Palliative Care Physiotherapist/Occupational Therapist

We are currently looking for a dynamic and dedicated Physiotherapist/Occupational Therapist to join our busy Hospice.

Contract type:
DBS required:
60 Grove End Road, London NW8 9NH
Closing date:

About this role

To work within the St John's Hospice Therapies team to provide a high quality physiotherapy service to the Inpatient team, day services and community patients. To autonomously manage a complex patient caseload with specialist palliative care needs, demonstrating high level clinical reasoning and communication skills.

St John’s Hospice provides a wide range of specialist palliative care services to patients across Westminster, Kensington & Chelsea, Camden, Islington, Hammersmith & Fulham, Brent and Barnet. Our services are free to all and include inpatient care, day services, Hospice@Home, community specialist palliative care, Lymphoedema treatment, OT and physiotherapy, social work and bereavement support.

What are the key duties?

  • To work flexibly and be accountable for effective and efficient time management and prioritisation across the Hospice Inpatient Unit, day services and community teams.
  • To hold clinical responsibility for autonomously managing a complex patient caseload, undertaking appropriate and comprehensive specialist physiotherapy assessment and intervention for patients with life limiting conditions.
  • To ensure therapy intervention is individualised and patient centered, focused towards what is important to the patient and involving the patient’s significant others throughout.
  • To continually monitor and evaluate therapy intervention, modifying as indicated to support patients and their significant others to set realistic goals appropriate to their disease trajectory and to ensure their changing needs are met.
  • To have excellent communication skills and to be able to adapt communication style to the situation, with the ability to communicate sensitive and challenging information effectively and with empathy.
  • To have a sound understanding of the complexities of working with patients with deteriorating conditions
  • To advise on and implement therapeutic interventions aimed at optimising self-management of symptoms, ensuring involvement of the patient, their significant others and the Multi-disciplinary team (MDT).

Am I the right person for this role?

  • BSc (hons) degree in Physiotherapy or diploma or equivalent
  • Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registration for physiotherapy
  • Evidence of post graduate professional development
  • Member of relevant specialist interest group Evidence of additional specialist knowledge acquired through relevant post-graduate physiotherapy training.
  • Experience of working across a variety of inpatient and rehab specialties e.g. oncology, respiratory, knowledge and competencies equivalent to demands of the post
  • Evidence of robust clinical reasoning in the autonomous management of complex patients
  • Specialist skills of assessment and treatment of patients with complex conditions

Why apply for this role?

We are committed to providing an inclusive and supportive work environment, which enables our employees to not only provide the highest quality of care to our patients and their families but also be happy, motivated and confident individuals.

As well as our training and development programmes, we are committed to supporting our employee’s health and wellbeing, and offer a wide range of benefits. Some of these include:

  • Salary: Competitive pay with progressive band structuring.
  • Pension: Contributory pension schemes including continuation of your existing NHS pension.
  • Annual leave: A generous 27 days annual leave plus bank holidays. 
  • Health and well-being: Private healthcare cover of up to £20,000 per year, eye care vouchers, access to free, confidential one-to-one counselling, on-site Mental Health First Aiders and Freedom to Speak Up Champions.
  • Learning and development: Ongoing training and development programmes, external study leave and grants available up to £1,500.
  • Rewards and recognition: Employee "Service Excellence" recognition rewards. 
  • Flexible working: Flexible working arrangements regardless of length of service.
  • Travel: Cycle to work scheme and interest-free season ticket loans.
  • Discounts: Discounts at our on-site pharmacy, charity shop and a range of local, national and online shops, restaurants and cinemas.

About St John's

We provide quality, holistic care to people living with life-limiting illnesses and their families across North London. As well as our Inpatient and Day Care Unit located in St John’s Wood, we work out in the community, in people’s homes, providing care to more than 4,500 people every year.

We welcome people from all faiths and communities across Westminster, Kensington & Chelsea, Camden, Islington, Hammersmith & Fulham and Brent. Our care is completely free of charge and includes day services, inpatient care, Hospice@Home, community care, therapies, social and welfare support, and bereavement support, ensuring each of our patients and their families are supported through every aspect of their journey.

How to apply

If you are ready for a new challenge and share our passion and commitment to providing quality, holistic care to patients and their families then we would love to hear from you.

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