Specialist Occupational Therapist

Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust
Hemel Hempstead
£40,701 to £48,054 per annum, inclusive of HCAS
Closing date
1 Oct 2023

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Mental health
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
CLCH Hertfordshire Adult Community Services - CLCH NHS Trust provides a range of Community Services, and the Hertfordshire Division is recruiting!

We are seeking an enthusiastic occupational therapist to join our Unplanned Care team delivering care to patients closer to home and preventing unnecessary hospital admission in west Hertfordshire.

The Unplanned Care team comprises five pathways delivered over 7-day working: Discharge to Assess Pathway 1 (DTA) Discharge to Assess Pathway 2, Rapid Response (RR), Frailty Hospital@Home and Early intervention Vehicle (EIV). This role will primarily work under the Discharge to Assess and Rapid Response pathways, but may require the candidate to work across the other pathways when required. All pathways deliver nursing and therapy care in a patient's usual home environment.

RR focuses on preventing avoidable hospital admissions for patients with acute ill-health conditions by providing holistic assessment within 2 hours of referral and treatments over a 5 day pathway.

Main duties of the job

DTA supports the discharge of patients from acute and community hospitals to assess and manage rehabilitation/therapy needs to facilitate a safe discharge from hospital when the patient is medically well enough to go home. The pathway is delivered in conjunction with Adult Social Care to support the patient's reablement.

The EIV service responds to referrals for patients identified as requiring support for low complexity health and functional needs that would otherwise put them at risk of hospital admission through loss of independence and/or falls.

The Unplanned Care team works in an integrated way with the other community providers in west Hertfordshire to ensure holistic support is provided.

The Unplanned care team delivers these pathways across all 4 Herts Valleys localities (Watford and Three Rivers, Dacorum, Hertsmere, St. Albans and Harpenden) and also provides a clinical in-reach function at the acute hospitals to prevent admissions and support timely discharges.

About us

Just as we care about our patients' wellbeing, we care about yours!

We can offer you:
  • A comprehensive induction into the community service followed by a local induction to introduce you to the role
  • Single occupancy accommodation in Central London - (we can help you find accommodation in London, support you with your deposit
  • Car lease scheme *T& C's apply
  • Flexible working options
  • Annual travel card loan
  • Training, support and development in your career

To have a full look at our benefits and what it's like working for us please go here: https://www.clch.nhs.uk/job/pay-and-benefits

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • The successful candidate needs to be a registered occupational therapist, ideally with advanced clinical skills, significant knowledge and experience in the clinical care of adults and older people in a range of healthcare settings.
  • Candidates should be self-motivated with strong organisational skills and able to make clinical decisions autonomously as required.
  • As a clinician you will use your clinical expertise, levels of judgement, discretion and decision making to support patients at home, improve patient outcomes and reduce likelihood of unnecessary admissions to hospital.
  • You will be required to complete holistic assessments, giving appropriate interventions as required and have knowledge of community services to plan the on-going care of patients.

Please refer to Job description and personal Specification for outline of skills, knowledge and experience required.

Person Specification



  • Current AHP with UK HCPC registration
  • Diploma/degree in Occupational Therapy


  • Post graduate degree in relevant area

Employer details

Employer name

Central London Community Health Trust


Hemel One (HQ)

Hemel Hempstead


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