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Senior Wheelchair Therapist

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
Southend On Sea
Depending on experience Dependant on experience
Closing date
15 Jun 2024

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Mental health
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time

We have an exciting opportunity for a part-time, enthusiastic & self-motivated Band 6 Wheelchair Therapist, to join our busy and friendly Wheelchair Service based in Southend-on-Sea

The Band 6 Wheelchair Therapist would be responsible for delivering evidence based client-centred assessments, tailored equipment provision and ongoing case management, to meet the clinical needs of clients with a wide range of postural and mobility needs.

The successful applicant will support the Clinical Lead and Wheelchair Service Manager in all aspects of service provision, while independently managing a varied caseload.

Regular professional supervision and CPD will be provided and excellent opportunities for on-going professional and self-development.

A valid, clean driving license and use of a vehicle is essential.

Main duties of the job

  • To be clinically responsible for the ongoing management and assessment of children and adults, with a wide variety of postural and mobility needs.
  • Undertake assessment of Posture & Seating needs, in relation to equipment provision & Pressure Care.
  • Be responsible for provision of Wheelchairs, Powered & Manual, and Paediatric Equipment within existing eligibility criteria.
  • Work closely with Community Therapists, Social Services, Voluntary Agencies, etc., to ensure that wheelchair provision is fully integrated.

About us

EPUT are looking for motivated staff who shares our Trust values of Care, Learn and Empower. In return, EPUT can offer you a range of benefits and development including
  • Season Ticket Loans
  • NHS discounts for staff
  • Excellent Training facilities and opportunities
  • Buying and Selling annual leave scheme
  • The opportunity to work bank shifts and expand knowledge and experience in other areas
  • Salary Sacrifice schemes including lease cars and Cycle to Work
  • Day One Flexible Employer

The Trust supports and actively encourages flexible working for all employees. We offer many options and you are encouraged to ask the recruiting manager what is possible for this role. If appointed, you will have the opportunity to apply for a flexible working request from the first day of your employment

Join our Staff bank

What is Staff Bank?

Our EPUT NHS staff bank is an entity managed by the trust that hires clinical and non-clinical healthcare professionals to take on shifts at our trust hospitals and community settings. Here at EPUT we maintain our own bank of specialist staff to ensure that we are able offer safe and effective care at all times.

All our permanent staff are automatically enrolled onto the staff bank however this does not mean you have to work any additional shifts, but the option is there for you if you wish.

If you are joining our Trust in a fixed term role, please indicate on your New Starter Paperwork that you wish to join our staff bank.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To assess, evaluate, and develop individually agreed objectives with clients with a range of physical and psychological conditions, including people with severe cognitive impairment and/or disabilities such as Cerebral Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Motor Neurone Disease.
  • To carry out skilled & evidence based interventions with the client, e.g. Postural management.
  • To be responsible for own practice and accountable for all aspects of treatment and provision delivered to the client, undertaking this treatment as an autonomous practitioner.
  • To be able to analyse clinical & social information from a range of sources to integrate into treatment plan.
  • To analyse and understand the impact of equipment provision in relation to treatment regimes from other sources, such as spinal surgery & tendon releases on children with Cerebral Palsy, Botox injections for MS clients, PEG insertion.
  • To have a good understanding of the implications of deteriorating conditions and the effect on seating and mobility needs.
  • To be proactive in identifying and providing assessment for clients who need reviewing, to ensure equipment and intervention meets the changing needs.
  • Be highly skilled in communicating with clients of all ages who have a range of physical & psychological barriers to understanding, e.g. hearing impairments, severe learning disabilities.
  • To be responsible for identification & recommendation of purchase & supply of specialist equipment, having taken into account client risk assessment & safety implications.
  • To provide clients with assessment & training in Wheelchair handling and safety within the Wheelchair Clinic, clients home/school/workplace, or other venue that is appropriate, ensuring the best & safest provision is made, within service constraints, to maximise the clients mobility & function.
  • To provide specialist advice on equipment use to other Health/Social/Educational & Voluntary Sector services, highlighting the impact of incorrect use on patient care.
  • To be a source of clinical expertise and advice for other Health & Social Care professionals, in relation to equipment use and posture management, e.g. Community & Hospital based therapists, District Nurses, Social Services, & Educational staff.
  • To be responsible for the development and maintenance of good working relationships with wheelchair manufacturers and representatives, wheelchair suppliers, repair and maintenance contractors, rehabilitation engineers and special seating engineers engaged in service provision. To liaise with these in relation to research in new products and ordering new equipment.
  • To ensure interpersonal skills are effective in development & maintenance of good working relationships with staff and colleagues within the wheelchair service and externally with other agencies.
  • To contribute to the timely management of clients in line with national and local targets.
  • To be responsible for MHRA Adverse Incident reporting and to take recommended action necessary to protect the safety of wheelchair users.
  • To initiate & implement audits relevant to own clinical field, e.g. cushion trials.
  • Be responsible in ensuring equipment is safe to use & fit for purpose and for the safe use of the equipment by clients during the assessment.
  • To ensure effective communication with clients and their representatives and demonstrate the ability to discuss sensitive and/or complex issues with tact and sympathy.
  • To manage distressed, confused or aggressive clients/representatives, some of whom may have barriers to understanding, e.g. hearing impaired, severe learning disabilities, or mental health conditions.

