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Community Occupational Therapist - Crisis Team

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 Per annum (pro rata)
Closing date
25 Jun 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
The Crisis service is a seven day service, therefore this entails working some weekends, bank holidays and shift work on a rota basis. The post involves working across the main hospital site and the community, delivering holistic assessments & interventions to patients in their own homes/ place of residence to prevent unnecessary admission to hospital. Independent travel within the local geographical area to deliver the role is essential.

With the above in mind, you must have experience of working in the NHS and in community services. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate an appropriate level of clinical skills in occupational therapy, will be experienced in administering person-centred assessments, as well as implementing and evaluating occupational therapy interventions in a fast paces working environment. You must have a recognised Occupational Therapy qualification and current HCPC registration.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be responsible for providing a rapid assessment and stabilisation of patients who have urgent care needs in the community and initiate services to safely avoid unnecessary hospitalisation. This will be through assessment and treatment of patients during a crisis, identifying complex and specialist needs and developing, implementing and evaluating programmes of care.

As a Band 7 practitioner working with this high level of autonomy, but within agreed guidelines, you will initiate history taking, clinical assessment, diagnosis and the implementation of a range of care interventions for patients presenting with undifferentiated and undiagnosed problems.To make onward referrals to other services and or agencies for individuals with ongoing needs. Provide leadership, education and support to other team members through promotion of innovative strategies to manage change and improve service delivery.

The post holder will provide highly specialist knowledge and clinical skills to ensure the delivery of care within the service and also in the wider community and across the acute / community interface. They have a fundamental role in the delivery of high standards of care, ensuring an environment that is conducive to well-being.

Work collaboratively with the MCR services, NWAS, Primary Health Care Teams, Neighbourhood Teams, Social Care and Voluntary sectors to ensure patients can be managed safely at home to avoid an unnecessary hospital admission.

About us

MFT is one of the largest NHS Trust In England with a turnover of �2.6bn & is on a different scale than most other NHS Trusts. We're creating an exceptional integrated health & social care system for the 1 million patients who rely on our services every year.

Bringing together 10 hospitals & community services from across Manchester, Trafford & beyond, we champion collaborative working & transformation, encouraging our 28,000 workforce to pursue their most ambitious goals. We set standards that other Trusts seek to emulate so you'll benefit from a scale of opportunity that is nothing short of extraordinary.

We've also created a digitally enabled organisation to improve clinical quality, patient & staff experience, operational effectiveness & driving research, and innovation through the introduction of Hive our Electronic Patient Record system which launched in September 2022.

We're proud to be a major academic Research Centre & Education provider, providing you with a robust infrastructure to encourage and facilitate high-quality research programmes. What's more, we're excited to be embarking on our Green Plan which sets out how MFT continues to play its part in making healthcare more sustainable.

At MFT, we create and foster a culture of inclusion and belonging, provide equal opportunities for career development that are fair, open, and transparent, protecting your health and wellbeing and shaping the future of our organisation together.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To find out more about the key responsibilities and the specific skills and experience youll need, take a look at the Job Description & Person Specification attachments under the Supporting Documents heading. So that youre even more equipped to make an informed decision to apply to us, youll need to take time to read the Candidate Essentials Guide that sits with the Job Description and Person Specification. This document provides you with details about the Trust, our benefits and outlines how we care for you as you care for others. Most importantly, it also contains critical information youll need to be aware of before you submit an application form.

Diversity Matters

MFT is committed to promoting equality of opportunity, celebrating and valuing diversity and eliminating any form of unlawful discrimination across our workforce, ensuring our people are truly representative of the communities we serve. All individuals regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation are encouraged to apply for this post. As an inclusive employer, we are here to support you. If you have any special requirements to help you with your application, email our team at

Were looking forward to hearing from you!

Person Specification



  • Graduate diploma or degree in Occupational therapy
  • Evidence of CPD
  • Health Professions Council Registration


  • Member of BAOT
  • Clinical Educator



  • Substantial post registration NHS experience
  • Strong experience at Band 6 working in Community services
  • Experienced in providing clinical leadership and problem solving.
  • Experience of co-ordinating and delivering care for people with complex and long term conditions.


  • Evidence of involvement in change management
  • Evidence of involvement in policy and practice changes arising from audit

Knowledge & Skills


  • Knowledge and application of assessment and interventions relevant to physical disabilites
  • Awareness of clinical governance and risk
  • Ability to prioritise, delegate and organise own workload
  • Experience and ability to work as part of a broad multi-disciplinary team
  • Good IT skills


  • Knowledge of current legislation and protocols within Intermediate Care Crisis response
  • Previous experience at Senior level

Personal Aptibutes


  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Able to lead and motivate a team and implement change
  • Clinical reasoning skills / knowledge underpinning clinical skills specific to clinical area.
  • Full license and access to car
  • Ability to pass on knowledge and deliver training to other members of the team
  • Ability to work in unpredictable environment e,g, manage crisis and reorganise workload at short notice.

Employer details

Employer name

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust


Community - Crisis Response

Harpurhey District Office


M9 4DD

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