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Band 6 Community Physiotherapist

NHS AfC: Band 6

Main area
Community Orthopaedic Rehabilitation
NHS AfC: Band 6
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Netherton Health Centre
£31,365 - £37,890 per annum
Salary period
20/04/2021 23:59

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust provides specialist inpatient and community mental health, learning disabilities, addiction and acquired brain injury services for the people of Liverpool, Sefton and Kirkby, Merseyside. We also provide community physical health services in Liverpool, Sefton, secure mental health services for the North West of England, the West Midlands and Wales and specialist learning disability services across Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Merseyside.

We work closely with service users, carers and partner organisations; we have been able to make real improvements to our diverse range of services, from health and social care, right through to high secure provision. This passion to improve has been recognised by the CQC who have recently rated us “Good”.

Mersey Care’s vision and values of Continuous Improvement, Accountability, Respect, Enthusiasm and Support (CARES) drive our organisation and the way we work together to deliver services. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate, during recruitment and any subsequent employment with the Trust, that their behaviour supports our values.

The CQC stated “It was clear that most staff across the organisation understood, and were committed to, the vision and values of the organisation. These were well communicated and the work to win both hearts and minds was apparent”.

We take positive action to support disadvantaged groups and also particularly encourage applications from BAME, disabled and LGBT people that are under-represented in our workforce. Furthermore we welcome applications from reservists and ex-armed forces as we recognise the benefits of the values, skills, training and experience that they bring to their work with us. We encourage all applicants to share their equality information with us.

Flexible working requests will be considered for all roles.

Job overview

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Physiotherapist to join the Rehabilitation at Home Team. The team aims to maximise the potential of adults to achieve independence through short term therapy interventions, delivered at home, following unplanned orthopaedic surgery at Aintree University Hospital.

The team supports adult patients following surgery for fracture neck of femur at Aintree Hospital, engaging with the Orthopaedic wards daily to ensure high quality care and a smooth transition home. 

The service provides Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Assistant Practitioner interventions and loans equipment to patients for short term use.

The team’s joint working offers a unique opportunity to share and develop competencies within an Orthopaedic framework.The service covers the Liverpool city boundary, South Sefton and Knowsley.Service core hours are Mon to Fri, 8:00am to 4:00pm.

Shortlisting: 21st April 2021

Interviews: 27th April 2021




Main duties of the job

The post holder will provide expertise and advice in the holistic assessment and treatment of patients.

You will be a supported member of our MDT and participate in training development opportunities within the team and also with Community Physiotherapy and Aintree University Hospital.

You will in-reach to the acute trust, liaising with patients and ward therapists, in a process which supports early discharge from hospital.

You will assist with daily planning of the shared caseload and deputise in the absence of B7 Team Leader. Duties may include overseeing team working practices, monitoring capacity within the team, feeding into the daily service line reports and approving incidents and compliments via the NHS datix system.

You will be provided with regular clinical supervision and will have the opportunity to supervise the B5 Physiotherapist and be a clinical educator of students.



Working for our organisation

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust provides specialist inpatient and community mental health, learning disabilities, addiction and acquired brain injury services for the people of Liverpool, Sefton and Kirkby, Merseyside. We also provide community physical health services in
Liverpool, Sefton, secure mental health services for the North West of England, the West Midlands and Wales and specialist learning disability services across Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Merseyside.

Our ambition is to deliver perfect care to become the world’s leading organisation in holistic health and well being.

Mersey Care’s vision and values of Continuous Improvement, Accountability, Respect, Enthusiasm and Support (CARES) drive our organisation and the way we work together to deliver services. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate, during recruitment and any subsequent employment with the Trust, that their behaviour supports our values.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Job summary

The post holder will have continuing responsibility for the management of a defined caseload. They will be responsible for the continuity of care and be the lead person for communication to identified stakeholders. The primary function of the role is to provide proactive, responsive services that address the anticipatory and maintenance care needs of the patients/clients within the defined caseload. This will be done via a holistic assessment of care needs and the provision of clinical care for patients/clients with acute and chronic highly complex needs. Practice autonomously and demonstrate evidence based clinical decision making. Work within guidelines to identify and manage risk, reporting identified risks to the team leader. Ensure the delivery of the quality strategy within the designated area incorporating establishment of systems and processes.

