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Specialist Physiotherapist

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

Role Summary

We have an exciting opening for an enthusiastic and motivated Band 6 Specialist Physiotherapist to join the integrated multi-disciplinary team providing bed based intermediate care at Sidmouth Community Hospital. This is a fantastic opportunity to join a dynamic and forward-thinking service with high morale and a commitment to supporting people to return home from hospital. You will be well supported and encouraged to continuously develop your skills related to the role.  We offer flexibility in working patterns and the chance to practice with true autonomy.

About the Role

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

More detail about the role

The ideal candidate will have an interest in rehabilitation of older people, intermediate care, multi-disciplinary working and management of patients with a wide variety of long-term conditions including complex neurological, orthopaedic, dementia and falls prevention. The emphasis is on maximising patient independence and quality of life through assessment and rehabilitation. The cluster also provides excellent community rehabilitation services helping to maintain patient’s independence at home, prevent unnecessary hospital admissions and support the discharge process from hospital; there may be an option to rotate in to this area if desired.

Sidmouth Hospital is situated within the East Devon Cluster of Seaton, Axminster and Sidmouth.  It has an attractive mix of rural villages and coastal towns whilst being only 30mins drive from Exeter and the market town of Axminster providing excellent rail links to London and Exeter. The Cluster is set in a landscape of outstanding natural beauty and part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site an ideal landscape for coastal walks, fishing harbours and beautiful beaches. With the location, flexible working opportunities and free parking, this post really does lend itself to a healthy work life balance.

This post would suit an experienced band 5 physiotherapist seeking a new challenge or an existing band 6 looking to gain experience within the community setting.

Working Pattern: 37.5 hours per week. Monday to Friday with weekend working on a rota basis.

Interview Date: Provisionally Monday 18th December 2023.

For further information please contact; Martina MacDonald, Clinical Physiotherapy Lead 07821813925 or Helen Ruse, Therapy Manager 07821813897

This is a fixed term contract for 12 months. 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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