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Therapies Assistant

Parkside House School
  • Backworth
  • Permanent
Salary: £22, 425 per annum
Hours: 37.5 hours per week, Monday-Friday
Closing date: Monday, 3rd June 2024
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Full Job Description

OFG will support therapy assistants to embark on the SaLT/OT apprenticeship after the successful completion of your probationary period. Travel to and from university and any placements is covered by OFG and you will be supported to meet your university requirements while in post.

Does working 4 days a week but with FULL pay sound like a dream?!* T&C's apply 

It doesn't have to be! Have a better work/life balance and come and work for Outcomes First Group!

Job Title:          Therapies Assistant 

Location:          Parkside House School, Backworth, Tyne & Wear

Salary:              £22,425.00 (dependent on experience)

Hours:              37.5 hours per week; Monday to Friday  

Contract:          Permanent, 52 weeks

Essential:        Full UK Driving Licence and access to own vehicle required 

About The Role

The role will be based in a multi-disciplinary clinical and wellbeing team, including Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Psychotherapy. You will be joining a dedicated team of professionals to support the people within our Parkside House School based in Backworth, Tyne & Wear. 

You will be working closely with our education staff team who support our children, young people and their families. You will be responsible for providing evidence-based assessments and interventions under the supervision of the qualified clinicians in the team such as the Speech and Language Therapist or Occupational Therapist to better understand and support our student's needs and to support them to engage in meaningful activities and interactions. You will be instrumental in creating communication profiles, contributing to placement plans and delivering a range of interventions. This role also includes observations in the school setting, co-facilitating staff training with other members of the Clinical Team, attending multi-agency meetings and on-going service development. There are also regular opportunities for continual professional development, through our internal specialist forums and funding for external training opportunities.

Who we are looking for.

We are looking for a Therapies Assistant who has experience of working with people with special educational needs. We are looking for someone who is independently motivated whilst working under the supervision of a qualified clinician. Someone who enjoys working creatively to develop bespoke interventions to meet the specific needs of our most complex pupils and has a dynamic approach to problem solving will be perfect for this role.

Location: Parkside House School, Backworth, Tyne and Wear  

Welcome to Parkside House School 

About the Group

Outcomes First Group is the largest independent provider of special needs education. We are a vital part of local communities in England, Scotland and Wales with a renowned reputation for quality and positive outcomes for the people we educate for.

We are really proud to say that in 2024, Outcomes First Group were officially certified as a ‘Great Place to Work’ for the fifth year running.

Our divisional brands include Acorn Education and Options Autism.

For more information on the group please visit:

Essential Criteria:

  • 5 x GCSE’s Grade C or above, including English 
  • Experience working as a therapy assistant or in a similar role would be advantageous 
  • Experience of working within an educational setting would be advantageous
  • Skilled in working as part of a team
  • Knowledge and understanding of working with Autistic people
  • Ability to carry out both 1:1 and group sessions under supervision
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both written and verbal, complex, technical and clinically sensitive information to the specific client group, their carers and families and a wide range of professionals outside the service
  • Excellent organisational skills and experience completing administration tasks for a team would be advantageous
  • Full UK Driving Licence and access to own vehicle required plus right to work in the UK

For further information on this role please refer the Job Description and Person Specification attached. To discuss this role in more detail, please contact:

 Why work for us?

Alongside working with a network of clinical colleagues with regular forums for peer reflection and practice development, Outcomes First Group offer an array of flexible benefit options.


Your health and wellbeing are important to us, so you’ll get an exceptional reward package including:

  • Life Assurance Pension scheme with options to increase your contributions
  • “Your Wellbeing Matters” – access to a wide range of first-class mental health support services and physical health checks
  • Work 4 days, be paid for 5 *T&C's apply - following successful completion of the probation period

And a market-leading benefit offering through our Flexible Benefits Platform, Vista, enables you to choose the package that’s right for you, including:

  • A wide range of health, wellbeing, and insurance benefits
  • 100’s of discount options valid in the UK and abroad
  • Cycle to Work Schemes
  • Electric Car Purchase Scheme
  • Critical illness cover

And that’s not all, we place the outcomes of the people in our services at the heart of everything we do, so you’ll wake every day in the knowledge that your role will have a significant positive impact on the lives of others.

We are committed to the safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our people. All successful applicants will be subject to a fully enhanced DBS.

Job ID: 241237


A great company to work for

Wherever you work – whether in a city location or one of our more rural settings – you’ll be part of one dynamic family, aiming high and dreaming big, and helping the people we work with achieve their own personal goals

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