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Specialist respiratory physiotherapist

NHS AfC: Band 6

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NHS AfC: Band 6
37.5 hours per week
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£32,257 - £41,308 per annum inclusive
24/10/2018 23:59

London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust is one of the largest integrated NHS Trusts in the country employing more than 9,000 staff with a budget of more than £670 million a year. We are the first Trust of its kind to provide complete hospital-based and community healthcare services to a combined population of 930,000 in the boroughs of Brent, Harrow and Ealing. Our services include four major acute hospitals including the internationally renowned St Mark's Hospital and community services across Brent, Harrow and Ealing, including Clayponds Rehabilitation Hospital, Meadow House Hospice, Denham Unit and Willesden Centre. St Mark’s & LNWH has a major teaching commitment and we have recently been awarded University Hospital status after being granted membership of the Association of UK University Hospitals. To find out more about our Trust, why not view our video We are London North West University Healthcare

Our values - HEART

Our vision at London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust is to provide excellent clinical care in the right setting by being:

  • Compassionate
  • Responsive
  • Innovative

We are clear that our vision can only be achieved by our staff, who are our most valuable asset.

Our vision is driven by our HEART values and behaviours which were developed together with our staff.

  • H onesty
  • E quality
  • A ccountability
  • R espect
  • T eamwork

These values describe how we interact with each other and our patients and must underpin everything we do to achieve our vision.

London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust welcomes applications from people who wish to work part time or flexibly.

Role summary:

  • As an autonomous practitioner, to assess and treat own caseload and provide a specialist physiotherapy service to Critical Care, Medical, Acute Assessment Unit (AAU), Short Stay Assessment (SSA), Surgical and Vascular inpatients. To also cover in-patient acute amputee care and rehabilitation, as well as providing out-patient amputee rehab in hospital/ occasionally community.
  • To be involved in running specialist respiratory medical out-patient services and potentially develop pulmonary rehabilitation.
  • To be involved with complex early rehabilitation of neurological patients on the Regional Hyper-acute Rehabilitation Unit (RHRU)
  • To work as a member of the multidisciplinary team (MDT), assessing and treating patients with complex surgical and/or respiratory disability, maintaining accurate and comprehensive patient records.
  • To take a proactive approach to facilitating patient discharge planning, working collaboratively with medical, nursing and therapy teams to influence timely and appropriate referral to rehabilitation, Intermediate Care and Community Services.
  • To be involved in the running of specialist amputee gym sessions for inpatients and outpatients
  • To support the line manager in the provision and management of the Respiratory, Surgical and Vascular services, including responsibility for managing students and junior staff.
  • To engage in own continued professional development (CPD) and service development, in conjunction with the Band 7’s and cross site Clinical Specialist (Band 8a).
  • To participate in the weekend working rota– note you take two days off in the week following weekend working
  • To be the sole physiotherapist on duty in the emergency overnight on-call service


Northwick Park Hospital / St Marks          

Are you looking for a new challenge in a unique rotational respiratory post?

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced and enthusiastic physiotherapist to join our Band 6 rotation scheme The successful candidate will undergo eight-monthly rotations across the following areas based at Northwick Park Hospital.

- ICU and Surgical Respiratory Wards

- Medical HDU, AAU, and Medical Respiratory Wards

- Short stay assessment (SSA) unit

- Surgical intensive recovery unit (SIRU), HDU, Vascular, Amputee & General Surgery wards, Amputee outpatients

- Regional Hyper-acute Rehabilitation Unit (RHRU)

The post will provide the opportunity to further develop your clinical skills (including extended scope skills of arterial blood gas sampling, chest x-ray requesting, wound management & prosthetic gait analysis) whilst contributing to progressive respiratory, critical care, surgical, vascular and out-patient services.

Northwick Park Hospital is a major acute general hospital, which encompasses a Regional ENT and Max Fax unit, the Vascular Hub for the North West London area, and St Mark’s Hospital on the same site is a national and international specialist centre for bowel and intestinal disorders.

The rotations cover a diverse and busy caseload including an expanding Intensive Care Unit, AAU, A&E, medical and surgical HDUs (including NIV management), and have an integral role in facilitating early supported discharge of COPD patients, weaning from mechanical ventilation, and management of the complex head and neck patient, including tracheostomy weaning. We work closely with the MDT and assist with training on Tracheostomy and NIV study days for both internal and external courses.

The SSA unit involves rapid assessment, implementation of treatment plans and coordination of safe and effective discharge plans for respiratory and medical patients. The RHRU offers a lot of support and learning opportunities to develop practical neuro skills, use of multiple outcome measures applied in complex early rehabilitation, and advanced communication and discharge planning expertise. This is in addition to utilising acute respiratory skills, particularly with the high number of tracheostomy patients on this unit, with input from the wider respiratory team.

The vascular rotation involves pre-amputation consultation, amputee rehab covering inpatient and outpatient prosthetic rehab, as well as an acute caseload of vascular surgery and general surgical patients.

We are also looking to potentially develop our Band 6 rotations to incorporate more respiratory out-patients and community respiratory services/ pulmonary rehabilitation in the future.

The respiratory team is led by an experienced team of band 7s, a Clinical Specialist who is a contributor to the North West London Critical Care Network, a member of the Perioperative Medicine Advisory Board, and the Principal Investigator for the Improving Tracheostomy Care project, and a Consultant Respiratory Physiotherapist who is the London Lead on Pulmonary Rehabilitation and Contributor to Oxygen Network. They will supervise, support and develop the successful candidate through each rotation.

Please note that 7 day working is undertaken across therapies at the Trust. Days off are allocated in the week following weekend working (1 in 5 weekends).

There may be an additional rotation at Ealing Hospital in the future, which enables working across critical care, surgical and medical services.

For further information or an informal visit please contact Deeptika Chauhan, Clinical Specialist Respiratory Physiotherapist, on 020 88692231 or deeptika.chauhan@nhs.net

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 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

Please contact Deeptika Chauhan if you require further information

Principal Respiratory Physiotherapist Switchboard 02088643232 bleep 581
Extension 0208 869 2231

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