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Occupational Therapist

Herefordshire & Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year pro rata for part time
Closing date
28 May 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Join our friendly, dedicated and passionate team. We pride ourselves in providing outstanding care to patients in the Wyre Forest in Worcestershire. We aim to deliver an effective, high-quality service that puts patients at the centre of their own care. The team ethos is to enable and support people to remain in their own home as the first alternative to inpatient admission.

The Neighbourhood Team consists of Occupational Therapists, Community Nurses, Physiotherapists, Senior Nurse Practitioner, Healthcare Assistants and Administrators. GP and social care colleagues work closely alongside.

The Neighbourhood Team operates from 7:30am to 18:30pm on a seven-day rota including weekends and Bank Holidays. You will be supported to work flexibly within these hours.

We offer a friendly team environment, learning and development opportunities and well-being support.

If you would like to discuss informally if this is the right role for you, please get in touch with the Recruiting Manager whose details can be found on the top right-hand side of the advert.

Main duties of the job

Your typical working day will include triage and allocation of planned and unplanned visit requests for occupational therapy interventions. This may involve urgent response assessment as part of the teams admission avoidance remit, supporting complex hospital discharges and planning domiciliary interventions to facilitate independent living. You will work alongside occupational therapy, nursing and physiotherapy colleagues in the same team. The role includes mentoring occupational therapy students. We have close links with Worcester and Coventry universities in support of these student placements.

About us

At Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, we are working together to deliver outstanding care. We run community hospitals and community health services across Worcestershire and provide mental health and learning disability services across both Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

Our people (all 4500+ of them) provide services for people of all ages, experiencing both physical and/or mental health conditions from over 100 sites.

We will support you to thrive offer flexible working options for a great work-life balance, help you fulfil your ambitions, and empower you to make positive changes within your team or service. Its why we were named Large Apprenticeship Employer of the Year award at the 2022 Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards. We value diversity and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds, cultures, and ethnicities.

What we offer

27 days leave plus bank holidays, increasing up to 33 days with long service

Generous NHS pension and enhanced pay when you work unsocial hours

Flexible and agile working opportunities

Great maternity, paternity, and adoption support

Wide range of staff networks such as LGBT+ and ENRICH (Equality Network for Race Inclusion and Cultural Heritage)

Health service discounts and online benefits including excellent cycle to work and car salary sacrifice schemes

Health and wellbeing opportunities

If you would like to know more, please visit our careers website.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For full details of the duties and criteria for the role please refer to the job description and person specification attached.

The post holder will work as an autonomous practitioner within an interdisciplinary Neighbourhood team providing rapid and expert professional assessment and treatment interventions to patients either in their own homes or other community settings to avoid inappropriate hospital admission or to facilitate early discharge. This will be achieved through a combination of hands on expert clinical skills as an Occupational Therapist with knowledge to treat, educate and support patients and by working with patients and their families to assess, plan and implement appropriate packages of care and treatment

Provide case management for a designated caseload of patients who have immediate and / or complex care needs.

Triage patients to ensure prioritization of clinical need.

Work holistically with all team members, carrying out joint visits and actively participating in the integration of services increasing the knowledge of all team members through case discussion and joint working.

Person Specification



  • Diploma/ degree in Occupational Therapy
  • Health Professionals Council registration
  • I understand that I will be asked to provide original certificates to verify my qualifications at point of offer


  • Clinical educators qualification
  • Relevant validated clinical courses



  • Application of the Occupational Therapy process
  • Use of functional assessment and activity analysis


  • Experience of working in an integrated team
  • Experience implementing change in clinical practice
  • Experience in rehabilitation settings



  • A range of evidence based Occupational Therapy clinical skills and knowledge appropriate to specialism
  • Understanding of professional and ethical boundaries and code of conduct
  • Knowledge of the roles and responsibilities of the professional groups within an integrated team
  • An understanding of the approaches and models of practice relevant to practice.
  • A good level of knowledge in a wide range of physical and mental health conditions
  • Knowledge of rehabilitation concepts and services
  • Good level of knowledge relating to disability, equipment and adaptations


  • A working knowledge of Occupational Therapy Outcome Measures and Models of Practice
  • Working knowledge and experience of Occupational Therapy standardised assessments appropriate to the role

Skills & Abilities


  • Ability to work proactively with other agencies to prevent hospital admission and facilitate early discharge
  • Ability to identify and plan individual care / rehabilitation needs in partnership with patients/ their carers
  • Ability to make decisions autonomously, but liaise closely with and work across the multidisciplinary integrated team
  • Ability to organise, prioritise and time manage own workload including use of effective delegation
  • High level of clinical knowledge and skill
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in English in both verbal and written formats
  • Awareness of scope of practice


  • Leadership skills

Additional Criteria


  • Able to meet the travel requirements of the role

Employer details

Employer name

Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust


Gemini House

Stourport Road


DY11 7QL

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