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Generic Therapy Assistant

Employer
NHS England Apprenticeships
Location
Skipton
Salary
Competitive salary
Closing date
29 May 2022

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Job summary

Do you have aspirations to gain a professional qualification as an AHP?

Are you the right person to help up deliver our strategy for growing our own workforce with opportunities for career progression?

Yes? Then this is the perfect place to start your career pathway!

We have a new vacancy on our innovative Therapy Assistant rotation which will include working across a range of clinical disciplines. Your first rotation will be a blend of Community Stroke and Community Rehabilitation Teams. Other rotations include Acute Stroke and Cardio-Respiratory with new rotations being added each year as more assistants join the apprenticeship programme.

This full time post has been funded to support backfill for clinical teams where assistants are undertaking their professional apprenticeship. The post-holder would be eligible to apply for either a level V foundation degree (Assistant Practitioner role) or for the graduate programme to qualify as an Allied Health Professional in due course.

Our Therapy Services and Dietetics team consists of Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Dietitians, assistants and administration staff.

If you are a great team worker with an interest in pursuing a career as an Allied Health Professional and you have the drive to make a difference we look forward to hearing from you.

For further details please see attached job description.

Main duties of the job

  • Manage a caseload delegated by clinicians
  • Independently undertake basic assessments and interventions relevant to delegated caseload
  • Contribute to the evaluation of programmes and patients' progression making minor alterations in consultation with the therapist/dietitian.
  • Support therapists/dietitians with complex cases as required
  • Work with team members to ensure the effective functioning of the team
  • Work in partnership with patients, carers, the multi disciplinary team and wider statutory, private and voluntary sector services.
  • Participate in activities to improve the service area
  • Work flexibly according to patient and service needs


About us

The post holder will be part of the Therapy Service working with Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Dietitians, other assistants and administration staff. The therapy and dietetic teams work with people of all ages and in a wide range of settings including the hospital, outpatient clinics, people's homes, and schools.

The post holder will support the development of the Therapy degree apprenticeship programme by providing backfill in those clinical teams where an assistant is undertaking their professional apprenticeship. There will be an expectation that the post holder will rotate around a number of clinical areas to support the programme and also enable them with their own professional development. Initially the post will be in clinical areas provided by occupational therapy and physiotherapy in acute and community services.

Services generally operate week days between the hours of 8.30 and 4.30 but in some teams there will be a need to work more flexible hours which includes evening, weekends and bank holidays

Job description

Job responsibilities

Principle Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Clinical
    • Provide timely and efficient clinical service to delegated patients according to clinical protocols and service priorities.
    • Ensure patients receive a high standard of clinical care
    • Undertake routine assessments of delegated patient.
    • Liaise with supervising therapist/dietitian to discuss options for interventions
    • Develop individual management plans for delegated patients in conjunction with the supervising therapist/dietitian.
    • Implement interventions/care programmes in partnership with the service user, with the carer as necessary and in consultation therapist/dietitian.
    • Carry out assessment and interventions in the most appropriate setting.
    • Prescribe and fit equipment, assistive technology and adaptations to facilitate independence within agreed guidelines.
    • Liaise with and make appropriate referrals to other agencies.
    • Advise, instruct, and educate patients, carers and other professionals in the use of standard and specialist equipment, assistive technology, and environmental adaptation where appropriate.
    • Work with other agencies in Health and social care, Housing, and Education in order to implement recommendations of treatment
    • Monitor and evaluate the outcome of interventions in partnership with the service user, with the carer if necessary and in consultation with therapist/dietitian.
    • Clearly document each intervention in the patients records as outlined in organisational policies and procedures
    • Create discharge/summary written reports as required.
    • Contribute to the review and development of patient pathways.
    • Respond to unforeseen situations that take precedence over planned work.
    • Provide advice, teaching and instruction for relatives, carers, and other health professionals to promote understanding of the aims of service/clinical area and to ensure a consistent approach to patient care.
    • Support the development of junior assistants and students
    • Use communication skills to establish good working relationships with colleagues, service users and carers.
    • Use verbal and non-verbal communication skills and sensitivity with patients, relatives and carers to overcome barriers to communication e.g. loss of hearing, expressive and receptive dysphasia, pain, anxiety, problems with cognition.


  • Leadership and Management
    • Assist with the day to day running of the service/clinical area including general administrative duties to support this.
    • Monitor stock levels, including maintenance and ordering of stock as required.
    • Follow supervision guidelines and consult with clinicians to ensure optimum outcome for patients with clear presentation of facts and analysis to enable effective decision making.
    • Conduct supervision of junior assistants
    • Assist with the induction of new staff
    • Contribute to supporting professional and work experience students
    • Contribute to the development of the service/clinical area.
    • Communicate effectively within the immediate team, the multi disciplinary team and with other internal and external organisations e.g. social care, primary care, voluntary sector services.
    • Ensure equipment is used and stored in adherence with to relevant policies and post holder is up to date with competencies to use equipment within the service/clinical area.
    • Adhere to health and safety policies and procedures
    • Raise incidents and near misses using the incident reporting systems.
    • Be aware of the need for judicious use of resources and maintaining stock control
    • Be prepared to work flexibly in terms of time and workload to meet service needs.
  • Personal and Professional Development
    • Adhere to the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and Professional Bodies Standards of Proficiency and Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct
    • Understand the scope of the role and know the limits of practice and when to seek advice.
    • Maintain own continuing professional development (CPD) including core competencies through the use of reflection and incorporating learning into working practice.
    • Attend in-service training sessions.
    • Share existing knowledge and skills and feedback from training.
    • Demonstrate professional behaviours in all aspect of practice.
    • Ensure compliance with supervision and appraisals standards and maintain a professional portfolio.
    • Support team by participating in quality improvement projects.


