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Main area
Cancer Services Therapy
Grade
Band 3
Contract
Permanent
Hours
Part time: 13.5 hours a week
Job ref
320-CDCS-0655
Employer
University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust
Employer type
NHS
Site
Royal Derby Hospital
Town
Derby
Salary
£18,813 - £20,795 pa pro rata
Closing
06/04/2020 23:59
Interview date
23/04/2020

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Generic Therapy Assistant

Band 3

There has never been a better time to come and work at University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust.  The Trust was formed on 1 July 2018 to bring together our five hospitals – in Derby, Burton, Lichfield and Tamworth – to provide the highest quality care to patients across southern Derbyshire and south east Staffordshire. 

With over 12,000 members of staff you can expect huge variety and new opportunities every day! Our staff go above and beyond and take pride in caring for our patients.

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust is fully committed to promoting inclusion, equality, diversity and human rights in employment and delivery of its services.  The Trust is committed to providing an environment where all employees, patients, carers and visitors experience equality of opportunity by means of understanding and appreciating the value of diversity.

As a Trust we promote an inclusive environment and welcome applications from a diverse pool of talent and backgrounds.  All individuals are valued and given every opportunity to succeed based on merit.

The Trust actively encourages applications from members of our Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities. These groups are under-represented in our organisation, and it’s important to us that our workforce reflects the diversity of our communities as much as possible.

 

Join us and help make a real difference to our Trust.

Here’s more about the role and what we’re looking for; 

Generic Therapy Assistant Band 3 Cancer Therapy Team.

To be based at The Nightingale Macmillan Unit, RDH

An exciting opportunity has arisen within University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust. Our palliative care service  is looking for a motivated, empathetic and resilient individual to join the therapy team at the Nightingale Macmillan Unit

You will be an essential member of an established multi-disciplinary therapy team, working flexibly to ensure optimum care for all palliative care patients. You will work alongside Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists and assistants specialising in palliative care, as well as other members of the multi-disciplinary team with a focus on maximising quality of life for patients nearing their end of life.

You may also at times of pressure be required to work alongside the Therapists on acute oncology and haematology to include wards 301, 302, 303 at RDH.

The therapy team has input into the inpatient unit and the Day Unit serving both in and outpatients. The service also has a small amount of stand alone out patient activity both on an individual and a group basis with occasional home visits and a hydrotherapy session which you may be involved in supporting. 

Therapy Assistants are invaluable members of the multi-disciplinary team working with palliative care patients that are likely to have complex physical, cognitive, psychological, emotional, spiritual and social needs. The post-holder will have a hands-on role with patients and their families undertaking a variety of tasks both occupational therapy and physiotherapy related including assisting in the treatment of an individual or group of patients.  They will also perform activities that will help patients with activities of daily living and assist in improving functional independence and aid mobility issues. They will also be expected to provide a range of housekeeping and administrative duties to support the team.

This is a challenging area to work in but also extremely rewarding. Daily work is varied and can be about enabling patients to achieve goals during their last few days or weeks of life or to return home after a short spell of rehabilitation within the unit. 

You will need to demonstrate that you are:

  • Interested in, and have an understanding of the role of the Physiotherapist and Occupational Therapist within palliative care
  • An enthusiastic and motivated team member
  • An excellent communicator
  • Flexible and adaptable
  • Genuinely interested in the needs of those with complex palliative care needs
  • Able to work on your own initiative and under pressure
  • Able to work under the close supervision of qualified Therapists
  • Flexible with regard to 7 day working.

Applicants must have relevant recent experience in a Healthcare/ Care Home environment and must possess an NVQ level 2 or equivalent care based competencies

Experience working within cancer care or elderly care would be an advantage. 

Development within this post will be supported by:

  • Specialist Senior Therapists in Palliative care
  • Training and development opportunities
  • Supportive learning environment leading to achievement of Clinical Competencies
  • Clinical Supervision and annual development review based around the Knowledge Skills Framework.

In return we will offer:

  • Support through every step of the way from recruitment to when you join our team and beyond
  • Friendly, supportive and caring colleagues
  • A variety of other staff benefits including employee assistance programme, discounted gym membership, onsite fitness classes, car schemes

Key facts about our Trust:

  • Every day our hospitals see more than 4,000 outpatients
  • We see more Trauma & Orthopaedic outpatients than any other Trust – over 3,300 per week
  • An average 860 patients are seen in A&E every day – the 6th largest in the country
  • Our hospitals admit more than 220 emergency patients every day
  • We carry out more planned surgical operations than any other Trust in England with almost 50,000 operations taking place in our 52 operating theatres
  • We are one of only 5 Trusts nationally with more than 50 operating theatres
  • We carry out more than 300 elective procedures each working day
  • We employ 12,000 staff across our 5 hospital sites
  • We have a Director of Allied Health Professionals who is committed to provide leadership, progression and direction to AHPs

Closing date of applications - 6th April 2020

Interview date - 23rd April 2020

Due to the Government’s announcement  on Monday 23rd March for a total lock down in the UK due to the coronavirus and stopping all none essential travel the Trust will  be carrying out Skype interviews until further notice.

 

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Applicant requirements

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 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

Kathryn Waterfield - Physiotherapist 01332 783375 (Weds, Thurs, Fri) or email kathryn.waterfield@nhs.net

or

Carole Dickinson - Occupational Therapist 01332 783375 (Mon, Tues, Thurs) or email carole.dickinson@nhs.net

or

Abi Bradley - Occupational Therapist 01332 783375 (Mon, Weds, Thurs, Fri) or email abigail.bradley@nhs.net

If you have problems applying, contact

Address
Recruitment Team, Workforce Management
Training Centre
Rehab Block, Level 3
Royal Derby Hospital
Derby
Derbyshire
DE22 3NE
Telephone
01332 786187