Acute Inpatient Therapy Clinical Team Lead

Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
4 Dec 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
This is a new and exciting opportunity to be involved in two forward thinking trust service developments . This is a clinical lead role which will be based on the hospitals new ready to go ward - McCallum and will also support the development of therapy provision within same day emergency care (SDEC) . The ready to go unit is a 17 bedded ward for patients who have no criteria to reside (NCTR) and require further assessments to support their discharge.This includes complex discharge planning and the development of both the therapy provision to the ward and an MDT enabling approach to minimise hospital acquired deconditioning through innovative ways.

The Trusts SDEC model is currently being reviewed and expanded and this role will also have an opportunity to play an integral part in its development and clinical therapy provision.

The post will form part of the Torbay Hospital inpatient therapy team. We are passionate about reducing the harmful effects of deconditioning and ensure what matters to patients and their families and carers is at the heart of everything we do. We work closely with all other hospital professions and our community partners.

This role will also provide an opportunity to be involved in trust wide professional development projects and provision.

Main duties of the job

  • Supporting the development of and further implementation of the therapy provision to the Ready to Go Ward and the developing SDEC provision
  • Facilitating people to leave hospital once they no longer have a criteria to reside
  • Reducing the use of Pathway 2 options and minimising social care spend on discharge following therapy reviews
  • Understanding the barriers to timely discharge and finding ways to overcome them
  • Reducing hospital admissions and LOS
  • Ensuring appropriateness of community hospital referrals
  • Promotion and implementation of legal frameworks supporting discharge ensuring multi-disciplinary teams understand the legalities of this framework to be able to work confidently and promote a safe discharge

The main priority of this job is to make a difference by helping patients through recovery and returning back to health and independence through rehabilitation. The majority of the work will be completed within the unit environment, however may include working across other acute hospital wards/areas or within the community on occasions to support hospital discharge. This will include occasional weekend the acute hospital. This role will form part of the acute hospital therapy leadership team.

About us

Why Work With Us

We are are a group of Physiotherapists, Occupational therapist and support workers whose focus is to ensure patients are given every opportunity to recover their functional ability following periods of ill health that have required a hospital admission. We are passionate about reducing the harmful effects of deconditioning and ensure what matters to patients and their families and carers is at the heart of everything we do. We work closely with all other hospital professions and our community partners. We highly value the importance of continuing professional development and supporting our staff to achieve their clinical aspirations.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Professional Practice
  • To undertake all aspects of practice as an autonomous practitioner including professional and legal accountability for own work
  • To liaise with various multi professionals, clients and carers, in situations which can involve highly complex, sensitive and occasionally contentious information using well developed communication skills
  • To be responsible for maintaining own competency to practise through CPD activities, maintaining a portfolio which reflects personal development
  • To be responsible for supporting specific abilities and interests of team members when identified by Team reviewers through performance review and personal development plans
  • To be responsible for the maintenance of professional status in line with HCPC/NMC recommendations
  • To work with other professional leads to support the wider multi-disciplinary team and to ensure that Professional standards are met across the service.
  • To actively participate and promote Safeguarding Adults, Mental Capacity and Best Interests processes, including assessment and participating in meetings as required
  • To actively participate in resource allocation processes, and attending meetings as and when required to attend
    • To be responsible for the /support the provision of rehabilitation for in patients within the hospital settings as required for patient progression and discharge facilitation
    • Provision of Discharge to Assess visits in order to facilitate safe and timely discharges

    • To be responsible for safe, efficient, and effective delivery of the therapy provision to the ready to go ward promoting team working in order to develop and consolidate a cohesive and supportive environment
    • To lead in the identification and implementation of specific evidenced-based audit and research projects to further services and multi-professional team clinical practice
    • To participate in the development and implementation of policies appropriate to Hospital Discharge within the locality
    • To gather feedback in relation to the ready to go ward and use this to inform service delivery and improvements
    • To be responsible for maintaining up to date relevant risk assessments to reduce/eliminate hazards where practicably possible (e.g. health and safety, lone working)
    • To ensure compliance with organisational and departmental policies and procedures
    • To promote the use of tools to ensure a process of continuous quality improvement (e.g. Datix)
    • To have knowledge and understanding of the Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty safeguards and support their application within practice

