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Specialist Physiotherapist or Occupational Therapist for Older People/Frailty

NHS AfC: Band 7

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Physiotherapy / Occupational Therapy
NHS AfC: Band 7
Full time - 37.5 hours per week (part time considered)
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£31,696 - £41,787 per annum pro rata
06/03/2018 23:59

Specialist Physiotherapist or Occupational Therapist - for Older People /Frailty

Employer Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust

Job Type Permanent

Pay Band 7       

FULL TIME - 37.5 hours per week (Job share / part time considered)

The post may require flexible working, including long shifts and weekend work as the service develops.

Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust provides acute hospital services to the people of North East Essex. The Trust employs over 3,200 staff with most services provided from one main acute hospital site in Colchester. We have exciting plans to join together with Ipswich hospital in the near future which promises to provide new opportunities for both staff and patient services.

Recent developments in Colchester meanwhile have created an exciting opportunity for 2 specialist therapists with a special interest in older people - one band 7 and one band 6 - to work across developing frailty areas – one occupational therapist and one physiotherapist. We will be interviewing for both grades and professions at the same time to allow us to choose the best candidates in the two roles.

The Therapy Department at Colchester General Hospital provides services primarily in Colchester Hospital in reaching via strong links into the community.

As a part of a strong committed team of Senior Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists you will be involved in leading the inpatient therapy team across frailty /older people services. It is a clinically focussed role with every opportunity to influence how the service is delivered and developed. You will be working within a large team with an excellent reputation and have opportunities to further your expertise working alongside other Specialist Therapists/ Specialist Nurses & Consultant Geriatricians, Extended Scope Physiotherapist for older people/frailty and Nurse Consultant for older people/frailty. You will be working to improve outcomes for frail older people through proactive early assessment and management of complex co-morbidities, preventing unnecessary hospital admissions, supporting early discharge and accessing appropriate community services to enhance independent living.

You will work as an integral member of the multi-disciplinary team, providing highly specialist comprehensive geriatric assessment and interventions for older frail adults with acute on chronic complex conditions from presentation in the emergency department through to discharge home.

We are looking for motivated, enthusiastic and experienced clinicians to work closely with the MDT developing the frailty services in Colchester – planning, co-ordinating, delivering and evaluating the service. You will need to have specialist knowledge and experience of working with older people. You will need excellent communication skills and have the ability to work independently and as a part of a team.

In return you will get support and opportunities for professional development through a structured CPD programme.

Colchester, the oldest recorded town in England, offers an attractive range of 21st century amenities in a heritage setting. Beautiful coast and 'Constable' countryside are within easy reach. There is close proximity to the A12 and London is only 55 minutes away by train. Here you can combine a great career with a highly desirable place to live.

The Trust is committed to its staff and their development and to equal opportunities and diversity. Applications are welcomed from all sections of the community.

Please ensure that you read the job description and person specification carefully as your application will be judged against this criteria.

Please note we are looking for one physiotherapist and one occupational therapist so appointment may be influenced by candidates applying /appointed to the band 6 post for older people/frailty also advertised.

Please also note that, in order to streamline recruitment, this vacancy may expire prior to the advertised closing date so early application is recommended.

PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL CORRESPONDENCE REGARDING SHORTLISTING AND INTERVIEWS FOR THIS POST WILL BE BY STANDARD UNSECURE EMAIL ONLY. If preferred, applicants can ask for their correspondence / references to be processed by post, however this may delay any interview and / or appointment. 


Interview date : Monday 26th March 2018


Please note that this role is subject to a DBS check which will be charged to the successful candidate. Full details can be found within the ‘DBS Information’ documents attached to this advert.’


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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 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

Rebecca Impson, Extended Scope Physiotherapist for Older People/ Frailty Email: or by phone on 07919 597 145

Tracey Williams-Macklin, Clinical Lead for Occupational Therapy Email: or by phone on 07776 148 545 

Christina Richardson, Clinical Lead for Physiotherapy and Prosthetics
Email: or by phone on 07825364377

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Colchester General Hospital