Advanced Clinical Specialist - Occupational Therapist - Discharge Team

Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year pa, pro rata
Closing date
7 Jun 2023

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Other allied health
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Band 7 Occupational Therapist

Discharge Team 18.75 hours (job share)

Due to significant new investment within Therapies, we are excited to be advertising posts for a new Discharge Assessment Response Team (DART). The main focus of this new team will be to support the Trust's priority of reducing length of stay, facilitating early discharge and improving patient flow, as well as timely responses to requests from senior management.

One of the main priorities for this new team will be to ensure patient centred care and patient satisfaction.

You will be expected to lead the development of this fledgling service, along with the Band 7 Physiotherapist within this new team. A generic Band 4 will complete the DART team who will work alongside the established wider Therapy Team.

The post holder will need be motivated, dynamic and committed to this post, and have proven expertise within in-patient Occupational Therapy and complex discharges. Promoting the service within the Trust will be vital to its success and requires proven advanced communication and interpersonal skills.

Every effort will be made to accommodate special interests and all staff will be involved in Professional/Peer group meetings with opportunities for continuing professional development.

Main duties of the job

Key Objectives
  • To develop and promote a clinically effective new therapy discharge team
  • To provide expert knowledge of complex and timely early discharges
  • To develop effective discharges pathways working closely with the wider MDT, community services and external agencies.
  • To provide education and support to the wider service
  • To react to daily bed pressures within the organisation
  • To audit and disseminate findings of this service development.

Formal training and experience of leading a team, service development and audit is essential.

About us

On commencing the role you will have a full induction. We offer regular supervision, setting individual objectives, promoting self-analysis/reflection and development. All staff irrespective of their post will be given equal opportunity to undertake a full variety of CPD to support and develop them in their role.

Service development and innovation is strongly encouraged alongside participation in audit and research. Flexible working environment and paid annual leave entitlement.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To act as an expert source of knowledge, offering specialist clinical advice and support to other healthcare professional and agencies across organisational boundaries.
  • To work autonomously to manage a defined highly complex patient caseload whilst working as part of a multidisciplinary team.
  • To contribute to the delivery of the service in a variety of defined clinical settings, which may include, in-patient wards, out-patient and community clinics and in the patients home.
  • To utilise highly advanced communication skills to ensure clinical advice and treatment programmes are delivered sensitively, taking into consideration the needs of carers.
  • To gain consent for treatment and motivate patients to comply with treatment programmes, overcoming barriers such as dementia, cognitive impairment, hearing, visual or speech impairment.
  • To comply with the Mental Capacity Act to gain valid and informed consent to specific treatment and intervention for patients who lack capacity to consent themselves.
  • To undertake highly specialist clinical assessment, taking into account all relevant information and clinical reasoning to formulate evidence based individualised treatment plans in agreement with the patient.
  • To take the lead for clinical audit and research within a highly specialist field of practice, developing clinical practice and treatment outcomes.
  • To actively contribute innovate ideas and lead on the development and implementation of service improvements
  • To contribute to the development and delivery of service objectives, leading on designated projects
  • To lead the recruitment of new junior and assistant staff, as delegated by the team leader, including the planning and delivery of the induction programme

Person Specification



  • Bsc(hons) degree in Occupational Therapy with HCPC registration
  • 5 years post qualification


  • Evidence of post qualification training in the relevant area



  • Highly advanced communication and listening skills


  • Evidence of communication training or development



  • Experience of undertaking projects, research or audit activities


  • Completion of leadership training

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.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab) .

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

Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Leighton Hospital

Middlewich Road



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