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Occupational Therapist

Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum
Closing date
2 Dec 2023

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Occupational therapist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
NCHC has a number of multidisciplinary roles within the new state-of-the-art therapy led Willow Unit in Norwich opening in 2024.

We are looking for highly motivated, innovative Inpatient Staff Nurses 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 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.

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. Supporting 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.

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. 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 and promote recognised policies, protocols, and guidelines.

About us

As an Inpatient Staff Nurse 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

  • To be professionally and legally responsible and accountable for all aspects of own work.
  • To maintain a high standard of clinical care for the patients under your management.
  • To undertake the assessment of patients using investigative and analytical skills.
  • To formulate an individual management and/or treatment programme, using clinical reasoning skills and a range of treatment skills.
  • To undertake a variety of rotations which will provide a broad base for both personal and professional development.
  • To accept clinical responsibility for a designated caseload of patients, and, with support, to organise this efficiently and effectively with regard to clinical priorities and use of time.
  • To accept responsibility for ensuring the effective selection and use of all treatment resources available both in the department and on the wards.
  • To communicate effectively with other members of the multi-professional team, about patient issues in order to facilitate a team approach to patient care.
  • To communicate effectively with patients and carers to maximise rehabilitation potential and to ensure understanding of condition.
  • To assess capacity, gain valid informed consent and have the ability to work within a legal framework with patients who lack capacity to consent to treatment.
  • To delegate to, and supervise, as required, the work of Occupational Therapy /generic Assistants and Technical Instructors.
  • To assist senior staff in the provision of advice, teaching and instruction to relatives, carers and other professionals, to promote understanding of the aims of occupational therapy and to ensure a co-ordinated approach to patient care.
  • To be responsible for equipment used, and to adhere to department equipment policy, including competence to use equipment.
  • To be aware of evidence as a base for practice, and participate in audit when required.
  • To be aware of challenging situations and seek support in managing these.

  • To comply with the College of Occupational Therapists Code of Ethics and Professional and Trust Standards.
  • To maintain registration with the Health & Care Professions Council.
  • To maintain own clinical professional development (CPD) by keeping abreast of any new trends and developments and incorporate them as necessary into your work and to be an active member of the in-service training programme by the attendance and assistance at staff meetings, tutorials, training sessions, external courses and reflective practice.
  • To set objectives for personal development together with senior staff whilst on each rotation.
  • To maintain comprehensive and accurate assessment and treatment records in line with legal and departmental requirements, and communicate assessment and treatment results to the appropriate disciplines in the form of letters and reports.
  • To be involved in the rotational appraisal system and Trust Individual Development Review.
  • To respect the individuality, values, cultural and religious diversity of clients and contribute to the provisions of a service sensitive to these needs. The post holder will be aware of current equal opportunities and anti-discrimination legislation.
  • To take responsibility for negotiating your own supervision contract in each area of work.

  • To collect data and statistics as directed by the lead Occupational Therapist.
  • To be aware of the Health and Safety aspects of your work and implement any policies, which may be required to improve the safety of your work area, including the prompt recording and reporting of accidents and adverse incidents, and ensuring that equipment used is safe.
  • To comply with organisational and departmental policies and procedures within employing and secondment organisations.
  • Any other duties that might be considered appropriate by the Senior Occupational Therapists or Head Occupational Therapist.

Person Specification



  • BSc or MSc in Occupational Therapy or equivalent qualifications that will enable
  • HCPC Registration



  • Broad range of core clinical experience at pre-registration or if applicable post registration
  • Demonstrates ability to be an effective and adaptable member of a team(s) to meet patient and service needs
  • Can demonstrate ability to problem solve in a clinical setting


  • Previous work experience

Skills, Abilities and Knowledge


  • Demonstrates ability to apply skills across various clinical setting/applications
  • Demonstrates an understanding of Clinical audit
  • Evidence based practice
  • Can manage frequent changes i.e. rotations
  • Demonstrates commitment to continuing professional development/lifelong learning
  • Well-developed problem solving skills



  • Able to communicate effectively in written and verbal English language

Personal Attributes / Behaviours (Linked to Trust's Behaviour Framework)


  • Adaptable to change
  • Able to work under own initiative
  • Attention to detail
  • Able to identify with the Trust's commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people



  • Genuine desire to gain broad experience and commitment to the rotation
  • Flexible approach to career pathways
  • Must hold full and valid driving licence and have access to a vehicle
  • Ability to adapt to changing work patterns to accommodate patient/service needs

Employer details

Employer name

Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust


Norwich Community Hospital

Bowthorpe Road



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