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Associate Practitioner Physiotherapy

Band 4

Main area
317 Trustwide
Grade
Band 4
Contract
Permanent
Hours
  • Full time
  • Part time
Job ref
317-2022-21-044
Site
Freeman Hospital
Town
317 01 Freeman Hospital
Salary
£22,549 - £24,882 pro rata
Salary period
Yearly
Closing
Today at 23:59
Interview date
05/07/2022

Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the busiest, largest and most successful teaching NHS foundation trusts in the country, with around 16,000 staff and an annual income of £1 billion.

Rated ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC for the second consecutive time in 2019, we have a long history of providing high quality care, clinical excellence, and innovation in medical research regionally, nationally and internationally.

We’re also proud to be the second largest provider of specialised services in the country. This means we support people with a range of rare and complex medical, surgical and neurological conditions, cancers and genetic orders.

Our staff oversee around 1.84 million patients ‘contacts’ each year, delivering high standards of healthcare.

We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and recognise the benefit in providing an inclusive environment. We value and respect the diversity of our employees and aim to recruit a workforce which reflects the communities we serve, and is equipped to deliver the best service to our patients. We welcome all applications irrespective of people’s race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity and in particular those from under- represented groups.

Newcastle Hospitals are proud to be one of the exemplar organisations across the NHS on sustainability, with a long history of delivering Sustainable Healthcare in Newcastle (Shine) and the first healthcare organisation in the world to declare a climate emergency. Our strategy includes commitments to being Net Zero by 2030, for our direct carbon footprint, and Net Zero by 2040 for our footprint plus. Delivering these ambitions will not be possible without the help, support and action of every single member of our team.

Job overview

We opportunities for two Physiotherapy Associate Practitioners within our Physiotherapy service. We are opening a new state of the art Day Treatment Centre in September 2022 at the Freeman Hospital.  We have gained investment to deliver prehabilitation and rehabilitation services to our patients. This is an exciting time to join out services.

  • Interview Date 05/07/2022
  • Full & Part Time Hours Available
  • You will be redirected to Trac to apply for the vacancy. Please expand the job details section and read all of the information before applying for the vacancy.

Please note it is a requirement of The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust that all successful candidates who require a DBS for the post they have been offered pay for their DBS certificate. The method of payment is a salary deduction from your first month’s pay.

Newcastle Hospitals encourages all staff and volunteers who are appointed to join the Trust to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Main duties of the job

The successful applicants will work alongside a team of Physiotherapists, providing education and prehabilitation, rehabilitation progressing mobility and promoting exercise.  The post holder will demonstrate an ability to work independently when required and prioritise their own caseload.

The successful applicant will have had relevant experience as a Physiotherapy Assistant or Technical Instructor or a healthcare or care related sector within an appropriate field and bring skills including, effective team working, highly developed communication, IT and moving and handling skills.  Attributes will include being flexible, honest, reliable, and willing to learn.

Working for our organisation

Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the busiest, largest and most successful teaching NHS foundation trusts in the country, with over 18,000 staff and an annual income of £1 billion.

Rated ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC for the second consecutive time in 2019, we have a long history of providing high quality care, clinical excellence, and innovation in medical research regionally, nationally and internationally.

We’re also proud to be the second largest provider of specialised services in the country. This means we support people with a range of rare and complex medical, surgical and neurological conditions, cancers and genetic orders.

Our staff oversee around 1.84 million patients ‘contacts’ each year, delivering high standards of healthcare.

We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and recognise the benefit in providing an inclusive environment. We value and respect the diversity of our employees and aim to recruit a workforce which reflects the communities we serve, and is equipped to deliver the best service to our patients. We welcome all applications irrespective of people’s race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity and in particular those from under- represented groups.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

  • To undertake specific skilled support work to aid the Physiotherapy team in the efficient and effective delivery of Physical Rehabilitation to patients within speciality area within the framework of clinical governance.
  • To accept a patient caseload referred by a physiotherapist according to specific criteria. To treat patients according to set protocols, monitoring patient progress, modifying and progressing patient treatment programmes as required, with referral back to physiotherapists as/when appropriate.
  • To carry out basic assessment and treatment of non-complex patients as delegated by the physiotherapist (to include basic chest physiotherapy and mobility protocols).
  • To provide and deliver individualised exercise programmes.
  • To accurately record rehabilitation progress as per Trust documentation / database including physiotherapeutic outcome measures.
  • To undertake a clinical caseload within speciality area , without supervision for at least 50% of the time within protocols and guidelines set by the designated physiotherapist.
  • To coordinate, supervise and teach junior therapy assistants.

Person specification

Knowledge

Essential criteria
  • Knowledge and understanding of clinical conditions and application of Physiotherapy Rehabilitation programmes for patients within speciality area
  • Knowledge of physiotherapy outcome measures
  • Knowledge of Physiotherapy Specialist Treatment adjuncts
Desirable criteria
  • Clinical governance
  • Associate member of Physiotherapy

Skills

Essential criteria
  • Highly developed communication skills
  • Ability to work using own initiative and manage own caseload
  • Plan and provide clinical programmes of therapeutic activity within framework
  • Monitor patient progress and make modifications
  • Report risks and progress to the therapist
  • Work as a member of a team
  • Manage own caseload effectively and prioritise referrals
  • Highly developed Moving and handling skills
  • IT skills
  • Time management skills and prioritisation of workload
  • Current valid driving license for the UK if applicable to role
Desirable criteria
  • Training others

Experience

Essential criteria
  • Previous experience as a Physiotherapy assistant/ Technical instructor in acute care/ related speciality
  • Effective team working
Desirable criteria
  • Previous experience as a Physiotherapy Associate Practitioner within speciality area

Qualification

Essential criteria
  • Foundation Degree or NVQ level 4 or NVQ level 3 with additional training in the speciality field or equivalent evidence of underpinning knowledge
  • Sound general education inclusive of literacy and numeracy

Employer certification / accreditation badges

Veteran AwareApprenticeships logoNo smoking policyPositive about disabled peopleInvestors in People: GoldMindful employer.  Being positive about mental health.Age positiveDisability confident employerCare quality commission - OutstandingDefence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) - GoldArmed Forces Covenant Gold AwardRIDI Awards Finalist 2021Stonewall Gold 2022

Applicant requirements

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Name
Peter Mcclintock
Job title
Physiotherapy Team Leader
Email address
peter.mcclintock@nhs.net
Telephone number
0191 2826886