    4. Service Improvement and Governance
    • Contribute to the evaluation of individual and group interventions through the use of outcome measures and audit
    • Keep abreast of new clinical developments.
    • Implement organisational policies, procedures, standards and guidance.
    • Respond to requests for information and actions in a timely manner.
    • Participate in the development of risk assessments for service/clinical area when required.
    • Ensure maintenance of accurate, comprehensive and up-to-date documentation in line with professional, legal and service requirements.
    • Communicate clinical and personal information confidentially and in an appropriate format
    • Follow Trust and departmental policies and guidelines


    5. Professional Codes of Conduct

    Be aware of and comply with the relevant codes of conduct and practice of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and professional Bodies. Any breach of these codes may lead to action by the Trust.

    6. Safeguarding Children & Adults

    Understand and work within policies and local procedures relating to Safeguarding Children and the Protection of Vulnerable Adults

    7. Health & Safety

    Be responsible, in respect to your area of work, for ensuring so far as is reasonably practicable and in accordance with Trust policies a healthy and safe environment for relevant clients and patients, employees and trainees, volunteers, visitors and members of the public on our premises, contractors and other people using the Trusts services, and for the provision of the information, training and supervision that is required to achieve this responsibility. This requires you to:
    • Comply with any health and safety regulations or trust policies or procedures that affect your area of work.
    • Raise matters of non-compliance with your manager or other advisers to reach appropriate solutions.
    • Are familiar with the Trusts Health and Safety Policy and your departments Health and Safety Control Book or Manual.


    8. Manual Handling

    Manoeuvre light and heavy goods and equipment and assist people to move, in accordance with manual handling regulations and good practice.

    9. Equal Opportunities

    Carry out your duties in line with Trust Equality policies and procedures, including relevant legislation, to deliver and promote equity of access to healthcare and equality of opportunity at work at all times.

    10. Infection Prevention and Control

    Be responsible, in respect to your area of work, for ensuring so far as reasonably practicable and in accordance with Trust policies, that all staff are aware of their individual responsibilities in regard to infection prevention and control, and for the provision of the information, training and supervision that is required to achieve this responsibility. This requires you to:
    • Maintain a safe infection prevention and control environment for yourself and others
    • Be familiar with and comply with Trust guidelines, policies and procedures relating to Infection prevention and control
    • Raise matters of non-compliance with your manager or other advisers to reach appropriate solutions
    • Ensure that infection prevention and control guidelines, policies and procedures are distributed to relevant staff
    • Ensure procedures specific to your specialty are in place, in collaboration with the Infection Control Team
    • Ensure that infection prevention and control forms part of staff appraisal

    11. Mandatory Training

    Be aware of and undertake mandatory and other training requirements necessary for the successful and safe performance of your job, including relevant updates.

    12. Information Governance

    Maintain and process all information concerning patients, staff, contractors or the business of the Trust to which the post holder has access, without divulging such information to any third party or make use of information gained in the course of employment, except where this is clearly within the remit of the post holder and the other partys responsibility

    13. Restriction on Smoking

    The Trust is Smoke-free. You may not smoke in Trust owned buildings or grounds except in the designated smoking zones.

    Person Specification

    Qualifications

    Essential

    • Good general level of education including level II qualification in English and Maths
    • Relevant Level III QCF qualification


    Desirable

    • 4 level II qualifications grades A - D
    • Completed courses relevant to therapy and /or dietetics


    Other

    Essential

    • Current UK Driving Licence and access to own transport


    Experience

    Essential

    • Experience of working in health care, social care or education
    • Experience of working with people with a range of health needs
    • Experience of carrying out therapeutic interventions
    • Experience of working in a team
    • Experience in use of IT applications


    Desirable

    • Recent experience of working in therapy or dietetic services
    • Experience of working shifts/ weekends


    Knowledge

    Essential

    • Knowledge of the impact illness and disability have on function
    • Knowledge of rehabilitation/ nutrition
    • Knowledge of therapy/dietetic interventions
    • Knowledge of the roles of other professionals and the principles of partnership working
    • Knowledge of health, safety issues
    • Knowledge of the NHS constitution
    • Knowledge to promote and support equality and value diversity


    Desirable

    • Knowledge of relevant clinical assessments and treatments


    Skills

    Essential

    • Communication skills including observation, listening and empathy
    • Skills to empower people to realise and maintain their potential in relation to health and well being
    • Ability to work well within a team
    • Analytical and reflective skills
    • Planning and organisational skills
    • Negotiation and problem-solving skills
    • Ability to cope with working in a stressful environment, including emotional or aggressive patients and carers
    • Ability to concentrate and work in a busy environment


    Desirable

    • Supervisory skills
    • Presentation skills, both written and verbal, and ability to adjust style and content as appropriate


    Disclosure and Barring Service Check

    This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

    Certificate of Sponsorship

    Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .

    From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab) .

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Airedale NHS Foundation Trust

    Address

    Airedale General Hospital and community sites

    Skipton Road

    Steeton

    BD20 6TD

    Employer's website

    https://www.airedale-trust.nhs.uk (Opens in a new tab)

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