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Adult Social Care Occupational Therapist - Triage / Duty

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
15 Mar 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Band 6 - Occupational Therapist (Triage)

Full Time 37.5 hours

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced Band 6 Occupational Therapist to join our knowledgeable and supportive team to focus on clinical triage of referrals. The post holder will work with the Adult Social Care Occupational Therapy team across Staffordshire. This post will allow you to work with the Occupational Therapists, Adult Social Care colleagues, Admin and Operational Lead to develop the role and work with partners and referring agencies to enhance relationships and pathways. The successful candidate will be the lead OT in the duty function and provide clinical guidance, support and supervision to our highly skilled duty team.

You should have excellent written and verbal communication skills, be proactive in your approach and an innovative thinker. We expect strong clinical knowledge backed up with sound clinical reasoning, an understanding of services and how Occupational Therapy fits within the wider health economy. The post holder will be expected to educate referrers and support and signpost people to appropriate services if they are not eligible for an Occupational Therapy Assessment.

Main duties of the job

This post is fundamental to the smooth running of the service by ensuring that referrals received are appropriately prioritised and accepted in a timely way, this requires excellent organisational skills and time management together with the ability to interpret referral information and seek clarity where required.

You will be flexible and adaptable and have a willingness to undertake screening of referrals or deal with prompt response requests over the phone, whilst this role will be predominantly office based the post holder should be flexible to respond to the service needs and may be required to complete face to face clinical assessments from time to time as requested by the Operational Lead.

It is expected that there will be a blended approach to working with some home working and in a designated office base within central Staffordshire.

About us

As well as all the excellent NHS Benefits including a generous pension scheme we also offer:
  • Full support for new employees including a full induction.
  • Peer supervision and support
  • AHP professional Leadership
  • Career progression opportunities with full support and guidance.
  • Competitive mileage. 0.59p per mile (up to 10,000 miles)
  • Lease car options are available following successful probationary period. (terms and conditions apply)
  • Up to 27 days annual leave (increasing with service up to 33 days) and the opportunity to purchase additional leave

And much more!demonstrating our strong commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, and in context of our objective aligned to the growth of diversity across the workforce we are particularly seeking applications from individuals who may be from under-represented groups, such as black, Asian or other ethnic groups, individuals with a disability, or LGBTQ+ individuals who meet the specific criteria.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To adhere to and apply the Health and Care Professions Councils (HCPC) standards of proficiency and the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT) code of ethics and professional conduct and all other relevant guidance from the HCPC, RCOT and MPFT. To be professionally accountable and responsible for all aspects of own work.

To establish and maintain effective working relationships both within MPFT and with external organisations in order to meet service requirements and support and demonstrate the Trusts equality values.

Working in a team and in partnership with the wider MDT you will provide specialist assessment and care planning in conjunction with service users and carers to:
  • Promote independence/self-management, increased functional ability and maintaining safety
  • Improve health and wellbeing including mental health
  • To provide disease/condition specific interventions
  • Prevent and reduce health inequalities
  • Support with admission avoidance and early supported discharge
  • Provide palliative and end of life care

To use professional knowledge and judgement to take into account the range of care/support packages and treatment options available. To consider each service users personal circumstances and preferences in order to implement and adjust programmes of care and intervention.

To maintain sensitivity at all times to the emotional needs of the service user and their carers offering reassurance and empathy, in particular when imparting potentially distressing information. This may be in regard to the nature/prognosis of their condition and implications of the same.

To use professional knowledge, skills and expertise when working in changing environments and across professional boundaries.

To maintain contemporaneous and accurate records as required by the Partnership Trust and in line with professional standards (i.e. HCPC). Support identified team members giving guidance and direction where appropriate.

Please see full JD/PS as attached

Person Specification



  • Degree in Occupational Therapy or equivalent
  • Registration with HCPC
  • Post qualification courses in working with older people and people with physical disabilities
  • Attendance at relevant clinical networks or Special Interest Groups
  • Up to date field work/pre-registration student training


  • Modules at Masters level
  • Evidence of further clinical study
  • APPLE accreditation
  • Leadership experience/qualification
  • Membership of BAOT/COT



  • Relevant experience to the role including assessment and interventions for a wide range of disabilities
  • Supporting service users, families and carers in dealing with the impact of disability and life limiting conditions
  • Ability to manage time and caseload effectively
  • Working in a multidisciplinary team


  • Experience of using standardised assessments and outcome measures
  • Experience of negotiation and conflict management in clinical situations



  • Evidence of specialist clinical knowledge relevant to the post
  • Ability to demonstrate an in depth knowledge of a variety of medical conditions and disease processes, equipment and minor home adaptations
  • Understanding of Information Governance, Data Protection, HCPC /COT standards and Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults
  • Awareness of relevant NSF's and NICE guidance


  • Knowledge of relevant NSF's and NICE guidance. Understanding of wider NHS agenda and its application to the local context
  • Continuing healthcare assessments
  • An understanding of team dynamics

Employer details

Employer name

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


Central Staffordshire / Negotiable

Trust HQ


ST16 3SR

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