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Specialist Occupational Therapist - Care Home Intensive Support Team

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year per annum
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Other allied health
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

An exciting opportunity has arisen to recruit an enthusiastic and motivated Band 6 Occupational Therapist to join our innovative Care Home Intensive Support Team (CHIST).

CHIST provides Nursing and Occupational Therapy staff for targeted, time limited support to specified care homes as prioritised through local system escalation processes.

The role is community-based with remote working. You will be required to work across the county in care homes registered with Staffordshire County Council.

Main duties of the job

  • You will have specialist clinical skills in a wide range of areas to enhance the health and wellbeing of care home residents providing hands on clinical support, advice and guidance based on resident's needs. This could include support with moving and handling, falls management, promoting meaningful activity, personalised care planning, nutritional advice/signposting, infection prevention and control advice as required, and navigating links with other Health and Social Care Services.
  • You will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills and an ability to quickly develop effective relationships with care home staff.
  • You will be skilled in risk management and be able to prioritise the support needed in a care home and escalate any issues appropriately.
  • You will be required to promote effective team working in care homes and have a willingness to share your experiences and knowledge with others.
  • You will have clinical leadership skills and be committed to evidence based practice and work collaboratively with the senior members of the team.

About us

Working for MPFT

MPFT provides physical and mental health care, learning disability, and adult social care services across Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent, Shropshire, and Telford & Wrekin. In addition, we provide services on a wider regional and national basis. We serve a population of 1.5 million and employ around 8,500 members of staff.

By joining MPFT you will become part of a diverse and inclusive team who are empowered and supported to deliver care in a way which is consistent with our values:o putting people at the heart of what we doo empowering people to improve care and wellbeingo delivering better health, better care in partnership

We are embedding values based and inclusive recruitment practices to ensure that all applicants, from any backgrounds, from under-represented groups, such as black, Asian or other ethnic groups, individuals with a disability, or LGBTQ+ individuals. All have an equal chance of success in achieving a role with us.

We will support your career development and progression. Membership of the excellent NHS pension scheme, generous maternity, paternity, adoption leave, pay and the option for flexible working. You will receive up to 27 days annual leave (increasing to 33 days) and the opportunity to purchase additional annual leave.

We are also proud to have a choice of staff networks that help you meet like-minded people.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To establish and maintain effective working relationships both within the Trust and with external organisations in order to meet service requirements and support and demonstrate the Trusts equality values.
  • To assess residents care/support needs when required, providing advice and support whilst working closely with the care home staff to formulate an appropriate plan of care for residents.
  • To maintain and develop skills and knowledge to deliver a range of interventions (including physical interventions, training and support to care home staff, onward referrals for service users) and set an example of good practice to other team members including skill sharing.
  • To maintain sensitivity at all times to the emotional needs of the service user and their carers where there may be communication difficulties and barriers to understanding offering both reassurance and empathy.
  • Displays exemplary personal and professional standards of behaviour and integrity at all times.
  • To work with individuals and carers who may find it difficult to engage with the service or aspects of the service resulting in uncooperative or challenging behaviour that has to be managed.
  • To use professional knowledge, skills and expertise when working in changing environments and across professional boundaries.
  • To maintain contemporaneous and accurate records on RiO as required by the Trust and in line with professional standards (e.g. HCPC). Support identified team members giving guidance and direction where appropriate.
  • To be responsible for the safe use and transportation of equipment between locations if required. To work in non-purpose built rooms involving the necessity to move furniture, therapy equipment etc.
  • To deliver a high standard of intervention, whilst managing the demands of unplanned aspects of the role using innovative problem solving techniques.
  • To provide verbal and electronic advice (email), education and training to service users, carers and professionals regarding the management and care/support of service users.
  • Have detailed professional and some specialist clinical knowledge. Be a practitioner with a focus in the following areas; community services, with experience of working in care homes or relevant transferrable knowledge and skills.
  • To receive regular supervision in order to support continuous professional development and participate with team based peer supervision as required.
  • To have people management skills which incorporate compassionate and appreciative leadership.
  • To contribute to service/policy development through active membership on working parties or professional forums.
  • To take the lead in clinical audit/research for specialist area to participate occasionally in and support the team in undertaking clinical audit.
  • To contribute to, and actively promote the implementation, development and upholding of policies, procedures, guidelines and directives, along with relevant statutory measures and governmental directives.
  • To ensure the best use of resources (including technology) and engage in continuous development to deliver a high quality, efficient service

  • MPFT is committed to providing support to AHPs including the AHP Preceptorship Programme and Beyond Preceptorship; further information is available via the following link;

    MPFT welcomes people awaiting HCPC registration, individuals returning to practice, and international applications for those who meet the person specification, and have evidence of written and spoken English Language (English Test pass - OET or IELTS).

    Person Specification

    Qualifications & Training


    • Degree in occupational therapy or equivalent
    • Registration with HCPC
    • Mentorship qualification (998-997)
    • CPD Folder / Evidence of ongoing learning/ development
    • Post qualification courses in occupational therapy
    • Attendance at relevant networks e.g. Special Interest Groups
    • Willingness to take students and complete student education training
    • Demonstrate understanding of Equality and Anti-discriminatory practice


    • Modules at Masters level
    • Post Graduate studies in relevant occupational therapy field such as; rehabilitation, end of life care, long term conditions/palliative care or related/relevant subject
    • Evidence of further clinical study
    • Up to date field work/pre-registration student training.



    • Relevant experience to the role including knowledge and management of long term conditions
    • Ability to manage time and workload effectively
    • Working in a multidisciplinary team
    • To have knowledge & experience working with older adults


    • To be able to negotiate and manage conflict in clinical situations
    • To be able support in service improvement
    • To have knowledge & experience working in both nursing & residential care settings

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