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Physiotherapy Advanced Practitioner (Rehabilitation)

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

Role Summary

An opportunity for an experienced Rehabilitation Physiotherapist to work on Hugh Squier Ward at South Molton Community Hospital. Patients on the Ward are predominantly patients that are medically optimised and require rehabilitation to improve function. The key role is to optimise independence so that patients can return home. 

Main duties of the job:

  • To provide Clinical and Operational leadership.
  • To set patient centred goals, informed by evidence and best practice.
  • To deliver Rehabilitation programmes to improve patient outcomes.
  • To have a clear understanding of Trust and National drivers for the delivery of the service. 
  • To be involved in an active training programme.
  • To be active in Service development, quality improvement, and  clinical governance. 
  • All Physiotherapy staff are required to participate in the Respiratory on call or Rehabilitation weekend working rotas and take fair share of bank holiday working.

About the Role

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

More detail about the role:

We are looking for a dynamic Physiotherapy Advanced Practitioner to work jointly with the existing Physiotherapy Advanced Practitioner on Hugh Squier Ward. 

The post holder will be required to:

  • Ensure delivery of high quality patient centred care measured by clinical effectiveness, patient safety and patient experience in line with national guidance.
  • To work as an autonomous practitioner, be up to date with evidence-based practice and be able to offer advanced assessment and treatment skills of patients. 
  • To be responsible for ensuring excellence with in the team by initiating and participating in evidence-based projects and audit, to improve both immediate and future quality of care.

As part of the role there will be a need to provide Advanced Physiotherapy advice to the team and other disciplines/agencies. You will need to be able to cope with demands on your time with frequent interruptions.

It is a requirement of the role to evidence post graduate training at a Master level or equivalent. You do not need to have completed a full Masters.

The Trust is keen to support staff to develop strong leadership and clinical skills through clinical supervision, internal and external continuing professional developments.

We are continuing to develop links with Universities to support staff with training and development.

Working Pattern: 30 hours per week. 08:00 to 16:00 over 4 days a week including on call and or weekend working.

Interview Date: Friday12th July 2024.

For further information please contact Rachel Nuth, Acute Inpatient Therapy Service Lead Occupational Therapist/Physiotherapist on 

As an inclusive employer, the Royal Devon values diversity and is committed to creating a culture of inclusivity where everyone can be themselves and reach their full potential. We believe in fostering a sense of belonging and actively encourage applications from individuals of all backgrounds, cultures, and abilities. We recognise the advantages of having a diverse workforce that reflects the communities we serve.

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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