Allied Health Professionals - Higher Therapy Support Worker

  • Department Therapy Inpatient Assistants (PRH)
  • Salary £20,330.00 – £21,777 per annum
  • Closing Date 27/01/2022
  • Location The Princess Royal Hospital
  • Grade NHS AfC: Band 3
  • Job ref 223-HTS-1061
  • Pension NHS Pension
  • Holidays Generous Holiday Allowance
  • NHS discount Eligible for NHS Discounts
  • Contract Permanent
  • Hours 37.5 hrs p/w / 22.5 hrs p/w (hours worked over a 7 day period with participation in weekend working rota.)

Job overview

We are looking for enthusiastic and highly motivated Band 3 Therapy Support Workers to join our Acute Therapy team working on the acute wards including care of the elderly, medicine and frail and complex patients. Full time hours of 37.5 per week and part time hours of 22.5 per week are available, the exact working days will be discussed at interview.

The role involves working with patients in a ward setting under supervision and guidance from qualified physio and OT staff.

The successful candidate must have experience of working within physiotherapy and/or occupational therapy.  They will be working across our inpatient medical wards completing assessments of patients function to determine discharge planning with guidance from qualified Therapists.  The role forms part of a team of generic support workers who currently work between the Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy teams.  Experience working within an acute, NHS therapy team is desirable.

We are delighted to be able to offer patients the opportunity of assessment by the Therapy Team for discharge over the weekend and Bank Holidays and this post holder would be expected to participate in the 7-day working rota.  This will involve working a full day at a weekend as part of the departmental rota.

We would welcome any interested persons contacting the department for a discussion or to arrange a visit prior to applying/ interview if shortlisted.


Main duties of the job

  • To carry out identified assessments with specific patients referred to therapy.
  • To carry out the therapy treatment programme with the patient, monitor progress and develop treatment regimens under the guidance of the Therapist and within agreed protocols.
  • To assess the patient understanding of treatment proposals, gain consent and feedback to the therapist information regarding the patients who lack capacity to consent to treatment.
  • To progress the patient treatment programme in accordance with plans developed by the Therapist within agreed protocols.
  • To liaise with relatives/carers to gain their views / needs as part of the overall assessment, treatment and discharge planning process.
  • To support the Therapist as required during visits across a variety of community settings.
  • To provide accurate feedback to the Therapist regarding the patient’s condition and the progression of treatment
  • To make referrals to external agencies as requested by the Therapist.


Working for our organisation

We are a friendly, forward thinking team working in a fast paced rewarding environment.  High quality patient care is at the forefront of our decision making and we are enthusiastic about welcoming new ideas and staff development.

The Therapy department are working towards being at the forefront of innovation in leading the way by undertaking development and service evaluation.

The Government has formally announced that it intends to introduce regulations that will require any individuals employed by the NHS where their role involves patient contact, to be fully vaccinated (1st and 2nd dose) against COVID-19 by 1st April 2022.  To achieve this the successful applicant must have had their 1st COVID-19 vaccination by 3rd February 2022. Therefore, full COVID-19 vaccination will be a condition of employment unless an individual is medically exempt. We will ask for proof of vaccination during the recruitment process.


Detailed job description and main responsibilities

For full duties and responsibilities please refer to the attached document entitled Job Description.

The well-being of our staff is of the upmost importance to us.  If you are offered a role at our Trust, and fall into the increased and higher risk categories as set out by Public Health England (PHE) and NHSI/E, your line manager will complete an risk assessment with you.  This will be completed in conjunction with the latest guidance from Public Health England in relation to Covid-19.

By submitting your application to Trac, you are giving your consent for parts of your application data to be transferred to the NHS Electronic Staff Record (ESR) and other secure, internal NHS Workforce systems. This is to support and manage your recruitment and employment within your employing organisation. 

If successful, by completing the NHS Jobs application form you authorise the Trust to obtain any previous NHS service details including all electronically held sickness information, via the Inter Authority Transfer process on the national ESR.

If the role requires a qualification/professional registration, you will need to provide proof during the recruitment process. By submitting your application you are giving the Trust permission to check the qualification certificates provided back to the source provider. Please note that a sample of all applicant’s qualifications will be checked with the educational institution or provider.

In the event of a high response to this advertisement, this post will be closed. Early applications are advised.
Unfortunately we do not accept CVs or keep them on file. If you are unable to apply online please contact the person named in the advertisement for the post you are interested in.
We are committed to offering an interview to all applicants with a disability who meet the minimum criteria for the above position and will support reasonable adjustments wherever possible.  In addition, whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from candidates who are male, from black and minority ethnic backgrounds or who have a disability, as these are currently under-represented in our workforce.
We are committed to equal opportunities in employment. The policies and practices of the Trust aim to promote an environment that is free from all forms of unlawful or unfair discrimination and values the diversity of all people. At the heart of our policy, we seek to treat people fairly, flexibly and with dignity and respect.

Thank you for your interest in The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, we look forward to receiving your application for employment.

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