Senior Physiotherapist –Adult Neurodisability

Senior Physiotherapist –Adult Neurodisability (Location: Dublin)



Job Specification and Terms & Conditions

Job Title & Grade

Senior Physiotherapist –Adult Neurodisability

 12 month part-time (0.5WTE) temporary contract

Campaign Reference


Closing Date

12pm on Friday 8th August 2022

Proposed Interview Date

Week of 15 August 2022

Taking Up Appointment


Informal enquires

Michelle Fitzgerald, Physiotherapy Manager


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 including rehabilitation, residential and community services.


Peamount Healthcare supports persons with complex neurological disabilities within a residential setting. Peamount Healthcare is also expanding its neurorehabilitation service to 15 inpatient rehabilitation beds as part of the Managed Clinical Rehabilitation Network (CHO 7).


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.



A candidate 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.



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




Age restrictions shall only apply to a candidate where he/she is not classified as a new entrant (within the meaning of the Public Service Superannuation Act, 2004).  A candidate who is not classified as a new entrant must be under 65 years of age on the first day of the month in which the latest date for receiving completed application forms for the office occurs.




Demonstrate the following:


·         Proven experience in the management of persons with PDOC and /or complex neurological needs, and have up to date knowledge of the evidence underpinning the treatment of these conditions

·         Experience in postural management

·         Experience in the physiotherapy management of respiratory conditions, including tracheostomy care

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

·         Experience supervising Physiotherapy staff and/or student physiotherapists.

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



·         Experience and knowledge of residential services and the relevant HIQA standards

·         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 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 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 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 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 www.hse/ie/eng/staff/jobs

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.


Terms & Conditions of Employment

Peamount Healthcare, Newcastle, Co. Dublin.


The current vacancy available is a temporary post on a part-time basis.


The post is pensionable.  A panel may be created from which temporary 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: Senior Physiotherapist

Current salary scale with effect from 1 October 2021: €54,677 (point 1) to € 64,380 (point 09th).


Working Week

The hours allocated to this post are 17.5 hours per week with 3.5 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 12 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.



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 €54,677 To € 64,380
Apply Before 05 Aug 2022
Location Dublin
Country Ireland
Contact Name Michelle Fitzgerald
Contact Email
Contact Phone 016010359

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