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Job summary

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Digestive Diseases, Urology and General Surgery Services
Band 4
Part time - 30 hours per week
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South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Employer type
The James Cook University Hospital
£25,147 - £27,596 per annum (Pro rata)
Salary period
26/02/2024 23:59

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Therapy Assistant Practitioner/Apprentice

Band 4

Job overview

Band 4 Therapy Assistant Practitioner/Apprentice - Surgical Wards

30 hours per week 

An opportunity has arisen for a Band 4 Therapy Assistant Practitioner to join the Surgical Physiotherapy Team. The team provides physiotherapy to the surgical wards at James Cook University Hospital and also provide physiotherapy to the post operative assessment unit and head and neck surgery wards.

This post would suit an experienced band 2 or 3 assistant looking to progress to band 4 Therapy Assistant Practitioner. The successful candidate will also be supported to attend the Physiotherapy Degree Apprenticeship course at Teesside University to become a qualified physiotherapist on completion of the apprenticeship course.

The surgical team consists of Physiotherapists, Therapy Assistant Practitioners and Therapy Assistants. 

Please note that this vacancy will close when we receive sufficient completed applications.

This post is for internal candidates to South Tees Trust. If you are not currently working within the trust your application will not be reviewed and automatically rejected at shortlisting stage. Please be aware of this when submitting your application.

Main duties of the job

    • To undertake highly skilled work, support the physiotherapists in providing an effective and efficient physiotherapy service within the framework of clinical governance.
    • To work under supervision and independently in order to facilitate effective treatment of patients within the service.
    • To carry out basic assessments of non-complex patients as delegated by the physiotherapists.
    • To accept patients delegated by a therapist and be responsible for the delivery of patient care. To use clinical judgement and freedom, within the scope of practice and be able to work independently and flexibly without direct supervision but to receive access to regular supervision from a Registered physiotherapist.
    • For more information on the apprenticeship please see:

Working for our organisation

South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust offers leadership and improvement training to all new staff to the Trust; this training programme has been designed to support our leaders in developing their understanding of leadership and management skills.  

You will be expected to attend the New and Aspiring leaders programme, and the Foundation Quality Improvement Programme that the Trust delivers.  After you complete this one and a half day of training you will be able to explore further leadership and improvement training opportunities, we offer further in-house courses and bitesize programmes and leadership apprenticeships at level 3,5 and 7.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Please see the full job description and person specification document(s) for main responsibilities of the role.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Knowledge acquired through in-house training, short course and experience to NVQ 3 level or equivalent, plus knowledge of specific patient conditions, forms of therapy, acquired through training, experience or NVQ3 in relevant subject.
  • Level 1 in Maths/English or equivalent


Essential criteria
  • Substantial previous experience as an AHP Band 3 or equivalent therapy in Social Care
  • Evidence of achievment of competencies at Band 3 AHP Assistant

Skills/ Abilities

Essential criteria
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing both routine and at times complex conditions related information to patients, carers and colleagues
  • Ability to make decisions about patient care to agreed professional standards using protocols where appropriate
  • Good time management and organisational skills
  • Demonstrate initiative, drive and enthusiasm.


Essential criteria
  • Practical and theoretical knowledge of patient conditions and treatment within relevant speciality
  • Can demonstrate understanding and awareness of the Therapy Assistant Practitioner role

personal attributes

Essential criteria
  • To respond and adapt to the changing needs of the service
  • Able to travel independently throughout the localities

Employer certification / accreditation badges

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Applicant requirements

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Philip Howard
Job title
Service Lead Physiotherapist
Email address
[email protected]
Telephone number
01642 850850
Additional information

01642 850850 ext 56214

If you have problems applying, contact

The Recruitment Team
The Murray Building
The James Cook University Hospital
01642 850850, ext. 57396
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