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Experienced Occupational Therapist

Hywel Dda University Health Board
£35,922 to £43,257 per annum (pro rata if part-time)
Closing date
27 Sep 2023

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Mental health
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We are seeking an experienced Occupational Therapist to join our rapidly developing community service in Ceredigion, supporting early discharge from hospital.

If you have a passion for stroke rehabilitation combined with community working this could be the opportunity for you. Part of a new Health Board wide Therapy Early Supported Discharge Service, you will be based in the County of Ceredigion, supporting people who have predominantly experienced a stroke to return home from our acute stroke units.

The role is focussed on delivering rehabilitation at home and in the local community to support transition from hospital and return to independence. To deliver a person-centred rehabilitation and transition pathway the post holder will work closely with our established acute stroke teams and in reach to the hospitals to ensure good continuity of care.

Successful applicants will have some experience of working with people who have experienced stroke and/ or other life changing events and enjoy working as part of a multi professional team within a community setting. You will work closely with acute and community colleagues and services to create a joined up rehabilitation pathway and positive experience for our population. Whilst the role focusses on stroke, we require therapists who are adaptable to meet needs of patients with multiple and a variety of conditions as well as service priorities.

Main duties of the job

Autonomously manage an occupational therapy caseload of a designated client group, which includes those with complex presentations. This will involve selecting and undertaking assessments, developing person centred plans, delivering interventions, evaluating outcomes and adapting plan of care based on outcomes.

Work effectively as part of a multidisciplinary team to provide rehabilitation/recovery/reablement focussed on the needs of the individual.

Work collaboratively with colleagues from Health, Local Authorities and Third Sector Organisations to achieve best outcomes.

Support the induction, education and development of others.

Support quality improvement, taking responsibility for defined projects.

Appropriately delegate work to, and supervise the work of, Occupational Therapists, Support Workers, Students and Volunteers as required.

Due to the nature of the role you will need to be able to travel on daily basis within the County, as well as being flexible to travel across the Health Board on occasions. Mileage allowance is payable and a lease car scheme is available.

The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this post English and/or Welsh speakers are equally welcome to apply.

About us

Hywel Dda University Health Board is the planner and provider of NHS healthcare services for people in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and its bordering counties. Our 11,000 members of staff provide primary, community, in-hospital, mental health and learning disabilities services for around 384,000 people across a quarter of the landmass of Wales. We do this in partnership with our three local authorities and public, private and third sector colleagues, including our volunteers, through:

Four main hospitals: Bronglais General in Aberystwyth, Glangwili General in Carmarthen, Prince Philip in Llanelli and Withybush General in Haverfordwest

Seven community hospitals: Amman Valley and Llandovery in Carmarthenshire Tregaron, Aberaeron and Cardigan in Ceredigion and Tenby and South Pembrokeshire Hospital Health and Social Care Resource Centre in Pembrokeshire

48 general practices (four of which are managed practices), 47 dental practices (including three orthodontic), 99 community pharmacies, 44 general ophthalmic practices (43 providing Eye Health Examination Wales and 34 low vision services) and 17 domiciliary only providers and 11 health centres

Numerous locations providing mental health and learning disabilities services

Highly specialised and tertiary services commissioned by the Welsh Health Specialised Services Committee, a joint committee representing seven health boards across Wales.

Job description

Job responsibilities

You will be able to find a full job description and person specification attached within the supporting documents.

The Health Board is committed to supporting its staff to fully embrace the need for bilingualism thereby enhancing patient and service user experiences. In our commitment to increase the number of staff who are able to communicate in Welsh with patients and professionals, we welcome applications from Welsh speakers.

The ability to communicate in Welsh isdesirablefor this post. If you do not meet the Welsh Language requirements specified, the Health Board offers a variety of learning options and staff support to help you meet these minimal desirable requirements during the course of your employment with us.

Interviews will be held on 06/10/23

Person Specification

Qualifications and Knowledge


  • Degree in Occupational Therapy
  • Current HCPC Registration
  • Knowledge of relevant current health and social care legislation applicable to role.
  • Knowledge and application of Microsoft Office software
  • Knowledge of a range of rehabilitation interventions across all therapies. Understanding and application of clinical governance, including research and audit methodology
  • Understanding and application of relevant outcome measures to demonstrate effectiveness.
  • Understanding of the roles of other staff groups in health and social care


  • Knowledge of other services that link across primary/secondary/intermediate care
  • Working knowledge of therapeutic equipment
  • Knowledge of Health Board and priorities
  • Accredited Practice Educator
  • Accredited Agored Assessor



  • Significant post graduate experience of working as an occupational therapist across a range of settings and variety of conditions
  • Managing a complex and varied caseload
  • Working independently with indirect or arms length supervision
  • Delegation and Supervision of staff
  • Experience of coping independently with distressing or emotional situations in challenging work environments
  • Working as part of a team
  • Experience of contributing to service development and implementing service changes
  • Use of adapted techniques for improving patient outcomes
  • Direct involvement with carers and families
  • Self-development and application of learning


  • Experience of working with groups
  • Experience of working in a community setting
  • Experience of using virtual communication platforms for delivering service
  • Experience in same clinical area as post being applied for

Language Skills


  • Welsh Speaker (Level 1)

Employer details

Employer name

Hywel Dda University Health Board


Aberaeron Integrated Care Centre

Vicarage Hill


SA46 0DY

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