Senior Occupational Therapist - Discharge To Assess

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 Per Annum, Pro Rata
Closing date
27 Sep 2023

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Mental health
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Discharge to assess will be a seven day service, therefore thisentails working some weekends, bank holidays and late shifts on a rota basis.The Post involves working across the main hospital site and the community, delivering holistic assessments & interventions to patients in their own homes/ place of residence. Independent travel within the local geographical area to deliver the role is essential.

The service has close links with the Intermediate Care service. As the wider Manchester Response teams develop staff may be rotated through this service.

With the above in mind, you must have experience of working in the NHS and it would be desirable that you have experience of working in a rehabilitation/ community setting. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate an appropriate level of clinical skills in occupational therapy, will be experienced in administering person-centred assessments, as well as implementing and evaluating occupational therapy interventions. You must have a recognised Occupational Therapy qualification and current HCPC registration.

You will also be experienced in leadership skills, managing and supervising OT staff.

With the diversity of presentation of the people within our service, you will have ample opportunity to develop your skills in all areas of Occupational Therapy, you will also have the opportunity to work as part of an integrated multi-disciplinary team with strong links to Social Care providers.

Main duties of the job

The post-holder will triage, assess, implement, plan and evaluate the delivery of direct patient care as an independent practitioner. Working as a practitioner within a multi-disciplinary / multi-agency service, they will facilitate timely discharge from an acute hospital or community bed and provide assessment and support planning to meet a person's needs in the community. The post holder will provide and / or arrange appropriate support and interventions in the community working closely with colleagues across all sectors.

They will work flexibly, interchanging between hospital and community working as required to provide the full discharge to assess service cover, which may be on an ad-hoc or rotational basis. The role requires taking a leadership role in Discharge to Assess as well as working as an integral part of the team to provide specialist assessment skills, knowledge and management of patients in the community whilst ensuring the delivery of high caliber care, and efficient use of facilities, manpower and other resources.

The post holder will provide highly specialist knowledge and clinical skills to ensure the delivery of care within the service and also in the wider community and across the acute / community interface. They have a fundamental role in the delivery of high standards of care, ensuring an environment that is conducive to well-being. They will contribute to effective budgetary and resource management, training and development and on-going support.

About us

MFT is England's largest NHS Trust with a turnover of �2.5bn & is on a different scale than most other NHS Trusts. We're creating an exceptional integrated health & social care system for the 1 million patients who rely on our services every year.

Bringing together 10 hospitals & community services from across Manchester, Trafford & beyond, we champion collaborative working & transformation, encouraging our 28,000 workforce to pursue their most ambitious goals. We set standards that other Trusts seek to emulate so you'll benefit from a scale of opportunity that is nothing short of extraordinary.

We've also created a digitally enabled organisation to improve clinical quality, patient & staff experience, operational effectiveness & driving research and innovation through the introduction of Hive our brand-new Electronic Patient Record system which we've launched in September 2022.

We're proud to be a major academic Research Centre & Education provider, providing you with a robust infrastructure to encourage and facilitate high-quality research programmes. What's more, we're excited to be embarking on our new Green Plan which will set out how MFT continues to play its part in making healthcare more sustainable.At MFT, we create and foster a culture of inclusion and belonging, provide equal opportunities for career development that are fair, open and transparent, protecting your health and wellbeing and shaping the future of our organisation together.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To find out more about the key responsibilities and the specific skills and experience youll need, take a look at the Job Description & Person Specification attachments under the Supporting Documents heading. So that youre even more equipped to make an informed decision to apply to us, youll need to take time to read the Candidate Essentials Guide that sits with the Job Description and Person Specification. This document provides you with details about the Trust, our benefits and outlines how we care for you as you care for others. Most importantly, it also contains critical information youll need to be aware of before you submit an application form.

COVID-19 vaccination remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients from the virus when working in our healthcare settings. Whilst COVID-19 vaccination is not currently a condition of employment, we do encourage our staff to get vaccinated. If you are unvaccinated, there is helpful advice and information available by searching on the NHS England website where you can also find out more about how to access the vaccination.

Diversity Matters

MFT is committed to promoting equality of opportunity, celebrating and valuing diversity and eliminating any form of unlawful discrimination across our workforce, ensuring our people are truly representative of the communities we serve. All individuals regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation are encouraged to apply for this post. As an inclusive employer, we are here to support you. If you have any special requirements to help you with your application, email our team at

Were looking forward to hearing from you!

Person Specification



  • Degree in Occtional therapy



  • Registered OT



  • Experience of community work
  • experience of MDT working
  • experience of supervising OTs and Techs
  • Experience of working with rehab patients
  • experience of service development
  • to have some experience in leadership of staff
  • To have a good undertsanding of Integration



  • excellent communication skills
  • excellent listening skills
  • To be able to Prioristise workload of self and others
  • To be able to manage waiting lists and caseloads
  • To have a good working knowledge of OT assessments
  • To have a good understanding of Discharge To Assess processes
  • To have a good working knowledge of equipment and adaptations
  • to be IT literate in microsoft applications
  • To be able to drive as post is within the community

Employer details

Employer name

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust


Harpuhey District Office

Moston Lane


M9 4DD

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