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Occupational Therapist

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience £33,706 - £40,588 per annum (pro rata)
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Other allied health
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
Job summary

We have an exciting opportunity for a Senior Community Occupational Therapist in our WestCommunity Therapy Team to come and work in the service delivering the aim above via holistic, personalised, therapeutic care. You will work as part of well-established wider Multi-Disciplinary Teams (MDTs) across our local communities, where you will provide support across both proactive community rehabilitation and urgent care pathways. Our teams work flexibly to provide a seven-day service, 365 days a year, between 8am and 8pm.

We will support you to make full use of your skills at whatever stage of your career to:
  • Provide specialist, holistic assessments, and reviews to improve or maintain quality of life.
  • Support individuals to take increased ownership and control over their health through rehabilitation interventions, personalised care planning and goal setting.
  • Provide an urgent response to minimise crisis situations and the need for emergency interventions or hospital admissions.
  • Improve access to existing services through a coordinated MDT approach.

Our Trust and leadership teams are committed to supporting your work/life balance via flexible working and tailored support to help you advance your clinical practice and leadership skills in style that suits you, your health and wellbeing and your future career aspirations. This is an ideal opportunity to bring your skills and develop them in a flexible, supportive, and positive community service.

Main duties of the job

In this role, you will use your skills to undertake assessments and plan treatment and interventions for patients with a variety of conditions, identifying ongoing needs and making appropriate onward referrals to our partners.

You will contribute to the co-ordination of the multidisciplinary team through the allocation of visits. You will also support the clinical and operational leads in the supervision and development of colleagues and will be supported to develop your clinical and non-clinical capabilities across the four pillars of practice.

You will need to able to drive with a full UK licence due to the geographic area covered by the team.

About us

Why work for us?
  • Positive 2021 NHS Staff Survey results with compassionate culture and leadership, and support for staff wellbeing, scoring highly
  • Rated 'Good' with 'Outstanding' features by the Care Quality Commission (CQC)
  • Located in stunning Sussex, with easy access to the South Downs and the coast
  • A great variety of working environments, in the community, in patients' homes and in our community hospitals
  • Excellent training and development opportunities
  • Real Living Wage Employer, with great rates of pay
  • Supportive flexible working patterns such as part time, flexi time, annualised hours etc.
  • Supportive team environments
  • Cost-effective and convenient workplace nurseries in Crawley, Hove and Brighton
  • Thriving BAME, Disability and Wellbeing, LGBT+ and Religion and Belief staff networks
  • Accredited Level 3 Disability Confident Leader, committed to creating inclusive workplaces
  • Access to a wide range of benefits and discounts for NHS staff.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Further information is available in the attached job description and person specification.

If you would like to discuss this role or find out more, you can contact our Team Lead Kate Woods, 07747717175,

Person Specification

Qualifications and/or Professional Registration


  • Professional qualification such as a degree or equivalent in Physiotherapy or Occupational Therapy
  • Current registration with the Health and Care Professions Council as a Physiotherapist or Occupational Therapist.
  • Evidence of relevant postgraduate courses / CPD and reflective practice relevant to clinical speciality


  • Training in student education



  • Substantial relevant post-qualification experience covering a broad range
  • Experience of working within a relevant specialist area
  • Experience of interdisciplinary working
  • Experience of supervising junior staff, assistants and students
  • Experience of independently managing a clinical caseload
  • Contributions to audit and evaluation within a clinical governance framework
  • Experience of a range of caseload management and prioritisation systems

Skills and Knowledge


  • Experience within specialism underpinned by theory and specific therapeutic knowledge
  • Demonstrates competency in a range of clinical skills
  • Experience of using assessment tools relevant to client group
  • Ability to assess, plan, implement and evaluate care for individuals
  • Able to plan and prioritise own workload efficiently
  • Ability to delegate work to others
  • Demonstrates leadership in practice
  • Good numeracy and literacy skills
  • Promotes choice and independence in undertaking patient care
  • Demonstrates advanced communication and negotiation skills
  • Ability to demonstrate the application of research based practice
  • IT literacy
  • Knowledge of national policies and procedures relevant to the clinical setting
  • Knowledge of clinical governance, clinical audit and risk management
  • Supervision and appraisal of junior staff
  • Knowledge of professional code of conduct
  • Ability to demonstrate knowledge / understanding of boundaries of role
  • Demonstrate ability to reflect and learn from situations
  • Identifies difficulties as challenges and works with others to identify solutions
  • Demonstrates co-operative team working and awareness of the roles of other professionals
  • Demonstrates a commitment to learning and development with documented evidence of CPD

Other requirements


  • Ability to travel

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