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Therapy Assistant Practitioner

Band 4

Main area
Admission Avoidance Therapy Assistant Practitioner
Grade
Band 4
Contract
Secondment: 6 months
Hours
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
320-CDCS-1851
Site
Royal Derby Hospital
Town
Derby
Salary
£22,549 - £24,882 pa
Salary period
Yearly
Closing
29/06/2022 23:59
Interview date
13/07/2022

As a trusted organisation at the heart of our communities, we recognise the important role we can play in supporting the public, patients, our own people and local partners in achieving the best of health for the local population and the communities in which they live by providing Exceptional Care Together.

Our fundamental Values of Compassion, Openness and Excellence underpin how we intend to work as a Trust and the associated behaviours are becoming embedded in all aspects of how we work.

With over 13,000 members of staff you can expect huge variety and new opportunities every day! Our staff go above and beyond and take pride in caring for our patients.

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust is fully committed to promoting inclusion, equality, diversity and human rights in employment and delivery of its services.  The Trust is committed to providing an environment where all employees, patients, carers and visitors experience equality of opportunity by means of understanding and appreciating the value of diversity.

As a Trust we promote an inclusive environment and welcome applications from a diverse pool of talent and backgrounds.  All individuals are valued and given every opportunity to succeed based on merit.

The Trust actively encourages applications from members of our Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities. These groups are under-represented in our organisation, and it’s important to us that our workforce reflects the diversity of our communities as much as possible.

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust is fully committed to promoting inclusion, equality, diversity and human rights in employment and delivery of its services.  The Trust is committed to providing an environment where all employees, patients, carers and visitors experience equality of opportunity by means of understanding and appreciating the value of diversity.

Join us and help make a real difference to our Trust.

Here’s more about the role and what we’re looking for; 

Job overview

We are looking for a hard working, motivated and experienced Therapy Assistant to work generically across the specialties of Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy in the Royal Derby Hospitals ED team.  The therapists are part of a key multidisciplinary Frail Elderly Assessment team  which covers the Emergency Department, Medical Assessment Unit as well as Acute Short Stay wards.

The post holder will work closely with therapists and adopt generic working principles. The team is fundamental in preventing admission and facilitating safe discharge or transfer.

The post holder will have responsibility for leading a post discharge follow up service that ensures patients therapy needs have been fully met post discharge home. This service is invaluable in preventing readmission and ensuring discharges have been well coordinated.

Prior experience either as a Physiotherapy Assistant or Occupational Therapy Assistant  within an acute hospital or community setting is essential. candidates must be able to demonstrate experience of being able to; work effectively in a team; recognise their own limitations and be self driven to work alone. Candidates should be able to provide evidence of being able to problem solve, think holistically, use advanced communication skills and clinically reason.

Main duties of the job

  • To lead on the delivery of the ED therapy team patient follow-up service that checks that all therapy needs for the patient have been met and the patient is managing at home.
  • To support the planning, development and evaluation of the therapy discharge follow up service.
  • To assist in the delivery of the Frail Elderly Therapy service within the Emergency front door areas and short stay inpatient ward settings.
  • To plan and prioritise own therapy assessments and case monitoring, within competencies, following agreed guidelines, protocols and care pathways.

Closing date of applications - 29 June 2022

Interview date - 13th July 2022

This is offered as a 6 month secondment opportunity. Applicants must have the support of their current manager before submitting an application.

 

Working for our organisation

As a trusted organisation at the heart of our communities, we recognise the important role we can play in supporting the public, patients, our own people and local partners in achieving the best of health for the local population and the communities in which they live by providing Exceptional Care Together

Our fundamental Values of Compassion, Openness and Excellence underpin how we intend to work as a Trust and the associated behaviours are becoming embedded in all aspects of how we work.

In return we will offer:

  • Development opportunities, including both professional and leadership development
  • On-going support through every step of the way from recruitment to when you join our team and beyond.
  • A variety of other staff benefits including employee assistance programme, discounted gym membership, onsite fitness classes, car schemes

Key Facts about our Trust:

  • Our hospitals see more than 4,000 outpatients daily
  • We see more Trauma & Orthopaedic outpatients than any other Trust – over 3,300 per week
  • An average 860 patients are seen in A&E every day – 6th largest in the country
  • Our hospitals admit more than 220 emergency patients daily.
  • We carry out more planned surgical operations than any other Trust in England with almost 50,000 operations taking place in our 52 operating theatres
  • We are one of only 5 Trusts nationally with more than 50 operating theatres
  • We carry out more than 300 elective procedures each working day

 

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Please see attached Job description and Person Specification. To apply please click APPLY FOR THIS JOB – this link will take you to the TRAC Recruitment Site. You will need to register if you do not already have an account.

Person specification

Knowledge

Essential criteria
  • Level 3 Apprenticeship in Health & Social Care/ NVQ level 3 in Mobility and Movement (or equivalent level 3 qualification). GCSE or equivalent education. Completion of therapy work based competencies at band 3.
Desirable criteria
  • Clinical Supervision training
  • Knowledge of IT systems used in ED e.g. TCES, Lorenzo, Extramed
  • Knowledge of FEAT principles

Experience

Essential criteria
  • More than 3 years clinical experience in an acute ward or community setting
  • Experience of independent working
  • Car Driver

Communication

Essential criteria
  • Well written application, articulate and good written English
Desirable criteria
  • Evidence of desire for and good understanding of what the role entails

Employer certification / accreditation badges

Armed Forces CovenantNo smoking policyMindful employer.  Being positive about mental health.Disability confident employerArmed Forces Covenant (Silver Award)Step into health

Applicant requirements

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Name
Ian Bennett
Job title
Therapy Clinical Team Leader
Email address
ian.bennett@nhs.net
Telephone number
01332 787776

If you have problems applying, contact

Address
Recruitment Team, Workforce Management
Training Centre
Rehab Block, Level 3
Royal Derby Hospital
Derby
Derbyshire
DE22 3NE
Telephone
01332 786187 / 07385 367224