Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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Senior Specialist Physiotherapist

Band 7

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Frailty Intervention Team
Band 7
Full Time 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
John Radcliffe Hospital
£33,222 to £43,041 pa
01/02/2019 23:59

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest NHS teaching trusts in the country. It provides a wide range of general and specialist clinical services and is a base for medical education, training and research.

The Trust comprises four hospitals - the John Radcliffe Hospital, Churchill Hospital and Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Headington and the Horton General Hospital in Banbury.

Our values, standards and behaviours define the quality of clinical care we offer and the professional relationships we make with our patients, colleagues and the wider community. We call this Delivering Compassionate Excellence and its focus is on our values of compassion, respect, learning, delivery, improvement and excellence. These values put patients at the heart of what we do and underpin the quality healthcare we would like for ourselves or a member of our family. Watch how we set out to deliver compassionate excellence via the OUH YouTube channel.


Many of our recruitment programmes use Value Based Interviewing to identify those who have the skills we seek, who share our values and who are able to deliver compassionate excellence from the outset. We know that this makes a significant difference to your job satisfaction and above all the outcomes and experience of our patients and their families.

For more information about our Values and Value Based Interviewing please visit www.ouh.nhs.uk/about/vision-and-values


Frailty Intervention Team  (FIT) is a recently launched a new and dynamic service, to support older adults living with frailty, presenting to the Emergency Department and/or Emergency Assessment Unit (EAU) at John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford.

FIT is a multi-disciplinary team, predominantly led by Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists, providing early identification of frailty and rapid early therapy intervention.  FIT therapists’ provide a pivotal role in supporting patient flow, therefore, are valued as a highly respected member of the multi-disciplinary team. Deployment of sub acute pathways and services, at the earliest opportunity, is essential in avoiding admission, reducing length of stay and ultimately, applying the principles of the national Home First working model, is a core component to the service and vision. 

FIT strives to perform comprehensive specialist assessment of an older person in-line with the Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment (CGA), across the Urgent Care pathway, with the aim to strike a balance between a discharge enabling therapist and a holistic therapist. The potential candidate will have the specialist knowledge to identify components of frailty syndromes that could be optimised and reversed, to prevent frailty induced deconditioning and dysfunction.


We are seeking a Senior Specialist Band 7 Physiotherapist that can draw upon broad and specialist clinical experience in urgent and emergency care, with a specific focus on the cohort of older adults living with frailty. There is also the expectation that the candidate has comprehensive respiratory skills, in order to cover the cohort of frail patients that present with the need for chest physio intervention. The candidate will possess excellent clinical reasoning skills, with ability to demonstrate and embrace positive risk in order to enable the Home First model of care.  Advanced inter-personal skills and confident management and dynamic leadership are a pre-requisite of this post. It is essential that the successful candidate brings a passion for continued improvement in the quality of service and care given to older adults living with frailty. It is widely recognized that the current climate that faces urgent and emergency care can be challenging at times, therefore, the ability to manage a team under pressure is essential.

There will be extensive opportunities to engage in service improvement, both within the immediate FIT team and from a wider system wide perspective, namely, support in the design and implementation of a Discharge to Assess model of working, providing an acute and community interfacing pathway.

For further details / informal visits, please contact:

Felicity Beckley – FIT Team Lead  Occupational Therapist


Twitter: @HomeFirst Oxford                            


Closing Date: 01/02/2019
Interview Date(s) TBC 

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the resident labour market test. UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UKVI website. From 6 April 2017, Tier 2 skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) will also be subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal Records Checks for Overseas Applicants.

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

We welcome informal visits to the Emergency Department. Please feel free to contact Team Lead Occupational Therapist, Felicity Beckley to arrange a visit or further information pertaining to the role on: