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Senior Occupational Therapist

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
28 Nov 2023

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced Occupational Therapist to join our established and varied Intermediate Care Services in South East Essex.

Our Intermediate Care Occupational Therapists, work as part of Multidisciplinary Teams, along-side Physiotherapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Rehabilitation assistants, Nurses, Psychologists and Associate Practitioners. Therapists have an opportunity to make a real difference to patient's functional abilities in their own home or community settings.

There are opportunities to develop and specialise your clinical skills in orthopaedics, neuro/stroke rehabilitation, falls prevention, admission avoidance and frailty patients, as well as developing leadership and managerial skills supporting the development of new and exciting services.

Intermediate care cover the following areas:
  • Inpatient Stroke rehabilitation (8 beds at CICC)
  • Frailty/complex neurology/orthopaedic rehabilitation beds (14 at CICC)
  • Early support stroke rehabilitation
  • Frailty virtual ward/admission avoidance
  • Re- ablement and unstable fracture management

Therapy is patient goal led, with the focus on rehabilitation over approx. 3-6 weeks depending on the clinical area, post discharge from acute hospital.

Full or part time hours will be considered.

Due to nature of post a UK driving licence and access to a vehicle is essential.

Main duties of the job

The post holder is responsible for provision of Occupational Therapy assessment, treatment and evaluation in conjunction with junior occupational therapists within the service.
  • There is an opportunity to rotate between different clinical areas to enhance and specialise skills if staff members wish
  • The Intermediate Care services provide multidisciplinary rehabilitation services in patient's own home or our bed based rehabilitation unit - (Cumberlege Intermediate Care Centre).
  • Patient rehabilitation is personalised to individual goals and needs.
  • Intermediate care services includes the following areas:
    • Early supportive discharge team (Stroke)
    • Cumberlege Intermediate Care Centre - Inpatient stroke rehabilitation and frailty rehabilitation
    • Collaborative care team - unstable fractures and complex neurological rehabilitation
    • Frailty virtual ward - frailty rehabilitation
    • Re-ablement
  • We can offer excellent CPD opportunities with peer support groups, in-service training and professional supervision. There is the option for either static or rotational posts across intermediate care services

About us

EPUT are looking for motivated staff who shares our Trust values of Care, Learn and Empower. In return, EPUT can offer you a range of benefits and development including
  • Season Ticket Loans
  • NHS discounts for staff
  • Excellent Training facilities and opportunities
  • Buying and Selling annual leave scheme
  • The opportunity to work bank shifts and expand knowledge and experience in other areas
  • Salary Sacrifice schemes including lease cars and Cycle to Work
  • Day One Flexible Employer

Join our Staff bank

What is Staff Bank?

Our EPUT NHS staff bank is an entity managed by the trust that hires clinical and non-clinical healthcare professionals to take on shifts at our trust hospitals and community settings. Here at EPUT we maintain our own bank of specialist staff to ensure that we are able offer safe and effective care at all times.

All our permanent staff are automatically enrolled onto the staff bank however this does not mean you have to work any additional shifts, but the option is there for you if you wish.

If you are joining our Trust in a fixed term role, please indicate on your New Starter Paperwork that you wish to join our staff bank.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Provide expert knowledge and skills to support the multi-disciplinary team to facilitate effective prevention of admission to hospital or residential care and facilitation of discharge from hospital to the Intermediate Care Services
  • Manage and co-ordinate a caseload of patients with complex conditions who are undergoing a rehabilitation programme
  • To oversee occupational therapy provision and ensure that accurate records and risk assessment are maintained and regularly reviewed
  • To provide expert leadership to junior staff through support, supervision and appraisal
  • Work in close liaison with all members of the local MDT including Reablement, Social Services, Hospital and Discharge Team to achieve and maintain smooth care pathways for patients
  • Work in conjunction with the SPOR Matron and Intermediate Care Lead on strategic development of IC services in line with future service changes as necessary
  • Assist in the collection of information to support the evaluation of services once commissioned.

