Senior Physiotherapist

Campaign Ref: SC017/SC018

Applications are invited for the above part-time CDNT6 and full-time CDNT5 permanent positions.

The Organisation:

Stewarts Care is a long-established voluntary organisation providing comprehensive community-based services to people with intellectual disabilities in the West Dublin area. Stewarts Care is the lead agency for the above interdisciplinary CDNT teams, CDNT5 and 6, in line with Progressing Children’s Disability Services. These teams will be based in Stewarts Care, Palmerstown, and Rossecourt, Lucan.

Purpose of the Post:

We are seeking a flexible, innovative, and enthusiastic Senior Physiotherapist to join our CDNT to provide a quality, evidence-based, and family-centered Physiotherapy Service to children and young people (0 – 18 years) with complex needs within an interdisciplinary framework.

This is an opportunity for the right candidate to develop their skills and be a positive influence at an exciting time in our service.

Candidates must meet the following criteria relevant to the role:

  • Hold a Physiotherapy qualification recognised by the Physiotherapists Registration Board at CORU – candidates must state CORU registration number on application, or CORU application number and date of submission if still awaiting registration number in the case of section 91 applicants.

  • All candidates must have three years full time (or equivalent) years post-qualification clinical experience.

  • Membership of The Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists desirable.

  • Experience of working with children and adolescents with a range of disabilities.

  • Clinical experience of 24-hour postural management and orthotic assessment desirable

  • Evidence of CPD in area of physical and intellectual disability desirable

  • Evidence of CPD in leadership/mentoring desirable

  • Knowledge of all the relevant children and disability-related legislation and standards of practice.

  • Have a full driving licence and access to a car.

Salary and qualifications are in accordance with Department of Health consolidated pay scales. Salary Scale is Senior Physiotherapist Scale: € 58,599 - € 68,998 per annum.

Campaign Ref: SC017 / 18

All queries in relation to this post should be emailed to

Closing date: 30th of September 2023

Please include a CV and cover letter demonstrating how you meet the essential criteria.

Applications will be short-listed based on the information supplied.

A panel may be formed, from which future permanent and temporary positions may be filled.

Stewarts Care is an Equal Opportunities Employer

Senior Physiotherapist CDNT 5 Stewarts Care


Senior Physiotherapist

Duration of Post

Full time permanent


Children Disability Network Team (CDNT5) based in Rossecourt, Lucan.

Reporting Relationship

Children Disability Network Manager CDNT5

Job Purpose

To provide a person-centred and quality-driven physiotherapy service as part of an inter-disciplinary team with children with complex needs. This incorporates physiotherapy assessment, planning, and implementing person-centred physiotherapy intervention based on the individual needs of child and family.

The post holder will work in conjunction with members of the interdisciplinary team and attend family and team meetings relevant to the child.

Scope of the Role

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work within an interdisciplinary team, providing quality physiotherapy services to children people with complex needs. The brief of the post will be working with children in CDNT 5 in Stewart’s services, but flexibility may be required to meet the needs of the service.

The scope of the post will be working with children with complex needs across several locations including conducting home and school visits, when necessary, The role involves person-centred physiotherapy assessments, inclusive of; provision of orthotics and postural management equipment or any other specialized equipment essential to the needs of the child.

This is an exciting opportunity to work as part of an interdisciplinary team and to deliver a family-centred service.

Ideally, we are seeking candidates with comprehensive experience working with children with a disability and the ability to demonstrate leadership and flexibility in service delivery. Stewarts Care is committed to ongoing professional development and training.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

Clinical Duties

  • Responsible for carrying out physiotherapy assessments, planning, and implementing child and family-centred physiotherapy programme.

  • Provide education, training, and supports to families and the wider communities.

  • Manage and prioritise caseloads based on the clinical need of children.

  • Lead in the organisation and co-ordination of clinics.

  • Attend and participate in interdisciplinary team meetings and external appointments relevant to the needs of the child.

  • Attend family service plan meetings and provide physiotherapy input relevant to the child’s goals.

  • Lead and contribute to CDNT quality improvement that may include; service development, in-service training, and evaluation of resources within the physiotherapy role

  • Demonstrate an awareness of accountability and value for money in the provision of physiotherapy equipment.

  • Responsible for the induction and supervision of physiotherapy students & liaise with Trinity College in coordinating and delivering student placements.

  • Represent the profession/team at meetings and conferences as designated by CDNM.

  • Become familiar with and work in accordance with relevant HSE policies, Progressing Disabilities, legislation and professional policies, guidelines, and requirements to ensure safe practice and high standards of service delivery.

