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Discharge Home to Assess Physiotherapist/Occupational Therapist

Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
26 Dec 2023

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Physiotherapist, Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Be at the Heart of our Community!

We seek a Band 6 Physiotherapist/Occupational Therapistto join our friendly team on a full time basis. You'll be making a real difference to your patients every single day - deliver outstanding community care as a valued member of the East Herts Discharge Home to Assess Team.

In return, we can offer you:
  • 27 days holiday rising to 33 days (depending on NHS Trust service) plus bank holidays (pro rata where applicable)
  • One of the UK's best pension schemes
  • Special Leave for family and personal reasons
  • NHS Car Lease Scheme (for substantive staff)
  • Eye Care Vouchers
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • NHS Discount

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).

Main duties of the job

This post is full time but applicants who wish to work part time or flexibly will also be considered.

The service runs 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 5pm at weekends. The post holder will be expected to contribute to the weekend rota.

The service covers both East and North Hertfordshire and the post holder may be expected at times to cover across all localities.

You must hold a full valid driving licence and have access to a care to use regularly for business purposes are essential (unless you have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010).

This post will close early if we reach the maximum amount of applications, early application is encouraged.

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 and ages

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

  • To provide Therapy to patients within their own home.
  • To provide assessment and treatment for vulnerable patients with complex needs, patients in crisis, supported discharge from either the acute hospitals or those in intermediate care bed based units within the community.
  • To act as the patients advocate throughout their rehabilitation programme and enable patients empowerment through the process.
  • To communicate complex patient related information effectively. To ensure collaborative working with the multidisciplinary team members across health and social care sectors and all members of the Trust ensuring the delivery of a co-ordinated multidisciplinary service.
  • To use a range of verbal and non-verbal communication skills to communicate effectively with patients to progress rehabilitation and treatment programmes, and to ensure an understanding of their diagnosis so that patients are supported in self management of their condition.
  • To use communication skills of persuasion, motivation, empathy, tact, explanation and gaining informed consent with a wide variety of vulnerable patients, within often highly sensitive situations.
  • To identify barriers to effective communication that will regularly be evident including: cognitive impairment, expressive and receptive communication difficulties, embarrassment, anxiety, pain, fear and visual/hearing impairments to develop and implement strategies to overcome these barriers.
  • To use communication skills to address language and culture diversity issues.
  • To maintain accurate and up to date documentation in line with legal requirements and communicate assessment and treatment results to the appropriate disciplines.
  • To act as an advisor on professional and clinical issues.
  • To be able to communicate effectively with relatives and carers regarding patient care and progress with the consent of the patient involved.

Whilst it is not a legal requirement, Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust encourages and supports all staff to be vaccinated as this remains the best line of defence against COVID-19.

We are committed to supporting flexible working options for staff, wherever possible, and welcome discussions on flexible working patterns to support our staff to maintain a healthy work life balance.

Word versions of documents are available if needed to allow for any adaptations to be made i.e. font , colour, background, convert to read aloud.

Person Specification



  • Physiotherapy Degree/Occupational Therapy Degree
  • Registration with Health Professions Council
  • Post-graduate courses
  • Relevant courses in Long Term Conditions Management

Experience & Knowledge


  • Experience of working in the community.
  • Experience of providing supervision.
  • Good communication skills and working with complex patients.
  • To be able to work under pressure and be flexible.
  • Good management skills
  • Driving license and access to a care for community visits.


  • Educator training
  • Knowledge of ordering equipment in the community

Skills and Abilities


  • Communicating within a multi-discipline team
  • Be able to communicate where there may be barriers to understanding

Personal qualities


  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

Other requirements


  • Hold a full, valid, UK driving licence and have access to a car to use for business purposes (unless you have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010)

Employer details

Employer name

Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust


Queen Victoria Hospital

Old School Lane



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