Community Physiotherapist – Ipswich – Ipswich, Suffolk

Community Physiotherapist – Ipswich

East Suffolk и North Essex NHS Foundation Trust

Ipswich, Suffolk


We are  the largest NHS organisation in East Anglia. Our scale provides exciting opportunities for development, innovation, research, education and training.

Talk to us about our range of flexible working opportunities, apprenticeships and staff benefits

Equality Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) is at the heart of all we do; and it forms part of the ESNEFT’s core activities. The Trust operates and relies on everyone treating each other with dignity and respect, to receive equitable and fair treatment in the implementation of Policies, Procedures and in its Practices, to foster positive work relationships, and finally to act with integrity as a professional within ESNEFT as well as a representative of the NHS as a whole.  The EDI Agenda reflects the Trust values such as Optimistic, Appreciative and Kind. In line with the NHS Long Term Plan, People Plan, People Promise and a Model Employer intrinsic in the Equality Diversity and Inclusion Agenda, we consistently strive to improve, to take the learning into Action for a better ESNEFT.

If you are passionate about patient care and want to develop your skills and knowledge then we are keen to hear from you.


Job overview

An exciting opportunity has arisen within the Ipswich Community  Team. We are looking for two experienced band 6 Physiotherapists who are passionate, committed, innovative, enthusiastic and highly motivate to delivering high quality care within patient’s homes.

There are two full-time positions one in our Ipswich East Team and one in our Ipswich West Team.

We are fortunate enough to be co-located with our nursing, social care colleagues and the out of hours REACT, admission prevention and discharge to assess teams.

This is an opportunity to work within a knowledgeable experienced team and wider MDT. Candidates should be flexible, motivated and willing to work within a changing environment. We will provide support through in-service training and professional forums, Mandatory training, 1:1 and personal development meetings as well as clinical rolling skills training via the practice development facilitators. We facilitate students on training and have close working relationships with neighbouring community teams in Health and Social Care.


Main duties of the job

We are committed to patient centred care in the right place, at the right time and provide a comprehensive supervision and training programme with career progression opportunities within the clinical and managerial fields. 

The Therapy service has a high profile within the Trust operating a 7-day service and thrives on innovation and challenge. It has taken a lead role in many developments, which are helping to shape the future of patient pathways within the local area.

Main Responsibilities:

To provide high standard patient care in hospital settings and patients homes

To ensure a more seamless flow for patient care between hospital and community settings, enabling patients to be cared for in their own home environment 

To provide supervision and support to more junior staff

To triage referrals to the community team

Working for our organisation

One of the largest Trust’s in East Anglia, East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust (ESNEFT) provide hospital and community health services to people living across a wide geographical area. We deliver care from two main hospitals in Colchester and Ipswich, six community hospitals and in patients’ own homes. You will be joining a team of over 11,000 amazing colleagues providing care to 800,000 residents.

Along with supporting you to achieve your career goals we offer a generous pension scheme, 27 days annual leave on commencement (pro rata) and access to a range of NHS discounts. Our Staff Health & Wellbeing programme offer a range of services including mental health support. We offer a range of flexible working opportunities.

Our philosophy is that Time Matters to everyone. Across the Trust, we concentrate on improving the things we do and removing those which do not work or cause time delays for our staff and patients.

To support our employees to achieve their career aspirations you may be eligible to obtain a qualification via an apprenticeship. All successful applicants will be required to undertake a skills review to facilitate this. For full details please see the attached Apprenticeship Handbook

If you are passionate about patient care and want to develop your skills and knowledge then we are keen to hear from you.

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Detailed job description and main responsibilities

For full details of the responsibilities and duties of this role please see the attached job description.

Person specification


Essential criteria

Diploma or Degree in Physiotherapy

HCPC Registration

Desirable criteria

CSP registration


Essential criteria

Evidence of skill relevant to the rehabilitation of adults with physical disabilities gained through theory and practical course and experience.

Community Experience

Evidence of crisis management, admission avoidance and supporting discharge from acute and community hospitals

Joint working across health and social care services

Able to travel to rural locations.

Desirable criteria

A specialist knowledge and application of current best practice in the rehabilitation of adults with physical disabilities

Please note that where response levels are exceptional we may close the post before the specified date, therefore early application is recommended. 

Please make sure that you read the Job Description and Person Specification attached and that your statement in support reflects this as your application will be judged against these criteria.

Secondment – if you are interested in undertaking a role on a secondment basis, please ensure that you have discussed this with your current line manager prior to submitting your application. Please note if you are already an employee of ESNEFT fixed term roles will only be offered on a secondment basis.

When providing reference details please provide email addresses so references can be sought promptly to cover the last 3 years of employment.

Successful candidates may be charged for their DBS check.  Please ensure you read the information found in the attached DBS Information document

The Trust is committed to its staff and their development and to equal opportunities and diversity. Applications are welcomed from all sections of the community. Please be advised that following the new Government’s cap on Skilled Worker Immigration, whilst we welcome applications from all and your application will be considered on individual merit, if you are offered a position and require a Skilled Worker Certificate of Sponsorship we may not be able to process your application to the final stage due to the significant reduction of certificates available to us.

In submitting an application form, you authorise East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust to confirm any previous NHS service details via the Inter Authority Transfer (IAT) process should you be appointed to the post.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest in East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust; we look forward to receiving your application for employment.

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Paula Springle
Job title
Operational Lead
Email address
[email protected]
Telephone number
07950 851285
Additional information

[email protected] – Tel- 07903 654273