Therapy Assistant

Fairburn Vale, Castleford

Therapy Assistant

Home: Fairburn Vale

Location: Castleford, WF10 2PY

Hours: Full Time

Hourly rate: £9.94 per hour

Exemplar Health Care made first place in the “Tomorrow’s Care” awards 2021 for our commitment to supporting colleagues , mental health and wellbeing so be assured you are joining a company that really does want to make every day better.

About the role

The post holder will function as part of an integrated therapy team working closely with the Physiotherapist and Occupational Therapist as well as the nursing and care colleagues. You will assist with the implementation of rehabilitation and activity programmes, providing support in direct care delivery where required to enable a therapeutic and supportive culture to flourish within a high functioning team environment, therefore experience in a similar role would be advantageous.

About the home

At Fairburn Vale, we care for those with brain injuries and long-term neurological conditions. Our focus is to provide a rehabilitation support service, increasing independence and developing life skills of service users. 

Following an acquired brain injury, we work with service users, families and professionals to develop a care and rehabilitation plan centred around the specific individual. It is important we feel our service users and cared for, are happy and can work towards their specific goals. 

Key Responsibilites 

  • Planning facilitating, and contributing to the provision of a flexible, service user centred programme of therapeutic activities, with a skills, rehabilitation and recovery focus, for individuals and groups of service users 
  • Providing high quality care to all Service Users in accordance with individual care plans, guidelines and rehabilitation programmes 
  • Delivering specialised rehabilitative, skills-based work, delegated as part of an individual’s specific support plan, to enable service users to achieve their goals and aspirations in relation to their optimal performance in self-care, leisure and productivity. 
  • Championing service users’ rights for social inclusion and working with the nursing team to optimise opportunities for this 
  • Promote physical health through activity and support other team members to expand the opportunities for activities that promote recovery and wellbeing 
  • Keep accurate records and produce summary reports ahead of service user review meetings which include information about participation, engagement and measured outcomes. 
  • Contribute to professional review meetings to provide feedback regarding outcomes following participation in therapeutic activity programmes 
  • Adhere to all organisations policies at all times 
  • Carry out other duties as will, from time to time, be directed 

Clinical and therapeutic

  • Have an understanding of the needs of individuals with a disability 
  • Respect the privacy, dignity, uniqueness and contribution of all Service Users 
  • Work as part of a team providing a range of physical and mental health services to positively promote the maintenance and development of skills through a process of rehabilitation, recovery and social inclusion strategies focussed on the direct needs of service user. 
  • Implement specific aspects of the treatment and support plan as directed by the therapy and nursing team. 
  • Provide a range of therapeutic activities - graded to reflect service user choice, ability, limitations, stage of recovery, and stage of life - enabling and guiding individuals to achieve their optimal performance and personal goals. 
  • Work effectively as a member of the team to provide a range of unit or community based activities that develop independence and skills, promote recovery and wellbeing and that encourage service users’ participation in ‘ordinary’ community social and leisure activities 
  • Provide regular and practical support to service users in developing optimal independence, and maintaining dignity and self-respect. This may include support with tasks for daily living and home management e.g. budgets, cooking, cleaning and self-care. 
  • Contribute information and observations and provide structured feedback on service users’ functioning to inform standardised assessments and outcome measures on behalf of the nursing team, implement and evaluate agreed therapy interventions that support the service user to achieve agreed goals. 
  • Support and contribute to the completion of risk assessments and contribute to provision of activities and environmental adaptation to mitigate some of these risks 
  • Support the wider staff team in planning and providing a range of activities that promote recovery, independence, and social inclusion and encourage the wider team to adopt therapeutic approaches in the use of daily activities. 
  • Ideally we would like you to have a QCF (NVQ) Level 2 in Health & Social Care
  • A full driving licence is a MUST
  • A strong knowledge of the local community

Rewarding your dedication

The reputation we’ve earned is all thanks to the talented and passionate people at the heart of Exemplar Health Care. And we’re always looking for new ways to say ‘thank you’ for the dedication, care and compassion that our teams show every single day. Here are just some of the benefits:

• Paid DBS 

• 5.6 weeks holiday

• Continuous professional development 

• My FIRST Rewards – with access to lifestyle and retail discounts, an award winning 24/7 employee counselling and support service, and an online Wellbeing Centre

Exemplar Health Care’s FIRST values: 

Our values underpin everything that we do, and ensure that we continue to make every day better for our residents and colleagues. We look for these values in everyone who works with Exemplar Health Care. 

• Fun

• Integrity

• Responsive

• Success

• Teamwork

Find out more and apply now 

For further details on the role please read the ‘Job description and person specification’ or call our Recruitment Team on 01977 630 830.

When you’re ready to apply for the role, click on ‘Apply for this job’ to complete your application.  

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Rewarding your dedication

Whether it’s RCNi membership or NMC PIN payment for Nurses, or lifestyle and retail discounts for everyone, we’re always thinking about new ways of saying ‘thank you’ for being part of our team.

Lifestyle and retail discounts

Lifestyle and retail discounts - all colleagues can access great savings and monthly discounts on high street shops, restaurants, pubs and holidays, as well as 2-for-1 cinema tickets.

Employee Assistance Programme

Employee Assistance Programme - all colleagues can access 24/7 counselling and support through our wellbeing partner, Care First.

Pension Plan

Pension plan – after 3 months, you’ll be auto-enrolled into our pension scheme with NOW pensions, where you’ll have up to 5% of your earnings (depending on your salary) put into the pension and we’ll contribute an additional 3%.

Paid DBS Check

Paid DBS check – we’ll pay for all new starters to have a DBS check, so you don’t need to cover the cost.

Referral Bonus

Referral bonus – if you recommend a friend for a care role with us, you’ll both receive £150, and you can refer as many people as you like.

Free RCNi membership

Career development opportunities - there are lots of opportunities to develop your skills and progress in your career at Exemplar Health Care, if you wish. Find out more.

Pro-rated for part-time colleagues and subject to qualifying conditions.