Odstock Medical Ltd.
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This is an exciting opportunity to join the Odstock Medical Ltd. Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) team at the National Clinical FES Centre in Salisbury. We seek to recruit a Neuro-physiotherapist who wishes to develop a speciality in neurological rehabilitation and the application of Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES).
The successful applicant will provide therapy clinical input to both adult and paediatric patients. The service provides FES for clients with neurological impairment and functional limitations, due to conditions such as stroke, MS, PD, SCI, CP and HSP and includes the application of FES for upper and lower limb management as well as other specialist applications. The successful applicant will also provide assistance with the PD Warrior exercise classes and may to run the classes following the necessary training courses. Clients are both NHS and privately funded. The post holder will assist in the delivery of training and mentorship to internal and external FES clinicians through OML FES accreditation courses.
The post offers good opportunities for continuing professional development and will provide opportunities to assist with the research, development and assessment of new FES techniques and introducing them into clinical service. The post is eligible for OMLs profit sharing scheme.
The post will involve occasional travel within the UK.
Interview Date: Tbc.
Main duties of the job
To provide Physiotherapy input to both adult and paediatric patients attending the national Clinical FES Centre
To deliver training and mentorship to internal and external FES Clinicians through OML FES accreditation courses, conferences and exhibitions. To showcase OML products and services and advocate FES as a valuable adjunct in the management of patients with neurological conditions to optimise wellbeing, independence and quality of life.
To assist with the development and assessment of new FES techniques and bring them to clinical service.
To participate in ongoing research projects of OML.
To provide clinical input within the Neurotherapy service, including 1:1 assessment and treatment for patients with neurological conditions.
To provide assistance with the PD Warrior exercise classes.
Odstock Medical Ltd. (OML) is a subsidiary of Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust and based in the Laing building on the Hospital Site. We are the UKs leading provider of Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) devices and clinical treatment. We were established in 2005 by Salisbury NHS Foundation trust to build on FES expertise.
Odstock Medicals devices have been designed by Clinical Engineers, Clinicians and patients at the National Clinical FES Centre for over 25 years through collaborative effort.
We want to improve the lives of people with neuromuscular disabilities worldwide by providing the highest quality in medical device technology and service. As well as providing the FES devices, treatment and support, we offer FES training for Clinicians so they can offer FES treatment to their patients too.
Employees are entitled to 24 days paid annual leave (pro-rata for part time staff). Additional benefits include: Company pension scheme, paid on-site parking permit and Life Assurance Scheme.
OML staff can also access the onsite leisure centre (2 indoor heated swimming pools and a fully equipped gym and squash court). There are also restaurants and coffee shops located on the Hospital site.
Salisbury is an attractive place to live and work. With easy access to London and local airports, Salisbury also has one of the 31 UNESCO world heritage sites in the UK (Stonehenge) and in addition boasts a number of museums and famous landmarks which are well worth a visit.
JOB TITLE: Specialist Physiotherapist
LOCATION: Odstock Medical Limited (OML), Laing Building, Salisbury District Hospital SP2 8BJ
HOURS: Full time (37.5) (part time or job share considered)
SALARY: Dependent on experience.
ANNUAL LEAVE: 24 days per annum (plus Bank Holidays)
To provide physiotherapy input to both adult and paediatric patients attending the National Clinical FES Centre. The service provides Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) for clients with neurological impairment and includes the application of FES for upper and lower limb management as well as other specialist applications. Clients are both NHS and privately funded.
To deliver training and mentorship to internal and external FES clinicians through OML FES accreditation courses, conferences and exhibitions. To showcase OML products and services and advocate FES as a valuable adjunct in the management of patients with neurological conditions to optimise wellbeing, independence and quality of life.
To assist with the development and assessments of new FES techniques and bring them to clinical service. To participate in ongoing research projects of OML. This will involve some travel within the UK.
To provide clinical input within the Neurotherapy service, including 1:1 assessment and treatment for patients with neurological conditions. To provide assistance with the PD Warrior exercise classes, which involves assessing and monitoring patients with Parkinsons Disease attending the groups, as well as the option to run the classes following the necessary training courses.
Reporting to the Clinical Director, after training, you will be working as an autonomous clinician in as a part of both outpatient FES services with a wide variety of neurological conditions, as well as group exercise classes. There is no on call requirement and only occasional weekend teaching commitment. A limited amount of flexible working can be accommodated once all clinical competencies and initial training have been completed.
Clinical Director, Managing Director, Specialist Physiotherapists Clinical Scientists and Biomedical Engineers, Orthotists, GPs, Consultants, CCGs, Voluntary sector, Patients, Carers, Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust Department of Clinical Science and Engineering.
- Following extensive induction and training to attain FES competencies the post-holder will assess and treat a caseload of FES patients and maintain associated records, as an autonomous practitioner.
- Assessment and treatment of neurotherapy patients including planning and delivery of group exercise.
- To be professionally and legally responsible for all aspects of own work including managing clinical risk.
- To carry out assessment and treatment of patients as an autonomous practitioner using clinical reasoning skills.
- To deliver clinical support to clinicians using FES in external clinics/hospitals
- To complete Individual Funding Request forms which assist in gaining funding for patients appropriate for FES.
- Responsible for maintenance of accurate written records using clinical pathways and use of computerised data collection and records and comprehensive progress/discharge reports to GPs and CCGs.
- To be able to manage potentially stressful, upsetting or emotional situations in an empathetic manner as they arise.
EDUCATION AND MENTORSHIP
- To support the OML FES accreditation programme which delivers courses to health professionals which mostly include physiotherapists, occupational therapists, orthotists and clinical scientists
- Provide mentorship and support to FES clinicians calling into the centre, visiting clinic or at other centres.
- Provide advice and education to healthcare professionals at exhibitions and conferences.
- To support the development and promotion of OML services and activities.
- To ensure clinical competencies are met for rotating clinical scientists on the NHS Scientist Training Programme.
- Participate and contribute to clinical governance sessions.
- Through individual performance review (IPR) and in-line with HCPC registration requirements maintain and develop CPD activities.
In conjunction with clinical team consider service development opportunities and methods to ensure effectiveness of patient care for FES patients and therapy patients.
NEW PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT AND RESEARCH
- Clinical input and user involvement in New Product Development projects.
- Involvement in research projects and initiatives which explore novel applications of FES and increase the FES evidence-base.
QUALIFICATIONS, SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE
- The post-holder will be HCPC registered and a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.
- A least 2 years experience post-graduation.
- Experience in FES is an advantage but not essential as training will be provided.
- Experience in treating patients with neurological conditions.
- Evidence of CPD in neurological conditions.
- Able to identify the role that neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) and FES can play in the management of neurological conditions.
- Able to motivate and inspire patients, carers and FES practitioners as individuals and groups.
- Computer skills.
- The post requires a current valid driving licence.
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
- Able to adapt communication strategies to the needs of individuals.
- Able to identify and employ effective presentation skills.
- Able to plan and manage time effectively in changing/developing environment.
- Team player who works well with other professional groups.
- Able to work independently and use professional autonomy effectively.
- Able to employ frequent moderate effort to assist neurologically impaired patients in undertaking group exercise, 1:1 therapy and FES related activities.
- To be willing to visit FES customers to provide clinical support when required as directed by the Clinical Director.
- To be willing and available to attend conferences, exhibitions and training courses across the UK (with full remuneration of any expenses).
- Able to give sustained concentration in both clinical and non-clinical activities and deal with challenging emotional situations.
Skills and Knowledge
Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).