Lynn - Rehabilitation Assistant

Who’s this?

Lynn is a Rehabilitation Assistant; the role of a rehabilitation assistant can vary according to the team they work in. Lynn’s role supports Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists with their treatment plans for patients and she is part of the Acute Medical team at Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CMFT)

What’s the story of their career to date?

Lynn only began working with the NHS 8 years ago, deciding that she wanted a change in her career; Lynn had never worked in this field before but feels that her life skills enabled her to secure her role as a rehabilitation assistant

What do they do?

Lynn has a case load of patients and follows the treatment plan that has been put in place for each patient by a physiotherapist or OT. Lynn works very closely with her team in regards to the patient’s treatment and progress, documenting all treatment that is given. Lynn’s typical day involves her supporting patients to wash and dress themselves as well as carrying out kitchen assessments. Lynn also goes out to patient homes with an OT to carry out an environmental assessment to ensure the home is equipped for the patient to return home. Lynn supports patients with their mobility, helping them to practice how to get in and out of bed, supporting their mobilisation to encourage independence in preparation of them returning home. Lynn also completes administrative duties as part of her role, such as ordering stationery, booking meeting rooms and dealing the statistics collected by the team

What’s the best thing about their role?

Lynn feels that the best part of her role is the job satisfaction, making a difference to people every day and also working as part of her team

Where are they going from here?

Lynn has been given lots of training to support her in her role, and has become a Dementia Champion, promoting dementia friendly attitudes for patients and is keen to progress in her current role

Where can I find out more?

This profile has been created by the Greater Manchester NHS Careers Engagement Hub in partnership with Manchester Universities NHS Foundation Trust (Central & Trafford Sites). If you have questions then feel free to contact us.