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Specialist Occupational Therapist - Surrey Downs H&C

Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust
£40,701 to £48,054 Per Annum Pro Rata inc Outer HCAS
Closing date
3 May 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Surrey Downs Health & Care

Working across organisational boundaries and as an integral part of the Surrey Downs Health and Care system, the integrated health and care team is responsible for providing rapid access, enhanced, short term health and care support for people who would otherwise need emergency hospital admission as well for as those medically stable to return home from an acute hospital but requiring enhanced short term support as one stage in their on-going care pathway

The Home First service operates a 7 day / week service from 8am to 8pm working across both the community and hospital settings. Staff are required to work flexibly over the week covering, on average, one weekend within a four week roster period.

Main duties of the job

  • To work as a key member of the multidisciplinary team in the assessment and management of a caseload of clients.
  • To plan, deliver and evaluate the treatment needs of clients with a variety of complex social and health care needs.
  • To participate as an active member of the multidisciplinary team in developing and delivering high quality and innovative services to the local population.
  • To promote effective teamwork within the wider Surrey Downs Health and Care, delegating activities appropriately, to the benefit of the patient and service delivery.
  • As a therapist within Surrey Downs Health and Care there will be the opportunity to work closely alongside and potentially rotate into other sectors of the organisation.
  • The expectations within this job description will be achieved through hands-on clinical practice, education and training and research

About us

Surrey Downs Health and Care (SDHC) deliver care closer to people's own communities through our Primary Care Networks and our innovative partnership of local NHS organisations.

Surrey Downs Health and Care has a track record of providing person centric care that goes beyond organisational boundaries to do what is best for the individual. This partnership includes:
  • The three GP federations representing practices that operate in the Surrey Downs area
  • CSH Surrey
  • Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Surrey Council Count

We collectively aspire to be an exemplar of how to deliver the highest quality and best value care in a complex health and care environment. An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic, ambitious and highly motivated individual to join Surrey Downs Health & Care Partnership.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to Job description attached for detailed information


Patient Care
  • To be responsible for a clinical caseload working within multi-disciplinary team (MDT), ensuring patients and carers receive optimum level of therapy and holistic care within available resources.
  • To undertake timely, holistic assessments of patients, involving functional and environmental factors.
  • To be able undertake assessments autonomously as well as working with other members of the MDT.
  • To be able to undertake assessment and interventions within a community unit as well as at home, either supporting people to remain in their own home safely or supporting discharge from the acute setting/hospital.
  • To be able to work with a person/friends and family to identify person centred SMART goals (care plan), using clinical reasoning and evidence based practise.
  • To be able to make rapid decisions where required, using clinical reasoning skills, knowledge and experience, with support as appropriate.
  • To be able to complete basic observations on a person, interpret these results and act on them appropriately, with support from other members of the MDT.
  • Willingness and enthusiasm to work toward cross-disciplinary capabilities.
  • To be able to monitor a persons progress and adapt treatment plans and intervention/recommendations as appropriate, using outcome measures and reflective practise.
  • To have an awareness of local community services and be able to refer to these appropriately and in a timely manner.
  • To contribute to the development of information that enables a person to understand and self-manage their condition whenever possible.

Communication/Relationship Skills
  • To be able to appropriately gain a persons consent to engage with assessment and intervention as required. Recognising that people may present with complex conditions or may have emotional, physical or physiological conditions, requiring the use of verbal and non-verbal communication skills.
  • To be able to assess and identify those who lack the capacity to consent to treatment and be able to work with them within a legal framework.
  • To be able to adopt a range of communication methods as appropriate in view of educational, social or identified barriers to effective communication, e.g. language preference, language disorder, cognitive or emotional barriers.
  • To communicate effectively with other Surrey Downs Health and Care / Sutton Health and Care team members, as well as others involved in the persons care, e.g. other professionals, teams and family/carers to ensure a one team approach is maintained.
  • Key communication areas include:
  • Hospital Staff
  • Patients, Families and Carers
  • Community Nursing and Therapy Teams
  • Accident and Emergency Departments
  • Primary Care (including Practice Organisations)
  • PALS
  • Out of Hours Services
  • Voluntary Services
  • Local Authorities
  • Independent Care Homes
  • Bedded Rehabilitatio
  • To attend and participate in daily team meetings/huddles.
  • To attend and participate in meetings held within the community and/or acute setting as required.
  • To be able to keep accurate, up-to-date records using agreed system.
  • Ensure that all records pertinent to a persons care comply with quality standards of Trust/Professional/Service policies and meet legal requirements.
  • To be able to provide comprehensive written and/or verbal reports to other professionals/agencies involved in a persons care.
  • To develop awareness and be sensitive to team dynamics. Be able to respond appropriately when considering your own role and the role of others in the team, being sensitive to the needs of your colleagues.

