Job summary

We are seeking 2 motivated and passionate individuals who are eager to start or progress their career in the NHS and Physiotherapy. If you are looking to progress, or start your career, in the NHS, and have a desire to enhance your knowledge and skills, this apprenticeship offers an ideal opportunity for professional growth. You must have excellent communication skills as you will work alongside qualified and unqualified staff to provide direct support to patients requiring physio support.

You will be an integral part of the team, assisting physiotherapists with giving individualised care to patients. As part of this team you will be able to work with a variety of people providing an outstanding service to the Trust.

You will work with in- patients in a variety of settings alongside completing all elements of the Senior Healthcare Support Worker Standard (Level 3) Apprenticeship.

This involves working with our training provider and an assessor to develop a work-based portfolio, this will include completing work-based assessments, assignments and projects relating to the apprenticeship standard. You will complete end point assessment. You will be supported, within your working hours, to complete the will develop and maintain knowledge, skills and competencies related to the role of a physiotherapy apprentice assistant.

Main duties of the job

This is a developmental role. The trainee/apprentice will undertake and complete all elements of the Senior Healthcare Support Worker Standard (Level 3) Apprenticeship. The post holder will receive paid study time within their working hours to complete their apprenticeship. It is an expectation that the apprenticeship qualification would be completed in 18-22 apprentice will develop and maintain knowledge, skills and competencies related to the role of a physiotherapy assistant.

Tasks include:

o To support the planning and delivery of individual or generalised patient treatment programmeso Assisting mobilisation of patients in clinical Have a good basic knowledge of all equipment and mobility aids used in the Collect data and relevant statistics for reporting to management. o Maintain computer competencies to assist in data collection and patients informationo Maintain stock levels – making management aware of any General housekeeping including keeping department tidy and ready for working day.

About us

At UHSussex, diversity is our strength, and we want you to feel included to help us always put the Patient First, as shown in our Outstanding for Caring CQC rating. Your uniqueness and experiences will be part of our creative and innovative community where everyone is encouraged to succeed. We have a range of Staff Networks to help break down barriers, and can offer a buddy to help new members settle in. We’re proud to be a Disability Confident Employer (Level 2) and a Veteran Aware Trust.

We treat our patients and staff with the same compassion and empathy we expect for ourselves. We’re here for them when they need us, and we go above and beyond to meet their needs. This can be seen in our Wellbeing Programme for staff which is extensive and designed to support you when you need it – because we know that to look after others we must first look after ourselves.

As a university trust and a leader in healthcare research, we value learning, teaching and training so that we can be the best that we can be. From the moment you start with us and throughout your career we will help you to grow and develop. We hope that in choosing UHSussex you are choosing a long and happy career where you will be able to see the difference you make and feel valued for all that you do.

We look forward to receiving your application and the start of your journey with UHSussex.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Tasks include:

1. To support physiotherapy and inpatient teams to deliver the best patient care To report any complaints and incidences to the immediate senior member of staff as soon as To carry own caseload of patients with predictable conditions who require treatments. Liaising with physiotherapist as required. The size of the caseload will be small in nature initially and will increase during the Involved in the rehabilitation of patients using knowledge learned during the To assist nursing staff and therapists as required regarding day-to-day care of patients, transfers, maintaining hygienic To be able to measure and issue appropriate walking aid for patients, ensuring completion of competencies and adherence to medical devices To work collaboratively with relevant Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) Professionals ( health care assistants, occupational therapy assistants, and nursing staff, Orthotists) to assist achievement of patient centred goals and maximising the patients To contribute to the education of patients, on a range of topics covering Physiotherapy techniques (with physiotherapy support where required) Exercises, mobility activities including using walking aids and Be able to read and interpret monitored information to ensure patient and therapist safety during therapy session BP, HR, SaO2 etc. To request support with this where uncertain

Person Specification



  • 5 x GCSEs (or equivalent) grade A-C or 4-9 including Maths and English.
  • Previous experience of working with people
  • Awareness of confidentially
  • Desirable

  • Science GCSE (A-C)
  • A-levels
  • Previous experience working in a care environment
  • Skills


  • Ability to give clinical and non-clinical information to patients under supervision
  • Demonstrable professional attitude in a highly pressurised working environment.
  • Basic IT skills, good knowledge of relevant healthcare computer systems.
  • Full range of physical activity associated with a helper role. must be able to handle and move equipment and patients.
  • Equality, Diversity & Inclusion


  • Evidence of having undertaken own development to improve understanding of equalities issues
  • Evidence of having championed diversity in previous roles (as appropriate to role).