The post-holder will be required to assist in the delivery of the Orthopaedic Physiotherapy Service at Kingsbridge Private Hospital Belfast by taking personal responsibility for planning and prioritising their own patient workload. The post requires the individual to work as part of a team. Workload is primarily orthopaedic but may be variable due to the expanding range of surgical specialities provided at Kingsbridge including thoracic and cardiac surgery. There are no direct budgetary or staff management responsibilities associated with the post.
- To undertake and record a thorough, sensitive and detailed assessment of a patient, using appropriate techniques and equipment.
- To be professionally and legally accountable for all aspects of your own work, including the management of patients in your care.
- To provide appropriate advice based on the patient’s medical, social and cultural circumstances.
- To formulate and deliver individual physiotherapy treatment programmes, and group exercise/education programmes using clinical assessment and reasoning skills and evidence-based information and protocols.
- To formulate progress plans with patients enabling them to achieve treatment goals and targets.
- To take delegated responsibility from senior specialist clinicians for managing particular patients within each rotation.
- Assess patient understanding of treatment proposals, gain valid informed consent and have the capacity to work within a legal framework with patients who lack capacity to consent to treatment.
- Be able to communicate highly sensitive, complex information.
- Use a range of verbal and non-verbal communication methods to progress rehabilitation and treatment programmes. This will include patients who may have difficulties in understanding or communicating. For example, patients may be dysphasic, deaf, blind, have language barriers or be unable to accept a diagnosis, and/or English is not their first language.
- To manage clinical risk within own patient caseload.
- Work within local and national guidelines and protocols where available and appropriate.
- To be responsible for maintaining accurate, comprehensive, contemporaneous patient records in line with CSP standards of practice and local policy.
- To be responsible for the safe and competent use of physiotherapy equipment and patient appliances by patients, in compliance with Medical Devices Standards.
- To ensure the efficient running of the business, working hours will include weekend and evening shifts on a rota basis.
- When working on the on-call rota, undertake the assessment and treatment of acutely ill patients with respiratory problems, and maintain associated records. Support from specialist clinicians to be available (e.g. telephone support).
- Demonstrate effective and appropriate skills in communicating information, advice, instruction and professional opinion to colleagues, patients, clients, users, their relatives and carers.
- Liaise with other healthcare professionals to supply and receive relevant information about the background and progress of patients, as well as referring patients who require other specific medical attention.
- Liaise with outside agencies where necessary to communication patient needs.
- To be able to exercise a professional duty of care in a safe environment.
- Work with own professional and personal scope of practice and be able to make appropriate referrals.
- Participate in the staff appraisal scheme as an appraisee and be responsible for complying with your agreed personal development programme to meet set knowledge and competencies.
- To record and submit clinical and professional activity manually and electronically according to service standards and requirements.
Health and Safety/Risk Management
- The post holder must comply at all times comply with professional codes of practice, adhere to Kingsbridge Private Hospital and Kingsbridge Healthcare Group’s health and Safety policies, in particular by following agreed safe working procedures and reporting incidents using the company’s Incident Reporting System.
Equality and Diversity
- The post holder must co-operate with all policies and procedures designed to ensure equality of employment. Co-workers, patients and visitors must be treated equally irrespective of gender, ethnic origin, age, disability, sexual orientation and religion.
Training and Personal Development - Continuous Professional Development
- The post holder must take responsibility in agreement with his/her line manager for his/her own personal development by ensuring that Continuous Professional Development remains a priority. The post holder will undertake all mandatory training required for the role.
- To be responsible for maintaining own competency to practice through CPD activities, and maintain a portfolio which reflects personal development.
Respect for Patient Confidentiality
- The post holder should respect patient confidentiality at all times and not divulge patient information unless sanctioned by the requirements of the role.
- To attend to such other duties at a comparable level of responsibility, as may normally be agreed with the post holder.
- BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy degree or equivalent
- Registrant of the Health Professions Council
- To undertake career-long, self-directed learning
- Be open to continuing their education through industry workshops and seminars
- A minimum of 4 years hospital experience, this must include significant orthopaedic experience including in-patient orthopaedic training
- Experience working in ICU/HDU, with specific experience in cardiothoracic surgery
- Previous experience in private healthcare with a strong commercial focus
Special Knowledge and Skills
- The ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of people
- Ability to work with diversity
- Understand the necessity for confidentiality
- Understand the role of teamwork in providing a quality service
- Understand the need for accuracy when dealing with patient records
- Motivated and enthusiastic
- Commitment to on-going development
- Willingness to provide flexible cover during periods of sickness and holidays
- Outstanding verbal articulation and personable approach to the public
To apply, please complete an application AND monitoring form and return to the recruitment team.
CV's will not be accepted.
Closing date for all applications is Wednesday 20th October, 2021 at 4pm.