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Main area
Acute Medicine
NHS AfC: Band 6
Full time - 37.5 hours per week (Weekend working and On-call duties)
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Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Employer type
Blackpool Teaching Hospitals
£33,706 - £40,588 per annum
Salary period
08/02/2023 23:59

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COVID-19 Vacancy Specialist Physiotherapist

NHS AfC: Band 6

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is situated on the west coast of Lancashire, with services covering the local authority areas of Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre. The Trust is part of the Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care System (ICS) supporting a population of around 1.6 million people.

We have three main hospitals providing acute services to around 330,000 local residents. The organisation also provides specialist tertiary care for cardiac and haematology services, delivers community health services to over 445,000 residents including those in North Lancashire and hosts the National Artificial Eye Service across England. Plus, we provide urgent and emergency care services to an estimated 18 million people who visit the seaside resort each year. We employ over 7000 people from 68 different countries.

We welcome and encourage application from anyone with protected characteristics, as well as supporting reservists and Veterans who are looking for a rewarding and challenging career within the NHS.

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals encourages flexible working in all our roles to support staff in maintaining healthy home-life balance.  Working patterns such as: part time working, self-rostering, compressed hours, annualised hours, term time, reverse term time and flexitime working can be explored. 


Job overview

Do you have 18 months band 5 experience and are ready for a static post? Do you have rotational band 6 experience and want to stay in an area that will push you to increase your clinical and non-clinical skills?

An exciting opportunity has arisen for HCPC registered Physiotherapist to join the Acute Medical team at Blackpool Victoria Hospital in the Physiotherapy & Occupational Therapy Department. 

We are looking for an appropriately experienced Physiotherapist with a passion for the assessment & management of patients from a wide variety of acute specialties. We can consider offering a development role for the right physiotherapist with condition of minimal 12 months of rotational experience.

Main duties of the job

Working on the medical wards requires you to demonstrate excellent problem-solving approach and fast/forward thinking. The ability to work within a fast paced and pressured environment is essential, along with having excellent communication and interpersonal skills. The ideal candidate has a passion for learning and educating others, high levels of drive for improvement of own skills and knowledge and is patient orientated.

As a static band 6 you will get opportunities to deputize for your clinical Lead and improve your leadership skills with appropriate training. It also offers the opportunity to engage or develop in service development projects and provide In Service Training for the team.

Candidates should be willing to support other team members, including junior Physiotherapists, therapy assistants and students.

Working for our organisation

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is a large, integrated provider of acute and community services to the 445,000 population of the Fylde coast health economy and the estimated 11 million visitors to the seaside town of Blackpool. With patients and families at the heart of all we do, we are committed to creating a culture that empowers our staff and inspires us all to deliver first class clinical care. We form a central part of the Healthier Fylde Coast Integrated Care Partnership and our progressive approach to partnership working in the area provides an enviable opportunity to redesign and deliver services that meet the challenges of today’s health system.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Our team covers a large footprint of the acute medical wards which will give you the opportunity to work in the following areas:

  • Gastroenterology
  • Endocrinology
  • Haematology
  • Oncology
  • Infectious diseases
  • General Acute Medical Wards
  • Respiratory wards – including Critical Care Step down patients
  • Support on Medical Enhanced Care Unit on weekends

This variety of patients and conditions we come across on a daily base allows you to extend your clinical knowledge and clinical reasoning. We are keen on working closely with other professions from the Multidisciplinary Team, including the Medical Team, Occupational Therapists, Speech & Language Therapists, Dietetics, Nursing staff and Transfer of Care Team to provide a holistic approach and excellent patient care. This full-time post (37.5 hours per week) will require you to work across a 7-day period, working weekends on a roster basis and on-call responsibilities.

We will offer the following support:

  • Professional support will be provided by the Clinical Lead Physiotherapist as well as the opportunity to engage in regular peer-supervision with other team members.
  • Protected CPD time
  • An individualized Job Plan which includes protected service development / audit time and regular Clinical Supervision
  • Opportunity to contribute to wider departmental developments via Working Party groups
  • Occasionally shadow other clinical areas if preferred to keep up to date with your Respiratory on Call skills
  • Opportunity to undergo the Lung Ultrasound Course which is led by one of the Trusts Specialist Physiotherapist.
  • Opportunity to expand Quality improvement skills and attend QSIR training if required and implement this in practice.

If you would like to expand your skills within Acute Medicine, get in touch! Still not sure?

Have a look at some of the therapy twitter accounts to get a feel of our bigger therapy team:

  • Acute Physiotherapy Team: @BTH_Physio
  • Lung Ultrasound: @sonophysio
  • Acute Medicine OT & PT Team: @BTHmedicineOTPT
  • Blackpool Teaching Hospitals: @BlackpoolHosp

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Post graduate NHS experience in general rotations including respiratory
  • Management, Development and Supervision of students and Physiotherapy assistants
  • Experience of teaching students and assistants
  • Experience of service evaluation and audit process
  • Participation in On-call Respiratory service
  • Active participation in In-service training, working parties, etc.
Desirable criteria
  • 12 months or more Band 5 Physiotherapy NHS experience


Essential criteria
  • Degree / Diploma in Physiotherapy
  • Valid and up to date UK HCPC registration
  • Evidence of CPD maintained in a portfolio, Including attendance at recent post graduate courses relevant to the speciality
Desirable criteria
  • Membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy

Personal Qualities

Essential criteria
  • Committed to personal and departmental development
  • Able to work well with others and pass on skills and knowledge
  • Able to maintain judgement under pressure
  • Motivation, drive and enthusiasm for delivering a quality service as part of the physiotherapy team
  • Confident
  • Ability to be empathetic and discuss sensitive issues

Other Factors

Essential criteria
  • Able to carry out tasks involving moderate physical effort
  • Clear vision of role and commitment to speciality
  • Good IT and Telephone skills
  • Current full drivers licence valid for UK use
  • Access to a car for work purposes
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of using virtual assessment platforms

Employer certification / accreditation badges

No smoking policyDisability confident employerDefence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) - SilverVeteran Aware

Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Acute Medicine Team
Job title
Recruiting Manager
Email address
Telephone number
01253 955172
Additional information

For further information please contact:

Beth Towers, Clinical Lead Physiotherapist,




Jess White, Clinical Lead Occupational Therapist,


Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy Department number:  01253 955172

If you have problems applying, contact

01253 957001
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