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Lead Occupational Therapist

Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
2 Dec 2023

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Occupational therapist
Band 7
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 Lead Occupational Therapist 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

To provide professional and clinical leadership and contribute to the delivery of high standards of health care to patients within their own homes, care homes, the travelling community and in clinics, by assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating packages of care.

Be responsible for delivery of care in a reablement setting to 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, working 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 and work with system partners including the voluntary sector to ensure that patients experience a seamless transfer of care both into and onward from the unit.

Be responsible for the delivery and co-ordination of care to a named group of patients. Working proactively within the team to achieve unit and trust goals and objectives, while promoting recognised policies, protocols, and guidelines.

About us

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.

As a Lead 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.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Undertake comprehensive Occupational Therapy assessments of patients including those with a complex presentation, using investigative, analytical and clinical reasoning skills, and formulate a graded treatment plan.
  • Formulate and execute individualised occupational therapy treatment plans of patients including those with complex presentation, in collaboration with the integrated team, other agencies and the patient, utilising a range of treatment skills.
  • To provide assessment of functional ability and safety of patients in the community to identify care, equipment, adaptation and therapy needs.
  • Assess and plan treatment including teaching patients to utilise techniques and equipment to maximise their functional ability.
  • Be aware of Assistive Technology and make referrals for this as required.
  • Assess patients holistic needs, communicating complex and sensitive information to patients and carers as to their assessment, diagnosis, prognosis and treatment plan.
  • Where there are barriers to understanding, such as hearing impairment, mental capacity impairment and other difficulties in comprehension, explanations require adjustments in order to gain understanding, consent and concordance.
  • Be required to use tact and persuasive skills in order to gain the patients co-operation in their treatment plan.
  • Liaise with GPs, Social Services, inpatient teams, other allied health care professionals and the voluntary sector to ensure identified needs are met and care co-ordinated appropriately.
  • To participate in multi-disciplinary/multi-agency meetings as appropriate, e.g. Gold Standard Framework
  • Be responsible for ensuring workload for self and others is planned and prioritised according to service targets and needs.
  • Ensure own paperwork and clinical records are maintained, and those maintained by the team.
  • Plan and organise specialist services within the integrated teams.
  • Provide clinical expertise and advice to others, including Social Services, GPs and other agencies.
  • Ensure activity data and clinical information is recorded on SystmOne and completed on a daily basis
  • Demonstrate dexterity and co-ordination for assessment and when using specialist equipment and fine tools, manual and mobilising skills.
  • Contribute to the requisitioning of supplies and equipment through electronic ordering systems.
  • Ensure informed consent is obtained prior to initiating interventions.
  • Will be exposed to bodily fluids, infected material, blood products on a daily basis, therefore must utilise universal precautions and adhere to infection control policies.

  • Be required to undertake risk assessments and act upon them appropriately.
  • Contribute to the staff rota on a monthly basis.
  • Contribute to the supervision of workload within the integrated team.
  • Actively contribute to multidisciplinary team meetings and other meetings where appropriate, and chair meeting in the absence of the Team Leader.
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships and communication with all members of the organisation, other professionals and agencies.
  • Instigate, and actively participate with the Team Leader in the development of the operational strategy and project management.
  • Contribute to working groups within the business unit and organisation.
  • Support all team members within the integrated team, respecting them, their roles and contributions.
  • Ensure effective use of resources, both financial and human, by members of the team.
  • To actively perform absence management, submitting forms in a timely manner, as per the Trusts Policy
  • Participate in the recruitment process, using the opportunity to skill mix to meet the demands of the service.
  • Attend in-house training as required to develop current job role.
  • Will be able to drive to patients homes, clinics, base and meetings etc, as required.
  • Be responsible for safe use and maintenance of equipment and supplies.
  • Remain accountable for own professional actions as determined by the professional bodies.
  • Participate in evidence based practice, using research methodology.
  • Produce induction programme for students and new starters.
  • Be aware of budget and ensure all effort is made to work within this.
  • Ensure working environment is conducive for learning, and an appropriate learning experience for students.
  • Will be required to demonstrate own duties to students, new starters and/or less experienced staff.
  • Provide mentorship for students undertaking pre/post registration course.
  • Provide advice/training to less experienced staff and supervise and support band 3 and 4 staff, and students where appropriate.
  • Mentor existing staff and provide training in specialist area as appropriate.
  • Demonstrate basic IT/standard keyboard skills.
  • Be accountable for work delegated to others

Person Specification



  • Diploma or 1st level degree in Occupational Therapy, or equivalent experience
  • Current HCPC registration
  • Clinical Educators course


  • Masters degree

Knowledge, Skills and Ability


  • Experience of working at relevant level
  • Knowledge of additional specialist areas through in-house training & short courses
  • Demonstrates good clinical and professional leadership skills
  • Good communicator
  • Able to provide high standards of care
  • Highly motivated
  • Able to provide high standards of care
  • Tact & diplomacy
  • Ability to talk to patients & carers and members of the health care team
  • Empathy & sensitivity
  • Ability to use own initiative
  • Good observational & reporting skills
  • Ability to manage stressful situations
  • Concentrate when undertaking patient care & inputting data/patient records
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • A team player
  • Work flexibly to accommodate patient/service needs


  • Health Coaching

Personal Qualilties


  • Professional appearance
  • Able to kneel, bend & stoop, and work in cramped environments
  • Able to manoeuvre limbs of around 5-6 kg
  • Able to manoeuvre patients using handling aids
  • Must hold a full valid driving license and have access to a vehicle

Employer details

Employer name

Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust


Norwich Community Hospital

Bowthorpe Road



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