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Advanced Physiotherapy Practitioner

Band 8a

Main area
Band 8a
  • Full time
  • Part time
Full-time - 37.5 hours per week (part-time hours considered)
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Buxton and Chesterfield areas
£47,126 - £53,219 per annum , pro rata
Salary period
21/10/2021 23:59

The Trust is currently under-represented in terms of individuals from BME backgrounds and welcomes applicants from these communities.  DCHS is also an LGBT inclusive employer.  Selection will be on a basis of merit.  The Trust has achieved the status of a Disability Confident Leader and guarantees to invite to assessment applicants who meet the criteria for the job vacancy.  To ensure the diversity of the workforce and understand the differing needs of our communities, the Trust is committed to the principles of Positive Action.

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Job overview

We are looking for experienced Advanced Physiotherapy Practitioners to join our established Musculoskeletal Services across Derbyshire. We offer services including diagnostic imaging, injection therapy and prescribing and have close links with GPs and Consultants across the county. 

Our team refer directly to appropriate specialities such as physiotherapy, podiatry, orthopaedics, rheumatology, and neurosurgery as required. 
We have opportunities to work in various localities of Derbyshire. These include Amber Valley, Erewash, South Derbyshire, High Peak and Dales, Chesterfield, and North east Derbyshire; all of which offer an easy commute from neighbouring counties.

Full time and part time hours will be considered. Various hours are available to support flexible working.

Main duties of the job

As an Advanced Physiotherapist Practitioner, you will be required to: -

  • Provide expert musculoskeletal patient assessment and diagnosis.
  • Triage patients to ensure that they receive the right care in the right place at the right time.
  • Act as a source of expertise in the assessment, diagnosis and management of musculoskeletal conditions and provide advice to patients, other physiotherapists, health care professionals and students.
  • Work as a first contact practitioner and be responsible for the management of patients on your caseload. This will include requesting investigations, following up results, carrying out injections and referring on to appropriate specialities as required.
  • Carry out FCP clinics alongside local PCNs.
  • Support the training and development of less experienced staff. 

Working for our organisation


Derbyshire Community Health Services has been rated as an ‘outstanding’ trust by the Care Quality Commission; we have achieved this by providing high quality patient care within an inclusive organisation that works together and shows care and compassion for each other. 

There has never been a more exciting time to join  us as one of the largest specialist community NHS providers in the country – one that is also among the very best NHS employers as voted by its own staff and by CQC.

The way the NHS works is changing; care outside of traditional hospital settings is quickly becoming a much larger part of what the NHS does.  As a leading community provider we are at the forefront of this exciting future, joining-up services in local communities to better meet the individual needs of our patients.

DCHS is a top performing NHS Trust that strives for innovation and improvement for the service and individuals that work within it.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

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Person specification


Essential criteria
  • BSc Degree /Graduate Diploma in Physiotherapy (or equivalent)
  • Health Professions Council Registration (HPC)
  • Relevant clinical MSc modules
  • Completed IR (ME) R training
  • Completed training on ordering radiology / pathology tests
  • Completion of injection training, or willingness to complete
Desirable criteria
  • Membership of Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. (CSP)
  • Member of relevant special interest group


Essential criteria
  • Previous, relevant experience at senior physiotherapist level, working in a NHS outpatient physiotherapy environment, including management of complex musculoskeletal conditions.
  • Clinical education and supervision of qualified or less experienced staff
  • Experience of clinical audit and research
Desirable criteria
  • Evidence of working as part of a team
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the United Kingdom (UK) are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. Please note that from January 2021, to work in the UK all candidates who are not UK or Republic of Ireland (RoI) nationals require sponsorship unless you have permission to work via another route. Non UK / RoI candidates wishing to apply can self-assess the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship here. It is vital that you provide full and accurate details of your current immigration status on the application form. Overseas applicants applying for entry clearance into the UK must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided in continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Guidance can be found here. Not everyone needs a ‘Skilled Worker’ visa. If you are applying for a vacancy in health or adult social care, check if you’re eligible to apply for the Health and Care Worker visa instead. It’s cheaper to apply for and you do not need to pay the annual immigration health surcharge

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

Mike Wrigglesworth
Job title
Operational Manager
Email address
Telephone number
Additional information

For further details about the various roles and locations of the service please  contact us for an informal discussion. 

If you have problems applying, contact

People Resource Team
Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
1st Floor Kingsway House (Entrance D)
DE22 3LZ
01332 564856, option 1, option 1 / 07900 138117 (please note, my normal working days are Wed, Thu, Fri)