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Acute Rotational Specialist Physiotherapist

Band 6

Main area
Band 6
Full time 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Royal Preston Hospital
£30,401 - £37,267 per annum
29/04/2019 23:59

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals is a large Foundation Trust set over 2 hospital sites. The Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy services are integrated, and staff work closely together to ensure the delivery of high quality, effective acute care.

We are in a position to offer an opportunity to an innovative and highly motivated physiotherapist who would like to develop their skills within a range of acute in patient settings, as part of the acute band 6 rotation wheel. These include specialist areas including Neurosurgery, Critical care, surgery, acute medicine across both sites and NIV.

The wheel contains 6 acute rotations; a brief summary of each is detailed below:

Neurosurgery ward 2a: A step down ward from critical care, involves complex head injury patients including those classed as major trauma. During this rotation the post holder would take the lead with the tracheotomy patients and be involved in the acute early rehab for all appropriate patients.

Neurosurgery ward 2b: The main patient groups are elective spinal neurosurgery and complex major trauma spinal injuries. The post holder would respond to any acute needs of the patients and also be involved in rehabilitation.

Acute Medicine Preston: Mixture of acute medical wards including the NIV service.

Acute Medicine Chorley: Mixture of acute medical wards with an emphasis on respiratory patients and elderly medicine.

Surgery: Main focus of the rotation is upper GI, head and neck surgery. Involves acute post-op interventions and rehabilitation of patients.

Critical Care: 24 bedded unit with a high proportion of level 1 beds. Lancashire Teaching Hospitals are a regional centre for neurosciences and vascular and a major trauma centre. These 3 specialties alone lead to a complex and interesting critical care caseload.

Each rotation lasts 9 months and offer varied, interesting and exciting experiences. A supported working environment is provided where you can develop your skills and knowledge and play a key role in the delivery of high quality health care. There is also excellent access to in house training, including therapeutic handling, Bobath and oncall training using Sim man. The current band 6 group hold their own forum and arrange regular training through this.

The Physiotherapy team provide an emergency on call service and therapists will be expected to join the rota. In recognition of the need for enhanced provision, Core Therapies are looking to move towards 7 day working, and as such the successful candidate will be expected to support this model of care when it is implemented.

Please note, previous experience in neurosurgery is not essential, due to the specialist nature of this area we are aware not many candidates will have had any exposure. Full training and supervision would be provided by the Clinical Lead Physiotherapist of this area during the rotation.

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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

Claire Granato via email: , Professional Lead for Physiotherapy or Julia McEvoy, Clinical Lead for Medicine on 01772 524097