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Community Occupational Therapist - Crisis Service

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year Per Annum, Pro Rata
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Other allied health
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

We are looking for a qualified Occupational Therapist to join our supportive and dynamic Crisis Response Team. The Crisis team is part of our Manchester Community Response Service (MCR) which also includes Discharge to Assess, Intermediate care, Reablement, Community flow and Community IV team.

This is an exciting time to be part of our integrated multi disciplinary and multi- agency team providing specialist rapid assessment and interventions to our local population.

MCR aims to reduce the need for people to go into hospital by wrapping expert care around them in the community.

The post holder will work in the Crisis team to provide a rapid assessment and stabilisation of patients who have urgent care needs in the community and to initiate services to safely avoid unnecessary hospitalisation. This will be through assessment and treatment of patients during a crisis, identifying complex and specialist needs and developing, implement and evaluating programmes of care.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will provide highly specialist knowledge and clinical skills to ensure the delivery of care within the service and also in the wider community and across the acute / community interface. They have a fundamental role in the delivery of high standards of care, ensuring an environment that is conducive to well-being.

To perform initial and profession specific specialist comprehensive assessment of patients with diverse physical, social & medical presentations to provide a clinical assessment and evidence based intervention and effective discharge management.

The role also involves;

The duty co-ordination and triage function of the Crisis Response team .

For patients accepted into the Crisis Response Service, to develop a personalised treatment plan including predicted date of discharge within 72 hours.

Hold responsibility for complex assessment and management and be aware of collective responsibility for the team's caseload, working without direct supervision. Clinical work and documentation will be routinely evaluated in line with Trust policy.

About us

MFT is England's largest NHS Trust with a turnover of �2.5bn & is on a different scale than most other NHS Trusts. We're creating an exceptional integrated health & social care system for the 1 million patients who rely on our services every year.

Bringing together 10 hospitals & community services from across Manchester, Trafford & beyond, we champion collaborative working & transformation, encouraging our 28,000 workforce to pursue their most ambitious goals. We set standards that other Trusts seek to emulate so you'll benefit from a scale of opportunity that is nothing short of extraordinary.

We've also created a digitally enabled organisation to improve clinical quality, patient & staff experience, operational effectiveness & driving research and innovation through the introduction of Hive; our brand-new Electronic Patient Record system which we've launched in September 2022.

We're proud to be a major academic Research Centre & Education provider, providing you with a robust infrastructure to encourage and facilitate high-quality research programmes. What's more, we're excited to be embarking on our new Green Plan which will set out how MFT continues to play its part in making healthcare more sustainable.At MFT, we create and foster a culture of inclusion and belonging, provide equal opportunities for career development that are fair, open and transparent, protecting your health and wellbeing and shaping the future of our organisation together.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To find out more about the key responsibilities and the specific skills and experience youll need, take a look at the Job Description & Person Specification attachments under the Supporting Documents heading. So that youre even more equipped to make an informed decision to apply to us, youll need to take time to read the Candidate Essentials Guide that sits with the Job Description and Person Specification. This document provides you with details about the Trust, our benefits and outlines how we care for you as you care for others. Most importantly, it also contains critical information youll need to be aware of before you submit an application form.

COVID-19 vaccination remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients from the virus when working in our healthcare settings. Whilst COVID-19 vaccination is not currently a condition of employment, we do encourage our staff to get vaccinated. If you are unvaccinated, there is helpful advice and information available by searching on the NHS England website where you can also find out more about how to access the vaccination.

Diversity Matters

MFT is committed to promoting equality of opportunity, celebrating and valuing diversity and eliminating any form of unlawful discrimination across our workforce, ensuring our people are truly representative of the communities we serve. All individuals regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation are encouraged to apply for this post. As an inclusive employer, we are here to support you. If you have any special requirements to help you with your application, email our team at

Were looking forward to hearing from you!

Person Specification



  • Graduate diploma or degree in Occupational therapy
  • Evidence of CPD
  • Health Professions Council Registration


  • Member of BAOT
  • Clinical Educator



  • Broad experience as a Band 5 in core clinical areas,
  • Experience of teaching others and mentoring students
  • Experience of multi-disciplinary work
  • Evidence of continuing professional development


  • Community experience/ relevant clinical setting
  • Experience of discharge work
  • Experience of intermediate care

Knowledge & Skills


  • Knowledge of Occupational therapy model of practice
  • Knowledge and application of assessment and interventions relevant to physical disabilites
  • Awareness of clinical governance and risk
  • Knowledge of evidence base practice
  • Ability to comprehend and work within Trust policies of data protection, equal opportunities and health and safety
  • Experience and ability to work as part of a broad multi-disciplinary team
  • Good IT skills


  • knowledge of Discharge to Assess principles
  • experience of supervising junior staff

Personal Aptibutes


  • Clinical reasoning skills / knowledge underpinning clinical skills specific to clinical area.
  • Able to organise and prioritise own caseload.
  • Motivation, enthusisam. flexibility to meet needs of the service
  • Full license and access to car

Any attachments will be accessible after you click to apply.


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