Basic Grade Physiotherapist

Brothers of Charity Services Ireland
Employment Type
€37,522 - €53,532 per annum
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REF: 132/2022

A panel may be formed as a result of this process from which subsequent Staff Grade Physiotherapist appointments within the Services may be made over the next 6 months.

The Role:

This post will be located within Galway city and county providing physiotherapy services people supported who access Adult service within the Brothers of Charity.

Reporting/Responsible to:

Physiotherapy Manager/Deputy


Candidates must have at the latest date of application:

(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.

(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.

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.

Annual registration

(i) On appointment, practitioners must maintain annual registration on Physiotherapists Register maintained by the Physiotherapists Registration Board at CORU

(ii) Practitioners must confirm annual registration with CORU to the employer.


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


It is desirable that candidates have experience or skills in the area of neurodisability and/or gerontology.


Professional Knowledge & Experience:

– Demonstrate sufficient clinical knowledge, clinical reasoning skills and evidence based practice to carry out the duties and responsibilities of the role.

– Demonstrate an appropriate level of understanding of the Physiotherapy process, the underpinning theory and its application to the role.

– Within practice, demonstrates sound clinical and professional judgement consistent with accepted models of Physiotherapy practice.

– Demonstrate commitment to continuing professional development.

– Demonstrate a willingness to develop IT skills relevant to the role.

Planning and Managing Resources:

– Demonstrate the ability to plan and deliver care in an effective and resourceful manner and the ability to manage self in a busy working environment.

– Demonstrate ability to take initiative and to be appropriately self-directed.

– Demonstrates awareness of potential problems and flexibility in prioritising to maintain service standards.

– Demonstrates innovation in working within resource limitations to enhance service delivery.

Team Player:

– Demonstrate effective team skills and the ability to work collaboratively with others.

– Promotes and participates in a culture of involvement and consultation.

– Demonstrates the ability to react constructively to setbacks, is able to maintain professionalism and manage situations where conflict arises.

– Demonstrates a willingness to get involved and assist others as appropriate.

Commitment to providing a Quality Service:

– Demonstrate a commitment to the delivery of a high quality, person centred service.

– Treats all service users with dignity and respect and ensures that welfare of the service user is a key consideration at all times.

– Demonstrate flexibility, adaptability and an openness to change.

Evaluating Information and Judging Situations:

– Demonstrate the ability to evaluate information and make effective decisions in relation to service user care.

– Demonstrates the ability to think ahead to the consequences of decisions and considers precedence to ensure consistency.

– Establishes integrity by ensuring that the professional, ethical and safety factors are fully considered in decisions into which they have input.

Communications and Interpersonal Skills:

– Display effective communication skills (verbal & written).

– Tailors the communication method and the message to match the needs of the audience.

– Demonstrates interpersonal skills including the ability to collaborate and work in partnership with others.

– Is sensitive to issues arising from multiple stakeholders, is patient and understanding.

– Demonstrates good negotiation skills and is assertive as required.

The Brothers of Charity Services have a strong commitment to on-going professional development. Specific training and continuous professional development relevant to our service provision are encouraged and supported.

The Health Service is undergoing ongoing transformation and therefore it is critical that a flexible attitude to changing environments and work requirements is held by the successful candidate.

A full clean driving licence and use of a car is an essential requirement of the post.

Working Hours:

37 hours per week based on a 5 day duty roster. Contracted hours of work are liable to change between the hours of 8am – 8pm as future Service needs require. The Brothers of Charity model of service is based on Personal Outcome Measures requiring employees to be flexible in their working hours to provide a quality service delivery for each individual.

Annual Leave:

27 days per annum.


Salary scale is €37,522 x 12 increments – €53,532 per annum. LSI €54,569 per annum is payable after 3 years’ service at the maximum point of the scale


This post is temporary, full-time and pensionable linked to permanent staff members’ maternity leave for a minimum period of six months.


