Job overview

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are looking for a highly motivated and dynamic physiotherapist to join the Virtual Fracture Clinic team. 

You will support the VFC service working in close liaison with the Orthopaedic MDT to provide triage, clinical assessment and management of patients within the VFC setting.

The role will contribute towards the development and evaluation of the service ensuring that opportunities for development and collaborative working are promoted.

Main duties of the job

With the support of the Orthopaedic Consultant, support the VFC service working in close liaison with the Orthopaedic MDT to provide triage, clinical assessment and management of patients within the VFC setting.

In liaison with the Orthopaedic Clinical Director, General Manager, Service manager and Therapies Lead(s), develop and evaluate the VFC service.

To provide clinical expertise in developing this service in collaboration with all key stakeholders.

To perform an assessment of patients with diverse and sometimes complex presentation. To determine a diagnosis and where appropriate refer onwards for management.

To undertake all aspects of clinical duties as an autonomous practitioner.

Working for our organisation

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust provides hospital services to a growing population of around 700,000 people living across Bedfordshire and the surrounding areas across two busy hospital sites in Bedford and Luton. Both hospital sites offer key services such as A&E, Obstetrics-led Maternity and Paediatrics.

You will be joining a friendly, high performing Trust committed to ensuring the health and wellbeing of staff. As one of the largest NHS Trusts in our region you will have access to a programme of high quality training and development to help you grow your career.

We have state-of-the art facilities placing us at the heart of cutting edge health care. The Trust continues to be committed to delivering the best patient care using the best clinical knowledge and technology available.
 
Please note that vacancies may close prior to the advertised closing date when sufficient number of applications have been received. Please ensure that you make your application as soon as possible.
 
All new staff will be subject to a probationary period covering their first six months in post. Travel between hospital sites may be required.
 
Please review all documents attached to this advert to ensure you familiarize yourself with all requirements of the job.
 

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

JOB SUMMARY

To work as a Specialist Physiotherapist, which includes assessment and diagnostics to incorporate the use of medical procedures such as blood tests and imaging.

To work alongside the Orthopaedic Consultant to provide a Virtual Fracture Clinic (VFC) service triaging referrals, consulting with patients remotely, making clinical judgements to ensuring appropriate patient journey and onward referral as indicated.

To undertake the advanced assessment and treatment of patients within the speciality

To determine a clinical diagnosis, to refer on as indicated and to maintain records in line with professional standards

To discuss and explain X-ray and MRI results with the patient and Orthopaedic Consultant.

To onward refer for appropriate treatment programmes and if appropriate in partnership with Consultants and other members of the MDT.

To undertake ongoing evaluation of your work and current practice through audit and outcome measures.

To safely manage the clinical risk within your caseload.

To keep your professional portfolio current to maintain development.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

OBJECTIVES & PURPOSE OF THE POST

With the support of the Orthopaedic Consultant, support the VFC service working in close liaison with the Orthopaedic MDT to provide triage, clinical assessment and management of patients within the VFC setting

In liaison with the Orthopaedic Clinical Director, General Manager, Service manager and Therapies Lead(s), develop and evaluate the VFC service.

To provide clinical expertise in developing this service in collaboration with all key stakeholders.

To perform an assessment of patients with diverse and sometimes complex presentation. To determine a diagnosis and where appropriate refer onwards for management.

To undertake all aspects of clinical duties as an autonomous practitioner.

COMMUNICATION:

To use well developed communication skills to be able to successfully deliver consultations in a variety of formats, face-to-face, via video link or telephone.

To communicate assessment and treatment results with the MDT, providing comprehensive written reports as required.

To communicate effectively and work collaboratively with medical staff, nursing and other Allied Health Professionals, to contribute to the delivery of a co-ordinated service.

EDUCATION AND TRAINING:

With support from the Trust, maintain your own continuous professional development (CPD) by keeping yourself informed of any new trends, which includes attending external courses and incorporating them as necessary into your work ensuring reflective evidence based practice.

To maintain knowledge of and keep informed of evidence-based practice in the areas relevant to MSK Physiotherapy and Trauma & Orthopaedics.

To complete mandatory training as required.

To undertake on-going evaluation of your work and current practise through audit and outcome measures.

QUALITY AND EFFECTIVENESS:

To adhere to the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) professional standards and guidelines. To have good working knowledge of relevant national and local standards and monitor own quality of practice

To be aware of Health and Safety risk management aspects of your work and advise your Line Manager on the implementation of policies required to improve the safety of the work area. This includes the prompt recording and reporting of incidents to senior staff.

To demonstrate an understanding and application of the core aspects of Clinical Governance such as patient care and involvement, quality and service monitoring, occupational policies, resources and staff issues.

To participate in the development and monitoring of the service in line with local and national requirements and standards.

PROFESSIONAL:

To comply with the organisational and departmental policies and procedures and to be involved in the reviewing and updating as appropriate and propose change to improve health care delivery.

To be responsible for maintaining own competency to practice through CPD activities and maintain a portfolio which reflects personal development. Actively encourage CPD activities for all section staff.

To participate in the staff appraisal scheme as an appraisee and to be responsible for complying with your agreed personal development programmes to meet knowledge requirements and competencies.

To respect the individuality, values, culture and religious diversity of patients and contribute to the provision of the service sensitive to these needs.

To attend, where required, Trust meetings on behalf of the wider MDT and conduct yourself in a professional manner.

ORGANISATIONAL AND MANAGERIAL:

Initiate service improvement projects, quality assurance strategies and related Trust wide clinical governance activities.

To identify, develop and implement policies, procedures or changes to the service in line with local and national guidelines and policies in liaison with the Clinical lead and Service Lead.

Actively support staff within the team, through strategies such as mentorship, peer review, clinical reasoning sessions and regular clinical discussion.

Person specification

Qualifications

Essential criteria

  • Diploma in Physiotherapy / BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy
  • Evidence of relevant post graduate courses/CPD and reflective practice
  • Registered with the HCPC
  • Experience

    Essential criteria

  • Involvement in carrying out clinical audit including the co-ordination and evaluation of, and the use of findings to make service developments
  • Experience at senior level within a relevant specialty
  • Experience of reviewing plain film images
  • Desirable criteria

  • Project management experience
  • Experience of reviewing MR images
  • Knowledge

    Essential criteria

  • Proven specialist skills in an Orthopaedic and Musculoskeletal setting
  • Proven understanding of clinical governance with risk management,
  • Communication, personal characteristics and relationship skills

    Essential criteria

  • Proven ability to build and maintain relationships with (professional) and multidisciplinary teams
  • Skills

    Essential criteria

  • High level of IT skills
  • Able to problem solve, including under pressure
  • Desirable criteria

  • Up to date IR(ME)R training
  • 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.