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Band 6 Occupational Therapist

Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust
Depending on experience pro rata
Closing date
27 Apr 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Full Time

Job Details

An opportunity has arisen to work as an Occupational Therapist within the South Community Therapy Team on Ogden Court, Community Unit, Wymondham. The unit provides multidisciplinary assessment, treatment and discharge planning for patients who require therapy interventions before returning home/to placement. The Ogden team have close links to the team at our other bedded unit at Foxley (Dereham) and the Community based Therapy Team.

You will have the opportunity to develop your clinical knowledge and skills with support from the Clinical Lead Occupational Therapist. You will be working closely with other professionals in the team and will acquire holistic assessment skills to support your core Occupational therapy knowledge.

Main duties of the job

  • To work on Ogden Court ward as part of the MDT
  • To assess and describe treatment packages for patients with long term conditions, the frail & elderly, palliative care and rehabilitation needs for example, to achieve quality of life and independence where possible.
  • To work within the integrated team to facilitate early discharge from hospital as part of the Discharge to Assess Pathway.
  • To work with all health care professionals, and statutory/non statutory agencies to provide a seamless, integrated service to our service users.
  • To supporting students, band 5 OTs, and unregistered staff through supervision and informal discussion

About us

Apply now to join an organisation that has been awarded an 'Outstanding' rating by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the highest possible rating and the first stand-alone NHS community trust in the country to be awarded the title.

There is an in-service training programme to promote further learning, and there is regular clinical supervision and an annual appraisal to develop you in your post. Occupational therapy students are taken on a regular basis from the University of East Anglia. You will be able to develop your leadership skills by supervising junior staff and students in your role as a Senior Occupational Therapist.

Come and join our friendly and supportive team in South Norfolk. We look forward to meeting you.

Job description

Job responsibilities


The post holder will:

Undertake comprehensive occupational therapy assessments of patients including those with a complex presentation, using investigative, analytical and clinical reasoning skills, and formulate a graded treatment plan.
  • Formulate and execute individualised occupational therapy treatment plans of patients including those with complex presentation, in collaboration with the integrated team, other agencies and the patient, utilising a wide range of treatment skills.
  • To provide assessment of functional ability and safety of patients in the community, to identify care, equipment, adaptation and therapy needs.
  • Assess & plan treatment including teaching patients to utilise techniques & equipment to maximise their functional ability.
  • Be aware of Assistive Technology and make referrals for this as required.
  • Assess patients holistic needs, communicating complex and sensitive information to patients and carers as to their assessment, diagnosis, prognosis and treatment plan.
  • To communicate effectively with patients and carers to maximise rehabilitation and treatment potential, and to aid motivation and understanding throughout the treatment process.
  • Where there are barriers to understanding, such as hearing impairment, mental capacity impairment and other difficulties in comprehension, explanations require adjustments in order to gain understanding, consent and concordance.
  • Be required to use tact and persuasive skills in order to gain the patients co-operation in their treatment plan.
  • Liaise with GPs, Social Services, inpatient teams, other allied health care professionals and the voluntary sector to ensure identified needs are met and care co-ordinated appropriately
  • To participate in multi-disciplinary/multi-agency meetings as appropriate, e.g. Gold Standard Framework.
  • Be responsible for ensuring workload for self and others is planned and prioritised according to service targets ands needs.
  • Ensure patient held records are completed for each visit, and that SystmOne inputting is completed on a daily basis.
  • Plan and organise specialist services within the integrated team.
  • Demonstrate dexterity and co-ordination when using specialist equipment and fine tools, manual and mobilising skills.
  • Order equipment and supplies via electronic ordering systems for use within the team.
  • Be aware of budget and ensure all effort is made to work within this.
  • Ensure informed consent is obtained prior to initiating interventions.
  • Will be exposed to bodily fluids, infected material, blood products on a daily basis, therefore must utilise universal precautions and adhere to infection control policies.

  • Professional

    The post holder will:
  • Be required to undertake risk assessments and act upon them appropriately.
  • Contribute to the staff rota on a monthly basis.
  • Contribute to the supervision of workload within the integrated team.
  • Actively contribute to multidisciplinary team meetings and other meetings where appropriate.
  • Support all team members within the integrated team, respecting them, their roles and contributions.
  • Attend in-house training as required to develop current job role.
  • Maintain own continue professional development
  • Will be able to make own travel arrangements to patients homes, clinics, base and meetings etc, as required.
  • Be responsible for safe use and maintenance of equipment and supplies.
  • Remain accountable for own professional actions as determined by the professional bodies.
  • May be required to demonstrate own duties to students, new starters and/or less experienced staff.
  • Provide mentorship for students undertaking pre/post registration courses.
  • Mentor existing staff and provide training in specialist area as appropriate.
  • Provide advice/training to less experienced staff and supervise and support band 3, 4 and 5 staff, and students where appropriate, and contribute to the induction process for new staff/students.
  • Demonstrate leadership skills within own competence.
  • Demonstrate basic IT/standard keyboard skills
  • Contribute to the induction process for new staff/students.
  • Be accountable for work delegated to others

  • Organisational

    The post holder will:
  • Undertake mandatory training as required.
  • Participate in a Personal Development Review process.
  • Undertake Personal Development Plans for more junior staff members.
  • Take part in clinical supervision as per Trust Policy.
  • Follow Trust policies, and local procedures, and use discretion in interpreting them according to the setting and circumstances.
  • Comment on draft policies.
  • Ensure absence reporting is undertaken as determined by Team Leader and Trust Policy.
  • Contribute to clinical audit as required.
  • Complete the staff survey as required.
  • Complete risk assessments and incident forms as required.

  • Person Specification



    • Diploma or 1st level degree in Occupational Therapy
    • HCPC Registration
    • Clinical educators course


    • Student Educator Training



    • Knowledge of additional specialist areas through in-house training & short courses
    • Highly motivated
    • Good communication skills



    • Tact & diplomacy
    • Empathy & sensitivity
    • Ability to use own initiative

    Personal and People Development


    • Ability to manage stressful situations
    • Good Team Player

    Personal Attributes


    • Able to identify with the Trust's commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults



    • Kneel, bend & stoop, and work in cramped environments
    • Manoeuvre limbs of around 5-6kg
    • Manoeuvre patients using handling aids/devices
    • Must have a full UK driving license and have access to a vehicle
    • Able to communicate effectively in written and verbal English Language



    • Evidence of working at a relevant level
    • Good observational and reporting
    • Good interpersonal skills
    • Concentrate when undertaking patient care & inputting data/patient records
    • Work flexibly to accommodate patient/service needs
    • Demonstrate good IT and standard keyboard skills


    • Experience of working on an inpatient unit
    • Knowledge of the D2A pathways
    • Experience in complex moving and handling

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust


    Ogden Court Ward


    NR18 0PE

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