    • To provide leadership to the inpatient therapy teams in acute and community hospitals ensuring that targets relating to length of stay and team input are met as well as quality standards and efficient use of resources
    • To be responsible for accurate, comprehensive and up-to-date documentation, in line with legal, departmental, governmental, and professional standards of practice
    • To be accountable for providing an environment commensurate with life-long learning, and the development of competency frameworks which support the staff development review processes
    • To ensure that mandatory training is carried out in accordance with Trust policy
    • To be responsible for the identification of gaps in the professional training and development needs of staff in line with competency frameworks and HCPC/NMC requirements
    • To be responsible for ensuring that the framework for professional supervision as expressed in the Trust policy is embedded and supported throughout the team

    • To be responsible for the operational management of the therapists on the ready to go ward in collaboration with the other inpatient therapy team leads and the Inpatient Therapy service Lead
    • To provide strong professional leadership,
      • To prioritise and manage the dynamics of an unpredictable working environment through the control and management of effective and efficient use of resources, within budgetary constraints, whilst maintaining high quality, safe delivery of care
      • To consider the need for the management of inpatient therapy capacity across the acute hospital, at times of high pressure within the service
      • To participate in the implementation of local IT processes to allow for effective data collection, in line with local and national guidelines
      • To participate in the development and implementation of both clinical and managerial policies and protocols for the locality
      • To follow guidance set by the Trust in relation to decision making about Intermediate Care funded care
      • To actively contribute to development of Trust wide clinical policies and protocols

      Professional Practice and Leadership
      • To be aware of and work within national professional standards
      • To provide proactive clinical leadership support to the Inpatient Team
      • To be a reflective practitioner
      • To initiate and influence the development of policies, procedures and guidelines relevant to hospital discharge ensuring they are implemented and monitored
      • To monitor the impact of their service clinically and for cost effectiveness, supported by a range of evaluation techniques including the use of continuous quality improvement tools and clinical audit functions
      • To actively use data to proactively inform the commissioning process

      Responsibility for Financial and Physical Resources
      • Effectively utilise budget for acute inpatient therapy to provide optimal services within available funding envelope, including having an understanding of spend on commissioned placements and packages of care under Intermediate Care
      • Actively contribute to resource allocation processes including Continuing Healthcare Funding and Social Care funding streams
      • Monitor the need for and use of high cost equipment and consumables
      • Assess patients to ensure that they are on the correct discharge pathway with the correct level of support
      • Evaluate project functions within identified portfolio for delivery against financial recovery/savings plans through providing sophisticated, high quality project analysis

      Communication and Relationship Skills
      • To be able to effectively communicate at all levels in the organisation to a variety of health and social care professionals, service users and carers in order that the best outcomes for patients and their Carers are achieved
      • Maintain a high level of performance and be goal and outcome focussed when faced with opposition or when working under conditions of pressure
      • Be able to keep accurate, contemporaneous documentation and care plans using appropriate available supporting tools and electronic recording programs
        • Understand the Safeguarding Adults process and act within the guidance of Trust policy and legal frameworks
        • Act at all times in a manner which illustrates respect for privacy, dignity and confidentiality
        • Provide high quality written reports and any other written documentation when necessary
        • Listen to and empathise with the needs and wishes of clients, patients and their carers. Advocating for them appropriately, ensuring issues are followed through with appropriate actions
        • Understand the Mental Capacity Acts implications and initiate assessment of mental capacity when appropriate
        • To be able to manage complex and challenging communication between multiple professionals/patients and relatives carers, often delivering information that may cause anxiety, fear, and anger

        Planning and Organisational Skills
        • Collaborate with key stakeholders to provide appropriate care, referring on to other services or professionals as appropriate
        • Exhibit a sense of responsibility and accountability for the Team caseload
        • Work with multidisciplinary teams to plan and implement high quality care
        • Use effective and efficient management skills to support the Team caseload and the wider locality team
        Utilise appropriate assessment tools in collaboration with multi-professional teams across the health community

Person Specification



  • Degree in Occupational therapy or Physiotherapy
  • HCPC registered


  • Masters course level or equivalent level of experience

Knowledge and experience


  • Significant senior clinical experience of both acute and community therapy delivery
  • Extensive understanding of and implementation of the MCA 2005
  • Experience of staff resource management
  • Experience of working within the current hospital discharge policy


  • Proven experience of project and change management
  • Previous experience as a team lead

Employer details

Employer name

Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust


Torbay Hospital

Lowes Bridge



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