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Senior Out-Patient Orthopaedic/Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist 0.5 SPC Until December 2021

Job Locations Connolly Hospital
Posted Date 1 week ago(15/07/2021 11:27)
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Specified Purpose Contract until December 2021.

  • To work in conjunction with other team members in co-ordinating and developing the service to meet the needs of the population it serves in line with the objectives of the organisation.
  • Play a key role in the Orthopaedic Physiotherapy service provision in Connolly Hospital.
  • To be responsible for the provision of a high quality Physiotherapy service in accordance with standards of professional practice.
  • To carry out clinical and educational duties as required.
  • Develop Orthopaedic Physiotherapy service in line with National Clinical Care Programmes.
  • To work with Physiotherapy Manager in ensuring the co-ordination, development and delivery of a quality, client centred physiotherapy service across all relevant clinical spheres.


Organisational Context

The RCSI Hospital Group includes the following hospitals


  • Beaumont Hospital
  • Cavan General Hospital
  • Connolly Hospital
  • Louth County Hospital
  • Monaghan Hospital
  • Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital
  • Rotunda Hospital



The Academic Partner for the Group is the RCSI.


RCSI Hospital Group provides a national service and a regional service to Dublin and Dublin North East and is committed to the provision of world class care, exceptional clinical services with respect and compassion.

Key Responsibilities

Professional / Clinical



The Senior Physiotherapist will:


  • Be a lead clinician and carry a clinical caseload appropriate to the post.
  • Be responsible for client assessment, development and implementation of individualised treatment plans that are client centred and in line with best practice.
  • Be responsible for goal setting in partnership with client, family and other team members as appropriate.
  • Be responsible for standards of practice of self and staff appointed to clinical / designated area(s).
  • Be a clinical resource for other Physiotherapists.
  • Communicate and work in co-operation with the Physiotherapy Manager and other team members in providing an integrated quality service, taking the lead role as required.
  • Communicate effectively with and provide instruction, guidance and support to, staff clients, family, carers etc.
  • Document client records in accordance with professional standards and departmental policies.
  • Participate and be a lead clinician as appropriate in review meetings, case conferences
  • Develop and promote professional standards of practice.
  • Develop the Orthopaedic Physiotherapy service under the care of the Orthopaedic Consultants.
  • Work within own scope of professional competence in line with principles of best practice, professional conduct and clinical governance.
  • Seek advice of relevant personnel when appropriate / as required.
  • Operate within the scope of practice of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists.
  • Provide weekend and on call service where it is a requirement of the post.


Education & Training


The Senior Physiotherapist will:


  • Participate in mandatory training programmes.
  • Take responsibility for, and keep up to date with Physiotherapy practice by participating in continuing professional development such as reflective practice, in service, self-directed learning, research, clinical audit etc.
  • Be responsible for the induction and clinical supervision of staff in the designated area(s).
  • Co-ordinate and deliver clinical placements in partnership with universities and clinical educators.
  • Manage, participate and play a key role in the practice education of student therapists. Take part in teaching / training / supervision / evaluation of staff / students and attend practice educator courses as relevant to role and needs.
  • Provide training and development of Physiotherapy staff for competence in Orthopaedic Physiotherapy care.
  • Engage in personal development planning and performance review for self and others as required.



Quality Safety & Risk


The Senior Physiotherapist will:

  • Be responsible for the co-ordination and delivery of a quality service in line with best practice.
  • Develop and monitor implementation of agreed policies, procedures and safe professional practice by adhering to relevant legislation, regulations and standards.
  • Ensure the safety of self and others, and the maintenance of safe environments and equipment used in Physiotherapy in accordance with legislation.
  • Identify, assess and report any risk and contribute to the management and review of all risks.
  • Take the appropriate timely action to manage any incidents or near misses within their assigned area(s).
  • Report any deficiency/danger in any aspect of the service to the team or Physiotherapy Manager as appropriate.
  • Be responsible for the safe and competent use of all equipment, aids and appliances both by clients and staff under their supervision.
  • Develop and promote quality standards of work and co-operate with quality assurance programmes.
  • Oversee and monitor the standards of best practice within their Physiotherapy team.
  • Be aware of and adhere to relevant standards, policies and legislation for example, Health & Safety, Freedom of Information Act 1997, Childcare Act, HIQA standards as they apply to the role.




