Therapy Assistant - OPAL Team

Older Person's Assessment and Liaison

Posted: 2 years ago

University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust

£18,546 - £19,918 £18,546 - £19,918 pa ( pro rata


We recently went into partnership with Bournemouth University and, with the merger of Poole Hospital and Royal Bournemouth & Christchurch Hospital NHS Foundation Trusts, became University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust this is a really exciting time to join us!

Our ambitious multi-million pound plans to develop our sites are well underway, including developing RBH as the major acute and emergency hospital in East Dorset, PH as the major planned care hospital, and ambitious plans for Christchurch to support on-going patient treatment.

Joining UHD gives you the opportunity to enjoy all that Dorset has to offer. Bournemouth is a vibrant university town , and Poole has a large natural harbour and is perfect for water sports or relaxing at a quayside restaurant.

With both the New Forest and Isle of Purbeck on our doorstep, over 7 miles of stunning sandy beaches and coastal paths, we are located within an area of amazing beauty providing a great place for you to achieve your rewarding work life balance.

We are pleased to announce we are recruiting for a permanent full time, Band 2 Therapy Assistant post supporting the multi-disciplinary OPAL Therapy Team.

The OPAL (Older Person's Assessment and Liaison) team assess and manage patients that present in the Emergency Department, the Older Persons Assessment Unit and Inpatient wards around the Hospital.

As a team we are passionate in ensuring that any older people presenting to our acute hospital receive the highest quality care from clinicians with a holistic approach and passion in caring for older people.

The key responsibilities would require you to work alongside the Therapists on our Older Persons Medicine wards, supporting the team with rehabilitating the older person, preventing hospital associated physical and cognitive deconditioning, as well as leading some group based activities and supporting qualified staff with home visits, administrative duties such as equipment ordering and general organisation.

You will be required to achieve a certain competency level which we will give you support and training to help you achieve. We have a structured in house training programme and a supportive team of clinical staff.

The post will include 7 day working and therefore the post holder will be expected to participate in weekend working. You also need to hold a valid UK driving licence.

Some administrative responsibilities will be required within this role.

Previous experience of working with older people, in an acute hospital or community setting would be desirable.

Base Location: Royal Bournemouth Hospital

Interview Date: 11th April 2022

For further details / informal visits contact:

NameClare WilcoxJob titleClinical Lead PhysiotherapistEmail addressclare.wilcox@uhd.nhs.ukTelephone number0300 019 6191

We believe that having a diverse workforce, and allowing people to be themselves, is essential in ensuring we offer an inclusive, welcoming and productive place to work.

We especially welcome applications from minority groups in the community who may be underrepresented in our workforce.

At UHD our active staff network groups are Black Asian Minority Ethnic Group (BAME), Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Network Group (LGBTQ+), European (EU), Pro Ability Staff Network, and the Armed Forces Support Group.

As a Trust we are proudly signed up to the Disability Confident and Armed Forces Covenant guaranteed interview schemes.

Please note:

COVID-19 vaccination remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course our patients from the virus when working in our healthcare settings. Whilst COVID-19 vaccination is not a condition of employment at this time, we do encourage our staff to get vaccinated.

Staff recruited are expected to be available to work flexibly across all our Trust locations when service demands require it.

This advert may be closed early if sufficient applications are received.

Internal Candidates: staff employed prior to merger who voluntarily change jobs will be appointed to UHD terms and conditions.

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