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Community Physiotherapist / Occupational Therapist

Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust
Kings Lynn
£35,392 to £42,618 pro rata per annum
Closing date
4 May 2024

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Physiotherapist, Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

The West Locality has an exciting opportunity to recruit a Band 6 Therapist into the Intermediate Care Therapy Team. The Role would involve working in the Urgent Community Response Team, and will serve all aspects of the Intermediate Care Team. This includes Nordelph Unit in Downham Market, Goodwins Hall in King's Lynn, and other SPOT purchase beds across West Norfolk.

The Therapy Team delivers quality evidence based care to patients in the Intermediate Care Rehabilitation beds and the patient's own homes to facilitate early supported discharge and Admission avoidance.

The successful candidate will need to be able to demonstrate effective communication skills, problem solving skills and be resilient and able to cope in changing and challenging situations. Previous experience in discharge planning and development of robust rehab programmes in a rehabilitation setting would be desired. The expectation of the post-holder would be to carry out Therapy assessments for patients in the in rehabilitation setting, and within the urgent community response team assessing patients in their own homes,. Visits in the community may be planned or unplanned depending on the need.

Clinical supervision will be provided by a band 7 Clinical Lead Physiotherapist. We offer the opportunity to work in an experienced and supportive team with opportunities for ongoing professional development.

Main duties of the job

Main Duties & Responsibilities.

As part of the Urgent Community Response (UCR), you will be required:
  • To work within the Urgent Community Response Team, to prevent unnecessary admission to hospital.
  • To make risk assessments, establishing the safety or otherwise of a patient's ability to stay at home, or return safely from another care setting, providing and arranging as necessary supportive packages of care.
  • To work within the Urgent Community Response Team to assess and prescribe care pathways for patients in a crisis situation with long term conditions, the frail and elderly, palliative and end of life care and/or rehabilitation needs, to achieve quality of life and independence where possible.
  • To act as the patients advocate, facilitating choice and patient empowerment.
  • To provide evidence based clinical/therapeutic interventions based on 'best practice' in order to improve health outcomes and promote choice.
  • To provide in-reach to inpatient units and step up and step down beds where required to support early discharge from hospital.
  • To work with all health care professionals, and statutory/non statutory agencies to provide a seamless, integrated service to our service users.
  • To triage referrals on a rotational basis for the Urgent Community Response Team.

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.

Working in Kings Lynn is accessible from Cambridge, Lincolnshire & South Norfolk.

The right candidate will be required to work between the Nordelph Unit in Downham Market, St James Clinic's Urgent Community Response Team in Kings Lynn, Goodwin's Hall in Kings Lynn, and SPOT purchase beds across West Norfolk.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Undertake comprehensive therapy assessments of patients including those with a complex presentation, using investigative, analytical and clinical reasoning skills, and inform the development of a differential diagnosis.
  • Formulate and execute individualised therapy management and treatment plans of patients including those with complex presentation, in collaboration with the Urgent Community Response Team, other agencies and the patient, utilising a range of treatment skills.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Establish and maintain therapeutic relationships with patients and carers, incorporating motivation, encouragement and confidence building to enable patients to engage in their treatment/care/management 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.
  • Participate in multi-disciplinary/multi-agency meetings as appropriate, e.g. Gold Standard Framework.
  • Ensure activity data and clinical information is recorded on SystmOne and is completed on a daily basis.
  • Plan and organise specialist services within the Urgent Community Response Team.
  • Demonstrate dexterity, co-ordination and palpatory senses for assessment, and manual treatment of patients, including using specialist equipment and fine tools, manual and mobilising skills.
  • Order equipment and contribute to the requisitioning of supplies and equipment through electronic ordering systems.
  • Ensure informed consent is obtained prior to initiating interventions.
  • Be exposed to bodily fluids, infected material, blood products on a daily basis, therefore must utilise universal precautions and adhere to infection control policies.

  • Please see documents for full Job Descriptions.

    Person Specification



    • oDiploma or 1st level degree in Physiotherapy, or equivalent experience
    • oCurrent HCPC registration
    • oClinical educators course



    • oEvidence of working at relevant level
    • oGood observational and reporting skills
    • oGood interpersonal skills
    • oConcentrate when undertaking patient care & inputting data/patient records
    • oWork flexibly to accommodate patient/service needs
    • oDemonstrate good IT and standard keyboard skills


    • oExperience in complex moving and handling.
    • oExperience in training and supervising staff
    • oExperience working at Band 6 level

    Skills, Abilities and Knowledge


    • oKnowledge of additional specialist areas through in-house training & short courses
    • oAble to communicate effectively in written and verbal English Language
    • oHighly motivated
    • oFlexible & Resilient



    • oTact & diplomacy
    • oEmpathy & sensitivity
    • oAbility to use own initiative

    Personal Attributes / Behaviours


    • oAbility to manage stressful situations
    • oA team player

    Personal Attributes / Behaviours


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



    • oProfessional appearance
    • Be able to: oKneel, bend & stoop, and work in cramped environments. oManoeuvre limbs of around 5-6kg oManoeuvre patients using handling aids
    • oMust have a full UK driving licence and have access to a vehicle

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust


    St James Clinic

    Extons Rd

    Kings Lynn

    PE30 5NU

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