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Specialist Community LD Physiotherapist

AfC Band 6

Main area
Physiotherapy Community Learning Disabilities
AfC Band 6
Permanent: Hours can be agreed across a Monday- Friday week
  • Full time
  • Part time
21 hours per week (Hours can be agreed across a 5 day Monday - Friday week.)
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Ash Green
£32,306 - £39,027 pa
Salary period
18/10/2021 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 have an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated and enthusiastic Physiotherapist to join the well established multi-disciplinary Community Learning Disability team, based at Ash Green, Chesterfield, covering the North Derbyshire geographical area.

The Learning Disability Service within DCHS is staffed by a passionate and dedicated team and we are looking for a like-minded Physiotherapist to join us who has leadership skills and experience to support the existing team.

Our Multidisciplinary Team comprises of community nurses, psychologists, speech and language therapists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and Learning Disability Psychiatrists.

We work collaboratively to meet the health needs of people with a learning disability and/or autism as specified in Building the Right Support.

The caseload is diverse, we support people who have additional needs such as behaviours that challenge, physical and sensory impairments, mental health and forensic issues and we work with a diverse range of partner agencies

If you can demonstrate excellent communication skills, flexibility and are able to plan and deliver high quality, person centred, evidence based clinical care, we would very much like to hear from you.


Main duties of the job

As a Specialist Physiotherapist the post holder will be required to:

Provide specialist assessment, treatment, advice and education for clients with a learning disability, the majority of whom will be present with a wide range of complex and multiple problems.

Work closely with a variety of service providers and agencies throughout the Derbyshire Learning Disability Service to provide an holistic approach to the treatment of adults with a learning disability.

Educate, train and provide specialist advice to health education and social care colleagues, support staff, students, carers and any other personnel/agencies that come into contact with people who have a learning disability. 

Participate in the development of effective, responsive, evidence based person-centred services

Contribute to the overall planning, delivery and evaluation of Physiotherapy services, taking the lead in areas of clinical 
interest, as determined by service need.

Participate in clinically related administration, reviews, audits, research projects and the collection of statistic

Working for our organisation

Our purpose is to provide community health services to a patient population of over one million people in Derbyshire and Derby, as part of Joined Up Care Derbyshire.

We employ around 4,200 substantive staff, caring for patients in 11 community hospitals and more than 30 health centres, as well as in clinics, GP practices, schools, care homes and, increasingly, in people’s own homes and via virtual consultations.

During the pandemic response we have led the implementation of public vaccination centres in collaboration with partners across health and social care.


Detailed job description and main responsibilities

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We welcome applications from any Physiotherapist who has experience of working with adults with a learning disability, or those looking for an exciting new opportunity to use their transferable skills from a different speciality.  If you would love to work in beautiful Derbyshire and feel passionate about improving health inequalities, we would love to hear from you.   

Patient Care
Provide specialist clinical intervention and person centred treatment for people who have a learning disability and deliver appropriate training, advice and education for their carers.

Work collaboratively to deliver a co-ordinated, multi-disciplinary, multi-agency service with health, social care and education professionals as well as clients and their carers. This will be in line with the principles of the Government’s White Paper – ‘Valuing People’ to provide a specialist service for people with a learning disability and in line with NHS England paper “Building the Right Support” where the starting point should always be for mainstream services to support people with a learning disability and/or autism, making reasonable adjustments where necessary and with access to specialist multi-disciplinary support as appropriate. A core element of any such specialist provision should therefore be on enabling mainstream services, and other partners, to support people directly

Where meeting health and care needs are particularly complex, more intensive specialist multidisciplinary support may be needed to ensure equity of outcome for people

Strategy and Service Development
Use every opportunity to actively seek the views of staff, service users and their carers in order to improve the 

Be involved in professional activities within the Physiotherapy profession and outside the profession e.g. multidisciplinary forums or networks in order to share practice and promote physiotherapy services to other 

 Be involved in and contribute to the development of LD service pathways and their integration across the health 
and social care community.


Person specification

Education, Qualifications and Training

Essential criteria
  • Diploma or degree in Physiotherapy, state registered with HCPC
  • Actively engaged with CPD
Desirable criteria
  • Field Work educator

Experience and Knowledge

Essential criteria
  • Confident and clear about the role of Physiotherapy in learning disabilities
  • Proven communication and interactive skills Well-developed organisational and management skills
  • Able to prioritise and manage own workload Able to work independently or in a multi-disciplinary team
Desirable criteria
  • Supervisory experience Experience of clinical audits

Aptitude and Personal Qualities

Essential criteria
  • Professionally accountable for own actions and any clinical work delegated to other staff
  • Ability to work in a complex and rapidly changing environment.
Desirable criteria
  • Understanding of evidence based practise in learning disabilities
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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

Carol Anthony
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Physiotherapy Team Lead
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