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Occupational Therapist

Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
2 Dec 2023

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
NCHC has a number of multidisciplinary roles within the new state-of-the-art therapy led unit in Norwich opening in 2024.

We are looking for highly motivated, innovative Occupational Therapists who are committed to delivering exceptional patient-centred care and join our exciting journey to build our new unit creating a supportive and comfortable environment for 48 patients at NCH& C's Norwich Community Hospital site. Healthcare will be delivered by a multidisciplinary team of clinical professionals dedicated to patient recovery and well-being.

Utilising the latest therapy and rehabilitation technology and practices, you will be a part of this new team and will play a pivotal role in supporting patients back into the community and, in this role, we can offer you the opportunity to play a significant part in both the development of the team and therapy led, reablement culture within a brand new unit.

Unfortunately on this occasion we are unable to offer sponsorship.

Main duties of the job

You will contribute to the delivery of high standards of health care to patients within their own homes, care homes, the travelling community, community hospitals and in clinics, by assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating packages of care.

Be responsible for delivery of care in a reablement setting and support an environment where all team members are responsible for a reablement ethos using a positive risk-taking approach for patients, their carers and families.

Support patients being as independent as possible within their functional limits and work as part of a multidisciplinary team within a quality framework to ensure that the highest standards of care are met.

Support and deliver innovation within discharge practice and pathways, working with system partners including the voluntary sector to ensure that patients experience a seamless transfer of care both into and onward from the unit.

Engage with mobile working, SystmOne optimisation and engage with referral to discharge process and be aware of the demand and capacity model which will reflect workload needs at any given time.

Assess and prescribe care programmes for patients with, but not exclusive to, long term conditions, the frail and elderly, palliative care and rehabilitation needs, to achieve quality of life and independence where possible.

Work within the integrated team to facilitate early discharge from hospital and prevent unnecessary admission to hospital.

About us

As a B6 Occupational Therapist you must live by our values and use your skills to ensure the ethos becomes part of the culture within the team. Being able to communicate well with a variety of people is an absolute must.

Apply now to join an organisation that has been awarded an Outstanding rating by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the highest possible rating and the first stand-alone NHS community trust in the country to be awarded the title

Job description

Job responsibilities

Professional/Clinical Responsibilities
  • To be wholly accountable for own professional practice as determined by the Health Care Professions Council code of conduct. Take every reasonable opportunity to sustain and improve own knowledge and professional competence. To continue any development highlighted through the appraisal process and attend mandatory and specific training sessions.
  • Undertake comprehensive, holistic physiotherapy assessments of patients (including those with a complex presentation) using investigative, analytical and clinical reasoning skills to form a differential diagnosis.
  • Plan and assess programmes of care with realistic physiotherapeutic goals with the consultation of the patient, family, multidisciplinary team and other agencies.
  • To ensure that informed consent is obtained prior to initiating all interventions and to be respectful of patient needs with regard to privacy, dignity and courtesy.
  • Provide information and education to enable patients to make choices regarding a healthier lifestyle, as appropriate.
  • Where there are barriers to understanding, such as hearing impairments, mental capacity impairments and other difficulties in comprehension, consider alternative methods to facilitate understanding, consent and concordance.
  • Promote effective communication within the multi-disciplinary team, with GPs, Social Services and other outside agencies, including Voluntary services and to work collaboratively with these services, as appropriate.
  • Recommend innovative changes in clinical practice to enhance patient care.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of Assistive Technology and make referrals for this as required.
  • To participate in multi-disciplinary meetings/multi-agency meetings e.g. Gold Standard Framework meetings as well as attending and contributing to team meetings.
  • To participate in audit processes and to action outcomes.
  • Be responsible for ensuring workload for self and others is planned and prioritised according to service needs and targets, and to participate in the central triage roster and allocation of patients.
  • Inform Line Manager/Clinical Lead of circumstances which may affect safe and competent practice.

Management and Leadership
  • To provide clinical supervision to other team members and participate in meetings for own clinical supervision as per Trust policy.
  • Comment on draft policies.
  • To assist with the induction of new staff and students and act as Clinical Educator where appropriate.
  • Act as a role model giving guidance and support to other staff and students.
  • Support all team members within the team, respecting them, their roles and contributions.
  • To be responsible for the safe use of equipment and supplies.
  • To make own travel arrangements to patients home, base, meetings and training as required.
  • Ensure effective and efficient use of all team/ward resources.
  • Provide leadership to all members of the team, promoting effective teamwork.
  • Be aware of the budget and ensure all efforts are made to work within this.
  • Contribute to the requisitioning of supplies and equipment via the electronic ordering systems used within the teams.
  • Be accountable for work delegated to others.
  • Participate in problem solving related to work organisation.
  • Maintain a positive approach to achievement within the team.
  • Undertake personal development plans for more junior members of staff.
  • Ensure absence reporting is undertaken as determined by Line Manager and Trust Policy

Information Management
  • Ensure clinical records are kept confidential as per Trust policy and that computer security is followed.
  • Ensure Information Governance training is updated annually.
  • Ensure all information is shared on need-to-know basis only and report any breaches appropriately to Line Manager.
  • Ensure that all patient care is documented accurately, legibly and that information systems are maintained in a timely manner.

Person Specification



  • Graduate Diploma or 1st Level degree in Occupational Therapy
  • Current HCPC registration


  • Clinical Educators qualification



  • Previous experience of elderly rehabilitation
  • Evidence of continuing professional development


  • Experience of community working

Skills, Abilities and Knowledge


  • Evidence of a higher level of skills and knowledge of practice.
  • Good communication skills
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • A Team Player
  • Highly Motivated
  • Able to provide high standards of care
  • Able to demonstrate tact and diplomacy
  • Ability to use own initiative
  • Good observational & reporting skills
  • Ability to manage stressful situations
  • Leadership Skills
  • Work flexibly to accommodate patient / service needs
  • Have basic IT and standard keyboard skills
  • Be able to kneel, bend & stoop, and work in cramped environments
  • Be able to manoeuvre limbs of around 5-6kg
  • Be able to manoeuvre patients using handling aids


  • Awareness of Assistive Technology

Personal Attibutes


  • Professional appearance
  • Be reliable

Employer details

Employer name

Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust


Norwich Community Hospital

Bowthorpe Road



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