Team Lead Elderly Care

Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 Per Annum
Closing date
27 Sep 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Highly Specialised Occupational therapy team lead, Frailty & Older Peoples Unit

Do you feel ready for a change??

Band 6 Accelerator or Band 7

Dorset County Hospital therapy team are actively recruiting for a dynamic Band 7 Occupational Therapist to join our Acute Frailty and Older Peoples Therapy Team.

The Team works closely with the larger Multidisciplinary Team to care for acutely unwell frail patients attending the hospital and through collaborative decision making with our colleagues we facilitate safe and rapid discharge from hospital.

The Therapies Service at Dorset County Hospital is an integrated Therapies Service working together to ensure that therapies provision is the best that it can be, balancing quality and acute pressures to provide and improve patient centred services.. The team is very supportive and there are lots of opportunities to develop both clinical and non-clinical skills, with access to internal and external courses.

The multidisciplinary team is currently working on a number of exciting initiatives including working towards becoming a centre of excellence. We also encourage our team to partake in recruitment and projects such as the Frailty Network.

It will be necessary to participate in weekend rotas in this role as part of a 7 day service.

Main duties of the job

As a Senior Occupational Therapist and team lead you will be required to demonstrate leadership skills and be confident to work as an autonomous practitioner with a focus on early assessment and discharge planning, with rapid and robust decision-making essential for efficient patient flow.

You will be familiar with the assessment of patients with diverse presentations and complex physical, cognitive and psychological health conditions within elderly and medical specialities in order to develop and deliver treatment and discharge plans.

You will have the oversight of daily running of the therapy team (including Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, and support workforce) planning of caseload, annual leave, training, supervision

To promote and demonstrate safe, timely and appropriate discharge planning, in line with the Homefirst programme

To provide clinical guidance and the delegation of work to staff of all disciplines

About us

At DCHFT, we pride ourselves on the care we provide for our patients, and on the culture, we are creating for our staff. We work hard to create a fair, inclusive environment for our staff

Our Mission is to provide outstanding care for people in ways which matter to them, and our vision is Dorset County Hospital, working with our health and social care partners, will be at the heart of improving the well-being of our communities.

We are a Trust that celebrates diversity, and we are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We welcome applications from people in all under-represented groups.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Our DCHFT Job Description and Person Specification (attached) tells you all about this role, what to expect and what is needed to succeed. When completing your application please make sure to tell us how your experience and skills fit the person specification.

Please contact us at if you are unable to view or download the attachment.

For all our roles, we are looking for staff who hold our Trust Values of Integrity, Respect Teamwork and Excellence, and who are passionate about providing the best patient care. To read more about our Trust and our Values search Dorset County Hospital online.

Person Specification

Education, Qualifications and Training


  • Educated to masters level or demonstrable experience
  • Minimum of 3 years post-qualification clinical experience at a band 6 level.
  • Registered OT working in a Therapy team
  • Up to date professional HCPC registration
  • Evidence of recent CPD

Knowledge and Experience


  • Experience of working autonomously and unsupervised
  • Evidence of completing audits and quality improvement projects
  • Experience of supporting both undergraduate and post graduate learners in practice.
  • Knowledge of national guidelines and standards pertaining to specialist pathways and occupational therapy
  • Experience of facilitating change.
  • Awareness of NHS structures and current issues
  • Evidence of presentation skills

Skills and Abilities


  • oAbility to prioritise and manage competing agendas
  • oEvidence of ability to work as a proficient Practitioner.
  • oAbility to maintain effective working relationships with staff at all levels, patients and the public.
  • oEffective time management.
  • oUnderstanding of clinical governance.
  • Demonstrates leadership ability and motivational skills
  • oAbility to manage own stress and work in a stressful and unpredictable environment

Employer details

Employer name

Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Education centre

Williams Avenue



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