Professional Development


Junior physiotherapists (Band 5) follow a well structured 4-month rotational placement which includes the following:

  • Cardiothoracic
  • Elderly
  • Fast access to services team
  • Gym
  • Acute – Neuro
  • Medicine
  • Neuro rehab
  • Orthopaedics
  • Outpatients
  • Rheumatology
  • Spinal injury unit
  • Stroke unit
  • ICU
  • HDU / Surgery

As a rotational senior physiotherapist (Band 6), a 7-9 month rotation within one of three areas occurs. The areas are:

  1. Musculoskeletal – fracture clinic, hand therapy, leisure centres, orthopaedics, treatment room, gym, spinal
  2. Respiratory – cardio, medicine/outreach, medicine/vascular, paediatrics, ICU, HDU and surgery
  3. Rehabilitation – elderly, neuro prosthetics, neuro – rehab, stroke, acute neuro, spinal


Each specialty is lead by an experienced senior clinical specialist. The James Cook University Hospital offers newly qualified physiotherapists a supportive, friendly and rewarding environment to work in.

Rotational staff are supported by senior staff through their staff development reviews thus enabling them to progress their personal and professional development. Overall this provides a structured, educational workplace into which to start your career in physiotherapy.

Physiotherapists with previous experience can find a supportive and open approach to working with opportunity for research and practice development. As the hospital is in close proximity to Teesside University, student placements are frequent therefore enhancing the clinical education of qualified staff.

Workshops are available fortnightly within specific clinical areas. Attendance at other groups are actively encouraged, for example journal clubs and peer review groups.

Continuing professional development

Staff are encouraged to discuss clinical scenarios/issues on a daily basis to develop knowledge and understanding through evidence-based practice.

James Cook is fortunate to offer a range of regular university accredited courses relating to physiotherapy. These courses are run internally and are open to external applicants. Physiotherapy staff are also encouraged to attend external accredited courses.

Research and development is actively encouraged through audit processes, clinical trials, process reviews and protocol development. There are also close links to Teesside Centre for Rehabilitation Sciences (TCRS) which assists the department in research development.

We also run an in-house respiratory on call course for newly qualified physiotherapists, which was awarded a Kite Mark Award by the Association of Chartered Physiotherapy in Respiratory Care.

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