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Urgent Community Response & Virtual Ward Occupational Therapist

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
2 Dec 2023

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Occupational therapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
Band 7 Urgent Community Response/Virtual Ward Team Occupational Therapist

Are you looking for an exciting new role in a high performing and supportive team? Perhaps you are ready for your next challenge? We have a fantastic opportunity for an occupational therapist to join the West Berkshire Urgent Community Response /Virtual Ward Team (UCR/VW).

The post holder will be a key member of the UCR Team in West Berkshire. UCR is a fast paced 7 day a week community-based service delivered by a multidisciplinary team to adults (over the age of 18 years), who are experiencing a crisis which may result in an unplanned hospital admission without a 2-hour crisis response. Patients can be acutely unwell or in the end-of-life phase.

The role will involve working with members of the UCR team which include Advanced Nurse Practitioners, Support Workers, Multitherapy Assistants, Paramedics, Consultant Geriatrician, Physiotherapist in delivery of the UCR service therapy needs.

As an experienced advanced practitioner, the post holder will be required to work autonomously and manage complex cases at a fast pace to accommodate the urgent needs of patients. This is a multifaceted role assisting patients to remain at home, supporting access to reablement or establishing long term needs and referring onto appropriate services as required.

Training opportunities include completion of the Advanced History Taking and Physical Assessment Course.

Main duties of the job

To undertake the comprehensive holistic assessment of patients with highly complex physical, mental health and social needs, using investigative and analytical skills to formulate individualised management and treatment plans, using clinical reasoning and utilising a wide range of treatment skills and options to formulate specialised programmes of care.

To be able to use research, clinical reasoning and problem-solving skills, including activity analysis in a wide range of highly complex conditions, to determine appropriate actions and formulate specific and appropriate management plans including the setting of time scales in relation to available resources and professional demands.

To carry out treatment activities with patients that have unpredictable physical limitations and difficulties with understanding, due to physical, psychological, cognitive or social problems.

To assess, recommend (where appropriate) provide, fit and evaluate the effectiveness of a range of specialised equipment and aids (including assistive technology) to facilitate patients' rehabilitation in their own home, following either a crisis episode in the community

The must haves for you to be considered for this role:
  • A team player with the ability to work collaboratively with other disciplines
  • Car driver with ability and readiness to travel to multiple sites
  • 3 years post registration experience
  • Experience of working in the community

About us

Our values at Berkshire Healthcare:
  • Caring for and about you is our top priority
  • Committed to providing good quality, safe services
  • Working Together with you to develop innovative solutions

We welcome people who share these values to come and work for us.

Benefits of working for us include:
  • Flexible working options to support work-life balance.
  • 27 days' annual leave rising with service + opportunity to buy and sell
  • Generous NHS pension scheme
  • Excellent learning and career development opportunities
  • 'Cycle to Work' and car leasing scheme
  • Access to a range of wellbeing tools and services
  • Discounts at hundreds of popular retailers and restaurants
  • Staff networks for race, diversity, disabilities and armed forces community to support equality
  • Generous maternity, paternity, adoption and special leave.
  • Free parking across Trust sites

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached job description for more information about this role and working at Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

Person Specification



  • Diploma/Degree in Occupational Therapy
  • State Registration
  • HPC membership
  • BAOT Membership


  • Membership of relevant Special Interest Group

Continuous Professional Development


  • Post-graduate training in a relevant clinical speciality such as: Accredited courses in Cognitive impairment
  • Post-graduate training in a relevant clinical speciality such as: Accreditation of practise Educators (Apple)

Previous Experience


  • 3 Years post registration experience
  • Experience of working in the community

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities


  • Knowledge of Assistive Technology
  • Forward Thinking
  • Ability to work independently and alone in the community
  • Knowledge of Audit and Research
  • Proven clinical leadership ability
  • IT skills
  • Use of standardised assessments
  • To have an extensive repertoire of mobilisation / facilitation skills for the therapeutic handling of patients
  • Evidence of own self development through CPD / PD
  • Ability to develop others through CPD / PDP / In-service training
  • Drive and enthusiasm for clinical excellence and clinical development of the team
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Good time management
  • Flexible and Adaptable
  • Ability to lead a team
  • Ability to work well within a team
  • Involvement in social services processes

Additional Requirements


  • Ability to travel between multiple sites efficiently
  • Full and Clean UK Manual Driving Licence
  • The daily use of a car
  • The ability to drive a van (Manual)
  • Ability to work on Weekends and extended hours including shift working depending on the service needs.

Previous Experience


  • Management experience or willingness to develop


  • Experience of leading change

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities


  • Able to maintain judgement under pressure and set priorities

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities


  • Highly specialist knowledge of Occupational Therapy in management of patients with highly complex conditions
  • Understanding national policies /guidelines relevant to the area e.g. National Service Frameworks for falls, stroke, mental health
  • Knowledge and participation in clinical governance relevant to this clinical area and to Occupational Therapy
  • Excellent inter-personal skills
  • Presentation Skills
  • Willingness to learn
  • Ability to pass on skills and knowledge to others - both formally and informally

Employer details

Employer name

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust


Ageing Well Rapid Response


RG18 3HR

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