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Rotational Occupational Therapist - Community

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year per annum enhancements for weekend working
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Other allied health
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

Here at EPUT, we are launching an exciting new band 5 rotation in the area of Community Health Services in South East Essex. If you are a newly qualified OT, or an OT who is keen to rotate through new and evolving Community Services, this could be the job for you. Community Health Services are changing and developing at a rapid rate, with the focus on admission avoidance, and smooth and effective transition from Acute Hospital to home.

The post holder will be expected to play an active role as a member of the Community Services and participate in the planning, development and evaluation of Occupational Therapy.

The post holder will be proactive in addressing their own continuing development needs.

This post will be based within the Community Health Services, with the opportunity to rotate between the individual services.

Main duties of the job

Here in the community, we have time to spend with patients to achieve their goals and meet their needs in a holistic way. You will be part of an MDT working within people's homes, with patients that have a variety of physical health conditions, including palliative care, complex neurology, long-term conditions, stroke, orthopaedic and frailty.

The current vacancy is within the frailty virtual ward (FVW). FVW is a new initiative designed to keep patients at home rather than being admitted to hospital. You will work as part of an MDT with Senior Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Nurses and Rehabilitation Assistants

About us

EPUT are looking for motivated staff who shares our Trust values of Care, Learn and Empower. In return, EPUT can offer you a range of benefits and development including;
  • Season Ticket Loans
  • NHS discounts for staff
  • Excellent Training facilities and opportunities
  • Buying and Selling annual leave scheme
  • The opportunity to work bank shifts and expand knowledge and experience in other areas
  • Salary Sacrifice schemes including lease cars and Cycle to Work
  • Day One Flexible Employer

The Trust supports and actively encourages flexible working for all employees. We offer many options and you are encouraged to ask the recruiting manager what is possible for this role. If appointed, you will have the opportunity to apply for a flexible working request from the first day of your employment

Join our Staff bank

What is Staff Bank?

Our EPUT NHS staff bank is an entity managed by the trust that hires clinical and non-clinical healthcare professionals to take on shifts at our trust hospitals and community settings. Here at EPUT we maintain our own bank of specialist staff to ensure that we are able offer safe and effective care at all times.

All our permanent staff are automatically enrolled onto the staff bank however this does not mean you have to work any additional shifts, but the option is there for you if you wish.

If you are joining our Trust in a fixed term role, please indicate on your New Starter Paperwork that you wish to join our staff bank.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The current vacancy is within the frailty virtual ward (FVW). FVW is a new initiative designed to keep patients at home rather than being admitted to hospital. You will work as part of an MDT with Senior Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Nurses and Rehabilitation Assistants

Rotations included:

Community Occupational Therapy Team

Cumberlege Intermediate Care Centre Frailty and Stroke Rehabilitation

Stroke Early Supported Discharge Team

Frailty Virtual Ward

Urgent Community Response Team (admission avoidance)

Wheelchair Services

Person Specification

Education / Qualifications


  • BSc or Diploma in Occupational Therapy
  • HCPC registration or registration pending


  • Evidence of Continual professional development (CPD)
  • Relevant mentorship / supervision qualifications / experience

Skills / Experience


  • Basic awareness of current legislation, government initiatives & current practice affecting OT
  • Clinical experience (incl. Student Placements) of area relating to speciality / post
  • Commitment to evidence-based practice
  • Good organisational skills and ability to prioritise / facilitate own and others daily work activities
  • Flexibility and ability to work under pressure and use own initiative
  • Literate in IT / Computer Skills
  • Excellent oral / written communication skills based on fluency of the English Language


  • Experience of working with patients with physical impairments / long-term conditions
  • Sound knowledge of current local and national agendas
  • Able to show and demonstrate experience of supervision and training of others
  • Advanced Communication skills
  • Presentation skills

Personal Qualities


  • Commitment to life-long learning and self-directed learning
  • Commitment to patient-centred, non-discriminatory practice
  • Ability to demonstrate efficient and effective time management organisation, planning and problem solving skills
  • Ability to use self-reflection to improve clinical skills
  • Shares the Trust's Beliefs and models this in their attitude and behaviour
  • Ensures that the organisational values are demonstrated by self and others, every day, and that any matters of concern are addressed in a timely way; either directly, or raised with the relevant Line Manager / through the relevant processes within the Trust, as appropriate

Additional Requirements


  • Current valid driving licence
  • Ability to travel across sites efficiently and across Trust boundaries to attend meetings, etc.

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