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Specialist Occupational Therapist

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
£40,701 to £48,054 a year pa inc
Closing date
23 Nov 2023

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Specialist Occupational Therapist, Band 6

Permanent - Full Time - 37.5 hours per week

We are looking to appoint a committed, highly motivated, enthusiastic and skilled Band 6 Specialist Occupational Therapist to our dynamic, integrated multi- disciplinary Rapid Response Team.

This is an exciting opportunity to join and develop our integrated collaborative working between Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust and Bexley Adult Social Services. Would you like to help us continue to improve our provision of health, social care and community support to the residents of Bexley.

RRT has been operational since 2013, since has gown and developed, RRT was one of the 7 accelerator sites involved in the introduction and successful roll out of the NHSE Urgent Community Response (UCR) initiative. RRT/UCR is a multi- professional team consisting of Nurses, PT's, OT's and Social Workers. The team aims to respond to crisis referrals within 2 hours and avoid unnecessary presentation to hospital and residential care.

The team provide holistic health and social care assessments for people over the age 18 years, who are registered with a Bexley GP and live in the Borough of Bexley. The team are based at QEH Woolwich and operates 7 days a week, on an 8am-8pm basis, providing urgent community response to vulnerable people in the community.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will support in the leadership of Rapid Response Team, deputising in the absence of the Band 7 lead Therapist/Nurses for the clinical management of the care of patients referred to the team. The post holder will assist with and directly triage urgent patient referrals with varied and complex needs in acute hospital and community setting acting as an expert physiotherapy clinical resource to RRT members by facilitating high quality evidence based practise.

The post holder may be required to work across hospitals sites on a planned basis and in community when responding to urgent community referrals. Post holder will undertake delegated line management of junior staff, both informal and formal basis.

The Rapid Response Team aims to prevent inappropriate admissions to acute hospital wards, unnecessary Emergency Department attendances from the community and facilitate early discharges from hospital by acting as the gateway to Community Services within the Borough of Bexley. The post holder will conduct specialist Occupational Therapy assessments for patients in the community with some in reach into Secondary care as required . The team provides an integrated multi-professional assessment of health and social care needs.

About us

Oxleas offers a wide range of NHS healthcare services to people in community and secure environment settings. Our services include community health care such as district nursing and speech and language therapy, care for people with learning disabilities and mental health care such as psychiatry, nursing and therapies. Our multidisciplinary teams look after people of all ages and we work in close partnership with other parts of the NHS, local councils and the voluntary sector and through our new provider collaboratives. Our 4,300 members of staff work in many different settings including hospitals, clinics, prisons, secure hospitals, children's centres, schools and people's homes.

We have over 125 sites in a variety of locations in the South of England. In London we operate within the Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley Greenwich and into Kent. We manage hospital sites including Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup and Memorial Hospital, Woolwich, as well as the Bracton Centre, our medium secure unit for people with mental health needs. We are the largest NHS provider of prison health services providing healthcare to prisons within Devon, Dorset, Bristol, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire, Kent and South London. We are proud of the care we provide and our people.

Our purpose is to improve lives by providing the best possible care to our patients and their families. This is strengthened by our new values:
  • We're Kind
  • We're Fair
  • We Listen
  • We Care

Job description

Job responsibilities

Demonstrate specialist theoretical knowledge of complex acute and long-term pathologies and impairments in the assessment of clients.

Work closely with other health professionals and social servicesand provide specialist Occupational Therapy advice in meeting the needs of the clients.

Conduct a thorough holistic specialist Occupational Therapy assessment of clients, obtaining consent in accordance with professional guidelines and local team procedures.

Recommend appropriate interventions topromote functional independence and safety, utilising effective clinical reasoning skills and evidence-based practice.

Complete individual plans of care for clients who require input from integrated community services bed-based or home-based rehabilitation input.

Maintain effective multidisciplinary communicationwith other members of the team and the wider clinical network to ensure that clients needs are met.

Providespecialist Occupational Therapy advice and support to client, carers and relatives based on clinical evidence and reasoning.

Ensure safe, appropriate and effective provision, installation, education and demonstration of equipment.

Participate in and lead MDT meetings and complex family conferences.

Ensure management of clinical risk with complex patients.

To be able to identify when and how to terminate involvement or refer onwards to appropriate teams/services and completeinput in a timely, seamless manner.

Seek guidance from moreexperienced colleagues when required.

Person Specification



  • Recognised Occupational Therapy Degree Qualification or equivalent
  • Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) Registration


  • Registered Member of British Association of Occupational Therapists



  • Evidence of post registration experience as a band 5 sufficient to meet B6 requirements
  • Evidence of working as an OT in a specialist Rapid Response Team
  • Evidence of recent CPD and course attendance with rehabilitation / A& E
  • Evidence of working in an MDT setting


  • Experience of using standardised assessments

Knowledge / Skill / abilities


  • Evidence of excellent professional and clinical knowledge and skills as an OT
  • Basic computer skills and good patient record management
  • Good presentation and communication skills - written
  • Competent therapeutic manual handling skills
  • Evidence of working as an autonomous practitioner as well as in an MDT
  • UK Driving Licence
  • Access to car to use for work


  • Evidence of using outcome measures

Personal / Other


  • Evidence of self reflection and self appraisal

Employer details

Employer name

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust


Community - Based

QEH Brook House Stadium Rd


SE18 4QH

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