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Senior Occupational Therapist

Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum (pro rata)
Closing date
29 Sep 2023

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Mental health
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
**Various Hours Available**

Are you a passionate, innovative and inspirational individual who is looking for a unique opportunity to support the implementation of our vision for a multi-agency discharge and community hub?

The Acute Response and Rehabilitation in the Community and Hospital (ARCH) have recently secured significant additional resource, which will allow the service to expand the cohort of patients who can be identified to leave hospital sooner with additional short-term support in their home environment. This aims to reduce the need for inpatient rehabilitation, risk of deconditioning and interim placements.

Our ARCH rotation provides the opportunity for successful applicants to rotate between two core areas, to develop competencies that support positive patient outcomes, 7 days a week. The rotations across two key areas include- virtual ward, including community rehabilitation and hospital in reach, including the emergency department and same day emergency care. This provides varied opportunities across the hospital base and community and you will get the chance to work in all of the areas.

What do we offer you in return?
  • Investment in continuous professional development.
  • Quality care champion training
  • Innovative service development
  • Frailty based competencies
  • Leadership development and training

Successful candidates will be expected to partake a 7 day service covering 8am to 8pm across all rotational areas.

Main duties of the job

  • To carry a variable clinical caseload of patients within the Acute Response and Rehabilitation in the Community and Hospital Service (ARCH) providing occupational therapy assessments addressing occupational therapy performance, skills deficits, self-maintenance and cognitive function.
  • To provide assessments and interventions which support an 'admission avoidance' or 'home first' approach enabling patients to receive care in their usual place of residence wherever possible
  • To provide rehabilitation and advice to patients either at home or in hospital/rehabilitation bed to enable them to achieve their optimum level of independence and quality of life
  • To work with clients, carers, relatives and colleagues to identify, plan, develop and implement OT patient goals as part of an overall care plan.
  • To plan and implement individual interventions, in collaboration with the client, using graded activity to achieve therapeutic goals.
  • To work independently under the guidance of the senior staff within the team and actively participate in the professional development of self and others.
  • To seek and get support from the Occupational Therapy Professional Lead
  • To advise on, and prescribe, specialist, assistive equipment and adaptations for the home.
  • To take a responsible place in the multi-disciplinary team promoting the role of Occupational Therapy and taking an active part in team projects.

About us

At Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust we provide outstanding care to both our patients and our staff. We support staff through benefits, health and wellbeing initiatives and opportunities for personal and professional development.
  • An inclusive and supportive culture our Trust encourages staff to bring their whole selves to work and active Staff Networks identify areas for improvement.
  • Staff Recognition - as well as regular appraisals, we recognise staff with our Making a Difference, Team of the Month Awards & Colleague Recognition Awards
  • Employee Support and wellbeing - we have a comprehensive Employee Assistance Programme, counselling service and fast track physiotherapy service for employees.

Staff Benefits - We have a range of staff benefits and schemes to support staff health, engagement, wellbeing and inclusion

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached job description document for a full list of duties and responsibilities of this post.

Person Specification



  • HCPC Registered Occupational Therapist
  • Completed or working towards professional practice educator's qualification
  • Experience of a range of medical and neurological condition
  • Post graduate experience
  • BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy or equivalent
  • Hold a valid driving licence and access to a vehicle for work


  • Working towards post graduate qualification, such as an MSc
  • Knowledge of D2A priorities

Employer details

Employer name

Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust


Harrogate District Hospital

Lancaster Park Road



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