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Specialist Mental Health Physiotherapist

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Saint Leonards-on-sea, England
£35,392 - £42,618 per annum
Closing date
22 Feb 2024

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Contract Type
Part Time

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Job overview

Mental Health Physiotherapy is a fast-growing and exciting specialism within Physiotherapy. This is a unique opportunity to join the first team of Physiotherapists to work across the Trusts adult mental health wards. As an inaugural member of this team you will be pivotal in the creation, design and delivery of this exciting new service.

This is a Specialist Physiotherapist (Band 6) role and would ideally suit an experienced practitioner with the desire to help deliver a high-quality service to people with mental health conditions.

You will be supported by a Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist (Band 7). The team will be led by a Professional Lead Physiotherapist (Band 8a) in Mental Health.

You will not be expected to supervise any Physiotherapists initially but the plan is to grow the service to include Band 5 Physiotherapists and at which point you would be responsible for supervision. There will be opportunities to support student Physiotherapists when the service has been established.

The vacancy will be closed early if we receive a high number of applicants.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be based in East Sussex and provide input onto wards in Hastings. You will manage a caseload of adult patients with mental health conditions. You will provide input for adult, older adult and dementia wards. Experience in mental health is advantageous but not essential.

A broad range of skills in some of the following areas is required: older people, dementia, rehabilitation, neurology, musculoskeletal, orthopaedic and respiratory physiotherapy. Due to the specialist nature of the role and broad range of care pathways we offer, support and CPD will be provided to develop skills gaps.

Working for our organisation

By joining our team, you will benefit from:
  • Strong supportive teams with dedicated supportive leaders
  • Excellent CPD opportunities
  • A service that works to develop clear evidence-based care pathways

Sussex Partnership provides mental health and learning disability care for all age groups across Sussex and for children and young people in Hampshire.

We encourage flexible working. We know that a positive work/ life balance brings about huge health-related benefits, which has a positive impact on the care we provide. Please speak to us about flexible working, for example, part time hours, flexible start/ finish times or anything else. If it works for you and works for the role, we'll do our best to make it happen.

We'd love you to join our Trust, rated 'good' overall and 'outstanding' for caring by the CQC. Our staff agree, in our recent staff survey 82% told us that they recognise that care for patients is our top priority.

Other key survey results:
  • 70% highlighting flexible working as a key point for satisfaction at work
  • 79% reporting feeling able to make suggestions to improve the work in their team
  • 77% identifying opportunities to show initiative in their roles

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

You will have the skills to manage a varied caseload across a range of care pathways including, mobility and falls, dementia care, posture care, respiratory care, MSK pain/chronic pain and other physical health conditions such as neurological conditions and orthopaedic conditions. As well as direct interventions and group classes, physiotherapy will be delivered by increasing the skills and competencies of other staff on wards.

You will have support from and work collaboratively within the physiotherapy professional group which spans the whole of Sussex and includes a large team of learning disability physiotherapists and MSK chronic pain physiotherapists.

You will be collaborating across services to deliver results. We work closely with colleagues in Social care, Primary Care and other specialist secondary services.

This is a great opportunity to use the skills you have developed across a broad range of care pathways.


In order to be a successful Physiotherapist in our team you will be:
  • A qualified Physiotherapist, registered with the HCPC
  • Experienced in a broad range of areas aforementioned
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced and varied role

The vacancy will be closed early if we receive a high number of applicants.

Person specification

Essential Criteria

Essential criteria
  • Degree or graduate diploma in Physiotherapy
  • Level 2 English qualification or equivalent
  • Registered with the Health Care Professions Council
  • Knowledge of the Mental Capacity Act and issues of consent in mental health
  • Knowledge of the health inequalities and co-morbidities in people with mental health conditions
  • Extensive experience of working in a range of related areas e.g. older people, falls and mobility, dementia
  • Broad experience of working with clients with a range of physical health problems e.g. neurology, respiratory, musculoskeletal, orthopaedics
  • Knowledge of current good practice in the prevention of falls
  • Knowledge of good practice in manual handling
  • Experience of working in a ward environment
  • Experience of working as part of an MDT
  • Experience of providing training
  • Able to communication complex condition related information to service users, carers and colleagues
  • Work with others in the development of knowledge, ideas and work practices including policies and strategies
  • Develop partnership working with individuals, groups, communities and agencies
  • Delegate work to others
  • Demonstrate the ability to prioritise cases
  • Demonstrate clinical reasoning skills
  • Demonstrate strategies for organising own workload on a day to day basis
  • Ability to use Trust IT systems including e-mail and electronic clinical records (standard keyboard skills)
  • Ability to be able to concentrate on specialist assessment and report writing
  • Ability to be able to deal with conflicting demands within the caseload
  • Ability to cope with emotional demands of clients, families and carers where long term mental health issues exist
  • Ability to deal with ward work setting
  • Demonstrate support for the values and beliefs of the Care Group and those of the Trust
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the practices of Human Rights in the delivery of this role
  • Team working
  • Ability to travel across sites
  • Punctual and flexible across hours of work when required

Desirable criteria
  • Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
  • Previous experience of working with People mental health conditions
  • Lived experience of mental health issues
  • Clinical educator supervisory skills

Sussex Partnership NHS FT is committed to supporting a diverse workforce that reflects our communities. Our workforce is currently under-represented from Black and Minority, Ethnic and disabled communities and we would welcome applications from these communities.

We regret that we are unable to advise candidates if they have not been shortlisted. If you have not heard from us within three weeks of the closing date please assume that you have been unsuccessful on this occasion.

In the event of an excessive number of applicants the Trust reserves the right to close this vacancy earlier than indicated.

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust takes its responsibilities for the safeguarding and protection of children and young people and vulnerable adults very seriously and expects this of all its employees and bank workers. The Trust works with adult and children's social care to ensure that the integrated service has systems in place to equip staff and bank workers with the knowledge and skills to recognize abuse, and take action to safeguard and protect vulnerable adults and children and young people. It is expected that all staff and bank workers familiarise themselves with the appropriate structures and policies and with the Sussex child protection and safeguarding procedures and the Sussex multi-agency policy and procedures for safeguarding vulnerable adults and undertake the relevant essential training and further training appropriate to their role.

Successful candidates are normally offered salaries at the bottom of the relevant salary range. However, where previous or equivalent NHS experience in a similar role can be demonstrated and evidenced, this may be taken into consideration when setting the starting salary.

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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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Who we are

We provide specialist NHS mental health and learning disability services in south east England. People receive care, treatment and support from us in hospital, at home and from a range of community services. Our services are rated ‘good’ by the Care Quality Commission and ‘outstanding’ for caring.

Where we are

We provide services for people of all ages across Sussex and services for children and young people in Hampshire. There’s something for everyone in our local area, whether that’s the hustle and bustle of Brighton, the scenic South Downs or our wonderful coastline where you can chill out to the sound of the surf.

What we can offer you

When you join us, you’ll be coming to work in an organisation that puts people first. We’ll do everything we can to make you feel valued, respected and included. You will be given plenty of opportunities here for your career to flourish. We’re an organisation which is strong on innovation, research and learning, and we will support your development and help you learn new skills in whichever team or service you work in.

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