Basic Grade Physiotherapist (Rotational)

Basic Grade Physiotherapist (Rotational) (Location: Peamount Healthcare)

Job Type Full Time

Details of Service

Peamount Healthcare is an independent voluntary organisation that provides a range of high-quality health and social care services. We help people return home after a serious illness, we provide safe and homely residential care for those who need it, and we support people to live as independently as possible in the community.


Peamount Healthcare is committed to the following values:

§  Person centred – seeing each person as unique, giving them a voice and focusing on ability.

§  Respect – creating a supportive environment where everyone is given courteous and respectful care and support.

§  Excellence – enabling interdisciplinary teams to deliver high quality integrated care, meaningful outcomes with a focus on continuous improvement.

§  Team working – fostering an inclusive, healthy working environment where people are valued and recognised for their individual and shared achievements.

§  Quality improvement – supporting teams to embed continuous improvement methodology as part of everything we do.

§  Education & Research – partnering with academia to support education, learning, research and evidence-based care.


Reporting Relationship

Physiotherapy Manager


Purpose of Post

To provide a quality Physiotherapy Service to all areas on campus including respiratory, older persons rehabilitation, neuro-rehabilitation, stroke, musculoskeletal/rheumatology, older person residential, neuro-disability and intellectual disability services as appropriate


Eligibility Criteria Qualifications & Experience

1.       Statutory Registration, Professional Qualifications, Experience, etc (a) Candidates for appointment must:

(i)                  Be registered, or be eligible for registration, on the Physiotherapists Register maintained by the Physiotherapists Registration Board at CORU.


(ii)                 Have the requisite knowledge and ability (including a high standard of suitability and professional ability) for the proper discharge of the duties of the office.


(iii)               Provide proof of Statutory Registration on the Physiotherapists Register maintained by the Physiotherapists Register Registration Board at CORU before a contract of employment can be issued.


2. Annual registration

(i) On appointment practitioners must maintain annual registration on the Physiotherapists Register maintained by the Physiotherapists Registration Board at CORU. AND

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


3. Health Candidates 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.


4. Character Candidates for and any person holding the office must be of good character.


Desirable Criteria:


·         Physiotherapy experience (including student placements) in one or more of the following specialities:

- musculoskeletal/rheumatology

- older person rehabilitation

- neurorehabilitation

- respiratory rehabilitation

- residential physiotherapy (older persons, adult neuro-disability, intellectual disability)


·         Excellent verbal and written communication and negotiation skills

·         Proven ability to work effectively in a team

·         Proven ability and commitment to work collaboratively with patients and carers in a person-centred framework

·         Excellent planning and organisation skills, with ability to adapt to change

·         Demonstrate recent evidence of formal clinical continuing professional development

·         Demonstrate experience in service development/quality improvement/clinical audit



Principal Duties and Responsibilities


Professional/ Clinical

The Physiotherapist will:

  • Be responsible for assessment, diagnosis, planning, implementation, and evaluation of treatment / intervention programmes for service users according to professional standards
  • Arrange and carry out assessment and treatment / intervention programmes in appropriate settings in line with local policy / guidelines
  • Communicate results of assessments and recommendations to the service user and relevant others as appropriate 
  • Document all assessment, diagnosis, treatment / intervention plans, clinical notes, relevant contacts, and summaries in accordance with department and professional standards  
  • Collaborate with service user, family, carers and other staff in goal setting and treatment / intervention planning
  • Foster close working relationships with colleagues and other relevant professionals in maximising the service users’ potential
  • Provide support and information to service users and relevant others
  • Attend clinics and participate in meetings, case conferences, ward rounds etc. as appropriate
  • Participate in multidisciplinary teams, communicating and working in collaboration with the service user and relevant others as part of an integrated package of care
  • Represent the department / profession / team at meetings and conferences as designated
  • Contribute to the establishment and maintenance of standards / strategies for quality improvement and outcome measurement and adhere to existing standards and protocols
  • Actively engage in team-based performance management, where appropriate
  • Maintain professional standards in relation to confidentiality, ethics and legislation
  • Seek advice and assistance from his / her supervisor / manager with any assigned cases or issues that prove to be beyond the scope of his / her professional competence in line with principles of best practice and clinical governance
  • Participate in the clinical education of students as appropriate
  • Operate within the scope of Physiotherapy practice as set out by the local and national guidelines
  • Participate in and develop activities which support Health Promotion

·         Participate in weekend and bank holiday rotas.

