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Advanced Support Worker

NHS AfC: Band 4

Main area
Physiotherapy/Occupational therapy
NHS AfC: Band 4
Part time - 30 hours per week (0.6 WTE at 22.50 hours per week and 0.8 WTE at 30 hours per week)
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Chesterfield and NE Derbyshire
£22,549 - £24,882 pa, pro rata
Salary period
25/10/2021 23:59

Job overview

We are seeking to recruit an enthusiastic and motivated Band 4 Advanced Support Worker (Therapy) to join the Rapid Response Team in Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire. 

We have two part time posts available. 

The Rapid Response services is 7 days and is from 08:00-18:30. 

We are a responsive, dynamic Multidisciplinary Community Team.

We work with patients within their own homes, care homes, community support beds and in-patient setting,  providing a service that aims to prevent hospital admissions and facilitate discharges; as well as rehabilitation for patients.

Our Integrated team comprises of Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Advanced support workers and Generic support workers; as well as working closely with Social Workers and Nursing teams to provide an  excellent service to our patients.

The successful applicant will have generic therapy assessment and treatment skills ; be able to work as part of a team and will have support from a registered therapist.

There is also a need to have excellent communication skills to work within triage to support the flow of referrals into the team and be able to liaise with patients/carers/MDT members  and referrers from a wide range of services.

As the post requires working in the community you will need a current driving license and regular access to a vehicle. 

Main duties of the job

This will include initial assessment and reviews of patients, creating specific patient led care plans and meet therapy 
goals and liaison with other specialist services within the Trust.

The post holder will be able to work independently 
and adhere to Trust Lone Working policies.

 To communicate information to patients and carers regarding their health needs and associated treatment 

 To report and take appropriate action regarding any change in patient condition or circumstance and to  communicate verbal and written information to all relevant integrated care team members.

To support senior therapy staff in the on-going development of services 

 To maintain and record accurate health records using system one/TPP in line with DCHS policies

To observe personal duty of care when using or supplying equipment, to ensure compliance with health and 
safety regulations and to monitor and report to appropriate registered clinician on the effectiveness of 
equipment and aids to patients’ homes to maximise use of resources. 

Working for our organisation

Our purpose is to provide community health services to a patient population of over one million people in Derbyshire and Derby, as part of Joined Up Care Derbyshire.

We employ around 4,200 substantive staff, caring for patients in 11 community hospitals and more than 30 health centres, as well as in clinics, GP practices, schools, care homes and, increasingly, in people’s own homes and via virtual consultations.

During the pandemic response we have led the implementation of public vaccination centres in collaboration with partners across health and social care.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

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To perform and assist in the provision of holistic, high quality, evidenced based health care to a defined local population, working within an appropriate supervisory and monitoring framework, to an agreed, multi-disciplinary treatment plan by providing and managing ongoing treatment, teaching and instruction to their own referred caseload of patients.

The post holder will be expected to implement, modify and evaluate these 
programmes of treatment without direct supervision. 

The post holder will organise and prioritise their own day to day work tasks and activities, and delegate tasks to Band 3 colleagues.

To assess individual health needs and identify desired goals and outcomes of interventions. Such duties/procedures* will include:- 

Therapeutic equipment/aid supply, instruction and supervision/evaluation of use.

Supporting people during clinical procedures.

Continence management

 Wound management

Baseline observations

Life support in line with Resus Council guidelines
(*not exhaustive list, further duties/procedures subject to training, protocol development etc)

To be responsible for maintaining competence by completion of DCHS competencies specific to role

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • GCSE /O level Grade C or above English AND Maths
Desirable criteria
  • Foundation degree or equivalent


Essential criteria
  • Experience of elderly/multi pathology rehabilitation
  • Experience of working within MDT health or social care setting


Essential criteria
  • Evidence of effective caseload and time management
  • Assessment and treatment skills
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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 here. 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 here. 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 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.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Maria Kozlowski
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Lynne Bakewell, 0775 537649