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Rotational Occupational Therapist

Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
13 Mar 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen to join a proactive, enthusiastic and well-respected team in a busy acute hospital.

The post holders will be providing rapid assessments, discharge planning and admission avoidance mainly within the acute hospital wards and emergency department at Torbay Hospital.

We are looking for a highly skilled and motivated therapist to join us in the future development of this service, and in return, we provide excellent opportunities for CPD, peer support and supervision. There may also be an opportunity to rotate into Intermediate Care.

Main duties of the job

To provide a 7-day service to patients needing specialist assessment and treatment in order to facilitate a safe and timely discharge or avoid admission to hospital.

Under supervision of the Clinical Team Lead O.T. to be responsible for the continued development of the O.T. service provided by the Therapies Directorate to the Medical/Emergency Service Division.

About us

Why Work With Us

We are a small and friendly team of Occupational Therapists who are integrated within a wider team of Physiotherapists in the acute setting at Torbay Hospital. We have excellent leadership and support from our senior members of the team to include a newly appointed Head of Occupational Therapy Services/Principle Occupational Therapist, together with an Inpatient Therapy Manager. We strongly believe in a 'What matters to me' approach and are patient centred. We have a high profile and are well respected with our MDT colleagues. We value new ideas that would enhance our OT and Trust service.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Detailed job description and responsibilities

Communication and Working Relationships

To provide clinical assessment and treatment for patients identified as having therapy needs, within Medical/Surgical/Emergency Services

To explore innovative new ways of delivering acute patient services to facilitate speedier discharges from Hospital and participate in implementing and evaluating changes to the service

To develop links with community-based services andIntermediate Care teams to ensure a continuous intervention

To ensure holistic patient assessment including the physical, emotional and psychosocial needs of the individual

To plan, implement and evaluate treatment programs for patients with a wide variety of medical conditions in liaison with multi-disciplinary teams, families, carers and other agencies

To assess and make recommendations regarding care packages, equipment provision and ongoing treatment of patients with multiple needs to prevent hospital admission or facilitate discharge

Maintain a high standard of documentation, records and audit information as required for clinical governance purposes

To work without direct supervision ina variety of situations e.g. at weekends, bank holidays or on home assessment visits

To complete specialised assessments to include cognitive, sensory and perceptual assessments wheelchair prescription and pressure-relieving equipment

To manage own clinical caseload and other competing demands of job role, prioritising your own work and that of those you supervise

To ensure that the framework for clinical supervision as expressed in the Trust Policy is embedded and supported through the clinical area in which you work

In addition, the member of staff has a responsibility to access supervision at an appropriate level for their own practice

To lead Case Conferences where necessary, ensure effective co-ordinated discharge planning

To provide supervision of junior staff/support staff when appropriate including yearly appraisal and ensuring their continuedprofessional development

To participate in own supervision and ensure own CPD

To attend relevant case conferences, ward/clinical governance meetingsand servicedevelopment forums as requested by the team lead

Participate in the recruitment and selection of staff as required by the ClinicalTeam Lead Occupational Therapist

To be familiar with and adhere to Trust Health and Safety Policies and procedures, contributing to a safe working environment for staff and patients

To contribute to service wide developments as directed by the Clinical Team Lead Occupational Therapist

To participate in provision of in-service training for staff as required

To ensure a high level of clinical acknowledge in the treatment of all medical conditions

To undertake the education and supervision of Occupational Therapy students on clinical practice placements as required

Participate in clinical audit/research as directed by Line Manager

Participate in pilot/project schemes as directed by the Clinical Team Lead

To maintain accurate up-to-date records including computer generated statistical information to produce patient related reports

Ensure effective communication with all members of the multi-disciplinary team, Consultants, Ward Managers, Nursing Staff, Speech and Language Therapists, Physiotherapists and community-based colleagues in Health and Social Carer and voluntary agencies

To liaise closely with the bed management team to facilitate effective use of hospital beds

Communicate sensitive information to patients relatives and carers regarding the implementation of individualised treatment programs, loss of independence and unfavourable outcomes of assessments e.g. the inability to return home from hospital. Negotiate unwelcome changes in lifestyle with patients and carers

Choosing appropriate communication strategies in order to communicate with patients suffering with conditions involving barriers to understand e.g. patients suffering with stroke, dementia and cognitive impairments





Qualifications and training

Diploma/Degree in Occupational Therapy

Valid state registration with Health Professions Council

CPD portfolio and evidence of recent post-graduate learning relevant to area of clinical practice

Have a minimum of 18 months experience within the NHS including experience working in a variety of roles both in the acute and community settings.

Knowledge and experience

Pressure care and prescription

Elderly care rehabilitation skills

General physical rehabilitation skills to include neurology, cardiology, respiratory and other medical conditions

Ability to prioritise complex caseloads with patients with multiple problems

Assessment for specialist equipment and minor adaptations

Therapeutic and manual handling skills

Detailed understanding of roles of multidisciplinary team members/health and social care agencies

Knowledge of National Service Frameworks

Knowledge of Government legislation and directives affecting health and social care

Understanding of clinical governance issues

Evidence of continuing professional development

Ability to make fast accurate clinical judgement/decisions

Ability to work autonomously and take a leadership role

Experience of working in the Acute setting within the NHS

Experience of Service Development

Clinical leadership skills

Student placement educator course

Recruitment and selection training

Experience in social care

Wheelchair Accreditation

Specific Skills

Experience in a health/social care setting

Experience working with Parkinsons disease, multiple sclerosis and other general neurological conditions

Experience of working with palliative care patients

Experience of working with falls and falls management

Experience of working with complex and chronic conditions

Use of specialist perceptual, cognitive sensory assessments and treatment techniques

Ability to work independently as a lone practitioner without direct supervision

Experience of student supervision

I.T skills

Experience of working with alcohol/drug abuse

Experience of crisis intervention / fast track assessments

Experience of working across service boundaries, with Social Services, Intermediate Care other agencies

Experience of staff appraisal

Experience of staff recruitment and selection

Experience of service developments e.g. documentation, local standards of practice, protocols and service changes

Experience of working in community hospitals

Requirements due to work environment/conditions

Experience of supervision of junior or support staff

To undertake home/environmental visits

Clinical Educators Course

Car Driver

Physical skills

There is a requirement to complete Moving and Handling Assessments with patients and complete daily moving and handling practice as part of inpatient rehab. You will need to be able to use moving and handling equipment and transport equipment where and when required

Physical effort

The hospital setting is a busy environment with a high case load

Emotional effort

At times you will be working with patients who do not have good outcomes which can be emotionally upsetting. You may be required to deliver bad news or deal with conflict at times, which can be emotionally demanding

Mental effort

Carrying a high and often complex caseload will require a lot of mental effort

Person Specification

Essential and Desirable


  • Degree or Equivalent in Occupational Therapy
  • HCPC registration
  • 18 months experience working as an Occupational Therapist


  • Experience working in the Acute Setting
  • Experience working in the Community Setting

Employer details

Employer name

Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust


Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust

Lawes Road



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