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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 30/09/2021.


Job Reference: 078-FC563

First Community Health and Care
Caterham Dene Therapies Team
Caterham Dene Hospital
£32,306 to £39,027 + 5% HCAS pa

Do you want to be part of an innovative, progressive and dynamic organisation that is committed to providing first rate care to its local community?

First Community is a CQC rated ‘Outstanding’ staff owned social enterprise, which delivers NHS community services to residents across east Surrey and in parts of West Sussex.

Through our first-rate people we deliver first rate value to the public, providing community nursing, including district and specialist nursing; health visitors, school nurses and immunisations and a wide range of adult and children’s therapies. We also run a rehabilitation in-patient ward and a Minor Injury Unit (MIU).

First Community is a great place to work and our CQC rating puts us among the top two percent of organisations providing NHS care in the country. Everyone here has a voice and is supported to develop their career to its full potential.

We offer all our staff: High quality training and development opportunities, flexible working to enable a good work, life balance, an inclusive and friendly work environment, an NHS pension, flexible retirement options and employee benefits including a car salary sacrifice scheme.

First Community values diversity and inclusion and is committed to the recruitment and retention of under-represented minority groups. We particularly welcome applications from black, asian and minority ethnic candidates, LGBTQ+ candidates and candidates with disabilities.

Please note that inline with the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014, from 11 November 2021 all candidates applying for a role which may be required to work within a care home setting, must be fully vaccinated against Coronavirus (COVID-19) unless medically exempt. This requirement will be checked and validated through our pre-employment process.

Band 6 Physiotherapist

We’re in search of a new Band 6 Physiotherapist who can deliver top quality assessments and treatment.

We are looking for a keen, motivated and innovative Physiotherapist to join our thriving multidisciplinary team with a focus on helping people to ‘live well for longer’.

Do you want to work surrounded by beautiful countryside in an area of outstanding natural beauty? Do you enjoy being person centred and holistic in your physiotherapy role? If you want to help people to improve their quality of life and reach their maximum rehabilitation potential…we could be the team for you!

Joining First Community will bring you a range of benefits, including 5% high cost area supplement in addition to Agenda for Change salaries, an NHS pension and a competitive annual leave allowance. We will provide you with high quality training and development opportunities, an inclusive and friendly work environment and access to a comprehensive staff health and wellbeing programme.

As a company, and as a team, we are passionate about ensuring that the workplace is a place where staff feel supported and challenged. This is reflected in our positive staff survey results, with 80% of staff who would recommend First Community as a place to work, above the average.

We will encourage and support you to complete regular training and help you to work towards your full potential by further developing a variety of generic, leadership and physiotherapy professional skills. 

As we are committed to taking physiotherapy students on placements, there will also be opportunities for you to support students.

First Community values its teams’ ideas and is always working towards improving how we deliver patient care. We are keen for staff to develop and build on their own ideas to contribute to further service improvement and innovation.

The post holder will be required to deliver:

  • Expert clinical management for patients with complex health and rehabilitation needs, who are at risk of deteriorating quality of life.
  • Professional and accountable leadership ensuring positive outcomes and quality care for patients and staff.
  • Liaison with other health, social and community services to ensure continuity of care on discharge.

You will work with the multidisciplinary team to provide a seven day service in our bed based care settings, which include a community hospital and local private nursing homes. You will be assisting in preventing unnecessary admissions to hospital and facilitating early discharges through comprehensive, effective and timely intervention.

You will assess for and deliver a range of physiotherapy treatment options for a variety of patients who may have complex, long-term conditions. You will use your generic skills to clinically monitor the patient and promote holistic recovery and discharge planning.

You will provide professional leadership for designated Physiotherapists and supportive staff and will have a role in the leadership of the wider Therapy / multi-disciplinary team.

Regular clinical supervision and learning and development opportunities will be available.

If you like how this sounds then apply today.

We look forward to receiving your application.

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship (formerly a Work Permit)

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test. The UK Border Agency requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit UK Border Agency website. Please note that this may not be applicable for all posts.

Our preferred method of contact is by email. Please check your email regularly following the closing date.

Successful candidates will be contacted within two weeks of the closing date.

Recruitment and Retention Premium

Recruitment and Retention Premium applies to the following posts:

Adult Services:
-Band 5 Staff Nurses (Community and inpatient)
-District Nurses
-All Clinical Occupational Therapists
-Band 7 Clinical Team Lead for District Nursing

Children's Services:
-Health Visitors
-Staff Nurses
-School Nurses
-All Band 5 & 6 Paediatric Therapists

Therapy Services:
-All Clinical Podiatrists
-All Clinical Audiologists
-All Clinical Occupational Therapists

Successful applicants within the staff groups above will receive -

  • £1000 upon commencement (payable in your first months’ salary) then;

  • £1000 after 6 months service subject to satisfactory completion of your probationary period.

    Do note that repayment clauses apply - and will be provided, as required to the relevant post holders. This does not apply to internal candidates.

    Please note, due to high volumes of applicants, certain posts may close early. We recommend candidates apply early to avoid disappointment.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order (as amended) and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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