An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Therapy Assistant Practitioner to work in a small diverse unit based in the Paul Brown Day Hospital in the Princess Royal Hospital, Telford providing support for patients who are 65 years old and over and who have either experienced a fall or who are frightened and at risk of falling. The applicant needs to be a qualified postural stability instructor as they will be one of the Therapy Assistant Practitioners who are responsible for running falls prevention groups within the unit.
The position is two days a week 8am – 4pm on a Monday and Wednesday.
We are looking for a person who holds the Postural Stability Instructor qualification however if you are not PSI qualified we could consider a band 3 developmental to a band 4 once this qualification is obtained.
Main duties of the job
- Undertake specialist comprehensive assessments with special attention to admission avoidance.
- Plan, prioritise and deliver group education.
- Work as part of a team as well as planning their own case load.
- Evaluate patients’ progress and reassess and alter treatment programmes as required.
- Organise discharge planning and signposting to relevant community programmes.
- Maintain and develop links with the Shrewsbury and Telford & Wrekin community falls services.
Working for our organisation
The team work very closely together to provide high standards of support for a vulnerable sector of the community and we are always developing and driving our service forward to ensure we are delivering the highest standard and quality of service provision.
The candidate we are seeking to join our team needs to be forward thinking, dynamic a good communicator both within a group setting and with individuals.
The service we provide is continually developing and we are keen to recruit a staff member with the drive, conviction and enthusiasm to support us with these objectives.
Detailed job description and main responsibilities
For full duties and responsibilities please refer to the attached document entitled Job Description.
Essential & Desirable
- GCSE or equivalent in English at Grade C
- NVQ level 3 in Health (Allied health Profession support – Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy)
- PSI and or OTAGO instructor (or willing to work towards)
- The ability to recieve training and continually develop professionally
- To assist in research, audits and development in relation to the falls and stroke services.
- Experience of working with the older person in an acute setting especially relating to falls
- Ability to assess mobility and assess for correct walking aids
- Knowledge of and experience in the rehabilitation process and how to support older people with empathey through this process
- The ability to work independantly and as part of a multi discplinary team
- Good communication skills both written and oral and the ability to communicate with the mulitdisciplinary team regarding patients progress
- The ability to work with patients individually and in groups
- The ability to multi task in a diverse area
- To be flexible to the requirements of the working day and respond appropriatley to the need of the patient
- Be approachable and adaptable to change
- Have the ability to work within an established team and be able to present new ideas in a forward thinking developmental way
- The ability to learn through experience and feedback from others and a willingness to accept and use support mechanisms
- The ability and desire to recieve training and continually develop professionally
- Ensure you conform to hospital policies and pricedures at all times