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Technical Instructor

Job Reference: 155-CS-AHP-0120-20

South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust
Occupational Therapy - Interface Team
£18,813 to £20,795 pa

The Trust provides a range of hospital services to a local community of around 430,000 residents along with an increasing range of more specialised services provided outside this area. We also provide a range of community based services across Sunderland, South Tyneside and Gateshead, particularly within Community Nursing, Family Care and Therapy Services.

Inpatient facilities are provided from Sunderland Royal Hospital (SRH), South Tyneside District Hospital (STDH), St Benedict’s Hospice and from the specialist Sunderland Eye Infirmary, giving a total number of beds of around 1200 acute beds, as well as a state-of-the-art ICCU at SRH. The Trust is continuing to invest in its infrastructure with: a new Emergency Department and Integrated Assessment Unit opened June 2017 at SRH; a state of the art Integrated Emergency Care Centre at STDH opened in 2012; in 2016 the Trust opened its new Endoscopy Unit at SRH; in 2017 the Trust opened its state of the art Surgical Centre at STDH in 2017; in 2017 the Trust opened its new state of the art MRI at STDH; in 2017 the Trust opened its state of the art Durham Treatment Centre providing satellite dialysis, out-patient clinics, imaging and day case procedures across a range of specialties. The Trust also provides an outreach service to our Durham patients for nephrology, urology, ENT, OMFS and ophthalmology. There is an onsite at SRH Fitness Centre and access to a Childcare Co-ordinator to help staff with their childcare arrangements.

We’re here to deliver the best care to the people we serve and our values are at the heart of everything we do. We are looking for applications from those who will share the commitment to our values and will live and breathe the behavioural standards that support them - Compassionate and dignified, high quality, safe patient care always the first priority/Working together for the benefit of our patients and their families or carers/Openness and honesty in everything we do/Respect and encouragement for our staff

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Band 3 Technical Instructor to join the Domiciliary Physiotherapy Service.  The Domiciliary Physiotherapy Service are based within the Occupational Therapy Department at Sunderland Royal Hospital and have close links with the main Physiotherapy Department. The staff work in patients' own homes providing physiotherapy assessment and intervention for patients in the community setting who are unable to attend out-patient clinics.

You will provide support to qualified Physiotherapy staff in the treatment and/or delivery of therapy interventions as well as being responsible for your own list of patients under the guidance of qualified Physiotherapy staff.

You must have significant experience working as a Physiotherapy Assistant or Physiotherapy Technical Instructor, particularly with patients with physical health conditions.

You should be able to provide evidence of a relevant structured learning programme such as NVQ II in Health and Social Care or health-related/relevant topic; basic numeracy & literacy skills to Level 1 or equivalent; basic IT skills. You should also have extensive knowledge of the role of the Physiotherapist; knowledge of mobility aids and how to assess for them; knowledge of assessment processes and safety advice for patients. You should also be able to demonstrate your knowledge of methods to progress patients' mobility and physical functioning. You will be required to perform manual handling with patients and have the ability to apply these skills in the therapeutic setting. You should also have a high standard of written and verbal communication.

You must have good time-management skills, be organised and have the ability to work as a team member or independently in the community setting.

As this role requires you to work in the community, you must be able to meet the travel requirements of the Post and have appropriate provision in place to support this requirement.

Hours of work for this Post are worked over five days, Monday to Friday.

Before commencing/submitting your application form, please ensure that you read the attached Job Application Process/Confirming Appointment Procedure Candidate Guidance

Important note on completion of the reference section of Application Form - In line with NHS Employment Check Standards, if you are successful at interview, the Trust, as part of the recruitment process will seek to confirm a 3 year employment/training/education history. Therefore, when completing the reference section of your application form, please give the address, telephone number and work email address of each of your current/previous employer and/or educational establishment that cover the last 3 years. If you are currently a professional student due to qualify, please also provide the details of your mentor. Failure to complete this section may result in your application not being processed.

You will be able to track the progress of your application via NHS Jobs. If you have been successful at shortlisting you will be invited to interview via NHS Jobs using the e-mail address you have registered. You should check your SPAM folders as well as your inbox. If you have not been contacted within 6 weeks of the closing date you should assume your application has been unsuccessful.

Please note – All new employees will commence in line with Trust Induction dates. This Induction will take place at either Sunderland Royal Hospital or South Tyneside Hospital, irrespective of where the job will be based.

Please quote the job reference number in all correspondence.

Please note this advert may close early should a high volume of applications be received

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.

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