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Specialist Occupational Therapist (ICRAS) - Urgent Care

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
Liverpool/South Sefton
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum pro rata
Closing date
30 May 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
ICRAS (Integrated Reablement and Assessment Service) is a unique service providing a rapid responsive approach to support admission avoidance and early hospital discharges.

We're looking for an occupational therapist to join our multidisciplinary teams across Liverpool and South Sefton. If you're motivated, with a therapy background, a passion to promote allied health professionals, and share our aim for perfect care, we'd like to hear from you.

We have vacancies in both our North/South Sefton Team and Central/South Liverpool Team.

The role can involve rotations within ICRAS across hubs, community urgent care, reablement and Hospital Avoidance Response of Liverpool (HARL), which will enable you to develop skills and flourish within your career. If this interests you, come and join our fantastic team.

We're a very supportive team with a senior nurse, pharmacist, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, podiatrist, therapy and health practitioner assistants and advanced clinical practitioners.

Our neighbourhood approach is across Liverpool and South Sefton, we work with intermediate care hubs, planned therapies who support patients with long term conditions, HARL - working alongside a paramedic responding to falls within the community, reablement pathways and much more.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be expected to effectively manage a caseload of patient's co-morbidities as an autonomous practitioner, using evidence based/ patient centred principles to assess, plan, implement and evaluate interventions of the patient group. The post holder will provide leadership for junior staff, when appropriate, through supervision and appraisal. The post holder will participate in planning, development and evaluation of OT services within a designated area/team, holding responsibility for defined projects.

The post holder take a holistic approach in the assessment and treatment of service users / patients, being responsible for the provision of appropriate, high quality care to a defined caseload which may be of a complex nature, using the appropriate model of care and evidenced based practice.

Work in partnership with other professional to enable patients / clients to be maintained in an appropriate environment, thus avoiding hospital admission.

To contribute to the maintenance and development of The Occupational Therapy profession within ICRAS and will facilitate effective learning within the area of practice for all students and practitioners.

About us

Mersey Care is one of the largest trusts providing physical health and mental health services in the North West, serving more than 1.4 million people across our region and are also commissioned for services that cover the North West, North Wales and the Midlands.

We offer specialist inpatient and community services that support physical and mental health and specialist inpatient mental health, learning disability, addiction and brain injury services. Mersey Care is one of only three trusts in the UK that offer high secure mental health facilities.

At the heart of all we do is our commitment to 'perfect care' - care that is safe, effective, positively experienced, timely, equitable and efficient. We support our staff to do the best job they can and work alongside service users, their families, and carers to design and develop future services together. We're currently delivering a programme of organisational and service transformation to significantly improve the quality of the services we provide and safely reduce cost as we do so.

Flexible working requests will be considered for all roles.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To undertake comprehensive holistic assessments, devise treatment plans individualised to patient needs, reviewing and adapting during patient journey from initial assessment through to discharge.

To gain consent through engaging patients / clients through their therapy journey, enabling them to experience choice and as part of their recovery.

To prioritise designated Occupational Therapy referrals according to need, risk and service capacity

To plan and implement patient centred individual and/or group interventions, using graded activity to achieve therapeutic goals including sensory integration difficulties within ward/rehab hub setting.

To monitor, evaluate and modify treatment in order to measure progress and ensure effectiveness of intervention.

To apply a high level of understanding of the effect of disability and provide training and advice on lifestyle changes and adaptations to the patients social and physical environment.

To provide clinical advice, expertise and leadership within your team.

To monitor and offer professional advice and leadership to all team members with regards to their caseloads and working practices.

To ensure that the service users care plan is developed to meet the assessed need of the individual. To monitor, via performance management, the care plans developed for service users by all sector members to ensure that they are appropriate and of a high standard.

To liaise with family members, carers, GPs and other professionals as necessary when completing the assessment and developing a care plan.

To be a point of contact for service users and carers that have concerns regarding their care, making every effort to resolve their concerns sensitively and promptly, referring to and informing the Team Manager as necessary.

To develop a risk management plan for service users under your care, taking note of the contributions from other members of the team. Ensure that all significant people are aware of the risk management plan and are actioning it appropriately. To monitor and work with all team members to ensure that service user risk is managed appropriately and that risk management plans are of a high quality. Understanding risk assessment, being able to assessrisk and complete management plans.

