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Principal Pain Clinical Specialist - Physiotherapy

Job Reference: 384-CO-EMF4920

Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
384 495560 Physiotherapy Services
Guildford, Surrey
£46,368 to £52,581 pa pro rata incl. HCAS

Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust is a friendly, supportive, busy but welcoming acute and community Trust that is ambitious about developing our services and your career.

Our compassionate, caring and friendly colleagues make up our Royal Surrey family and are at the heart of what we do. We all have a passion for learning, continuous improvement and excelling together through innovation, research and development. There are over 4,500 members of our Royal Surrey family.

We are clinically led and provide joined up care by bridging the gap between hospital and community services alongside regional specialist cancer care. Our main acute hospital site is in Guildford with community hospital sites at Milford, Haslemere and Cranleigh. We provide adult community health services in the community and homes across Guildford and Waverley.

We have received an overall ‘Good’ rating from the CQC, with our Maternity services deemed outstanding. We are investing in our colleagues through our new health and wellbeing programme and a commitment to supporting professional development as well as investing more than £45 million in our physical environment and new equipment in the next few years.

There has never been a better time to join us.

Band 8a -Principal Pain Clinical Specialist -Physiotherapy

Part Time - 15 hours

This exciting opportunity has arisen due to the expansion of the Multi-disciplinary Pain Service at the Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

You will be based within the Physiotherapy Department and take the lead in service delivery of high level, evidence based Physiotherapy treatment to this specialist patient group. In addition you will work closely and collaboratively with the multi-disciplinary team which includes Consultants, Psychologists and Nursing staff in order to ensure holistic, appropriate and seamless care in a mutually respectful and valued manner.

You will be responsible for independently assessing and managing a caseload of new patients referred to the Pain Team using extended scope skills. You should be competent at carrying out complex assessments, able to recognise when medical imaging is required, provide medication advice, and formulate evidence based treatment plans, promoting a bio-psycho-social approach.

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are essential to the role as is the ability to impart and hear sensitive information. An understanding of the Psychological management of persistent pain is required as well as insight into the role of ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) as this underpins the group programme offered.

The physiotherapy department has a very strong commitment to clinical governance and CPD. The post holder must have a desire to continually develop and a passion for imparting knowledge. They will regularly supervise, teach and mentor departmental physiotherapists in addition to supporting and advising other members of the MDT as relevant and undertake teaching to the wider medical community. A key aspect of the role is the management of a B7 specialist Physiotherapist as well as inputting into the B6 rotation programme. In addition, the role requires input into the strategic development of the Pain Team – an exciting prospect as the need for pain services becomes ever more evident.

You will be well supported by the Lead Pain Consultant and Lead Psychologist who will offer mentoring and peer supervision.

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of our highly valued team.

For more information regarding this post please contact Gev Burton (Principal Physiotherapist in Pain) 01483 406616 email

If you are interested in applying for this post please use the links provided to access the full job description/person specification and apply online.

The Trust is committed to promoting equality of opportunity for all its employees as well as maintaining a workforce that broadly reflects the local communities we serve. In accordance with the Equality Act, we welcome applications from anyone who meets the specific criteria of the post regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender reassignment, marital status, pregnancy, religion or belief or sexual orientation. Reasonable adjustments to the interview process can also be made for any candidates with a disability.


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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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