Allied health professionals
Allied health professionals at Nottinghamshire Healthcare are at the forefront of a range of multi-disciplinary, specialist services for people with complex needs. They use their expertise around promoting recovery, enablement and positive risk taking, to add life to years, prevent relapse and reduce risks.
You can find out more about the different types of allied health professionals and their role at the Trust in the menu on the left.
Art and music therapists
Art and music therapists are employed across Nottinghamshire Healthcare, delivering therapy to children and young people (CAMHS community and inpatient) and patients in secure services. Arts therapists work closely with colleagues from a range of professions, to offer both individual and group assessment and treatment to clients. They work across with patients from admission to discharge.
The Art and Music Therapy Team based at Rampton Hospital provides bespoke interventions, including co-facilitation of core psychological treatment groups such as the Violent Offending Treatment groups and the Fire Setting Treatment programme. It also incorporates an outreach team of core creative psychotherapists (art, music and drama) who provide specific work into specialist learning disability and personality disorder therapeutic communities, based in both HMP Dovegate and HMP Gartree. Art therapy also takes place in the Wells Road Centre; providing 1:1 access and some group treatment for patients admitted there.
All arts therapists are committed to providing a robust therapeutic framework which is evidence based and allows the individual to explore their core treatment aims. The arts therapists aim to work with individuals to promote positive behavioural changes, reduction of risk, increased self-esteem and importantly support them on their recovery journey. The interventions offered by music therapists and art psychotherapists are designed to enable effective long term change and recovery.
Around twenty registered dietitians work across Nottinghamshire Healthcare to provide one to one therapeutic dietary advice within:
- mental health, forensic and learning disabilities inpatient settings
- physical health community clinics or in the patient's home
- multi-disciplinary teams in services such as Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services and community learning disabilities
We use evidence based practice and effective communication to support behaviour change, covering a range of conditions and age groups such as eating disorders, enteral feeding, nutrition support, paediatric food allergy, autistic spectrum conditions, faltering growth to adult nutrition support, irritable bowel syndrome and diabetes. We work at various sites across Nottinghamshire.
We work together as integral members of the multi-disciplinary team and support other staff via production of dietary advice sheets, education and development, professional support and shadowing opportunities. We also deliver dietary education via group sessions, for example to patients with type 2 diabetes in partnership with our diabetes educators.
We employ around 279 qualified occupational therapists, as well as two consultant occupational therapists and a large network of support staff. We highly value the occupational therapy role.
The diversity of our services gives you the chance to work in a wide range of settings. You could be based in a high secure setting at Rampton Hospital, or working alongside the fire service with service users who have physical or mental health needs.
Our occupation therapists work in a number of service areas, including:
- secure services
- intellectual disability
- mental health
- substance misuse
- children and young people's services
- community physical health
- falls prevention
We work with a variety of ages from children up to older adults, with a range of physical and mental health needs.
Our occupational therapists are committed to working in partnership with our service users, to enable them to have control of their lives and achieve their hopes and ambitions.
There is a network of support for occupational therapists and opportunities to work as a permanent member of staff, on a fixed term contract or on our bank. We also support people to return to practice. We have good links with the Universities of Sheffield and Derby and regularly have students on placements.
The Trust regularly presents at the College of Occupational Therapy and other conferences and is involved in a number of research studies.
Our occupational therapists work to a variety of clinical models, however all occupational therapists work to our Recovery Strategy.
Working together to improve lives
We have made the film below to showcase our partnership working with Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service. This is just one of the innovative projects you could be involved in as an occupational therapist at Nottinghamshire Healthcare.
Working at Nottinghamshire Healthcare - Siobhan's story
"I started working for Nottinghamshire Healthcare in February 2016, after obtaining my degree from the University of Derby in 2015.
"I was first attracted to the Trust after speaking with staff at a careers event in Derby. I was impressed by their enthusiasm and passion for their profession. This experience, alongside my interest in mental health, encouraged me to apply for a role within the Trust.
"I am currently working as an Occupational Therapist on a rotational basis in Mental Health Services for Older People. Following this, I will transition into Adult Mental Health Services and then into Forensic Services. This is a unique opportunity as it is the only role of this kind in the East Midlands.
"The Trust has offered me countless opportunities to grow, both professionally and emotionally, through exposure to new and interesting situations, all whilst being supported by a diverse and inclusive team.
"The Trust is committed to my professional development, serious about job satisfaction and conscious of my welfare. This attention to detail and focus on staff undoubtedly benefits patients, and makes the Trust both a pleasant place to work and for patients to receive treatment.
"I would highly recommend the Trust to any individual looking for a new role that is both challenging and rewarding in equal measure."
