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Community Occupational Therapist - Band 5

Gloucestershire Health & Care NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum
Closing date
10 Jun 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
The ethos of the team is a rehabilitative, person-led approach to recovery and self-management, to ensure we offer care close to home, avoiding unnecessary admissions to bed based services and supporting timely discharge from hospital. The post holder will be part of a rotation between the Home First/Reablement team, the Core team and the Referral Centre team, all within Gloucester ICT. The post holder will work as an integral member of the Integrated Community Team to provide a service through assessing, collaborative goal planning, delivering and evaluating treatment for adults over the age of 18 with a physical disability as follows:
  • Using recognised models of practice and evidence based interventions and outcome measures to underpin all practice
  • Assessing and treating own caseload of patients/clients, adopting a health coaching approach for all intervention
  • Providing supervision and support to OT Assistants, Students and Reablement colleagues as appropriate.
  • Providing occupational therapy advice to other disciplines and promoting the role of OT within the wider team.
  • Participate in departmental research/project work when opportunities arise

Main duties of the job

  • Carrying out evidence based assessment, intervention and evaluation of occupational performance needs of patients with physical disabilities. You will assess, provide advice, provide appropriate standard or specialist equipment, refer on for minor adaptations and liaise with the borough councils and housing associations in relation to major adaptations.
  • Be competent in risk assessments and managing risk autonomously within the home environment.
  • To advise other professionals e.g. district nurses, carers.
  • Liaise with partner agencies to ensure patients access to environmental adaptations via the Disabled Facilities Grant process.
  • To manage a diverse caseload of patients with complex needs.
  • Understand the nature, aetiology and expected progression of a wide variety of diseases/disabilities and to plan appropriate interventions.
  • Understand the psychological and sociological impact of disease/disability on patients and carers.
  • Provide training, advice on lifestyle changes and adaptations to the physical, psychological and social environment to meet the occupational performance needs of the patient.
  • To plan and implement individual interventions by setting goals in collaboration with the patient.
  • Attend appropriate specialist courses and cascade training to colleagues.
  • To monitor and support supervisees e.g. Occupational Therapy Assistants, students.

About us

We have in excess of 5000 staff working over 50 sites, providing a diverse range of services. We strive to support an organisational culture that is welcoming, builds and celebrates inclusivity and diversity and provides a sense of belonging and trust.

The annual NHS Staff Surveygives our people the opportunity to tell us about their experience working at the Trust. For the 2023 survey just over 2800 colleagues gave us their views (58.5%). It was great to see from the results that colleagues are saying that:
  • 89.7% believe they are making a positive difference to patients/service users
  • 73.3% would recommend the organisation as a place to work
  • 82.4% agree that care of patients and service users is the organisations priority
  • 76.7% would be happy with the standard of care for a friend or relative

Our results put us as 5th nationally as a Community, Mental Health and Learning Disabilities NHS Employer of Choice and 1st equal amongst all NHS Provider Trusts in the South West. However, we know we have more to do and will continue to drive forward our commitment to making GHC a Great Place to Work.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Gloucestershire Health and Care is committed to embedding and providing personalised care through all of its services as part of our high-quality care strategy. The purpose of personalised care is to empower people to lead the lives they want to live. Personalised care starts with a conversation with people about what matters to them. It builds on what people can do, as well as addressing their health needs. Including new ways of working and delivering care, emphasising that we need to make effective use of the full range of our peoples skills and experience to deliver the best possible patient care. So we want to know What Matters to You and that you will share our values and join us on this very important journey.

The qualification, training & experience requirements for the role are underlined in the Job Description/Person Specification.

Please refer to the Additional Information attachment before submitting your application.

We provide a Multi-professional preceptorship programme that is aligned to the National Preceptorship Framework for Nursing and have been awarded the Interim quality mark from NHS England. Our programme is provided to all Newly Qualified Nurses, Nursing Associates, Internationally Educated Practitioners, Allied Health Professionals and Return to Practice Practitioners. In addition to the programme we also offer all preceptees the opportunity of enrolling and completing the level 7 (Masters) 15 credit validated module Preceptorship for Healthcare (AP7026).

Newly qualified Social Workers are offered the Assessed and Supported Year in Employment programme (ASYE) which is similar to a preceptorship programme.

Person Specification

Essential/non essential


  • HCPC registered
  • Occupational Therapy qualification
  • Valid UK Driving License


  • Community experience



  • Knowledge of minor and major adaptations
  • Knowledge of rehabilitation approaches

Employer details

Employer name

Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust


Collingwood House

Horton Road



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