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Senior Orthopaedic Therapist

NHS AfC: Band 6

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Senior Orthopaedic Therapist - Physiotherapist or Occupational Therapist
NHS AfC: Band 6
Full time - 37.5 hours per week (weekend working;)
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Southport & Ormskirk District General Hospital
£32,306 - £39,027 per annum
Salary period
05/07/2022 23:59

Working for Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust offers all the benefits of coast and country living with the convenience of big city life.

We have miles of unspoilt coastline on our doorstep, attractive commuter towns, picturesque villages and stunning countryside all within easy reach. Excellent transport links mean the vibrant, historic city of Liverpool is only a short journey away. Shops, bars, restaurants, museums, galleries, a World Heritage listed waterfront and, of course, two Premiership football teams makes this a destination for travellers from across the world.

The University of Liverpool has awarded us the status of University Clinical Education Centre in recognition of the high standard of training provided for students on placement to the Trust.

We pride ourselves in providing safe, clean and friendly care, and recruit to our SCOPE values. We also offer a range of family friendly options to staff.


Job overview

We have an exciting opportunity for an Orthopaedic Therapist - either Occupational Therapist or Physiotherapist to join our evolving therapy team at Southport and Ormskirk District General Hospital.

This position will be embedded amongst the Orthopaedic MDT and will play an integral role within trauma, elective, orthopaedic rehabilitation, fracture clinic and community services. 

Training and education is also a key role for the successful candidate and it will be expected that they support their peers within the team and students within the Orthopaedics service. 

This diverse role will enhance the current skills of a Therapist, who is seeking to advance their specialist knowledge within Orthopaedics, amongst a plethora of Orthopaedic clinical areas. 


Main duties of the job

  • To provide a high standard of therapy to patients with orthopaedic conditions on wards, outpatient setting, and in the community. 
  • Responsibility for own case load inclusive of complex patient case management and conditions alongside the MDT.
  • Supervision takes the form of regular formal training and clinical reasoning sessions, peer review/discussions, case conferences. Access to advice and support from a senior therapist is available if required, clinical work is routinely evaluated.
  • Working across the Trust within Orthopaedics in a variety of unit settings, assessment, and treatment centres, and in the community. 
  • Undertake training inclusive of audit and evaluation. To be involved in the training and supervision of student therapists.

Working for our organisation

Our Allied Health Professionals workforce are a friendly and welcoming group of staff.  We encourage that professionals join us in incorporating the Trust SCOPE values into daily practice;  providing a welcoming and friendly approach to new starters. Our therapists are an integral part of the MDT based across specialist areas throughout the hospital, aiming to provide longevity for opportunities in the future with the potential for successful career progression. 

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Main duties & responsibilities

  • To take a role in the specialist assessment and treatment of patients within the orthopaedic specialty who may have complex and or chronic presentation, and to determine clinical diagnosis and therapy treatment indicated.
  • To work jointly with staff from social services, hospital trusts, primary care trusts, education, etc., in providing rehabilitation and coordinating discharge.
  • To employ excellent communication skill to enable patients, families and carers to understand and engage in intervention and demonstrate skills in motivating patients.
  • To act as a source of knowledge on the management of patients presenting with a wide range of Orthopaedic conditions and provide an advisory/educational service to patients, relatives, therapists and other healthcare professionals
  • To take part in extended working rotas as appropriate, such as seven day working and respiratory on-call services.
  • To accurately record and report findings appropriately following the standard procedures used by the department to maintain high levels of written/verbal communication.
  • To share skills/knowledge with other disciplines and patient/carers.


Advert Date: 22nd June 2022

Closing Date: 5th July 2022

Shortlisting Date: 6th July 2022

Interview Date: 12th July 2022

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Clinical experience and skills relevant to this post
  • HCPC Registration - applied for & obtained
  • Relevant post graduate CPD
  • Qualified Physiotherapist or Occupational Therapist / equivalent

Teaching / Training

Essential criteria
  • Teaching / training for student support demonstrated
  • Clinical Leadership demonstrated
  • Clinical Educators Course completed or equivalent
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of presentation or wider teaching
  • Specific interest group membership


Essential criteria
  • Experience of working with computer system such as (excel/word/outlook)
  • Experience of working in a wide range of clinical settings
Desirable criteria
  • NHS Computer systems experience such as Medway
  • UK driving license and access to own vehicle

Employer certification / accreditation badges

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

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

Samantha Bennett
Job title
Clinical Therapy Manager
Email address
Telephone number
01704 705115
Additional information

Samantha Bennett - s.bennett30@nhs.net -  01704 705115