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Community Occupational Therapist

Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pro rata pa
Closing date
29 Sep 2023
An opportunity has arisen for a Band 6 Occupational Therapist to join our Community Team covering the Wymondham and Attleborough area. The successful candidate will predominantly cover the Attleborough/East Harling side of the patch may be required to cover other areas in the South when urgent work presents itself.

There will be an expectation that the successful candidate will also in reach to our Community inpatient unit at Ogden Court, to assist with the Discharge to Assess pathway when there is leave and absence to cover.

The community therapy and inpatient team currently offer a Mon-Fri service and consist of Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Nurses and Assistant Practitioners. The successful candidate will be supported with clinical leadership and development in their role, and will gain experience working in a multi-disciplinary team. There will also be a requirement to be involved in the training of fellow team members in the assessment and development of team multi-disciplinary competencies, as well as developing and maintaining their own inter-professional competencies.

Main duties of the job

To complete Occupational Therapy assessments and interventions for patients in their own homes and residential/nursing homes, to support our services the Discharge to Assess Pathway, Admission Avoidance, End of life Care and Long Term Condition Management.

To work as part of the in patient MDT to provide Occupational Therapy assessments and interventions to facilitate timely and effective discharges.

To work with and liaise with patient's families, ward DISCOs, our Social care colleagues and other partner agencies.

Complete therapy triage of new referrals.

To work closely with the Wymondham and Attleborough Community Team to provide excellent patient-centred care.

To provide support to Band 3, 4 and 5 colleagues, both formally and informally.

About us

This is an exciting opportunity for an Occupational Therapist that wishes to work in a rewarding, fast-paced service, where joint MDT working and decision making is essential in the effective management of this cohort of patients.

Apply now to join an organisation that has been awarded an 'Outstanding' rating by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the highest possible rating and the first stand-alone NHS community trust in the country to be awarded the title.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Main Duties & Responsibilities

As part of transformation you will be required to:
  • Work when needed in the hub
  • Engage with mobile working
  • Engage with SystmOne Optimisation
  • Engage with referral to discharge standard processes
  • To be aware of the demand and capacity model which will reflect workload needs at any given time

Key Areas of Responsibility
  • To assess and prescribe care packages for patients with long term conditions, the frail & elderly, palliative care and rehabilitation needs for example, to achieve quality of life and independence where possible.
  • To work within the integrated team to facilitate early discharge from hospital.
  • To work within the integrated team to prevent unnecessary admission to hospital.
  • To work with all health care professionals, and statutory/non statutory agencies to provide a seamless, integrated service to our service users.



The post holder will:
  • Undertake comprehensive occupational therapy assessments of patients including those with a complex presentation, using investigative, analytical and clinical reasoning skills, and formulate a graded treatment plan.
  • Formulate and execute individualised occupational therapy treatment plans of patients including those with complex presentation, in collaboration with the integrated team, other agencies and the patient, utilising a wide range of treatment skills.
  • To provide assessment of functional ability and safety of patients in the community, to identify care, equipment, adaptation and therapy needs.
  • Assess & plan treatment including teaching patients to utilise techniques & equipment to maximise their functional ability.
  • Be aware of Assistive Technology and make referrals for this as required.
  • Assess patients holistic needs, communicating complex and sensitive information to patients and carers as to their assessment, diagnosis, prognosis and treatment plan.
  • To communicate effectively with patients and carers to maximise rehabilitation and treatment potential, and to aid motivation and understanding throughout the treatment process.
  • Where there are barriers to understanding, such as hearing impairment, mental capacity impairment and other difficulties in comprehension, explanations require adjustments in order to gain understanding, consent and concordance.
  • Be required to use tact and persuasive skills in order to gain the patients co-operation in their treatment plan.
  • Liaise with GPs, Social Services, inpatient teams, other allied health care professionals and the voluntary sector to ensure identified needs are met and care co-ordinated appropriately
  • To participate in multi-disciplinary/multi-agency meetings as appropriate, e.g. Gold Standard Framework.
  • Be responsible for ensuring workload for self and others is planned and prioritised according to service targets ands needs.
  • Ensure patient held records are completed for each visit, and that SystmOne inputting is completed on a daily basis.
  • Plan and organise specialist services within the integrated team.
  • Demonstrate dexterity and co-ordination when using specialist equipment and fine tools, manual and mobilising skills.
  • Order equipment and supplies via electronic ordering systems for use within the team.
  • Be aware of budget and ensure all effort is made to work within this.
  • Ensure informed consent is obtained prior to initiating interventions.
  • Will be exposed to bodily fluids, infected material, blood products on a daily basis, therefore must utilise universal precautions and adhere to infection control policies.