A probationary period of nine months from the date of appointment applies to the post. The employment may be terminated at any time during the probationary period should the employer find that the appointee is unsuitable to continue employment. The probation period may be extended at the Employer’s discretion.


The person appointed must provide his/her own car and must furnish an indemnity from Insurers in favour of the employer. Travel expenses at the appropriate rate will be paid in respect of travel necessarily performed in the discharge of duty. The candidate will be a dual base for this purpose – John Paul Centre, Ballybane, Galway and St Brendan’s Home, Lake Road, Loughrea, Co. Galway.

The health services are undergoing ongoing changes and due to re-alignment of services, a change in base could occur in the future.


The Physiotherapist, (Staff Grade) will:

Professional / Clinical:

  • 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 the client, family and other team members as appropriate.
  • Communicate and work in co-operation with other team members.
  • Collaborate and effectively communicate with all the relevant stakeholders in the development and provision of services i.e. Families, Therapy managers across service areas, CDNT, Acute care and community services.
  • Develop effective communication with and provide instruction, guidance and support to service users, family, carers etc.
  • Document client records in accordance with professional standards and departmental policies.
  • Ensure family centred practice (FCP), interdisciplinary team working and evidence based best practice are embedded in all aspects of practice.
  • Provide a service in varied locations in line with local policy / guidelines and within appropriate time allocation (e.g. clinic, home visits).
  • Participate in review meetings, case conferences, ward rounds etc. as appropriate.
  • Maintain quality standards of work and co-operate with quality assurance programmes.
  • Seek the advice of relevant personnel when appropriate / as required.
  • Maintain professional standards in relation to confidentiality, ethics and legislation.
  • Operate within own scope of Physiotherapy practice as per CORU requirements and in accordance with local guidelines.

Education & Training:

  • 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.
  • Engage in performance review processes including personal development planning.
  • Participate in the practice education of student therapists. Take part in teaching / training / supervision of staff / others as appropriate (once sufficient clinical experience has been attained) and attend practice educator courses as relevant to role and needs.

Health & Safety:

  • Implement agreed policies, procedures and safe professional practice and adhere to relevant legislation, regulations and standards.
  • Work in a safe manner with due care and attention to the safety of self and others.
  • Be aware of risk management issues, identify risks and take appropriate action.
  • Report any adverse incidents or near misses.
  • Adhere to department policies in relation to the care and safety of any equipment supplied for the fulfilment of duty.
  • Report any malfunctions or defects in equipment or any such suspicions immediately to the Senior Physiotherapist / CDNM.
  • Have a working knowledge of the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) Standards as they apply to the role for example, Standards for Healthcare, National Standards for the Prevention and Control of Healthcare Associated Infections, Hygiene Standards etc. and comply with associated HSE protocols for implementing and maintaining these standards as appropriate to the role.
  • Support, promote and actively participate in sustainable energy, water and waste initiatives to create a more sustainable, low carbon and efficient health service.


  • Actively participate in the improvement and development of Physiotherapy services by liaising with the Senior Physiotherapist / CDNM.
  • Gather and analyse statistics and participate in audits as directed by the Senior Physiotherapist / CDNM.
  • Represent the department at meetings and conferences as designated.
  • Assist in ensuring that the Physiotherapy service makes the most efficient and effective use of developments in IT.
  • Promote a culture that values diversity and respect in the workplace.
  • Keep up to date with organisational developments within the Irish Health Service.

The role of the post holder will not be limited by reference to this Job Description. It would be expected that the role will evolve as professional, structural and of people supported by our services demands change and the post holder will be expected to demonstrate flexibility of skills that will facilitate this.

Informal enquiries to Cait O’Doherty, (Assistant Physio Manager) on email:

The closing date for receipt of all applications on-line is 5pm Monday 11th July 2022

Interview date to be confirmed

The Brothers of Charity Services Galway is an equal opportunities employer.





REF: 132/2022