Allied Health Professionals
At HPFT we have a diverse range of opportunities for Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) – across learning disabilities, child and adolescent, adult and older adult mental health settings.
AHPs are key members of our healthcare teams, providing therapeutic help, clinical advice, and rehabilitation and treatment for our service users – who are all living with mental ill health, physical ill health or learning disabilities.
We are looking for staff who know that great care is all about making a difference to people’s lives. Staff who want to share learning and experiences with colleagues and who want to work together to embrace best practice and embed continuous improvement and innovation. At HPFT we employ:
- Occupational therapists
- Speech and language therapists
- Art psychotherapists
- Music therapists
- Dietetics specialists
- Dance movement psychotherapists
We offer an excellent training and CPD programme which is designed to help our AHPs progress their careers, improve their skills sets and keep up-to-date with developments in their fields. We believe that all our staff need to continue to expand and enhance their knowledge so that they can provide the best, the safest and the most effective treatment and care.
We also encourage our staff to develop their leadership, management and supervision skills so that they can become our future leaders and our future lead practitioners.
We offer all newly-qualified AHPs a preceptorship programme which supports their transition from newly-registered professional to competent practitioner. We will guide you through your preceptorship, helping you develop your skills, knowledge and practice and making sure you become an effective and confident allied health professional.
Occupational therapy: we have a number of development posts that support newly qualified staff. Starting on our Band 5 full-time or part-time rotation scheme, staff can experience different specialities across different teams, gaining valuable expertise and refining their skills whilst developing a broad knowledge base. A perfect foundation for career development.
Speech and language therapy: we have Band 5/6 development posts that support and enable newly-qualified staff to complete their competency-based learning and development in dysphagia and communication so they are ready to move seamlessly into a Band 6 role. We also have band 5 posts where you can focus on communication.
Returning to practice
We have supported several staff with existing AHP qualifications to return to the Health and Care Professions Council register. We have also employed people as therapy assistants, supporting them through their re-registration process.
Feedback from people we have been supported to return to practice:
‘The opportunity has increased my confidence and clinical practice skills’
‘I was able to develop confidence gradually without feeling pressurised’
‘I was able to observe and explore different clinical interventions in each service area’
‘I learnt so much about all the different service areas in the Trust’
We recognise that individuals have sometimes gained relevant experience in other roles where they may not have been registered or working as an AHP, and we are always keen to support more returners to practice. Please get in touch if you would like to find out more. [We need a suitable email address here]
We are looking for staff who will challenge existing practices and who will push us towards innovative and radical solutions to the way we do things. We want staff who believe in our values and clearly demonstrate them every day – with our service users, carers and colleagues. Why not join us. Find out more about our vacancies.
'I love working as a Band 5 Rotational Occupational Therapist for HPFT. There are so many opportunities to work within different teams and really imbed the role of OT in new ways. Plus the extra training opportunities have really given me the chance to grow and develop all my core skills. I feel proud to work for a Trust that values it’s Occupational Therapists and works cohesively with lots of other professions.'
- Rosie Scott, Band 5 Occupational Therapist
'I like working within SLT for HPFT because I get to work within a great team of SLTs who help me to learn a lot about the profession and support service users in their times of crisis with their communication and dysphagia needs. I work within a dynamic MDT in inpatient services and get the opportunity to do a lot of joint working with various professions.'
- Laura Hooper, Speech and Language Therapy Assistant Therapy Practitioner in inpatients services (Dove and SRS)
'I love being an Occupational Therapist because I am able to work with such a wide variety of service users and I am passionate about empowering people to maximise their independence and focus on what matters to them. When I joined HPFT I was part of the large Band 5 rotation before progressing to a Band 6 position in the Trust where I continue to access regular development opportunities. I feel proud to work for a forward-thinking Trust where every individual is valued and innovation is encouraged.'
- Fran Perkins, Occupational Therapist