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Occupational Therapist (Band 5)

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
South Petherton
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
29 Nov 2023

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Occupational therapist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
We are aCommunity Therapy team, working with Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Rehab Assistants and Pharmacy technicians.

Our aim is to help the local population maximise their abilities to improve their quality of life. We currently have an exciting opportunity for an Occupational Therapist (Band 5) to be part of the specialist community rehabilitation therapy team in Somerset.

We are changing as we move to an innovative neighbourhood model as part of an Intermediate Care Service. We have an emphasis on prevention, early intervention at the initial point of need and long term self-management to enable patients to live better lives in their home environment.

We see people in a variety of settings, led by their goals but to include: their own homes and local community, our community hospitals and our local care homes.

Do you want to:
  • Be given enough time to learn and deliver specialist rehabilitation.
  • Facilitate the results you know your patients can achieve.
  • Develop your discipline specific skills.
  • Develop skills in holistic assessment.
  • Develop your supervisory, leadership and service development skills.
  • Support junior and assistant staff and to help with their development.

Main duties of the job

The Occupational Therapist role will work for South Somerset Community rehab Service and will have community hospital Ward duties with opportunities for a community caseload within the South Somerset area.

Location to be discussed at the interview

You will play an integral part in the Community Rehabilitation team, managing a complex community case-load assessing and treating patients either in a clinic setting or a variety of residential settings. These patients may present with a broad range of conditions including Orthopaedics, frail elderly, post-surgery and neuro long-term conditions.

About us

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

The benefits of working in Somerset include the idyllic countryside, with areas of outstanding beauty and stunning coastlines. You will get to enjoy these perks whilst still being only a stones throw away form bustling cities 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, hose prices are reasonable. You will get to experience the best of both in Somerset, the countryside and the cosmopolitan, there is truly something for everyone!

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Effective communication with patients, families and carers and professionals via a range of methods.
  • Contribute, promote and uphold the values of Occupational therapy within our wards, encouraging and inspiring others.
  • To assist and support the Team to achieve agreed targets.
  • Identify and address areas for improvement/service development, escalating need where appropriate.
  • lead in individual and/or group therapies as required
  • According to the needs of the service/individual patient needs, provide co-key working support to nursing colleagues
  • To ensure that the methods of treatment, frequency and review are appropriate to the diagnosis/ needs of the patient and within the priorities of the service.
  • To ensure all interventions are undertaken in line with Trust Policy
  • Participate in the clinical education of occupational therapy students
  • To understand the range of interventions available, the evidence base and potential outcomes for service users
  • Maintain and keep patient records up to date and accurate

Person Specification



  • Compassionate - Open minded, treats colleagues, patients, carers and relatives with dignity and respect.
  • Flexible and adaptable to meet the needs of the patients.
  • Desire to work with older people within a rehabilitation setting in



  • Listens to others' views respecting and valuing individual patient needs.
  • Professional and patient focussed approach with inspirational skills, acting as a role model to colleagues and junior staff members.
  • Excellent organisational skills, ability to manage own time and plan timed activities for staff and patients.
  • Ability to recognise and manage challenging situations in a calm and professional manner.
  • Ability to work autonomously and Independently.
  • Experience of carrying out supervision to junior staff, coordinating the care of clients and delegating tasks.
  • Ability to undertake PMVA training to required level for role.
  • To be up to date with professional and evidence based practice and new research
  • Demonstrates an understanding of recent legislation and guidance and its impact on the NHS


  • Able to supervise Rehabilitation staff (Band 3 and 2) and students effectively when required



  • Must be a 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 use technology to improve standards of care and support to our patients



  • Diploma/degree in Occupational Therapy
  • HPC registration
  • CPD - evidence of ongoing, dynamic and position


  • Membership of the College of Occupational Therapists



  • To have gained effective experience of rehabilitation from student placements or post-graduate experience


  • Experience of lone working.
  • Experience of working as part of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Experience of service development and review

Employer details

Employer name

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust


South Petherton Hospital

Bernard Way

South Petherton

TA13 5EF

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