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Therapy Assistant Practitioner

NHS AfC: Band 4 - Annex 21 (2 years)

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NHS AfC: Band 4 - Annex 21 (2 years)
Permanent: upon completion of academic study and accreditation
Full time - 37.5 hours per week (Will include additional weekend working)
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Royal Lancaster Infirmary
£22,549 - £24,882 Per Annum Pro Rata
Salary period
29/06/2022 23:59

''A great place to be cared for; a great place to work''

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay has a firm commitment to strengthening the diversity of our workforce, and therefore welcome and encourage applications from likeminded people who can support our ambition to become effortlessly inclusive. We are particularly keen to hear from protected groups – including BAME, LGBT+ and people with a disability.

Job overview

We are excited to offer a opportunity to join our inpatient therapy team at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT) as a trained assistant practitioner.

Training through the apprenticeship scheme will be provided for those not currently qualified at Assistant Practitioner level. The funding for this has been secured for the training and support will be given to attend the university one day a week for the academic year over a 2 year period.

Prior qualifications equal to that of the AP level will be considered. The interview will in part assess the candidates qualifications for the course (if required) and we will be supported by a member of the university faculty. 

The higher education will be provided by one of our associate universities, UCLAN or University of Cumbria. 

The details attached are for UCLAN and we are awaiting the course outline and further details from Cumbria. However, the academic qualifications required for both universities are the same. 

Our inpatient therapy team consists of Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists and Therapy Assistants. You will work with the therapy team providing assessment, treatment and therapeutic intervention to maximise patients level of functional ability.  

We are looking for the candidate to be driven and keen to learn. Efficiency and organisational skills are key. We are also looking for leadership qualities that will help in the leadership of our technical instructor team. 

Main duties of the job

This post is a static post and will sit within the acute inpatient medicine and respiratory team and will involve the management of routine medical patients including mobility assessments, exercise progression, falls prevention and discharge co-ordination. However, as with any role within the team cross cover may be required in response to service need. 

The Assistant Practitioner role will include working alongside Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy Colleagues assessing and delivering therapeutic interventions to maximise functional ability. The post holder will receive formal supervision and annual appraisal to support development in the post.  In-service training is provided and training opportunities offered relevant to the post.

Peer support is available from existing band 4 staff within the MDT including occupational therapy, stroke and supported discharge teams.  

The role will be key to the development of current projects focused on length of stay, patient flow and MDT working. It will include weekend working as we move towards a 7 day service. 

We are a welcoming, close working team who are enthusiastic regarding our work and delivering high level quality patient care.

Working for our organisation

We operate from three main hospitals - Furness General Hospital (FGH) in Barrow, the Royal Lancaster Infirmary (RLI), and Westmorland General Hospital (WGH) in Kendal, as well as a number of community health care premises including Millom Hospital and GP Practice, Queen Victoria Hospital in Morecambe, and Ulverston Community Health Centre.

FGH and the RLI have a range of General Hospital services, with full Emergency Departments, Critical/Coronary Care units and various Consultant-led services.

WGH provides a range of General Hospital services, together with an Urgent Treatment Centre, that can help with a range of non-life threatening conditions such as broken bones and minor illnesses.

All three main hospitals provide a range of planned care including outpatients, diagnostics, therapies, day case and inpatient surgery. In addition, a range of local outreach services and diagnostics are provided from community facilities across Morecambe Bay.

This post will be specifically based at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary within the inpatient team. 

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

To read more information about the advertised role, and the main job duties/responsibilities please open the Job Description and Person Specification located under the supporting documents heading. You can also read more information about University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay visiting our website https://www.uhmb.nhs.uk/

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Experience of working in an acute or community setting as a band 3 or above
  • Assistant Practitioner Foundation Degree or equivalent
  • GCSE Maths/English
Desirable criteria
  • Understanding of AHP core skills
  • Associate member of the CSP


Essential criteria
  • Experience in and awareness of acute inpatient services
  • A knowledge and practical experience of manual handling
  • Demonstrate ability to transfer and apply skills from other clinical areas of experience
  • Evidence of MDT working and communication
Desirable criteria
  • Demonstrate the ability to work autonomously
  • Demonstrates an understanding of team working
  • Demonstrates and understanding of scope of practice and accountability to team leaders.

Employer certification / accreditation badges

Disability Confident - two yearsVeteran AwareNo smoking policyDisability confident employerArmed Forces Covenant (Silver Award)Stonewall equality policy. Equality and justice for lesbians, gay men, bisexual and trans people.Morecambe Bay - Inclusive EmployerStep into health

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

Elizabeth Law
Job title
Inpatient Physiotherapy Team Manager
Email address
Telephone number
01524 516177
Additional information

Robin Collins 01524 516177

Advanced Physiotherapy team lead acute medicine