Palliative Care Therapy assistant
Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust
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This post is a Band 3 Rehabilitation Assistant, working within the Specialist Palliative Care team and Hospice at Home service within Gateshead.
The post holder will work effectively within a multi-disciplinary/agency team visiting patients who have been referred to the Specialist Palliative Care Team and Hospice at Home service. Patients and families / carers will have potentially complex needs and require a flexible, compassionate and caring approach to interventions appropriate to their diagnosis and prognosis. Specific focus on relaxation, breathing techniques, quality of life enhancing approaches, legacy / memory work for patients and families.
There will be planned activity to provide hands on care and holistic assessment to promote independence and offer improved quality of life in the patients preferred place of care.
This new post has been created to support the Specialist Palliative Care and Hospice at Home teams fulfil their objectives, ensuring the fundamentals of care are provided at the point of contact and will ensure delivery of a range of appropriate interventions to be able to meet the needs of the patients' health and wellbeing, within the community setting.
Secondment opportunity will be considered.
Main duties of the job
- To work closely with the nursing, physiotherapist and occupational therapists to support programmes of rehabilitation, reablement, recovery and health promotion thereby reducing the need for unnecessary hospital admission/ attendance and long-term care.
- To ensure that the highest level of patient care is achieved at all times in the most effective manner
- The duties will be carried out in the community setting under the supervision and guidance of a Therapist/Nurse however the post holder will be expected to work alone with access to professional advice and guidance when required.
- Support the wider therapy team to follow up a range of therapy interventions to patients within the community setting.
- To support the point of contact ensuring patients receive care at the right time, right place, by staff with the right skills.
- Support the Specialist palliative care team and Hospice at Home teams lead in the development of any new ways if working that will ultimately improve patient care as and when required.
Based in the North East of England we provide a range of hospital and community health services from our leading facilities, including the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Blaydon urgent care centre and Bensham Hospital, all within Gateshead.
Established in 2005, we were one of the first foundation trusts in the country and since then have consistently achieved the highest levels of care for patients.
We now employ around 4,800 staff and currently provide 444 hospital beds across the Gateshead region.
Our values should be the 'golden thread' which runs through everything we do - they are the core of who we are. Our five values can easily be remembered by the simple acronymICORE; Innovation, Care, Openness, Respect, Engagement.
We have a number of staff networks including the Global Ethnic Majority (GEM) network, D-Ability network, LGBTQ+ Network and the Women's Network, to challenge us and help us to constantly improve. Our Armed Forces network is one of our emerging networks.
The health and wellbeing of our staff is one of our highest priorities, and we offer a range of support and initiatives as part of our 'Balance' programme balancegateshead.com to cater for our diverse workforce, so that your individual needs can be supported, allowing you a happy and healthy working experience with us.
- GCSEs at grade C/4 or above in Maths and English Language
- NVQ level 3 in Health or Social care specialty or equivalent knowledge/experience (or working towards)
- Full Driving Licence
- Experience of working in a Healthcare/Social Care Environment.
- Experience with working with older people to support rehabilitation needs
- Experience with Adults with long term conditions or end of life care needs.
- Experience of working in Hospice setting
- Experience of equipment assessment of ordering via Gateshead GES systems
- Experience of working collaboratively with a wide range of staff
- Experience of working independently.
- Experience of team working
- Treats people as individuals
- Good verbal and written skills
- Basic IT skills, clerical and administrative skills
- Good organisational and time management skills.
- Self-motivated with an ability to motivate others.
- Problem solving skills
- Ability to work as part of a team
- Ability to communicate effectively at all levels.
- Ability to carry out frequent manual handling tasks on a daily basis ability to sit, kneel, support limbs, support clients to move and mobilise throughout the day
- Ability to prioritise workload.
- Understanding rehabilitation and an appreciation of the needs of people with physical problems
- Willing to learn new skills, further education
- Flexible approach
- Works to agreed standards and within protocols under supervision
Can do attitude to service delivery
experience as therapy assitant
Certificate of Sponsorship
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