Skills Development Coordinator / Therapy Assistant
Copperfields, Leeds, LS9 0BA
Full time or part time hours
£8.91 per hour
Our home provides care for up to 30 adults with a range of complex needs including neuro-disabilities and mental health conditions. You will soon see that we are not a standard nursing home but a bespoke person centred care home and our staffing level reflects that we are able to go the extra mile every day.
The post holder will function as part of an integrated team with nursing and care staff, and will work alongside the Physiotherapist and Occupational Therpist, assisting with the implementation of rehabilitation programmes and providing support in direct care delivery where required to enable a therapeutic and supportive culture to flourish within a high functioning team environment.
The successful applicant must have experience in a similar setting.
- Planning facilitating, and contributing to the provision of a flexible, service user centred programme of therapeutic activities, with a skills, rehabilitation and recovery focus, for individuals and groups of service users
- Providing high quality care to all Service Users in accordance with individual care plans, guidelines and rehabilitation programmes
- Delivering specialised rehabilitative, skills-based work, delegated as part of an individual’s specific support plan, to enable service users to achieve their goals and aspirations in relation to their optimal performance in self-care, leisure and productivity.
- Championing service users’ rights for social inclusion and working with the nursing team to optimise opportunities for this
- Promote physical health through activity and support other team members to expand the opportunities for activities that promote recovery and wellbeing
- Support in the assessment of service users’ functioning and performance and their overall health needs using a range of standardised assessment tools
- Keep accurate records and produce summary reports ahead of service user review meetings which include information about participation, engagement and measured outcomes.
- Contribute to maintaining stock, advising on required resources and equipment to carry out the role and including the responsible management of petty cash.
- Contribute to the team’s efforts to ensure the environment can be least restrictive, optimally ‘normalised’ and occupational risk factors mitigated as best as is possible.
- Contribute to professional review meetings to provide feedback regarding outcomes following participation in therapeutic activity programmes
- Adhere to all organisations policies at all times
- Carry out other duties as will, from time to time, be directed
Clinical and therapeutic:
- Have an understanding of the needs of individuals with a disability
- Respect the privacy, dignity, uniqueness and contribution of all Service Users
- Work as part of a team providing a range of physical and mental health services to positively promote the maintenance and development of skills through a process of rehabilitation, recovery and social inclusion strategies focussed on the direct needs of service user.
- Implement specific aspects of the treatment and support plan as directed by the therapy and nursing team.
- Provide a range of therapeutic activities - graded to reflect service user choice, ability, limitations, stage of recovery, and stage of life - enabling and guiding individuals to achieve their optimal performance and personal goals.
- Work effectively as a member of the team to provide a range of unit or community based activities that develop independence and skills, promote recovery and wellbeing and that encourage service users’ participation in ‘ordinary’ community social and leisure activities
- Provide regular and practical support to service users in developing optimal independence, and maintaining dignity and self-respect. This may include support with tasks for daily living and home management e.g. budgets, cooking, cleaning and self-care.
- Contribute information and observations and provide structured feedback on service users’ functioning to inform standardised assessments and outcome measures on behalf of the nursing team, implement and evaluate agreed therapy interventions that support the service user to achieve agreed goals.
- Provide timely written or verbal reports as required regarding service users’ performance and progress, in areas of self-care/maintenance, leisure and productivity, and ensure that up-to-date written records are maintained.
- Support and contribute to the completion of risk assessments and contribute to provision of activities and environmental adaptation to mitigate some of these risks
- Support the wider staff team in planning and providing a range of activities that promote recovery, independence, and social inclusion and encourage the wider team to adopt therapeutic approaches in the use of daily activities.
- Be an active networker, building relationships with local organisations that can assist in increasing opportunities for service users to access specialist community supports, non-specialist services, education and employment opportunities, and leisure and social resources
Ideally we would like you to have a QCF (NVQ) Level 2 in Health & Social Care
A full driving licence is a MUST
A strong knowledge of the local community
Must be able to demonstrate experience in a similar setting
What we can offer you:
5.6 weeks holiday
Exemplar rewards – retail discounts and vouchers
Employee assistance program – 24 hour helpline
Free car parking
Outstanding career progression
Comprehensive induction program
Opportunity to progress and complete NVQ qualification
Refer a friend scheme – Up to £1,500
Our Values express what it is like to work in our organisation and our colleagues should make these a part of everything we do:
“There are many career opportunities at Exemplar Health Care and the support that I’ve received has been amazing. Everyone at Exemplar Health Care is committed to not only our residents, but each other. I am proud to be part of the Exemplar family.”
Nurse – Exemplar Health Care