Principal Responsibilities 

Responsible for the provision of appropriate, high quality care to a defined caseload. Responsible for workload planning and delegation of work to other team members, taking into account competence levels. Undertake holistic assessments of need for the patient and family, which may be highly complex, using the appropriate model of care and evidence based practice. Work in partnership with other professionals to enable patients/clients to be maintained in an appropriate environment, thus avoiding hospital admission. Provide advice to patients, clients and carers on a wide range of health issues to include health promotion, life style advice and health care. Ensure that the team provides a high quality clinical service to its clients by participation in caseload and clinical supervision. In conjunction with the team leader, develop new ways of working to provide a responsive service to patients with both planned and unplanned care needs. Develop partnerships and joint working within other agencies as appropriate. Maintain registration in line with professional bodies. Clinically lead, direct, mentor and support the team. Support the team leader in the development of caseload management across the local health economy. Acts as an advocate and champion for patients and/or clients. Act as a role model to team members and students so that patients/clients receive the most effective care possible. Contribute to the development of policy and services to reflect the needs of the local neighbourhood population. Participate in the development, implementation, and monitoring of the clinical team contract/objectives. Provide information to the team leader on staff and patient/client activity as requested, to enable the effective management of the team. Support the team leader in the implementation of practice development, improvement and service modernisation initiatives. Support the team leader by monitoring and recording sickness and absence, capability and other issues within the team, reporting them as soon as possible. In conjunction with other caseload holders, provide day-to-day supervision and support for the team. Support the team leader in providing induction to the local working environment, clinical services and policies for new team members and students. Undertake personal development plans with other members of the team, as delegated by the team leader. Act as an authorised signatory for mileage and time cards for submission to the team leader. Communicate with the multi-disciplinary team to provide best outcomes for patients/clients; this may include organising case conferences related to highly complex cases. Participate in individual and group supervision. Monitor record keeping within the team and inform the team leader of any issues. Support the training and development of team members who need to improve on the level of patient care delivery. This includes record keeping and improving clinical competency. Support the implementation of any initiatives to improve quality within the clinical governance framework. Participate in patient satisfaction reporting to improve patient care. Work with the team leader to ensure achievement of your own personal development plan. Maintain up to date knowledge and competence in line with professional and service requirements and demonstrate critical thinking, decision-making and reflective skills to ensure own professional development. Support the Team Leader in creating an environment in which learning and practice development is fostered, evaluated and disseminated. Facilitate effective learning within the area of practice for all students and practitioners. Facilitate pre and post registration student placements within the team. Mentor and assess pre-registration students. Participation in clinical audits and research, as required. The post holder shall as necessary provide cover for and undertake duties of absent colleagues. The post holder shall follow all the policies and procedures of the organisation. Participate in individual and group supervision.

General clause

This job description is not intended to be exhaustive but to indicate the main responsibilities of the post and may be amended from time to time after consultation with the post holder.

Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults

All Trust employees are required to act in such a way that at all times safeguards the health and wellbeing of children and vulnerable adults. Familiarisation with and adherence to Trust Safeguarding policies is an essential requirement of all employees, as is participation in related mandatory/statutory training.

Equality and Diversity

It is the responsibility of every member of staff to understand our equality and diversity commitments and statutory obligations under current equality legislation including the Equality Act 2010 and to:  Act in ways that support equality and diversity and recognises the importance of people’s rights in accordance with legislation, policies, procedures, and good practice.  Valuing people as individuals and treating everyone with dignity and respect, consideration and without prejudice, respecting diversity and recognising people’s expressed beliefs, preferences and choices in working with others and delivering appropriate services.  Recognise and report behaviour that undermines equality under Trust policy.  Be consciously aware of own behaviour and encourage the same levels of behaviour in colleagues.  Acknowledge others’ different perspectives and recognise the diverse needs and experiences of everyone they come into contact with.  With the support of managers develop an equality and diversity objective through the personal development review process.

Infection Control

All staff have both duty and responsibility to avoid and prevent the spread of infection as a consequence of any actions or activities they are carrying out during the course of their duties. The post holder must:-  Take all reasonable care to minimise the risk to service users, colleagues and members of the public (including themselves), of healthcare-associated infections.  Co-operate with the Trust in ensuring that all statutory and mandatory requirements are complied with – in particular, compliance with the Health and Social Care Act 2008: Code of Practice for the prevention and control of healthcare-associated infections.  Be knowledgeable of and compliant with, the Trust’s infection control policies and procedures, which includes attendance at mandatory training.

Health and Safety

All staff will be expected to take responsibility for their own health and wellbeing, safety and security and assist in maintaining a healthy, safe and secure working environment for everyone. They must not intentionally misuse or interfere with anything provided in the interests of health and safety eg misuse of equipment. It is a legal requirement that all employees attend training provided by the employer and report to their manager without delay, any accidents, incidents, and defects in equipment, place of work or system of work which might endanger safety, health or security of which he/she becomes aware. 

Data Protection

It is a requirement of employment within Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust that all staff must comply with the obligation of confidentiality to person identifiable information. The Data Protection Act 1998 safeguards the handling of information held in both electronic and manual filing systems and it is the duty of all staff employed by LCH to uphold the principles of the Act.

Freedom of Information Act

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 requires all public organisations to provide any member of the public, upon receipt of a written request, with the information they require, subject to certain exemptions. Every member of staff employed by LCH must take responsibility for any request for information that they receive and respond in line with LCH’s Freedom of Information Policy and guidance. All staff employed by LCH must adhere to the standards of record keeping outlined in LCH’s Records Management Policy and guidance documents.

Appropriately qualified medical and non-medical prescribers will be supported by the Trust to maintain their competence and undertake relevant continuing professional development as identified in their Performance Appraisal. You are responsible for evidencing competence in relation to your prescribing. Qualified medical and non-medical prescribers are required to maintain the necessary standard of practice and failure to do so may result in the removal of prescribing responsibilities.


Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Registered Professional.
  • Teaching/mentorship qualification or equivalent or equivalent work
Desirable criteria
  • V300 Prescriber, if required for the post.


Essential criteria
  • Demonstrable post registration/qualification experience.
  • Experience of successful multi-agency working.
  • Demonstrable experience in relevant area of practice or equivalent.
  • Evidence of CPD/Short courses.
Desirable criteria
  • Management and clinical leadership experience.

Knowledge / Skills / Abilities

Essential criteria
  • Awareness of current national and local agenda in health and social
  • Understanding of partnership working.
  • Understanding of the principles of care management.
  • Awareness of factors that contribute to good health and the importance
  • Evidence of being able to communicate complex information and
  • Excellent communication, organisational and interpersonal skills.
  • Risk assessment skills.
  • Self-management and motivation skills.
  • Self-management and motivation skills.
  • Able to transport self around the Merseycare community
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Vikki Turner
Job title
Rehab at Home Team Leader
Email address
Telephone number
07768 505564
Additional information

Please contact Monday-Friday between the hours of 8am and 4pm.