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Occupational Therapist - Molesey Community Hospital - Surrey Downs H&C

Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust
West Molesey
£37,162 to £44,629 per annum pro rata inc fringe hcas
Closing date
1 Dec 2023

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Part Time
Surrey Downs Health & Care

An opportunity has arisen to join the Molesey Community Hospital friendly team as a Band 6 Occupational Therapist for 9 months maternity cover for 3 days per week.

The successful candidate would be welcomed into an established PCN and Hospital team who work closely with members of the wider multidisciplinary team across the PCN and across Surrey Downs Health and Care.

We have a strong focus on staff support and development, encouraging opportunities for further learning.

In short if you are looking for an employer that is working to remove traditional boundaries and barriers, bringing care to patients when and where they need it, and you want to work alongside motivated, passionate and visionary colleagues we look forward to hearing from you.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be responsible for assessment, treatment planning and intervention delivery of patients referred to their caseload. The post holder will be required to supervise junior staff, technicians, assistants and students as appropriate. They will be expected to participate in development and monitoring of service standards and to assist in the running of the day to day service.

About us

Surrey Downs Health and Care (SDHC) deliver care closer to people's own communities through our Primary Care Networks and our innovative partnership of local NHS organisations.

Surrey Downs Health and Care has a track record of providing person centric care that goes beyond organisational boundaries to do what is best for the individual. This partnership includes:
  • The three GP federations GP Health Partners, Dorking Health Care and Surrey Medical Network representing practices that operate in the Surrey Downs area
  • CSH Surrey
  • Epsom and St Helier's University Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Surrey Council County

Historically, there have been boundary lines between the organisations that provide care to people in their homes, in GP surgeries and in hospitals, but we have always been united in our mission to provide great care to the people who need us.

It's on those grounds that the Surrey Downs Health and Care was formed - we want local people to receive the care that they need in the right environment. By bringing together our expertise, we can improve patient care and enable local people to access the right support, care and treatment more easily than ever before.

In bringing this partnership together, we are working to the same set of values that will translate into better care for our residents.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Patient Care
  • To assist in planning and providing a high quality service for service users, in conjunctionwith the service manager and senior therapists.
  • To be responsible for managing own case load and prioritising as appropriate.
  • Depending on complexity of client need and caseload, take responsibility for designated caseload of patients to negotiate, agree and plan interventions.
  • To keep up to date comprehensive records/reports, which are clear and concise for the clients records and which comply with quality standards of Trust/Service policies and meet legal requirements.
  • To monitor the effectiveness of intervention through goal setting, outcome measures and evaluation of practice.
  • To apply good clinical reasoning skills in order to facilitate safe, timely discharge for clients requiring OT intervention
  • To monitor and review the clients progress to ensure a consistent, equitable, high quality service, and to change intervention to meet clinical need as necessary.
  • To work with clients and carers to assist them in making decisions regarding their needs by providing relevant information and advice.
  • To liaise with multidisciplinary team and use clinical judgement, to plan and carry out Access, Home and Follow up visits (to patients home) depending on clients needs.
  • To provide a high standard of intervention for clients of all ages (involving carers where appropriate) and carrying out assessments in clients homes, residential care establishments, hospitals and other locations as appropriate.
  • To follow departmental procedures for the completion of risk assessments when necessary.
  • To assess, advise and provide appropriate equipment. To take responsibility for demonstrating safe equipment use and training for clients and carers. (Complying with moving and handling regulations).
  • To have knowledge of Departments policy of dealing with decontamination and safe handling of contaminated equipment. To ensure that assessment equipment is in good condition at all times (complying with infection control procedures).

Service Development
  • To assist the Service Manager and Senior Therapists in meeting team annual objectives.
  • To implement and monitor Trust and Departmental/ Local Policies and Procedures as applicable to staff (Supervisors and manager)
  • To participate in and promote clinical governance e.g.: departmental audits and carrying out risk assessments.
  • To assist in the development of the Occupational Therapy service in the specialist clinical area and to further develop the specialist skills required.
  • To assist and implement policy changes and impact on all service users, and advise team leader of any service development changes made to ensure quality standards and effectiveness of patient care
  • To ensure that junior staff/students/assistants implement policy and service development changes.

  • To be responsible for competent use and maintenance reporting of all equipment used, including hoists, and patient appliances, and to ensure that junior staff/students and assistants attain competency prior to use.
  • To behave in a professional manner at all times and to all people.
  • To be responsible for the coordination of junior staff/students and assistants on a daily basis.
  • To be responsible for supervision, teaching and appraisal of junior staff, students and assistants also other health professionals/workers as appropriate.
  • To be responsible for undergraduates student occupational therapists as allocated by the team managers and to regularly liaise with the academic institutions
  • To be responsible for the operational management of the designated team in the absence of the team leader or as required.

