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Occupational Therapist - Inpatient Therapy Services - Brixham Hospital

Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
25 Apr 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time

Job Details

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join a proactive, enthusiastic and well-respected team in a busy community 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. You will be providing assessments, rehabilitation and complex discharge planning within Brixham Community Hospital.

Our people are caring, committed, inclusive and focussed on quality. We focus on solutions and people's strengths. We encourage outside the box thinking and embrace innovation and change wherever it can drive improvement.

If you share our values and vision and are passionate about working with people on what matters to them, you could be a real assed to Team Torbay and South Devon.#CareToJoinUsTSD

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 from community hospital
  • Under supervision of the Clinical Team Lead and in conjunction with Physiotherapy Colleagues, to be responsible for the continued development of the inpatient therapy within Brixham community hospital.
  • 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 and Intermediate 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.

About us

We are a small and friendly team of Occupational Therapists who are integrated within a wider team of Physiotherapists and Rehabilitation Support Workers covering 20 inpatient medical beds at Brixham Community hospital. We have excellent leadership and support from our senior members of the team including a 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.

Your package with us includes a lot more than just your pay.Listed are a few of the additional benefits that are available to you as an employee:
  • NHS Pension Scheme
  • Childcare at our day nursery
  • Generous Holiday Entitlement, starting at 27 days a year (for full time workers) plus bank/public holidays
  • Staff Discounts
  • Career development and training opportunities
  • Employee Support - Staff have access to a 24-hour helpline

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Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Diploma/Degree in Occupational Therapy.
  • Valid state registration with HealthProfessions Council.
  • Experience within the NHS includingexperience working in a variety of roles.
  • Have a minimum of 18 months experiencewithin the NHS including experience workingin a variety of roles both in the acute andcommunity settings.
  • Knowledge of National Service Frameworks.
  • Evidence of continuing professionaldevelopment .
  • Experience of working with complex andchronic conditions.
  • Therapeutic and manual handling skills.
  • Ability to work autonomously and take aleadership role.
  • To undertake home/environmental visits .
  • There is a requirement to complete Moving and Handling Assessments with patients and completedaily moving and handling practice as part of inpatient rehab. You will need to be able to usemoving and handling equipment and transport equipment where and when required.
  • The hospital setting is a busy environment with a high case load and fast patient flow.
  • At times you will be working with patients who do not have good outcomes which can be emotionallyupsetting. You may be required to deliver bad news or deal with conflict at times, which can beemotionally demanding. You may work with patients and their support networks who have conflictingopinions, which can be emotionally demanding.
  • Carrying a high and often complex caseload will require a lot of mental effort.

Full Vacancy details can be found on the attached Job Description/Person Specification. Please refer to your suitability to the post in your supporting information from the role requirements or person specification

Person Specification

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
  • Experience within the NHS including experience working in a variety of roles
  • 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
  • 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
  • Experience of working in the Acute setting within the NHS
  • Experience of Service Development and in a health/social care setting
  • Experience of supervision of junior or support staff
  • Experience working with Parkinson's 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


  • Student placement educator course
  • Recruitment and selection training
  • Experience in social care
  • Wheelchair Accreditation
  • 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

Specific skills


  • 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
  • Ability to make fast accurate clinical judgement/decisions
  • Ability to work autonomously and take a leadership role
  • 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


  • Clinical leadership skills

Requirements due to work environment/conditions


  • To undertake home/environmental visits


  • Clinical Educators Course
  • Car Driver

Employer details

Employer name

Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust


Brixham Hospital

Greenswood Road



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