Therapy Assistant Practitioner – Ipswich East – Ipswich, Suffolk

Therapy Assistant Practitioner – Ipswich East

East Suffolk и North Essex NHS Foundation Trust

Ipswich, Suffolk


We are  the largest NHS organisation in East Anglia. Our scale provides exciting opportunities for development, innovation, research, education and training.

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Equality Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) is at the heart of all we do; and it forms part of the ESNEFT’s core activities. The Trust operates and relies on everyone treating each other with dignity and respect, to receive equitable and fair treatment in the implementation of Policies, Procedures and in its Practices, to foster positive work relationships, and finally to act with integrity as a professional within ESNEFT as well as a representative of the NHS as a whole.  The EDI Agenda reflects the Trust values such as Optimistic, Appreciative and Kind. In line with the NHS Long Term Plan, People Plan, People Promise and a Model Employer intrinsic in the Equality Diversity and Inclusion Agenda, we consistently strive to improve, to take the learning into Action for a better ESNEFT.

If you are passionate about patient care and want to develop your skills and knowledge then we are keen to hear from you.


Job overview

We have an exciting opportunity for a Therapy Assistant Practitioner to join our Ipswich East Integrated Neighbourhood Teams (INT).

This post is based in the centre of Ipswich at a co-location with the Ipswich West INT, REACT and pathway 1 clinical teams.

The successful candidate will work as part of the therapy teams, providing  therapy to patients at risk of admission to hospital, while also supporting the Urgent Care Response Team

The successful candidates will work across 7 days a week, and extended hours as part of the INT therapy rota. 


Main duties of the job

The role will allow the successful candidate to manage a defined caseload of patients in the community under the guidance of a registered therapy clinician. 

The Therapy Assistant Practitioners will with support from a registered therapist respond to patients therapy needs  in their own homes to prevent Hospital admission and support the wider Urgent Care Response  to prevent Hospital admission through crisis.

This role will be a valued, key member of the multi-disciplinary team carrying forward treatment plans and progressing rehabilitation goals for patients to enhance recovery and allowing them to remain in their own home. 

Working for our organisation

One of the largest Trust’s in East Anglia, East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust (ESNEFT) provide hospital and community health services to people living across a wide geographical area. We deliver care from two main hospitals in Colchester and Ipswich, six community hospitals and in patients’ own homes. You will be joining a team of over 11,000 amazing colleagues providing care to 800,000 residents.

Along with supporting you to achieve your career goals we offer a generous pension scheme, 27 days annual leave on commencement (pro rata) and access to a range of NHS discounts. Our Staff Health & Wellbeing programme offer a range of services including mental health support. We offer a range of flexible working opportunities.

Our philosophy is that Time Matters to everyone. Across the Trust, we concentrate on improving the things we do and removing those which do not work or cause time delays for our staff and patients.

Please ensure you read the attached information regarding Covid vaccination requirements.

If you are passionate about patient care and want to develop your skills and knowledge then we are keen to hear from you.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

For full details of the responsibilities and duties of this role please see the attached job description.

Person specification


Essential criteria

Previous experience in the NHS

Experience as a Therapy assistant or experience at a similar level in a related field of health care / health and fitness sector

Desirable criteria

Knowledge of community resources and whole systems/ pathways approach to care


Essential criteria

Can demonstrate intermediate level of theoretical knowledge and clinical reasoning skills acquired through coursework, in-house training and experience to NVQ/Diploma Level 3 or equivalent

Desirable criteria

Foundation degree

Membership or special interest in a community care and integration

Assistant member of Professional group such as CSP or BAOT or working towards this


Essential criteria

Car owner/driver/access to a motor vehicle (role will involve travel to other sites that cannot be easily accessed by public transport means)

Desirable criteria

IT literate

Please note that where response levels are exceptional we may close the post before the specified date, therefore early application is recommended. 

Please make sure that you read the Job Description and Person Specification attached and that your statement in support reflects this as your application will be judged against these criteria.

Secondment – if you are interested in undertaking a role on a secondment basis, please ensure that you have discussed this with your current line manager prior to submitting your application. Please note if you are already an employee of ESNEFT fixed term roles will only be offered on a secondment basis.

When providing reference details please provide email addresses so references can be sought promptly to cover the last 3 years of employment.

Successful candidates may be charged for their DBS check.  Please ensure you read the information found in the attached DBS Information document

The Trust is committed to its staff and their development and to equal opportunities and diversity. Applications are welcomed from all sections of the community. Please be advised that following the new Government’s cap on Skilled Worker Immigration, whilst we welcome applications from all and your application will be considered on individual merit, if you are offered a position and require a Skilled Worker Certificate of Sponsorship we may not be able to process your application to the final stage due to the significant reduction of certificates available to us.

In submitting an application form, you authorise East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust to confirm any previous NHS service details via the Inter Authority Transfer (IAT) process should you be appointed to the post.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest in East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust; we look forward to receiving your application for employment.

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Applicant requirements

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

Paula Springle
Job title
Operational Team Lead
Email address
[email protected]
Telephone number
07950 851285