Specialist Occupational Therapist

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
£42,471 to £50,364 a year p.a. inc. HCA
Closing date
11 Oct 2023

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Mental health
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
This is an exciting time for an Occupational Therapist to join the @home service, one of the largest and long standing Urgent Community Response teams in London. We are continuously expanding the service in line withNHS England's Long Term Plan to support England's ageing population and those with complex needs. This is through developing virtual ward pathways, supporting elderly fallers to remain at home, reducing pressure off LAS, and working more collaboratively with social care and other community therapy teams putting the patient at the heart of all we do.@home are searching for a dynamic, enthusiastic and experienced Occupational Therapist who is either currently at band 6 level and looking for a new challenge and growth or a current band 5 looking to progress to band 6 level. The role involves home visiting across the boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark to prevent hospital admission and is heavily supported through multi-discipline working towards a common goal.

Previous applicants who have applied in last 3 months please do not re-apply.

Main duties of the job

As a Specialist Occupational Therapist, you will demonstrate high level assessment skills, specialist interventions and patient-centered goals setting and collaborative MDT discharge planning skills and abilities.

Previous community experience and a passion for urgent therapy assessment, intervention and rehabilitation in supporting patients to remain in their own home, is desirable. You will have supervisory, teaching and training responsibilities for the NRSW's, Allied Health Students, and the wider MDT. Furthermore, you will be an active participant in evidence-based projects, departmental research and audits including recommendations for change in practice.

Excellent communication skills are essential and you must be enthusiastic, flexible and able to work autonomously, using strong clinical assessment and reasoning skills. You will have opportunities for service improvement, career progression, and to development an extended scope of skills within the service. This is supported through regular supervision and performance development reviews, and guided by your career objectives and goals.

About us

The @home service is a community based multidisciplinary team of GP's, Consultant Geriatricians, Nurses, Pharmacists, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Social Workers, and Nursing and Rehabilitation Support Workers (NRSW). Referrals come from primary and secondary centres consultants, GPs, health providers, social care services, and the London Ambulance Service.

Patient conditions range from acute medical episodes to more acute on chronic longer-term or complex health or social conditions, including the frail elderly, who benefit from short-term acute interventions that our service provides. We work closely teams through the patients care pathway, inclusive of acute to longer-term support teams, as indicated.

The service operates over seven day between the hours of 08.00hrs to 23.00hrs across shifts. As a Specialist Occupational therapist you will be working a pattern of 13 shifts over four weeks, from 08.00 to 20.00, inclusive of weekends as service needs require.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Responsible for specialist therapy assessment, specialist intervention, care planning and review of individual patients on the @home caseload.

Provide case management for adults and older people through intensive short term support and rehabilitation programmes and engagement in collaborative goal setting with patients aimed at maximisingtheir independence in the community. The overarching aim being to facilitate early discharge from hospital, prevent unnecessary admissions, and reduce reliance on care.

You will be an integral part of the @home multidisciplinary team and across traditional professional boundaries liaising with health and social care professionals and voluntary agencies to deliver individualised and expert patient-centered care to a high standard.

Work frequently as a lone practitioner across a variety of locations within the community including patients homes and residential caresettings, to meet the individual needs of the multi-cultural population.

Support the development of, and participate in, an efficient and effective service working in close collaboration with other community teams.

In support of the @home service' commitment to meeting patients needs and delivering excellence, it is essential the post holder be able to work their hours flexibly over a 7 day week, including weekday and weekend shifts.

Responsible for practice, education, assessment, supervision and development of students and new / junior members of staff.

Work as an autonomous practitioner complying with the standards set by the regulatory body (Health Professions Council), government, Trust and department thereby being professionally and legally responsible and accountable for all aspects of own work and to meet the requirements forprofessional registration.

Person Specification



  • Degree in Occupational Therapy
  • Evidence of Continued Professional Development including attendance at recent post graduate courses relevant to the clinical field
  • Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registration


  • Member of RCOT
  • Recognised post-graduate qualification in specialist clinical area



  • Broad postgraduate experience across a range of clinical areas including working with adults and older people with chronic conditions and complex co-morbidities
  • Rehabilitation experience minimum Band 5 in all core areas: medicine, vascular orthopaedics, and care of the elderly
  • Experience of working as member of a multidisciplinary team


  • Previous experience at Band 6 within rapid response, acute or urgent care setting
  • Rotational work including working in the community
  • Supervision of Band 5, Occupational Therapy Assistant or Student
  • Experience of teaching on In-service programmes and to the Multidisciplinary Team
  • Experience of the research/Audit process

Skills/ Knowledge


  • Able to use an evidence based approach including clinical outcome measures to evaluate outcomes
  • Application of Occupational Therapy models of practice and evidence based practice
  • Able to work as an autonomous practitioner and to make sound clinical judgments and decisions regarding patient care and to be responsible and accountable for decisions made
  • Able to manage a complex and constantly changing workload of clinical and non-clinical duties demonstrating excellent time management, prioritisation and organisational skills.
  • Able to work effectively under pressure with frequent interruptions
  • Able to carry out a range of risk assessments, in a variety of settings
  • Able to demonstrate skills sharing and collaborative multi-professional working, including ability to co-ordinate multi-disciplinary/ multi- agency meetings
  • Demonstrate highly developed verbal, non-verbal and written communication skills in English
  • Able to develop effective therapeutic and working relationships, demonstrating empathy and motivational skills.
  • Committed to personal and team professional development


  • Competent IT skills e.g. Excel & Power point
  • Supervision of other staff e.g. OT, OT assistant /Technical instructor

Employer details

Employer name

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust



Elmcourt Health Centre and Walworth Road Clinic


SE27 9AW

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