Occupational Therapist - Inpatient Rehab (Band 6)

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
16 Oct 2023

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Are you an experienced OT looking for a new challenge to support patients to regain independence & function?

Intermediate care services in Somerset have been up and running for one year now and have been hugely successful and shaping policy at a national level. A recent report by ADASS and Impower - The Age of Intermediate Care featured Somerset as a case study, praising our high performing system. In Intermediate Care we are committed to investing in people forging new partnerships between health, social care, the care agency sector and voluntary services.

In Somerset we have proven that when we work together, we can achieve truly great things for people.

We are seeking a committed and enthusiastic senior OT to join MDT. Car driver with a valid driving licence or have access to transport with appropriate business insurance in order to travel throughout the Trust, to meet the needs of the service.

Looking to move to Somerset? We offer a competitive relocation package to support you with the move.

Please talk to us about how we can support your work/life balance, Informal conversations and visits welcome, please contact Sarah Higgins, Discharge Pathway Manager- Tel: 07385083834, Email: Sarah.Higgins2@somersetFT.nhs.uk

Main duties of the job

In this post, you will be supported to :
  • Develop, use and be creative with your OT skills to work holistically and look deeper than the original diagnosis
  • Have the freedom and support to act in patients' best interests what matters to you
  • Connect with, assess and treat patients who may have diverse presentations and complex physical and psychological conditions
  • Work with patients, to set personalised goals and individual treatment programmes
  • Work with patients, their families and the MDT to plan and implement discharge
  • Organise, prioritise and plan your own caseload
  • Clinically and managerially supervise other members of the team
  • Take a role in the development of the Intermediate Care Service within Somerset

Your professional supervision, includes support from the team leader who is an experienced occupational therapist, and works within the units. Links with other occupational therapists within the intermediate care service will be developed.

The Occupational Therapy leads and Occupational Therapists across all agencies in Somerset are working together to implement our OT strategy with the aims of better experience for staff, better experience of care, better outcomes and values.

About us

Now is a fantastic time to join as we've officially merged with Yeovil District Hospital, making us one of the largest UK NHS providers. This merge has created ample opportunities for growth and development!

As an organisation, the NHS offers a wide range of benefits including flexible working, pension contributions, market leading annual leave allowance, career progression, and regular conversations, not to mention our Blue Light Card and NHS exclusive discounts.

The benefits of working in Somerset include the idyllic countryside, with our areas of outstanding beauty and stunning coastlines. You will get to enjoy these perks whilst still only being a stone's throw away from bustling city centres like Bristol, Bath and Exeter and only two hours away from London.

There are excellent educational facilities in the area and, when compared to other regions, house prices are reasonable. You will experience the best of both in Somerset, the countryside and the cosmopolitan - there is truly something for everyone!

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached full job description for more information.

The role is varied:
  • Completing OT assessments in a care home based setting
  • Working alongside physiotherapists, rehabilitation assistants, social workers, care home nurses and support workers.
  • Involved in formulating rehab and discharge plans, including home visits where required.
  • Referrals to other intermediate care services such as discharge.
  • Completing a functional assessments, therapy plans & supporting carers.
  • Supervising junior colleagues.
  • With support, develop as a practitioner & participate in projects.

Person Specification

Qualifications and Training


  • HCPC Registration
  • Diploma/degree in Occupational Therapy
  • Evidence of CPD maintained in a portfolio including attendance at recent postgraduate courses


  • Post graduate accredited course in Care of the Elderly and/or similar
  • Membership of relevant RCOT special interest group



  • Car driver with a valid driving licence or have access to transport with appropriate business insurance in order to travel throughout the Trust, to meet the needs of the service.
  • Willingness to be flexible in working locations
  • Leadership skills
  • Desire to work with older people within a rehabilitation setting in Somerset


  • Experience in a Community Hospital setting

Employer details

Employer name

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust


Oake Meadows Care Home

Wyvern Road



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