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Senior Occupational Therapist

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
28 Jun 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We have exciting opportunities for experienced Occupational Therapist to join our established and varied Intermediate Care Services in South East Essex. Community services are changing and developing at a rapid rate with the development of Frailty virtual wards and Community Stroke Services.

Our Intermediate Care Physiotherapists, work as part of Multidisciplinary Teams, along-side Physiotherapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Rehabilitation assistants, Nurses, Psychologists and Associate Practitioners. Therapists have an opportunity to make a real difference to patient's functional abilities in their own home or community settings.

There are opportunities to develop and specialise your clinical skills in orthopaedics, neuro/stroke rehabilitation, falls prevention and frailty patients, as well as developing leadership and managerial skills supporting the development of new and exciting services.

Intermediate care cover the following areas:
  • Inpatient Stroke rehabilitation
  • Frailty/complex neurology/orthopaedic rehabilitation beds
  • Early support stroke rehabilitation
  • Frailty virtual ward/admission avoidance
  • Re- ablement and unstable fracture management
  • Recovery to home - residential home assessment beds

Full or part time hours will be considered.

Due to nature of post a UK driving licence and access to a vehicle is essential.

Main duties of the job

The post holder is responsible for provision of Occupational Therapy assessment, treatment and evaluation in conjunction with junior OTs within the service.
  • The Intermediate Care services provide multidisciplinary rehabilitation services in patient's own home or our bed based rehabilitation unit - (Cumberlege Intermediate Care Centre). The multidisciplinary team includes Rehabilitation Assistants, Associate practitioners, OT's, Physiotherapists, Speech and Language Therapist and Nursing colleagues.
  • Therapy is patient goal led, with the focus on rehabilitation over approx. 3-6 weeks depending on the clinical area, post discharge from acute hospital.
  • We can offer excellent CPD opportunities with peer support groups, in-service training and professional supervision. There is the option for either static or rotational posts across intermediate care services

About us

EPUT are looking for motivated staff who shares our Trust values of Care, Learn and Empower. In return, EPUT can offer you a range of benefits and development including
  • Season Ticket Loans
  • NHS discounts for staff
  • Excellent Training facilities and opportunities
  • Buying and Selling annual leave scheme
  • The opportunity to work bank shifts and expand knowledge and experience in other areas
  • Salary Sacrifice schemes including lease cars and Cycle to Work
  • Day One Flexible Employer

Join our Staff bank

What is Staff Bank?

Our EPUT NHS staff bank is an entity managed by the trust that hires clinical and non-clinical healthcare professionals to take on shifts at our trust hospitals and community settings. Here at EPUT we maintain our own bank of specialist staff to ensure that we are able offer safe and effective care at all times.

All our permanent staff are automatically enrolled onto the staff bank however this does not mean you have to work any additional shifts, but the option is there for you if you wish.

If you are joining our Trust in a fixed term role, please indicate on your New Starter Paperwork that you wish to join our staff bank.

Job description

Job responsibilities


Delivering a compassionate, dignified and respectful service to patients at all times.

Ensuring that the values outlined in the NHS Constitution are adhered to daily and any matters of concern are raised with the relevant Line Manager or through the necessary processes within the Trust.

