Childrens Therapy Assistant

The closing date is 18th Mar 2024

Job summary

We are very excited to have a new opportunity for a physiotherapy assistant to join our Southampton Children's Therapy team!!! We are looking for someone who is passionate about making a real difference, to enable children and young people to reach their potential. If you are dynamic and flexible and have enjoyed working with physiotherapists in health, education or care settings, then a career with us may be just what you're looking for...

You will support children aged 0-19 years with physiotherapy interventions in their homes, pre-schools, schools, children's centres or local community clinics under the supervision and guidance of our amazing physiotherapy team.

You will have lots of opportunities for learning and development and regular robust supervision from therapists, as well as peer supervision from other assistants within Southampton and across Solent Children's Therapies. Solent NHS trust is committed to developing apprenticeships for Allied Health Care Professionals and already has an Occupational Therapy apprenticeship up and running. We are positive about supporting our physiotherapy assistants to enrol on apprenticeships once further education establishments have been identified to support these.

You will need to have an NVQ Level 3 in health and social care or childcare or equivalent as well as a driving licence. Excellent communication skills and an ability to work collaboratively with colleagues across a range of agencies is essential.

Main duties, tasks & skills required

Solent Integrated Childrens Therapy service is for children aged 0-19 who experience challenges with Physical disability, daily functional activities, eating and drinking skills, speech, language and communication.

This is a community service delivered in homes, pre-school settings, mainstream schools, special schools, and community clinics.

Physiotherapists, podiatry, Occupational Therapists and Speech and Language Therapists work together with children and their families as part of multi-agency teams with Health Care professionals across acute and community services, Education, social care colleagues and Equipment providers, to enable children achieve their therapy goals.

About us

At Solent, our teams mirror the communities we serve. The Equality, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging plan fosters authenticity, ensuring every Solent NHS Trust member feels visible, validated, and valued.

The Annual Staff survey positions us among top-performing Community and Mental Health trusts in 3 of 9 themes:

  • Compassion and inclusivity
  • Each voice matters
  • Staff Engagement

Our commitment to enhancing diversity, inclusion, and belonging fosters a strong sense of uniqueness, celebrated among colleagues, contributing to excellent patient outcomes.

We welcome applications from underrepresented communities, offering an informal chat for those uncertain about job fit. Our revamped recruitment process prioritizes inclusivity, aligned with Disability Confident and Armed Forces Covenant guaranteed interviews.

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Job description

*Please Note : For a detailed job description for this vacancy, please see attached Job Description* 

Person specification



NVQ 3 or Health or child-care Related Qualification 



Experience with working with young people and/or their supporting adults. 


To have a working knowledge of Risk Assessment and management tools

Experience of working within a multi professional team

Experience of working in a Rehabilitation or education setting

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

For help with your application, contact: 

Polly Sadler 


Pay scheme

Agenda for Change 


Band 3 


£22816.00  to £24336.00 Yearly



Working pattern

Part-Time, Flexible Working 

Reference number


Job locations

Adelaide Health Centre, Western Community Centre 
William Macleod Way 
SO16 4XE 


This vacancy is closed to applications.