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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 22/12/2019.

Specialist (Rotational) Frailty Physiotherapist

Job Reference: 153-KB-8311-E

Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Older Persons Assessment and Liaison Team
Royal Bournemouth Hospital, Bournemouth
£30,401 - £37,267 pa/pro

‘Providing the excellent care that we would expect for our own families’

Join the HSJ 2018 Highly Commended Trust of the year, to deliver our vision to more than 500,000 people across Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch. Currently The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (RBCH) includes Royal Bournemouth Hospital, Christchurch Hospital and a Sterile Services Department at Alderney Hospital.

It’s a very exciting time here in Dorset with a recent review kick-starting major improvement to the way healthcare is provided. Among which is the proposed merge with fellow acute hospital Poole Hospital. Our Joint CEO Debbie Fleming is passionate about our collective goal to create a new organisation that is even better, and change how we deliver care in a way that will improve services and deliver better outcomes

It is anticipated that the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust will merge in 2020 to form University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust. It is a condition of employment that all staff being recruited in the period before merger will work across all sites pre and post-merger

A Band 6 opportunity has arisen to join our dynamic and high performing Therapy Services within the frailty pathway at Bournemouth Hospital and the local community areas.

Are you passionate about working in frailty services and looking for an opportunity for career development, to be at the forefront of exciting changes in partnership working or to be a part of a diverse, skilled and motivated team?

We are pleased to announce an exciting opportunity for a permanent full time Physiotherapist specialising in the needs of older people and younger frail vulnerable adults within the OPAL (Older Persons Assessment and Liaison) Team at Bournemouth Hospital with an opportunity to rotate within our wider services within Older People’s Medicine for those who wish to.

The OPAL team are a vibrant, friendly, supportive team of physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, specialist nurses, nurse practitioners, therapy assistants, discharge co-ordinators and geriatricians who work very closely with social services colleagues.

This is a fantastic opportunity where you will be encouraged and supported to develop extended skills and advanced practice in frailty with our highly regarded, innovative and motivated frailty and admission avoidance teams in hospital and the community. The rotation will allow you to experience and build skills working across the frailty pathway. This includes working holistically across professional boundaries, service development, supporting and supervising junior staff and opportunities to work alongside a range of experienced professionals.

This is a rotational post with opportunities in the following areas:

  • OPAL - Emergency Department
  • OPAL - Acute Admissions Unit/Frailty Unit
  • OPAL - Outreach Service- supporting and follow up of complex discharges from the Emergency Department.
  • OPAL – Older Person’s Medical wards – short stay (4,25, 26, outliers) and complex management (ward 5)
  • Interim Care Team – Community therapy-led discharge to assess service providing early supported discharge
  • Fayrewood ward – In-patient rehab ward based at Bournemouth hospital with on-site community hospital beds.
  • Christchurch Day Hospital – Offering specialist clinics and community outreach as part of a multidisciplinary team specialising in frailty.

We are also working on partnership opportunities in the community with intermediated care teams and our South West Ambulance Service to look at new and emerging roles to support admission avoidance in our local area and further rotational opportunities may soon be available.

We are looking for a Physiotherapist who is comfortable working in a generic capacity completing core assessments but whom can also provide specialist physiotherapist treatments, for example in long term conditions, neurotherapy, respiratory rehab and contracture management, to name only a few. You will need to facilitate a specialist multidisciplinary assessment and excellent communication skills across disciplines and departments to prevent unnecessary hospital admissions and support early discharge. We pride ourselves on our close links with the multi-disciplinary team and feel integrated working is an essential aspect for the post holder.

Our teams are extremely proud of our inclusive culture and celebrate the unique and individual skills, knowledge and strengths each person brings to the Team. We are proud of our commitment to the training and development of staff and offer excellent opportunities for growth in leadership through formal training, supervision of staff and deputising roles. We are looking for highly motivated, like-minded applicants with a strong commitment to team working and excellence in patient care.

This post offers the opportunity to join a trust with a warm and positive working culture with a focus on Quality Improvement and driving service redesign and innovation. We have been awarded £147 million from the government to modernise and upgrade our facilities pending planning permission and look forward to an exciting redevelopment of our environment and services to remain one of the best performing trusts in our region. Our hospital has recently been awarded a Freedom to Speak up Culture score of 84% which is the highest score for an acute trust and reflects our positive values based culture here. We have also been rated one of the CHKS top hospitals for 2019 which is a prestigious award based on an analysis of our data.

This post is available to clinicians with a minimum of two years’ experience working at Band 5, working with older people in the acute setting, admission avoidance services and / or intermediate care. This post will include 7 day working and therefore the post holder will be expected to participate in weekend working and alternative shift patterns as well as supporting the respiratory on-call service. The post holder must ideally be a car driver and have access to a car for work purposes.

If you value job satisfaction, great team working and improving the lives of patients then we want to hear from you! Check out our twitter feed @OPALrbch to find out more about our team.

The post is available full time however job share or part time hours would be considered.

For further information or to arrange an informal visit, please contact:

Anneka Sinclair or Katrina Titterington

Clinical Lead Therapist s – OPAL


Closing Date: 22nd December 2019

Interview Date: 8th January 2020

For further details / informal visits contact:

Emma Gurd, Clinical Lead PT/ Anneka Sinclair, Clinical Lead PT anne

Why join us? Not only do we offer an excellent service to our patients, we also work hard to support our staff and ensure they feel valued and supported. Every day, we value great team work, improving and adapting, communicating well and taking pride in what we do for patients. We also enjoy a great place to live on the south cost, from award winning beaches to beautiful views!

Advert may be removed before the end date if applicant numbers are high.


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2. You will find out if you have been shortlisted by checking your email (including junk and spam mail) and NHS jobs account regularly. If you have not heard from us within 21 days of the closing date we regret that your application is unsuccessful this time.

3. If you join us and need a DBS check, we will deduct from your salary all or some of the cost (dependent on your banding) currently £48.43. Many staff use the DBS update service at a cost of £13.00 p.a. but you need to sign up for this asap via their website.

4. If you come with no previous NHS experience, it is usual to appoint to the minimum of the band.

5. The Trust is committed to equality of opportunity and welcomes applications from everyone regardless of ethnicity, disability, gender, age, faith or sexual orientation. We seek to establish a workforce as diverse as the population we serve.

6. In completing this application you are giving us permission to contact the Home Office/UKBA to establish your immigration status and eligibility to work with us. Previous NHS service will be verified with the relevant employers (if relevant).

7. Travel expenses are not always payable so please check with HR before you travel.

8. Appointment to the post is subject to satisfactory completion of a 6 month probationary period.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

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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