The responsibilities and duties of the post can be divided into the following three areas:
  • Clinical
    • To be responsible for the planning and delivery of occupational therapy within a defined area of our Intermediate Care Service, prioritising clinical needs to provide an effective service.
    • To work with a caseload of patients with varying difficulties including complex health and social care needs.
    • To independently carry out rehabilitation programmes aimed at improving or maintaining independence.
    • To monitor, evaluate and modify interventions in order to measure progress and ensure effectiveness.
    • To assess and order equipment as identified by patient need.
    • To ensure all equipment provision is fit for purpose and patient/team members are aware of the instructions for safe use.
    • To apply a high level of understanding of the effect of disability and provide advice to users/carers as appropriate.
    • To arrange/attend case conferences as appropriate to patient need.
    • To respond effectively to changing needs of the patient caseload, managing the sometimes conflicting prioritises of prevention of admission and discharge.
    • To make appropriate onward referrals to ensure identified patient needs continue to be met after discharge from Intermediate Care Services.
  • Managerial
    • To liaise with the other therapists in Intermediate Care to ensure effective service provision.
    • To ensure effective organisation of own caseload on a day-to-day basis.
    • To allocate work to junior therapists, therapy assistant or care staff as necessary.
    • To attend weekly multidisciplinary team meetings to ensure effective team communication and treatment of patients.
    • To assist in the prioritisation and acceptance of referrals to the team in a timely way.
    • Ensure the economic and efficient use of all resources.
    • To develop and maintain effective professional communication structures within the team.
    • Ensure all junior staff are managed in accordance with good personnel practice with particular attention to induction, appraisal and supervision.
    • To establish communication networks with other team members, patients, carers and other health, and social care agencies.
    • To undertake joint visits with other professional outside of intermediate care services as required.
    • To support /lead the discharge planning process for patients on the case-load.
    • To ensure written and electronic records and activity data are maintained, in accordance with Professional and Organisational Standards.
    • To work effectively as a member of the multidisciplinary team to support the planning and achievement of local service objectives.
    • To support the management team and contribute to the delivery of the Trusts Development plan for Intermediate care
    • To be involved in the identification of service developments needs and supporting the Service Manager in changes these into service provision as necessary.
  • Professional Leadership / Advice
    • To apply specialist skills and knowledge in order to establish professional competence and fitness to practice as a Band 6 Occupational therapist
    • Provide advice and support staff on clinical rehabilitation issues.
    • To demonstrate ongoing personal development through participation in internal and external development opportunities, recording learning outcomes in a portfolio.
    • Advice, guide and support staff on clinical rehabilitation issues.
    • To adhere to the COT Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct.
    • To facilitate compliance of other therapy staff with local and national Standards of Practice.
    • To exercise good practice with time management, punctuality and reliable attendance.
    • Demonstrate ability to review and reflect on own practice and performance through effective use of professional and operational supervision and appraisal in line with local guidelines.
    • To be involved in the supervision framework for therapy assistant staff and contribute to the organisation of the appraisal process.
    • To demonstrate and pass on specialist skills to other team members appropriate to their grade.
    • To identify training needs of junior staff and participate in the development and delivery of the Directorate training plans.
    • To contribute to the induction and training of students and other staff.
    • To demonstrate ongoing personal development through participation in internal and external development opportunities, recording learning outcomes in a portfolio.
    • To contribute to the development of clinical governance and quality agenda for the service, and lead on implementation as appropriate.
    • To apply and advise when appropriate on guidelines/legislation relating to occupational therapy provision within Intermediate Care.
    • To be responsible for standards of service delivery using the organisations standards and guidelines.
    • To support research activity within the team as required.
    • To engage actively in practice development, audit and research activities relevant to occupational therapy and/or the service area, to promote evidence based practice.

    Person Specification



    • HCPC registration
    • Current OT qualification


    • Placement educators qualification
    • Further relevant course to clinical area



    • Varied NHS experience as qualified OT Experience of working in a range of NHS settings
    • Experience of working in a range of clinical areas e.g. orthopaedics, neuro, medical
    • Excellent verbal, written communication skills and interpersonal skills
    • IT literate, with use of a range of packages including Word, Excel and PowerPoint
    • Good oral Communication skills based on fluency in English language


    • Experience working in a community setting as a Occupational therapist
    • Experience of using systm1
    • Experience of supervising staff and students
    • Experience of working in a multidisciplinary team

    Skills and knowledge


    • Knowledge of various medical conditions
    • Ability to demonstrate efficient and effective time management organisation, planning and problem solving skills
    • Enthusiastic and able to work without direction
    • Holds valid UK driving licence
    • Access to car to use for work purposes


    • Ability to demonstrate good problem solving skills

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


    Intermediate Care, Old Pharmacy, Rochford Hospital

    Union Lane


    SS4 1RB

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