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IDS Physiotherapist/Occupational Therapist - Home First Team

East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
4 May 2024

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Physiotherapist, Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
This post is an essential development for the delivery of a fully integrated discharge service across Pennine Lancashire. The Integrated Discharge service therapist undertakes highly skilled and specialised work to support in the assessing and treating of patients, to facilitate complex discharges and improve clinical flow throughout the trust to improve access to acute services.

The post holder will assist and provide a proactive and efficient Complex Case Management Service for all adult patients across all ELHT hospital sites. They will use their specialist therapy skills to provide therapy assessment and case management in the integrated discharge service. They will provide education and advice to maintain a high standard of discharge planning processes. Ensure and promote the timely access to health and social care resources to enable the safe and effective discharge of patients from hospital.

The post holder will need to be flexible and work across all sites of the trust, including the whole geographical area that East Lancashire Hospitals Trust serves within the community. The post holder may be required to work a pattern in line with extended service operating hours, over seven days a week to deliver the 'Discharge to Assess' model of care.

Main duties of the job

To provide pro-active and responsive support to the Divisional Therapy Lead.

Work across all ELHT sites to meet the needs of an efficient Complex Case Management Service.

Advise assist and navigate ELHT staff through the discharge planning process to plan and meet future care needs to facilitate a safe and timely discharge from hospital.

To have the in-depth knowledge and skills to act as a resource for ward staff at all levels and other multi-disciplinary professionals ensuring there is a consistent and informed approach in relation to effective and timely discharge planning.

To promote and maintain effective communication channels between all Health and Social Care departments/agencies in the acute and community settings.

Proactively advise and support staff to initiate the early discharge planning of patients with vulnerable/complex needs ensuring appropriate assessments are completed in a timely manner to facilitate discharge.

Maintain accurate records and participate in internal or Department of Health audits as required in relation to the discharge planning process.

Ensure compliance with other related Trust Policies and Department of Health Legislation regarding the discharge planning processes

About us

Established in 2003 East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust (ELHT) is a large integrated health care organisation providing high quality acute secondary healthcare for the people of East Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen.

Our vision is to be widely recognized for providing safe, personal and effective care. We currently provide high quality services and treat over 700,000 patients a year from the most serious of emergencies to planned operations and procedures. We employ over 8,000 staff, many of whom are internationally renowned and have won awards for their work and achievements.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Maintain cooperative professional working relationships.

Liaise with Multi-disciplinary Team members to facilitate decision making regarding discharge planning.

Promote and facilitate robust communication channels between all agencies and professionals in Health and Social Care settings.

Maintain effective paper and electronic communication systems within Complex Case Management, work in partnership with other teams within ELHT Transfer of Care Service, managed by Head of Clinical Flow.

To maintain and improve quality in all areas of work and practices in accordance with the organisational systems, standards, and guidelines.

Ensure that all actions promote equality and diversity in accordance East Lancashire Hospitals Trust policies, ensuring all patients/clients and staff are treated as individuals, and with dignity and respect.

Support and educate ward staff to make appropriate referrals into discharge services, monitoring the progress of patients along the discharge planning pathway.

Give both verbal and written feedback about the progress of a patients assessment and treatment, this will include the typing of comprehensive documentation from visits and clinical input.

Taking the patient home upon discharge to settle (e.g. in situations described above) or visiting post discharge to check the patient is able to manage and to prevent re-admissions.

Utilise mental health knowledge able to carry out in depth cognitive assessments.

To be able to carry out second opinion assessments when there is a dispute between a health professions opinion and the patient or their family. For example a decision around home rather than bed base.

To use social services IT systems in conjunction with the trusted assessment document and set up new packages of care for patients.

Person Specification



  • Registered Allied Healthcare Professional Physiotherapist or Occupational Therapist
  • Post registration study/relevant experience of working across professional boundaries
  • A minimum of 12 months post registration experience
  • Ability to manage own workload
  • Experience of working with Complex Cases
  • Experience of inter agency working
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Ability to manage a case to discharge


  • Knowledge of Intermediate Care Pathways
  • Recognised Teaching Qualification
  • Experience of working at Band 6 level in an acute hospital setting

Employer details

Employer name

East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust


Burnley General Hospital

Casterton Avenue


BB10 2PQ

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