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Occupational Therapist (CRT)

Wrightington Wigan & Leigh Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
8 Dec 2023

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
The post holder will work within a multi-disciplinary team to manage a defined caseload, referred by local partners, in particular General Practitioners, North West Ambulance Services and the Acute Trust/A& E. They will provide input to patients at home as part of the CRT admission avoidance team.

Within the multi-disciplinary team, the post holder will support the provision of high quality patient centred health care.

To identify, assess, diagnose and treat adults with acute illness or injury /complex needs and long term conditions/frailty.

The post is intended to improve outcomes for patients by delivering care closer to home, reducing avoidable admissions to hospital.

The post holder will provide leadership and clinical supervision for other junior staff and will be required to work weekends and evenings.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be required to work predominantly in patients' own places of residence across the Wigan borough. You must be able to travel to multiple appointments across the Trust every day whilst transporting all required equipment.

This post is 37.5 hours over 7 days, shifts to be agreed on appointment.

You must be able to travel across Trust independently.

An Enhanced DBS with Adults' Barred List checks will be obtained during pre-employment checks.

This vacancy may close early if sufficient applications are received.

About us

Choose Well - Choose WWL

Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust are the proud providers of acute hospital and community services to the people of the Wigan Borough and surrounding areas. At WWL, we value our staff believing that 'happy staff, makes for happy patients'. We have a recognised track record in staff engagement and living our values 'the WWL Way'.

WWL are committed to placing the patient at the heart of everything we do, and in the provision of safe, effective care that acknowledges and ensures dignity. With this in mind we are seeking to recruit people who share our values and beliefs.

COVID-19 vaccination remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course our patients from the virus when working in our healthcare settings. Whilst COVID-19 vaccination is not a condition of employment, we do encourage our staff to get vaccinated. If you are unvaccinated there is helpful advice and information available by contacting where you can also ask about how to access vaccinations.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Key results from the job holder
  • To be professionally and legally responsible and accountable for all aspects of your own work and to maintain overall accountability for delegated duties of treatment to junior staff for patients on your caseload.
  • To use a wide variety of Occupational Therapy assessment methods to identify clients who require Occupational Therapy intervention.
  • To use clinical judgment in order to prioritise caseload in line with clinical guidelines and protocols.
  • To ensure interventions take place in the most appropriate setting.
  • To take a role in preventing unnecessary admissions to the acute setting by assessing and treating Patients within a variety of locations.
  • To identify areas of occupational performance and skill deficit in all functional activities of daily life
  • To work with clients and/or carers to identify goals as part of an overall care plan in co-operation with the multi professional team.
  • To demonstrate and apply a broad level of understanding of the effect of disability and recommend adaptations to the clients physical and social environment.
  • To justify own clinical judgments when differences of opinion occur
  • To act as an advocate for patients needs when necessary.

Planning and Organisational Duties
  • To plan, prepare and undertake client assessments for a designated caseload.
  • To plan and implement individual interventions in collaboration with clients using graded activity to achieve therapeutic goals.
  • To monitor, evaluate and modify treatment for clients with multiple needs/pathology in order to measure progress and ensure effectiveness of intervention.
  • To contribute to client related developments and activities within the multi-professional team.
  • To identify and implement service and practice development within own area of clinical specialism in conjunction with the team and line manager.
  • To maintain accurate and comprehensive patient treatment records in line with WWL Foundation Trust Policies and COT Standards of Practice.
  • To maintain timely statistics and other records as requested by Unscheduled Care and WWL
  • To comply with the College of Occupational Therapy Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct, Health Professions Council Guidance and National and WWL Foundation Trust Policies and Procedures.
  • To participate in the day to day organisation and development of the CRT.
  • To demonstrate understanding of national and local guidelines and legislation relating to health and social care and their impact on service delivery
  • Be responsible for the monitoring of materials and equipment and bring defects or deficits to the attention of the Team Leader.
  • To exercise good personal time management, punctuality and consistent reliable attendance.
  • To advise the Team Leader on resources required to carry out the job.
  • To prescribe wheelchairs and equipment for patient use within resources available in Health and Social Services.
  • To contribute to development of practice/procedures etc. within the CRT.
  • To participate in the planning, evaluation and audit of practices, clinical pathways and protocols within your clinical area.
  • To participate with other team members in measurement of and evaluation of work and current practice through use of outcome measures and audit.
  • To demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate current research, apply them to practice and disseminate findings at a local level.
  • To broaden research and development skills through participation in local audit and research projects.

Communications and Key Working Relationships
  • To demonstrate effective communication skills with carers, team members, occupational therapy colleagues and other agencies.
  • To be able to take a lead in Multi-Disciplinary Team Meetings.
  • To maintain good working relationships.
  • To convey information on diagnosis, prognosis and treatment plans in a range of verbal and non-verbal forms that clients/relatives can understand.
  • Use a variety of skills to gain consent and co-operation to treatment plans.
  • To monitor the quality of record keeping for support staff and students.
  • To respect the individuality, values, cultural and religious diversity of clients and contribute to the provision of a service sensitive to these needs.

Responsibility for Human Resources
  • To review and reflect on own practice and performance through effective use of professional and operational supervision and appraisal.
  • To maintain a professional portfolio of Continuing Professional Development recording learning outcomes through participation in internal and external development opportunities.
  • To participate in the staff appraisal scheme and personal development plan (PDP) as both appraiser and appraise.
  • To undertake the supervision of junior staff.
  • To regularly supervise, evaluate and assess Occupational Therapy students to include negotiating learning contracts and setting objectives.

Responsibility for Health & Safety

Compliance with the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 the post holder is required to fulfil a proactive role towards the management of risk in all of their actions. This entails the risk assessment of all situations, the taking of appropriate actions and reporting of all incidents, near misses and hazards, and a statutory duty of care for their own personal safety and that of others who may be affected by their acts or omissions.

Responsibility for Teaching
  • To receive, plan and deliver in-service training for own profession and others.

Work Circumstances & on-call
  • 5 hours per week over 7 days.
  • Rotas usually planned 6 weeks in advance.
  • Shift patterns to be agreed on appointment.

Person Specification



  • Diploma/Degree in OT
  • Evidence of relevant post graduate course/continuous professional development
  • HCPC registered



  • Post registration experience as an OT
  • NHS experience



  • Apply Health & Safety and Risk Management Policies
  • Able to manage own workload and determine priorities
  • Apply OT process with designated client group.
  • Be able to reflect and critically appraise own performance.
  • Have basic computer skills including use of internet and e-mail.
  • Able to analyse professional and ethical issues.
  • Have effective overall personal time management.



  • Broad knowledge of current best practice in OT
  • A knowledge of basic ADL equipment and it's application
  • Have an understanding of team dynamics.



  • Able to travel across Trust independently
  • Flexible to meet service demand
  • Speak English to an appropriate standard

Employer details

Employer name

Wrightington Wigan & Leigh Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Claire House

Phoenix Way



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