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Sports and Exercise Therapist - DBT
Career level: A - Core Contributor
Salary: £20,475 - £24,000 Per Annum (depending on experience) plus excellent benefits
Working week: 37.5 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.
Our specialist Women’s pathway is a fine example of our pioneering work, providing a safe place for rehabilitation and recovery for women with complex needs. From trauma and abuse to domestic violence, our range of services is uniquely diverse and we have specialists in every area who understand the very specific and wide-ranging needs of women with Personality Disorder and how to help them.
With the launch of our DBT Integrated Practice Unit (IPU) we can now offer you the chance to work in this stimulating and challenging environment, with a particular emphasis on supporting the Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) programme. We have a long and proud history at the forefront of DBT and it is highly valued within the Charity. As well as an excellent DBT organisational-wide support network, you’ll be trained by and work alongside recognised experts, following our structured 5 function therapy programme to help patients manage and control emotions more effectively and achieve behavioural control.
We have a position for a Sports and Exercise Therapist who will be dedicated to the Women's DBT IPU. 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 necessary.
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: Sunday 14th July
Assessment date: TBC