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Band 4
Fixed term: 12 months
Part time: 22.5 hours per week
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Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust
Employer type
Royal Sussex County Hospital
£21,892 - £24,157 per annum pro rata
Salary period
07/12/2020 23:59

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COVID-19 Vacancy Rehabilitation Assistant

Band 4

About our Trust

Our Trust is rated as ‘Outstanding for Caring’ by the CQC – fundamental to this is the way that we value and respect our staff. At every level, we value the diversity of our colleagues and actively champion an inclusive culture.  We believe that everyone without exception should feel free to be their authentic self in the workplace.

We understand that work is only one part of life. We are committed to helping our colleagues achieve the best possible work/life balance. We proudly offer supportive, inclusive and family friendly employment and flexible working policies. We have a wide range of professional services and employee networks to help our colleagues be at their best - and find support if they need it.

Our Trust is already a Disability Confident employer and we are holding ourselves to account through the Workplace Disability Equality Standard (WDES). Our work on promoting equity and inclusion for our Black, and Minority Ethnic (BME) colleagues continues to be driven by engagement with the WRES (Workforce Race Equality Standard) and the WRES Experts Programme. 

In 2019, we committed ourselves to becoming a Stonewall Top 100 LGBTQ+ Employer. We also support the national ‘Veteran Aware’ scheme and are an ERS Silver accredited Hospital who welcomes applications from all members of the Armed Forces communities.

For our patients, we do everything we can to deliver fair access to all our services. This includes providing interpretative and other services to meet the needs of disabled communities. We're careful to show sensitivity towards ethnic, cultural and religious differences. Our staff uphold these values and so help our care to get better all the time.

 About this vacancy

We are looking for an enthusiastic rehabilitation assistant for our regional hyper-acute and acute stroke unit, Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton.

This post is for a part time  one year fixed term contract and offers opportunities to develop as a rehabilitation assistant; carrying a caseload of stroke patients independently and assisting the qualified staff to treat complex cases. You will assist the therapy team in providing a high quality seven day service to help patients regain their independence and quality of life.

You will have either experience as a carer or as a therapy assistant; including some knowledge of neurology, and will be keen to develop your rehabilitation skills in neurology.

You would be part of a therapy team consisting of OT, PT, SLT, Psychology and Dietetics. There is a specialist band 7 Occupational Therapist, specialist band 7 Physiotherapist and a clinical specialist 8a Physio therapist to support the team, training and service development.

The unit treats hyper acute and acute stroke patients from Brighton and Hove, and Mid Sussex .

The unit works closely with Sussex Rehabilitation Centre at Princess Royal Hospital, Haywards Heath, and the community stroke neuro teams across East Sussex, West Sussex and Brighton and Hove.

Work will primarily involve:

  • Carrying out treatment plans devised by the Occupational Therapists or Physiotherapists.
  • Assisting the therapists in the assessment and treatment of patients with physical or cognitive impairments
  • Participating in the treatment of patients with challenging behavior and cognitive/ communication difficulties.
  • To issue daily living equipment and demonstrate its use as agreed by an Occupational Therapist
  • To instruct patients in the use of walking aids and provide advice to patients and carers regarding safety issues associated with walking aids according to BSUH protocols
  • To assist in basic stock checks, equipment ordering and cleaning and maintenance of equipment
  • General administrative duties
  • Attending Staff Meetings and In-Service Training Sessions


There are other Rehabilitation Assistants employed by the Trust; providing opportunity for peer support and peer learning.

We provide comprehensive in service training and mentorship and facilitate the use of personal development plans, to identify learning needs, so that we can provide bespoke support.

Please address the Knowledge and Experience and Skills section of the Person Specification in the Additional Information section of your on-line application. This information will be the basis of applicants called for interview.




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Applicant requirements

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

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Further details / informal visits contact

Liz Tungate
Job title
Senior Occupational Therapist
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Telephone number
01273 696955 ext 4590
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