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Band 5 Occupational Therapy Social Care Trusted Assessor

Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust
Welwyn Garden City
£28,407 to £34,581 a year Pro rata
Closing date
22 Dec 2023

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Occupational therapist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Band 5 Occupational Therapy Social Care Trusted Assessor

We are really excited to be able to offer this new opportunity for experienced Therapy Assistant Practitioners (TAP) to progress and develop their skills. We are looking for a dynamic, enthusiastic, and creative TAP to be a part of our well-established Occupational Therapy team.You will be joining an innovative and agile Children and Young People's Therapies (CYPT) Service committed to delivering high quality intervention and transforming lives.

We are looking to recruit up to 2 full time TAPs to work in our Social Care team. These posts are based across Hertfordshire with the local community clinic as the base.

Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust provides integrated Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy, and Physiotherapy Services for families across the county. Our CYPT service provides opportunities for collaborative working, joint training and shared learning amongst each profession. Our service is commissioned by health, social care and education, allowing us to provide a seamless pathway from early years through to home, school and further education settings, to enable a child to meet their full potential in participating in activities of daily living.

Main duties of the job

Experience working with children is preferrable but not essential.

The successful applicant will be able to work with CYP and families to identify the equipment and adaptation needs of CYP who have complex needs and disability, at home.

The applicant will agree to attend formal and in house training to develop their skills to Trusted Assessor level. This is to ensure that you can prescribe suitable assessments to meet the needs of CYP. You will prescribe equipment, complete housing assessments for rehousing or complete assessments for simple housing adaptations. The successful applicant will be able to work independently and autonomously in the community environment, with access to a qualified therapist for supervision and professional support.

Once trained, you will be able to write housing reports and be able to order equipment from the equipment provider without direct supervision, being responsible for your own caseload. Working conditions can require a high level of emotional effort and physical skills.

We offer:
  • Regular clinical supervision, managerial supervision and have a well-established appraisal system
  • CPD opportunities, including in service masterclasses
  • Opportunities to work alongside other therapists/assistants to deliver intervention to children/young people requiring support
  • An initial induction period where you will have the opportunity to observe and shadow your team.
  • Formal degree apprenticeship pathway to become an Occupational Therapist

About us

A big thank you for considering joining us at Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust

You'll find it a great place to work with many benefits offered to you as a member of our staff

We put our patients, their families and carers at the centre of our vision - Outstanding Services and Healthier Communities

Our staff are proud to be Innovative, Caring and Agile in their work to help achieve the Trust vision

We welcome diversity in our workforce and are interested in applicants from all backgrounds

We don't want you to miss out so we'd like you to know that if we have a high level of interest in this role, the vacancy may close prior to the advertised closing date, so please make your application as soon as possible - Apply now

You've made a great decision to apply to join to HCT - we're looking forward to taking the next steps of the journey with you.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see Job Description attached, which details the responsibilities within this post. Also attached is the Person Specification.

Successful candidates will need to be enthusiastic and motivated. Good communication, clinical reasoning and organisational skills are essential. You must be a team player but be able to work autonomously and have the ability to champion the needs of your patients.

If you are keen to be part of our well established and professional therapy team, we would love to hear from you. Please contact Caroline Griffiths, Clinical Quality Lead on 07825316108 for an informal chat and further details about this opportunity.

Applicants wanting to work full time are preferred. Part time or job share applicants will be considered.

A full valid driving licence and access to a car to use regularly for business purposes is essential (unless you have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010).

In addition to the basic salary, this post attracts a High Cost Area Supplement of 5% of basic salary subject to a minimum payment of �1,192 and a maximum payment of �2,011 per annum (pro rata where applicable and dependent on base location)

Interview date is set for 3rd January 2024.

Person Specification



  • Documented evidence of Disabled Living Foundation Level 4 (or equivalent) Trusted Assessor: Assessing and Adapting the Home. For example awarded accreditation at Level 4 from OCN London
  • OR willingness and commitment to attend training and become an accredited trusted assessor within 12 months (assessing and adapting the home).
  • Documented evidence of formal training, knowledge and experience of specific childhood conditions and therapy practices relating to these conditions e.g. cerebral palsy, various syndromes and disorders leading to developmental delay including equipment and minor adaptations



  • Significant clinical experience at senior support worker level
  • Significant experience of working in multi-disciplinary settings
  • Significant experience of working independently, without direct supervision

Employer details

Employer name

Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust


Community Clinics

Welwyn Garden City


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