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Senior/Highly Specialist Physiotherapist

NHS AfC: Band 7

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NHS AfC: Band 7
  • Full time
  • Part time
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Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital
£41,659 - £47,672 per annum, pro rata
Salary period
22/03/2023 23:59
Interview date

At NNUH it is our privilege to provide healthcare to over one million people across Norfolk and surrounding areas. Our vision is to ‘provide every patient with the care we want for those we love the most’, and if this inspires you and you share our values, we really want you to join our team. 

Our values support our vision and guide the behaviour of everything we do, these are:


We look after the needs of our patients, carers and colleagues, to provide a safe and caring experience for all.


We act with care, compassion and kindness and value others’ diverse needs.


We take an honest, open and ethical approach to everything we do.


We work as one team and support each other to maintain the highest professional standards.


We continuously learn and improve to achieve the best outcomes for our patients and our hospital. 

Wish you were here? So do we.

We want all our staff to achieve a balance between work and personal life and understand how important flexible working can be.  We welcome applications on a full or part time basis, various shift patterns and hybrid working, where roles allow.


Job overview

It is an exciting time to join our Physiotherapy service which will play an instrumental role in the Trust commitment to become a designated major trauma centre over the next 5 years alongside investment and transformation of its elective care provision. Our patients rate us highly on quality of care and having friendly, approachable staff and we are looking for like-minded individuals to join us on this journey.  

We are seeking an experienced senior Physiotherapist with highly specialist knowledge and skills to join our musculoskeletal outpatient team.

People are at the heart of everything we do. The Physiotherapy department recognises that our staff are our greatest asset and commit to investing in their development. We offer unique opportunities to work in diverse and highly specialist clinical areas within regional speciality MDTs, to attend regular training; and to engage with national audits and quality improvement projects within a supportive environment. You will work with and learn from staff who are experts in their field and will have the opportunity to develop both your clinical and leadership skills working with junior staff, physiotherapy support workers and students. We are proud to have strong links with the University of East Anglia, to develop our research capabilities and associate tutor opportunities for senior staff. 

Main duties of the job

In this role you will have opportunities to manage Consultant referrals for a wide variety of patient groups requiring acute + specialist management. Caseload will include complex acquired conditions eg.spinal; trauma; orthopaedic pre- and post- op care; and rheumatology.

You will work in a variety of settings including virtual and face to face 1:1 appointments, groups and exercise classes, MDT clinics and hydrotherapy. You will play a key role in the development of our services and the knowledge and skills of our clinicians, drawing on the support of other clinical experts in the service and throughout the wider Trust.

You will have an active role in supervision and annual appraisal to ensure your own personal development. You will be supported to pursue your professional interests, assist in the development of your colleagues and help shape our services.

Working in an acute hospital you will be required to maintain competence to work across in- and out- patient settings with support and training. You will support our weekend service across trauma & orthopaedics to fulfil 7 day working commitment.

Working for our organisation

Join us at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and be part of a workforce of over 10,000 staff!

The NNUH is one of the largest NHS trusts in the UK, providing first-class acute care for around one million people, living in Norfolk and surrounding areas. We are a teaching and research hospital, at the forefront of innovation, home to state-of-the-art facilities, such as the Quadram Institute. We are pleased to work closely with the University of East Anglia, providing teaching opportunities for our staff and placement opportunities for their students. We attract some of the best and leading professionals from across the country and are proud that our workforce represents 94 countries from across the world.

We are a friendly, collaborative hospital, working with local services and home to N&N Hospitals Charity

We can offer you the full range of NHS benefits/discounts and in addition:

  • Flexible working hours
  • Fast Track Staff Physiotherapy Service
  • Multi Faith prayer room
  • Discounted gym memberships
  • Excellent pension scheme and annual leave entitlement
  • Wagestream - access up to 40% of your pay as you earn it
  • Free Park & Ride service direct to NNUH site
  • Free 24-hours confidential counselling support
  • On-site Nursery
  • On-site cafes offering staff discounts
  • Support in career development
  • Flexible staff bank
  • Salary Sacrifice schemes including lease cars, Cycle to Work scheme and home electronics 

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

  • Experienced physiotherapist with highly specialist skills responsible for the physiotherapy management of patients presenting to the relevant service/team within the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
  • To be the clinical lead physiotherapist responsible for a defined area of work as specified in Appendix 1 (where relevant).
  • To be an expert clinical resource for the physiotherapy management of patients presenting to the relevant specialty, both within the Trust and regionally, as required.
  • To represent the physiotherapy service as a clinical expert in initiatives both within and outside the Trust as requested by the Physiotherapy Services Manager or Physiotherapy Service Lead.
  • To be responsible for an individual caseload including prioritisation, assessment and management of patients with a range of acute and chronic conditions. Relying on expert clinical judgement and using highly analytical skills, to determine clinical diagnosis and treatment. To maintain records as a legally autonomous practitioner.
  • To provide a leadership role clinically, educationally, professionally and managerially.
  • To have an active role in the planning, development, coordination, delivery and evaluation of the physiotherapy service provided to patients within and out-reaching from the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
  • To deputise for the Physiotherapy Operational Lead/Integrated Therapy Lead/Service Lead as required.
  • To support the delivery of a high quality, safe and compassionate healthcare service, all staff are expected to act as a role model to others in all aspects of their work and consistently demonstrate NNUH’s ‘PRIDE’ values of People focused, Respect, Integrity, Dedication and Excellence and demonstrate behaviours that support and encourage an inclusive culture.
  • To be professionally and legally responsible and accountable for all aspects of own work.
  • To maintain a high standard of clinical care for patients.
  • To accept clinical responsibility for the physiotherapy management of a defined caseload of patients and to organise this efficiently and effectively with regard to clinical priorities and use of time.
  • To provide peer support and case review for other members of the team, in particular, in relation to patients with complex clinical/psychological presentations.
  • To use communication tools (verbal and non-verbal) and assess understanding of treatment proposals to gain valid informed consent. To work within a legal framework with patients who lack the capacity to consent to treatment.
  • To collect relevant patient information from a variety of sources e.g.radiology imaging systems, other investigations to assist with clinical prioritisation and patient management. This may also include ward handovers, observation charts, medical and nursing records etc.
  • To undertake the comprehensive specialist assessment of patients using investigative and highly analytical skills.
  • To make a clinical diagnosis based on presenting signs and symptoms.
  • To formulate an individual management and/or treatment programme using advanced clinical reasoning and a wide range of treatment skills and options relevant to clinical specialty.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Diploma / degree in Physiotherapy
  • Registration with the Health & Care Professions Council (UK)
Desirable criteria
  • Membership of Clinical Interest Groups (CIG’s)


Essential criteria
  • Extensive post-qualification experience including significant experience at senior level in areas relevant to the clinical specialty.
  • Involvement in service improvement, audit, research and understanding quality issues
  • Student, Physiotherapy Assistant or Physiotherapist direct supervision
  • Contributing to clinical education/development of less experienced staff, students or assistants


Essential criteria
  • Ability to demonstrate good written, verbal and non-verbal communication skills

Attitude, aptitude

Essential criteria
  • Ability to motivate self and others
  • Effective role model, demonstrating NNUH’s PRIDE values of People focussed, Respect, Integrity, Dedication and Excellence

Employer certification / accreditation badges

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

The postholder will have regular contact with vulnerable people and as such this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Sarah Hazelden
Job title
Physiotherapy Service Lead
Email address
Telephone number
01603 286997