Senior Physiotherapist

Senior Physiotherapist (Location: Galway)

Job Type Full Time

Senior Physiotherapist
Location: Galway
Contract Type: Permanent full time

Would you like to work for a great employer? Enable Ireland is an organisation that makes a real difference to the lives of children and adults with disabilities in Ireland, and ranked 8th in the healthcare division of the Irish Independent’s Best Employers 2022 list.

We are currently seeking a highly-motivated Senior Physiotherapist to join our team in Network 5 – Galway City West.

Contract Type:
35 hours per week (1.0 WTE) permanent contract

Salary: €53,388 to €63,197 pro rata per annum.

Overview of the Post:
To work as a senior member of the interdisciplinary team providing services to children with disabilities and their families within the Network area, to include assessment, intervention and outcome, clinical and performance supervision and ongoing service delivery.

Overview of Duties & Responsibilities: 

Planning & Managing
 Plans and organises individual and group caseloads, to include assessments, interventions and diagnosis using Evidence Based Practice
 Captures intervention outcomes using best practice
 Anticipates potential barriers or competing priorities and takes appropriate action to ensure service standards are maintained
 Fosters an awareness of the need for value for money and a sense of accountability for budgets within the team/service
 Takes responsibility for the achievement of service delivery targets by regularly monitoring, recording and reporting performance outcomes and statistics
 Demonstrates innovation, within resource limitations to sustain and enhance the service
 Takes responsibility for the line management and clinical supervision of basic therapists and assistants within the team/service as required

Judgement & Evaluation
 Demonstrates a sound understanding of administrative practice, protocol and policy in decision making
 Anticipates consequences of decisions, and considers precedence to ensure consistency.
 Establishes integrity by ensuring that professional, ethical and safety factors are fully considered in decisions into which they have an input.
 Makes decisions in a transparent manner by involving and empowering others where appropriate and will explain the rationale behind decisions
 Recognises when it is appropriate to refer decisions to a higher level of management or to include other colleagues in the decision
 Understands how to prioritise caseload based on need and using objective measures Professional Development and Standards in the service:
 specific needs of the relevant caseload
 Demonstrate knowledge of specialist services such as the Motor management, Postural Management and hydrotherapy
 Contribute to the ongoing development and implementation of Enable Ireland’s quality assurance initiatives in line with the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) as adopted by Enable Ireland.
 Collaborate skillfully in the context of family centred practice with the service user and other stakeholders while working in partnership with the service user’s parent/family/carer to identify goals, including complex situations.
 Is adequately aware of policy, legislative and professional requirements to ensure appropriate standards in their area of responsibility
 Ensures that all records and technical data are up to date and available if required.
 Takes initiatives to move the service forward and show willingness to try out new ideas that add service delivery value.
 Ensures strict compliance with health and safety standards and adheres to operational guidelines ensuring equipment is checked and working correctly in accordance with safety standards.
 Ensures that professional standards are adhered to for the relevant discipline

Team Working
 Attend and actively contribute to relevant clinical, professional and service meetings.
 Participates as a full member of the service team
 Involves the team in the running of the service and in decisions
 Facilitates staff development by providing support such as clinical supervision, mentoring, coaching and formal development planning
 Understands the complexity of working in a team and team dynamics
 Understands and facilitates inter/trans disciplinary team working.
 Strives to ensure that all staff in their responsibility is adequately trained in line with legal and professional standards
 Participate in training and developmental opportunities as identified and agreed.
 Support and contribute to research initiatives as required.

 Builds credibility and portrays the profession/service in a positive light by being professional and well informed.
 Demonstrates determination and initiative to achieve results and improve the service.
 Clearly accepts accountability for standards of performance in relevant area of responsibility.
 Inspires others to work to high standards by being enthusiastic about the profession and the service
 Maintains ethical and personal standards at all times
 Facilitate individual and group interventions in a skilled manner.
 Represent Enable Ireland at meetings /Groups as requested by management Communication
 Gets a message across fluently and persuasively in a variety of different media (oral, written and electronic)
 Makes a compelling case to positively influence the thinking of others
 Demonstrates strong listening and sensing skills
 Work in partnership with a range of relevant stakeholders.
 Proficiency in oral and written English

Clinical Specific Skills
 Ability to access high quality evidence bases and translate them into clinical practice
 Proficiency in the use of assessment tools for the childhood disability cohort
 Knowledge and application of objective outcome measures for interventions
 Ability to provide high quality clinical supervision to staff grade physiotherapists
 Ability to work with children with physical & sensory disabilities and ID
 Knowledge of approaches in Neuro development techniques
 Knowledge of postural management and how it is applied in childhood disability
 Knowledge of management of spasticity
 Knowledge of Orthopaedic and Rheumatology approaches to therapy.
 Knowledge of orthotics and casting.
 Can demonstrate good clinical reasoning skills

The successful candidate will have

Essential Criteria:
• Hold a Physiotherapy qualification recognised by the Physiotherapists Registration Board at CORU.
• Be registered on the Physiotherapists Register maintained by the Physiotherapists Registration Board at CORU.
• 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.
• Candidates must have three years full time (or an aggregate of three years full time) post qualification clinical experience.
• 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.
• On appointment, practitioners must maintain annual registration on Physiotherapists Register maintained by the Physiotherapists Registration Board at CORU
• Practitioners must confirm annual registration with CORU to Enable Ireland.

Desirable Criteria:
• Relevant Post-graduate qualification
• 3 years post qualification experience in disability
• Experience of working with children
• Experience of working with complex disabilities
• CPC demonstrates skill development in area of disability
• Experience of supervision of staff and students

If you believe you would fit the role then please submit your application today.

In the event of a high volume of applicants Desirable Criteria may be applied in the short listing process.

As a staff member of Enable Ireland, you will have access to a wide range of benefits, including:

• Excellent training opportunities
• Generous annual leave entitlements
• Long service reward scheme
• Pay adjusted Maternity Leave
• Pay adjusted Adoptive Leave
• Pay adjusted Paternity Leave
• Wellbeing benefits
• Pension

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What now?

Applications must be made on the Enable Ireland application form only. CVs will not be accepted.

To apply, please download the job description, person specification and application form from the Enable Ireland website (see link below) and forward completed applications to Gregory Brown by email at [email protected]

Closing date for applications: 8th March 2023

A panel may be formed from this vacancy for any similar vacancies, which may arise during the next 12 months.

Enable Ireland is an equal opportunities employer.
• The post will be subject to reference checks and may be subject to Garda vetting/police clearance, as relevant.
• Due to the large volume of applications, we are not in the position to provide individual feedback to applicants who are not shortlisted for interview.
• Applications are invited from suitably qualified applicants from all sections of the community.
• The above information serves only as a guide to the advertised position. Enable Ireland, at its discretion, reserves the right to change this prior to appointment.
• Please review the Enable Ireland’s External Data Protection Notice available at for details on how Enable Ireland processes applicant’s personal information. Please note if you are invited for interview, we will share your personal data with: 1) Any virtual service provider we use to host the interview; and 2) the interview panel (if applicable). Your information will be stored for this purpose in line with our retention policy.

Career Level Senior
Education Level Hold A Physiotherapy Qualification Recognised By The Physiotherapists Registration Board At CORU.
Salary €53,388 To €63,197
Apply Before 08 Mar 2023
Location Galway
Country Ireland
County Galway
Contact Name Gregory Brown
Contact Email [email protected]
Contact Phone 091545800