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Front door and Frailty Occupational Therapist

Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 Per Annum ( Pro Rata for Part Time)
Closing date
30 May 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for a dynamic individual who will provide specialist Occupational Therapy assessments for Frailty patients attending Accident and Emergency (A& E), Acute Medical Units (AMU), the Frailty Hot clinic, Frailty Assessment Unit (FAU) & ward. The aim will be to ensure all patients receive specialist review, as early as possible, and that resources are deployed to avoid admission or reduce length of stay.

You are required to be able to demonstrate the Trust values and fulfill the responsibilities or the job description and personal specification

If you are interested in the role and believe you hold the qualities we require, then apply today!

Main duties of the job

  • You will have significant experience working effectively at Band 6/7 level in an NHS acute setting, or equivalent, working with older adults with a variety of conditions. They will have highly specialist current knowledge and skills related to the management of complex conditions within the specialty
  • You will have a dynamic approach to work and be capable of leading a team, including in times of change. They will be expected to manage the daily running of the team to ensure the delivery of high quality patient-centred care within the specialty.
  • This role has a strong clinical focus: You will use advanced clinical reasoning skills to provide specialist support and advice to the integrated therapy team (occupational therapy and physiotherapy) whilst maintaining a clinical caseload of complex patients as an autonomous practitioner.
  • You will take part in the weekend and Bank Holiday rota.
  • Work as an advanced autonomous practitioner: Assesses, sets goals, provides treatment and progresses own patient caseload which contains patients with complex and specialist needs.
  • Lead in specialist area contributes to development of specialist services and relevant policies helping implement policy changes and monitoring standards of clinical practice.
  • Supervise, teach, and evaluate students and other staff working in own specialist area.

About us

Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust is now one of the largest in the country, with a workforce of approximately 15,000 who serve a population of 1.2 million people.

We work together, and in conjunction with MSE Health and Care Partnership, to deliver excellent local and specialist services, to improve the health and wellbeing of our patients in a compassionate way, and provide a respectful, but vibrant place for staff to develop, innovate and build careers.

From facilities through to consultant specialists we want to be the best, to achieve this we need to recruit not just those who are the finest in their field but also those who have the potential to be. Yes, experience is important but so is outlook - if you are dynamic, forward-thinking and enthusiastic we want you to join us.

We not only offer you a good working environment with flexible working opportunities, but also the opportunity to develop your career with access to appropriate training for your job and the support to succeed and progress

Job description

Job responsibilities

As a service we offer: Regular supervision Opportunities for professional, service & personal development In-service training & post graduate education Flexible Working Good multidisciplinary working In-house Bank work opportunities

For full details about this varied and rewarding role, please see attached job description, but some of the responsibilities include
  • To undertake an advanced assessment of patients in the Emergency department, ambulatory areas and on the general medical ward as an autonomous practitioner to determine the appropriate interventions and plan for effective safe discharge
  • To maintain records in line with HCPC standards
  • To work with other Team Lead therapists within the team to ensure that non clinical duties including rotas, time to connect, appraisal, student placements, in service training, and probation are effectively and efficiently managed to ensure smooth running of the service
  • To be responsible for planning, prioritisingand managing a caseload of patients in the inpatient setting using advanced evidence based/client centered principles to assess, plan, implement and evaluate interventions. As well as assisting less experienced staff in maintaining their own caseload.
  • To be accountable for all aspects of the professional clinical work.
  • To ensure that the Frailty Therapy Lead is made aware of any changes/ challenges to the service to ensure quality and effectiveness is maintained.
  • To work with the Therapy Lead to deliver service improvement based on evidence, audit and service need
  • To take and active part/ lead in the training of the therapy team and other health care professionals when appropriate
  • To engage in relevant audit

Person Specification



  • HCPC registeration
  • Degree/Diploma in Occupational Therapy


  • RCOT membership



  • Experience in acute inpatient general medicine band 6 or equivalent
  • Evidence of relevant post graduate learning and development


  • Evidence of service development/ audit



  • significant time at Band 6 level or above working in Frailty or ambulatory areas


  • Experience of teaching to MDT groups

NHS Experience


  • Minimum 6 months NHS Experience as an occupational therapist

team working


  • Evidence of leading a team
  • Evidence of supervising and appraising less experienced staff

Employer details

Employer name

Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust





SS16 5NL

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