Physiotherapist for Adolescent Orthopaedics and Scoliosis Surgery
Job role: Physiotherapist for Adolescent Orthopaedics and Scoliosis repair
Department: Paediatric Therapies
Hospital/site: Royal London Hospital
Start date: TBC
End date: six months of catch up COVID19 surgery
Working hours: 37.5hrs/week. To be discussed with candidate re: flexible working across 7 days
Experiences needed for the role:
- Orthopaedic experience (adult of paediatrics)
- Safeguarding training as part of mandatory training
- Paediatric experience
- Post op Scoliosis experience
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a six month post working with adolescents post idiopathic scoliosis surgery. This caseload, which is a COVID-19 “catch up work” initiative, will continue for six months from the 19th July 2021 – January 2022. The post holder will work within the paediatric physiotherapy department and support the team by also carrying an orthopaedic caseload of elective and trauma cases within the adolescent cohort.
This post provides an excellent opportunity for a physiotherapist with appropriate background skills in adult or paediatric orthopaedics, and knowledge of scoliosis surgery, to gain specialist skills in this highly specialist area. They will work closely with the band 7 and band 6 paediatric orthopaedic physiotherapists, who will see the patients in the younger age bracket, and will provide clinical support. They will be expected to follow the post-operative spinal pathway.
The role will involve working closely with the MDT, including the pain team, medical and nursing staff, psychology and play specialists. The post holder will require excellent communication skills working with adolescent who are scared or in pain, and will also demonstrate excellent written communication in the form of documentation, discussion with members of the MDT, reports, and onward referrals.
The paediatric physiotherapy department at the Royal London Hospital is proactive and forward thinking. As part of this, the post holder would be expected to take part in a departmental and MDT teaching programme, and supervise students as appropriate. The increase in surgery numbers may also create opportunities for audit and research in this area, as well as potential service improvements including strengthening the pre admission education pathway for these idiopathic elective scoliosis surgery adolescents.
Previous experience in elective and trauma orthopaedics, and a good background knowledge about spinal surgery, is essential. However, due to the age range of these patients either adult or paediatric experience will be considered. Experience in paediatric orthopaedics and trauma would be desirable. Any candidate will be expected to be up to date with mandatory training, including Level 3 safeguarding children, the training for which is a one day course.
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