Senior Physiotherapist - Band 7 (locum)
Pilgrims Hospices in East Kent
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Are you highly experienced Physiotherapist who is looking for a locum opportunity in South East Kent?
Do you have experience in managing Physiotherapy team?
Do you want to 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 Senior 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 managing the delivery of 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:
- Being responsible for the day to day running of the Physiotherapy team for Pilgrims Hospices and development of Pilgrims Hospices’ physiotherapy offering in accordance with the organisation’s strategy
- Being involved in the supervision and education of other health professionals
- Ensuring that an efficient and effective Physio service is provided to the across the organisation’s three inpatient units and as part of Pilgrims’ community services offering across East Kent
- Recognising and appropriately responding to changes in patients conditions
- 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
The Senior Physiotherapist will be responsible for the day to day running of the Physiotherapy team for Pilgrims Hospices. The post-holder will ensure that an efficient and effective Physio service is provided to the across the organisation’s three inpatient units and as part of Pilgrims’ community services offering across East Kent. The post-holder will be responsible for the professional leadership and supervision of the Physiotherapy team and will develop Pilgrims Hospices’ physiotherapy offering in accordance with the organisation’s strategy. The post-holder will ensure that high standards of clinical practice is undertaken by all Physiotherapists in line with the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and that appropriate education/training and research is carried out within the specialist field of Palliative Care.
DUTIES AND KEY RESPONSIBILITIES
- To manage a caseload of patients using evidence based/client centred principles to assess, plan, implement and evaluate interventions.
- To work across professional groups to ensure high quality and timely services are provided to patients.
- To work with patients to identify Physiotherapy goals as part of the overall care plan.
- To monitor, evaluate and modify treatment in order to measure progress and ensure effectiveness of intervention.
- To apply a high level of understanding of the effect of disability and provide training and advice on lifestyles changes and adaptations to the clients social and physical environment.
- To participate in the planning, development and evaluation of Physiotherapy services, holding responsibility for defined projects.
- To contribute to the maintenance and development of Pilgrims Hospices physio Therapy service.
- To participate in the delivery of the Physiotherapy development plan.
- Contribute to the hospice’s clinical governance arrangements and quality agenda, including the setting and monitoring of practice standards.
- To apply national guidelines/legislation relating to health and social care.
- Develop and manage professional relationships identifying strategies for coping positively with any inter-professional relationships.
- To be responsible for the clinical and professional development as well as the day to day management of Physiotherapists (Band 5 and 6) and Therapy Technicians (Band 4).
- To use supervision and professional development plans to promote own and others clinical effectiveness where appropriate.
- To manage the workload of the Physiotherapy team using effective strategies to prioritise deployment of resources on a day to day basis, ensuring effective cover for all three inpatient units and community patients.
- To ensure the compliance of Physiotherapists with Pilgrims Hospices reporting procedures.
- To be accountable for the development and delivery of a comprehensive Physiotherapy programme in line with Pilgrims Hospices’ operating plan.
- Develop the leadership potential of staff within the Physiotherapy team and develop a process for succession planning.
- To establish robust communication networks with patients, carers, multidisciplinary members and other agencies.
- To promote awareness of the role of Physiotherapy within the multi-disciplinary team.
- To ensure that up to date written and electronic records and activity data are maintained in accordance with Professional and organisational standards and provide reports relevant to practice setting.
- To undertake audit projects relevant to the service area, disseminating findings at local level.
- To broaden research and development skills through participation in local audit and research projects.
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).