Occupational Therapist - Community

Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year per annum
Closing date
8 Jun 2023

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Other allied health
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has become available to recruit a Band 6 Occupational Therapist to work as part of an established team providing assessment and treatment to patients in a community setting and being responsible for your own clinical caseload. This is an opportunity to further develop your career working across both Health and Social care.

You will work as a member of the Community Occupational Therapy Team, promoting independent living and well being through individualised assessments which may lead to the provision of specialist equipment or environmental adaptations to the home.

The Community Occupational Therapy team is based at the Link Centre and part of the Integrated Therapy Hub, which comprises of Community Neuro Rehab, Falls, Stroke, Dietetics, Speech and Language Therapy, Macmillan AHP's, Community Physio.

Main duties of the job

Working with both adults and children experiencing difficulties managing everyday activities due to disability/illness within their home environment this is a varied and diverse role.

You will actively liaise with other services in the community, primary and secondary care to ensure the necessary support is available.

Your will provide support/supervision/training to peers and junior Occupational Therapy staff as required.

Further details can be found within the job description and person specification

There may be a requirement to work flexibly which may include evenings and weekends.

Key Responsibilities of the Post:
  • Assess the functional abilities of people whose needs can be complex, changing and vary across the caseload.
  • Provide professional guidance and support for Technical Instructor III's/OT Assistants.
  • To assess and treat patients and develop, implement, evaluate and modify individualised treatment program.
  • To carry a caseload of patients that present with acute or chronic conditions
  • To participate in appropriate meetings e.g. MDT's
  • Assess, plan, prioritise and make recommendations with regard to equipment, adaptations etc. as appropriate to the client group. Assess for and advise on patient's care needs and evaluate this.

About us

Oldham Care Organisation is part of the Northern Care Alliance, one of the largest NHS organisations in the country. The place where the world's first IVF baby was delivered, Oldham is a town of pioneering firsts. Today, Oldham is responsible for delivering a range of acute and community health services across the local area and at The Royal Oldham Hospital. As a designated major trauma unit for Greater Manchester and one of only three vascular centres in Greater Manchester, Oldham is a specialist hospital for acute surgery and provides state-of-the-art onsite pathology services to the North West.

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 working at the Northern Care Alliance within the attached Candidate Information Pack or by visiting our careers website: www.careers.northerncarealliance.nhs.uk

In line with the Trusts Single Equality Scheme we welcome applications from everyone irrespective of ethnic origin, disability, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, nationality, religion, marital status, social back ground or trade union membership. However, as members of ethnicity minority groups and individuals with disabilities are currently under-represented at this level of post, we would encourage applications from members of these groups. Appointment will be based on merit alone.

Person Specification



  • Must be Registered as an O.T. with the Health and Care Professions Council


  • Student Educators Qualification



  • Must hold a Diploma/Degree in Occupational Therapy.



  • Demonstrate experience working as an O.T in the physical disability field
  • NHS or Social Care experience
  • Experience of equipment and adaptations


  • Significant experience in Community O.T and acute settings in the fields of physical ill health or physical disability.
  • Experience of Occupational Therapy relevant to area of work.
  • Experience in Moving and Handling.



  • Knowledge of the role of Occupational Therapy for people with wide range of physical dysfunction.
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation for Health, Social Services and Housing.
  • Short courses and experience to post grad diploma level


  • Understanding of some models of Occupational Therapy and how these maybe used to apply theory into practice.

Skills and abilities


  • Ability to take responsibility for own caseload which will compose mainly of patients who require highly skilled and specialised Occupational Therapy.
  • Skills to assess facts and/or information to propose and implement from a range of options.
  • Provide clinical supervision and professional support to junior Occupational Therapy staff and students and to delegate appropriate work. Giving guidance including IPR training where needed to maintain professional standards and good working practice.
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing and on computer in a wide variety of situations e.g. one to one for groups of staff/patients / Multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Ability to communicate complex / sensitive information where there are barriers to understanding, requiring empathy, reassurance and persuasive skills.
  • Ability to plan and prioritise straightforward activities and workload for self and section.
  • Have physical skills relevant to own field of work. These are developed through practice and training. Correct application of these skills is crucial.
  • Establish positive working relationships with patients / children, relatives, colleagues and other agencies and to make constructive contributions to the work of the Occupational Therapy service and others.
  • Manage the use of own time effectively and assist junior occupational therapy staff with effective management of their time.
  • Have a full driving licence and access to a vehicle
  • Computer skills


  • Ability to prioritise referrals, respond to queries and allocate referrals to staff/waiting lists in line with the services duty system whilst working under pressure.
  • Ability to take part in the recruitment and selection process.
  • Willingness to take on an area of specialist interest in agreement with OT Team Leader

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

Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust


The Link Centre

140 Union Street



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