• To work as an autonomous practitioner in providing physiotherapy assessments and treatments and goal setting to own designated caseload of patients.
• To maintain up to date physiotherapy records in line with professional standards.
• To use evidence based practise and specialist skills to assess, plan, implement and evaluate interventions.
• To liaise with other health care professionals, carers and relatives. To provide education and training as required.
• To actively lead the organisation of the health and social requirements of patients with musculoskeletal and neurological conditions.
• To participate activities to further develop own development and other service developments.
• To put patients first in everything you do and put each patient’s needs at the centre of all decisions. To accept that some people need more help, and that not all goals will be realised, however, to strive to achieve the best possible results for each of your patients in all circumstances.
• To value each person as an individual, respect their aspirations, beliefs, commitments, and seek to understand their priorities, needs, abilities and limitations. To take what others have to say seriously. To be honest about your point of view and what you can and cannot do.
• To strive to improve health and well-being and people’s experiences of physiotherapy. To value excellence and professionalism wherever you find it – in the everyday things that make people’s lives better as much as in clinical practice, service improvements and innovation.
• To earn the trust placed in you by insisting on quality and striving to get the basics right every time: safety, confidentiality, good communication, professionalism and dependable service. To welcome feedback, learn from your mistakes and build on your successes.
• To respond with kindness to each person’s needs, anxieties, pain, and desires. To search for the things you can do, however small, to increase each person’s quality of life.
• To provide physiotherapy input to people with a variety of musculoskeletal, neurological and other complex conditions.
• To provide physiotherapy input into management of clients with highly complex needs.
• To monitor, evaluate and modify treatment in order to measure progress and ensure effectiveness of intervention.
• To provide physiotherapy input into comprehensive interdisciplinary assessment / treatment / discharge.
• To discuss services and treatment options to potential clients and / or their relatives / carers.
• To provide comprehensive assessment / costing / rehabilitation potential reports including recommendations for family and carers.
• To ensure that clients are involved in the planning and prioritisation of their rehabilitation plans wherever possible.
• To provide support, consultation and advice on relevant physiotherapy issues to patients and carers.
• To contribute to the management of complex cases, ensuring co-ordination of services involved such as health, social, statutory and voluntary services.
• To demonstrate high level of clinical effectiveness by use of evidence based practice.
• To contribute to patients’ care and delivery of service. by developing skills beyond one’s own professional training.
• To train / supervise therapy assistants and students.
• Work as a lone practitioner with support available from a senior therapist if required.
• To use appropriate methods of communication with patients and carers to maximise rehabilitation potential and their understanding of the condition. Communication skills of persuasion, motivation, explanation and gaining informed consent will be used with a wide variety of patients. Barriers to effective communication will regularly be evident, e.g. expressive and receptive dysphasia, loss of hearing, pain and fear, etc.
• To provide specialist spontaneous and planned advice, teaching and instruction to relatives, carers and other professionals, to promote understanding of the aims of physiotherapy and to ensure a consistent approach to patient care.
• To communicate effectively and collaboratively with all health and social care sectors to ensure delivery of a co-ordinated service. This will include case conferences, joint sessions and documentation.
• To provide consultation and advice to peers in own profession and colleagues and other professionals in the wider health and social care settings.
TEACHING, TRAINING AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
• To develop a Clinical Professional Development Portfolio and a Personal Development Plan, according to professional standards, that documents the progress of gaining knowledge in areas of clinical expertise required for improving standards for self and service.
• To be able to demonstrate own clinical skills to a range of personnel including clients, carers, professional colleagues and other agencies.
• To comply with the MRTB of professional conduct at all times.
• To be responsible for personal continuous professional development by the use of self education, reflective practise, active participation in the in-service training program and attendance at post graduate courses as agreed in your personal development plan and to maintain a CPD portfolio.
• To participate in the appraisal system as appraise and to be responsible for fulfilling your agreed objectives and personal development plan.
• To demonstrate effective time management and organisational skills during management of own workload and to be able to adapt to an unpredictable work pattern on a daily basis. This mayincludes making patient’s appointments, co-ordinating with clinics, and liaising with other professionals for joint assessments and treatments.
• To ensure timely communication of assessment findings, treatment, outcomes.
• To keep accurate and up-to-date patient records, reports and statistics at all times in line with departmental, professional and legal standards.
• To undertake any other duties that might be considered appropriate by a senior therapist.
• To frequently lift, pull and push loads, (weights, equipment and patients) with or without the use of mechanical aids. This may involve intense physical effort e.g. standing an early stroke patient or moderate physical activity e.g. hoisting patients. This will vary in time but may be for several short periods and occasional long periods during each period of work.
• To frequently kneel, crouch, twist, bend and stretch, often working in a sustained position for short periods.