The role holder will ensure the provision of high quality clinical examination and functional assessment, of referred Police officers and Police Staff of the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) with a view to advising on fitness for work and appropriate rehabilitation when required. The role holder will also undertake worksite/ergonomic assessments, health promotion activities, audits and other OH Physiotherapy duties as requires, while working autonomously within professional guidelines and collaboratively within the Team.
Hours of Work: Monday – Friday 37 hours net per week (42 hours gross)
Salary: £39,413 - £46,362 plus environmental allowance of up to £580.00.
The main duties and responsibilities associated with the role include the following:
- Conduct specialised, autonomous musculoskeletal (MSK) clinical examination and functional assessment (embedded in a biopsychosocial approach to patient assessment) of Officers and Staff with a wide range of conditions, to determine diagnosis, prognosis and fitness to work.
- Advise on both clinical and work rehabilitation requirements to promote return to full operational duties, co-ordinate and make appropriate referral for interventions including rehabilitation programmes, other OHW services, uniform modifications, operational/firearms training, Physiotherapy treatment, medical imaging (x-ray/MRI), or consultant opinion.
- Undertake work place visits and complete Work Demands Analysis to become familiar with the physical work demands of a wide variety of roles within PSNI.
- Identify and recommend work place equipment modifications and/or work duty adjustments.
- Conduct appropriate reviews within OHW (Seapark), the workplace or outlying clinics in order to monitor progress and update advice.
- Undertake all relevant administrative record keeping tasks under OHW service policy for clinical record keeping, and management of their own case load.
- Provide reports to management (via IT systems) and liaise with other OHW staff regarding return to work capacity and adjustments as required, in a timely manner.
- Conduct case consultations with other OHW professionals, verbally, on electronic records and at multidisciplinary meetings.
- Liaise with contracted Physiotherapists in external practices, who provide the treatment aspect of the service, as required regarding diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and work fitness concerns.
- Request/provide information from and to Medical/Surgical Consultants and GPs in relation to referred Officers and Staff members.
- Conduct basic ergonomics workplace assessments for individuals, to inform a comprehensive work rehabilitation plan.
- Develop and implement a monthly clinical audit of the postholder's own caseload and undertake other audits within the Physiotherapy Service as requested by the Head of Physiotherapy Services.
- Communicate and consult with other Departments, Branches and OHW Services, to promote understanding of the organization and facilitate efficient and effective working practice relevant to MSK health.
- Contribute to the design and delivery of health education/promotion programmes and initiates on relevant musculoskeletal issues.
- Research, organise and establish suitable suppliers to supply and maintain Physiotherapy equipment as per Procurement guidelines; maintain adequate stock and ensure regular servicing of Physiotherapy equipment.
- Maintain Continuous Professional Development (CPD) for Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC) registration and Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) membership. Comply with professional standards, attend relevant training as appropriate, and maintaining links with other professional bodies and Physiotherapists, especially within the Occupational Health Field.
- Undertake a structured programme of Continuous Professional Development leading to registered membership of ACPOHE (to be completed within 3 years, if not already held).
- Attend regular meetings including multi-disciplinary team meetings and MSK team meetings.
This Job Description reflects the main duties and responsibilities associated with this position. It is not intended to be exclusive or exhaustive.
- Honours degree in Physiotherapy.
- Membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.
- Registration with the Health and Care Professions Council.
- Evidence of relevant Continuous Professional Development including a range of postgraduate courses in the examination and treatment approaches for adult MSK disorders.
Essential Skills and Experience
At least 3 years Full Time Equivalent post qualification experience as a physiotherapist including:
- A minimum of 2 years Full Time Equivalent at a senior level (Band 6+ equivalent) in the examination and treatment of adult MSK outpatients, including spinal and peripheral disorders, sports injuries and post orthopaedic surgery rehabilitation.
- Applicants must have a valid driving licence and a car available for official business use, or access to a form of personal transport that will enable you to meet the requirements of the post in full.
- IT literate specifically in the use of the Microsoft Office suite (including MS Word, MS PowerPoint, MS Excel and MS Outlook).
Successful applicants will be retained on a merit list for future opportunities arising. We would encourage you to check the spam within your email system for any relevant correspondence.
PSNI uses the Competency and Values Framework (CVF) which sets out nationally recognised behaviours and values to support all policing professionals. You will be assessed against the values and at the competencies level as indicated below. This will include both past and future focused questions. Further guidance and information about the Competency and Values Framework (CVF) is available here on our website.
Applicants meeting the eligibility criteria and essential qualifications, skills and experience will be required to demonstrate their experience for the following criteria:
Competency and Values Based Interview
Competencies – Level 2
- We are emotionally aware
- We analyse critically
- We are collaborative