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Homefirst Assessor - South Kerrier

Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 Pro rata/per annum
Closing date
22 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic and experienced Nurse, Occupational Therapist or Physiotherapist to join the South Kerrier HomeFirst team, as a Homefirst Assessor based in Helston Community Hospital.

This position is open to Nurses, Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists who have experience of working in the community and wish to develop their assessment, care planning and reablement skills whilst being part of a dynamic, progressive, integrated multiagency, multidisciplinary team.

The Homefirst team is part of the integrated community team in South Kerrier comprising of registered and non-registered nursing, therapy and administrative staff working collaboratively with partner organisations to support the intermediate care needs of our local population.

You will be responsible for assessment, planning and implementation of care and assist in the interpretation of information relevant to the patient's condition/progress, identify problems and needs of patient and set realistic goals.You will need to have excellent organisational skills combined with a wide knowledge base and experience of working in older person's services.

This vacancy provides an opportunity to develop and widen your skill set to include a holistic and clinical approach to patient care with the community. This post does involve regular weekend working (covering the geographical area of Kerrier) and the successful candidate must be flexible with their working days.

Main duties of the job

  • To provide a high standard Occupational, Physio therapy and Nursing to the service, performing advanced assessments of patients including those with highly complex presentations, and from this formulating a diagnosis and treatment plan.
  • To operate as an advanced practitioner being first contact for urgent requests to help both prevent hospital admission and facilitate early discharge.
  • To utilise advanced skills in community assessment and management of the acutely sick patient.
  • To provide leadership for support staff and junior staff through supervision, training and appraisal.
  • To participate in the planning and development of occupational services within the designated team.
  • Model and deliver excellent evidence based clinical care, working as an autonomous Practitioner.

About us

We're an NHS community and mental health provider Trust based in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. We deliver community and hospital-based care to improve people's physical and mental health. We also provide specialist support to people with dementia or a learning disability.

We are a people organisation and people matter to us. As part of the team, you'll help support the health and wellbeing of the people who live and visit this beautiful part of the UK.

Over 4,000 people make up the Trust. This includes doctors, nurses, therapists, plus admin and support staff.

We work in people's homes, in community clinics and bases. Some staff work from one of our 13 community hospitals. Our aspiration is to have great people, provide great care, be a great place to work and a great partner.

Just over 532,000 people live here. A third of people who live in Cornwall are supported by acute hospital services in Devon. As a result, we also work closely with our partners in Devon. In the summer, and during other holidays lots of people choose to visit the area. This increases the numbers of people who use our services.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To view a detailed job description and person specification including the main responsibilities of this role please see supporting documents.

Person Specification



  • Degree or diploma in Occupational Therapy or Physiotherapy
  • HCPC registered, NMC Registered
  • Evidence of appropriate postgraduate courses and CPD to support practice, to degree equivalent level
  • Substantial post registration clinical experience in a similar role
  • A broad range of clinical experience in a variety of community and inpatients settings
  • Extensive experience of working within a multidisciplinary team
  • Experience of managing the risks associated with working in a lone working environment

Knowledge and Abilities


  • Confident and competent leadership with the ability to work in diverse and complex situations
  • Proven leadership qualities, including the ability to motivate a team and negotiation skills
  • Awareness of safeguarding policies and procedures
  • Ability to organise, prioritise and delegate
  • Ability to make clinical risk-management decisions in lone-working situations
  • Awareness of and ability to respond to the pressure of political change in health and social care systems

Skills and Aptitude


  • Clear understanding of clinical effectiveness and the need to provide evidence based care
  • Excellent clinical skills
  • Highly developed verbal and written communications skills that will enable the post holder to work effectively across boundaries and in a variety of settings
  • Imparting bad news to patients and their families/carers demonstrating the ability to communicate in a form and manner that is consistent with the level of understanding, culture, background and preferred communications method of each individual
  • IT Literate


  • Teaching, Assessing, coaching and mentoring skills to facilitate an effective learning environment for staff and students

Employer details

Employer name

Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


Camborne Health Office

Rectory Road



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