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Lead Fitness Instructor

Job Description

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Trust (CWP) provides specialist child and adolescent, adult and older person's mental health, learning disability and drug and alcohol services to a population of approximately one million people. CWP also offers community physical health services to patients who have a GP in Western Cheshire.

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We have an exciting opportunity for a Lead Fitness Instructor to join our new service, based at Bowmere Hospital. This post is a part time post (059 WTE 22 hours a week) over 4 days (Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Friday)

The service aims to provide a gym service, exercise sessions and health promotion to our service users who are in hospital, within the following areas: Child and Adolescent Mental Health (12-18 year olds based at Ancora House), Adult Mental Health (Bowmere Hospital) and Learning Disabilities (Eastway inpatient service).

This post holder will be coordinating and maintaining our gym facility, leading the day to day running of the service, and overseeing a team of fitness instructors. The team will be based at the newly refurbished gym facility on the Bowmere Hospital site, as well as running sessions on the wards. All wards are on the Countess of Chester Health Park site.

You will be a highly motivated, adaptable and creative person with appropriate experience to at least Level 3 certificate (REPS recognised) . You will be closely supported by the Lead Occupational Therapist to develop our new service and also work with hospital clinical staff.

You will be passionate about improving the physical health and wellbeing of vulnerable young people and adults. You will be able to communicate with people from all walks of life and be able to motivate and empower others using a collaborative and supportive approach.
You will be able to demonstrate excellent leadership and organisational skills and be committed to service development and team working.

For more information contact Maria Yuen, Lead Occupational Therapist on  ( Phone number removed ) 

For further details / informal visits contact:
Maria Yuen, Lead Occupational Therapist on  ( Phone number removed ) 

( Email address removed )


Internal secondments: please ensure you have approval from your line manager to be released from your current role before making an application.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check: Successful candidates who require a DBS check will be required to pay for the cost of the DBS Disclosure which is £44 for an enhanced disclosure and £26 for a standard disclosure, the cost of which will be deducted from salary immediately following appointment.

DBS Update Service: If the role you are successful for requires a DBS check, you are encouraged to enrol for this service. A small annual fee of £13 per year applies. Please see attached “Update Service Applicant Guide” document for further information

CWP welcomes applications from people who have direct experience of our services either as a carer or service user.

This post will close on or before the stated closing date depending on level of interest.

Communications will be sent to you via text and email.

New entrants to the NHS will commence on the minimum of the scale stated above.

Safeguarding: everyone within CWP has a responsibility for, and is committed to, safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and for ensuring that they are protected from harm. Every adult has a responsibility to protect children and as employees of the Trust we are duty bound always to act in the best interest of a child about whom we may have concerns.

The Trust operates a No-Smoking Policy.

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership Trust : Proud to work in Mental Health

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.

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship (formerly a Work Permit)

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