Senior Occupational Therapist

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year p.a, pro rata for part time
Closing date
1 Oct 2023

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Mental health
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen working within the Transition therapy team for a Band 6 Occupational Therapist with previous orthopaedic and discharge planning experience.

The role includes rotation between ward based therapy within the COHO an into the community covering D2A beds, and seeing patients in their own homes.

Full and part time hours would be considered, However a minimum of 22.5 hours will be required.

We offer employment in a dynamic team, of Rehabilitation Assistants, Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists, working as part on a wider Multidisciplinary team across the wards and community.

The successful candidate will gain knowledge and experience alongside a range of colleagues, within a mutually supportive team. They will benefit from regular in-service training, and support through supervision and annual Professional Development Reviews, and contribute to the training of more junior staff. You will be required to carry a clinical caseload of patients with a wide variety of conditions, ensuring that patients benefit from high quality, evidence based interventions, which you will deliver and record according to professional standards and legal requirements. The role includes patient centred Assessment, treatment and discharge planning including equipment provision and use of the Discharge to assess model.

Main duties of the job

This Rotational post allows a mix of inpatient and community therapy working.

You will be responsible to autonomously carry a full, clinical caseload of patients, using evidence-based and client centred principles to assess, plan, implement and evaluate specialist interventions. You will need to be confident in the discharge to assess process and work with Social services, CHC, Poole Hub and SPA teams to plan and facilitate discharges. You will assess for and prescribe appropriate equipment and write comprehensive manual handling care plans.

You will supervise OT students on practice placements, provide leadership for assistants through supervision and appraisals, maintain timely and accurate clinical records and statistical information as required.

Employment in this post requires an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, which the Trust will cover the cost of. Applicants who subscribe to the DBS update service are able to present a valid DBS certificate instead of requiring a new check.

If you are interested in moving to Dorset we also offer a generous relocation package of up to �10,000. For further details on relocation expenses please email

About us

At Dorset HealthCare we're on a mission to empower people to make the most of their lives through our outstanding, joined-up healthcare services. We're a dynamic, forward-looking Trust, running 12 community hospitals, specialist inpatient facilities and a wide range of integrated community and mental health services for a population of almost 800,000 people.

We do things differently here - it's one of the reasons the CQC rated us 'outstanding' in 2019. It's also why 95% of patients across our services say they have a good or very good experience of our services and 89% of staff feel they can really make a difference. Whether you're looking to work with us in one of our bustling market towns, vibrant urban locations, thriving seaside spots, or among the rolling hills of Dorset, there are lots ofways you can make a difference in our communities.

Our 7,000-strong workforce is at the heart of what we do and our success is a testament to our brilliant people. We're all about building a workplace for the future, we believe in equal opportunities and we celebrate diversity. We're an inclusive workplace, where everyone is welcome, everyone can be authentic, and we are all encouraged to be the best version of ourselves.Working with us you'll be part of a strong team, challenge yourself, build a career, and teach us what we don't know. And you'll be working towards our vision to be better every day through excellence, compassion and expertise in all we do.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For the main duties and responsibilities for this role please read the attached job description and person specification. When completing your application please ensure your supporting statement reflects the criteria set out in these documents by showing how your experience and skills apply to this post.

Person Specification

Educational Requirements / Qua


  • State Registered Occupational Therapist with HPC
  • BSc(Hon\diploma) Occupational Therapy


  • Post Grad qualification

Skills / Experience / Knowledg


  • Post graduate experience
  • Previous experience in rehabilitation with adults and older people
  • Awareness of the National priorities for older people
  • Experience of working in Multi-Disciplinary Team.
  • Experience of discharge planning


  • Previous experience of working in the community
  • Supervision of staff
  • Experience of using single assessment process
  • Basic computer literacy and keyboard skills
  • Experience with D2A process
  • Experience of working in a COHO hospital

Personal Qualities / Aptitudes


  • Committed to offering best possible service for older people
  • Motivated to update knowledge and skills
  • Ability to communicate information clearly
  • Good team working


  • Staff management
  • Ability to initiate, monitor and implement change
  • Enthusiasm for developing the service

Business travel


  • Car owner / driver (subject to provisions of the Equality Act, 2010)

Employer details

Employer name

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust


Alderney hospital Therapy ward - BCP D2A beds and community working

Ringwood Rd, Parkstone and Mitchell Rd, Canford Heath


BH12 4NB

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