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Coastal Lodge Occupational Therapist

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
Bournemouth, Dorset,
£35,392 to £42,618 Per annum
Closing date
22 May 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We are excited to offer our first Occupational Therapist rotational post between Coastal Lodge and CBIC (Christchurch and Bournemouth Intermediate Care) this post is the first trial to build a close working relationship between these two established team and as such you will be integral to the improvement and service development.

Coastal Lodge provides rehabilitation and reablement to enable earlier hospital discharges, support individuals' rehabilitation and prevent hospital admissions. The caseloads provides a wide variety of medical conditions and illnesses including orthopaedic, neurology, respiratory, complexity due to frailty and older person care. Coastal Lodge work Monday-Friday 8-4pm.

CBIC (Christchurch and Bournemouth Intermediate Care) is responsible for providing admission avoidance and support early discharges from acute hospitals. We provide assessment and treatment to acutely unwell patients within the community to support them in remaining at home. CBIC work 7 days per week 8-8pm

As this role will include community working therefore driving is essential and access to a car for work purposes.

The post would initially start within Coastal Lodge with the base being located within the CBIC team and full access to the extended support available. A rotation into the CBIC team is to be planned in the near future. Rotations would likely be 1 year duration to enable the success candidate the opportunity to fully embed and commence service improvement.

Main duties of the job

To provide leadership and work within the Bournemouth and Christchurch locality, through provision of a high standard Occupational Therapy assessments, and core assessment details of other multidisciplinary skills.

Develop specialist care and/or rehabilitation programme, to promote and sustain independence/well-being for the individual or carer in the relevant setting, which may be a community, residential or health care environment.

To undertake assessment and development of Occupational Therapy/Rehabilitation/care programmes for adults, many of whom have complex medical and social needs with the aim of improving independence, function and quality of life.

To contribute towards the development of individual teams and Occupational Therapy within inpatient rehabilitation or community Intermediate Care, through devising and implementing service change and to audit and evaluate both Occupational Therapist and multi-disciplinary practice. Monitor standards of practice.

Support, the role of the Team Leader, deputising in his/her absence.

To promote admission avoidance of through close agency working

There will be an expectation to work bank holidays and weekends depending on your rotation at the time.

Employment in this post requires an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, which the Trust will cover the cost of. Applicants who subscribe to the DBS update service are able to present a valid DBS certificate instead of requiring a new check.

About us

At Dorset HealthCare we're on a mission to empower people to make the most of their lives through our outstanding, joined-up healthcare services. We're a dynamic, forward-looking Trust, running 12 community hospitals, specialist inpatient facilities and a wide range of integrated community and mental health services for a population of almost 800,000 people.

We do things differently here - it's one of the reasons the CQC rated us 'outstanding' in 2019. It's also why 95% of patients across our services say they have a good or very good experience of our services and 89% of staff feel they can really make a difference. Whether you're looking to work with us in one of our bustling market towns, vibrant urban locations, thriving seaside spots, or among the rolling hills of Dorset, there are lots of ways you can make a difference in our communities.

Our 7,000-strong workforce is at the heart of what we do and our success is a testament to our brilliant people. We're all about building a workplace for the future, we believe in equal opportunities and we celebrate diversity. We're an inclusive workplace, where everyone is welcome, everyone can be authentic, and we are all encouraged to be the best version of ourselves.

Working with us you'll be part of a strong team, challenge yourself, build a career, and teach us what we don't know. And you'll be working towards our vision to be better every day through excellence, compassion and expertise in all we do.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For the main duties and responsibilities for this role please read the attached job description and person specification. When completing your application please ensure your supporting statement reflects the criteria set out in these documents by showing how your experience and skills apply to this post.

As part of our vision to have a skilled, diverse and caring workforce, Dorset HealthCare is working in partnership with The Princes Trust to support people getting into work, as part of this partnership, we are offering an employability service to support individuals between 16-30 years old with application writing, interview skills and other employment support. If you would like or know of anyone who would value this support please do contact

Person Specification



  • Registered practitioner to degree/diploma level supplemented by post registration diploma level specialist training and/or short courses or demonstrable extensive experience in the relevant specialty
  • Membership of the relevant Professional Body
  • Learning and Assessing in Practice Qualification or equivalent practice assessors training
  • Evidence of recent professional development in an up to date portfolio


  • Knowledge and understanding of Trust Strategy relevant to role



  • Subject to the provisions of the Equality Act, able to travel using own vehicle on Trust business
  • Have a full UK drivers Licence
  • To have access to a car for work purposes



  • Experience at Practitioner Band 5 level
  • Experience of specialist working
  • Experience of managing change
  • Demonstrable knowledge of assessment and therapeutic interventions in area of specialism
  • Experience of developing specialist programmes of care for an individual or groups of patients/clients and of providing highly specialist advice
  • Able to demonstrate specialist clinical reasoning skills to assimilate information in order to make a clinical judgement regarding diagnosis and intervention.
  • Ability to prioritise and organise workload effectively
  • Trained in PMVA techniques or willing to be trained.


  • Recent previous experience within a comparable role



  • Experience of providing clinical supervision and mentoring to junior staff
  • Experience of devising and delivering training



  • Able to effectively manage available resources in the pursuit of quality service provision ensuring a safe environment



  • Able to analyse data and produce reports using Microsoft Excel and Word
  • Experience of using electronic patient / service user record systems



  • Evidence of demonstrating the Trust's values and behaviours
  • Able to communicate effectively at different levels of the organisation and with staff, patient/service users, visitors or external organisations both verbally and in writing in the exchange of highly complex, sensitive or contentious information which may require the use of negotiating and/or persuasive skills
  • Able to overcome barriers to understanding where there are physical or mental disabilities.
  • Able to analyse and assess situations and to interpret potentially conflicting situations and determine appropriate action, where there is a range of options and judgement is required.
  • Experience of planning and organising complex activities, e.g. organise own time and that of junior staff and learners, planning off duty rotas and undertaking discharge planning involving co-ordination with other agencies.
  • Ability to use own initiative within sphere of authority
  • Demonstrable ability of using tact and diplomacy
  • Demonstrable ability to analyse situations and provide a resolution
  • Knowledge and understanding of legislation relevant to practice
  • Ability to evaluate care leading to improvement in quality standards an service improvement
  • Demonstrable leadership qualities and the ability to perform as a role model
  • Willingness to advance own clinical knowledge, skill and competence based on current evidence



  • Demonstrable skills in written and spoken English to a standard which enables the post holder to carry out the full range of duties and responsibilities of the role effectively.

Employer details

Employer name

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust


Coastal Lodge

26 Knyveton Road,

Bournemouth, Dorset,


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