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Specialist Frailty Occupational Therapist/Physiotherapist

Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
24 May 2024

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Physiotherapist, Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
To work as a specialist clinician within the CHFT Acute Frailty service. This is a rapidly developing service with the aim of providing a comprehensive geriatric assessment to frail patients presenting to the acute areas of CHFT.

This is a challenging and exciting post working within an evolving integrated multidisciplinary team consisting of physiotherapists, occupational therapists, specialist nurses, consultants, nurse consultant, advanced clinical practitioners, coordinators, pharmacists and physician associates. You will have the opportunity to work in the emergency department, medical assessment unit, Same Day Emergency Care (SDEC) and surgical departments. You will focus on the complex needs of frail patients and work within the multi-disciplinary team to deliver a holistic assessment which meets the individual needs of our patients with a focus on admission avoidance and reduction in length of stay.

Main duties of the job

  • To act as specialist clinician for the Acute Frailty Service within the Acute Medicine
  • Work autonomously within Trust policies and professional practice, maintaining accurate and comprehensive up to date
  • To manage own specialist caseload in these areas, demonstrating excellent skills in effective
  • Provide and develop the core components of the specialist therapy role including clinical practice, management and
  • Act as a clinical role model ensuring best practice in all
  • To support the Team Leader in the day to day running of the Acute Frailty
  • To support and advise in the wider MDT, and within CHFT on the delivery of excellent care of the frail
  • To participate in the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of individualised programmes of care for frail older
  • To recognise the changes in patients conditions which require the intervention of others and refer on as appropriate
  • To clearly present the patients point of view, including promoting and protecting the interests and dignity of

About us

This is a challenging and exciting post working within an evolving integrated multidisciplinary team consisting of physiotherapists, occupational therapists, specialist nurses, consultants, nurse consultant, advanced clinical practitioners, coordinators, pharmacists and physician associates. You will have the opportunity to work in the emergency department, medical assessment unit, Same Day Emergency Care (SDEC) and surgical departments.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Clinical Duties
    • To provide specialist therapy input and to support the care provision for patients with
    • To effectively carry out a Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment on frail patients presenting to CHFT. This must involve a truly holistic approach to assessments including aspects which may not traditionally fall in a therapists
    • To assess, plan and implement specialist therapy interventions, ensuring that each patient has a coherent and comprehensive management plan. These plans will be developed with the patient and relatives/carer according to their needs and include referral to other disciplines and services, observing the principles of holistic
    • Promotes and provide effective communication with other professionals, patients, carers and with other care
    • To maintain accurate, appropriate and concise patient records, involving documentation on electronic patient management
    • To promote and provide relevant and clear information, education and advice for patients, carers and families, according to their
    • Act as the patients advocate, supporting and promoting their involvement in decision
    • To provide specialist advice and information to professional colleagues, patients, carers and the
    • To take an active role in risk assessment, supporting implementation of strategies to minimise risk ensuring incidents and near misses are reported, through promoting a no blame
    • To establish and maintain effective communication, both verbal and
    • To be aware of team members skills / competency and be able to delegate tasks and skill share
    • Act as an innovative and enthusiastic role model, providing leadership, guidance and advice to staff on operational and professional
    • Attend and participate in clinical meetings as required including providing feedback and disseminating information as appropriate
    • To effectively manage a rapidly changing and complex caseload, demonstrating highly skilled prioritisation and
    • To act within the Acute frailty service as a specialist resource providing advice for colleagues within the
    • To work collaboratively with health and social care community and acute colleagues
    • To ensure effective care pathways and transfers of
    • To ensure a high standard of patient care is provided including implementing and reviewing clinical standards relevant to the work
    • To work across a 7day service, working a variable shift pattern including weekends and bank
    • To develop competencies participate in the respiratory on call service as
  • Professional Duties
    • Contribute to the development and implementation of protocols, procedures and guidelines.
  • To give feedback on policies when required which may impact on the management of and care of frail
  • To be actively involved in the maintenance of Clinical
  • Act as a role model for quality patient care at all times, promoting the need for effective evidence based
  • Act as patient advocate at all points of the care
  • Work within the HCPC Code of Conduct at all
  • Adhere to national, local and professional standards, guidance and directives relevant to the sphere of
  • To provide and participate in clinical supervision as required.
  • To support the development of other team
  • To be responsible for the issue and safe use of equipment used in your area of work and to adhere to the appropriate service
  • Contribute to the collection, analysis and dissemination of data as required for the
  • To lead, develop and actively undertake clinical audit as
  • To organise and participate in in-service training programmes ensuring appropriate training is
  • To participate in the Trusts supervision process and peer review and maintain an up to date CPD portfolio including evidence of experiential learning, reflective practice and any relevant training or experience. This should demonstrate responsibility for maintaining own competency to
  • To be responsible for the supervision and education of the undergraduate therapy
  • Managerial Duties
    • Be proactive in the development of the frailty service, supporting the Lead Nurse for the Acute Frailty Team and Head of the Acute Frailty Service. Generating new ideas and innovations to support the development of the Frailty service.
    • Deputising for Lead Acute frailty Specialist Nurse as
    • To recognize, prevent where possible, and manage areas of conflict, reporting to the Lead Acute frailty Specialist Nurse if unable to
    • Initiate discussions with the lead nurse about any circumstances that could prevent the post holder or other staff fulfilling the requirements of the job
    • To participate in the staff recruitment process

Person Specification



  • Registered with HCPC
  • Relevant Degree/Diploma


  • Clinical Educator Training



  • Recent and extensive clinical experience working with frail patients. This should include assessments, complex and autonomous decision making and discharge planning
  • Awareness of relevant Legislation, NSF'S/ Local and National initiatives
  • Excellent Clinical Reasoning skills in situations of complex health and social needs
  • Evidence of CPD, self-directed learning and reflective practice
  • Experience in dealing Knowledge and experience of assessing risk on discharge and implementing risk reduction measures
  • Knowledge of best practice in relevant clinical areas
  • Awareness of relevant Legislation, Local and National initiatives
  • Understanding of Clinical Governance
  • Critical Appraisal Skills
  • Ability to recognize the emotional demands of the post and demonstrate the necessary resilience
  • Ability to recognise own limitations and have a willingness to share and learn skills from others
  • Excellent time management


  • Experience in contributing to service improvements
  • Experience in dealing with complaints



  • High level of communication skills which is effective with patients, carers, relatives and other professionals within the wider MDT. Demonstrating sensitivity to specific communication needs
  • Ability to maintain legible and accurate records
  • Confidence in teaching and presenting Skills
  • Experience developing others
  • Demonstrate positive attitude and behaviors

Employer details

Employer name

Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust



Acre Street



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