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Occupational Therapist/Physiotherapist-ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Herefordshire & Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust
Great Malvern
£28,407 to £34,581 a year pro rata
Closing date
26 Jul 2023

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Do you enjoy working holistically to make a difference in peoples lives? Are you keen to develop your therapy skills, with opportunity for career progression? Would you like the challenge of working in a complex and developing area? If you do, the ME/ Chronic Fatigue Syndrome service may be ideal for you! We are a small but friendly team, who pride ourselves on providing excellent care to patients across Herefordshire and Worcestershire. We are recruiting a part-time Band 5 Therapist, with the possibility of working virtually from home some of the time. This will initially be available as a one-year fixed term post or secondment, and your working pattern will be 3 days/week, within office hours. We would be willing to consider a minimum of 2 days/week, and there may be the possibility of linking in with a wider band 5 rotation in future. A robust preceptorship programme is available for newly qualified clinicians.

Main duties of the job

You will be working in a multi-disciplinary team to deliver a service to patients with ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, using a biopsychosocial approach. Duties could typically include:
  • Assessments: to undertake holistic assessments and reviews
  • Interventions: to undertake clinical interventions virtually and face-to-face, including energy management and incremental pacing, movement and exercise programmes, sleep hygiene, goal setting, and other relevant interventions for people with ME/CFS.
  • Group work: to assist in the design, delivery and evaluation of groups, and the development of other relevant group activities for people with ME/CFS.
  • Psycho-educational: to research, develop, deliver and evaluate individually tailored psycho-educational interventions for people with ME/CFS and their carers.
  • Research & audit: to contribute to service development and evaluation, and assist in ongoing audit and research projects.
  • Appropriate support and supervision will be offered by experienced therapists.

About us

We are community hospitals, neighbourhood teams and community health services across Worcestershire and the provider of Mental Health and Learning Disability services across both Herefordshire and Worcestershire. We work in partnership with other organisations to keep our community well at home for as long as possible.

We provide services for people of all ages, across a range of settings, experiencing both physical and/or mental health conditions.

We have an open and supportive culture, recognised by the CQC and other external regulators. We want you to thrive, offering you every opportunity to develop. We will support you help you fulfil your ambitions with a varied and flexible training programme and empower you to make positive changes within your team or service. We endeavour to offer an attractive work-life balance, with flexibility in our approach to help you get the most out of your career.

We provide our staff with direct access to a wealth of resources to support their wellbeing, from our Staff Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub, to wellbeing festivals or access to free online exercise classes.

At the core of our values, we are committed to equality, diversity, inclusion and human rights. We take every opportunity to strengthen our approach to equality and diversity in delivering best patient care and the employment of our staff.

We would encourage you to visit the Trusts Recruitment Microsite, click the Employer Website link.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For full details of the duties and criteria for the role please refer to the job description and person specification attached.

Person Specification



  • Diploma/degree in Occupational Therapy or Physiotherapy
  • Health Professionals Council registration
  • Documented evidence of continuing professional development



  • Awareness of ME/ Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, including associated symptoms and challenges that people with the condition face
  • Some knowledge of best practice with this client group

Skills & Abilities


  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in English in both verbal and written formats
  • Ability to work collaboratively as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Teaching and presentation skills
  • Ability to work autonomously and prioritise work as appropriate


  • Experience of group work
  • Experience of working virtually (on-line)



  • For PT Experience of working in a variety of specialities or For OT Application of the Occupational Therapy process
  • Use of functional assessment and activity analysis


  • Experience working with people who have long term health conditions, such as Post Covid Syndrome, ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, chronic pain, Rheumatoid arthritis, etc.

Additional Criteria


  • Necessary clearances to work within clinical service e.g. DBS/ Home office clearance
  • Ability to travel independently across the counties to meet the demands of the post

Employer details

Employer name

Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust


Malvern Community Hospital

185 Worcester Road



WR14 1EX

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