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Community Occupational Therapist

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust
CTT North - Crawley, Horsham, Mid Sussex
Depending on experience £27,055 - £32,934 per annum/pro rata
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Other allied health
Band 5
Contract Type
Job summary

It's an exciting time to join our Community Therapy Teams. If you're an ambitious, proactive, and experienced Occupational Therapist looking to be part of a supportive team and use your expert skills to provide excellent community care, we'd love to hear from you. Our aim is to maximise opportunities for the people living in our communities to be as independent as possible in what matters to them, living full and active lives within their family circles, social networks, and the workplace.

We have an exciting opportunity for an Occupational Therapist in our North Community 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.

Main duties of the job

In this role you will work with patients with a variety of conditions within their homes. You will provide clinical assessment and will plan their treatment and intervention, identifying ongoing needs and appropriately referring to other services within the area. You will be a valued and supported member of the team, contributing to team decisions, and will be supported with your development, including partaking in regular in-service training.

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.

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

If you are new to Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust, you will be given the opportunity our preceptorship programme, through protected time and regular clinical supervision with dedicated registered professional support.

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

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, Felicity Clarke, 07901312015,

Return to Practice

If youre a qualified AHP looking to return to practice or have you previously been on the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC) register and live in the Sussex areas, we want to hear from you! We can offer a flexible programme of Return to Practice and are interested in hearing from applicants to discuss individual requirements. For more information, please contact Helen Harris, our Allied Health Professions Workforce Lead, by

Person Specification



  • Professional qualification such as a degree or equivalent in Occupational Therapy
  • Current registration with the Health and Care Professions Council as a Physiotherapist or Occupational Therapist



  • Relevant postgraduate or undergraduate experience in the clinical field
  • Experience of using assessment tools relevant to client group

Skills and Knowledge


  • Able to assess, plan, implement and evaluate care for individuals
  • Able to promote choice and independence in undertaking patient care
  • Effective communication and negotiation skills
  • Able to demonstrate competency in a range of clinical skills
  • Able to plan and prioritise a caseload efficiently
  • Able to demonstrate the application of research based practice
  • Able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of boundaries of role
  • Able to demonstrate a commitment to learning and development with documented evidence of CPD

Other requirements


  • Car driver (Valid Driving License for use in the UK) and Access to a vehicle for work purposes

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