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South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year
Closing date
2 Oct 2023

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic, well-motivated and dedicated Occupational Therapist to join our Recovery At Home Team, South Tyneside.

This is a unique and rewarding role which will allow you to work with, lead and support colleagues during a time of innovation and development as our team focusses on the implementation of Urgent Community response and of Virtual Wards.

You will work within Directorate One of Community Services, supported by senior colleagues who are passionate and proud of the services we deliver to our community of South Tyneside and Sunderland.

We are committed to supporting and developing our staff and allowing a fair and equitable place of work by being inclusive and approachable.

Main duties of the job

The team you will work with consists of an extensive MDT which includes nurse practitioners, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, health care assistants, therapy assistant/exercise practitioners and administrative staff. The team works closely alongside partner agencies including those from the local and voluntary sector. This is a significant strength to our team we are proud of and supports patient centred, integrated working.

The team delivers planned and unplanned care to people in their own homes, to assist in preventing hospital admission and supporting those who have recently been discharged from hospital, require enhanced intervention and short term rehabilitation support for their physical and functional health needs to remain at home. The service also covers rotation into Haven Court, a 30 bedded rehabilitation unit.

The service is fast paced and you would be expected to see a wide range of patients who present with a variety of conditions when supporting the team clinically.

The service is committed to providing a sound environment for education and training to support the successful candidate within this role.

About us

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One Team One Trust - There are many reasons to work at our Trust. From our commitment to putting people first to our accessible services and award winning teams. We have a passion for research, innovation and tackling inequalities. We are committed to respect, fairness and civility and promote a compassionate, caring and positive culture / working environment.

We welcome all applications irrespective of peoples race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion/belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy/maternity and in particular those from under- represented groups. Looking after our workforces health and wellbeing is a priority for STSFT. We also provide access to high quality education, training, career progression and support.

The Trust employs around 8,300 people and provides a range of hospital services to a local community of around 430,000 residents. We also provide a range of more specialised services outside this area, in some cases to a population as great as 860,000. We offer our staff outstanding benefits - Fitness Centre (SRH), libraries at both hospital sites, chaplaincy support and access to a Childcare Co-ordinator to help staff with childcare arrangements.

Job description

Job responsibilities


To provide care to people in their own homes to prevent admission/ readmission to hospital by providing rapid assessment of patients in the community over a 24 hour period, over seven days.

Undertake comprehensive holistic assessment of patients in both planned and unplanned situations, be able to prioritise clinical need, initiating assessment including risk assessment and implement a plan of care reflecting evidence based guidance.

To maintain agreed standards of care, integrity and dignity of all patients in an environment which is conducive to caring for those patients in their own homes

To triage and prioritise patients referred for therapy, coordinating and planning visits as indicated.

Work collaboratively with multi professional teams to ensure practice is efficient, effective and evidence based

To develop his /her scope of professional practice in order to support the team to meet service requirements in accordance with professional guidelines

To ensure the provision of expert knowledge to all users of the service

Person Specification



  • HCPC registration
  • Degree in Physiotherapy

Physical Skills


  • Ability to move and handle safely without causing harm to themselves or others
  • Car driver



  • Pre and Post registration experience in relevant settings
  • Portfolio and evidence of continuous professional development with a willingness to extend skills and knowledge
  • Multi- disciplinary/ multi-agency working

Skills and Knowledge


  • Excellent inter-personal and communications skills
  • Good planning and organisational skills
  • Ability to delegate
  • Good role model
  • Flexible working
  • Team worker
  • Be able to organise workload, work autonomously and within a team
  • Clear, concise, accountable record keeping/ report writing skills IT literate

Employer details

Employer name

South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust



Windmill Way


NE31 1AT

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