To lead the systematic monitoring and evaluation of service users under the care of the sector you have responsibility for.

Monitor and ensure high standards relating to the planning and delivery of Occupational Therapy activities and comply with The Royal College of Occupational Therapists Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct, contributing to good health and the importance of promoting these in line with organisational public health policy.

To monitor the provision of a range of therapeutic activities for service users by supervision of sector members caseloads and via audit.

To use skills gained through training and experience to de-escalate situations where service users become physically or verbally aggressive. Use your judgement, gained from experience, to establish if a service user requires assessment by a medic or possibly hospital admission.

To use skills gained through experience to deal with service users who become anxious, hostile or distressed.

To ensure all sector members get appropriate support following violent incidents and liaise with the Team Manager to ensure any identified actions arising from such incidents are implemented.

To participate in and/or lead service user reviews ensuring that service user needs are met and that the team has all the relevant information on which to base their clinical decisions.

To develop care plans that enable service users to reach and maintain their optimum level of health and independence to help them to remain in the community in their chosen setting or return to this on discharge.

To demonstrate an understanding of capacity and mental capacity Act.

Please see attached Job Description for full list of responsibilities and duties.

Person Specification



  • Registered Occupational Therapist with the Health Professions Council.
  • Diploma / Degree in Occupational Therapy
  • Teaching / Mentorship post qualification or equivalent work based experience
  • Enhanced DBS Disclosure.


  • Membership of professional body.
  • Practice placement education Qualification.
  • Evidence of post Registration study in a field relevant to post

Knowledge/ Experience


  • Experience of OT functional assessment including activity analysis
  • Experience of successful team working
  • Experience of liaison with facilitating therapeutic internal and external services and agencies
  • Knowledge and ability to express an understanding of Occupational Therapy Process including activity and task analysis and the formulation of intervention plans grounded in clinical reasoning
  • General knowledge of the principles of clinical governance
  • Have an understanding of clinical and environmental risk assessment
  • Evidence of CDP/Short courses


  • Experience of service development audit and research practice relevant to clinical area
  • Experience of planning and facilitating therapeutic groups for patients/ clients
  • Experience of service development
  • Experience of being involved in clinical audit and/or research
  • Familiar with Electronic Patient Records
  • Management and clinical leadership
  • A basic understanding of relevant legislation including The Mental Capacity Act



  • Continuous Improvement
  • Accountability
  • Respectfulness
  • Enthusiasm
  • Support
  • Responsive to service users
  • Engaging leadership style
  • Strong customer service belief
  • Transparency and honesty
  • Discreet
  • Change Oriented



  • Up to date knowledge and Application of current best Practice in Occupational Therapy relevant Area of practice
  • Application of Occupational Therapy Outcome measures and Models of practice.
  • Application of the process Of standard setting, audit, evaluation and review.
  • A sound knowledge of the core skills of Occupational Therapy and their application in this field.
  • Be able to communicate effectively with service users within the specific client group.
  • Have good listening skills
  • Demonstrate a good knowledge of the Health Profession Councils standards of Proficiency and the Occupational therapists responsibility to identify gaps in their knowledge base.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the concepts of mentorship, and supervision.
  • Evidence of active participation in supervision and the appraisal process
  • Experience of Group and individual interventions with the specific client group.
  • Experience working in a collaborative way with the MDT and service users/carers.
  • Good time management skills.
  • Apply and promote OT skills, to include carrying out occupational assessments, setting clear occupational goals and facilitating a wide variety of therapeutic interventions via the provision of meaningful activities
  • Able to apply Person Centred Approaches
  • Apply clinical skills and able to reflect on own and others practice
  • Excellent range of communication skills, able to motivate and support other staff
  • Ability to facilitate presentations
  • Self-management and motivation skills
  • Risk assessment skills
  • IT literate
  • Ability to travel across boundaries
  • Awareness of factors contributing to good health and the importance of promoting these in line with organisational public health policy
  • Understanding of partnership working
  • Awareness of local agenda in health and social care


  • Demonstrate leadership skills to be able to initiate, monitor and implement change and fully participate in the development of OT service delivery
  • Apply Professional skills to enable MDT working partnerships and liaise with external agencies

Employer details

Employer name

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust


Liverpool/South Sefton

Liverpool/South Sefton

L24 9HJ

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