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Oncology Physiotherapist

Band 6

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Oncology Physiotherapist
Band 6
Full time - 37.5 hours per week (On call weekend rota)
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Clatterbridge Cancer Center
£32,306 - £39,027 per annum pro rata
Salary period
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Job overview

We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced Physiotherapist who is passionate about the delivery of high quality Oncology Services and optimising care. You will join our innovative and forward thinking team of Allied Health Professionals who work in a supportive environment with strong quality focus. We have clear Trust values which underpin our drive to support you to meet your individual development needs and career aspirations.

As a Physiotherapist at the Clatterbridge Cancer Centre you will be working with a fantastic, highly motivated and proactive team who are committed to providing a high level of specialist holistic care for patients undergoing cancer treatment. The majority of your role will be supporting our inpatients and outpatients to live well, with and beyond cancer. This is a workplace that thrives on positivity and we are passionate about giving our patients the best possible care.

There will be elements of Palliative and End of Life Care within your role, this can be hugely rewarding but equally requires advanced communication skills and emotional resilience. We are a team who nurture a culture of peer support, learning, respect and responsibility as we understand that this can be a challenging working environment.

We value the range and diversity of practice that our Therapy team have and are excited to learn how your skills and knowledge could enhance our team and patient experience.

Main duties of the job

  • To assess, diagnose, plan, implement and evaluate high quality Physiotherapy programmes for an individual varied clinical caseload
  • To maintain high standards of clinical work as an autonomous practitioner
  • To liaise with senior staff on a regular basis to ensure appropriate management of patients with complex needs
  • To identify patients’ capacity to consent to treatment and apply the departments consent protocol
  • To manage the planning and organisation of the discharge process including complex discharge planning
  • To plan, organise and prioritise own clinical activity within time constraints
  • To maintain a high standard of clinical record keeping in accordance with CSP guidelines and trust wide physiotherapy standards for documentation
  • To attend departmental meetings as appropriate
  • To adhere to and implement all CSP, National and trust clinical guidelines & protocols
  • Ensure compliance with our clinical governance framework, you will motivate colleagues, champion service user safety and dignity and drive continuous improvement
  • To be responsible for the correct and safe use of the physical environment including equipment such as walking aids and manual handling equipment
  • To teach patients, carers and other professionals in the safe use of equipment supplied
  • Represent Physiotherapy team at MDT board round & Palliative Care MDT: early identification of potential discharge planning issues, deteriorating patients, progression of symptoms, MDT input needed

Working for our organisation

The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust provides highly-specialist cancer care for a population of 2.4 million people across Cheshire & Merseyside, North Wales, the Isle of Man and parts of Lancashire.

In June 2020, we opened Clatterbridge Cancer Centre - Liverpool, our spectacular new cancer hospital in the heart of Liverpool’s Knowledge Quarter, providing state-of-the-art facilities as part of a £162m investment. Alongside our flagship hospital in Liverpool, we also have two other main cancer centres:

  • Clatterbridge Cancer Centre - Wirral, providing outpatient cancer treatment and supportive care on the Clatterbridge Health Campus in Bebington, Wirral
  • Clatterbridge Cancer Centre - Aintree, our radiotherapy treatment centre on the Aintree University Hospital site

Together, working across three sites and operating specialist chemotherapy clinics in four of Merseyside's district hospitals, we deliver a comprehensive range of inpatient care, advanced radiotherapy, chemotherapy and other systemic anti-cancer therapies including gene therapies and immunotherapies.

We also deliver a pioneering Treatment at Home and Work service, are the only facility in the UK providing low-energy proton beam therapy to treat rare eye cancers, and host the region's Teenage and Young Adult Unit.

Working with leading experts from the University of Liverpool, we strive to stay at the forefront of novel treatments and techniques to deliver more effective and personalised treatments.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities


  • Provide advice, education and treatment with empathy to patients with complex and sensitive problems. Use appropriate communication skills to overcome significant barriers to acceptance, respecting privacy and confidentiality
  • Prepare discharge summaries for the referrer and or Primary Healthcare Team following an episode of treatment
  • Document in case notes, prepare reports and/or letters where specific information is required by the MDT
  • Represent physiotherapy at relevant groups e.g. Board Rounds, SRG Meetings, Tumour Specific MDTs, Palliative Care MDT
  • Take a flexible approach to supporting colleagues during times of caseload pressure
  • Work as part of a team to ensure effective communication and delivery of care

Knowledge, Training and Experience

  • Provide specialist advice and liaison with the MDT, including consultants/medical team, nurses, AHPs and other agencies to ensure a co-ordinated approach to patient care
  • Assist Team Leader in the development of long term strategic aims and quality improvement plans
  • Provide specialist clinical and professional advice on physiotherapy related issues to staff of all disciplines

Analytical and Judgement Skills

  • Provide a comprehensive assessment and treatment service for patients requiring physiotherapy within the Trust
  • To hold and manage an individual caseload, undertaking comprehensive assessment of patients including those with complex pathologies
  • Work autonomously with regard to assessment, diagnosis and subsequent intervention on complex clinical cases, demonstrating advanced clinical reasoning skills
  • Prioritise referrals and refer on as appropriate
  • Take responsibility for own clinical standards, ensuring the appropriate use of outcome measures and evidence based practice

Planning and Organisational Skills

  • Work to agreed goals for measurable qualitative and quantitative improvements to the service
  • Plan own workload effectively and efficiently and organise workload of Macmillan Healthcare Assistants as appropriate

Physical Skills

  • Use VDU on a daily basis, frequently for moderate periods
  • Manual physiotherapy treatments requiring dexterity and coordination

Responsibility for Patient and Client Care

  • To prescribe, order and instruct patients in safe use of equipment and aids as appropriate
  • Gain informed consent for interventional procedures and evidence that this has occurred
  • Develop care packages and programmes of care to support discharge

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Diploma/Degree in Physiotherapy
  • HCPC Registration
Desirable criteria
  • Oncology Certificate


Essential criteria
  • Good knowledge of physiotherapy in relevant areas
Desirable criteria
  • Excellent knowledge in relevant areas


Essential criteria
  • Varied post registration experience in either rehabilitation, neurological or medical physiotherapy at senior level
Desirable criteria
  • Oncology and/or palliative care experience

Employer certification / accreditation badges

No smoking policyDisability confident committedArmed Forces CovenantHappy to Talk Flexible Working

Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Victoria Ford
Job title
Interim Physiotherapy Team Leader
Email address
Telephone number
0151 556 5146