South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust provides acute and community services and hosts the major trauma centre for Durham, East Cleveland, Tees Valley and North Yorkshire.
The Trust also proudly hosts The Golden Jubilee Regional Spinal Cord Injuries Centre, which has some of the best outcomes in the country. In addition, therapists manage patients in the cub-regional vascular centre, cardiothoracic unit, intensive care units including Neuro ITU, oncology centre and the specialist neuro-rehabilitation unit.
The community services include rapid response services and an early supported discharge service for patients who have suffered a stroke. All of these provide excellent opportunities for our physiotherapists to gain invaluable experience in an environment which is among the best in the region.
As a physiotherapist at South Tees, you will also have the opportunity to gain experience in managing patients in musculoskeletal, respiratory, ENT, upper GI, elderly care and community therapies services.
The community teams offer both static and rotational community therapy posts. The trust offers a unique opportunity to work in A&E and the rapid access frailty assessment unit (RAFA) where therapists work a shift pattern. All physiotherapy teams are expected to provide a person-centred care to all patients, which are dictated by their needs.
There are over 25 rotations for junior staff and 23 rotations for experienced rotational therapists. Those with a special interest in specific areas are supported by senior specialist staff to further develop their expertise. Experienced rotational staff will rotate into sub-specialist groups of rotations to aid career development and expertise.
Continuous workforce development is encouraged and fully supported by the physiotherapy department. This is delivered through formal and informal training opportunities that the department actively pursues for all its staff members.
There are excellent opportunities to develop your physiotherapy career from band 5 through to advanced practitioner. There is support for newly qualified physiotherapists through preceptorship, on call training and support for competencies. Participation in in-service training and service development promotes leadership skills and personal development and this is encouraged for all staff groups.
The variety of rotations and opportunities mean that there are opportunities for staff to shape and provide excellent patient care, improve clinical practice while actively pursuing their personal career development in a very supported environment.