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Wheelchair Therapist- Occupational Therapist/ Physiotherapist

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum pro rata
Closing date
3 Jun 2024

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Physiotherapist, Occupational therapist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

Liverpool Wheelchair Service is looking for an enthusiastic and motivated Band 5 Occupational Therapist or Physiotherapist to join our team.

The successful candidate will provide assessment and provision of wheelchairs and pressure management to clients within the Liverpool GP population.

You will be joining an experienced and established team who are friendly and supportive. The Band 5 role will provide you with an opportunity to expand your knowledge and experience of both children and adults. Many of our patients will present with complex multi- pathologies. You will undertake comprehensive assessments of service users with a variety of physical, cognitive and/ or learning disabilities. Identification of social and environmental issues that may impact on the final equipment recommendations is also key to providing a holistic posture/ pressure management solution with a wheelchair.

The service are specialists in postural assessment and you will have the opportunity to develop your skills and awareness in 24 hour postural management.

We are a multi disciplinary team of Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Clinical Engineers and Assistant Practitioners. We have a dedicated admin and warehouse team and purpose built facilities.

Our team provide and attend regular training to develop skills and knowledge both internal and external. We hold regular peer support and clinical focus sessions to support reflective practice and individual learning needs.

Main duties of the job

The post holder is responsible for the delivery of clinical care to a defined population.

Supported by senior practitioners, they will deliver care within the boundaries of their role.

They will work effectively and collaboratively within the team to meet the needs of the patients, support the delivery of policy and procedures and provide clinical leadership.

Ensure the delivery of the quality strategy within the designated area incorporating establishment of systems and processes.

Provide therapy input within the wheelchair service as part of the wider Community Equipment & Disability Advice Service.

The post holder will provide interventions for service users with a wide range of posture and mobility needs.

To provide interventions in a variety of locations, including the service users own home, nursing homes, schools and wheelchair clinics.

About us

Mersey Care is one of the largest trusts providing physical health and mental health services in the North West, serving more than 1.4 million people across our region and are also commissioned for services that cover the North West, North Wales and the Midlands.

We offer specialist inpatient and community services that support physical and mental health and specialist inpatient mental health, learning disability, addiction and brain injury services. Mersey Care is one of only three trusts in the UK that offer high secure mental health facilities.

At the heart of all we do is our commitment to 'perfect care' - care that is safe, effective, positively experienced, timely, equitable and efficient. We support our staff to do the best job they can and work alongside service users, their families, and carers to design and develop future services together. We're currently delivering a programme of organisational and service transformation to significantly improve the quality of the services we provide and safely reduce cost as we do so.

Flexible working requests will be considered for all roles.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Assess, plan, develop, implement and evaluate programmes to promote and prevent adverse effects on health and well-being

Implement and evaluate individual treatment plans for patients

Identify, and manage as appropriate treatment plans for patients at risk

Prioritise health problems and intervene appropriately to assist the patient in complex, urgent or emergency situations

Recognise and refer patients presenting with mental health needs

Promote and deliver evidenced based care

Assist senior practitioners as required

Utilise and demonstrate sensitive communication styles, to ensure patients are fully informed and consent to treatment

Communicate effectively with patients and carers, recognising the need for alternative methods of communication to overcome different levels of understanding, cultural backgrounds and preferred ways of communicating

Act as an advocate when representing patients and colleagues viewpoints to others

Recognise and work within own competence and professional code of conduct as regulated by the relevant professional body

Produce accurate, contemporaneous and complete records of patient consultation, consistent with legislation, policies and procedures

Prioritise, organise and manage own workload in a manner that maintains and promotes quality

Deliver care according to national and local guidelines, working in partnership with other clinical teams/departments

Assess effectiveness of care delivery through self and peer review, benchmarking and formal evaluation

Please refer to attached Job Description for a full list of duties and responsibilities.

Person Specification



  • Degree (or Diploma) in Occupational Therapy / Physiotherapy
  • HCPC registered Occupational Therapist / Physiotherapist
  • Registered member of professional body (e.g. Royal College of Occupational Therapists or Chartered Society of Physiotherapists)


  • Accredited Practice Placement Educator

Knowledge/ Experience


  • Demonstrable post registration experience
  • Experience of successful multi-agency working
  • Evidence of CPD/Short courses


  • Demonstrable experience in relevant area of practice or equivalent.
  • Awareness of Health and Safety issues as a lone worker in the community



  • Continuous Improvement
  • Accountability
  • Respectfulness
  • Enthusiasm
  • Support
  • High professional standards
  • Responsive to service users
  • Engaging leadership style
  • Strong customer service belief
  • Transparency and honesty
  • Discreet
  • Change oriented



  • Understanding the principles of care management
  • Awareness of factors that contribute to good health & the importance of promoting these in line with organisational public health policy
  • Excellent communication, organisational & interpersonal skills
  • Risk Assessment skills
  • Self - management & motivation skills
  • IT Literate
  • Ability to travel to work across boundaries
  • Work as a member of a team
  • Self-motivated and able to adopt a flexible working approach when the needs of the service require
  • Willingness to support and assist the team in the planning and development of the service
  • Excellent hand-eye coordination
  • Sensory skills (sight, hearing, touch) to be able to independently adjust mobility equipment to suit service users' needs.
  • Dexterity, manipulation and fine-motor skills


  • Awareness of current, national and local agenda in health & social care
  • Understanding of partnership working
  • Moving and Handling skills/ training
  • Ability to work to deadlines

Employer details

Employer name

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust


Liverpool Wheelchair Service

Lifehouse, Summers Road, Brunswick Dock Business Park


L3 4BL

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