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Home First Therapy Assistant

NHS AfC: Band 4

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Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy
NHS AfC: Band 4
37.5 hours a week
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Blackpool Victoria Hospital
23/09/2019 23:59

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is ideally situated just a forty five minute drive from Manchester. The Trust provides services to the 440,000 residents of Blackpool, Fylde & Wyre and North Lancashire, as well as specialist tertiary care for Cardiac and Haematology patients. We employ more than 6,500 staff, have approximately 900 beds and have a planned turnover in excess of £410m for 2017/2018.


As one of the United Kingdom’s largest coastal resort, Blackpool has plenty to offer its residents – it’s not just a good place to work; it’s a great place to live. In addition to its bustling centre and historic seafront, the town is world famous for its many attractions, including the famous Blackpool Tower. Blackpool also offers a number of scenic cycling routes round our local parks and across the surrounding countryside, as well as boasting panoramic views of the coast on its picturesque Promenade. Further afield, Blackpool also benefits from less than three-hour connections via rail to Edinburgh in the north and London in the south.


Our strategic vision for 2020 is:

As a high performing Trust, operating as part of an integrated care system, we will provide high quality, safe and effective care. This will be achieved in a financially sustainable way, through our skilled and motivated workforce”.

Band 4 Therapy Assistant, full time 37.5 hours a week for Home First

We are looking for 3 forward thinking, experienced therapy assistants to join our Home First team at Blackpool Teaching Hospital. Home First has been in operation on the Fylde coast for 10 months and we are looking to expand the team.

Team members will be expected to follow the key Home first principles;

  • We should not define people’s long term needs within a hospital setting.
  • If the patient is admitted from their own home then they should be discharged directly back to their own home wherever possible– it must always be the aim and initial focus/consideration
  • There should be no delay in enabling people to return home as prolonged hospital stays can be detrimental to long term health outcomes.
  • Assessments are more contextualised outside a hospital environment especially within the person’s own home or when they have had the chance to recover.
  • If after-care services are required, a rehabilitation or recovery approach must always be considered first.
  • Ongoing care and trusted handover should underpin all steps.

As a band 4 clinician you will be required to  work closely with the qualified therapists within the team whilst also working independently within the community and acute setting. The service will be based at Blackpool Victoria Hospital selecting medically optimized patients for assessment within their own home facilitating timely and safe discharges.

The post holder will be responsible for the provision of Therapy assessment, intervention and discharge planning of patients with multiple and sometimes complex diagnosis upon their admission. They will also work with other members of the multi disciplinary team in order to provide a patient centered service working to identify patient needs and work towards ensuring a safe and timely discharge.

We are committed to education, CPD, clinical governance and flexible working.

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Applicant requirements

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Please contact Charlotte Stubbs for information on 01253 956646