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Occupational Therapist Highly Specialist Integrated Discharge Team

Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust
£43,574 to £49,587 a year including HCAS
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Other allied health
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
Job summary

Occupational Therapist Highly Specialist Integrated Discharge Team

Band 7

Full Time 37.5 hours per week (over 4 days 8am6pm)

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced and passionate Occupational Therapist Clinical Specialist to join our well-respected Integrated Discharge Team (IDT) working in A&E and other urgent care assessment areas including our new Frailty SDEC (Same Day Emergency Care). The team works closely with acute and community services, providing comprehensive assessment of patients to avoid admission. We are supported by social care practitioners, specialist nurses and consultants.

The service operates seven days per week 8am-6pm

Our ideal candidate will be able to combine excellent clinical skills, positive risk taking and people management within this specialist field. They will be assertive, flexible, dynamic, forward thinking and able to prioritise under pressure in order to effectively and efficiently support service delivery.

You will work as an integral member of the MDT and lead on clinical audit and service development to assist in the achievement of national and local initiatives.

The post includes the guidance and development of the therapists and support staff within this team.

Main duties of the job

The successful post holder will be responsible for the delivery of excellent care by the OT team as well as carrying their own caseload. Supervisory skills and excellent communication are essential for the clinical support, direction and development of less experienced staff, rotational staff, assistants and students. They will also require excellent time management and interpersonal skills.

We provide opportunities for:
  • Professional and personal development (including Health Assessment Skills)
  • In-service training
  • Clinical supervision and Appraisal
  • Flexible working
  • Peer support groups
  • Dedicated CPD time and a firm commitment to learning and development
  • Participation in student training and supervision
  • Dementia champion development

For further information, an informal visit/chat please contact Suzanne Ward Head Occupational Therapist, or Kirsty Mitchell Highly Specialist OT Integrated Discharge Team on 01483 571122 bleep 0755.

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About us

Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust is a friendly, supportive, busy but welcoming acute and community Trust that is ambitious about developing our services and your career.

Our compassionate, caring and friendly colleagues make up our Royal Surrey family and are at the heart of what we do. We all have a passion for learning, continuous improvement and excelling together through innovation, research and development. There are over 4,500 members of our Royal Surrey family.

We are clinically led and provide joined up care by bridging the gap between hospital and community services alongside regional specialist cancer care. Our main acute hospital site is in Guildford with community hospital sites at Milford, Haslemere and Cranleigh. We provide adult community health services in the community and homes across Guildford and Waverley.

We have received an overall Good rating from the CQC with Medical care (including older peoples care), End of Life Care and Maternity services being deemed Outstanding by the CQC. We are investing in our colleagues through our health and wellbeing programme and a commitment to supporting professional development as well as investing more than �45 million in our physical environment and new equipment in the next few years.

There has never been a better time to join us.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Working closely with MDT colleagues the post holder will be responsible for the continuous service development of the speciality ensuring that the team knowledge base is current and evidence based. The therapist will carry a caseload of patients with complex needs. With co-therapists, the post holder will regularly report progress for clinical governance and audit purposes.

Identifies the IDT role and develops a service within a Specialist Multi-disciplinary team for patients within the Emergency Floor, at the Royal Surrey. To use highly specialist Occupational Therapy/Physiotherapy knowledge and skills to manage a complex caseload of patients who present with co-morbidities, with regard to the physical, emotional, social, spiritual and psychosocial aspects of their care. The post holder will act as an autonomous practitioner and as a source of expertise in the assessment, treatment and management of this patient group; providing advice to patients, carers, other health and social care professionals, consultants, GPs and fellow therapists. The post holder will incorporate national guidance e.g. NICE and NSF, and the use of evidence based research into their practice and that of the service.

Person Specification



  • Extensive knowledge of specialist areas, acquired through post graduate diploma or equivalent experience. State the specific knowledge.
  • CPD - Evidence of post qualifying and continuing professional development.
  • Must have an understanding of the background to and aims of current healthcare policy/national guidance/CQC/ and appreciate the implications of this on engagement.


  • An approved supervisor for degree students.
  • Member of the appropriate special interest group.



  • Diploma/Degree in Occupational Therapy recognised by awarding body Royal College of Occupational Therapists.
  • Educated to masters level/ degree level/NVQ/ Certificate OR equivalent level of experience of working at a senior level/supervisor/ in specialist area.
  • Satisfies the criteria for full Membership of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).


  • Must be a State Registered Occupational Therapist.

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