Physiotherapist (Frailty Virtual Ward)
The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
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An exciting opportunity has arisen to join a new, innovative and dynamic team within our expanding Virtual Wards. Working into the Frailty Virtual Ward in the community, we are looking for experienced and motivated Band 6 Physiotherapist who is passionate about service development and providing high standard of patient centred care. You will be working closely within a multidisciplinary team of staff including Doctors, Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Occupational Therapists and HCA's, all of whom are committed to maintaining independence, promoting self-care and assisting patients in their usual place of residence. The successful candidate will provide physiotherapy intervention, as well as supporting the multidisciplinary team in assessment and development of a holistic management plan.
The successful candidates will be hardworking, reliable, able to use their initiative, and work flexibly to respond to the service needs, this includes working evenings, weekends and bank holidays. Oftentimes, this post therefore requires you to work autonomously, when working across the city into patients own homes.
The Frailty Virtual Ward is operational 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. As a member of our multi-disciplinary team, you will work to meet the needs of a complex community patients, delivering care supporting early discharge and avoiding admissions to the acute hospital sites.
Main duties of the job
- Interview Date 14/06/2023
- 18 hours 45 minutes/week
- You will be redirected to Trac to apply for the vacancy. Please expand the job details section and read all of the information before applying for the vacancy.
The Newcastle Frailty Virtual Ward (FVW) plays a vital role in supporting frailty patients at their usual place of residence, both preventing hospital admissions and supporting early discharge. This geriatrician-led team enables the medical management of acute illness and frailty syndromes with the patient supported in their own familiar environment by familiar carers, supplemented by additional members of the frailty multidisciplinary team as needed.
Patients will be referred to the FVW from 'Front of House' (Emergency Department (ED), Assessment Suite (AS)), 'Back of House' (ward step-down, initially from Older People's Medicine (OPM) wards) and Community 'step-up' locations. Following initial assessment to confirm diagnoses, eligibility and both acute and long-term care needs, patients will be admitted to the FVW and a multidisciplinary management plan devised and communicated to patient and carers. This may involve interventions from geriatricians, specialist community nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, dementia and delirium specialist nurses, pharmacists and health care assistants (HCA).
Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the busiest, largest and most successful teaching NHS foundation trusts in the country, with over 18,000 staff and an annual income of £1 billion.
Rated 'Outstanding' by theCQC for the second consecutive time in 2019, we have a long history of providing high quality care, clinical excellence, and innovation in medical research regionally, nationally and internationally.
We're also proud to be the second largest provider of specialised services in the country. This means we support people with a range of rare and complex medical, surgical and neurological conditions, cancers and genetic orders.
Our staff oversee around 1.84 million patients 'contacts' each year, delivering high standards of healthcare.
We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and recognise the benefit in providing an inclusive environment. We value and respect the diversity of our employees and aim to recruit a workforce which reflects the communities we serve, and is equipped to deliver the best service to our patients. We welcome all applications irrespective of people's race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity and in particular those from under- represented groups.
Working in partnership with the patient to achieve their goals, the team will ensure the patient has the appropriate follow up in place; home visits will be conducted as indicated by patient status, with regular face to face visits likely to be established initially, but later reviews may be conducted by telephone or video. While on the FVW, patients will have access to most of the medical treatments available in hospital.
The successful candidate will have awareness of current evidence based approaches to patient care and be confident in evaluating care plans and assessing ongoing needs within own level of competency, documenting changes accordingly and maintaining accurate electronic records in accordance with Trust Policy. The successful candidate will also have excellent communication skills both with patients and their relatives and/or carers including in advising service users on prevention of illness and accidents, but also with the wider MDT and have good knowledge of frailty and its management.
Lone working is a significant part of the role and the candidate should be familiar with the Trust lone working policy. Lone working safety devices will be available to staff. The candidate will need to hold a valid drivers license and have a vehicle suitable to be able to perform home visits in.
- To provide a high standard of physiotherapy assessment, treatment and advice to a complex patient group of older people and intermediate care client group, including orthopaedics
- To consolidate and build on skills and academic knowledge gained during the first two years post-graduation.
- To act as a role model and provide support to junior staff
- To abide by Trust policies and procedures
Please note it is a requirement of The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust that all successful candidates who require a DBS for the post they have been offered pay for their DBS certificate.The method of payment is a salary deduction from your first months pay.
As a flexible working friendly organisation, we want to be sure that you can work in a way that is best for us and for our patients, and for you. Speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement. If it works for the service, we will do our best to make it work for you.
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