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Sports Therapist

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£34,089 to £41,498 per annum Inc HCAs
Closing date
24 Sep 2023

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Mental health
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
This is an exciting opportunity to work as a Sports Therapist within the Therapy department in secure mental health services. You will work within a Sports Therapy team providing therapeutic sports and health related interventions. Addressing the health needs of individuals within mental health services is a crucial aspect of Recovery and the Sports Therapy team play a vital role within this. The ideal candidate will have some experience of working with individuals within mental health. Please contact Inthuja Kesavanathan for more details of this post on 020 8510 2131 or

Main duties of the job

  • To provide specialist individual/group assessment and treatment programmes for inpatient service users in sports, health and fitness related activity.
  • To provide these programmes in a manner which is safe, effective, inclusive and in accordance with Trust policies and procedures
  • To support the Multi-Disciplinary Clinical Team (MDT) in its provision of assessment and treatment programmes to inpatient service users.
  • To develop links with relevant community sports, health and fitness providers in order to facilitate service users accessing these services
  • To contribute to the development of the Forensic Directorate Sports Service and Therapies Service.

  • About us

    Our mission is to make a positive difference to people's lives by improving the quality of life for all we serve. Our values are: We Care, We Respect, We are Inclusive - so we are looking for people who live and breathe these qualities when supporting service users and carers, and in their relationships with colleagues in the Trust and our partner organisations.

    Job description

    Job responsibilities

    Kindly refer to the job description and person specification that is attached to the vacancy profile.

    Person Specification

    Education, training and qualifications


    • GCSE level qualifications
    • NVQ and/or BTEC in Care Related Skills
    • Qualification in relevant practical skills
    • Health and Fitness related Diploma to Level 2 (must include gym instructions

    Previous Experience


    • Using a specialist skill that is relevant to mental health
    • Using a range of fitness/health related skills
    • Work with people who have experienced mental health problems
    • Planning and running groups
    • Collaborative working with multi-disciplinary clinical teams
    • Experience of CPD and role development activities


    • Working in a forensic mental health environment

    Knowledge, Skills and abilities


    • oPromoting equal opportunities in action and understanding of importance of clinical confidentiality
    • oBasic understanding of needs and concerns of service users with mental health needs
    • oBasic understanding of Sports and its role in mental health and ability to undertake further specialist learning.
    • oInterpersonal skills enabling therapeutic alliances to be developed and maintained with service users who have complex needs
    • oClinical skills to carry out therapeutic individual and group based interventions
    • oAbility to contribute to and work within clinical risk assessment
    • oAbility to use own initiative and work alone at times
    • oAbility to plan, prioritise and coordinate own time and plan tasks.
    • oWilling to take responsibility for administrative and departmental duties as necessary

    Effort and Environment


    • oPhysical skills required facilitating a wide range of activities both on a one-to-one and group basis, including using equipment as required
    • oMental and emotional effort required to undertake concentration required for clinical consultations and interventions on both one-to-one and group basis
    • oAbility to manage frequent highly distressing clinical interactions with clients who have serious mental health problems

    Personal Characteristics


    • oAbility to work autonomously and make decisions
    • oEvidence of excellent organisational skills
    • oSelf-motivated, reliable, flexible & adaptable
    • oAbility to use initiative, creative & innovative
    • oAbility to work in a busy and challenging environment
    • oAbility to stay calm and focused

    Employer details

    Employer name

    East London NHS Foundation Trust


    John Howard Centre, 12 Kenworthy Road


    E9 5TD

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