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  • Role title

    Senior Lymphedema Physiotherapist

  • Purpose of the role

    To manage, organise and co-ordinate the physiotherapy  Lymphoedema Outpatient service

  • Department

    SCOPe Directorate

  • Directorate


  • Key reports

    Physiotherapy Manager

  • Key direct reports

    Staff grade physiotherapists, assistants and students

  • Grade

    Senior Physiotherapist

  • Salary scale

    €54,136 - €63,742

  • Annual leave per annum

    30 Days

  • Hours per week

    37 hours

  • Job reference number


  • Enquiries to

    Ms Niamh Murphy, Physiotherapy Manager;

    Phone: 01 416 2486; Email:

  • Closing date


  • The Senior Lymphoedema physiotherapist will: 

    • Deliver an effective and efficient outpatient lymphedema therapy service
    • Provide comprehensive assessment and treatment approaches to lymphoedema patients
    • To ensure treatments are tailored to the individual patient and are evidence based
    • Provide a clinical service to  outpatients referred with lymphoedema from any hospital speciality.
    • 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
    • Communicate and work in co-operation with other team members
    • 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
    • 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 professional standards of practice
    • Maintain quality standards of work and co-operate with quality assurance programmes
    • Work within own scope of professional competence in line with principles of best practice, professional conduct and clinical governance
    • Seek the advice of relevant personnel when appropriate / as required
    • Adapt and develop services in response to demand and current clinical evidence.
    • Supervise, initiate and participate in evidence-based projects and be responsible for implementing change within the area and setting and monitoring standards of practice.
    • Operate within the scope of practice of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists and CORU

    Education & Training

    The Physiotherapist 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
    • Engage in performance management and personal development
    • Take part in teaching/training/supervision of staff/students as and where appropriate and attend practice educator courses as relevant to role and needs

    Health & Safety 

    The Physiotherapist will:

    • 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 Physiotherapy Manager/Deputy Manager


    The Physiotherapist will:

    • Actively participate in the improvement and development of Physiotherapy services by liaising with the Physiotherapy Manager
    • Gather and analyse statistics and participate in audits as directed by the Physiotherapy Manager
    • 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
    • Keep up to date with organisational developments within the Irish Health Service
    • Carry out other duties appropriate to the post as required from time to time by the Physiotherapy Manager
    • Perform such other duties as may be assigned to him/her by the physiotherapy Manager /Hospital Board 

    * The above Role Profile is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all duties involved and consequently the post holder may be required to perform other duties as appropriate to the post which may be assigned to him/her from time to time and to contribute to the development of the post while in office. This Role Profile will be subject to review in the light of changing circumstances.

  • Required

    (i) Be registered as a Physiotherapist by the Physiotherapists Registration Board at CORU
    (ii) Have a proven record of clinical expertise in Lymphoedema management and must hold a minimum of 3 full-time or equivalent years post qualification experience of which 1 full time or equivalent must be in the required area oncology physiotherapy
    (iii) Candidates must 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
    (iv) Provide proof of Statutory Registration on the Physiotherapist Register maintained by the Physiotherapists Registration Board at CORU before a contract of employment can be issued

    Annual registration
    (i) On appointment, practitioners must maintain annual registration on the Physiotherapist Register maintained by the Physiotherapists Registration Board at CORU
    (ii) Practitioners must confirm annual registration with CORU to Human Resources, St James’s Hospital by way of the annual Patient Safety Assurance Certificate (PSAC)


    • In the process of achieving or have completed a relevant clinical Master’s Degree.


  • Required

    • Candidates must have an up to date Certified Lymphoedema training and be a member of MLD Ireland.
    • Candidates must demonstrate achievement in the areas of clinical audit, quality improvement initiatives, practice development, teaching and research
  • The following ‘Descriptors’ are a further clarification of the behaviours required. Candidates should use these descriptors as a guide when assessing their suitability for this role and also when preparing an example of where they have demonstrated this competency in the past for inclusion in the required Standard Application Form (SAF). Further information relating to the Competency Based Framework.

    Team Player (Level 1 & 2 & 3 )

    • Proactively develops and nurtures workplace relationships; reaches out, creates rapport
    • Is inclusive of key stakeholders when making important decisions.
    • Tracks progress of own work and that of the team against the expected outcomes. Removes blockers and communicates progress to the relevant groups.

    Continuous Development - Personal and Professional (Level 3)

    • Demonstrates a track record of effective teaching/mentoring junior staff and is known as a valued resource.
    • Stays abreast of new technologies/research relevant to chosen field

    Quality and Safety Service (Level 3)

    • Champions initiatives to improve quality of services
    • Is alert to all opportunities for improving quality of services

    Planning and Organisation (Level 2)

    • Can multi-task, without losing focus
    • Consistently plans ahead to meet important deadlines
  • A level of proficiency in the English language, written and spoken, is a requirement of all roles within St James’s Hospital. You will be required to self assess your proficiency level in the Standard Application Form. In addition, your proficiency in spoken English will be assessed during the interview process appropriate to the role available.

    1. The appointment to this post will be Permanent, Full Time & Pensionable
    2. Annual leave allowance is 30 Days per annum
    3. The person appointed must not give less than 1 month's notice, in writing, of intention to resign
    4. Normal working hours will be 37 hours per week.
    5. You will be required to work the agreed roster / on call arrangements advised to you by your line manager. Your contracted hours of work are liable to change between the hours of 8.00am - 8pm over seven days to meet the requirements for extended day services in accordance with the terms of the Framework Agreement.
    1. The Hospital Board will not be responsible for the loss or theft of personal belongings.
    2. Fire orders must be observed and staff must complete fire training every 2 years.
    3. All accidents within the department must be reported immediately.
    4. In accordance with the “Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005”, all staff must comply with all safety regulations.
    5. St James's Hospital is a tobacco free Campus. The use of tobacco or electronic cigarettes is not permitted within the hospital buildings or on the grounds.
  • In the course of your employment you may have access to or hear information concerning the medical or personal affairs of patients and/or staff, or other health services business. Such records and information are strictly confidential and unless acting on the instructions of an authorised officer, on no account must information concerning staff, patients or other health service business 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.

  • 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.

  • It is the responsibility of all staff across the hospital to ensure that infection control and hygiene standards are adhered to and maintained at all times.

    • Approval to hire (VAF process).
    • Hiring manager – role profile.
    • Advertising.
    • Application process.
    • Shortlisting of candidates will be based on information provided.
    • Interview process.
    • All applicants who move to the 2nd stage of the selection process (i.e. post interview) will be subject to reference checking X 2, self-declaration, Garda clearance and Occupational Health screening (questionnaire).
    • All external successful candidates who take up appointment will be required to attend a Mandatory Induction Programme.
    • The Standard Application Form (SAF) is available to download on this page
    • Alternatively, please contact the Human Resources for an application form, Phone: (01) 416 2559 or Email:
    • Please note closing date above for receipt of completed application forms.
    • Shortlisting of Candidates will be based on information provided
    • Curriculum vitaes (CVs) will not be accepted. 

    A panel may be formed from which future vacancies will be filled. St James's Hospital is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

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