Become a therapist: Working as a physiotherapist

The Inpatient Physiotherapy service is part of the Integrated Therapy Services at Hillingdon Hospital. This established structure offers physiotherapists at all levels the opportunity to develop skills in a general hospital setting.

Therapies are held in high regard in our trust, and we are proud of the profile we have. Don’t take our word for it though; here are some quotes about us from some of our colleagues:

“The therapy teams are committed to delivering the highest standards of care and often go above and beyond to ensure the patient is at the centre of that care. It is a privilege to work alongside them”  Dr Louise McCusker, Consultant Geriatrician

Continued professional development is high on our agenda and we are committed to enabling all our staff to develop their skills, and progress their careers. Every member of staff receives regular supervision, linked with reviews and learning objectives. In service training and teaching are tailored to the needs of both professional and therapy teams to ensure appropriate delivery of knowledge and skills in relation to current clinical areas. Our four integrated therapy teams provide specialist clinical assessment and interventions to inpatients all the way through the hospital from our new Acute Medical Unit to our specialist neuro-rehabilitation units.


Our Band 5 Physiotherapy rotations provide a wide range of experiences across the outpatient and inpatient settings in both acute and rehabilitative clinical environments, with regular supervision a key feature of each role. Rotations include:

  • Musculoskeletal outpatients
  • Orthopaedics (elective and trauma)
  • Medicine and Surgery including ITU and Paediatric inpatients
  • Older Adults: Acute and Rehabilitation
  • Hand therapy
  • Neuro-rehabilitation: Specialist Rehab and Stroke

These rotations give you an excellent basis from which to build a career in Physiotherapy. Opportunities to be involved in student education, promotion of Physiotherapy as a career, and service wide projects are available on a regular basis.  We offer 6 month rotations, and our long running preceptorship programme supports your transition from student to practitioner with mentoring and regular input from one of our senior therapists.

A peer support group for occupational therapists and physiotherapists is run and arranged by our current band 5s, giving you a chance to get to know colleagues in other teams, share experiences and learn together.

It is highly important that we have excellent Therapy services as we do to ensure optimum care for our patients. The dedicated team we have is highly skilled and has a good reputation within the hospital.  They have advanced skills and knowledge of their work together with a professional and friendly approach which are all essentials for providing great care to our patients.  Andrew Caunce, Principal Pharmacist & Interim Director of Operations, Cancer and Clinical Support Services

Our Band 6 Physiotherapists are able to continue in their development as a senior member of our team through our 12month specialist rotations which will further develop skills and widen their experiences.  These roles also give you the time to progress your clinical, supervision and service development skills in a range of clinical environments. Separate Band 6 rotations in Neurological Rehabilitation & Stroke, and Acute Medicine & Respiratory Care give you in depth experiences in these clinical areas. All our rotations provide physiotherapists like you with excellent opportunities to develop your assessment and treatment skills in friendly, dynamic and supportive teams.

Specialist Physiotherapy roles at Band 7 level are in each clinical team, providing day to day clinical leadership for each speciality, and supporting new developments and innovative service delivery. These roles are integral to our success, and offer excellent opportunities for our clinical leaders to provide specialist clinical input to patients, and to develop our greatest assets: our teams.

Our Therapy Leadership is strong and well established, with over 20 years combined experience of leading our teams here at the trust. Our stability is our strength, and our interest in developing therapists to reach their potential is a key part of our priorities. We are heavily involved in designing and delivering new ways of working in and outside the trust, and represent Therapies at a number of trust wide groups. We use our influence to guide decision makers at a local and regional level, and have close links with regional managers groups, educational and academic institutions.

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