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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 09/04/2020.

Advanced Physiotherapist Practitioner in Rheumatology

Job Reference: J210-HERTS40

Connect Health

Advanced Practice Physiotherapist - Rheumatology

Full Time/Part time

Salary: Competitive

Herts Valley

About the role

An exciting position has arisen in our Herts Valleys Integrated Musculoskeletal service. We are looking for an enthusiastic, competent and experienced APP to join our multi-disciplinary community Rheumatology team.

As part of the Community Rheumatology Service, you’ll be a key part of the multi-disciplinary team including Physio’s, OT’s, APP’s, Nurses, GPwSI’s and Consultant’s; as well as working alongside our wider MSK service and Community Pain Team.

The role is focussed on expert assessment and management of potential Rheumatological patients. You’ll be highly skilled in the assessment and management of this patient group. This could include but is not limited to; evidence of specific training in this area, injection therapy, bloods ordering and interpretation skills, radiological imaging skills, independent prescribing and ultrasonography. Some of these skills we would support once in the role.

You will help develop and influence the design of the service, ensuring you maintain strong relations with the existing service provision within the hospital that is to focus more on the management of high-risk complex patients.

Whilst undertaking comprehensive assessment and diagnosis of patients with a wide variety of physical and emotional needs, you must formulate, deliver, review and progress individual treatment programmes and ensure effective treatment, specialist advice and timely discharge is achieved.

What we’re looking for

· Exceptional personal and professional values that underpin clinical expertise

· Excellent clinical skills with a desire to develop and innovate in the field of Rheumatology

· A strong desire and drive to support transformation

You will be positive, constructive and approachable, along with being registered with the HCPC. We’re looking for you to be capable of managing a varied caseload of patients, and you will have the ability to work under pressure and be committed to CPD.

You may have experience of working within the NHS or it may be in the public or private sector, however it’s more about you and the skills you can bring to the service.

Our service in Herts Valley

Our Herts Valley service is a fully integrated MSK service that provides a single-point of access for NHS patients enabling a seamless and efficient patient journey. As part of our integrated community pathway we deliver community Physiotherapy, Pain, Podiatry, Rheumatology, Hands, CATS and Postural Stability. You will be part of a large, dynamic multidisciplinary team which includes MSK Physiotherapists, Advanced Physiotherapy Practitioners, Occupational Therapists, Podiatrists, GPs with special interest in Pain and Rheumatology, Consultant Rheumatologists, Psychologists, Hand therapists and Rehabilitation Therapists. The integrated service design allows clinicians to work together to deliver seamless and evidence-based care for patients and enables inter-disciplinary learning.

We deliver our services out of a number of different hub site clinics and GP practices across Herts Valley localities. This encompasses Dacorum, Hertsmere, Watford and Three Rivers and St Albans and Harpenden. There is the expectation that you will be flexible to the needs of the service and you may be based out of a couple of different locations within your working week.

We also operate out of a number of community gym settings in the locality and can provide bespoke and supervised rehab programmes within a fully equipped gym environment, allowing patients to transition seamlessly on discharge.

Connect Health

Connect Health is the largest, independent provider of integrated community MSK (musculoskeletal) services (including orthopaedics, pain and rheumatology) in the UK, serving over 300k NHS patients per annum across 25 CCGs and 100+ business.

We’ve got many accolades including being a finalist for an HSJ values award 2018 for IT and community service re-design and we’ve won numerous awards for our commitment to colleagues and making Connect a great place to work.

We’re a team of pioneers, dynamically driving forward quality, whilst keeping “the people” at the heart of everything that we do.

We hold these values close to our hearts and put them at the core of the recruitment process and operational delivery. To compliment this, we have in-house programmes to support Developing Consultant roles, Subject Matter Experts, accredited Leadership and Management development and Accelerated Development Programme for Persistent Pain Management.

‘If we don’t consider our key stakeholders, patients, tax payers and our colleagues, when making decisions then we have failed’ – Andrew Walton Exec Chair

What makes us different?

· Largest provider of Integrated MSK services in the UK

· Largest database of MSK outcomes in the world, driving Research and Quality.

· Dedicated digital innovation team, implementing technological solutions to support clinicians and patients.

· Flexible working with a “Just Ask” policy, as well as remote and clinic working.

· Career Development programmes and pathways

· National network of clinical experts supporting supervision and sharing skills/expertise.


· Day off on your birthday every year

· Competitive salary

· Recognition programme including annual awards ceremony ‘Bee Celebrated’

· Comprehensive Clinical Supervision Framework

· Internal development programmes and Career pathways

· Flexible working opportunities to balance home and work life

· Pension Scheme

· Performance related pay progression and bonus scheme

· Salary sacrifice schemes including Smart Tech and Cycle to work

· An online discount portal with thousands of deals including discounted cinema, holidays and shopping.

We wish you the best of luck!


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