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Macmillan Therapy Assistant Practitioner, Complex Colorectal Cancer

Job Reference: 337-NP-1830SC-A

London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust
Macmillan Physiotherapy assistant in coplex colorectal cancer team
Northwick park hospital, Harrow
£23,809 - £27,022 pa inc

London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust is one of the largest integrated NHS Trusts in the country employing more than 9,000 staff with a budget of more than £670 million a year. We are the first Trust of its kind to provide complete hospital-based and community healthcare services to a combined population of 930,000 in the boroughs of Brent, Harrow and Ealing. Our services include four major acute hospitals including the internationally renowned St Mark's Hospital and community services across Brent, Harrow and Ealing, including Clayponds Rehabilitation Hospital, Meadow House Hospice, Denham Unit and Willesden Centre. St Mark’s & LNWH has a major teaching commitment and we have recently been awarded University Hospital status after being granted membership of the Association of UK University Hospitals.

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Our vision at London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust is to provide excellent clinical care in the right setting by being:

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    London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust welcomes applications from people who wish to work part time or flexibly.


St Marks and Northwick Park Hospital



2 February 2019

Integrated Clinical Services



Band 4






2 year Fixed term full time

This role is suited to someone who has experience of working in rehabilitation and ideally with patients following colorectal cancer surgery. The post holder will work as part of a dedicated highly-specialist complex colorectal cancer multidisciplinary team which offers a tertiary service to individuals with locally-advanced and recurrent rectal cancers and colorectal peritoneal metastases. We are looking for candidates who are enthusiastic and caring to join our existing therapy team in providing patient-centred, safe and effective care. The post holder will assist in collecting, data to help evaluate the success of this innovative rehabilitation project.


The successful applicant will under the supervision of the Band 7 and Clinical Specialist, provide rehabilitation for this patient group throughout their surgical pathway.


Within the role you will provide clinical assessment and treatments under the supervision of qualified staff, prepare and maintain safe clinical areas and maintain stock levels, as well as provide administrative support to the complex colorectal cancer team.


You will primarily be required to work on the colorectal surgical ward, providing therapy to clients in one to one treatments, as well as joint sessions with your seniors and nursing staff on the wards. You will also be responsible for assisting in the triaging, prioritisation, patient assessments, and delivery of rehabilitation programmes for this client group.


Previous experience in a similar role is essential, whilst area specific training will be provided. Excellent Inter-personal skills are also essential as you will be required to liaise with clinicians, patients / carers and GPs.


The successful applicant will need to:


- enjoy working in a team setting


- have excellent communication skills


- be flexible, adaptable and able to work with a wide range of people


- be hard working & conscientious



An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced and dynamic individual to join the Macmillan Complex Colorectal Cancer team at St. Mark’s Hospital and Northwick Park Hospitals in North West London, in a 2 year Macmillan funded post.




St. Mark’s Hospital is a specialist hospital treating colorectal and intestinal disorders established in 1835. St Mark’s has a strong history of specialised patient care attracting patients from around the country and overseas. Its patient base is both secondary and tertiary providing a good mix of patients with common and rare disorders. The essence of the Hospital has been a blend of clinical work, research and teaching. The Hospital has developed clinical departments in surgery, gastroenterology, endoscopy, physiology, and nutrition.




The Macmillan Complex Colorectal Cancer team is a multidisciplinary team led by Mr Ian Jenkins and Mr Anthony Antoniou, Consultant Colorectal Surgeons. Both specialise in advanced pelvic cancer surgery and have pioneered new surgical techniques for patients who have either locally advanced primary rectal cancer i.e. those which extend beyond the TME or pelvic recurrence of a rectal cancer. Surgical techniques including High and distal sacrectomy, pelvic side wall excision and total pelvic exenterations requiring SGAP/ IGAP reconstructions (Superior/Inferior Gluteal Artery Perforator flaps).




Northwick Park Hospital is a major acute general hospital, with an 18 bedded level 3 intensive care unit, a surgical HDU, surgical wards, and a intestinal failure unit. Other surgical specialties include head and neck surgery with a regional maxillofacial service, and vascular surgery and amputee rehabilitation.


There will be opportunities for on-going clinical and managerial development with cross-site senior teaching and support for CPD and internal/external courses.




This post sits within a well-established and experienced Respiratory physiotherapy service, and as such support and line management will be provided by the Macmillan Complex colorectal Cancer Band 7, the Surgical/ICU Band 7s’, and the cross-site Respiratory Clinical Specialist physiotherapist, who is a contributor to the North West London Critical Care Network, a member of the Perioperative Medicine Advisory Board, and the Principal Investigator for the Improving Tracheostomy Care project. Strong links exist with the Macmillan Cancer Team.




Please note that 7 day working is undertaken across therapies at the Trust. Days off are allocated in the week following weekend working (1 in 6 weekends).


For further details / informal visits contact:

For further information or an informal visit please contact Deeptika Chauhan, Clinical Specialist Respiratory Physiotherapist, on 020 88692231 or

The Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We promote the wellbeing and safety of all our patients and carers by acting promptly on concerns, communicating effectively and sharing information appropriately, according to the standards determined by our policy and procedures. All posts working with vulnerable groups will be subject to an enhanced criminal records check upon appointment and staff will need to give their consent for the Trust to receive regular updates on their criminal records status throughout their employment.

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