  • To assist with supervision of Basic Grade Physiotherapist in line with clinical practice guidelines to ensure continuous professional development.

Education & Training

  • Lead and participate in-service training.

  • Engage in the education and training as appropriate.

  • Take responsibility for keeping up to date with current physiotherapy practice and participating with CPD relevant to clinical role.

  • Engage with personal development planning and actively participate in induction, clinical supervision, mentoring, and clinical reflection and be open to reflective practice.

  • Attend mandatory training programmes as directed by CDNM.

  • Abide by the Physiotherapy Registration Board Code of Conduct and Ethics as set out by CORU & European Core Standards of Physiotherapy Practice


  • Keep up to date and accurate interdisciplinary records updated physiotherapy records, reports, and statistics as required/advised by CDNM.

  • Ensure that confidentiality is always maintained.

Health & Safety

  • Comply with the policies, procedures, and safe professional practice of the Irish Healthcare System by adhering to relevant legislation, regulations, and standards.

  • Familiar with and co-operate with policy procedures and team guidelines such as risk management, infection control, and adhering to infection control guidelines.

  • Assist in the development, implementation, and review of the department’s Health and Safety Statement, as appropriate.

  • Document appropriately and report any near misses, hazards, and accidents and bring them to the attention of CDNM and other relevant people (s)

  • Work safely taking due care and attention to the safety of self and others.

  • Be aware of risk management issues, identify risks and take appropriate action and report to CDNM.

  • Responsible for ensuring any equipment or appliances in the department are in safe working order and are used in a safe manner.

  • Comply with policy and procedures concerning assessment and provision of equipment and ensuring equipment is maintained and serviced as appropriate.

  • Support a culture that values diversity and respect.

Qualifications & Experience

Candidates must meet the following criteria relevant to the role:

  • Hold a Physiotherapy qualification recognised by the Physiotherapists Registration Board at CORU – candidates must state CORU registration number on the application, or CORU application number and date of submission if still awaiting registration number in the case of section 91 applicants.

  • All candidates must have three years full time (or equivalent) years post-qualification clinical experience of which one year is in the area of disabilities.

  • Full Driver’s licence

  • Clinical experience of 24-hour postural management and orthotic assessment is an advantage.

  • Evidence of CPD in area of physical and intellectual disability is desirable.

  • Evidence of CPD in leadership/mentoring is desirable.

Professional Skills and Competencies

  • Demonstrates excellent ability to organise their time and workload and prioritise as necessary.

  • Excellent communication skills to engage and interact with colleagues, MDT, service users & their carers so information is conveyed in a clear and concise manner.

  • Ability to clinically reason and make an appropriate clinical decision based on individual service users’ needs in complex situations.

  • Demonstrates the ability to utilise problem-solving skills to achieve clinical outcomes relative to physiotherapy intervention.

  • Evidence of the ability to achieve results through effective collaboration and communication in a complex environment.

  • Demonstrates the ability to adapt to the changing needs of the CDNT.

Personal Attributes

  • Promote a culture that values equality, diversity, and respect in the workplace and educate and empower others to work to the highest standards.

  • A clear focus on family-centred practice in clinical decision making and physiotherapy intervention.

  • Adhere to the codes of professional conduct about respecting the right & dignity of every child and family

This job description is a guide to the general range of duties assigned to the post holder. It is intended to be neither definitive nor restrictive and is subject to periodic review with the employee concerned

Terms and Conditions of Employment Senior Physiotherapist - Stewarts


Remuneration is in accordance with the Department of Health consolidated pay scales.

Salaries and increments are paid in accordance with DOH scales €58,599-€68,998 per annum

Annual leave

29 days per annum pro rata

Working week

The hours allocated to this post are 35 hours per week with a 7-hour standard working day, exclusive of lunch breaks. The allocation of these hours will be at the discretion of the CDNM and in accordance with the needs of the service.


All employees will be subject to a probationary period of 6 months, with an extension if required to 9 months. This probationary period applies to all employees irrespective of their role or type of role.

Garda Vetting

Stewarts Care will carry out Garda vetting on all new employees. An employee will not take up employment with the organisation until the Garda Vetting process has been completed and the organisation is satisfied that such an appointment does not pose a risk to service users and employees.


Stewarts Care will seek up to two written references from current and previous employers, educational institutions, or any other organisation with which the candidate has been associated. Stewarts Care reserves the right to determine the merit, appropriateness and relevance of such references and referees.