Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust
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An exciting Fixed Term/Secondment opportunity has arisen in our Pulmonary Rehabilitation team for a dynamic and enthusiastic Band 6 Respiratory Physiotherapists within Kent. We have a new post in the East Kent area.
Our Pulmonary Rehabilitation teams provide valuable services across East Kent and DGS (Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley) localities. This is a skilled post with the expectation that you will utilise your specialised clinical knowledge to assess and treat patients with chronic respiratory conditions in a community setting. Your input into this service will allow patients to improve their functional ability and breathlessness management to make a tangible difference to their quality of life. The team are now also integral to providing a rehabilitation service to those patients recovering from Covid-19 and demonstrating signs of Long-Covid.
Working within Pulmonary Rehabilitation provides great job satisfaction when you receive positive feedback from patients such as:
"The people were very friendly and helpful and got me to exercise every day instead of sitting in this chair. It has changed my life."
As a member of our team we will ensure that you have the opportunity to strengthen and develop your specialised respiratory skills. You will be an integral part of a team including a Band 7 Physiotherapist, Therapy Assistant Practitioners and supported by an admin team to deliver a high-quality service.
Main duties of the job
You will play a key part in engagement with integrated accountable care organisations. The Pulmonary Rehabilitation service is currently working with care providers in Kent and continues to develop the respiratory pathway and the service to serve the local population.
The service currently provides regular in-service training, clinical supervision, protected CPD time, and input into local clinical interest groups. The trust also encourages staff to develop and provide training opportunities internally and externally as identified during the appraisal process. The Trust has also achieved Foundation Trust Status and rated as 'Outstanding' by CQC. The service is accredited by the Royal College of Physicians, being the first team in the area to achieve this status.
It is essential that you are HCPC registered with proven experience and knowledge in a respiratory specialised field. We welcome applications from band 5 Physiotherapists looking to specialise into chronic respiratory disease management where you will be supported to develop your knowledge and skills. Driving or access to transport is also essential for this post.
There is an option of hours from a minimum of 22.5 hours up to a maximum of 37.5 hours. The service will offer flexibility in discussion to successful candidates for working hours and location.
Please call or arrange an informal visit to discuss how we can support your next career move.
Additional Working Pattern: Monday to Friday 7.5 hours per day
One of the largest community NHS trusts in the UK, KCHFT are rated 'outstanding' by the CQC. We've got a passion for delivering high standards of care to patients and deliver excellent services to improve the health of our communities. To do this we need outstanding people who share our values Compassionate Aspirational Responsive Excellent
We're committed to equality, diversity and inclusion, which leads to better patient care and a happier workforce. So, all our colleagues have equal access to career opportunities.
We've signed up to be a real UK living wage employer. The real Living Wage is the only UK wage rate voluntarily paid by 7,000+ UK businesses who believe their staff deserve a fair wage. Committing to the real UK Living Wage is one way we're delivering our pledge to be the best employer
Flexibility is another way we do this. In the NHS, we're reminded every day how important life is. As a flexible working friendly organisation, we want you to be able to work in a way that is best for us, for our patients and for you. Speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement without having to sacrifice time for personal interests or family commitments. We'll support you to work flexibly in a way that will suits us both
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The job description and person specification gives you all the information you need about this role. Please look carefully at the criteria in the person specification and tell us what you have done that shows you meet this.
Still have questions? The recruiting manager would love to hear from you, their contact details can be found in the job advert.
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