Specialist Physiotherapist (Band 6) - Belfast









Contract Type:


POST:             Specialist Physiotherapist Women’s Health   

LOCATION:      Belfast HSC Trust

GRADE:            Band 6     



As part of a multidisciplinary team the post holder will provide a highly skilled and specialised physiotherapy service to all patients referred. This will involve both inpatient and outpatient work for obstetric and gynaecological patients. Currently Women’s Health services are provided in the community and the acute settings of the Royal Maternity Jubilee Hospital and Belfast City Hospital.

The post holder will be required to provide clinical supervision and training to less experienced staff and help maintain a stimulating learning environment including involvement in the in service training programme.


Essential Criteria:

3 years post registration experience to include a minimum of 6 months clinical experience in MSK and/or women’s and men’s health.

Evidence of participation in audit and/or research

Evidence of involvement in Service Improvement initiatives and outcomes

Diploma / Degree in Physiotherapy or equivalent

Registered with the HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council) as a physiotherapist


Main Duties/Responsibilities:



To prioritise, assess and manage own patient caseload demonstrating specialised skills at a level appropriate to grade and ability to work without direct supervisionTo practice in accordance with the standards of clinical practice and professional conduct and contribute to the promotion of evidence based practiceTo assist and supervise where required, less experienced staff in the day to day management of their caseloadTo contribute to the development and implementation of departmental clinical policies and practices including clinical governance and risk managementTo maintain, develop and apply specialised knowledge and skills in area undertaking training as required and to be prepared to utilise these skills in teaching othersWhere appropriate, to provide education; advice and support to patients/carers on home managementTo provide accurate statistics and maintain professional and administrative records as required by the Trust and Standards of practiceTo demonstrate a sound understanding of Clinical Governance and risk managementTo be responsible for ensuring that own work and the work of less experienced staff delivers against key performance indicatorsTo contribute to multi-disciplinary working by effective integrated clinical practice incorporating effective communication through presentations; discharge and transfer report writing; case discussion/conferences; attendance at ward meetings and liaison with community colleaguesTo ensure that equipment used by the Physiotherapy Service is properly maintained at all times and in line with Trust policies and guidelines and be responsible for the efficient and effective use of Trust resourcesTo report and deal with any accident or untoward event which should take place in any area of work where presentTo contribute to and participate in identified audit and research projectsIn response to continued service  development, the postholder will be required to undertake  flexible working including extended working , seven day working or on call duties as determined by operational requirements.




To maintain own CPD in order to meet HPC registration requirementsTo maintain and develop level of expertise within the speciality participating in clinical and managerial courses as requiredTo provide professional verbal and written reports ensuring accurate manual and computer records and statistics are maintained and provided to line manager in a timely fashion in accordance with professional, legal and Trust requirementsTo actively liaise with referring agents, patient carers and respective members of the multi-disciplinary groups ensuring methods of information sharing comply with Trust policies and Data Protection ActTo actively maintain and promote a safe environment by following Health and Safety Policies and Procedures and Risk ManagementTo maintain knowledge of and adherence to current Government, Trust, Allied Health Professions legislation, strategies, policies, procedures, guidelines and Professional standards




To supervise and manage the performance of less experienced staffTo participate in the recruitment and selection process as required




To be involved in the induction of new or less experienced staff onto the areaParticipate in the yearly PCP/PDP both as a reviewer and reviewee and conducting supervisory/ peer review/mentoring sessions with less experienced staff to meet identified needTo assist in the identification of training needs and to participate in training programmes leading and developing these where indicated by Clinical or Team leadTo act as an educational resource for other individuals, professionals or agencies requiring support and information