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Rehabilitation Assistant

Countess of Chester Ho
Countess of Chester Hospital, Chester
Competitive salary
Closing date
3 Oct 2021
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At the Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust we pride ourselves on not only leading through clinical excellence, but also by creating an environment where all staff are valued and appreciated. The Trust has an excellent reputation for delivering high quality patient care and is nationally accredited at the highest levels in many areas, in particular clinical outcomes and patient safety.

Our Vision for the Trust is to deliver NHS care locally that makes our staff and our community proud. We want our patients to be assured they will receive care as rapidly as possible in a first-class environment that is Safe, Kind and Effective.

Our High Performance Culture will support everyone to be the best version of themselves by being true to our Trust vision, values and behaviours.

We welcome applications from colleagues from our local and neighbouring communities of all backgrounds and identities, who are currently under-represented within our region such as colleagues with disabilities, and Black, Asian and Minority ethnic.

As a region we are reviewing the way we work, and we are keen to explore how new working practices that support flexible working and create a positive work-life balance can assist those from different backgrounds. As part of our recruitment process we will explore how our inclusive employment policies, flexible working, staff engagement forums, Trust facilities and services can be of mutual benefit.

Various working hours available.

As pressure on accident & emergency departments across the UK grows, delivering and relieving some of these pressures by diverting work away from the hospital and into the community is becoming more and more important.

In Cheshire West, the 'Hospital at Home' service will expand its offer of crisis same day response, including monitoring and treatment at home which traditionally has been provided in hospital (such as intravenous (IV) therapy). Its workforce fits the NHS model well in supporting hospital level care at home; experienced General Practitioners, advanced clinical practitioners with prescribing rights and registered nurses offer a 7 day service that runs from 8am-8pm allowing for wrap around care and an excellent patient experience as evidenced in the services monthly feedback from patients.

We are looking for hard-working, enthusiastic, highly motivated rehab assistants to join our REACT team (Hospital at Home and Rapid Response Team) to support this innovative new way of working, receiving referrals for patients in crisis at home and preventing an admission to hospital by responding to their needs within 2 hours.

The post involves assisting patients with their activities of daily living, providing resettlement, rehabilitation & care to patients in their own home, delivered in accordance to the patient's Care Plan. The post holder will support therapists, nurses, advanced practitioners and GP's with their patient caseload, will manage a caseload of your own under the supervision of qualified staff & Senior Community Support Workers, and have general administrative and housekeeping tasks as required to facilitate the smooth running of the service.

The post holder must have excellent interpersonal skills, be self-motivated, empathetic and able to develop practical skills. It is essential to have a holistic view to patient care, with focus on facilitating patient safety & independence in their own home. Due to the community work, a valid licence to drive in UK with use of a car for business use is essential for this role. The Rapid Response Team provides a service 7 days per week including bank holidays and evening shifts.

The successful applicant will have NVQ II or equivalent, previous experience of working in a caring background, is able to demonstrate good communication and organisational skills, plus the ability to work as part of a team.

If you possess these qualifications and are looking to join an innovative service at the forefront of real system change, then this is certainly an exciting time to join our existing team. Opportunities to further your development within the trust will be available through an apprenticeship route and career progression pathways within therapies and nursing could be discussed at interview.

Working hours 37.5 per week over 7 days on a shift basis

We would consider applications from people wishing to work different hours and or shift patterns in line with flexible working

The Rapid Response Team provides a service 7 days per week including bank holidays and evening shifts.

What this Opportunity means:
  • This is an excellent opportunity to develop a career within therapies with regular informal and formal training opportunities.
  • Opportunity to work as part of a supportive team.
  • Apprenticeship opportunities will be considered
  • A friendly and supportive working environment (see our Trust Behavioural Standards).
  • Competitive Salary, with incremental pay progression.
  • Excellent holiday entitlements 27 days + bank holidays rising to 33 after 10 years' service (pro rata).
  • Competitive pension scheme.
  • Staff support, health and wellbeing opportunities & other employee benefits.

Your Application:
  • Please read the Job Description and Personal Specification carefully before completing your application.
  • The successful applicant will have NVQ II or equivalent, previous experience of working in a caring background, is able to demonstrate good communication and organisational skills, plus the ability to work as part of a team.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Name Deborah Conwell Job title Rapid Response Team Leader Email address Telephone number 01244 365240

Additional contact information

Lisa Davies, Hospital at Home Team Leader

01244 366864

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The Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust consists of a 600 bedded large district General Hospital, which provides its services on the Countess of Chester Health Park, and a 64 bedded Intermediate Care Service at Ellesmere Port Hospital. The Trust has almost 4,000 staff and provides a range of medical services to more than 445,000 patients per year from areas covering Western Cheshire, Ellesmere Port, Neston and North Wales.

If subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1975, then a disclosure submission will be made to the Disclosure & Barring service (formerly CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Enhanced DBS check applications that are submitted with omitted or incorrect information will be withdrawn. In the event errors are identified on your original application, a new application will need to be submitted and you will be required to pay the DBS application fee again.

The cost of the DBS application is £28 (standard) or £45 (enhanced), this cost will be deducted from your salary over the first three months of employment.

Overseas candidates are responsible for their travel expenses until the point of entry into Britain. Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 / skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome & will be considered alongside all other applicants. For further information please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website

After applying via NHS Jobs, your application will be imported into our preferred Third party recruitment system. All subsequent information regarding your application will be generated from By applying for this post you are agreeing to the Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust transferring the information contained in this application to its preferred applicant management system. If you are offered a job information will also be transferred into the national NHS Electronic Staff Records system (ESR).

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order (as amended) and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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