Anatomy and Human Movement

Review by Louise Viner

PMG Conference 2019

The International Centre, Telford 15th - 17th July 2019

Wheelchair Therapist

Ref: 350-NL1577595

Location: Liverpool

Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Salary: Band 6 (£28,050 - £36,644 per annum)

Organisation: Mersey Care

Closing Date: 24/03/2019

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust provides specialist inpatient and community mental health, learning disabilities, addiction services and acquired brain injury services for the people of Liverpool, Sefton and Kirkby, Merseyside. We also provide community physical health services in Liverpool, Sefton, secure mental health services for the North West of England, the West Midlands and Wales and specialist learning disability services across Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Merseyside.

We work closely with service users, carers and partner organisations, we've been able to make real improvements to our diverse range of services, from health and social care, right through to high secure provision. This passion to improve has been recognised by the CQC who have recently rated us “Good”.

Mersey Care’s vision and values drive our organisation and the way we work together to deliver services. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate during recruitment, and any subsequent employment with the Trust, that their behaviour supports our values of Continuous Improvement, Accountability, Respect, Enthusiasm and Support (CARES). The CQC stated “It was clear that most staff across the organisation understood, and were committed to, the vision and values of the organisation. These were well communicated and the work to win both hearts and minds was apparent”.

Liverpool Wheelchair Service is looking for enthusiastic and motivated Band 6 therapists to join our growing team. The successful candidate(s) will provide assessment and provision of wheelchairs, postural support and pressure management to clients of all ages, with a wide variety of medical conditions, across the diverse city of Liverpool.

We are an innovative service with a shared goal of providing a high quality service to our patients to achieve their mobility goals and enable their independence. We are looking for forward thinking therapists who will add to the team’s dynamic approach and be committed to the continuing professional development of themselves and others.

The skills required for this post include practical problem solving, with sound clinical reasoning. An effective team player, with the excellent organisational and communication skills required to work in a busy service, you will undertake comprehensive assessments of service users with a variety of physical, cognitive and/or learning disabilities.

Many service users present with complex multi-pathologies which require a high level of understanding of the impact of these conditions/disabilities. Identification of social and environmental issues that may impact on the final equipment recommendation is also key to providing a holistic posture/pressure management solution with a wheelchair.

We are predominantly a clinic based service but also see patients in other environments such as schools, hospitals, and their own home. We assess and prescribe manual wheelchairs, active user wheelchairs and electric powered chairs, along with posture/pressure management and specialist seating systems.

Liverpool Wheelchair Service will provide the relevant training necessary to enable you to have the skills and knowledge to provide the high quality service we aim for. There will be plenty of opportunities to gain experience in this specialist area of practice, through shadowing and learning from others.

To be considered for this post you must have:

  • A BSc degree or equivalent in occupational therapy/physiotherapy and current HCPC registration
  • Previous experience of working as an occupational therapist/physiotherapist at AFC Band 6 level
  • Minimum 18 months experience as a qualified therapist, working with patients with long-term and deteriorating medical conditions, including palliative care, neurology, paediatrics
  • An understanding of the impact of these conditions on patient’s lives
  • Experience of undertaking holistic assessments
  • Previous experience of working in a wheelchair service (preferred but not essential)
  • Membership of a special interest group (preferred but not essential)
  • Current UK driving licence (essential)

Shortlisting will take place on 25th March 2019.

Interviews will take place on 3rd April 2019.

For more information, and to apply, visit the Mersey Care website, available here.

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