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Specialist Occupational Therapist

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year per annum
Closing date
7 Jun 2023

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Other allied health
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Discharge to Assess

Specialist Occupational Therapist Band 6

We have a exciting opportunity for a Specialist Occupational Therapist to join our Discharge to Assess Team at Royal Lancaster Infirmary. The team works to deliver a Discharge to Assess service providing therapy based assessment and treatment.

The Discharge to Assess service is well established across our organisation and we are expanding our services to cover 7 days a week. The post is based at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary and is part of our cross bay Discharge to assess team covering discharges to the Lancashire, South Lakes and Furness area . The service provides assessment and rehabilitation for patients on discharge to provide a holistic assessment within the person's home. This includes being able tosupport and identify discharge requirements and making referrals on to Health and Social care community services.

All assessments will be within the patient's home at point of discharge from hospital.

Main duties of the job

You will have broad previous experience within an acute inpatient, admission avoidance or community-based rehabilitation services.

You will have knowledge and experience in the assessment, treatment and goal planning with patients presenting with varied physical conditions and will be motivated to join us in improving our patients' experiences and outcomes.


A Diploma or Degree in Occupational Therapy approved by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists

Registration with HCPC as an Occupational Therapist

The ability to travel to a variety of venues throughout the community to deliver patient assessments within an identified locality and to attend meetings

In addition to a comprehensive induction package we offer Team support, staff supervision and in-service training opportunities

About us

We operate from three main hospitals - Furness General Hospital (FGH) in Barrow, the Royal Lancaster Infirmary (RLI), and Westmorland General Hospital (WGH) in Kendal, as well as a number of community health care premises including Millom Hospital and GP Practice, Queen Victoria Hospital in Morecambe, and Ulverston Community Health Centre.

FGH and the RLI have a range of General Hospital services, with full Emergency Departments, Critical/Coronary Care units and various Consultant-led services.

WGH provides a range of General Hospital services, together with an Urgent Treatment Centre, that can help with a range of non-life threatening conditions such as broken bones and minor illnesses.

All three main hospitals provide a range of planned care including outpatients, diagnostics, therapies, day case and inpatient surgery. In addition, a range of local outreach services and diagnostics are provided from community facilities across Morecambe Bay.

Our community services for adults are provided in people's homes, community centres, clinics, GP Practices, community hospitals and our main hospitals. Our aim is to work with people to help them remain independent, improve their health and manage their conditions through high quality care, advice and support.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To read more information about the advertised role, and the main job duties/responsibilities please open the Job Description and Person Specification located under the supporting documents heading. You can also read more information about University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay visiting our website

Person Specification

Education and Qualification


  • Health and Care Professions Council registered Occupational Therapist
  • Diploma or Degree in Occupational Therapy approved by the Royal College of OT, UK
  • Post graduate training or experience to post graduate diploma level or equivalent


  • Computer qualification e.g. European Computer Driving License (ECDL)
  • Accredited training in risk assessment and risk management
  • Practice placement educator accreditation
  • Membership of the British Association of Occupational Therapists



  • Relevant post registration experience as an OT to achieve knowledge and skills applicable to this post
  • Post registration experience in a relevant clinical area


  • Experience of research or audit
  • Experience as a supervisor of OT (Band 5) and/or OT support staff and/or OT students

Skills, ability and knowledge


  • Transferable knowledge and skills at basic practitioner level with aptitude to develop to specialist OT practitioner level
  • Assessment, observation, evaluation and reporting skills
  • Ability to develop effective working relationships / team working
  • Ability to analyse professional and ethical issues
  • Ability to work under pressure and recognise when support is required
  • Effective personal organisational skills to manage own workload and to determine priorities to support delivery of the site OT service


  • Training and facilitation skills
  • Clinical work experience at OT Band 5 grade in a variety of clinical areas in an acute hospital setting and community

Personal Qualities


  • Ability to meet the physical requirements of the post
  • Ability to participate in manual handling tasks and therapeutic handling
  • Ability to travel to provide assessment and treatment to patients in the community and to attend meetings

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.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust


Royal Lancaster Infirmary

Ashton Road



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