Physiotherapist Basic Grade

Leopardstown Park Hospital
Employment Type
€37,522 - €48,778 per annum
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A Little Bit About Us

Established in 1917, Leopardstown Park Hospital is set within beautiful private grounds and located in the picturesque suburb of Foxrock in South County Dublin.

The Hospital has a unique heritage with a proud tradition of caring for ex-service personnel. Today the hospital retains its service personnel links and also meets the

specialist older persons’ needs of the general public. We are committed to the delivery of the highest standard of person-centred care and to supporting the development of our employees.

We have large landscaped areas for Residents to enjoy,relax, garden or exercise. Our food is prepared by our team of highly trained chefs and we pride ourselves on offering a balanced, nutritious diet using fresh, quality ingredients to meet all our residents’ preferences and their specific dietary needs.

Our aim is to offer a safe, welcoming and stimulating home to our Residents. With 140 inpatient beds, the hospital is a public voluntary hospital run by the Leopardstown Park Hospital Board and subject to regulation by HIQA. It provides specialist older persons’ services in the areas of rehabilitation, respite, day services and residential care.

Job Title:                       Basic Grade Physiotherapist – Salary Scale €37,522 – €54,569

Reports to:                   Physiotherapy Manager


Contracted Hours:      Monday-Friday, 37 hours a week (35 hours from 1st July 2022) 


Type of Contract:        Permanent


Job Purpose


The Physiotherapist will be responsible for the provision of a Physiotherapy Service in a designated clinical area or to a designated group of clients and will carry out clinical, supervisory, administrative and educational duties as assigned by the Senior Physiotherapist or Physiotherapy Manager.


       Statutory Registration and Professional Qualification 


       The person must:


·      Hold a Physiotherapy qualification recognised by the Physiotherapists Registration Board at CORU and

·      Be registered on the Physiotherapists Register maintained by the Physiotherapists Registration Board at CORU and

·      Be a registered member of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists

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


 Essential Skills


The person must:


  • Believe in delivering excellent person centred care
  • Be capable of working on their own initiative, effectively and independently managing a caseload and as working as part of an interdisciplinary team
  • Have clinical knowledge, clinical reasoning skills and evidence based practice appropriate to carrying out the duties and responsibilities of the role.
  • Have excellent verbal and written communication and negotiation skills
  • Be competent using Microsoft packages
  • Possess good planning & organisational Skills
  • Be committed to Continuing Professional Development


Principle Duties and Responsibilities: –


Professional and Clinical


·      Prioritise and manage a clinical caseload appropriate to the post

·      Provide comprehensive assessment, development and implementation of individualised person centred treatment plans in line with best practice and in partnership with family and other team members as appropriate

·      Document all assessment, diagnosis, treatment / intervention plans, clinical notes, relevant contacts, and summaries in accordance with department and professional standards  

·      Participate in review meetings, discharge planning meetings and family meetings

·      Liaise with other members of the multidisciplinary team including community services as appropriate to provide an integrated quality service

·      Provide a service in various units and demonstrate flexibility in working across the various units as needed

·      Seek advice and assistance with any assigned duties from relevant persons where appropriate

·      Foster a maintain professional working relationships with colleagues, department managers and other team members

·      Participate in rotation as required

·      Operate within the scope of practice of the Irish Society of Physiotherapists

·      Engage in Performance Achievement process


  Management/Administrative Duties

·      Provide support and supervision to Physiotherapy Assistants, Physiotherapy students, other students and Volunteers, so as to ensure that good working practice and professional standards are maintained.

·      Maintain administrative records/statistics and support the Physiotherapy Manager as required in the administrative tasks of designated areas.

·      Take responsibility, in consultation with the Physiotherapy Manager, for the maintenance and monitoring of equipment and stock.

·      Undertake such other duties appropriate to the post as may be assigned by the Senior Physiotherapist or Physiotherapy Manager


 Educational Duties

·      To participate, as required, in teaching/training of staff /students/volunteers of own or other departments or outside organisations.

  • Participate in mandatory training
  • Participate in Continuing Professional Development


Quality, Safety and Risk

  • Comply with Safety,Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005

·      To report all staff/patient accidents/incidents to the Physiotherapy Manager or deputy.

  • Comply with relevant Health and Safety responsibilities as outlined in LPH Policies
  • Have a working knowledge of HIQA Standards as they apply to the role


 Other Duties

·      The post holder will carry out other duties appropriate to the office as may be assigned from time to time by the Physiotherapy Manager or his/her designated officer.



  • Adhere to Leopardstown Park Hospital Policies at all times



During the course of employment staff may have access to, or hear information of a confidential nature. Such records and information are strictly confidential and unless acting on the instructions of an authorised officer, such information must not be divulged or discussed except in the performance of normal duty. In addition records must never be left in such a manner that unauthorised persons can obtain access to them and must be kept in safe custody when no longer required.