  • Professional

    The post holder will:
  • Be required to undertake risk assessments and act upon them appropriately.
  • Contribute to the staff rota on a monthly basis.
  • Contribute to the supervision of workload within the integrated team.
  • Actively contribute to multidisciplinary team meetings and other meetings where appropriate.
  • Support all team members within the integrated team, respecting them, their roles and contributions.
  • Attend in-house training as required to develop current job role.
  • Maintain own continue professional development
  • Will be able to make own travel arrangements to patients homes, clinics, base and meetings etc, as required.
  • Be responsible for safe use and maintenance of equipment and supplies.
  • Remain accountable for own professional actions as determined by the professional bodies.
  • May be required to demonstrate own duties to students, new starters and/or less experienced staff.
  • Provide mentorship for students undertaking pre/post registration courses.
  • Mentor existing staff and provide training in specialist area as appropriate.
  • Provide advice/training to less experienced staff and supervise and support band 3, 4 and 5 staff, and students where appropriate, and contribute to the induction process for new staff/students.
  • Demonstrate leadership skills within own competence.
  • Demonstrate basic IT/standard keyboard skills
  • Contribute to the induction process for new staff/students.
  • Be accountable for work delegated to others

  • Organisational

    The post holder will:
  • Undertake mandatory training as required.
  • Participate in a Personal Development Review process.
  • Undertake Personal Development Plans for more junior staff members.
  • Take part in clinical supervision as per Trust Policy.
  • Follow Trust policies, and local procedures, and use discretion in interpreting them according to the setting and circumstances.
  • Comment on draft policies.
  • Ensure absence reporting is undertaken as determined by Team Leader and Trust Policy.
  • Contribute to clinical audit as required.
  • Complete the staff survey as required.
  • Complete risk assessments and incident forms as required.

  • Person Specification



    • oDiploma or 1st level degree in Occupational Therapy
    • oCurrent HCPC registration
    • oClinical educators course



    • oKnowledge of additional specialist areas through in-house training & short courses
    • oHighly motivated
    • Good communication skills


    • Knowledge of more specialist, non catalogue equipment/suppliers



    • oEvidence of working at band 5 level
    • oGood observational and reporting skills
    • oGood interpersonal skills
    • oConcentrate when undertaking patient care & inputting data/patient records
    • oWork flexibly to accommodate patient/service needs
    • oDemonstrate good IT and standard keyboard skills


    • oExperience in complex moving and handling
    • Experience in complex condition management



    • oTact & diplomacy
    • oEmpathy & sensitivity
    • oAbility to use own initiative


    • Experience of contributing to MDT conversations

    Personal and People Developmen


    • oAbility to manage stressful situations
    • oA team player

    Personal Attributes/ Behaviour


    • oAble to identify with the Trust's commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults



    • oKneel, bend & stoop, and work in cramped environments.
    • oManoeuvre limbs of around 5-6kg
    • oManoeuvre patients using handling aids
    • oMust have a full UK driving license and have access to a vehicle
    • oAble to communicate effectively in written and verbal English Language
    • Professional Appearance

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust


    Wymondham Health Centre

    Bridewell Street


    NR18 0AR

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