups.The post holder will act as a resource for palliative care physiotherapy and to provide advice, education and support to the other members of the multi-disciplinary team, and other healthcare professionals. The post holder will work with other Hospice and community services to provide support as appropriate – e.g. well-being management for survivors of cancer. The post holder will help to develop clinics that can support effective pain and symptom management, maintain mobility and promote lifestyle management and personal well-being.
We are a local charity supporting people when they need us most. You can be part of our team and make a difference to people in your community.
Our team make a real difference to people with life-limiting or complex healthcare conditions. We provide a wide range of services with expert and experienced teams supporting both the person and their family and friends. The quality of our services is testament to the dedication of expert staff and great teamwork.
35 days (7 weeks) annual leave inclusive of Bank Holidays.-Generous pension provision and access to the NHS Pension (if already in the scheme).-Life Insurance cover (3 times annual salary) for pension scheme members.-Confidential employee support line-Flexible work patterns responsive to individual needs.-Funded staff counselling-Discounted membership to local health club-Extensive education programme with wide range of professional and personal development opportunities-Funded Clinical Supervision-Bike to work scheme-Sick pay cover-Options to buy fresh cooked food at discounted rates-Free influenza jabs-Financial assistance if you need glasses for work-Staff Consultation Forum-Active
1.1. To be responsible for caseload/workload and be an active participant in the multi-disciplinary team, ensuring the physical, spiritual, emotional, psychological and social needs of patients are identified and addressed.
1.2. To plan, deliver and evaluate physiotherapy interventions to address patient’s complex health and wellbeing needs, including one-to-one sessions and group sessions.
1.3. Specialist assessment of patients’ needs regarding rehabilitation and lifestyle management/maintenance, and identifying level of rehabilitation potential for individuals, and developing/advising re strategies to help cope with fatigue and promote energy conservation.
1.4. Identifying symptoms/risk of malignant spinal cord compression, carrying out specialist assessment and intervention for those with malignant cord compression.
1.5. Carrying out mobility assessments to ensure safe discharge and re-admission avoidance
1.6. Identifying cases where discharge from hospital/hospice may be complex, and attendance at case conferences where required
1.7. Input to MDT assessments and care planning
1.8. To run Out-Patient Clinics within the Physiotherapy gym on a weekly basis.
1.9. To discuss progress and treatment with relatives and teach them therapy techniques if appropriate, and with the patients permission, giving relevant information, advice and support.
1.10. In conjunction with other members of the multi-professional team identify and provide support to relatives and friends of patients, maintaining appropriate confidentiality at all times.
1.11. Attendance at Carers Support group, or any other Hospice groups as needed, for information-giving via talks and demonstrations to promote the Specialist Physiotherapy Service.
1.12. To work proactively to maintain effective communication networks with all departments within the hospice to maintain a seamless delivery of physiotherapy services.
1.13. To keep clear records within the multi-disciplinary notes and on SystmOne, ensuring that both verbal and written communication is provided to a high standard.
1.14. To develop and facilitate long term condition management sessions, life-style management programmes, and support/therapy groups.
1.15. To actively promote and embed the use of End of Life Care tools within the role where appropriate.
1.16. To be responsible for the maintenance and safety of all physiotherapy equipment, including carrying out related risk assessments.
1.17. To be professionally and legally responsible and accountable for all aspects of clinical practice, including the management of patients in your care, and the quality of clinical practice within the team.
1.18. To represent the Physiotherapy Service and Hospice, as appropriate, both internally and externally.
Certificate of Sponsorship
Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).
From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).
Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).