RQ842 1.0WTE Permanent Senior Physiotherapist in Rheumatology

RQ842 1.0WTE Permanent Senior Physiotherapist in Rheumatology (Location: Peamount Healthcare)

Job Type Full Time


Job Specification and Terms & Conditions

Job Title & Grade

Senior Physiotherapist – Rheumatology

Campaign Reference


Closing Date

5pm Mon 29th Jan

Interview Date

Friday 9th Feb in Peamount Healthcare

Taking Up Appointment


Informal enquires

Michelle Fitzgerald, Physiotherapy Manager

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 01-6010359

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 to the community in conjunction with the HSE. These services include older person rehabilitation, neurorehabilitation, rheumatology, and respiratory rehabilitation along with residential care for older persons, persons with intellectual disability and those with complex neuro disabilities. A community diagnostic service is also available. Peamount Healthcare seeks to provide an environment which encourages and develops an improved quality of life for all of its clients characterized by independence, self-determination and dignity.

Peamount Healthcare is committed to the following values:

·         Person centered – 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


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 three years full time (or an aggregate of three years full time) post

qualification clinical experience.


(iii) 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.


(iv) Provide proof of Statutory Registration on the Physiotherapists Register

maintained by the Physiotherapists 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



(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.

Post specific Requirements



·         Proven experience in the treatment of patients with rheumatology and musculoskeletal disease 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



Professional Knowledge & Experience

For example:

·         Demonstrate clinical knowledge, clinical reasoning skills and evidence based practice appropriate to carrying out the duties and responsibilities of the role in line with relevant legislation and standards.

·         Demonstrate an appropriate level of understanding of the Physiotherapy process, the underpinning theory and its application to the role.

·         Demonstrate evidence of having applied / used appropriate assessment tools and treatments and a knowledge of the implications of outcomes to service users.

·         Demonstrates the knowledge, abilities and technical skills required to provide safe, efficient and effective service in the area of practice.

·         Demonstrate a willingness to engage and develop IT skills relevant to the role.


Planning and Managing Resources  

For example:

·         Demonstrates the ability to plan activities and co-ordinate resources to ensure value for money and maximum benefit for the organisation.

·         Demonstrates ability to prioritise the most important tasks on an ongoing basis.

·         Demonstrates flexibility and adaptability in response to workforce demands.

·         Demonstrate ability to take initiative and to be appropriately self-directed.


Managing and Developing (Self and Others)

For example:

·         Demonstrates ability to lead by example and adapts leadership style to suit the demands of the situation and the people involved.

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

·         Demonstrate the ability to work independently as well as part of a team, collaborates well with others.

·         Demonstrates the ability to react constructively to setbacks and to both give direction / feedback, and take direction / feedback, from others.

·         Demonstrate a commitment to continuous professional development and knowledge sharing.


Commitment to providing a Quality Service

For example:

·         Demonstrate a commitment to and the ability to lead on the delivery of a high quality, person centred service.

·         Demonstrates innovation in the provision of person-centred care and in overcoming resource limitations.

·         Ensures that all service users are treated with dignity and respect and ensures that the welfare of the service user is a key consideration at all times.

·         Works at an operational level to build alliances and learn how to best position service delivery to meet the needs of its service users.

·         Is open to change and supports the implementation of change.


Evaluating Information and Judging Situations

For example:

·         Demonstrate the ability to evaluate information and make effective decisions in relation to service user care.

·         Explains the rationale behind decisions confidently when faced with opposing or competing demands. Is objective but also aware of sensitivities in their approach.

·         Regularly quantifies and evaluates activities against service plans and takes timely action to correct potential difficulties. Recognises how service constraints impact on service delivery.


Communications and Interpersonal Skills

For example:

·         Display effective communication skills (verbal & written).

·         Tailors the communication method and the message to match the needs of the audience; demonstrates active listening skills.

·         Demonstrates effective interpersonal skills including the ability to collaborate in partnership with others.

·         Demonstrates sensitivity, diplomacy and tact when dealing with others; is patient and tolerant when dealing with conflict situations.

·         Demonstrates strong negotiation skills; remains firm but flexible when putting forward a point of view.


Principal Duties and Responsibilities


The Physiotherapist, Senior will:


Professional / Clinical


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

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

·         Be a lead clinician in assigned, allocated clinical areas of responsibility and carry a clinical caseload appropriate to the post.

·         Lead a team of Staff Grade Physiotherapists and Physiotherapy Assistants, as appropriate to the role.

·         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.

·         Communicate effectively with and provide instruction, guidance and support to, staff clients, family, carers etc. 

·         Work as a key worker for particular cases, if required.

·         Be responsible for standards of professional and clinical practice of self and staff appointed to clinical / designated area(s) in line with the Scope of Practice of CORU and Health Service Executive (HSE) guidelines, policies, protocols and legislation.

·         Be a clinical resource for other Physiotherapists.

·         Plan and manage resources efficiently in assigned areas of responsibility.

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

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

·         Apply health promotion as an ethos across the clinical area to promote health and wellbeing.

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

·         Seek advice of relevant personnel when appropriate / as required.

·         Participate in weekend and bank holiday rotas.

Education & Training


·         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 achievement for self and others as required.


Quality, Health & Safety and Risk


·         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).

·         Report any deficiency/danger in any aspect of the service to the team or Physiotherapy Manager as appropriate.

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

·         Have a working knowledge of the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) Standards as they apply to the role for example, Standards for Healthcare, National Standards for the Prevention and Control of Healthcare Associated Infections, Hygiene Standards etc. and comply with associated HSE protocols for implementing and maintaining these standards as appropriate to the role.

·         Support, promote and actively participate in sustainable energy, water and waste initiatives to create a more sustainable, low carbon and efficient health service.




·         Contribute to the service planning process.

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

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

·         Collect and evaluate data about the service area as identified in service plans and demonstrate the achievement of the objectives of the service. Collate and maintain accurate statistics and render reports as required.

·         Oversee the upkeep of accurate records in line with best practice.

·         Represent the department / team 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.


The above Job Specification 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 principle’s 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

Annual registration

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

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.


Terms & Conditions of Employment

Peamount Healthcare, Newcastle, Co. Dublin.


The current vacancy available is a Permanent post on a full-time basis.


The post is pensionable. 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: Senior Physiotherapist - Current salary scale with effect from October 1st 2023 ranges from Point 1 €59,478 to Point 9 €70,033

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

29 days pro rata


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.

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.



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

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:

Ø National Standards for Safer Better Healthcare.

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

Ø HSE Standards and Recommended Practices for Healthcare Records Management

Ø 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 the hospital’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 every 2-years and sharps awareness workshops yearly.



Career Level Senior
Education Level Physiotherapy Qualification Recognised By The Physiotherapists Registration Board At CORU.
Salary €59,478 To €70,033
Apply Before 29 Jan 2024
Location Peamount Healthcare
Country Ireland
Contact Name Michelle Fitzgerald
Contact Email [email protected]
Contact Phone 01-6010359
URL https://api.occupop.com/shared/job/rq842-senior-physiotherapist-rheumatol-18ae9