DBTH opportunities: Advanced Apprentice Therapy Assistant [Apprenticeship]

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  • Grade: £8,114 Pro Rata Per Annum
  • Hours: Full-time
  • Site: Doncaster Royal Infirmary
  • Closing date: 9 March 2021
  • Apply for this position here.

Job overview

As an Advanced Apprentice Therapy Assistant you will work alongside physiotherapists and occupational therapists to provide high quality therapy for service users. You will work towards completion of the Advanced Senior Health Care Support Worker Apprenticeship over 20 months.

We recommend you attend our Virtual Information event on Friday 5th March at 10 am.

The virtual information event will be an opportunity for you to meet our staff, to learn about a typical day in the life of a Therapy Assistant, to learn what is important to us and to ask any questions that you might have.

Please email Lisa Blunt l.blunt@nhs.net to book a place and receive a link to the event.

Main duties of the job

To assist in therapy assessment and undertake high quality therapy treatment programmes for children aged 0-19 years with musculoskeletal, physical and learning needs under instruction of physiotherapists and occupational therapists.

The role includes working on the children’s ward, in outpatients and community settings. You will be responsible for managing a diary of patients in a timely and productive way. Working across a number of environments within one day means that you will need to be flexible and good at time keeping. Accurate written records and data regarding your interventions with patients is essential.

The role involves a significant amount of communication with a wide variety of people from patients and families to a range of health professionals, including doctors, and education colleagues. It is essential to represent clinical therapy in a professional manner at all times and to communicate correct information appropriately.

Working for our organisation

The Children’s Therapy Team is a hardworking and dedicated team who are passionate about improving the lives of children and providing the best possible therapy with the resources that we have.

Our values align with the Trusts objectives and we look for people who share these values. We have enhanced problem solving skills, are creative in our ideas and positive in our approach to engaging with children and their families and carers. As a team we are supportive clinically, helping, sharing and learning from each other, but we also support each other’s wellbeing with social events and our WhatsApp group.

This vacancy would suit someone who is looking to learn as much as possible about children’s therapy, who wants to work independently and develop skills in a supportive environment.
Annual leave starts at 27 days a year plus bank holidays

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

  • To assist in the assessment of patients within the speciality, being responsible for working independently with patients with non-complex needs when determined by a qualified therapist
  • To use acquired skills to plan and deliver therapy treatment programmes with guidance from a therapist and using evidence based practice
  • Work collaboratively in the multidisciplinary team to plan and/or provide treatment and care of individual patients.
  • Contribute to the achievement of standards/ compliance of targets within their speciality as directed by a qualified therapist.
  • Provide advice and support to patients and carers throughout the patient pathway. Liaising with the multidisciplinary teams to provide a high standard of care
  • Will participate in service reviews
  • Provide appropriate information and education to patients and their relatives / carers.

For full details please read the job description and person specification.

Person specification

Interpersonal Skills

Essential criteria
  • Leadership skills including empowerment of others
  • Good communication and listening skills with an understanding of the needs of people with disabilities and their carers
  • Able to work as a team member
  • Able to present information, written and orally, in a clear, accurate and logical manner
  • Ability to reflect on own practice

Organisational Skills

Essential criteria
  • Ability to organise own workload and assist others to manage their caseloads
  • Time management skills
  • Ability to keep accurate and legible records
  • Understanding of Clinical Governance and its implications for services


Essential criteria
  • Two GCSE’s grade ‘C’ or above or equivalent including English language and Mathematics
  • IT skills
Desirable criteria
  • Training courses relevant to post
  • Portfolio evidence of relevant experience/ Continuing Professional Development