  • Carry out other duties as assigned by the Physiotherapy Manager


Education & Training

The Physiotherapist will:

  • Participate in mandatory and recommended training programmes in accordance with departmental / organisational guidelines
  • Maintain continuing professional development as approved by the Physiotherapy Manager e.g. by attending in-service events, training courses, conferences, and involvement in research etc.
  • Engage in support / supervision with designated supervisor(s) / manager
  • Provide teaching / training / supervision to others (e.g. to staff, students, service users, carers etc.) as appropriate
  • Attend practice educator courses as required
  • Performance management – the successful candidate is expected to participate in the performance management/ personal development planning processes as required with the Physiotherapy Manager

Health & Safety

The Physiotherapist will:

  • Comply with the policies, procedures, and safe professional practice of the Irish Healthcare System by adhering to relevant legislation, regulations, and standards
  • Document appropriately and report any near misses, hazards and accidents and bring them to the attention of the relevant person(s)
  • Work in a safe manner with due care and attention to the safety of self and others
  • Be aware of risk management issues, identify risks and take appropriate action
  • Comply with department procedures with regards to assessment, recommendation and / or manufacturing of all assistive devices 


The Physiotherapist will, in consultation with the Physiotherapy Manager:

  • Keep up-to-date administrative records, reports and statistics as required by the Physiotherapy Manager
  • Be responsible for organisation and maintenance of clinical equipment and identification of equipment needs as appropriate
  • Participate in the planning and development of the Physiotherapy Service
  • Represent the department at meetings and conferences as appropriate
  • Participate in review, evaluation and audit of Physiotherapy services regularly, identifying changing needs and opportunities to improve services
  • Assist in ensuring that the Physiotherapy Service makes the most efficient and effective use of developments in Information Technology
  • Keep up to date with organisational developments within the Irish Health Service
  • Support a culture in the workplace that values diversity


Skills, competencies and/or knowledge


  • Demonstrate sufficient command of the English language (both verbal and written) to effectively carry out the duties and responsibilities of the role
  • Demonstrate sufficient clinical knowledge and knowledge of evidence-based practice to carry out duties and responsibilities of the role
  • Demonstrate an ability to apply knowledge to evidence-based practice

·         Demonstrate an appropriate level of understanding/knowledge of the Physiotherapy role and process within rehabilitation and/or residential settings.

  • Demonstrate the ability to plan and deliver care in an effective and resourceful manner and the ability to manage self in a busy working environment
  • Display ability to make / contribute to effective decisions especially with regard to service user care
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how pathways of care specific to the area are established including access difficulties and appropriate onward referrals
  • Demonstrate competence in goal setting, treatment planning, report writing and documentation in partnership with service users
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the range of multidisciplinary teams and the roles of members on the teams
  • Display effective communication and interpersonal skills including the ability to collaborate with families, carers etc.
  • Demonstrate effective team skills including the ability to work as member of a multidisciplinary team
  • Demonstrate flexibility and openness to change
  • Demonstrate ability to organise time and workload effectively.
  • Demonstrate ability to take initiative and to be appropriately self-directed.
  • Display awareness and appreciation of the service user and the ability to empathise with and treat service users / others with dignity and respect
  • Demonstrate evidence and commitment to continuing professional development.
  • Demonstrate ability to utilise supervision effectively
  • Demonstrate a willingness / aptitude to develop IT skills relevant to the role
  • Participate in rotation as required
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the legislation relevant to the service area
  • Demonstrate awareness of the professional guidelines, including ethical and legal considerations as they apply to the role

Campaign Specific Selection Post

A ranking and or short-listing exercise may be carried out on the basis of information supplied in your application form.  The criteria for ranking and or short listing are based on the requirements of the post as outlined in the eligibility criteria and skills, competencies and/or knowledge section of this job specification.  Therefore, it is very important that you think about your experience in light of those requirements


Failure to include information regarding these requirements may result in you not being called forward to the next stage of the selection process


Those successful at the ranking stage of this process (where applied) will be placed on an order of merit and will be called to interview depending on the service needs of the organisation.

Code of Practice

Peamount will run this campaign in compliance with the Code of Practice prepared by the Commission for Public Service Appointments (CPSA).  The Code of Practice sets out how the core principles of probity, merit, equity and fairness might be applied on a principles basis.  The Code also specifies the responsibilities placed on candidates, facilities for feedback to applicants on matters relating to their application when requested and outlines procedures in relation to requests for a review of the recruitment and selection process and review in relation to allegations of a breach of Code of Practice. 

Codes of practice are published by the CPSA and are available on www.hse/ie/eng/staff/jobs

The reform programme outlined for the Health Service may impact on this role and as structures change the job description may be reviewed.


The job description is a guide to the general range of duties assigned to the post holder.  It is intended to be neither definitive or restrictive and is subject to periodic review with the employee concerned.



Apply before 12pm 8th May 

Interview date 10th May






Terms & Conditions of Employment

Basic Grade Physiotherapist

Peamount Healthcare, Newcastle, Co. Dublin.


The Current Vacancies available are Permanent and Temporary Rotational Basic Grade Physiotherapist.


The post is pensionable.  A panel may be created from which permanent and temporary Basic Grade Physiotherapist vacancies of full or part time duration may be filled. The tenure of these posts will be indicated at “expression of interest’ stage.


Appointment as an employee of Peamount Healthcare is governed by the Health Act 2004 and the Public Service Management (Recruitment and Appointment) Act 2004.



