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Advanced Apprentice Therapy Assistant
Apprenticeship: 20 months
Full time: 37.5 hours per week
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Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Employer type
Doncaster Royal Infirmary
£8,114 Pro Rata Per Annum
Salary period
09/03/2021 23:59

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Advanced Apprentice Therapy Assistant



Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of Yorkshire’s leading acute trusts, serving a population of more than 444,000 across South Yorkshire, North Nottinghamshire and the surrounding areas.

Hosting three main hospital sites and a number of additional services, the Trust is one of only six Teaching Hospitals in Yorkshire and trains 25% of all medical students in the region, in addition to 30% of all other healthcare professional students.

A modern and forward-facing Trust employing over 6,600 members of staff, the hospital provides a full range of local hospital services across Doncaster Royal Infirmary in Doncaster, Bassetlaw Hospital in Worksop, Montagu Hospital in Mexborough. 

In February 2020, the Trust was rated ‘Good’ by the Care Quality Commission, an accreditation which applies to the organisation’s four hospital sites.

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Job overview

As an Advanced Apprentice Therapy Assistant you will work alongside physiotherapists and occupational therapists to provide high quality therapy for service users. You will work towards completion of the Advanced Senior Health Care Support Worker Apprenticeship over 20 months.

We recommend you attend our Virtual Information event on Friday 5th March at 10 am.

The virtual information event will be an opportunity for you to meet our staff, to learn about a typical day in the life of a Therapy Assistant, to learn what is important to us and to ask any questions that you might have.

Please email Lisa Blunt to book a place and receive a link to the event.

Main duties of the job

To assist in therapy assessment and undertake high quality therapy treatment programmes for children aged 0-19 years with musculoskeletal, physical and learning needs under instruction of physiotherapists and occupational therapists.

The role includes working on the children’s ward, in outpatients and community settings. You will be responsible for managing a diary of patients in a timely and productive way. Working across a number of environments within one day means that you will need to be flexible and good at time keeping. Accurate written records and data regarding your interventions with patients is essential.

The role involves a significant amount of communication with a wide variety of people from patients and families to a range of health professionals, including doctors, and education colleagues. It is essential to represent clinical therapy in a professional manner at all times and to communicate correct information appropriately.

Working for our organisation

The Children’s Therapy Team is a hardworking and dedicated team who are passionate about improving the lives of children and providing the best possible therapy with the resources that we have.

Our values align with the Trusts objectives and we look for people who share these values. We have enhanced problem solving skills, are creative in our ideas and positive in our approach to engaging with children and their families and carers. As a team we are supportive clinically, helping, sharing and learning from each other, but we also support each other’s wellbeing with social events and our WhatsApp group.

This vacancy would suit someone who is looking to learn as much as possible about children’s therapy, who wants to work independently and develop skills in a supportive environment.
Annual leave starts at 27 days a year plus bank holidays

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

  • To assist in the assessment of patients within the speciality, being responsible for working independently with patients with non-complex needs when determined by a qualified therapist
  • To use acquired skills to plan and deliver therapy treatment programmes with guidance from a therapist and using evidence based practice
  • Work collaboratively in the multidisciplinary team to plan and/or provide treatment and care of individual patients.
  • Contribute to the achievement of standards/ compliance of targets within their speciality as directed by a qualified therapist.
  • Provide advice and support to patients and carers throughout the patient pathway. Liaising with the multidisciplinary teams to provide a high standard of care
  • Will participate in service reviews
  • Provide appropriate information and education to patients and their relatives / carers.

For full details please read the job description and person specification. 

Person specification

Interpersonal Skills

Essential criteria
  • • Leadership skills including empowerment of others
  • • Good communication and listening skills with an understanding of the needs of people with disabilities and their carers
  • • Able to work as a team member
  • • Able to present information, written and orally, in a clear, accurate and logical manner
  • • Ability to reflect on own practice

Organisational Skills

Essential criteria
  • • Ability to organise own workload and assist others to manage their caseloads
  • • Time management skills
  • • Ability to keep accurate and legible records
  • • Understanding of Clinical Governance and its implications for services


Essential criteria
  • • 2 GCSE’s grade ‘C’ or above or equivalent including English language and Mathematics
  • • IT skills
Desirable criteria
  • • Training courses relevant to post
  • • Portfolio evidence of relevant experience/ Continuing Professional Development
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Applicant requirements

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the United Kingdom (UK) are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. Please note that from January 2021, to work in the UK all candidates who are not UK or Republic of Ireland (RoI) nationals require sponsorship unless you have permission to work via another route. Non UK / RoI candidates wishing to apply can self-assess the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship hereWork in the UK. It is vital that you provide full and accurate details of your current immigration status on the application form. Overseas applicants applying for entry clearance into the UK must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided in continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Guidance can be found hereCriminal records checks for overseas applicants. Not everyone needs a ‘Skilled Worker’ visa. If you are applying for a vacancy in health or adult social care, check if you’re eligible to apply for the Health and Care Worker visa instead. It’s cheaper to apply for and you do not need to pay the annual immigration health surcharge

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

Fiona Leahy
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Additional information

For further information please contact Claire Ziolkowski, telephone 01302 572513. Alternatively contact us via email

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