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Ward Therapist - Band 5

Job Reference: 339-KLE0205

North Bristol NHS Trust
Southmead Hospital, Bristol
£23,023- £29,608 per annuum

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We have an exciting and innovative opportunity for a Physiotherapist to join our new Ward Therapist role at Southmead Hospital. This opportunity would suit a new graduate or someone looking for a breadth of NHS physiotherapy experience. We are looking for a motivated, dynamic and highly skilled physiotherapist to provide holistic respiratory care to patients within the respiratory HDU environment working within the nursing team with strong working links with the ward physiotherapy team.

Based on the respiratory HDU area, you will provide support and expertise to the Nursing staff and patients. This will include:

    • Set up of AIRVO, BIPAP, Humidified Oxygen.
    • Chest drain, , feeding pumps set up and management
    • Undertake Observations , monitoring NEWS and acting upon trends.
    • Patient personal care and assisting patients with and advising on mobility 
    • Managing patient’s tissue viability needs.
    • Managing patient’s VTE needs
    • Assisting with trache weaning in conjunction with the Physiotherapy team, particularly out of core Physio hours.


    • Assisting patients with Chest clearance techniques, performing suction when required and advising other staff on effective chest clearance methods.
    • Liaison with community teams re follow up for patients in the community
    • Discharge planning and taking a lead for SRF completion.
    • Checking and stocking the equipment trolley
    • Facilitating nursing assessments, both computerised and in medical notes


This is a new role with qualified band 5 therapists working as a member of the ward staffing skill mix and line managed by the ward manager, while remaining under professional mentorship of the physiotherapy team leader.

The ward therapy post will provide an excellent opportunity for the physiotherapists to develop extended skills and acute ward experience under the guidance and mentorship of an experienced ward manager and senior physiotherapist.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Craig Flowers- Ward Manager, 27B Respiratory Medicine


George Duffield- Matron for Recruitment, Medicine





The following is applicable for ‘At Risk’ employees, who must meet the essential shortlisting criteria to be eligible for interview.

Those from within North Bristol NHS Trust who apply for this role will be considered for shortlisting in the first instance.
Those from within the BNSSG (Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire) who apply for this role will be considered in the second instance.
Those covered by the South West Employment Transition Framework who apply for this role will be considered in the third instance.
If no applicant is appointed from the above ‘at-risk’ pools, those from the open market will then be considered for shortlisting.
If you apply for this vacancy and have not received a communication from this Trust within three weeks of the closing date, please assume that on this occasion your application has been unsuccessful.

Please note that this Trust does not reimburse travel expenses relating to interview attendance.

If you feel you meet the requirements of the Disability Act / Two Ticks scheme and require further support/advice, please contact us on tel 0117 4141151.

This organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

The successful applicant(s) will normally commence at the minimum of the scale unless they have previous NHS service at the same band. Progression through the scale is by annual increments.

Please note that stringent pre-employment checks are undertaken on all successful applicants prior to commencement in post. Please refer to the ‘Information for Prospective Employees’ attachment for information relating to DBS charges.

We are committed to Equal Opportunity - Job Share Applications are welcomed.

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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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