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Physiotherapy Associate Practitioner

Band 4

Main area
317 Community Resource Team
Grade
Band 4
Contract
Permanent
Hours
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
317-2022-21-062
Site
Trustwide
Town
317 Trustwide
Salary
£22,549 - £24,882 per annum
Salary period
Yearly
Closing
27/06/2022 23:59
Interview date
21/07/2022

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 are very excited to offer an opportunity for an enthusiastic individual to join our team as a Physiotherapy Associate Practitioner. This will be to support the role of the physiotherapists within the Community Response and Rehabilitation Team by carrying out patient assessments and interventions within the patients’ own homes. Specific tasks could include walking aid prescription, exercise support and progression and equipment provision under the supervision of physiotherapists.

CRRT is a multidisciplinary team comprising of physiotherapists, occupational therapists, nurses, podiatrist, CPN and support workers. Our main remits include providing rehabilitation in the home including crisis intervention and admission avoidance.

  • Interview Date: 21st July 2022
  • 37 hours, 30 minutes/week
  • 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.

Main duties of the job

  • Current valid driving license for the UK and access to your own vehicle.
  • Evaluate and record patient  progress or deterioration of a patient and make timely decisions on which patients need to be referred back to a qualified physiotherapist.
  • Assesses patients’ response to treatment and activities and decides whether to progress, break activity into smaller parts, or refer back to qualified physiotherapist.
  • Assess and find any faults with specialist equipment and organise repair or condemn.
  • To be able to make decisions about a number of clinical and non-clinical situations and decide on what action needs to be taken. These can be non-routine.
  • To accept, plan, organise and therapeutic input to a designated caseload of patients with ongoing care needs.
  • To decide priorities for identified patients, balancing other patient related and professional demands, and ensures that these remain fair and equitable across the service.
  • To set up and clear equipment needed for treatment sessions.
  • To support qualified Physiotherapists with up to date management of clinical outcomes database.

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.

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.

Person specification

Qualifications

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
  • Current valid driving license for the UK if applicable to role

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
  • 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
  • Clinical governance
  • Associate member of Physiotherapy

Skills

Essential criteria
  • Highly developed communication skills
  • Ability to work using own initiative and manage own caseload, whilst also working well as a member of a team
  • Plan and provide clinical programmes of therapeutic activity within framework
  • Monitor patient progress and make modifications
  • Report risks and progress to the therapist
  • 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

Behaviour

Essential criteria
  • Flexible and adaptable
  • Effective communicator
  • Motivated to deliver excellence for patients
  • Willingness and ability to learn
  • Reliable, punctual
  • Trustworthy, honest
  • Positive outlook
  • Organised, methodical
  • Approachable

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

The postholder will have access to vulnerable people in the course of their normal duties and as such this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Name
Nicola Watson
Job title
Advanced Physiotherapist
Email address
nicola.watson19@nhs.net
Telephone number
01912777034