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Acute Intervention Occupational Therapist

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience per annum, pro rata
Closing date
6 Dec 2023

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
This is an exciting new role designed to be occupation-centred in an acute hospital setting.

Are you:
  • driven to change the role of Occupational Therapy in the acute setting?
  • looking for new learning opportunities to expand your competencies & skills?

Do you want:
  • to be part of a workplace that has energy and drive to proactively respond and think creatively for the best service now and into the future?
  • an innovative post utilising specialist Occupational Therapy skills in acute assessment and treatment planning
  • To be based in a new therapy department with bright non-clinical areas and patient therapy areas

We can offer:
  • A variety of learning opportunities with excellent support and supervision and appraisal from senior colleagues,
  • opportunities to participate in service improvement
  • Membership with a supportive and proactive peer support group

To find about more about working within our service get in touch on 01823 342987 or email

Main duties of the job

To take on a specialist clinical role in the provision and development of an effective and specialised Occupational Therapy service.

To provide Occupational Therapy specific assessment as early as possible in a patient's admission, following a significant change in their ability to participate in their occupational roles and activities.

To plan intervention using a range of activities aimed at regaining, or maintaining the ability to engage in, essential occupations in preparation for leaving hospital without delay.

You will supervise junior staff and participate in teaching and clinical supervision of other members of the team.

You will be expected to deputise for the team leader undertaking any specific clinical and professional responsibilities in their absence.

About us

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

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

Job description

Job responsibilities

To provide patient-centred, specialised occupational therapy expertise in the assessment, treatment and management of patients with complex physical and psychological conditions. This will include the use of manual occupational therapy techniques and high level analytical, reasoning and risk assessment skills to select appropriate intervention from a range of options.

To complete a comprehensive assessment for a designated caseload, addressing occupational performance and skills deficits and cognition, enabling patients in areas of self-maintenance, productivity and leisure.

To plan and implement individual and/or group interventions, in collaboration with the patient, using graded activity to identify and achieve therapeutic goals.

Treatment plans will aim to enable the patient to participate in meaningful, therapeutic activity while on a hospital ward and be delegated to ward staff or therapy support workers as appropriate.

The patients family, friends or carers will be involved with their therapy intervention where appropriate and when possible, with consent obtained from the patient.

To monitor, evaluate and modify treatment for clients with multiple needs in order to measure progress and ensure effectiveness of intervention.

To demonstrate and apply a broad level of understanding of the effect of disability and recommend adaptations to the clients physical and social environment provided by the equipment loan service.

Monitor, evaluate and modify interventions for patients to measure progress and ensure effectiveness of therapy using agreed outcome measures and sharing the results with appropriate partner agencies to facilitate smooth transfers of care.

See full Job Description for more details.

Person Specification



  • Diploma/Degree in Occupational Therapy/HCPC registration
  • CPD in relevant clinical areas
  • Basic management training or relevant experience
  • HCPC Registration


  • Recruitment and selection training
  • Supervision training



  • Specialist knowledge and application of Occupational Therapy assessments and intervention for patients in acute setting
  • Experience of supervising and/or developing other staff
  • Experience with complex discharge planning
  • Ability to work autonomously and set priorities for the team and service in the absence of the Team Leader


  • Experience of clinical audit/and or service development
  • Knowledge of governance processes

Employer details

Employer name

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust


Musgrove Park Hospital

Parkfield Drive



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