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Clinical Lead Physiotherapist (Surgery, Paediatrics and Critical Care)

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 complex inter-ward transfers across the 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 complete clinical supervision and annual performance review for Band 6 Physiotherapists working within Surgery, Paediatrics and Critical Care, providing constructive criticism where appropriate to improve clinical practise
  • To operationally manage the registered and unregistered Physiotherapy staff working across Surgery, Paediatrics and Critical Care, 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 skilled, experienced Physiotherapist with a special interest in Surgery, Paediatrics and Critical Care to join the inpatient Therapy service at the Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. We are a welcoming Trust, focussed on valuing a person’s differences and encouraging them to grow and flourish in their role in healthcare. It is set in one of the most beautiful areas of the UK with easy access to the coast and the Dartmoor national park.

The post holder will be responsible for the clinical leadership and management of the physiotherapy team providing physiotherapy services to the acute surgical wards, the paediatric unit and the Critical Care unit. They will provide highly specialist interventions for a complex caseload, demonstrating advanced clinical reasoning skills with their caseload predominantly based across the acute surgical wards and ICU.

The post holder will work closely with the Clinical Leads working across other areas of the hospital, in particular acute vascular surgery and rehabilitation, and will provide support and cover for the Head of Acute Physiotherapy to facilitate resolution of workload/staffing issues, ensuring risk assessments are completed and providing information to the Divisional Management team as required. They will be responsible for the collation and evaluation of relevant monthly performance data.

In addition, they will lead the training and development of less experienced staff, undergraduates and other professionals as required and be responsible for the development and delivery of on call and weekend competencies for the physiotherapy staff.

Working Pattern: 08:15-16:30 Monday - Friday with weekends and Bank holidays (approx frequency 1 weekend day per month) and on-call support.

Interview Date: To be confirmed

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

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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