The Senior Physiotherapist will:

  • Contribute to the service planning process.
  • Assist the Physiotherapy Manager and relevant others in service development encompassing policy development and implementation.
  • Review and evaluate the Physiotherapy service regularly, identifying changing needs and opportunities to improve services.
  • Collect and evaluate data about the service area as identified in service plans and demonstrate the achievement of the objectives of the service.
  • Oversee the upkeep of accurate records in line with best practice.
  • Collate and maintain accurate statistics and render reports as required.
  • Represent the department / team at meetings and conferences as appropriate.
  • Inform the Physiotherapy Manager of staff issues (needs, interests, views) as appropriate.
  • Promote a culture that values diversity and respect in the workplace.
  • Participate in the control and ordering of Physiotherapy stock and equipment in conjunction with the Physiotherapy Manager.
  • Be accountable for the budget, where relevant.
  • Keep up to date with organisational developments within the Irish Health Service.
  • Engage in IT developments as they apply to clients and service administration.
  • Perform such other duties appropriate to the role as may be assigned by the Physiotherapy Manager.


The above Job Specification is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all duties involved and consequently, the post holder may be required to perform other duties as appropriate to the post which may be assigned to him/her from time to time and to contribute to the development of the post while in office.

Essential Criteria

Candidates must have at the latest date of application:


Statutory Registration, Professional Qualifications, Experience, etc



Candidate for appointment must hold, on closing date of application:





  • Be registered on the Physiotherapists Register maintained by the Physiotherapists Registration Board at CORU.




  • Applicants who satisfy the conditions set out in Section 91 of the Health and Social care Professionals Act 2005 [see note 1 below] must submit proof of application for registration with the Physiotherapists Registration Board at CORU. The acceptable proof is correspondence from the Physiotherapists Registration Board at CORU confirming their application for registration as a Section 91 applicant.


Note 1: Section 91 candidates are individuals who qualified before 30th September 2016 and have been engaged in the practice of the profession in the Republic of Ireland for a minimum of 2 years full time (or an aggregate of 2 years full time) between 30th September 2011 and 30th September 2016 are considered to be Section 91 applicants under the health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005.




  • Candidates must have three years full time (or an aggregate of three years fulltime) post qualification clinical experience, this must include a minimum of 12 months Out-Patient Orthopaedic/MSK Physiotherapy experience in acute setting.





  • All candidates must have the requisite knowledge and ability (including a high standard of suitability, management, leadership and professional ability) to fulfil the duties of the role.



Annual Registration


  • On appointment practitioners must maintain annual registration on Physiotherapists Register maintained by the Physiotherapists Registration Board at CORU




  • Practitioners must confirm annual registration with CORU to the HSE by way of the annual Patient Safety Assurance Certificate (PSAC)



A candidate for and any person holding the office must be fully competent and capable of undertaking the duties attached to the office and be in a state of health such as would indicate a reasonable prospect of ability to render regular and efficient service.



Each candidate for and any person holding the office must be of good character



The Public Service Superannuation (Age of Retirement) Act, 2018* set 70 years as the compulsory retirement age for public servants.


* Public Servants not affected by this legislation:

Public servants recruited between 1 April 2004 and 31 December 2012 (new entrants) have no compulsory retirement age.


Public servants recruited since 1 January 2013 are members of the Single Pension Scheme and have a compulsory retirement age of 70.



Skills & Competencies

Professional Expertise

Has a command over the technical/ professional skills and knowledge required within the job holder’s role and continues to upskill to maintain high professional standards and continuous professional development requirements


Evaluating Information, Problem Solving & Decision Making

Identifies and solves problems by understanding the situation, seeking additional information, developing and weighing alternatives, and choosing the most appropriate course of action given the circumstances.



Has the ability and desire to work cooperatively with others; collaborating to get the job done. Provides support to colleagues to help develop a strong and cohesive team ethos. Willing to participate as a member of the team.


Commitment to Quality & Risk Management

The ability to focus on understanding stakeholder’s needs and expectations and to respond effectively and efficiently to them. Has a good knowledge of and is committed to offer a quality service through the achievement of goals, accreditation standards, other organisation/department standards and risk management frameworks and guidelines.


Communications & Interpersonal Skills

Speaks and writes clearly, fluently and effectively to both individuals and groups; communicates in a manner that will persuade, convince and influence others, in order to motivate, inspire or encourage them to follow a particular course of action.


This Job Description is intended as a basic guide to the scope and responsibilities of the position and is subject to regular review and amendment. The role holder will be required to be flexible in this position and is expected to facilitate working additional hours on occasion, when requested.


The RCSI Hospital Group is an Equal Opportunities Employer.


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