Physiotherapist - Band 6 (fixed-term)
Pilgrims Hospices in East Kent
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Are you experienced Physiotherapist who is looking for a fixed-term opportunity in East Kent?
Do you want to develop your Physiotherapists skills into a specialist role and be part of a pro-active multi-disciplinary and professional team, who put excellent patient care as their priority?
Do you have a passion for working collaboratively in an environment of thriving on positive change and making a difference to those with palliative and end of life care needs?
Are you passionate about supporting and empowering patients to live well until their very last moment in their life?
- Through holistic needs assessment
- Providing individually planned care informed by patient wishes
- Supporting patients and their families/carers to have open and honest conversations about their wishes for end of life care
If so, then the locum role of Physiotherapist at Pilgrims may be just the job for you!
We are seeking well-motivated and forward thinking professionals to join our multi-disciplinary team, in supporting patients across east Kent.
Main duties of the job
As a member of the wider clinical team, the successful candidate will be involved in delivering physiotherapy services across our inpatient unit and outpatient services. You will have an opportunity to deliver breathlessness management tailored for patients with a life limited illness both for groups and individually, as well as physio based groups in our gyms.
Key duties include:
- Taking a lead role in advanced assessment, and treatments of patients with life limiting illnesses
- Being involved in the supervision and education of other health professionals, and
- Providing advice and guidance related to symptom management
- Recognising and appropriately responding to changes in patients conditions
- Acting as an independent prescriber
- Actively contributing to service development
- Being involved in the supervision and education of other health professionals
- Undertaking evidence based projects and audit
- Making recommendations for the development of and changes to working practices and processes as required
As an award-winning employer, Pilgrims provides end of life care services to patients and their families across east Kent.
Our commitment is to provide open, compassionate care and expertise for patients and their families – both in the community and in-patient units.
“Of a community where people with a terminal illness, and their family and friends, are supported and empowered to live well in mind and body until the very last moment of their life”.
As an Employer of Choice, our commitment to supporting our employees and volunteers is a key priority.
Our hospices offer:
- Modern, friendly and highly professional working environments
- Opportunities for professional development through a range of extensive learning
- Alignment with NHS pay rates and continuity in membership of the NHS pension scheme
- A sense of achievement in supporting a worthwhile cause
- A sense of wellbeing
- A good work-life balance
- Locations across well-populated areas of east Kent – all providing very good road and rail links
- NHS and financial discounts i.e. Blue Light Card
- Cycle to Work Schemes
- Free hospice parking
This advert will be closed once sufficient applications have been received. This can happen quickly, so if you’re interested, please apply as soon as possible.
The post holder will perform therapeutic assessment and treatment of patients with diverse presentation and complex physical, psychological and cognitive conditions. In addition Physiotherapists will develop and deliver an individualised treatment programme appropriate to the patient’s condition and contribute to the discharge planning process.
DUTIES AND KEY RESPONSIBILITIES
- To work independently as part of a multidisciplinary team to diagnose, assess, plan and implement patient specific programmes of care/therapy contributing to the continuous assessment of patients.
- To undertake more complex assessments, using profession specific clinical knowledge and skills.
- To function effectively across a variety of environments (e.g. clinics, care homes and patients’ homes etc.) involving changing and demanding conditions.
- To use recognised outcome measures and goal setting measures to motivate challenging clients.
- To use a comprehensive range of verbal and non-verbal communication tools to communicate effectively with patients, and their families/carers, the diagnosis and treatment plan, that may be complex and sensitive, to help progress rehabilitation. This will include patients who may have difficulties with understanding or communication.
- To evaluate patient progress and alter treatment programmes as and when appropriate.
- To involve patients in goals and treatment proposals. To gain valid informed consent. To work within the legal framework with patients who lack capacity for informed consent.
- To be responsible for own time management and the prioritisation of caseload.
- To develop comprehensive discharge plans and work with relevant professionals to arrange on-going support as needed.
- To attend clinical meetings, liaise closely both verbally and in writing with the multidisciplinary team, patient and carers across boundaries to ensure continuity and integration of patient’s treatment.
- To maintain and update accurate clinical records on Infoflex systems
- To lead or support the clinical education and support of: o Other members of the Team o Other health professionals o Junior and Non-registered staff o Patients and their carers o Students
- To manage clinical risk within own patient caseload.
- To be able to manage stressful, upsetting or emotional situations in an empathetic manner supporting other members of the Team, clients and their families in these situations.
- To develop partnership working with all relevant agencies/services/individuals to support optimum management of the identified client group
- To provide support and guidance to more junior members of the physiotherapy team
- To monitor stock levels of equipment and materials for own clinical area and co-ordinate ordering process as required.
- To check Physiotherapy equipment is in working order within manufacturers’ guidelines and reports need for repair if required.
- Ensure clinical services are delivered in line with commissioned activity and planned income
- Take an active role in clinical governance, quality assurance, audit and evaluation to include collection and reporting of patient data
- Participate in monitoring standards e.g. to be able to produce quarterly activity at the request of business and performance/commissioners, to implement action plan to improve quality of services
- Undertake and assist in research to contribute to the development of innovative practice and policies to improve the delivery of services
- Be flexible in supporting other projects the team are involved in
- Ensure that the highest possible standards of patient care and patient safety are maintained at all times
- To work with others in a professional, positive and supportive manner
- Be responsible for maintaining professional knowledge and development, completing an annual personal development plan in line with changes and innovations in practice
- Adhere to relevant professional code of conduct.
Corporate Governance – The post holder must, at all times, act honestly and openly and comply with relevant corporate governance requirements, employment legislation and standards of business conduct.
Post holders are expected to be familiar with and comply with all polices and procedures published by Pilgrims Hospices in East Kent.
Health and Safety – Under the Health & Safety at Work Act (1974), it is the responsibility of the post holder at every level to take care of his/her own health and safety and that of others who may be affected by his/her acts at work.
Data Protection – Ensure that all data is processed in a fair and lawful way for the specific identified purpose, in line with the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), national data protection legislation and Pilgrims Hospices’ Data Protection Policy. Data must not be disclosed in any manner which is incompatible with the purpose and to any unauthorised persons or organisations.
Flexibility – The post holder is expected to work flexibly to be able to meet the challenges and opportunities of working within Pilgrims Hospices in East Kent.
This Job Description is not exhaustive. This job description is a reflection of the current position and the post holder is expected to view it as a guide rather than an exact description of all duties and responsibilities. It may be subject to variation from time to time. The post holder will be required to undertake any other duties that may be required by the Line Manager, commensurate with the level of the post.
Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).