RQ518 Senior Physiotherapist - Rheumatology

RQ518 Senior Physiotherapist - Rheumatology (Location: Peamount Healthcare, Newcastle, Lucan)

Job Type Full Time

Campaign Reference


Closing Date

10th May 2022

Proposed Interview Date

Week of 23rd May 2022

Taking Up Appointment

June 2022


Location of Post

Peamount Healthcare, Newcastle, Co. Dublin

Details of Service

Peamount Healthcare is an independent voluntary organisation that provides a range of high-quality health and social care services including rehabilitation, residential and community services. It is expanding its rehabilitation services to include a 10-bed inpatient Rheumatology Service with plans for an ambulatory Rheumatology Service to follow.


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 work in collaboration with the Physiotherapy Manager in planning, developing, co-ordinating and evaluating the service to meet the needs of the service users and the objectives of the organisation. The Senior Physiotherapist will be responsible for the provision and delivery of a high-quality physiotherapy service in the designated clinical area(s) and will carry out clinical, educational and administrative duties as required.


Eligibility Criteria Qualifications & Experience

Candidates must on the latest date for receipt of applications:

1. Statutory Registration, Professional Qualifications, Experience, etc

(a) Candidates for appointment must:

(i)           Hold a Physiotherapy qualification recognised by the Physiotherapists Registration Board at CORU. Please see list of acceptable Physiotherapy qualifications:



(ii)          Be registered on the Physiotherapists Register maintained by the Physiotherapists Registration Board at CORU.


(iii)         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.


(iv)        Candidates must have three years full time (or an aggregate of three years full time) post qualification clinical experience.


(b) 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.


2. Annual registration (i) On appointment, practitioners must maintain annual registration on 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).


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


Demonstrate the following:

·        Proven experience in the treatment of patients with rheumatology conditions and their rehabilitation and have up to date knowledge of the evidence underpinning the treatment of these conditions

·        Demonstrate evidence of leadership initiatives, service development /quality improvements.

·        Demonstrate interest in and/or attainment of continuing professional development relevant to the area of rheumatology, in the form of post-graduate qualifications or relevant courses

•        Experience supervising Physiotherapy staff and/or student physiotherapists.

·        Demonstrate excellent flexibility, teamwork, communication and organisational skills.


•        Experience in the assessment, management, and prescription of orthotics

·        Experience delivering rehabilitation in an inpatient hospital setting

Skills, Competencies and/or knowledge:

·       Demonstrate sufficient clinical knowledge and evidence based practice to carry the out duties and responsibilities of the role

·        Demonstrate an ability to apply knowledge to best practice

·        Demonstrate the ability to plan and deliver care in an effective and resourceful manner within a model of person-centred care

·        Demonstrate an ability to manage and develop self and others in a busy working environment

·        Demonstrate the ability to effectively evaluate information and make appropriate decisions

·        Demonstrate a commitment to assuring high standards and strive for a user centred service

·        Display effective communication and interpersonal skills including the ability to collaborate with colleagues, families, carers, etc.

·        Demonstrate effective team skills

·        Display awareness and appreciation of the service users and the ability to empathise with and treat others with dignity and respect

·        Demonstrate flexibility and openness to change

·        Demonstrate ability to utilise supervision effectively

·        Demonstrate a commitment to continuing professional development

Demonstrate a willingness to develop IT skills relevant to the role

Principal Duties and Responsibilities


Professional / Clinical


The Senior Rheumatology Physiotherapist will:

·        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)

·        Communicate and work in co-operation with other team members in providing an integrated quality service, taking the lead role as required

·        Develop effective communication with and provide instruction, guidance and support to staff, clients, family, carers etc 

·        Document client records in accordance with professional standards and departmental policies

·        Provide a service in varied locations in line with local policy / guidelines and within appropriate time allocation (e.g. clinic, home visits)

·        Participate and be a lead clinician as appropriate in review meetings, case conferences, ward rounds etc.

·        Develop and promote professional standards of practice

·        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

·        Participate in weekend and bank holiday rotas.



Education & Training


The Senior Rheumatology 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

·        Engage in personal development planning and performance review for self and others as required


Health & Safety


The Senior Rheumatology Physiotherapist will:

·        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

·        Assess and manage risk in their assigned area(s) of responsibility

·        Take the appropriate timely action to manage any incidents or near misses within their assigned area(s)

·        Be responsible for the safe and competent use of all equipment, aids and appliances both by clients and staff under their supervision




The Senior Rheumatology Physiotherapist will:


·        Be responsible for the co-ordination and delivery of a quality service in line with best practice

·        Oversee and monitor the standards of best practice within their Physiotherapy team

·        Contribute to the service planning process

·        Assist the Physiotherapy Manager in service development encompassing policy development and implementation

·        Review and evaluate the Physiotherapy service regularly, identifying changing needs and opportunities to improve services

·        Develop and promote quality standards of work and co-operate with quality assurance programmes

·        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 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 Description 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. 


Campaign Specific Selection Post

A ranking and or short listing exercise may be carried out on the basis of information supplied in your CV. 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

Annual registration


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.


Career Level Senior
Education Level Hold A Physiotherapy Qualification Recognised By The Physiotherapists Registration Board At CORU. Please See List Of Acceptable Physiotherapy Qualifications: AND (ii) Be Registered On The Physiotherapists Register Maintained By The Physiotherapists Registration Board At CORU.
Salary €54,677 - €64,380 Per Annum
Apply Before 10 May 2022
Location Peamount Healthcare, Newcastle, Lucan
Country Ireland
County Dublin
Contact Name Hr Manager
Contact Email recruitment@peamount.ie
Contact Phone +353 16010300
URL https://RQ518SeniorPhysiotherapist-RheumatologyJob,PeamountHealthcare-IrishJobs.ie

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