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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 20/09/2020.

Band 6 Community Physiotherapist Learning Disabilities

Job Reference: 383-SPE-680-20-A

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Derbyshire, Derby
£31,365-£37,890 pa

A focus on recovery Here at Derbyshire Healthcare, we are committed to working alongside the people who use our services, to help them lead meaningful and satisfying lives. We believe in compassionate, patient-centred care. Each member of staff has a part to play in supporting the people who use our services. But don't just take our word for it, visit our website to watch our "We are Derbyshire Healthcare" video to see what our staff, service receivers, carers and members have to say about the Trust. Also, to find out more about our Trust and Derbyshire as a great place to work and live please visit our recruitment site which you will find under further links on this advert.

DHCFT is committed to ensuring that all of its staff can work safely during the current coronavirus crisis. To assist with this, the Trust is reviewing job roles in relation to Covid-19 national guidance, in terms of home working, flexibility and safe practise, to ensure positive working environments for staff and the best quality services for patients. Please note that this post may be subject to adjustments in line with the Covid-19 national guidance.

Equality, diversity and inclusion is at the heart of Derbyshire Healthcare and we are actively seeking to increase diversity in our workforce through our recruitment activities. We encourage applications from our BME communities, our LGBT+ communities, and from individuals who identify as being disabled, as well as all other protected characteristics. We are especially keen to increase our diversity where we know that some communities are under-represented in parts of our workforce. Selection will be on a basis of merit and we are committed to the principles of Positive Action.

Community Learning Disability Physiotherapist – Band 6

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join our friendly, multi-disciplinary Learning Disability team at Derbyshire Healthcare NHS foundation Trust, providing a high standard of physiotherapy services to our local population in their own homes and care homes.

In line with the national challenges around COVID-19, we are looking to continue with the provision of skilled services to people with Learning Disabilities and/or ASD.

We are currently exploring how we can do this amid and post-COVID-19 and how we can continue to provide the best service we can to our community.

We are looking for a Physiotherapist with experience in Learning Disabilities to enter this new era with us. This is a perfect time to join the team!

The Learning Disability Community Support Team strives to provide forward-thinking, high-quality services, working in partnership with other agencies.

The postholder will report to the band 7 Clinical/Operational Managers in Physiotherapy and be a valuable member of a multi-disciplinary team, supporting colleagues across a wide range of services.

The role involves working with your own caseload and providing a holistic, health-based service. Reasonable adjustments are always a first consideration and if mainstream services are able to provide the therapy, we would advocate this to be the first service referred to.

Ours is a specialist service that would see the most highly-complex individuals, usually in their own homes.

Our ideal candidate will be well-motivated and enthusiastic to support service users with complex physical, sensory and behavioural impairments.

We’re looking for someone who is used to providing therapeutic activity and specialist equipment to people with physical and learning disabilities. It is also important to be comfortable and familiar with using positive behaviour support, sensory strategies and person-centred planning.

You will undertake assessments and provide specialist Physiotherapy to adults (16 years +) with Learning Disabilities who have complex communication needs. As well as resource for carers, the multi-disciplinary team and other care providers.

Therefore, you will need to effectively engage with your patients, peer groups, family and or carers in all elements of your role, leading by example and promoting a supportive and caring culture.

The post-holder will demonstrate a high level of clinical knowledge and skills and will have a varied clinical background, with at least 2 years’ experience, preferably including working in a community setting, postural care, hydrotherapy, rebound, etc.

This is a full-time, substantive post within the Community Learning Disability Physiotherapy team. However, part time hours may be considered and we encourage a healthy work/life balance.

We are keen to develop and progress every member of the team and therefore the post holder will be expected to also support colleagues with this.

Regular travel throughout the team locality is a requirement. Therefore, it is essential that you have the means to commit to this.

The successful applicant will enjoy the following benefits:

  • A competitive salary with regular pay reviews in line with Agenda for Change
  • Eligibility to join the NHS Pension Scheme
  • Generous holiday entitlement of 27 annual leave days, rising to 29 days after 5 years’ service and 33 days after 10 years’ service, plus bank holidays
  • Recognition of NHS and IAPT length of service relating to annual leave entitlement
  • Investment in training to support and develop you.

Join our CQC rated ‘GOOD’ Learning Disability service!

Please Note - The Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is supporting the current Government guidelines regarding social distancing.

With this in mind, all interviews are now conducted by video link using Microsoft Teams. Full details of our process will be given to shortlisted candidates when invited to interview.

For an informal discussion and/or visit please contact

Lijo Simon, MCSP, Clinical Operational Manager (Physiotherapy), 01332 640 500 / 07557 601706,


Philip Toy, Clinical Operational Manager (Physiotherapy), 01629 531874 / 07769 645282,

This job may close early if a large number of applications are received. You are advised to submit your application as early as possible to avoid missing your chance to apply.

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The cost of undertaking a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) disclosure will be met by the individual. The Trust will meet the initial costs of the disclosure which will be deducted from your first month’s salary. The current price of a standard check is £23 and an enhanced check is £40.

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This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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