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Senior Occupational Therapist(Intermediate care)

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum pro rata
Closing date
27 Sep 2023

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Mental health
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We have an exciting opportunity for a rehabilitation focused senior Occupational Therapist to join our Intermediate Care Service based on the Cambridge Rehab Unit and the community based Intermediate Care Team in Cambridge. The successful applicant will work between the community team, with patients on the home first pathway, and the in-patient rehabilitation wards as part of the therapy in-reach model. Applicants will be offering holistic clinical assessment, treatment, discharge planning and specialist occupational therapy knowledge . Successful applicants will play a vital role in supporting patient flow through the pathway as well as providing clinical skills and knowledge to the MDT. This position offers flexibility, variety, and the opportunity to be involved in the transformation of our intermediate care services.

This is a new operating model of flexibility, merging our community and in-patient therapy staffing to improve patient outcomes with a seamless therapy pathway . If you are flexible, caring, and dynamic and feel excited by the possibility of improving services to improve patients' lives then please apply.

We really welcome enquiries for this exciting job opportunity so please feel free to call to discuss further.

We are looking for a full-time applicant, however reduced hours or flexible working patterns will be considered.

Main duties of the job

  • To work across Pathway 1 (care at home) and Pathway 2 (Health Interim beds and Inpatient Rehabilitation units) for the Intermediate Care service.
  • To work as an autonomous practitioner within the integrated multi-professional team.
  • To be reasonable for patients on the shared caseloads of community and/or inpatient settings.
  • To undertake assessment of patients with complex and multiple pathologies using specialist clinical reasoning skills.
  • To identify patient needs, agree goals and provide appropriate therapy interventions, provide equipment and rehabilitation programmes.
  • To take a holistic approach to all therapeutic interventions, working across professional boundaries at times.
  • To keep the patient at the centre of care, ensuring patient and carer participation in decision making.
  • To provide support and education to peers, junior staff, non-registered staff, and students.

About us

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust is a health & social care organisation dedicated to providing high quality care with compassion to improve the health & wellbeing of the people we care for, as well as supporting & empowering them to lead a fulfilling life.

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services not only via inpatient and primary care setting but also with the community. These services include Children, Adult & Older Peoples mental & physical health, Forensic & Specialist mental health, Learning Disabilities, Primary Care & Liaison psychiatry, Substance misuse, Social care, Research & Development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high calibre candidates that share our vision & values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disabled people & members of our ethnic minorities & LGBTQ+ communities.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities.
  • To be professionally and legally accountable for all aspects for your own and delegated work.
  • To work within codes of practice and professional guidelines.
  • To undertake holistic assessment (including those with complex presentations and multi pathologies) making use of specialist clinical reasoning skills.
  • To use evidence-based practice, to ensure clinical care is effective and appropriate.
  • To promote independence and wherever possible to avoid hospital admission and reduce inpatient length of stay to ensure those patients receive the appropriate care in the most appropriate setting.
  • Organise and manage own time, delegating work appropriately.
  • Conduct risk assessments and health and safety assessments and includingimmediately reporting any changes/newly identified risks.
  • To demonstrate the importance of gaining patient and carer consent in all interventions.
  • To effectively communicate verbally with patients, carers and colleagues using tact and persuasive skills. This may involve using skills where patients have difficulties in communication. Eg hearing loss, diminished sight, depression, speech problems, cognitive impairment, behavioural problems and pain.
  • To actively manage positive relationships with other agencies involved in the patients pathway.
  • Actively involved in the development of the service/organisational aims and objectives and the new model of care.
  • To work effectively within the structure and liaise appropriately with members of the MDT and other agencies by attending MDT meetings, case reviews.
  • To ensure that accurate and timely written records are kept which comply with the Trust policy and HCPC guidance, reporting on any issues as appropriate.
  • To provide specialist advice to all members of the multi-disciplinary team, service users and appropriate others, of changes involving current care plans, patients progress and other relevant matters that pertain to the care of the patient.
  • To work within Trust and COT guidelines and to have a good working knowledge of national and local standards of practice in line with legal and operational requirements.
  • To demonstrate a good understanding of Social Service and Health legislation.
  • To support with day to day planning and delivery of a high quality care.

Please note for this role you will be required to travel independently around the county meeting strict time deadlines. You will need to hold a full UK driving license* and have use of a vehicle. You cannot use public transport for this role as this is not a reliable form of transport and will not allow you to meet service needs. Please confirm in your application that you meet the specified criteria.

*DVLA have a number of reciprocal arrangements with overseas countries, for further information please visit the DVLA website

Person Specification



  • Degree or equivalent e.g., BSc, MSc, or Diploma entry level qualification into the Occupational Therapy profession.
  • Current HCPC registration
  • Documented evidence of own continuing professional development


  • Member of RCOT
  • Fieldwork/Practice Educator qualification



  • Relevant post-graduate clinical experience in a variety of settings
  • In-depth knowledge of holistic assessment, problem-list creation, and goal setting.
  • Experience of equipment provision.
  • Experience of completing moving and handling assessment.
  • Experience of using outcome measures and data to inform on patient outcomes.


  • Community experience
  • Advanced moving and handling skills.
  • Exercise provision
  • Experience of SystmOne.

Skills & Abilities


  • Time Management and prioritisation skills.
  • Able to demonstrate commitment to high quality care and service provision.
  • Ability to work flexibly as part of a team.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Good documentation skills
  • when to use them and does so in a positive way.
  • Positive approach to all people.
  • Treating everyone with dignity and respect considering individual feelings, views, and circumstances.
  • Flexible approach and attitude to all aspects of work.
  • Able to assess plan and implement care.
  • To support all members of the multi-disciplinary team
  • Proficient IT skills on various platforms and programmes.

Knowledge & Understanding


  • Accepts responsibility and accountability for own work and can define the responsibilities of others
  • Recognises the limits of own authority within the role.
  • Seeks and uses professional support appropriately
  • Understands the principle of confidentiality.
  • Demonstrates professional curiosity.
  • Responsibility for maintaining registration with HCPC and/or other professional bodies.


  • SystmOne

Physical Requirements


  • The ability to: Kneel, bend & stoop and work in cramped environments, Move and manoeuvre people and equipment, Manoeuvre patients using moving and handling aids


  • Travel around work base locality

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust


Brookfields Hospital

351 Mill Road



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