During the course of employment staff members are required to ensure that the Hospitals’ hygiene and infection control policies are adhered to at all times. All employees have responsibility to prevent transmission of infection by adhering and implementing optimal hand hygiene and adhering to the hospitals’ hygiene processes. Hygiene is a fundamental component of Leopardstown Park Hospital quality system to ensure the safety and well being of its patients and staff and plays a role in the prevention and control of healthcare associated infections.



In line with the hospital’s policy, Physiotherapist staff are expected to wear the appropriate uniform and will use appropriate personal protection equipment as required. All clothes and shoes must be spotlessly clean at all times.


Policies / Legislation:

All hospital policies and procedures form an integral part of an employment contract and may be subject to update and revision, from time to time, in consultation with union representatives as appropriate. Employees are required to familiarise themselves with and comply with all hospital policies, procedures (e.g. Dignity at Work, Trust in Care etc.) and the hospitals’ ethical code of practice.

Employees are required to abide by the hospital’s code of behaviour and the code of practice as defined by their relevant professional body.

Please note the following:

  • The hospital board is not responsible for loss or theft of personal belongings.
  • Fire orders must be observed and staff must attend fire training periodically.
  • Staff must attend mandatory (appropriate) training periodically.
  • All accidents within the department must be reported immediately and an incident report form submitted to the appropriate officer.
  • In line with the Safety, Health & Welfare at Work Act (2005), smoking is permitted at the discretion of management in designated areas only.
  • All staff are advised to avail of preventative inoculations (e.g. Hep B, Flu Vaccine etc.)

·      Staff are not permitted to use their own equipment (e.g. mobile phone) during your working hours, unless it is work related and with their Line Manager’s prior approval.



A candidate for and holding the office must complete a medical examination to ensure they are competent and capable of undertaking the duties assigned to them. Subsequent referrals may be made to occupational health consultants, if deemed warranted by hospital authorities.


Location of Substantive Post:

The location of the substantive post will be in Leopardstown Park Hospital, Foxrock, Dublin 18. Staff may be required to relocate to another healthcare facility within 40km of Leopardstown to facilitate training, up skilling or maximisation of utilisation of resources between agencies.


Hours of Duty/Attendance:

Employment will be on the basis of 37 hours per week and will be in accordance with the rosters determined by the hospital. Positive affirmation of attendance will be required by a mechanism determined by hospital authorities.


Sick Leave:

Payment of sick leave is at the discretion of management and will be in accordance with Department of Health (DoH)/ Health Service Executive (HSE) regulations. It is the responsibility of the employee to adhere to the protocols relating to notification of sick leave to their immediate line manager, return to work interviews etc. Please note that there is no entitlement to paid sick leave during your probationary period.


Annual Leave:

Annual leave must be approved by management in advance. The hospital will endeavour to accommodate all annual leave requests having regard to the service needs of the hospital. The carry over of leave from one leave period to the next may be restricted and management approval is required.

The annual leave attaching to this post is 27 days per annum (based on full time employment).Where employment is less than full time employment, annual leave will be calculated on a pro rata basis.



Remuneration is in accordance with Department of Health/ Health Service Executive consolidated pay scales. These may scales may be amended from time to time. The current salary scale attaching to this post is €34,969 per annum rising to €51,033, a 14 point scale (based on full time employment). Where employment is less than full time employment, remuneration will be calculated on a pro rata basis.



Provision is made for pensions, and where applicable is in accordance with either the Local Government Superannuation Scheme or the Single Public Service Pension Scheme.


Performance Review:

A system of regular performance review will be operated during employment with the hospital. Personal goals will be aligned to departmental goals and hospital strategy. Training and personal development needs will be considered annually.



Employees will make themselves available in the event of an adverse incident occurring which may negatively impact on patient care. The hospital will use personal contact details of an employee to notify them of any such incident.



A four month probation period will apply. This period may be extended at the discretion of management. The person employed shall cease to be employed at the end of the probationary period, unless the hospital certifies that the probationary period had been satisfactorily discharged. The hospital may at any time during the probationary period, terminate the employment without reason.



The minimum period of notice will be set out in the contract of employment


This job description will be subject to review in light of changing circumstances and may include any other duties and responsibilities as may be determined from time to time.he Hospital is entering a new era of development and modernisation with some areas being upgraded and infrastructure being replaced with a new hospital as part of the HSE capital plan.

Closing Date for Applications Friday 8th July 2022

Be registered on the Physiotherapists Register maintained by the Physiotherapists Registration Board at CORU