Technical Instructor - Animal Care and Horticulture

Priory Healthcare
Yorkshire and the Humber
14 Apr 2018
14 May 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Stockton Hall is a highly specialist hospital where patients requiring a medium secure care setting can maximise value from therapeutic interventions. Our services have produced excellent recovery results for patients and they are able to progress to low secure or locked rehabilitation if possible.

The facility is split across seven wards as follows:

16 bedded female ward - Mental Health and Personality Disorder
16 bedded male ward - Personality Disorder
8 bedded elderly male ward - for those with a settled in presentation in need of rehabilitation for mental illness and/or personality disorders
Two 24 bedded male wards for mental health focus

Our Technical Instructor’s role involves:
  • To work under the supervision of a qualified Occupational Therapist, ensuring effective communication liaison at all times.
  • To work in liaison with Occupational Therapists in developing those rehabilitation programmes including horticulture and animal care.
  • To educate patients about relevant aspects of horticulture.
  • To take a lead role in the care and upkeep of the animals, abiding by the Animal Welfare Act at all times.
  • To familiarise yourself with the individual needs and risks of the patients you are working with.
  • To participate in supervision and feedback sessions with the identified Occupational Therapist.
  • To be aware of, and work within individuals patients’ treatment/ management plans.
  • To maintain patient documentation and statistical records, working within the bounds of confidentiality.
Skills and Experience:
  • To comply with the individual responsibilities under the Health & Safety Act
  • Knowledge about the Animal Welfare Act and how to look after small animals, birds and fish
  • Knowledge of horticulture/ gardening
  • Ability to empathise with patients but not breach staff/patient confidentiality
  • Good and effective communication skills with a variety of agencies
  • Good people skills – friendly , talkative and honest
  • None essential
  • Experience of working with vulnerable adults is desirable
  • 33 days’ annual leave including Bank Holidays (At commencement of employment)
  • A Group Personal Pension Plan (GPPP)
  • Private Medical Insurance Scheme
  • Life Assurance
  • Free meals/ refreshments when on duty
  • Carefirst – Employee Assistant Services
  • Continuous learning and development
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Career development
  • Personal Health Insurance
  • An Employee Assistant Programme
  • Voluntary benefits
About us From education to hospitals, care homes and secure facilities, the Priory Group of Companies offers individually tailored, multidisciplinary treatment programmes for those with complex educational needs or requiring acute, long-term and respite mental healthcare.

The integrated strength of each service provides a seamless transition for the individual as they progress between higher and lower dependency care and across services. This unique approach ensures that every individual has the opportunity to achieve the best possible outcomes and quality of life with the Priory Group.

As 85% of our services are publicly funded and delivered in partnership with commissioners, our teams work with commissioning bodies across the country to provide transparent pricing models and evidence-based care programmes.

Disclosure All roles will be subject to a successful disclosure at an appropriate level from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), Access NI or Disclosure Scotland. We are an equal opportunities employer.

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