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Health and Exercise Practitioner - Band 5

Gloucestershire Health & Care NHS Foundation Trust
£25,655 to £31,534 a year per anum
Closing date
15 Aug 2022

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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Greyfriars Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) is seeking a highly motivated and committed band 5 Exercise and Health Practitioner. Greyfriars PICU is a 10 bedded mixed PICU, providing care for people with severe and enduring mental health needs. The ideal candidate for this post will be seeking an opportunity to make a real difference to people's lives, with excellent communication skills and a passion for helping those experiencing mental health difficulties.

The successful candidate for this role will have the opportunity to work amongst the highly successful Engagement Activity and Physical Health (EAP) team on Greyfriars. With the objective of providing sport, Exercise and Health and Well-Being Activities to a patient group who have complex, physical, psychological and mental health needs. Working in co-operation with primary and secondary healthcare staff, social services, independent, private and charitable organisation. The role will also rely on an individual who can educate, facilitate and motivate adults with wide ranging mental health problems to enable them to live more healthily.

The post-holder will be responsible for the day to day provision, co-ordination and review of sports / exercise / health activities to patients being nursed within Greyfriars PICU. This will involve running specialist activities/sessions and taking part in the provision of health and well-being sessions for patients.

Main duties of the job

We provide a service to our patients 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, so we are looking for flexible people who would like to work on this rewarding service to cover shifts throughout the week at varying times of the day.

To inform and educate other health care professionals of Health and Exercise activities so that appropriate and timely referrals can be made. To share experience with other Trusts to encourage best practice in the field of Health and Exercise and to assist in Service development by methods such as networking with external agencies such as leisure and other healthcare providers.

To collect local activity data as required by local and Trust Policy and to take part in Trustwide and service audit activity and to assist in implementation of any service improvements indicated on a physiotherapy and health and exercise service or care group basis.

To communicate effectively with patients and carers to maximise treatment potential and to ensure understanding of treatment intervention.

To demonstrate a wide range of communication techniques and interpersonal skills in order to enable and support patients who may have low motivation to take part in Health, Exercise and Activity programmes. Communications skills of persuasion, motivation, explanation and gaining trust and consent are used regularly.

Please see job description for further duties of the role

About us

The Trust aims to recruit and retain the best possible staff who, through the application of their skills, qualification and experience, will make a positive contribution to our business of providing quality health care services. It is the Trust's view that the costs associated with moving house in order to take up a post with us should not restrict our ability to recruit the excellent people we need; therefore, we support staff to relocate with our relocation policy.

Job description Job responsibilities

The qualification, training & experience requirements for the role are underlined in the Job Description/Person Specification.

To ensure you fully understand how the Trust, as a Data Controller, will process and store your data please read the attached document Applicant and Staff Privacy Notice prior to applying for the role.

Candidates for any staff appointment shall, when making application, disclose in writing to the Trust whether they are related to any governor. Failure to disclose such a relationship may disqualify a candidate and, if appointed, may render them liable to dismissal.

At Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust, we are supportive of the people we care for in the community and aim to provide a fully responsive service to everyone who needs it. This is the same approach we take for our employees. We look to value the skills and experiences of those we work with, whether they are service users, carers, families or those looking to work with us.

Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust is part of the NHS. We treat NHS patients according to NHS principles and standards. The difference is the Trust is accountable to local people, rather than to Government, and so we are able to work closely with our community to develop services in the way that best suits the needs of local people.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Degree in Health and Exercise Science.
  • Appraisal Skills (appraisee within 3 months)
  • Experience with Handling and Moving
  • Breakaway (within 3 months)
  • Skills in PMVA
  • Skills in Supervision (Clinical)
  • Skills in Risk Assessment and Management
  • A fully inclusive undergraduate training programme that involves a broad range of experiential learning opportunities.
  • Completion of the Trust's Preceptorship Programme at earliest opportunity
  • Experience/awareness of exercise assessment and fitness programme design for individuals of different age, background and ability
  • Teaching and presentation experience
  • Experience working within the mental health field
  • Knowledge of functional and organic mental health conditions and how these impact on the individuals' physical health and capability to participate in exercise, plus their impact on other forms of treatment.
  • A good working knowledge and understanding of the Mental Health Act
  • Basic First Aid and Basic Life Support
  • Knowledge of a wide variety of treatment, exercise techniques and sporting activities.
  • Good knowledge of Health and Safety factors relating to exercise, sporting activities and interventions.
  • Knowledge of a variety of general physical health conditions and their effects on the individuals' capacity to participate in exercise.
  • Contra-indications of sports or exercise interventions
  • Knowledge of de-escalation skills as appropriate for this field.
  • Basic level of computer competence, e.g. e-mail, word processing.
  • Knowledge of risk assessment and specialist precautions during everyday activities (within 3 months)
  • Knowledge of health and safety issues relating to materials and equipment, including issues concerning provision of equipment etc, to patients.
  • Working Knowledge of Trust and Care Group Clinical Guidelines, Policies and Procedures
  • Awareness and understanding of NICE guidelines (and other national guidelines) relating to working age adult mental health.
  • Awareness of Health and Well-being recommendations.
  • European Computer Driving Licence
  • Ability to undertake some weekend and evening working as required.
  • Able to attend and participate in all mandatory and statutory training events
  • Full driving licence with use of own transport for business purposes

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