Clinical Support - Therapy Assistant Practitioner

  • Department Falls service
  • Salary £21,892.00 – £24,157 per annum
  • Closing Date 18/06/2021
  • Location Paul Brown Day Hospital
  • Grade NHS AfC: Band 4
  • Job ref 223-TNI-330
  • Pension NHS Pension
  • Holidays Generous Holiday Allowance
  • NHS discount Eligible for NHS Discounts
  • Contract Permanent
  • Hours Part time - 15 hours per week (Monday 8 - 4, Wednesday 8 - 4)

Job overview


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.

Person specification

Essential & Desirable

Essential criteria
  • 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
Desirable criteria
  • To assist in research, audits and development in relation to the falls and stroke services.


Essential criteria
  • 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
Desirable criteria
  • 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


Essential criteria
  • 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

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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