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Activity Co-ordinator - Neuropsychiatry

  • Job Type: Full Time
  • Profession: Occupational Therapy
  • Location: Northampton
  • Salary: £19,750

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Activity Coordinator

Neuropsychiatry Division

Salary:  £19,750

Northampton, Northamptonshire

37.5 hours per week

Working at St Andrew’s Healthcare

The Neuropsychiatry Division at St Andrew’s provides personalised care to adults who fall within a number of specialist areas such as acquired brain injury, dementia, Huntington’s disease and chronic mental illness. Our patients present with a range of complex physical, behavioural, social and cognitive needs which require expert in-depth assessment and interventions to enable them to experience occupations that promote their wellbeing.

We are very pleased to offer 3 activity coordinator posts within Neuropsychiatry, which are divided as follows.

Lowther Village (dementia older adults)

Tallis and Allitsen (brain injury)

Fenwick and Walton (women long term mental health and Huntington’s disease)

There is also the expectation of combining resources as a group and planning divisional wide events.

The purpose of the activity coordinator is to provide recreation, engagement, participation and a sense of purpose for our patients through meaningful activities. 

Our patients and staff teams receive the role of an activity coordinator enthusiastically as it complements the care and treatment we provide and brings enjoyment. The role will be one of coordination, facilitation, and ensuing that activities are available for patients across the 7-day week by way of arranging resources for weekends and evenings. There will be the occasional need to support social events that are be planned in the evening.

The person we are looking for will have a natural inclination towards wanting to provide opportunities for our patients to experience wellbeing through engaging in positive experiences. An activity coordinator will also have a leadership style that understands the workings of our wards, develops relationships with our ward teams and uses this knowledge to coordinate a schedule of activities.

What are we looking for in our new team members?

  • Previous working experience in settings such as health and social care, education or the leisure industry.
  • The ability to initiate the organisation of activities, ranging from individual, ward to divisional events.
  • A desire to work with those who may be unable to communicate their needs and have the willingness to try to understand what makes our patients tick.
  • Experience of using activity to promote positive experiences.

In return we will provide you with mentorship and clinical supervision by members of the occupational therapy team and be part of the wider neuro clinical team. You will also experience situations where you will be developed in the skills needed to be the best at the role as you an be.

This post would also suit someone who would like to find out more about occupational therapy as a profession.  

For an informal conversation about this role, please contact either of the below -

Fraser Scatterty, Senior Occupational Therapist fscatterty@standrew.co.uk 

Joanne Jeffs jjeffs@standrew.co.uk

“Our patients and your colleagues will expect you to live the St Andrew’s CARE values of Compassion, Accountability, Respect and Excellence every single day.”

If this role interests you, please apply now