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Advanced Occupational Therapist

Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year pa
Closing date
26 Jun 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Working Full time - 37.5 hours per week

The National Health Service (NHS) has a number of sub-acute and community schemes that have developed in recent years from the guidance of NHS white papers such as the NHS Long term plan (2019) and NHS five year forward view (2014), which recommend for NHS trusts to deliver more care and services closer to a person's home rather than in acute hospitals.

As pressure on emergency departments and hospitals across the UK grows, new care models will be pivotal in delivering and relieving some of these pressures by diverting work away from the hospital and into the community.

The NHS England paper (2021) 'Community health services two hour crisis response guidance' aims to address this pressure. In Cheshire West, the 'Hospital at Home and Rapid Response team continue to expand their offer of crisis same day response, virtual wards, and expediting discharges out of the hospital for reabling & rehabilitation support. Its workforce fits the NHS model well in supporting hospital level care at home experienced General Practitioners, advanced clinical practitioners with prescribing rights, registered therapists and registered nurses offer a 7 day service allowing for wrap around care and an excellent patient experience as evidenced in the services monthly feedback from patients.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for a hard-working, enthusiastic, highly motivated and experienced Clinical lead therapist to join our NHS@Home directorate to support the Hospital at Home and rapid response team to support avoiding admissions to hospital and facilitating discharges from the Hospital.

We would welcome applications from practitioners with experience in managing complexity within the home environment as well as the long term health needs of our ageing population.

The primary focus of the role is to work as an advanced, autonomous practitioner providing patient-centered clinical care, encompassing the skills of assessment, treatment and discharge of patients. The post is intended to provide improved outcomes for our patients by providing safe, kind and effective care.

If you possess these qualifications and are looking to join an innovative service at the forefront of real system change, then this is certainly an exciting time to join our services.

About us

The Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust provides services to West Cheshire and to Welsh patients covered by Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board. The Trust works collaboratively within the wider Cheshire and Merseyside Health and Care Partnership. Its services are provided from three locations:
  • The Countess of Chester Hospital: providing 438 general and acute beds
  • Ellesmere Port Hospital: providing 56 beds as a rehabilitation, intermediate and outpatient facility
  • Tarporley War Memorial Hospital: a base for community services which serve the local rural population.

The Trust employs over 6258 staff (headcount) which includes temporary bank staff and provides acute emergency and elective services, primary care direct access services and obstetric services to a population of approximately 407,000. This includes 357,000 residents in Chester and West Cheshire which includes Ellesmere Port and Neston as well as the Deeside area of Flintshire which has a population of approximately 50,000.

The Trust is a busy district general hospital and in 2022/2023, there were more than 503,342 patient attendances (inpatient, outpatient and diagnostic) ranging from a simple outpatient appointment to major cancer surgery. This is an increase of nearly 10,000 compared to the previous year when there were 494,387 patient attendances.

Job description

Job responsibilities

See Job Description for further details.

Recruitment selection processes are based on competence (see Person specification) and values.

Please note applicants will be required to pay for their DBS check. Costs are deducted from salary following appointment. The cost of the DBS application is �23 (standard) or �43 (enhanced), this cost will be deducted from your salary over the first three months of employment.

You are encouraged to enrol for the DBS Update Service. A small annual fee of �13 per year applies.

New entrants to the NHS will commence on the minimum of the scale stated above.

Applicants are advised to apply early as if a large number of applications are received for this post, we reserve the right to close the vacancy prior to the advertised date.

Good luck with your application.

Person Specification

Knowledge and Experience


  • Minimum 4 years post qualification with at least 2 years at a specialist level
  • Evidence of commitment to Continuing Professional Development and reflective practice
  • Advanced knowledge of current best practice in specialist Occupational Therapy area e.g. Critical Care


  • Previous experience working on a Critical Care Unit
  • Previous experience working in a Neuro setting



  • Degree in Occupational Therapy
  • HCPC Registration


  • Membership of professional body and specialist interest group

Employer details

Employer name

Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Countess of Chester Hospital

Liverpool Road



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