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Home First Therapist (Physiotherapist or Occupational Therapist)

Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
24 Apr 2024

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Physiotherapist, Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
This is an exciting and new opportunity to work as part of the Integrated Discharge Team, supporting the inpatient teams to implement the Hospital Discharge policy with the 'Home First' ethos and as a result we are looking to recruit full time Band 6 Occupational Therapists or Physiotherapists to work as part of the team.

The philosophy of the Integrated Discharge Team is to provide holistic, highly skilled, integrated assessment by an experienced multi-disciplinary team to ensure patients are discharged from acute care in a timely manner, reducing delays and supporting the care closer to home agenda.

This exciting role will work as part of the Integrated Discharge Team, working closely with both the hospital and community teams to support and facilitate timely, functional assessments and discharges for patients to reduce length of stay and harms. Furthermore, facilitating safe, effective discharge to the most appropriate environment. Although based within the Integrated Discharge Team, you will be professionally supported by the wider AHP team based within Bury Care Organisation.

There will be a requirement to work weekends/bank holidays.

Main duties of the job

  • Work within the Integrated Discharge Team at Fairfield General Hospital
  • Work in line with the agreed strategic objectives of Bury Care Organisation
  • Utilise high levels of clinical assessment and communication skills to support effective discharge planning, reducing unnecessary hospital stays and to improve flow through the acute hospital pathway.
  • Work autonomously within trust policies and professional practice and maintain accurate and comprehensive patient records.
  • Perform specialist assessment of patients and determine a clinical diagnosis, develop, implement, evaluate and modify individualised treatment programmes, ensuring appropriate pathways of care and communication via liaison and referral to other agencies as required. The patient will present with acute or chronic conditions, some of which may be complex.

About us

The Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust (NCA) provides hospital and integrated health and social care services to over one million people living across Greater Manchester. Our 20,000 colleagues care for people in hospital and in the community, working across Bury, Rochdale, Oldham and Salford, to save and improve lives. As a large NHS trust we are committed to enhancing the health of our local population by delivering consistently high standards of care and working closely with local authorities and key partners. We believe in our power and potential to make a difference and we're always looking for people who demonstrate our three

core values - care, appreciate and inspire - to join our team. In return, we can offer you a job role with purpose and flexibility. The size and scale of the NCA means we can provide more challenge and opportunities so your career can always be moving in the right direction. By joining us you can also access a competitive benefits package, including, a fantastic annual leave allowance, flexible working opportunities and protected hours for health and wellbeing activities, helping you to achieve more personal downtime and a betterwork-life balance.

We are currently in process of updating our values. For the latest information

around our values and behaviours, please visit our careers website

Job description

Job responsibilities

To read more information about the advertised role, and the main job duties/responsibilities please open the Job Description and Person Specification located under the supporting documents heading. You can also read more information about working at the Northern Care Alliance within the attached Candidate Information Pack or by visiting our careers website:

In line with the Trusts Single Equality Scheme we welcome applications from everyone irrespective of ethnic origin, disability, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, nationality, religion, marital status, social back ground or trade union membership. However, as members of ethnicity minority groups and individuals with disabilities are currently under-represented at this level of post, we would encourage applications from members of these groups. Appointment will be based on merit alone.

Person Specification

Education / Qualifications


  • Degree in Occupational Therapy/Physiotherapy or equivalent.
  • HCPC registration
  • Evidence of CPD in the form of a detailed personal development portfolio.
  • Evidence of relevant post graduate training


  • Member of the British Association of Occupational Therapist (BAOT) or The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP)
  • Member of special interest group(s)
  • Fieldwork Educator accreditation



  • Experience of working as an Occupational Therapist or Physiotherapist
  • Experience of working within A& E/Frailty/Intermediate Care/Crisis Response
  • Experience of integrated / inter-professional working.


  • Experience of working in the community
  • Leadership
  • Audit



  • Knowledge of a range of therapeutic procedures underpinned by evidence based practice
  • Specialist knowledge in anatomy and physiology to underpin relevant clinical skills
  • Have specialised clinical knowledge and experience relating to a wide range of clinical conditions


  • Knowledge of research and development.
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation and the impact on practice

Skills and Abilities


  • Well-developed written and verbal communication skills with people from a wide variety of backgrounds
  • Able to convey complex information in an understandable way clearly and accurately
  • Key board skills (word - processing, internet, data inputting )
  • Proven organisational skills including time management, effective delegation and prioritisation and the ability to complete a task
  • Ability to work within a clinical area with senior support but without direct supervision
  • Ability to provide appropriate supervision, support and delegation of work to relevant staff.
  • Ability to plan and prioritise activities and workload for self and others
  • Ability to carry out assessments in a range of clinical settings
  • Establish positive working relationships with patients' relatives, colleagues and other agencies.
  • Ability to undertake often complex risk assessments and plan care accordingly.


  • Presentation skills

Employer details

Employer name

Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust


Fairfield General Hospital

Rochdale Old Road



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