Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust
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We have an exciting opportunity to recruit a Band 5 Paediatric Physiotherapist to join our friendly and experienced paediatric physiotherapy team based in Chichester, West Sussex. This is a new full time 37.5 hour role working Monday to Friday, flexible working options may be considered.
The paediatric physiotherapy team provide assessment and treatment of children and young people aged 0-19. The service covers a range of paediatric conditions including Neuro disability, Orthopaedics, MSK, DCD and Developmental Delay. We work in a variety of settings including the Child Development Centre, homes, nurseries, mainstream schools and schools for children with additional needs. It is essential that the post holder has a current driving licence.
We would like to appoint a physiotherapist who is keen to develop their skills within paediatrics. Experience in the field at undergraduate or post graduate level is desirable for this role. We would consider applications from candidates who are able to demonstrate strong experience of working with children and young people outside of the field of physiotherapy. This post will involve the assessment and treatment of a mixed caseload of children and young people with a variety of needs including orthopaedic and normal variants, developmental delay, MSK and supporting children with additional needs at school, nursery or in their own homes.
Main duties of the job
Review and reflect on your own practice through regular participation in clinical supervision and annual appraisal with a nominated supervisor and/ or the Team Lead/Senior Band 7.
To be responsible for own professional action and recognise own professional boundaries through interpretation of clinical and professional policies and national protocols seeking advice and support from senior therapists.
To support the training and development of the other members of the team and students of all disciplines as required.
To ensure the maintenance of assessment and treatment equipment in a satisfactory condition, and ensure careful use and return of 3 same, cleaned, where appropriate. Report any suspect or faulty equipment to the Team Lead.
Professional development - To maintain professional registration with the HCPC, and show proof of registration to the Team Lead/ supervisor/ locality manager when requested.
To be responsible for maintaining and developing own competency to practice through CPD activities and maintain a portfolio which reflects personal development.
Documentation - to be responsible for maintaining accurate and comprehensive patient treatment records in accordance with SCFT Information Governance and professional bodies, as well as the supervision of students' and assistants' record keeping.
Research and development - to participate as necessary in-service development, service audit and outcome measurement to ensure the provision of evidence-based practice.
The trust is committed to training and development of all staff, you will be supported to develop your skills within Paediatrics by a team of skilled and experienced clinicians. We have a strong commitment to student education and there will be opportunities to support students on placement with the assistance of another clinician.
Communication and working relationships
To build professional rapport with patients and their families, communicate with them in a way that respects their views, autonomy and culture, ensuring that they are involved in and informed about their care packages.
To communicate effectively with all professionals concerned with the patient's care.
To report effectively to the team/ supervisor on patient's progress and performance in relation to the patient goals.
To ensure that up to date written and electronic records and activity data are maintained in accordance with Professional Standards and SCFT Information Governance.
Liaise effectively with other health and Social Care and education professionals in the primary and acute sectors.
To undertake relevant activities to meet the training objectives identified with your manager.
To undertake professional training that may be required and attend mandatory and statutory training.
To take part in and contribute to in-service training and keep your own Personal Development plans up to date.
A job plan will be created by your line manager in line with the service blueprint and discussed with you. It will be reviewed annually at your PDR and updated as required. The main tasks you will spend your time doing are:
To work effectively as a team member in providing and facilitating a high standard of therapeutic, social and rehabilitative support in the Child Development Centre or in the community.
To provide assessments that appropriately inform therapy, social and rehabilitative pathways taking account of the fluctuating needs of the patient and assist in evaluating the outcomes.
To undertake a holistic assessment of all the patients needs and understand the routes for escalating issues that are not directly resolved by own profession.
Formulate and deliver an individual treatment programme based on a sound knowledge of evidence-based practice and treatment options using specific clinical assessment, reasoning skills and knowledge of treatment skills.
To report and document variances in a patients condition or planned pathway of care.
To offer advice and support and education on healthcare to both patients and carers.
To take referrals for services using the criteria specified in the teams operational policies.
Continually evaluate patient progress, reassess and alter treatment programmes as required.
Assess patient understanding of treatment proposals, gain valid informed consent and have the capacity to work within a legal framework with patients who lack capacity to consent to treatment.
To manage clinical risk within own patient case load and recognise potential risks to others, complying at all times with the requirements of health and safety regulations.
Work in line with the SCFT lone worker policy where lone working is integral to the role.
To provide accurate and timely information and statistics pertaining to caseload pressures.
Qualifications and/or Professional
Skills & Knowledge
Certificate of Sponsorship
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