Registered Physiotherapist

Posted 21 November by Centre for Health and Disability Assessments Featured

The Centre for Health and Disability Assessments conducts health and disability assessments on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions. Working from a network of 11 Assessment Services Centres and 150 Assessment Centres, assessments are conducted in the main areas of Employment and Support Allowance, Disability Living Allowance, Veterans UK and Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit. Our practitioner group includes nurses, physiotherapists and doctors.

Job Summary

To conduct healthcare assessments and examinations and produce concise reports for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) as part of a successful integrated team. To deliver a high standards of quality customer service. To contribute to meeting key performance targets: volume of assessments, quality of assessments and customer sent home unseen.

What does the role entail

  • To undertake a combination of file-work and face-to-face assessments of customers in relation to a variety of benefits and provide a report to the DWP. File-work involves reviewing medical evidence in a written or electronic format to determine the suitability of a face-to-face assessment. Such assessments focus on how a disability affects a customer’s day to day life in performing work related activities.
  • These assessments may be recorded. Assessments will include Complex Neurological cases.·
  • To analyse and interpret clinical information and medical evidence and provide comprehensive reports to enable decision makers at DWP to make informed decisions regarding benefit claims.·
  • To undertake recorded assessments where required· To deliver productivity and quality standards agreed between the Centre and the DWP and to respond positively to feedback.
  • To use IT software programmes to support clinical decision making when undertaking file-work and examinations.·
  • To work unsupervised and use own initiative however know limitations and ask for support where necessary·
  • Ensure that professional practice standards and "best practice" are maintained in all areas of work
  • Work well as part of a multidisciplinary team and build positive working relationships with both medical colleagues and administrative support staff·
  • Apply professional skills and manage own professional competence and accountability, in accordance with the HCPC Code of Conduct.

Essential Job Duties

  • To undertake a combination of file-work and face-to-face assessments of customers in relation to a variety of benefits and provide a report to the DWP. Such assessments focus on how a disability affects a customer’s day to day life in performing work related activities. File-work involves reviewing medical evidence in a written or electronic format to determine the suitability of a face-to-face assessment. Face-to- face assessments may be recorded.
  • To use IT software programmes to support clinical decision-making when undertaking file-work and face-to-face assessments.
  • To provide comprehensive reports to enable decision makers at DWP to make informed decisions regarding benefit claims.
  • Ensure that professional practice standards and "best practice" are maintained in all areas of work
  • To deliver productivity and quality standards agreed between the Centre and the DWP and to respond positively to feedback
  • To undertake recorded assessments where required
  • To work unsupervised and use own initiative however know limitations and ask for support where necessary
  • To analyse and interpret clinical information and medical evidence and provide a report in a professional and concise manner
  • Work well as part of a multidisciplinary team and build positive working relationships with both medical colleagues and administrative support staff
  • Apply professional skills and manage own professional competence and accountability, in accordance with the HCPC and NMC Codes of Conduct.

In addition to the responsibilities listed above, the job holder may be required to perform other duties as assigned from time to time.

Education and Experience Requirements

  • HCPC Registered Physiotherapist with recent broad based post registration experience. Previous experience as a functional or disability assessment and clinical decision making is desirable.
  • Able to demonstrate registration and continuous professional development having been maintained in accordance with the requirements of Post Registration Education and Practice (PREP) standards and CPD requirements set by Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Completed mentoring in clinical practice qualification e.g. ENB 998 or equivalent is desirable.
  • IT literate with experience if using a range of software
  • Highly developed oral and written communications skills and ability to successfully negotiate and respond to rapidly change work environment
  • Experience of change management and ability to successfully influence and negotiate.

Career Progression

This role offers long term career opportunities with a salary increase after a probationary period leading to a clear career development pathway. Additional specialist training will be provided throughout your career to ensure you reach your full potential.

Required skills

  • Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy
  • Respiratory Care
  • health assessment

Application questions

Are you a Registered Physiotherapist with a minimum of 2 years' post registration?
Can you demonstrate continuous professional development in accordance with the HCPC requirements?

Reference: 33852941

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