Band 8a Advanced Physiotherapy Practitioner /First Contact Practitioner: Visa sponsorship

Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals

Full job description

Our trust has around 10,000 staff serving 1.6 million patients. It comprises Barnet Hospital, Chase Farm Hospital, the Royal Free Hospital and more than 30 services in the community. This larger scale organisation provides an unprecedented opportunity for us to continue our pioneering work, particularly in finding ways to deliver even better care to our patients.

Our mission is to deliver world class care and expertise in our clinical services, underpinned by world class teaching and research and we will continue to measure our progress against our five governing objectives: excellent outcomes, excellent patient and staff experience, excellent value for taxpayers’ money, being safe and meeting our external duties, and building a strong organisation.

Everyone is welcome at Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust. We’re proud of our diversity and we continue to undertake new initiatives to advance equality for LGBT+, BME, gender equality, staff carers and people with disabilities and lived experiences to promote good relations and understanding between our staff.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Please see attached job description for more information about this role and working at Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust.

Person specification

Royal Free World Class Values

Essential criteria
    • Demonstrable ability to meet the Trust Values

Education & professional Qualifications

Essential criteria
    • Diploma/Degree in Physiotherapy
    • HCPC registered/ State registration
    • Post graduate courses relevant to the clinical speciality including high quality post graduate training
    • Independent Prescriber (evidence of commitment to working towards qualification)
    • Evidence of CPD
    • Demonstrate ability to study at Masters Level
Desirable criteria
    • Musculoskeletal Injection therapy qualification
    • Membership of Special Interest Groups
    • MSc qualification in appropriate speciality


Essential criteria
    • Post graduate experience of working in musculoskeletal specialist area at a senior level
    • Evidence of audit or research experience and implementation
Desirable criteria
    • Post graduate experience of working in musculoskeletal specialist area at a senior level
    • Experience of working in a FCP role
    • Experience at management level
    • Experience of managing change

Skills and aptitudes

Essential criteria
    • Expert knowledge of current physiotherapy in musculoskeletal field
    • Able to demonstrate advanced clinical reasoning abilities including problem solving
    • Knowledge of team management
    • Up to date in all current issues relating to professional physiotherapy practice and current health issues
    • Computer skills with appropriate knowledge of databases, spreadsheets and presentation packages for this level

Personal Qualities & attributes

Essential criteria
    • Leadership and influencing skills
    • Highly motivated and forward thinking
    • Able to work independently as an autonomous practitioner
    • Able to work under pressure
    • Highly developed communication skills- verbal, written and presentation with patients and MDT
    • Ability to document information accurately
    • Ability to demonstrate excellent clinical reasoning and problem-solving skills
    • Committed to personal and team development
    • Analytic, negotiating and persuasion skills
    • Teaching and supervisory skills within formal or informal environment
    • Ability to undertake and complete projects
    • Punctual and reliable
    • Able to work on different sites
    • Analytical ability with complex data
    • Excellent interpersonal skills
    • Committed to research, education and development
    • Clear vision of role/commitment to specialty
    • Adaptable and supportive of change
    • Facilitation skills
  • Covid-19 Vaccination
    Getting vaccinated, and getting a booster, remains the best defence against COVID-19.
    We encourage and support staff to get COVID-19 vaccine and a booster dose as and when they are eligible.
  • AT* – Apprenticeship Training. Where AT* is entered next to the job title indicates that this vacancy is for an apprenticeship role.
  • By applying for this role, you accept if successful, that your personal data may be transferred from the Trust to another NHS organisation where your employment transfers within the NHS. This is in accordance with the streamlining programme which aims at saving you time and improving efficiencies within the NHS when your employment transfers. Therefore we require you to complete your stat and Man e-learning modules prior to joining our organisation.
  • If you are an EU/EEA citizen who does not have EU Settlement or Pre-Settled status, you will require a visa to work in the UK.
  • Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. Before submitting your application and to avoid disappointment please check that you are eligible under the UKVI points based system.
  • If you are offered a role with one of the NLPSS partner trusts, as part of pre-employment checks your identity and right to work documentation will be verified remotely (in most circumstances), using a certified identity verification service provider TrustID. You will be asked to capture an image of the relevant documents as well as a “selfie” using your smartphone/tablet (if available) for facial matching. TrustID will also perform a digital address check using Trunarrative and Equifax, which is a soft check and does not leave a footprint on your credit rating. For more information, visit
  • The Trust uses electronic new starter forms on Trac to collect personal details. Information collected is securely stored and used to set up the employee record on the ESR HR system.
  • The Trust will request a DBS (CRB) if post involves regulated activities. The Trust is compliant with the Disclosure and Barring Service Codes of practice and the Rehabilitation of offenders act.
  • By applying for this post you are agreeing to Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust transferring the information contained in this application to its preferred applicant management system. If you are offered a job, information will also be transferred into the national NHS Electronic Staff Records system.
  • Please be aware of scams – unless specified above, we will only communicate with you via or e-mails and we will never ask you for any payments.

Applications are welcome from people wishing to job share or work flexible patterns. We are committed to equal opportunities.

Please note:

  • Due to the high number of applications that are received for some posts we may close this vacancy before the advertised closing date. Therefore please apply for this post as soon as you can, if you are interested and you meet the requirements of the Person Specification
  • Only those candidates who clearly demonstrate how they meet the person specification will be shortlisted for this job.
  • Interview arrangements will be communicated via email so please check your email regularly following the closing date.
Please be advised that due to exceptionally high demand, all Royal Free accommodation is at full capacity and waiting lists are being held. Average waiting times are 12 months. Please do not rely on Trust accommodation when you commence your role and ensure you investigate alternative accommodation for your arrival.

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