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Senior Admission Avoidance Physiotherapist / Occupational Therapist

University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pa / pro rata
Closing date
28 May 2024

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Are you passionate about admission avoidance and working with older people?

An opportunity has arisen for a senior Occupational Therapist or Physiotherapist to join our Older Persons Inpatient Therapy team. As the successful post holder, you will be encouraged and supported to develop extended skills and practice in frailty with our highly regarded, innovative and motivated Older Persons Service (OPS) Therapy team.

Our innovative post provides opportunities to work as part of the hospital therapy team covering the admission avoidance areas:
  • Emergency Department (ED)
  • Same Day Emergency Care Unit (SDEC)
  • Older Persons Assessment Unit (OPAU) - short stay ward

Base Location: Royal Bournemouth Hospital

Interview Date: TBC

Main duties of the job

Expectations of the post holder would include working holistically across professional boundaries, service development, supporting and supervising junior staff, deputising for admission avoidance clinical leads and opportunities to work alongside a range of experienced professionals both within the hospital and community.

For full duties of the post please see the job description.

To be successful in securing this post, you will have:
  • At least 2 years experience working as an Occupational Therapist or Physiotherapist covering core rotations, including experience working in an acute hospital setting
  • To have a interest in supporting frail and older patients to avoid admission to hospital
  • Physiotherapists: experience working on an on-call respiratory rota as participation is expected in this role
  • Willing to participate in 7 day working on a rota basis
  • Ability to drive, hold a clean drivers licence and access to a car for work purposes

For further information or to arrange an informal visit, please contact:

Anneka Sinclair - Clinical Lead Physiotherapist e-mail:

Jessica Singleton- Clinical Lead Occupational Therapist e-mail:

About us

Our values define who we are as #TeamUHD. They underpin everything we do now and in the future. They define how we treat our patients, visitors, and each other, our valued teammates and colleagues.

UHD are investing in services across the Trust, with many being transformed and developed following merger and the New Hospital Programme.

This means that some services may move site this year or next, either temporarily or long term. Recruiting Managers interviewing for this role will be happy to answer any specific questions that you have about this at interview.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To understand the role in more detail please read the full job description and person specification documents which are attached to this advert.

Person Specification



  • HCPC registration applicable to role



  • BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy Degree or Occupational Therapy degree
  • HCPC Registration
  • Evidence of continuous professional development
  • 2 years' experience
  • NHS Experience in an acute physical setting
  • Working with older people
  • Band 5 therapy experience covering the following core areas: oOlder Persons oNeurology oRespiratory (physio only) oMusculoskeletal oOrthopaedics
  • Ability to recognise a deteriorating patient and on call experience (PT)
  • Evidence of working in admission avoidance services


  • Member of Chartered Society of Physiotherapy or Royal College of Occupational Therapists. Member of CSP or RCOT special interest group
  • Postgraduate training in OPS related topics
  • Previous experience of the supervision of junior staff and students
  • Ability to complete a holistic assessment which may include some physiotherapy, occupational therapy and nursing skills.

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust


Royal Bournemouth Hospital

Castle Lane East



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