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Specialist Occupational Therapist

South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year Pro Rata
Closing date
1 May 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic, well-motivated and dedicated Occupational Therapist to join our Recovery At Home Team, South Tyneside.

This is a unique and rewarding role which will allow you to work with, lead and support colleagues during a time of innovation and development as our team focusses on the implementation of Urgent Community response and of Virtual Wards.

You will work within Directorate One of Community Services, supported by senior colleagues who are passionate and proud of the services we deliver to our community of South Tyneside and Sunderland.

We are committed to supporting and developing our staff and allowing a fair and equitable place of work by being inclusive and approachable.

Informal visits are strongly encouraged and welcomed by contacting the Recruiting manager to arrange this.

Main duties of the job

The team you will work with consists of an extensive MDT which includes nurse practitioners, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, health care assistants, therapy assistant/exercise practitioners and administrative staff. The team works closely alongside partner agencies including those from the local and voluntary sector. This is a significant strength to our team we are proud of and supports patient centred, integrated working.

The team delivers planned and unplanned care to people in their own homes, to assist in preventing hospital admission and supporting those who have recently been discharged from hospital, require enhanced intervention and short term rehabilitation support for their physical and functional health needs to remain at home. The service also covers rotation into Haven Court, a 30 bedded rehabilitation unit.

The service is fast paced and you would be expected to see a wide range of patients who present with a variety of conditions when supporting the team clinically.

About us

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One Team One Trust - There are many reasons to work at our Trust. From our commitment to putting people first to our accessible services and award winning teams. We have a passion for research, innovation and tackling inequalities. We are committed to respect, fairness and civility and promote a compassionate, caring and positive culture / working environment.

We welcome all applications irrespective of peoples race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion/belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy/maternity and in particular those from under- represented groups. Looking after our workforces health and wellbeing is a priority for STSFT. We also provide access to high quality education, training, career progression and support. Flexible working is supported via the Trust's Flexible Working Policy.

The Trust employs around 8,300 people and provides a range of hospital services to a local community of around 430,000 residents. We also provide a range of more specialised services outside this area, in some cases to a population as great as 860,000. We offer our staff outstanding benefits - Fitness Centre (SRH), libraries at both hospital sites, chaplaincy support and access to a Childcare Co-ordinator to help staff with childcare arrangements.

Job description

Job responsibilities


To work across the services which provide Virtual Wards, Urgent Community Response, Discharge to Assess and short term rehabilitation.

To provide care to people in their own homes to prevent admission/ readmission to hospital by providing rapid assessment of patients in the community over seven days.

Undertake comprehensive holistic assessment of patients in both planned and unplanned situations, be able to prioritise clinical need, initiating investigations, determine a differential diagnosis and implement a plan of care reflecting evidence based guidance.

To sustain agreed standards of care in to order to maintain integrity and dignity of all patients in an environment which is conducive to delivering care in their usual place of residence or temporary place of residence including bed based rehabilitation.

Undertake triage within the service determining clinical priority of calls, working as a coordinator ensure teams are dispatched to respond to the referrals

Work collaboratively with multi professional teams to ensure practice is efficient, effective and evidence based

To develop his /her scope of professional practice in order to support the team to meet service requirements in accordance with professional guidelines

To ensure the provision of expert knowledge to all users of the service

Person Specification



  • Registered with the HCPC
  • Degree
  • Willingness to undertake a teaching qualification practice educator


  • Leadership qualification



  • Post qualification experience relevant to this role.
  • Experience of working with people with acute or chronic Long Term Condition
  • Experience of multi-disciplinary working


  • Experience of supervising junior staff and students.

Physical Skills


  • Car Driver with access to a vehicle for work purposes.

Skills and Knowledge


  • Evidence of Continuing Professional Development.
  • Evidence of managing change and implementing best practice.
  • Evidence of leadership qualities.
  • Ability to understand and critically evaluate outcome measures.
  • Evidence of presentation and training skills.
  • Evidence of the ability to work autonomously and set own priorities.
  • Ability to organise and respond effectively to complex situations and information.
  • Evidence of building sound effective working relationships across a range of agencies within the health community.
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation and current practice within Intermediate Care/ rehabilitation and community services
  • Knowledge of current government and local agenda effecting delivery of services
  • Effective communication skills
  • IT knowledge and skills
  • Knowledge of the principles of clinical governance and its applications


  • Participated in service developments.
  • Experience in participating in clinical audit.

Employer details

Employer name

South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust


Recovery at Home, Independent Living Centre,



Tyne and Wear,


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