Health/Safety and Security Responsibilities
  • To undertake and advise on safe moving and handling of a person and apply manual handling techniques to assessment and treatment. To provide a person and/or family/informal carers with education and advice regarding appropriate manual handling techniques, seeking support from senior team members as required.
  • To carry out risk assessments when necessary, formulate and carry out action plans to reduce risk.
  • To comply and promote safe working practises with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992, as well as Epsom Health and Care policies and procedures.
  • To have current knowledge of infection control, which may impact on your areas of work.
  • To report all clinical and non-clinical incidents/near misses, as per appropriate policy.
  • To take independent responsibility for ensuring mandatory training is up to date.
  • To ensure that you are able to access all appropriate policies and procedures adopted by Surrey Downs Health and Care / Sutton Health and Care.

Planning and Organisational Duties
  • To be able to prioritise effectively and be flexible to the demands of the service. To be able to respond to urgent referrals and clinical queries as required throughout the day.
  • To demonstrate flexibility according to the needs of the service and the clinical area as directed by senior staff.
  • To have an understanding of clinical governance and risk management.
  • To enhance and maintain co-operative working relationships with colleagues from all sectors.
  • To contribute to and participate in team objectives and service developments.
  • To participate in team and service related meetings, planning, organising, chairing or minute taking when required.
  • To represent and promote Surrey Downs Health and Care / Sutton Health and Care @home service to others.


Personal and People Development Responsibilities
  • To assist colleagues by monitoring caseloads, recording statistics and prioritising referrals as required.
  • To develop and maintain professional, clinical and managerial skills through supervision/appraisal, CPD and a personal development plan agreed with the line manager/professional manager.
  • To participate in the staff development programme by actively encouraging and engaging in supervision, training and development opportunities within the team, including students e.g. through in services training, 1:1 supervision, Personal Development Plans etc.
  • To provide clinical supervision, appraisal and competency framework for junior staff members, support workers, and assistants in the team, by providing theoretical and practical clinical training.
  • To clinically supervise OT students, having attended practise placement educator course. Support with other discipline practise placements as required.
  • To delegate duties to colleagues appropriately.

Quality and Service Development Responsibilities
  • To abide by the HCPC / COT rules of professional conduct and local professional and quality standards.
  • To contribute towards joint assessment processes.
  • To collaborate with other colleagues on ways to maintain, monitor and improve services provided, and undertake research project as appropriate.
  • To maintain links with own professional group by attending relevant meetings.
  • To keep up to date with current research/literature relevant to clinical area.
  • To be involved in monitoring and evaluation activities.
  • Through supervision and appraisal identify band 6 projects i.e. research, audit, case study, and be responsible for completing these projects.
  • To maintain a current knowledge of developments within the NHS and Occupational Therapy.
  • To support professional and service development through active participation in Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and by participating in any audit or research being undertaken by the service.
  • To be professionally and legally responsible for all aspects of professional activities, working within the codes of practise, professional guidelines and Surrey Downs Health and Care policies and procedures.
  • To develop and maintain discipline specific skills, whilst adopting a cross competency approach, with support as required.
  • To have an awareness of accountability and delegation guidelines.
  • Assist in the development of educational resources to update evidence based clinical knowledge.
  • To participate in case based learning sessions, in-service training, case study presentations, journal clubs as a recipient and facilitator.
  • To contribute to the development of Occupational Therapy within the service

Person Specification



  • AHP with appropriate diploma / degree
  • Current registration with HCPC
  • Ability to demonstrate on-going CPD and the use of evidence based practice


  • Membership of the RCOT/BAOT



  • Experience of MDT working
  • Appreciation of constraints to working in the community
  • Relevant post qualification experience with a range of client groups


  • Post qualification experience working in the community
  • Experience in using an electronic notes recording system (i.e.RiO, EMIS)



  • Ability to prioritise and manage own caseload
  • Realistic about ability and willing to seek help appropriately
  • Awareness of current issues in health, including clinical governance



  • Valid driving license with use of car for work
  • Physical ability to carry out occupational therapy assessment and intervention
  • Able to get to all sites required for the post and to be flexible to meet the needs of the role

Employer details

Employer name

Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust


Epsom General Hospital

Dorking Road



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