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Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist

NHS AfC: Band 7

Main area
Early Supported Stroke Discharge & Stroke Specialist Care
NHS AfC: Band 7
Secondment: 9 months
Full time - 37.5 hours per week (post is split equally between ESSD and integrated community services Derby City)
Job ref
Florence Nightingale Community Hosp
£40,057 - £45,839 pa, pro rata
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

Are you an experienced Physiotherapist looking to gain and develop clinical and leadership experience in stroke care?  

This post offers a rare opportunity:

  • To hold a specialist stroke caseload in the Derby City ESSD
  • To develop the Physiotherapy Clinical Lead role across the ESSD teams
  • To provide clinical leadership, mentoring and clinical advice to the Integrated Community Teams in Derby City
  • Be a part of the development of the 3 ESSD teams supporting the teams lead and operational lead

Main duties of the job

  • Develop clinical leadership for the Physiotherapists across all 3 ESSD teams: coaching, mentoring, teaching and managing in-service training
  • Hold clinical caseload of stroke patients on the ESSD pathway
  • Support the ESSD Teams Lead in developing the service and on a day to day operational level
  • Provide clinical lead support within ICS teams in Derby City with managing stroke patients who are not on the ESSD pathway

Working for our organisation

Working within DCHS you will know the values of the organisation, these are integral to the stroke -neuro service as a whole and form the basis from which we work.

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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To hold provide highly specialist Physiotherapy intervention to patients on the ESSD pathway.

To work as clinical lead with other Physiotherapists in all 3 teams providing clinical leadership, mentoring and teaching.

Develop and manage in-service training for Physiotherapists and the wider ESSD team members.

To work within the Derby City ICS team providing clinical leadership and support for those patients not on the ESSD pathway.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Previous NHS experience
  • Post Graduate experience Band 6 or above
  • MDT working
  • Supervision, coaching, teaching


Essential criteria
  • Ability to assess and treat stroke
  • Ability to support, supervise & guide other staff
  • Ability to manage highly specialist treatment regimes
  • Ability to pass on skills and knowledge to others


Essential criteria
  • Degree or equivalent Physiotherapy
  • HCPC registration


Essential criteria
  • Car driver with access to vehicle for work purposes
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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.

Documents to download

Apply online now

Further details / informal visits contact

Alison Lawton
Job title
Operational Lead Stroke and Neurology
Email address
Telephone number
07825 934755
Additional information

Hayley Grice,  07500 976562

If you have problems applying, contact

People Resource Team
Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust
Walton Hospital Peter McCarthy Suite
Whitecotes Lane
S40 3HW
07741 296 478