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Therapy Assistant, Band 4

Job Reference: 152-C386.18

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
Poole Clinic
East Dorset
£8,059 to £9,345 p.a.

Want to be part of the new NHS? Health and Care organisations in Dorset are at the forefront of transforming services to provide excellent, patient-centred care.

Dorset HealthCare plays a pivotal role in the strong partnership of public sector organisations across Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole. Our community and mental health trust has a caring and committed workforce of around 5,500 staff, serving a population of over 700,000 people.

We are looking for proactive, positive, respectful, supportive, reliable and trustworthy people to join us at Dorset HealthCare – we’re the biggest provider of healthcare in Dorset and offer exciting opportunities for people with a range of skills. We want to be better every day – do you?

‘This is an exciting time for us as we continue improving and adapting. I have seen some great innovation, fantastic teamwork and a real willingness to look at how we can do things differently’ – Eugine Yafele, Chief Executive (May 2019)


We are seeking a motivated, enthusiastic and driven individual to join our Community Pain team in East Dorset. The Therapy Assistant role supports patients in clinic and in the community to help them to learn strategies and gain the skills and knowledge that they need to live a more fulfilling life and regain independence.

The Therapy Assistant role is vital in developing great relationships with the patient to motivate and support them along their journey. The role will support and is supported by clinical staff and you will be part of the Multi Disciplinary Team. Full training and support will be provided.

This is a part time role of 2 days per week but this is open to negotiation and some flexibility can be considered.

The post will cover East Dorset, Poole and Bournemouth.

The Dorset Community Pain Service is a vibrant service, consisting of an inter-professional team. We employ modernised clinical practice to help people coping with chronic, non-malignant pain lead meaningful lives.

Our pain-Dorset service offers individual interventions and group programmes in various locations county wide; these are delivered by three teams across the county. The staff mix includes pain consultants, psychologists, specialist physiotherapists, pain and mental health nurses and occupational therapists, therapy assistants, trainees from various departments and our hardworking admin support team.

In addition to the clinical element, there is a strong educational component and our staff are involved in local training initiatives within primary and secondary care; we also present our work and our model at national and international platforms. The strongest element of our service is our fantastic service user movement - our peer ambassadors support us by helping design and deliver programmes, teaching and supporting others through the Pain Chain and through our website.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Alison Wickham, Team Lead East or 07795308265

Our vision is to be Better Every Day through excellence, compassion and expertise in all we do.

Our behaviours bring our values to life and constantly remind us that how we do things at Dorset HealthCare is as important as what we do. They are:

  • Proactive
  • Positive
  • Respectful
  • Supportive
  • Reliable and Trustworthy

Our staff benefits:

  • Dedicated career pathways
  • Opportunities for continuing professional development
  • An excellent preceptorship programme for newly qualified Nurses and AHP’s
  • Comprehensive and structured induction programme and training
  • Monthly pay plus enhancements for night, weekend and bank holiday working
  • NHS Pension scheme
  • Health & Wellbeing service
  • Holiday pay of up to 33 days, plus bank holidays pro rata, dependent on service
  • NHS discounts
  • Trust beach huts located along the famous Sandbanks coastline
  • Salary sacrifice scheme including:
    • Work related learning
    • Childcare vouchers
    • Car and Cycle scheme
    • Home technology equipment
    • Buying and selling of annual leave


Before applying for this post, please refer to the Application Guidance’for further guidance on the recruitment process.

It is sometimes necessary to close vacancies before the closing date due to an exceptional response - please apply for this vacancy as soon as possible.

After applying via NHS Jobs, your submitted application will be imported into our preferred Third party recruitment system, TRAC. All subsequent information regarding your application will be generated from You will not be able to track the progress of your application or receive messages through the NHS Jobs website. By applying for this post you are agreeing to Dorset HealthCare transferring the information contained in this application to its preferred applicant management system and to accept a privacy notice under the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).

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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.

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