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CHC Specialist Occupational Therapist

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year p.a.
Closing date
22 Sep 2023

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Mental health
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you a highly skilled and experienced Occupational Therapist who would like to work as part of a small, friendly team of autonomous practitioners?

You would be visiting patients in their own homes to use Occupational Therapy skills in moving and handling, seating and positioning to assess and support with diverse complex physical health needs.

The role includes the need for travel in areas of beautiful Dorset.

As a senior role, there is plenty of opportunity for professional development and multi-professional working.

Main duties of the job

We are seeking Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapists with the highly developed skills and experience to assess patients with severely complex physical needs, who are also in receipt of Continuing Healthcare funding.The role involves undertaking assessments for patients within their home environment, with a variety of complex physical health needs, Learning Disabilities and Challenging behaviours and involves self-directed, autonomous work with patients, families and carers. Assessments will include complex moving and handling, seating and positioning ordering, supplying and reviewing specialist bespoke equipment to meet needs, being mindful of responsible use of resources. The role requires the ability to respond to changing needs and demand in supporting a caseload of patients with complex needs.

There are full and part time roles available.

The successful applicant would work as part of a small dynamic and supportive team who work across Dorset, working closely with the NHS Dorset Continuing Healthcare Team as well as Dorset Healthcare community teams and Local Authority partners.

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, forwardlooking 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 of ways 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.

As part of our vision to have a skilled, diverse and caring workforce, Dorset HealthCare is working in partnership with The Princes Trust to support people getting into work, as part of this partnership, we are offering an employability service to support individuals between 16-30 years old with application writing, interview skills and other employment support. If you would like or know of anyone who would value this support please do contact

Person Specification

Knowledge, skills and training


  • Registered practitioner to degree/diploma level supplemented by minimum PG dip (120 credits) plus MA/MSc or working towards in a relevant subject or demonstrable extensive experience in the relevant specialty
  • Membership of the relevant Professional Body
  • Learning and Assessing in Practice Qualification or equivalent practice assessors training
  • Evidence of recent professional development in an up to date portfolio
  • Knowledge and understanding of Trust Strategy relevant to role
  • Demonstrable knowledge of legislation relevant to area of clinical practice

Job Specific Experience


  • Experience at Registered Practitioner Band 6 level
  • Able to demonstrate specialist expertise and knowledge underpinned by theory acquired through CPD in relation to clinical assessment, treatment and evaluation
  • Evidence of risk management skills and experience
  • Evidence of involvement in meeting relevant clinical governance objectives.
  • Able to demonstrate knowledge of health policy and its application in practice
  • Experience of developing specialist programmes of care for an individual or groups of patients/clients and of providing highly specialist advice
  • Able to demonstrate specialist clinical reasoning skills to assimilate information in order to make a clinical judgement regarding diagnosis and intervention.
  • Evidence of involvement in the development of programmes of care, protocols and audit.
  • Experience of multi-disciplinary working.
  • Able to actively research for the potential to improve quality and customer care, seeking new ideas and methods to improve health care.
  • Able to demonstrate innovation and effective use of resources.
  • Evidence of involvement in policy and practice change.
  • Able to demonstrate publication, presentations and personal research at local and regional events
  • Evidence of involvement in research
  • Trained in PMVA techniques or willing to be trained

Managerial / Supervisory experience


  • Evidence of proactive involvement in the supervision and development of members of the multi-disciplinary team.
  • Evidence of delivering education and training in practice.
  • Able to act as a clinical supervisor and/or facilitate peer groups

Finance / Resources


  • Able to effectively manage available resources in the pursuit of quality service provision ensuring a safe environment

Information Technology / Resources


  • Able to analyse data and produce reports using Microsoft Excel and Word
  • Confident in the use of computer systems, spreadsheets, databases, data collection and co-ordination, word processing and report writing.
  • Experience of using electronic patient / service user record systems

Personal qualities / attributes


  • Experience of planning and organising complex activities requiring the formulation and adjustment of plans .e.g. organising own time, co-ordination with other agencies and plans for sudden, unforeseen circumstances.
  • Evidence of skills in diplomacy, negotiation and influencing

Additional requirements


  • Demonstrable skills in written and spoken English, adequate to enable the post holder to carry out the role effectively

Employer details

Employer name

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust


West and East Dorset



BH17 0RB

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