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Experienced Occupational Therapist

Hywel Dda University Health Board
£35,922 to £43,257 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
22 Sep 2023

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Mental health
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
An exciting opportunity has become available within Carmarthenshire Specialist Palliative Care Team for an Experienced Occupational Therapist with knowledge in the management of patients with a palliative care diagnosis.

You will be expected to work as an integral part of the Specialist Palliative Care Team and as part of the wider Occupational Therapy team across Carmarthenshire, to deliver high quality, evidence based occupational therapy intervention with individuals who are experiencing functional difficulties in line with life limiting disease.

The successful post holder will focus on supporting patient focussed pathways across acute and community sectors as well as between local and tertiary/specialist centres. The role will include ensuring ongoing quality assurance of the service, undertaking evaluation, audit and contributing to research.

We are seeking to appoint a proactive, motivated and compassionate individual, able to demonstrate sound clinical knowledge. Applications are invited from occupational therapists with a keen interest in developing palliative care experience and broadening their knowledge within this clinical speciality.

The post holder will be expected to travel across Carmarthenshire and at times the Health Board footprint to visit patients at home and between sites and undertake service development. Mileage allowance is payable and a lease car scheme is available.

Main duties of the job

Work as part of a team to deliver an effective and efficient occupational therapy service to improve the health & wellbeing of people.

Deliver the service in a manner and setting appropriate to the needs of client group, following professional codes of conduct and ethics and national and/or locally agreed guidelines, protocols, policies and care pathways.

Working with colleagues or alone with individuals and groups in people's homes, community settings and hospitals.

Autonomously manage an occupational therapy caseload, which includes those with complex presentations.

Selecting and undertaking assessments, developing person centred plans, delivering interventions, evaluating outcomes and adapting plan of care based on outcomes.

Work effectively as part of a multidisciplinary team focussed on the needs of the individual.

Work collaboratively with colleagues from Health, Local Authorities and Third Sector Organisations to achieve best outcomes.

Support team operations, dealing appropriately with enquiries and undertaking administrative tasks relevant to the role.

Support the induction, education and development of others.

Support quality improvement, taking responsibility for defined projects.

Appropriately delegate work to, and supervise the work of, Junior staff, Students and Volunteers as required.

About us

Hywel Dda University Health Board is the planner and provider of NHS healthcare services for people in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and its bordering counties. Our 11,000 members of staff provide primary, community, in-hospital, mental health and learning disabilities services for around 384,000 people across a quarter of the landmass of Wales. We do this in partnership with our three local authorities and public, private and third sector colleagues, including our volunteers, through:

Four main hospitals: Bronglais General in Aberystwyth, Glangwili General in Carmarthen, Prince Philip in Llanelli and Withybush General in Haverfordwest

Seven community hospitals: Amman Valley and Llandovery in Carmarthenshire Tregaron, Aberaeron and Cardigan in Ceredigion and Tenby and South Pembrokeshire Hospital Health and Social Care Resource Centre in Pembrokeshire

48 general practices (four of which are managed practices), 47 dental practices (including three orthodontic), 99 community pharmacies, 44 general ophthalmic practices (43 providing Eye Health Examination Wales and 34 low vision services) and 17 domiciliary only providers and 11 health centres

Numerous locations providing mental health and learning disabilities services

Highly specialised and tertiary services commissioned by the Welsh Health Specialised Services Committee, a joint committee representing seven health boards across Wales.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this post English and/or Welsh speakers are equally welcome to apply.

This post is advertised as a Band 6, however applicants who do not currently hold all the necessary competencies to a Band 6 level are encouraged to apply and, if successful, will be appointed under Annex 21 rules whereby 75% of the top of Band 6 will be payable during the 12 months. Applicants would be supported to develop their competencies required to fulfil the role within 12 months. Failure to achieve the competencies in the designated timeframe could result in re-deployment.

The post holder will have current HCPC registration and will be expected to travel between sites in a timely manner to visit patients at home.

As 7-day services are being developed, applicants must be prepared to work as part of a rota over 7 days.

Mileage allowance is payable, pool cars are available.

You will be able to find a full job description and person specification attached within the supporting documents.

The Health Board is committed to supporting its staff to fully embrace the need for bilingualism thereby enhancing patient and service user experiences. In our commitment to increase the number of staff who are able to communicate in Welsh with patients and professionals, we welcome applications from Welsh speakers.

The ability to communicate in Welsh is desirable for this post. If you do not meet the Welsh Language requirements specified, the Health Board offers a variety of learning options and staff support to help you meet these minimal desirable requirements during the course of your employment with us.

Interviews will be held on 26.09.2023

Person Specification

Qualifications and Knowledge


  • Degree in Occupational Therapy
  • Currrent HCPC Registration
  • Knowledge of relevant current health and social care legislation applicable to role.
  • Knowledge and application of Microsoft Office software.
  • Understanding of the roles of other staff groups in health and social care
  • Knowledge of a range of rehabilitation interventions across all therapies
  • Understanding and application of clinical governance, including research and audit methodology.
  • Understanding and application of relevant outcome measures to demonstrate effectiveness.


  • Knowledge of other services that link across primary/secondary/ intermediate care.
  • Working Knowledge of therapeutic equipment
  • Knowledge of Health Board and priorities
  • Accredited Practice Educator
  • Accredited Agored Assessor



  • Significant post graduate experience of working as an occupational therapist across a range of settings and variety of conditions
  • Managing a complex and varied caseload
  • Working independently with indirect or arms length supervision
  • Delegation and Supervision of staff
  • Experience of coping independently with distressing or emotional situations in challenging work environments
  • Working as part of a team
  • Experience of contributing to service development and implementing service changes
  • Direct involvement with carers and families
  • Self-development and application of learning
  • Use of adapted techniques for improving patient outcomes


  • Experience of working with groups
  • Experience of working in a community setting
  • Experience of using virtual communication platforms for delivering service
  • Experience in same clinical area as post being applied for

Language Skills


  • Welsh Speaker (Level 1)

Employer details

Employer name

Hywel Dda University Health Board


Ty Bryngwyn, Prince Philip Hospital

Bryngwyn Mawr


SA14 8QF

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