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Wheelchair Therapist - Band 5 development role

Gloucestershire Health & Care NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience per annum
Closing date
26 Sep 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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Are you a band 5 Physio or OT looking for your next challenge?

Gloucestershire Wheelchair Assessment Service has an exciting new development opportunity. We are looking for a therapist who is keen to develop their skills but may not be ready to jump straight into a band 6 role. If you're successful we will provide you with the structured support and training you need to become a band 6 within the team.

We are a multi-disciplinary team providing a countywide service. We're also in the unique position where we cover clients of any age. We've worked hard over the last couple of years to introduce a whole range of changes to make sure we provide a prompt, efficient and effective service for our clients, while also developing a friendly, kind and supportive team culture. We complete holistic assessments with our clients considering their mobility needs as part of the bigger picture of how they want to live their life and working with them to achieve their mobility goals.

If you're proactive, keen to achieve the best with your patients and looking for the opportunity to step up into a band 6 role this could be just the role for you.

Main duties of the job

This is a development role from B5 to B6.

You will join our team as a B5 Therapist and we will work with you to meet all the objectives needed to progress you to the B6 role. You will carry your own B5 caseload which will be a mixture of wheelchair and basic posture management assessments to build your skills. You will gradually be introduced to a broader spectrum of cases in line with working towards the National Wheelchair Managers Forum Competency Framework. Our team will support you on throughout your journey to becoming a B6 Wheelchair Therapist within our team.

Gloucestershire Wheelchair Assessment Service is a countywide service for patients of all ages. We are looking for a Physiotherapist or Occupational Therapist who has a strong interest in developing their skills in a specialist area, working with service users eligible as medium/high/specialist need for the provision of wheeled mobility equipment (including pressure care cushions). The service is provided in a range of settings including clinics, home and educational environments

Our philosophy is to keep the patient at the heart of everything we do. We look for people who are willing to go the extra mile and are committed to being part of a team that delivers an excellent caring service to our patients. This is a countywide role and therefore the successful applicant must hold a full UK driving license and have access to a car for work purposes.

About us

Gloucestershire Health & Care NHS Foundation Trust Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists are provided with opportunities, including:

Individualized development planning

A supportive management and leadership structure

Specialized training opportunities:

- Core Skills Framework

- Health coaching

- Development of leadership skills through our THRIVE programme.

Regular supervision and development of your own learning needs and the ability to support and develop junior staff and students.

Funded university accredited courses (relevant to post in line with individual Therapist's career progression wishes and agreed upon with line management)

Job description Job responsibilities

The qualification, training & experience requirements for the B5 entry role can be found in the job description and person specification attached. The objectives for progressing into the B6 role are also attached.

Closing date: 24th September 2022

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 Trusts 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.

This post requires the post holder to be able to undertake all statutory and mandatory training and post holders must be able to undertake physical interventions. Fitness for physical intervention will be assessed by Occupational Health.

A valid UK driving licence plus the use of own transport for business purposes is essential. For qualifying staff the Trust has a Lease Car Scheme in place and also offers a popular Salary Sacrifice Car Scheme with our partner Tusker.

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 Essential Essential
  • Registered with HCPC
  • Ability to demonstrate judgement in complex clinical problems
  • Ability to monitor own performance through effective use of supervision
  • Experience of postural care and prevention of pressure sore skills.
  • Experience of working with Wheelchair Clients
  • Current Moving & Handling training
Qualifications Essential
  • Degree or diploma in Occupational Therapy or Physiotherapy

Certificate of Sponsorship
Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).
UK Registration
Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details Employer name
Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust
Independent Living Centre

Village Road Cheltenham GL51 0BY


GL51 0BY

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