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Community Occupational Therapist - LLV

Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pro rata
Closing date
25 Jun 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Come and Join our friendly and supportive Integrated Community Care Teams in Lower Lea Valley!

We have a vacancy in our team for a qualified and experienced community occupational therapist.

You will be part of a friendly and supportive integrated team delivering a locally driven needs led service. Our service provides holistic care for a wide variety of long and short term needs in patients' own homes and residential settings.

Main duties of the job

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will:o Be an excellent communicator, with the assessment and treatment skills needed for a variety of conditions including care of the elderly, general medical conditions, orthopaedics, neurology, plus size and amputees.o Provide excellent clinical reasoning skills and give expert advice, guidance and information to patients, health and social care professionals, carers and relatives and other non-professionals, to facilitate safe and timely discharges.o The post holder will deputise for the Lead Therapist when needed, and will provide supervision for junior staff, therapy support workers and students.o Work in partnership with Hertfordshire equipment serviceso Will have access to regular restorative and safeguarding supervision sessions to support your practiceo Will have experience in using electronic records and be able to be a mobile workero Have a full valid driving licence and access to a car to use regularly for business purposes is essential (unless you have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010)

About us

Working for your organisation
  • A big thank you for considering joining us at Hertfordshire Community NHS Trusto You'll find it a great place to work with many benefits offered to you as a member of our staffo We put our patients, their families and carers at the centre of our vision - Outstanding Services and Healthier Communities o Our staff are proud to be Innovative, Caring and Agile in their work to help achieve the Trust visiono We welcome diversity in our workforce and are interested in applicants from all backgrounds o We don't want you to miss out so we'd like you to know that if we have a high level of interest in this role, the vacancy may close prior to the advertised closing date, so please make your application as soon as possible - Apply nowo You've made a great decision to apply to join to HCT - we're looking forward to taking the next steps of the journey with you.
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Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To deliver a complex package of high quality healthcare including assessment, diagnosis, treatment and advice to patients with various needs orthopaedic, care of the elderly, neurology and post covid recovery.
  • To provide expert advice, guidance and information to health and social care professionals, carers, and relatives
  • To deputise for the Lead Therapist as necessary
  • To carry out accompanied home visits and unaccompanied access visits to assess the patients functioning in their own environment, and communicate with relatives and carers regarding further care and/or treatment at home
  • To participate in departmental audit and research as required
  • To formulate soundly reasoned prognoses and recommend best course of intervention, developing patient centered goals to address occupational performance and skill deficits, enabling patients in the areas of self-maintenance, productivity and leisure
  • To be actively involved in patient discharge planning
  • To undertake evidence based audit and research projects to develop and enhance clinical practice for the clinical team and yourself
  • To make recommendations to the clinical lead for changes to practice, to implement changes to practice, and to contribute to service protocols
  • To be aware of the Health and Safety aspects of your work and implement any policies which may be required to improve the safety of your work area, including the prompt recording and reporting of accidents
  • To use a range of verbal and non-verbal communication tools to communicate effectively with patients / carers and the multi-disciplinary team in order to gain an understanding of the patients problems and agree goals to deliver effective patient care. This may include education, negotiation, motivation, persuasion and empowerment and may involve imparting unwelcome/ unpleasant information that may conflict with expectations. This will include patients/carers who may or may not have barriers to communication through cognitive or physical impairment e.g. pain, anxiety, fear, confusion, visual/cognitive impairment and depression and who may be unable to accept their diagnosis
  • To ensure a good working knowledge of national and local standards and monitor quality as appropriate
  • To actively participate in the staff appraisal system and Trust Performance Development Programme and be responsible for complying with your agreed personal development programmes

Person Specification



  • Occupational Therapy Degree
  • Registration with Health Professions Council
  • Post-graduate courses

Experience and Knowledge


  • Experience on a broad rotational scheme.
  • Working as an autonomous practitioner.
  • Experience of teaching others
  • Experience of participating in investigation/management of complaints.
  • Evidence of participating in clinical audits in the workplace.

Skills and Abilities


  • Communicating within a multidiscipline team
  • Be able to communicate where there may be barriers to understanding
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Effective interpersonal skills
  • Knowledge of negotiation skills
  • Understanding of current political and policy context in Primary Health Care
  • Knowledge of clinical governance and its implications
  • Evidence of expertise in clinical skills
  • Experience of teaching others
  • Knowledge of research process
  • Strong organisational, time management skills
  • Ability to plan and deliver key objectives within strict timetables
  • To be able to prioritise own work and team's work on a day to day basis.
  • To be able to deal with situations which may lead to adjustments within teams' workload
  • Produce data for reports as required.

Other requirements


  • Eligible to live and work in the UK

Employer details

Employer name

Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust


Bishops College



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