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Virtual Ward Senior Occupational Therapist

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum (pro rata for part time)
Closing date
22 Sep 2023

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An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Senior Community Occupational Therapist to join a new service in the Virtual Ward team.

Virtual wards are a national initiative and defined as A Virtual ward is a safe and efficient alternative to NHS bedded care which is enabled by technology NHS England and NHS Improvement.

Nottinghamshire Integrated care system, aim to deliver this through a Nottinghamshire wide provider collaborative, incorporating Sherwood Forest Hospitals, Nottingham University Hospitals, Doncaster & Bassetlaw Hospital, Nottinghamshire Healthcare and City Care to deliver an ambition of 400 - 500 beds across the Nottinghamshire by Dec 2023.

Virtual wards allow patients to receive care, remote monitoring and treatment they need in their own home, safely and conveniently rather than in hospital. Virtual Wards provide healthcare systems with a significant opportunity to delivery care through the collaboration of community services and acute hospitals providing an alternative to an acute admission and/or early discharge.

As a member of the Virtual ward Multidisciplinary team the role of Community Occupational Therapist will support patient care to be delivered in the home providing an alternative approach to receiving hospital care or clinical monitoring. The Virtual ward position whilst based at various sites deliver a joined-up approach across the Nottinghamshire Integrated Care System (ICS).

Main duties of the job

To be pro-active in delivering anticipatory and responsive care, promoting independence, health lifestyle, reduction in health inequalities to improve the overall quality of life in the local population.

To offer a comprehensive nursing/therapy service to the resident population of south Nottinghamshire, providing a multi-disciplinary and multi-agency approach to maximise patient function, wellbeing and self-care planning.

To offer a comprehensive, needs-led Therapy service to patients with rehabilitation needs who are on the virtual wards pathway which will enable patients to be cared for in their own home thereby preventing unnecessary hospital admission.

About us

Nottinghamshire Healthcare employs over 10,000 colleagues who help #MakeADifference every day. We provide intellectual disability, mental health, community health, forensic and offender healthcare services across Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and South Yorkshire. Care is delivered from over 120 sites within the community from acute settings and across low, medium and high secure environments including prisons.

As one of the largest mental health and community trusts in the East Midlands and one of the biggest employers in Nottinghamshire. We are also home to national and regional services such as the National High Secure Deaf Service and the Nottingham Centre for Transgender Health.

We are committed to flexible and agile working, including the opportunity to join our bank.

Your health and wellbeing is our priority and as such we invest significantly in this via our in-house Occupational Health Service, Staff Counselling Service and Health and Wellbeing Team.

We offer a number of employee-led staff networks, including Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) groups, our Green Champions Network, Freedom to Speak Up Network. Health and Wellbeing Champions Network and Menopause Champions. We provide care to a diverse range of communities and are passionate about supporting diversity and inclusion in the Trust.

If you believe in our values of Trust, Honesty, Respect, Compassion and Teamwork, then we would love to hear from you!


Job description

Job responsibilities

This post is eligible for a Golden Hello payment of �2,750 for new starters who are external to the Trust. This is payable in 3 instalments over a 2 year period. This payment is only eligible to new starters who do not already hold a contract of employment with the Trust. This post also includes paid enhancements for unsocial hours working during night, weekends and bank holidays.

The search has begun for Senior Community Occupational Therapists for a NEW SERVICE for Virtual Wards within the South of Nottinghamshire.

We are looking to recruit dynamic, flexible, and compassionate Community Occupational Therapists to join this new and exciting service within South Nottinghamshire covering Nottingham west, Nottingham North and East & Rushcliffe

You will work within the Virtual Ward team and also in collaboration with system partners such as City Care, and NUH as part of a supportive multi-disciplinary clinical team with a dedicated focus of delivering excellent patient centred care and innovation.

Providing care to patients either remotely or within a community setting, who require high quality holistic evidence-based care that is responsive, effective and efficient in line with the virtual ward model.

This could be the role for you, and we would love to hear from you if you can
  • Demonstrate excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to be adaptable, reliable, resourceful, and approachable, evidencing high levels of personal and clinical credibility, being able to instantly establish effective working relationships in a range of work settings.
  • Support our patients within a community setting providing timely assessment, treatment and effective discharge from the service.
  • Demonstrate high levels of care and compassion to promote independence, prevent hospital admission or admission to care, support early discharge from hospital and to help people to receive the care they require within the places they call home.
  • Enjoy working collaboratively across organisation boundaries, within a multidisciplinary framework, analyse and develop treatment plans whilst providing compassionate, realistic, and timely support to a diverse patient group and their families

A full UK driving licence and vehicle for business use is required for this post however reasonable adjustments will be made for disabled individuals in line with the Equality Act 2010

For a full range of role responsibilities and duties please refer to the attached job description - please ensure you demonstrate the essential criteria in the Job Description and Person Specification in order to be shortlisted for interview.

We have a depth and breadth of services and teams within the Community Health Services Division of Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust with many different clinical levels and skills: everyone has a role to play and everyone is highly valued. We love to grow talent and foster innovation from within our if you have ideas, are highly motivated, flexible and open to new experiences and new ways of working...we want to hear from you

Person Specification



  • Degree in Occupational Therapy
  • Current Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registration
  • Current CPD portfolio


  • Post-registration study
  • Involvement in research/audit and training



  • Basic IT skills
  • Effective team player
  • Flexible approach to meet the needs of the service/locality, potentially working from different bases according to the needs of the service
  • Good prioritisation and organisation


  • Proven leadership skills
  • Effective discharge planning skills



  • Understanding of relevant national and local policy and integrated working
  • Understanding of long-term conditions agenda


  • Member of Special Interest Group
  • Able to educate and manage Assistants



  • Substantial post registration broad clinical experience as a Band 5 (or equivalent) Occupational Therapist
  • Previous community experience
  • Experience of working with older adults


  • Experience of working and supervising Assistants

Trust Values and Behaviours


  • All colleagues are expected to demonstrate that they act in line with Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Values: Trust Honesty Respect Compassion Teamwork
  • All colleagues are expected to demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) and how it applies to their role. The Trust's expectations are highlighted within our EDI Policy, and associated EDI and Human Rights legislation

Employer details

Employer name

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


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