Physiotherapists are employed across the three directorates within the Trust. They provide expertise within a range different specialist services for individuals at all stages of their illness, condition and recovery whilst as inpatients or within the wider community. Services include:
- Children’s Physiotherapy Services
- Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
- Community Therapy Services as part of Integrated Adult Services teams across south Nottinghamshire, mid Nottinghamshire and Bassetlaw
- Community Mental Health Teams (CHMTs)
- Community Stroke Teams and long term neurological conditions
- COPD Services and Pulmonary Rehabilitation
- Elderly Rehabilitation and Inpatient Therapy at Highbury Hospital, Lings Bar Hospital and Mansfield Community Hospital
- Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy
- Residential Reablement Service
- Specialist Physiotherapy in Intellectual Disabilities Services
Physiotherapists within the Trust and across health and care providers use their professional knowledge and expertise to deliver patient care. They support healthier lifestyles, greater function and participation. They collaborate with others to develop new innovations and strategies to reduce delays and inefficiencies and to meet the growing demands on healthcare systems. Clinical specialist physiotherapists and emerging roles support Nottinghamshires Sustainability and Transformation Plans enabling and testing new solutions to enhance patient experience and improve outcomes.
We are a department of over 50 staff. The department’s primary role is the provision of day care elective foot surgery under local anaesthesia, specialising in the assessment and surgical management of complex foot disorders including forefoot, mid foot and rear foot pathologies. We focus on patient safety and satisfaction. The majority of work undertaken is elective foot surgery. Common conditions we treat include: hallux valgus, hallux rigidus, claw/hammer toes, neuroma/nerve entrapment, metatarsalgia, soft tissue lumps and bumps, degenerative arthritis, tendon disorders, keratotic disorders of the skin.
We also offer a number of other treatments including: cortisone injections, immobilisation therapies, physical therapies and foot health advice. We work closely with our colleagues in the Musculoskeletal Podiatry Team who offer custom made foot orthoses.
As an AHP with 30 years of experience of NHS working inevitably I’ve seen many changes, the good the bad and the ugly! What has never changed however is the joy I still get at being able to make a positive difference to service user care and experience. When newly qualified this was limited to individuals and my own case load, as time has gone on the NHS has allowed me to develop a research career which means the difference I can make goes far further than those I immediately come into contact with. Long may it continue! Thank you NHS.
Alison, Lead Podiatrist, Diabetes
Speech and language therapy
We employ around 180 speech and language therapists (SLTs) working across diverse services from children to adults with both acquired and developmental conditions. Our work includes prevention and promotion across universal, targeted and specialist settings.
We work collaboratively and can provide you with a range of experiences from children’s centres, schools and colleges, to hospital settings in acute and secondary care, learning disabilities, mental health, and forensic services. We provide many of the speech and language therapy services in Nottingham City and County, including Bassetlaw.
Whatever the care group, specialism or geographical area we are committed to working together with service users, their families and carers as well as staff and professionals who support them, to ensure better lives for people with communication and swallowing needs.
Speech and language therapists across the Trust are involved in a range of continuing professional development, research and audit opportunities. We are actively engaged with the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, with key roles including advisors. All SLTs are members of the East Midlands Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists hub, and many are also members of regional and national clinical excellence networks.
"After working in a variety of support worker roles in the independent sector, I then joined Nottinghamshire Healthcare as an Assistant Speech and Language Therapist. This allowed me to experience a variety of different positions within the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities field. I gained a greater understanding of the ‘bigger picture’ beyond just my role. This inspired me to train as a speech and language therapist.
"During my course I realised the standards, quality and forward thinking that I was used to in Nottinghamshire Healthcare's Speech and Language Therapy Service was not always to the same degree on a regional and national level. I realised that my heart lay in working with adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and I wanted to be part of my old Speech and Language Therapy team.
"I worked hard and successfully applied for a position as a qualified speech and language therapist. I consider myself to be very lucky to be part of an innovative, supportive and high standard team of professionals that is recognised across the UK. I am so proud of my achievements and am looking forward to growing my career in speech and language therapy in the future."
"I came to speech therapy later in my career, retraining and graduating from the BSc in Speech and Language Therapy in 2015 in my 40s.
"Nottinghamshire Healthcare has provided me with lots of opportunities. I’ve worked across the Rushcliffe and Newark and Sherwood Children’s Centres since June 2015 and have loved it all.
"The work we do in supporting nursery staff, parents and children across Nottinghamshire with speech, language and communication is incredibly rewarding. I enjoy the variety of my days: some days I will be delivering parent training in the morning, seeing a child at home in the afternoon and finishing the day preparing resources for nursery staff."