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Occupational Therapist - Trafford Discharge To Assess Pathway 3

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 Per annum (pro rata)
Closing date
26 Jun 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Trafford Discharge To Assess Pathway 3

**You must have proven relevant post graduate NHS experience of working in a multi-disciplinary team and access to a vehicle**

We are looking for Band 6 Occupational Therapists to join our Multidisciplinary Team (Discharge To Assess Pathway 3).

As a Band 6 Occupational Therapist, it is an exciting time to be part of our MDT that assesses patients who are discharged from hospital to a temporary community bed.

The Pathway 3 Therapy Team consists of Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists and Rehab Assistants. We work directly with Pathway 3 Co-coordinators, Social Workers, Nurse Clinicians and other specialist community services as part of a holistic MDT. We provide assessments to patients in a supported environment with a view to them returning to home living as independently as possible.

You will be supported full time by an experienced Band 7 Senior Practitioner and have opportunity to further develop your clinical and operational skills through training, supervised practice and professional support.

You will need to be a strong team player, an excellent communicator, adaptable, committed, well organised and work well under pressure. This position requires you to be a car driver, have access to your own vehicle and be able to travel around the localities of Manchester.

Main duties of the job

This exciting opportunity for a Band 6, a chance to promote Occupational Therapy, gain confidence and professional skills and knowledge in other clinical areas allowing you to be a dynamic practitioner, use various models of practice and the chance to be truly holistic within your role.

The post holder will be responsible for providing a comprehensive assessment of patients having been discharged from hospital via the D2A Pathway 3 to a community bed- based service. The team is multidisciplinary, including other AHP staff, nurse clinicians and social workers.

You will be expected to work collaboratively with members of the MDT team, act as an autonomous practitioner and champion the role of Occupational Therapy within this service. The ability to problem solve and think on your feet is an integral part of the day to day requirements of this role

The purpose of the role is to provide therapy assessments and professional input to multi-disciplinary decisions about long term care needs with a primary focus on supporting people to return to their own homes wherever possible, avoiding long term care placements

D2A beds are commissioned primarily in Trafford but can be across Greater Manchester and you will be required to travel to a range of care homes to undertake functional assessments, rehabilitation interventions, recommendation of equipment and to contribute to home assessments.

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



  • HCPC Registration
  • BSc / MSc in Occupational Therapy (or equivalent)


  • Leadership Course / Qualification



  • Relevant NHS experience working in an MDT
  • Broad experience as a Band 5/6 core clinical areas
  • Experience of teaching others, mentoring students and supervising junior staff members
  • Experience of urgent assessments and developing and delivering care plans to meet these needs
  • Relevant community experience



  • Knowledge of current health policy and relevance to the delivery of health care service
  • Knowledge and understanding of complex medical, social and psychological needs of older adults
  • Knowledge of evidence based practice
  • Knowledge of managing difficult situations and conflict resolution



  • Able to fully complete tasks within agreed deadlines
  • Ability to work to time pressure as part of caseload management
  • To carry out risk assessments and ensure effective risk management strategies
  • Ability to pass on knowledge and deliver training to other members of the team
  • Ability to work in unpredictable environments, e.g manage crisis and reorganise workload at short notice



  • Ability to work autonomously
  • Car driver / access to an appropriate vehicle on a daily basis and ability to transport equipment safely in vehicle.
  • In general, good health and evidence of a good attendance record

Employer details

Employer name

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust


Trafford Town Hall

Talbot Road


M32 0TH

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