Band 4 Exercise and Fitness Instructor

Job details
Posting date: 11 November 2021
Salary: Not specified
Additional salary information: Agenda For Change (AFC)
Hours: Full time
Closing date: 03 December 2021
Location: Prospect Park Hospital, RG30 4EJ
Company: NHS Jobs
Job type: Permanent
Job reference: J11-45080-B4-INSTRUCTOR

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Job Title and Grade:Band 4 Exercise and Fitness Instructor

Location/Trust: Prospect Park Hospital (Mental Health)

The Role:

We have long term placement opportunities available for Band 4 Exercise and Fitness Instructor atBerkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, specifically providing the following:

  • The post holder will be an integral member of the Allied Health Profession led Therapy Team at Prospect Park Hospital. You will work with the Qualified Physiotherapists to provide a Physiotherapy service to both adult and older adult inpatients at Prospect Park Hospital.
  • Patients who access this service experience mental health problems of varying degree and severity. Your role will involve working with patients with Anxiety, Depression, Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Dementia, and Personality Disorders. You will have skills and knowledge to understand how these conditions impact on someone’s motivation and ability to participate in Physiotherapy sessions.
  • The role is to assist patients during their inpatient stay through rehabilitation towards independence, increased functional capacity and self-management. The role will involve delivery of exercise programs to patients on a 1:1 basis and also taking part in group work which will include leading exercise or education sessions in the hospital gym. There is scope to develop the provision of exercise sessions within the hospital gym and gym-based work is a key aspect of this role.
  • The role will seek to promote the importance of physical activity on mental health, to patients, carers and other health professionals and to liaise with outside agencies for onward referral.
  • Assessment for and provision of walking aids is also part of the role in falls prevention.
  • Time may be split between Older Adults and Adult patients according to the needs of the service. As such this will involve working as part of the Older Adult Multidisciplinary Team and Adult Multidisciplinary Team. The post holder will work both autonomously and as part of the Physiotherapy Team working alongside the Physiotherapist.
  • To promote the importance of physical activity on mental health, to patients, carers and other health professionals and to liaise with outside agencies for onward referral.

Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust is a community and mental health trust, providing a wide range of services to people of all ages living in Berkshire. And to do this, we employ approximately 4,500 staff who operate from our many sites as well as out in people’s homes and in various community settings.

We’re also a digital pioneer, having been named by NHS England as a ‘Global Digital Exemplar’– one of only seven mental health trusts in the country to gain this status.

Main Responsibilities :

  • To undertake assessment for appropriate walking aids and issuing these in a timely way
  • To maintain the Equipment Store and do regular stock checks and ordering as required.
  • To be responsible for checking and cleaning exercise and gym equipment, maintaining weekly records of this
  • To ensure gym equipment is serviced regularly and fit for purpose and to ensure all equipment defects are reported to the relevant department as per local guidance. If defect is noted to report to the Specialist Physiotherapist and remove the item from the service to maintain safety.

Clinical Responsibility :

  • Assist in the provision of Physiotherapy based therapeutic care to patients, supported and supervised by Physiotherapists.
  • To work autonomously in the delivery of exercise programs to patients and have the necessary skills and competencies to progress these for the patient.
  • To implement rehabilitation programs and other duties as directed by the Physiotherapist and report outcomes to registered professionals.
  • To participate in health promotion as directed by the Key Clinician.
  • To be able to order and instruct patients in correct use of equipment.

To apply for this post, you must have:

  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training or equivalent (REPS / CIMSPA accredited).
  • GCSE in Maths and English at 9-4 or equivalent.
  • Ability to perform technical skills.
  • Full UK Driving Licence (manual).
  • Prepared to work flexibly as service requires including Bank Holidays and Weekends.

In return for your hard work commitment NHS Professionals (NHSP) can offer you some fantastic benefits: –

  • Competitive Pay Rates- work this week, get paid next week!
  • First choice of placements at over 50 NHS Trusts in England
  • Dedicated consultants
  • Flexible working options
  • Free DBS and free training
  • Build holiday allowance
  • Support when you need it – 24/7 365 days –Call us anytime on 03330 144 370
  • Stakeholder pension scheme

Who are NHS Professionals?

NHS Professionals (NHSP), owned by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), works in partnership with hospital trusts to provide a bank of highly skilled temporary workers who want to work flexibly within the NHS.

Working through the NHSP bank means Trusts don’t have to rely on expensive agencies. Right now, we have over 130,000 members registered on our bank from various roles, grades, and specialities, saving the NHS over£70 millioneach year. This money is then reinvested back into the NHS.

Register today for various flexible working options and long-term placement opportunities.

For more information on the roles or details on how to join NHS Professionals, simply get in touch withWarris AliasRecruitment & Placement Consultanton 0144 290 2002 or

We look forward to hearing from you soon.


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