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Clinical Lead Physiotherapist (Acute Medicine and Neurology)

Please Note: The application deadline for this vacancy has now passed.

Role Summary

  • To undertake highly specialist assessment of patients, including those with diverse or complex presentations/multi pathologies, as an autonomous practitioner, utilising specialist skills and advanced clinical reasoning.
  • To support the Physiotherapy team to provide timely acute assessment of respiratory condition, and appropriate rehabilitation and discharge for acute and chronic long-term conditions.
  • To support complex inter-ward transfers across the Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and assisting in facilitating complex discharges in a timely manner.
  • To develop and maintain effective communication pathways between all internal and external agencies associated with the provision of effective quality care and its delivery.
  • To represent the service at appropriate meetings and develop effective working relationships with colleagues within all clinical areas, encouraging joint working and the sharing of good practice amongst the Multidisciplinary team.
  • To lead the training and development of less experienced staff, undergraduates and other professionals as required to enable to provision of an effective and resilient Physiotherapy service.
  • To operationally manage the registered and unregistered Physiotherapy staff working across Acute Medicine & Neurology, overseeing the management of sickness, professional behaviour and staffing provision (alongside the Head of Physiotherapy where appropriate).

About the Role

For more information on the Job Description and Responsibilities please click the link below.

More detail about the role

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a highly skilled and experienced Physiotherapist to join the Physiotherapy Team at the Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (Eastern Services).

The post holder is responsible for the joint Operational and Clinical leadership and management of the in-patient therapy services, with the principle focus on the Physiotherapists on the Acute Medical wards, Cardiology and Acute Neurology. The post holder will work closely with the Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists across the Department to provide an effective interdisciplinary service for all patients within these specialist areas. 

The post holder will provide highly specialist assessment and interventions for a complex caseload demonstrating advanced clinical reasoning skills including respiratory and tracheostomy management and the management of falls. Specific knowledge of Acute Medical and Neurological conditions is important for the role to supporting complex rehabilitation and assisting in facilitating timely discharges across the service.

The Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has a passion for pursuing perfection across all areas of its services. We are a welcoming Trust, focussed on valuing a person’s differences and encouraging them to grow and flourish in their role in healthcare. The role comes with the added benefit of being in a modern city with a wide range of leisure activities and entertainment facilities. Based within the heart of beautiful Devon and just off the M5, Exeter has a lot to offer, with a stunning coastline and picturesque moors within throwing distance of the city.

Working Pattern: 18.75 hours worked over 3 days (Wednesday to Friday) and also able to work on the wards at weekends on a rota basis (approximate frequency is 1 day every 4 weekends).

Interview Date: To be confirmed

For further information please contact: Rob Wickins, Head of Acute Physiotherapy on 01392 402487/

This is a fixed term contract until the end March 2024. For current NHS employees this post could be a secondment opportunity.

Preference will be given to staff with ‘Priority’ and 'At Risk' status including NHS At Risk staff throughout Devon.

The Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust reserves the right to close vacancy when sufficient applications have been received.

The Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust was established in April 2022, bringing together the expertise of both the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust and Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust.

About Us

Stretching across Northern, Eastern and Mid Devon, we have a workforce of over 15,000 staff, making us the largest employer in Devon. Our core services, which we provide to more than 615,000 people, cover more than 2,000 square miles across Devon, while some of our specialist services cover the whole of the peninsula, extending our reach as far as Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

We deliver a wide range of emergency, specialist and general medical services through North Devon District Hospital and the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (Wonford). Alongside our two acute hospitals, we provide integrated health and social care services across a variety of settings, including community inpatient hospitals, outpatient clinics, and within people’s own homes. We also offer primary care services, a range of specialist community services, and Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARC).

Our state-of-the-art equipment, leading technologies and strong links to local universities put us at the forefront of research and innovations, enabling us to provide world-class care to our local communities.

Our values are at the heart of everything we do, click here to find out more

It has never been a more exciting time to join the Royal Devon, as you will help to shape our services as we continue along our integration journey.


Looking after you is important to us.

We strive to help our staff create a healthy work-life balance through flexible working schemes and our family friendly policies.

If you are starting out in the NHS, you’ll start with 27 days paid annual leave (plus bank holidays), rising to 33 days plus bank holidays.

You will benefit from access to our own comprehensive occupational health services, including counselling, onsite wellbeing activities and groups.

We will work together to maintain a culture that develops and supports you and your team.

This might include funding for a care certificate, a degree or leadership qualifications. Or it might include days off to study, engage in CPD or rotational placements to help you hone your skills. Wherever you are heading in the NHS, we will help you get there.

Salary is not the only financial benefit

You will have access to an extensive range of staff discounts on shopping, fitness and leisure options and you can spread the cost of technology and home appliance purchases from major retailers. You will also have access to other benefits including:

  • National discount services such as the Blue Light Card and Health Service Discounts.
  • Salary sacrifice options including our OFSTED rated outstanding nursery onsite at Exeter
  • Car lease schemes.
  • The NHS Pension scheme (one of the most generous and comprehensive in the UK).
  • Cycle to work scheme

These are just a few of the benefits available – if the role is something you are interested in, we would love to hear from you.

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