Therapy Assistant – 2.5 days per week
Salary: £7,210 - £8012 per annum
Hours: 18.75 hours per week, term time only (39 weeks per year)
Holiday Entitlement: School holidays (we follow Stockport LEA)
We are recruiting a Therapy Assistant to work effectively as part of the Therapy team in supporting and delivering (under professional guidance) therapeutic programmes to students and pupils within a school/college and residential setting engaging them in activities to promote and maintain independence and wellbeing.The role will support our Physiotherapists, Speech and Language Therapists and also our Occupational Therapists.
Responsibilities will include the following:
Participate in the assessment and treatment programme planning for students under the clinical and professional supervision of a qualified therapist.
To work without direct supervision (i.e. therapist not present but can be accessed if required) in the implementation of student programmes, assessing student’ progress and reporting back to the therapist on progress and any variations to expected outcomes from programmes you deliver.
To support and deliver programmes to students in a variety of settings including (but not limited to) college, school, residence, hydro pool, swimming pool, sports hall gym, on trampolines and community settings.
Use effective communication tools, verbal and non verbal to communicate programmes to students, liaise with parents, teachers and other professionals.
GCSE English and Maths grade A-C or equivalent level 2 qualification in literacy and numeracy is essential
Level 3 qualification in a therapy related subject desirable
Good level of PC literacy is essential
Experience of working with people with multisensory impairments and/or complex learning difficulties and disabilities is essential for this role
Experience of working with children or young people with autism is preferred but not essential
Good written and verbal communication skills and ability to write and maintain reports and student notes is essential
Ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team is required, and good organisation skills
Skills and ability to implement programmes under supervision are essential for this role
Regular requirements to move and handle service users, who have a range of physical abilities, in a variety of settings including classroom, gym, pool areas, trampolines, residential units and some restricted spaces is essential
Regular requirement to support service users with challenging behaviour is essential
Who are we?
Seashell Trust runs an Outstanding (Ofsted) special School, and specialist College together with 17 on-site residential homes for children and young people with complex learning disabilities, physical disabilities and multisensory impairments.
We provide an outstanding care environment that is safeguarded and committed to promoting learning, respect and independence, as well as dignity for all of our students. As part of our safer recruitment policy, successful candidates will be required to undergo an enhanced DBS check (no cost) and full references will be taken.
We value our employees and recognise the need to recruit, retain and develop highly skilled and committed talent who share our vision and values!
We value diversity and are committed to equal opportunities. Disabled candidates who meet the minimum criteria on the person specification will be guaranteed an interview.
This charity is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment