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Specialist Community Nurse / Physiotherapist - Respiratory

Job Reference: 449-AS0711

Solent NHS Trust
Adult Specialist Community Services
£30,401 - £37,267 p.a. pro rata

Make a difference with us

If you are looking for somewhere you can make a real difference and are passionate about keeping people safe, well and out of hospital, a career with us may be just what you’re looking for. At Solent NHS Trust, we strive to make a difference to the health and wellbeing of our communities.

We are proud to be an organisation which is focused on our people and we welcome people who share our values to come and work with us.

  • To deliver great care that is safe, simple and easy to access
  • To be a caring, flexible and supportive place to work
  • To deliver the best value for money

An exciting opportunity has arisen to work in the Solent Pulmonary Rehabilitation aspect of the Southampton Integrated COPD Team for a Nurse or Physiotherapist on a 12 month secondment. 

You will be supported in developing your respiratory and rehabilitation skills. A background in complex disease management, case management and long term conditions are very valuable to this role. 

This may suit a community physiotherapist / community or district nurse who is interested in holistic management of complex patients.

The team are integrated with University Hospitals Southampton NHS Foundation Trust and have close clinical links with the respiratory consultants and supported discharge team. They strive to deliver person centred COPD care throughout the patient pathway. The service works in an innovative way and encompasses opportunities for team members to participate in research and Audit.

This opportunity will be for a full time, motivated and dynamic Specialist Physiotherapist or Specialist Nurse to deliver pulmonary rehabilitation, and individualised COPD care within Southampton City. Respiratory and Pulmonary Rehabilitation experience will be valuable to this role. You will need to have significant post registration experience and be able to undertake lone working/ autonomous work when required. You will have the opportunity to work with patients referred into PR form several different routes. Post exacerbation/ admission, GP referrals and consultant referrals.  Patients are also referred for optimisation pre/ post-surgery from the Southampton Lung Volume Reduction Surgery team that we are closely linked with via the Integrated COPD Team.

 The post holder will work delivering Pulmonary Rehabilitation and maintenance classes over the city of Southampton. This is the primary component of the role. The role also includes working in joint consultant clinic assisting in the management of complex COPD patients. This provides an excellent opportunity for education and CPD in the clinical setting.

There are weekly review meetings for the PR team for clinical development and learning plus the whole integrated team also meets weekly for MDT to discuss patients to ensure optimal patient care. You will have the opportunity to feed into / attend these MDT’s around your clinical caseload.

The Team support staff attending local educational meetings such as network groups and specialist respiratory education meetings held quarterly.

There are opportunities for supervision of exercise instructors/ students/ HCA.

You will be well supported through regular supervision session and 1:1, the Trust has a robust appraisal system and encourages individuals CPD.

There are also opportunities to link with patient /community groups such as Singing for Health and Breathe Easy.

You will need access to a car with a valid licence for this position. You will be required to travel between sites during your working day and hold appropriate business car insurance for this.

This is an exciting and rewarding role delivering COPD care with innovative and patient focused approaches.

If you would like to find out more about the role or to arrange and informal visit which is strongly encouraged; please contact Helen Fricker COPD PR Team Leader on 0300 123 3398 or ( preference for email as first point of contact)

Interviews will take place week commencing the 2nd of February 2020.


Please note that should this post attract sufficient interest, we may choose to close at an earlier date. We strongly suggest that you apply at an early stage.If we have not contacted you within four weeks of the closing date of this post, please presume that you have not been selected.Candidates selected for interview will be contacted within 2-3 weeks; therefore you should check your emails regularly including junk mail folders.

The Rewards

Solent NHS Trust offers a competitive starting salary and access to a wide range of employee benefits:

  • 27 - 33 days annual leave plus bank holidays (for permanent staff)
  • Pay enhancements to reward out of hours working
  • Ability to join the generous NHS pension scheme
  • Purchase of additional annual leave
  • Training and development opportunities
  • An extensive health and wellbeing service
  • Flexible working options
  • Free yoga, pilates and mindfulness classes
  • NHS discounts from leading retailers
  • Opportunity to purchase a public transport annual season ticket - 11 month repayment period

Our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion starts with our people; shapes the way we deliver our services and the way we build our teams. We welcome candidates from diverse backgrounds to help us deliver great care to all of our communities.

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.

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship

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 Visas and Immigration department 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 the UK Visas and Immigration website.

From 6 April 2017, Tier 2 skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) will also be subject to this requirement.

Guidance can be found here Criminal Records Checks For Overseas Applicants

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see applying from overseas.

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