Information Resources
  • To ensure confidentiality at all times, only releasing confidential information obtained during the course of employment in an official capacity.
  • To maintain an accurate and evaluative record keeping system for own clinical caseload
  • To supervise junior and student occupational therapists record keeping system according to the departmental standards.
  • To build on and extend existing relationships with local User Groups, Voluntary Groups and Statutory Agencies in order to deliver high quality services and meet service requirements.
  • To liaise with Services in other districts when necessary to arrange the supply of equipment for clients who are temporarily resident out of the district.
  • To liaise with equipment suppliers

Planning and Organisation
  • To manage own diary to ensure an appropriate balance of clinical responsibility along with the ability to be flexible when dealing with emergencies
  • To take responsibility for urgent referrals and other clinical telephone queries when necessary.
  • To arrange annual leave in conjunction with other team members, in line with local and Trust policies.
  • To work co- operatively with colleagues regarding equipment resources.
  • To flexibly plan and organise own time, patient caseload, meetings, training and adjusting plans as required according to staffing levels and work prioritisation.
  • Be able to respond to unpredictable work patterns and frequent interruptions
  • To assist in the planning of junior staff, students and assistants timetables and deputise for the band 7 in organisational duties.
  • To participate at meetings where appropriate for professional and educational purposes. To chair or minute take when required
  • To carry out all necessary administration involved in ordering equipment within budget limits. To know the process involved when ordering from suppliers, being able to query and trace orders through the system.
  • To contribute towards planning/developing the service by involvement in monitoring and evaluating activities, sharing ideas in team meetings and supporting improvement.
  • To actively initiate, participate and support line manager in team development and Service improvement.
  • To delegate duties to support staff.
  • To actively participate in ensuring that systems and processes are in place to deliver an efficient and effective service.
  • To support and participate in clinical governance initiatives in Service area.

  • To be responsible for personal development by means of regular supervision, Trust appraisal scheme, attending in-service training, reflective practice and appropriate external courses, thereby keeping CPD portfolio updated.
  • To maintain links with own professional group by attendance at relevant meetings.
  • To comply with Health Professions Council Standards of Proficiency, Conduct, Performance and Ethics.
  • To comply with Trust service mandatory training requirements.
  • To supervise the education of Occupational Therapy Students during their fieldwork practice as appropriate.
  • To participate in the training of Therapists, Assistants and OT students by assisting senior therapists in the running of training sessions.
  • To participate in training/explaining the role of the OT service to therapists/interested parties when necessary.
  • To take responsibility with peers for organising, delivering and participating in continuing education sessions.
  • To contribute to the education of multidisciplinary groups, patients, families and carers appropriate
  • To assist in organising and actively participate in the in-service and post-registration education programme within the specialist clinical area and attend other outside courses/lectures as appropriate.

Research and Audit
  • To undertake relevant audits in service area, leading when required, and effect change in professional practice.
  • To critically appraise current research and present findings to colleagues and others.
  • To contribute to research as/when opportunities arise and identify potential research areas.
  • To identify own learning needs through appraisal to complement service developments and take responsibility for achieving objectives set at appraisal.
  • To keep abreast of evidence based practice in the clinical area by use of relevant reading, attendance at in-service training, external courses and database searches

  • To carry out assessments and treatments with moderate to intense physical effort on a daily basis.
  • To work in an environment where the work patterns may be disrupted by frequent demands from patients, clinical staff, students and administrative support staff.
  • To sensitively deal with distressing or emotional circumstances regarding patient care such.
  • To support junior staff when indicated in the management of challenging patients.
  • To deal with patients with varying levels of cognitive impairment that may lead to challenging behaviour and to learning difficulties.

Person Specification



  • Experience as a band 5 occupational therapist in a physical field in the NHS, Social Services or other


  • Relevant post-registration courses Membership of a relevant specialist

Qualifications and Training


  • Occupational Therapy diploma or degree Registered with Health and Care Professions Council

Knowledge and Skills


  • Comprehensive knowledge of equipment Appreciation of current developments in health care provision Understanding of services available in the community Knowledge of clinical governance


  • Experience directly related to rotations Experience of working with support workers

Personal Attributes


  • Flexibility Ability to work with change Ability to work under pressure Evidence of own self development through appraisal, CPD and portfolio

Other Factors


  • Physically fit to meet the demands of the post regarding fitting equipment in patients' homes and therapeutic handling of patients with severe balance
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