Sports and Exercise Therapist - Women's Blended Service

  • Job Type: Part Time
  • Profession: Non-Clinical roles
  • Location: Northampton
  • Salary: £20,475 - £24,000 Per Annum, Pro Rata

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Sports and Exercise Therapist - Women’s Blended Service

Location: Northampton

Career level: A - Core Contributor

Salary: £20,475  - £24,000 Per Annum, Pro Rata (depending on experience) plus excellent benefits

Working week: 0.5 WTE (18.75 hours per week)

You can achieve more at St Andrew’s Healthcare

St Andrew’s Healthcare is a charity with an excellent and well-deserved reputation as a provider of specialist mental healthcare. We transform the lives of people with the greatest mental health needs and have a reputation for managing highly challenging patients. Throughout our 180 year history we have helped some of society’s most vulnerable people and today we proudly continue to build world-class mental healthcare services. Our commitment to holistic care, safety, recovery and innovative therapies and treatment makes St Andrew’s the perfect place to take your career to a new level.

The service

As part of our organisational and service commitment to delivering person centred, holistic and trauma informed care for women, and in collaboration with NHS England and service users, we are co-producing the design of our new Blended Secure (medium/low) service due to commence in the Summer. The unit is one of three NHSE pilot sites and is also aligned with the East Midlands New Care Model programme.

Many women experts by experience have clearly indicated that their recoveries could have been quicker and more robust if we were able to safely to streamline the difficult transition from medium to low secure, as well as intensify their bespoke therapy programmes and implement a well-planned discharge pathway. The Blended service will be true to this ethos at every level from our physical environment through the relational and procedural security, clinical therapies and governance structures.  

The Blended unit is part of the Women’s Medium secure IPU and offers an excellent opportunity to be part of an innovative new service model working with a team delivering value based healthcare focussed on clinically relevant outcomes that support the accelerated recovery and progress of women to less restrictive environments and community step down in line with improvements in their mental health and reductions in risk.

The role

We have a position for a Sports and Exercise Therapist who will be dedicated to the Blended service.  Our patients have access to gym and sports facilities and recreation rooms.

You will provide specialist input and care supporting patients with complex mental health needs who may exhibit challenging behaviour. Delivering bespoke physical activity sessions targeting group and individual needs you will adapt the exercise to suit the ability of each patient. You will also need to be visionary and outgoing in order to promote physical activity which helps to make positive health and behavioural changes for both patients and staff. In this post you will be making a difference to a group of individuals who may not be keen to exercise or have the ability to self-manage their condition, so continued learning, drive and determination are a must.

About you

You will have an in-depth understanding of the importance of exercise and have a minimum of a Level 2 Gym Instructor qualification. While experience of working with women in secure settings would be ideal, experience of working with patients in a care environment is essential.  You will also need: good communication and interpersonal skills; the ability to work both within a team and independently; to demonstrate patience and understanding and be able to motivate patients to exercise and improve their health.


If this sounds like you then we’d love you to apply here.

Closing date: Monday 27th May 2019.

Assessment date: TBC