Physiotherapist Apprentice

Lincolnshire Community Health Service NHS Trust

The closing date is 27 June 2022

Job summary

Physiotherapist Apprentice

An exciting opportunity is available for the right candidate to join LCHS NHS Trust as a Physiotherapist Apprentice. The right candidate will need to demonstrate that they are highly motivated, problem solvers, demonstrate good time management, and a willingness to succeed using the LCHS values and behaviours. The apprenticeship is a mixture of academic study, clinical placements and implementing those skills whilst working the rest of the time in your set team.

On completion of the academic programme the aim is to have reached the baseline salary of a band 5 registered physiotherapist

Main duties of the job

The academic element of the apprenticeship will be hosted by Sheffield Hallam University over 3 years. The most suitable programme would be determined by the team at LCHS dependent upon your current experience, location and skills

You would be required to travel weekly to university throughout the duration of your learning. In addition, you may be required to travel across Lincolnshire and beyond to complete your clinical placements. Placements are likely to based across Lincolnshire.

Successful candidates would be given further information on completion of the organisational interview. If recommended at this point you would then be nominated to go forward for an interview at the university. Potential apprentices are required to be successful at both stages to be able to join the programme.

About us

We have an exciting new role and opportunity at CQC rated 'Outstanding' Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS). Our staff collectively see thousands of people every day in community hospitals, health clinics, schools, children's centres and in patients' own homes.

LCHS is an evolving and diverse NHS community trust. We are a vibrant and creative organisation which provides a varied range of clinical services across Lincolnshire. We pride ourselves in putting Patients First and are seeking an enthusiastic individual who shares these values to join our team.

We are rated Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission 2018 for being a well led and responsive NHS trust and are playing an integral part in shaping the future of health service provision countywide alongside our partner health and social care organisations. The workforce is committed to being adaptable and flexible to cover the needs of the community service to provide first class patient care.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Due to the nature of the Apprenticeship we are looking for especially motivated candidates. People who see a problem or a challenge and work through and around it in innovative ways. Time management and prioritisation skills are key, not just in the practice element but also to handle the academic requirements. The ability to relate to different people, in different situations is paramount.

The profession helps to encourage development and facilitate recovery, enabling people to remain independent for as long as possible. As a qualified physiotherapist, you will practise as an autonomous, independent practitioner, while contributing strongly to team-working. Individuals can seek care directly from you and without referral from another professional. You will work with people who may present with complex and challenging problems resulting from multiple illnesses, injury or disability. In addition to providing physiotherapy interventions, you will play a substantial educational, health coaching and advisory role to patients, other healthcare professionals and the public. Physiotherapists typically work in a range of large and small organisations across public, private and charitable sectors.

On successful completion of the Physiotherapist Apprenticeship, apprentices are eligible to apply to the HCPC for registration as a Physiotherapist, which is a requirement to practice under the protected title of Physiotherapist. You will also be eligible to apply for Professional Membership of The Royal College of Physiotherapists.

From reading this now, to four years hence, you could be in a different career with great opportunities in front of you. If you have what it takes, apply.

Closing date for applications will be 27th June

Conditional offer interviews with LCHS NHS Trust will take place 11th, 14th and 18th July

Sheffield Hallam interviews will take place interviews TBC to take place Oct 22 & Nov 22

LCHS NHS Trust expect that applicants as a minimum have the requirements set by the University. Please refer to the job description for further details.

Further details of the Physio Apprenticeship can be found at

Person Specification



  • Functional Skills English and Maths
  • Level 3 Therapy related qualification


  • Care Certificate



  • Time management skills and the ability to prioritise
  • To provide and receive verbally, electronically and in writing which may include, contentious or sensitive information.
  • Evidence of IT skills, problem solving, and interpersonal skills development is valuable.


  • Have due regard for own personal safety and that of clients / carers, to have regard for moving and handling regulations and to ensure safe positioning of self and others.
  • Be required to complete moving and handling assessments and demonstrate to carers, this may include hoisting or physical handling of patients. If further support is required, the successful apprentice will be aware of support systems available within the organisation or externally.
  • Be able to therapeutically handle patients and demonstrate to carers / unregistered staff how to facilitate movement.



  • Ability to take part in reflective practice and clinical supervision activities


  • Be flexible to the demands of the service / environment, including unpredictable work patterns / deadlines and interruptions.
  • Apprenticeship/vocational programmes including funding eligibility requirements



  • Experience of working within a Therapy discipline as a minimum in a Therapy Assistant role.
  • Experience of recent work-based learning or self-directed learning


  • Experience of working in a healthcare setting
  • Experience of handling confrontational situations regarding an individual's wellbeing
  • Working in the community, where the environment will be varied and unpredictable. This may include occasional exposure to unpleasant conditions, cigarette smoke, cramped conditions, aggressive behaviour, bodily waste, pets and unpredictable factors.

Special attributes/specific requirements


  • The Physiotherapist Apprentice must be aged 18 years old or over due to the nature of the role.
  • Able to fulfil Occupational Health requirements for the post (with reasonable adjustments where required)
  • Willingness and ability to travel to clinical placements and study sessions across the county where required as part of the apprenticeship programme

Personal Qualities


  • Self-motivation
  • Effective communication in a variety of levels and methods


  • Be able to demonstrate empathy and reassurance.
  • Ability to work under pressure

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Employer details

Employer name

Lincolnshire Community Health Service NHS Trust


Various locations in Lincolnshire



Employer's website (Opens in a new tab)

For questions about the job, contact:

Lee Gifford


Date posted

13 June 2022

Pay scheme

Agenda for change


Band 5


£25,655 to £31,534 a year (Y1 (65%) £20497.10, Y2 (70%) £22073.80, Y3 (75%) £23650.50)



Working pattern


Reference number


Job locations

Various locations in Lincolnshire



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