Physiotherapist – Cardiothoracic

University Hospital Southampton

Job overview

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Band 6 Physiotherapist to join our Cardiothoracic Therapy services team at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust.


We are looking for enthusiastic and dynamic individuals who are able to demonstrate excellent communication skills, are able to work effectively within our team and can evidence their involvement in service improvement, teaching and audit as well as the relevant clinical experience.

If you believe you fulfil the essential criteria on the person specification and would like to join our dynamic and driven team, then we would love to hear from you. For more information or to arrange an informal visit, please contact Sally Elliott via email [email protected]

Main duties of the job

To be based within cardiac and thoracic footprint, to perform expert assessments; formulate treatment plans and goal setting with a highly diverse range of patients.

To work closely with specialised multi-disciplinary teams (MDT), such as the thoracic MDT, Critical care rehab MDT, hypoxic brain injury MDT, as well as other allied health professionals in Cardiac ITU and on the wards.

To be extensively involved in training and development.  This may involve members of the therapy team, and also members of the wider MDT.

Opportunity to develop professional leadership and management skills through on-the job learning, supervision and internal/external courses.

For an overview of the main duties of the role please see the ‘Job Description and Main Responsibilities’ section below.

To understand the role in more detail please read the full job description and person specification documents attached.

Working for our organisation

As one of the largest acute teaching Trusts in England, we offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. UHS is rated ‘Good’ by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care. 

At UHS we are committed to providing a flexible working environment. We believe that it benefits everyone if we achieve a positive work-life balance. Whether you are balancing family, study or your wellbeing with your career, we want to support you so you can help our patients.

We’re proud to have been voted in the Top Five acute Trusts for our commitment to supporting our staff to achieve work-life balance.

UHS employees are able to access a range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata), and we offer a generous pension scheme and life insurance.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

This is a fantastic opportunity to work within the speciality of Cardiac and Thoracic. The patient caseload is very varied across elective and emergency

surgery alongside conservative management and some palliative care. Some patients will require neurological assessment and treatment skills as well

as trauma management. We pride ourselves on providing a supportive working environment within which all staff are able and encouraged to develop

and progress to reach their full potential.

What you’ll do

  • Manage a daily clinical caseload and demonstrate proficient prioritisation
  • Lead on the assessment and treatment of complex patients requiring the following skills: respiratory, rehab, neurological, trauma and orthopaedic.
  • Lead on complex discharges involving the MDT.
  • Develop leadership and management skills to be able to supervise and support other members of the team
  • Engage in training and developmental opportunities for yourself and others
  • Be involved and lead on service development projects.
  • Assist with leading the Cardiothoracic therapy team with the B7 Physiotherapist’s and OT’s
  • Mentor students from local universities

The post-holder needs to be able to work flexibly over a 7-day period (including weekends and Bank Holidays on a rota system), across varying hours from

7.30am – 8pm and there will be requirement to participate in our on emergency respiratory out of hours on-call service and respiratory twilight rota.

Our expectation when applying for this role is that you have experience of working in a similar emergency respiratory service.


Interviews will be held on Wednesday, 12th July 2023

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