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Occupational Therapist

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year Based on full time hours
Closing date
2 Jun 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
The Urgent Community Response Team (UCR) aspires to provide a responsive, safe effective and caring service that is well led. The service aims include urgent case management and recovery support, self-management and adoption of a coproduced approach with patients. UCR, whilst operating from local hubs in Winchester and Andover, delivers a joined up approach across a specific locality, to deliver excellence in care and engage with all GP practices, community teams and wider stakeholders in the locality.

The specialist occupational therapist is an exciting role delivering care to people at risk of hospital admission in their own homes, and will also include working on the award-winning collaborative Falls Car delivered in partnership with South Central Ambulance Service.

The service runs 0800 to 2000 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Flexible working patterns are considered. This role has a requirement to complete one 0800 to1800 shift per week alongside a SCAS Specialist Paramedic operating the Falls Car from their Basingstoke Hub. There are also opportunities for inreach into local acute Trusts via existing partnerships

Main duties of the job

To work closely with the Consultant Practitioners, Advanced Clinical Practitioners (ACPs), the Allied Health Professional Lead, Team Lead and the wider nursing and therapy staff, as well as GPs to provide fast reactive services for patients with exacerbation of long term conditions and/or frailty, ensure rapid delivery of treatment, care planning and admission avoidance where appropriate

To provide assessment and care planning including history taking, physical assessment and treatment planning, without direct supervision.

To work closely with the Allied Health Professional Lead, Team Lead, Consultant Practitioners, ACPs, GPs and patients, to proactively identify and manage patients with acute health needs and to support them and their carers. To delegate appropriate tasks to nursing and therapy colleagues, Associate Practitioners and Health Care Support Workers and offer clinical supervision to support them in their role.

For full details see additional documentation

About us

Southern Health is one of the largest NHS Foundation Trusts in the UK, specialising in mental health and learning disabilities, as well as offering physical health community-based services.

With a workforce of more than 7000 and a footprint that spans more than 200 sites across Hampshire, we're wholeheartedly committed to providing the best possible healthcare, reaching a range of diverse communities, whilst placing patients and staff at the forefront of all our endeavours.

We are currently working closely with other NHS Trusts to integrate all our collective community, mental health, and learning disability services. Our new organisation, to be known as Hampshire and Isle of Wight NHS Foundation Trust, is set to launch in July 2024.

The transformation will happen in staggered stages Hampshire CAMHS, part of Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust joined Southern Health in February 2024, with Isle of Wight NHS Trust mental health and community services transitioning in early May 2024. The final combination of Southern Health and Solent Trusts is anticipated to occur in July 2024, when the new organisation will be formed.

Our new Trust will continue to cater to the unique needs of different communities, making healthcare across the county more accessible, as well as offering staff more opportunities for career development, training and partnership working.

Join us as we embark on this exciting journey to shape the future of healthcare in Hampshire.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Further information about the Trust and this role can be found on the Job Description and Person Specification document attached.

We are happy to talk Flexible Working - all requests for flexible working options can be discussed as part of the interview process.

See attached document for full person specification and role purpose

Person Specification



  • Qualified Occupational Therapist HCPC registration


  • Post graduate qualification
  • Management/Leadership Qualification/development programme
  • Level 6 or 7 Deteriorating Patient Course and/or History Taking and Physical Assessment



  • Relevant post registration experience in a variety of areas
  • Experience of caseload management including responsibility for complex patients
  • Evidence of innovative practice
  • Participates in regular clinical supervision
  • Experience of working with long term conditions and frailty
  • Experience of mentoring students and unregistered


  • Experience of initiating or participating in clinical audit/research relating to clinical practice
  • Involved in the implementation and management of change

Additional Criteria


  • Car driver with valid UK licence and access to a car for work purposes

Employer details

Employer name

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust


Unit 2 Wessex Business Park

Wessex Way, Colden Common



SO21 1WP

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