Senior Physiotherapist – COPD Outreach

RCSI Hospitals Group
Employment Type
Not disclosed
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  • To be responsible for the provision of a high quality physiotherapy COPD Outreach service in accordance with standards of professional practice.
  • Provision of specialist physiotherapy care to patients referred to the physiotherapy service
  • To carry out clinical and educational duties as required.
  • To work with the Physiotherapy Manager in ensuring the co-ordination, development and delivery of a quality, client centred physiotherapy COPD Outreach service across and between networks in the geographical area.
  • Our team provides a dynamic rehabilitation focussed, evidence based service and requires strong leadership to maintain excellent relationships with MDT and to ensure practice is developed and taught in line with emerging evidence.

A panel will be formed as a result of this campaign from which current and future, permanent and specified purpose vacancies of full or part-time duration in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda & Louth County Hospital may be filled.

Organisational Context

The RCSI Hospital Group includes the following hospitals;

  • Beaumont Hospital
  • Cavan General Hospital
  • Connolly Hospital
  • Louth County Hospital
  • Monaghan General Hospital
  • Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital
  • Rotunda Hospital

The Academic Partner for the Group is the RCSI.

RCSI Hospital Group provides a national service and a regional service to Dublin and the North East and is committed to the provision of world-class care, exceptional clinical services with respect and compassion.

Key Responsibilities

The Senior Physiotherapist COPD Outreach post holder will work as part of the COPD Outreach multidisciplinary team in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital and in conjunction with other team members in co-ordinating and developing the COPD Outreach service to meet the needs of the population it serves in line with the objectives of the organisation.

The Physiotherapy Department in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital provides a comprehensive in-patient & out-patient service. Specialties include Neurology, Care of the Older Person, Stroke Service, ED, MSK, Acute Rehabilitation, Pelvic Health, Paediatrics, Oncology Orthopaedics, Respiratory and Pulmonary Rehab.

An out of hour’s emergency service and week-end service is provided.

Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital and Louth County Hospital are affiliated to the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), University College Dublin (UCD) for teaching a variety of undergraduate students.

Our Lady of Lourdes & Louth County Hospital Physiotherapy Service is an integrated service across Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital (OLOLH), Louth County Hospital (LCH) and the Cottage Hospital with close links with Louth Primary Care Services. Currently there are 37.5 WTE physiotherapists in OLOLH.

Professional / Clinical

The Senior Physiotherapist COPD Outreach will:

  • Be a lead clinician in the physiotherapy profession and 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 client, family and other team members as appropriate.
  • Be responsible for standards of practice of self and staff appointed to clinical / designated area(s).
  • Be a clinical resource for other physiotherapists.
  • Communicate and work in co-operation with the Physiotherapy Manager and other team members in providing an integrated quality neurology service, taking the lead role as required.
  • Communicate effectively with and provide instruction, guidance and support to, staff clients, family, carers etc.
  • Document client records in accordance with professional standards and departmental policies.
  • Provide a service in varied locations in line with local policy / guidelines and within appropriate time allocation (e.g. clinic, home visits).
  • Participate and be a lead clinician as appropriate in review meetings, case conferences
  • Develop and promote professional standards of practice.
  • Work within own scope of professional competence in line with principles of best practice, professional conduct and clinical governance.
  • Seek advice of relevant personnel when appropriate / as required.
  • Operate within the scope of practice of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists and CORU
  • Provide weekend and on call service where it is a requirement of the post.

Education & Training

The Senior Physiotherapist COPD Outreach will:

  • 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.
  • Be responsible for the induction and clinical supervision of staff in the designated area(s).
  • Co-ordinate and deliver clinical placements in partnership with universities and clinical educators.
  • Manage, participate and play a key role in the practice education of student therapists. Take part in teaching / training / supervision / evaluation of staff / students and attend practice educator courses as relevant to role and needs.
  • Engage in personal development planning and performance review for self and others as required.

Quality, Safety & Risk

The Senior Physiotherapist COPD Outreach will:

  • Be responsible for the co-ordination and delivery of a quality COPD Outreach service in line with best practice.
  • Develop and monitor implementation of agreed policies, procedures and safe professional practice by adhering to relevant legislation, regulations and standards.
  • Ensure the safety of self and others, and the maintenance of safe environments and equipment used in Physiotherapy in accordance with legislation.
  • Assess and manage risk in their assigned area(s) of responsibility.
  • Take the appropriate timely action to manage any incidents or near misses within their assigned area(s).
  • Report any deficiency/danger in any aspect of the service to the team or Physiotherapy Manager as appropriate.
  • Be responsible for the safe and competent use of all equipment, aids and appliances both by clients and staff under their supervision.
  • Develop and promote quality standards of work and co-operate with quality assurance programmes.
  • Oversee and monitor the standards of best practice within their physiotherapy team.
  • 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.
  • Support, promote and actively participate in sustainable energy, water and waste initiatives to create a more sustainable, low carbon and efficient health service.


The Senior Physiotherapist COPD Outreach will:

  • Contribute to the service planning process.
  • Assist the Physiotherapy Manager and relevant others in service development encompassing policy development and implementation.
  • Review and evaluate the physiotherapy service regularly, identifying changing needs and opportunities to improve services.
  • Collect and evaluate data about the service area as identified in service plans and demonstrate the achievement of the objectives of the service.
  • Oversee the upkeep of accurate records in line with best practice.
  • Collate and maintain accurate statistics and render reports as required.
  • Represent the department / team at meetings and conferences as appropriate.
  • Inform the Physiotherapy Manager of staff issues (needs, interests, views) as appropriate.
  • Promote a culture that values diversity and respect in the workplace.
  • Participate in the control and ordering of physiotherapy stock and equipment in conjunction with the Physiotherapy Manager.
  • Be accountable for the budget, where relevant.
  • Keep up to date with organisational developments within the Irish Health Service.
  • Engage in IT developments as they apply to clients and service administration.
  • Perform such other duties appropriate to the role as may be assigned by the Physiotherapy Manager.

Essential Criteria

Candidates must possess, on the closing date for receipt of applications:

  1. Statutory Registration, Professional Qualifications, Experience, etc

(a) BSc (Honours) degree in Physiotherapy from the University of Dublin


(b) Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland


(c) Bachelor in Physiotherapy (Honours) Degree from the National University of Ireland


(d) Diploma in Physiotherapy of the University of Dublin or the National University of Dublin


(e) BSc (Hons) Degree in Physiotherapy from the University of Limerick


(f) Appointee must be registered on the Physiotherapist

Register maintained by the Physiotherapist Registration Board at the Health & Social Care Professionals Council (CORU)


(g) Have the clinical and administrative capacity to fulfil the functions of the role


(h) Have a minimum of three years’ satisfactory post qualification clinical experience


A candidate for and any person holding the office must be fully competent and capable of undertaking the duties attached to the office and be in a state of health such as would indicate a reasonable prospect of ability to render regular and efficient service.


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


No age restriction shall apply to a candidate except where he/she is not classified as a new entrant (within the meaning of the Public Service Superannuation (Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 2004). In this case the candidate must be 65 years of age on the first day of the month in which the latest date for receiving completed application forms for the office occurs.

Skills & Competencies

Professional knowledge

Commitment to Quality and Risk Management

Evaluating Information and Judging situations

Planning and Managing Resources