  • To work to standards set by relevant professional body and professional regulatory authority.
  • To maintain current knowledge of new and existing products and assessing their advantages for service users.
  • To ensure knowledge and practice of latest technologies in product materials and design, where appropriate.
  • To be responsible for accurate record keeping and the adherence to the national record keeping standards.
  • To demonstrate sound understanding of clinical governance, ensuring practice is within the standards and criteria agreed for the service, and to audit own and teams performance as required.
  • To demonstrate a sound understanding of postural management clinical knowledge and skills.
  • To be responsible for CPD, participation in peer reviews and maintenance of up to date knowledge of specialty, through research and work of clinical interest groups.
  • To comply with local and national standards of information governance. To maintain client confidentiality, implement departmental policy on effective consent to treatment/assessment and to comply with the Data Protection Act.
  • To comply with Health & Safety Codes of Practice & Procedures and to implement any policies which may be required to improve the Health & Safety of the work area.
  • To comply with organisational & departmental policies & procedures and to be actively involved in review and update of policies directly relevant to own working area.

  • To carry out administrative duties as appropriate to ensure smooth running and efficient provision of the whole service.
  • To plan, organise and prioritise client caseload
  • To delegate to the technicians where appropriate, depending on their level of skill and ability.
  • To be responsible for screening, prioritising and scheduling clients referred to the wheelchair service from a variety of sources. Making decisions regarding direct provision or necessity for assessment, or delegating simple cases to the Wheelchair Service Coordinator and Technicians.
  • To actively engage in supervision and case management.
  • To operate within required service specification and subsequent eligibility criteria within the delegated service budget.

  • To maintain accurate clinical records as outlined by professional standards.
  • To access and input data into the electronic patient record system.
  • To complete, in a timely manner, risk assessment, doctors letters, etc., to ensure effective service provision to users.
  • To organise, as appropriate, clinics with external equipment suppliers, e.g. Wheelchair manufacturers. Liaising with clients, carers, etc., in order to assist in clinical assessment.
  • To be responsible for obtaining equipment quotations following specialist assessments, to ensure timely equipment provision.
  • To be responsible for arranging own diary dates, ensuring effective use of clinic time and streamlining of provision.
  • To be an active participant in team meetings.
  • To remain up to date with relevant budgetary situation of the service.
  • To identify specific training needs pertaining to the role and that of other junior staff.

Person Specification



  • Degree in Occupational Therapy or Physiotherapy
  • Evidence of continued Professional Development & CPD
  • Current HCPC registration


  • Postgraduate qualifications, such as Advanced EDGE Training.



  • Post registration experience working with Children/Adults with neurological and long term conditions
  • An understanding of the causes & restrictions of reduced mobility & postural disabilities, and the impact of this on client's daily lives


  • Previous experience of working with wheelchairs & postural management
  • Experience of working in acute & community settings
  • A good working knowledge of various types of wheelchairs & their associated accessories & parts
  • Experience in managing postural deformity and/or prescribing wheelchairs



  • Broad based post registration experience
  • Literate in IT/Computer Skills
  • Literate in IT/Computer Skills oGood oral & written communication skills based on fluency of the English language
  • Experience of working in a client-centred service, where a high degree of attention to detail is required
  • Evidence of previous team working, to deliver a high quality level of service
  • Previous experience working with Children & Adults with neurological conditions


  • Experience of working in acute and community settings

Personal Qualities


  • Able to work autonomously with excellent time management skills
  • Ability to communicate complex information to clients & non-professionals, in a way that they can understand
  • Positive, optimistic, friendly, responsive, courteous & punctual



  • Shares the Trust's beliefs and models this in their attitude & behaviour
  • Full UK Drivers Licence & access to own car
  • Ability to Travel across Trust sites as required

Employer details

Employer name

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


Unit 8 Temple Farm Southend on Sea

Coopers Way

Southend On Sea


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