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Lead Paediatric Physiotherapist

Portland Hospital – London
Full time
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Title: Lead Paediatric Physiotherapist 
Site: The Portland Hospital, London
Full time permanent: 37.5hrs per week
Salary:  Competitive + Benefits (pension, health cover, flexible benefits and excellent career development)  


We’re looking for a Lead Band 8 Physiotherapist to join The Portland Hospital, currently rated “Good” by the CQC. 


The Portland Hospital is the only private hospital in the UK dedicated to the healthcare of women and children. As the only fully private maternity hospital in the UK, delivering over 1,600 babies a year, we place great importance on providing safe and high-quality care for expectant mothers. Both consultant-led and midwife-led maternity care is available, and our aim is to provide you with all the support you need during pregnancy, childbirth and beyond. Women’s health issues are treated by a team of 40 consultants, supported by nurses, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and counsellors, with an emphasis on privacy and dignity. 


The role involves providing specialist physiotherapy assessment and interventions to your own caseload of children with complex needs and responsibility for the clinical development of staff and the growth and development of the service appropriate to the needs of the hospital. Therefore, solid clinical, leadership and communication skills are required. 

To carry out administrative duties and delegated responsibilities as requested by the Head of Therapies to assist in the day-to-day organization of the service, management and patient care. All staff are expected to respect the individuality, values, cultural and religious diversity of clients and contribute to the provision of a service sensitive to these needs. 

Job Description 

  • To be professionally and legally accountable for all aspects of work undertakenTo work within the standards and guidelines of the team, the Hospital, CSP, HCPC code of ethics. 

  • To autonomously manage a complex caseload of approximately 30-50% billable units per day.  

  • To use expert clinical reasoning, critical thinking, and advanced objective assessment skills for children with complex difficulties. 

  • To undertake specialist physiotherapy assessment of clients with complex needs, e.g. multiple co-morbidities, acute and chronic conditions, combined physical & cognitive impairment or delay, social and/or behavioral difficultiesFor example: children with acquired brain injury, cerebral palsy, autism, motor co-ordination difficulties, developmental delayTo use appropriate methods, through subjective questioning and advanced examination techniques to assess their physiotherapy needs. 

  • To provide supervision to junior and senior therapists supporting, advising and enabling them to critically evaluate their physiotherapy goals, treatment/interventions and modify as necessary, to provide high standards of physiotherapy clinical practice 

  • To support the Head of Therapies in overseeing the organisation and management of the Paediatric and Women’s Health Physiotherapy team, including setting priorities, identifying shortfalls and issues to be addressed as well as developing the most cost-effective ways of working that ensures continued quality including monitoring of staff hours and productivity 

At HCA UK we care about what you care about. We care that you want to deliver the very best care. We care that you want a career you can be proud of. We care that you want working conditions that support your health and wellbeing. Let us care for you and your career, the same way you do for others.   

Skills and experience 

  • BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy (or equivalent) 

  • Current registered member of Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)  

  • At least 6 years' experience working as a Paediatric Physiotherapist in acute, community and / or education setting 

  • Previous experience of people management and leading a team

  • Knowledge and application of paediatric physio assessments and interventions relevant to a Paediatric client group. 

  • Maintenance of up-to-date knowledge regarding developments in the field of paediatrics pertaining to your field of work 

Why HCA UK? 

Originally founded over 50 years ago by Dr Thomas Frist, HCA has gone on to become one of the world’s leading healthcare providers. In the UK, we’re one of the largest providers of privately funded healthcare and have invested over £500 million in the latest treatments, technology, techniques, medication and facilities. Being part of a large multisite, established healthcare group we can offer you unrivalled opportunities for career progression through internal and external courses, as well as working conditions that prioritise both your mental and physical wellbeing.  

We believe that by caring for our employees, we empower them to provide exceptional care for our patients. That’s why we offer a host of flexible benefits that reflect the invaluable contribution they make every day.

As a Physiotherapist Lead you’ll be eligible for: 

  • 25 days holiday each year (plus bank holidays) increasing with service, with option to buy or sell leave to suit you 

  • Private Healthcare Insurance for treatment at our leading hospitals 

  • Private pension contribution which increases with length of service 

  • Season Ticket Loan and Cycle to Work scheme 

  • Group Life Assurance from day one 

  • Critical illness cover 

  • Enhanced Maternity and Paternity pay 

  • Corporate staff discount for all facilities including Maternity packages at The Portland 

  • Comprehensive range of flexible health, protection and lifestyle benefits to suit you 

  • Discounts with over 800 major retailers 


Diversity and Inclusion


Patients first. Colleagues always. That’s the guiding philosophy behind our approach to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging. We believe healthcare is built on a foundation of inclusion, compassion and respect for our patients and for each other. By working together with our colleagues we’re creating a truly inclusive environment, where individual differences are celebrated and everyone can achieve their potential. 

We believe everyone should feel comfortable to bring their full self to work and be afforded the same opportunities. That’s why we’re happy to discuss flexible working arrangements to suit your needs as well as offer reasonable adjustments throughout our recruitment process, and in the workplace, to anyone that needs them. 

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