Service Provision
  • Organise and maintain own diary and time to meet the demands of the Intermediate Care Service and clinical case load as well as supervision and support of other physiotherapy Staff within your area
  • Contribute to service development through involvement in project teams and steering groups to provide expert operational advice to enhance decision making as necessary
  • Take responsible care of the health and safety of self and others, ensuring policies and procedures for maintaining the provision of a safe environment are adhered to
  • Ensure that all risk events are reported promptly, identifying remedial action plans and ensuring that actions are implemented in a timely fashion

Clinical Responsibilities
  • To work as a specialised and autonomous practitioner and be professionally and legally responsible for all aspects of occupational therapy work, including the clinical management of patients
  • To provide high quality occupational therapy assessment and treatment for a wide variety of medical diagnoses including stroke, complex neurology, frailty, orthopaedics, social and environmental needs of the service users within the Intermediate care setting
  • To use expert knowledge to analyse and interpret data from multiple sources, including standardised tests to inform clinical diagnosis
  • To use this assessment information to work with clients to identify client centred therapy goals as part of the overall multi-disciplinary care plan
  • Assess patient understanding of treatment proposals, gain valid informed consent and have the capacity to work within a legal framework with patients who lack capacity to consent to treatment
  • Use a range of verbal and non-verbal communication tools to communicate effectively with patients to progress rehabilitation and treatment programmes, this will include patients who may have difficulties in understanding or communicating
  • To use knowledge and experience of clinical conditions, together with clinical judgment and reasoning skills, to determine a clients fitness for rehabilitation at the time of assessment
  • To implement, monitor, evaluate treatment plans and modify interventions in order to measure progress and outcomes to ensure effectiveness of intervention
  • Communicate with patients, relatives, carers and members of the multidisciplinary team by telephone, face to face, in writing or electronically to ensure that discharge takes place in a timely fashion
  • Use excellent interpersonal skill to effectively communicate discharge information to patients/relatives who may sometimes be hostile and emotional regarding the options available
  • Ensure appropriate information is available to patients, relatives and carers in order for them to understand the discharge process and make informed decisions
  • Ensure accurate records are maintained to allow for the effective auditing and evaluate the effectiveness of interventions
  • Contribute towards development of specialist policies and procedures, to ensure the effective delivery of care for patients with Intermediate Care as necessary
  • Participate research audit programs as appropriate, being aware of relevant research finding and there implications that relate directly to the service.
  • Be a credible role model, able to demonstrate good practice to junior staff to maintain local, national and professional standards
  • Participate in training and education programmes as required
  • Participate in the supervision and written assessment of OT students on practice placement with the organisation
  • Comply with the RCOT Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct and local policies and procedures

Professional Advice
  • Act as a resource to IC staff offering specialist OT advice and help in all aspects of care planning
  • Develop and maintain effective relationships with other agencies involved in discharge including the local social services, housing and other private providers of long term care, often communicating sensitive and confidential information
  • Attend case conferences as appropriate, giving specialist advice and input as required
  • Attend multidisciplinary meetings with other agencies involved in IC including Social Service, housing, Southend Hospital and Long Term Providers acting as the representative from IC ensuring accurate and timely information is available to facilitate patient care
  • Ensure effective partnership working with other services, notably other Intermediate Care Services, Wider Community Health Service GPs, Southend Hospital and Social Services

Managerial Responsibilities
  • To provide line management to Junior OT/therapy assistant staff within intermediate care services as necessary
  • Ensure effective staff management including adherence to policies and procedures to safeguard the well-being of patients and staff, to include staff appraisal and supervision, mandatory training, probationary and sickness policies as necessary
  • Identify staff training and development needs in order to ensure the workforce is fit for purpose and appropriately skilled to deliver the contracted activity
  • Support the directorate in the implementation and achievement of CQUIN and CIP targets where necessary
  • Be responsible for the collection of evidence to support CQC compliance

Person Specification



  • HCPC registration
  • Current OT qualification
  • Member of RCOT


  • Placement educators qualification
  • Further relevant course to clinical area



  • Varied UK NHS experience
  • Experience of discharge planning
  • Experience of working in a physical health setting


  • Experience of working in the community
  • Experience of using systm1
  • Experience of supervising staff and students

other skills


  • Good problem solving skills


  • Driving licence and access to car for work purposes



  • Knowledge of various medical conditions

Employer details

Employer name

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


Intermediate Care Therapy, Old Pharmacy, Rochford Hospital

Union Lane



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