Remuneration is in accordance with the salary scale approved by the Department of Health:  Current salary scale with effect from 1/03/23 ranging from €40,325 to €58,483  

Working Week

The hours allocated to this post are 35 hours per week with 7 hours as a standard working day. The allocation of these hours will be at the discretion of the Department Head and in accordance with the needs of the service.


HSE Circular 003-2009 “Matching Working Patterns to Service Needs (Extended Working Day/Week Arrangements); Framework for Implementation of Clause 30.4 of Towards 2016” applies. Under the terms of this circular, all new entrants and staff appointed to promotional posts from Dec 16th 2008 will be required to work agreed roster / on call arrangements as advised by their line manager. Contracted hours of work are liable to change between the hours of 8am-8pm over seven days to meet the requirements for extended day services in accordance with the terms of the Framework Agreement (Implementation of Clause 30.4 of Towards 2016

Annual Leave

As per Health Service Executive (HSE)


All employees will be subject to a probationary period as per the probation policy. This policy applies to all employees irrespective of the type of contract under which they have been employed. A period of 6 months’ probation will be served:

·         On commencement of employment.

·         Fixed term to permanent contract.

·         Permanent employees commencing in promotional posts will also undertake a probationary period relating to their new post.



Employees of Peamount Healthcare are required to be members of the Hospitals Superannuation Scheme. Deductions at the appropriate rate will be made from your salary payment.

If you are being rehired after drawing down a public service pension your attention is drawn to Section 52 of the Public Services Pension (Single and Other Provisions) Act 2012. The 2012 Act extends the principle of abatement to retired public servants in receipt of a public service pension who secure another public service appointment in any public service body.



Maternity leave is granted in accordance with the terms of the Maternity Protection Acts 1994 and 2001.

Sick Leave

Peamount Healthcare operates a Sickness Absence Management policy in line with the new Public Service Sick Leave Scheme as introduced in 31st March 2014. An employee cannot avail of paid sick leave during their first 12 months of employment with the hospital.


Pre-Employment Health Assessment


Prior to commencing in this role a person will be required to complete a form declaring their health status which is reviewed by the hospital’s Occupational Health Service and if required undergo a medical assessment with this department. Any person employed by Peamount Healthcare 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.


Validation of Qualifications & Experience 

Any credit given to a candidate at interview, in respect of claims to qualifications, training and experience is provisional and is subject to verification. The recommendation of the interview board is liable to revision if the claimed qualification, training or experience is not proven.


Peamount Healthcare will seek up to two written references from current and previous employers, educational institutions or any other organisations with which the candidate has been associated. The hospital also reserves the right to determine the merit, appropriateness and relevance of such references and referees.


Garda Vetting

Peamount Healthcare will carry out Garda vetting on all new employees. An employee will not take up employment with the hospital until the Garda Vetting process has been completed and the hospital is satisfied that such an appointment does not pose a risk to clients, service users and employees.


Health & Safety

These duties must be performed in accordance with the hospital health and safety policy. In carrying out these duties the employee must ensure that effective safety procedures are in place to comply with the Health, Safety and Welfare at Work Act. Staff must carry out their duties in a safe and responsible manner in line with the Hospital Policy as set out in the appropriate department’s safety statement, which must be read and understood.


Quality, Risk &

Safety Responsibilities


It is the responsibility of all staff to:

·         Participate and cooperate with legislative and regulatory requirements with regard to Quality, Risk and Safety.

·         Participate and cooperate with external agencies on safety initiatives as required.

·         Participate and cooperate with internal and external evaluations of hospital structures, services and processes as required, including but not limited to:

·         National Standards for Safer Better Healthcare.

·         National Standards for the Prevention and Control of Healthcare Associated Infections.

·         HSE Standards and Recommended Practices for Healthcare Records Management

·         Safety audits and other audits specified by the HSE or other regulatory authorities.

·         To initiate, support and implement quality improvement initiatives in their area which are in keeping with Peamount Healhtcare’s continuous quality improvement programme.


It is the responsibility of all managers to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements for Quality, Safety and Risk within their area/department


Specific Responsibility for Best Practice in Hygiene

Hygiene in healthcare is defined as “the practice that serves to keep people and the environment clean and prevent infection. It involves preserving one’s health, preventing the spread of disease and recognizing, evaluating and controlling health hazards.”

It is the responsibility of all staff to ensure compliance with hospital hygiene standards, guidelines and practices.

Department heads/ managers have overall responsibility for best practice in hygiene in their area.

It is mandatory to complete hand hygiene training and sharps awareness workshops yearly.


Apply before 12pm 8th May 2023

Interview date 10th May 2023

Career Level Basic Grade
Education Level Physiotherapy Qualification Recognised By The Physiotherapists Registration Board At CORU.
Salary €40325-€58,483
Apply Before 08 May 2023
Location Peamount Healthcare
Country Ireland
County Dublin
Contact Name Robert Patterson
Contact Email [email protected]
Contact Phone 6515909