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Discharge Facilitator Acute Stroke - Maternity Cover

South Tees Hospitals N
The James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough
Competitive salary
Closing date
15 Sep 2021
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37.5 hours

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Band 4 Occupational Therapy assistant Discharge facilitator to join our friendly and dynamic stroke services team at James Cook University Hospital. This will be a secondment/fixed term contract until September 2022 to cover maternity cover.

The post holder will be working under the guidance of the Specialist Allied Health professionals and will take responsibility for designated elements of the assessment, therapy intervention and the discharge for patients on the acute stroke unit and within the whole stroke care pathway where required.

The post holder will have the ability to work independently, carrying out assessment and interventions for a specified and designated clinical caseload identified by a qualified clinician but also be able to work as part of a team supporting the clinicians with patient interventions. You will have the ability to work under pressure, be well organised, demonstrate excellent communication skills and be able to work as an effective member of a multidisciplinary team. The post holder will be expected to work flexibly to support the seven day rota. Driving and having access to transport is also an essential part of this post.

The post holder will have the opportunity to advance their knowledge and experience working in the acute stroke service, to develop skills to work independently and to support other health professionals.

The team is friendly and supportive and mentorship for this role will be available from the Senior Specialist Occupational Therapist and the Clinical Service AHP Lead. We have a comprehensive training programme and our staff are encouraged and supported in their continual professional development through regular workshops and clinical supervision.

Applications are invited from people with previous experience working as a therapy assistant or a similar health and social care environment with experience working with stroke patients. Experience in patient assessment, implementation of rehabilitation programmes, the discharge process and the provision of equipment is also essential.

South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest teaching hospital trusts in the country, close to the North Yorkshire Moors and within easy reach of Newcastle and Leeds. It comprises two acute hospitals, James Cook University Hospital and Friarage Hospital Northallerton and a number of community hospitals.

James Cook University Hospital is a major trauma centre and provides a wide range of district general hospital services and specialist services such as neurosciences, renal medicine, spinal injuries, major trauma, cardiothoracic, vascular surgery and cancer services.

Leadership and Improvement Training

South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust offers leadership and improvement training to all new staff to the Trust; this training programme has been designed to support our leaders in developing their understanding of leadership and management skills. You will be expected to attend the New and Aspiring leaders programme, and the Foundation Quality Improvement Programme that the Trust delivers. After you complete this one and a half day of training you will be able to explore further leadership and improvement training opportunities, we offer further in-house courses and bitesize programmes and leadership apprenticeships at level 3,5 and 7.

Please note that this vacancy will close when we receive sufficient completed applications.

For further details / informal visits contact:


Margaret Long

Job title

AHP Lead Specialist Physiotherapist - acute Strokes

Email address

Telephone number

01642 850850 ext 54895

Additional contact information

Kirsty Jones Advanced OT practitioner- 01642 850850 ext 34615

Serena Hartley (Specialist Lead - Neurosciences and Spinal care, Therapies)

Tel: 01642 850850 ext 55148 Mobile 07970 250313


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Please be aware, there are occasions where some vacancies may close prior to the closing date advertised. This will only happen where sufficient applications are received AND will be made evident on the job advert.

Please note if you are successfully shortlisted, we will contact you via the email address that you have applied from so please ensure you check your emails regularly.

Existing employees of South Tees NHS Foundation Trust currently on the Redeployment Register, who meet the essential criteria for this post, will be shortlisted and interviewed prior to all other applicants.

IMPORTANT - Please ensure you read the 'Guidance Notes for Applicants' document attached to this advert before you start to complete your application form. This document provides detailed advice regarding the completion of your application form. The guidance document also provides in detail what identification and certificates you must provide at interview should you be shortlisted. As part of our pre-employment screening process, all applicants are required to provide references from their last continuous 3 year employment and/or training/education. The referees MUST be a Line Manager/Supervisor. Applicants are requested to ensure email addresses for all referees are included on their application form. Personal references and references from colleagues are not acceptable.
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