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Physiotherapy Assistant – Acorns Children’s Hospice Trust

Organisation
Acorns Children's Hospice Trust
Post date
31 October 2018
Closing date
15 November 2018
Location
Birmingham
Salary
Up to £18,856 FTE doe
Hours
25 hours
Contact email
chris.mclachlan@acorns.org.uk

Physiotherapy Assistant
Up to £18,856.00 FTE per annum doe plus allowances
Birmingham

Finally – an opportunity to stretch yourself. This role offers the chance to gain hands-on physiotherapy skills and progress your career with an employer that’s very big on development.

What’s it like working here?
You’ll join a supportive, multi-disciplinary team delivering support, respite and end-of-life care to vulnerable children and their families in our Selly Oak hospice. We tailor our care packages to meet each child’s medical, emotional and spiritual needs and there’s time here to focus on clients – this really appeals to some people.

The hospice is purpose-built with individually decorated rooms, each overlooking our gardens. We try to make it as welcoming and friendly as possible – a home-from-home for children and their families.

What you can add…
Reporting to our head nurse, your role is to support our physiotherapy team. The team work with children and babies who present with a variety of conditions, including many with complex needs. That’s why we’re looking for someone who’s well organised and ready to take on a range of responsibilities.

On a day-to-day basis, you could be helping to prepare treatment areas – including our hydrotherapy pool – making sure that the equipment we need is in stock and safe to use. You may be working as an aide in the pool or as a lifeguard. You could be talking to children’s families about treatments or updating their records. You’ll also have the chance to carry out treatments yourself, with supervision from the physios.

About you
You don’t need physio assistant experience to join us. We’re looking for an NVQ Level 2 (or equivalent) in a relevant health or social care subject and a good standard of education, plus some experience in a care setting, working hands-on with clients and updating their records.

You’ve shown you’re a good communicator, both on paper and in person; in particular, we’re looking for the empathy and tact to explain treatments to children and their families in a sensitive, caring way.

If you’ve worked with babies, children or young people with complex health needs before, that would be an advantage, as would experience of working with a hydrotherapy pool. But, provided you’re well organised, able to prioritise your own work and keen to keep learning, we can show you everything you need to know. Of course, you’ll need to be able to swim and be confident in water; a driving licence would be ideal too as you’ll occasionally need to help with home visits across the Midlands.

In return
There’s so much scope at Acorns to learn specialist skills and we believe that personally, you’ll grow immeasurably. We pride ourselves on the development we offer – there’s a range of workshops and courses, both internally and externally led), to support your CPD.

We offer a competitive salary, 35 days’ holiday, free parking, allowances for clothing and extra duties, and pension contributions; if you move from the NHS, you can keep your current pension.

About Acorns
You’ve probably heard of Acorns but you might not realise the extent of our work. In the last year, we’ve supported over 870 children and more than 1090 families, including those who are bereaved. We offer a network of specialist care for life-limited and life-threatened children and their families, across the heart of England, both in their own homes and in our three purpose-built hospices.

To Apply
For further information and details on how to apply, please visit our website www.acorns.org.uk.
Please note that we are unable to accept CV’s on their own and will only consider submissions by application form.

You must be eligible to live and work in the UK to be considered for this role. Any successful candidate will be subject to an enhanced DBS check for children.

Closing date for applications: 9am Thursday 15 November 2018

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