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Urgent Community Response Occupational Therapist/Physiotherapist

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
St Leonards
£35,392 to £42,618 a year p.a., pro rata for part time
Closing date
2 Jul 2024

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Physiotherapist, Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
We are excited to announce further new vacancies as our Urgent Community Response (UCR) service develops and adapts to best meet the needs of our local population and become an exciting place to work with improved career development and training opportunities

About the job

Provide a 2-hour rapid response for patients who are entering a health crisis across all of Dorset

Provide advanced levels of assessment to investigate, diagnose and treat patients in their own environment and prevent unnecessary hospital admissions.

Supporting clinical triage of patients on the 111 CAS and co-ordinating visits to UCR car

Completing urgent joint visits providing therapy expertise to the assessment, intervention, and the provision of equipment and onwards referrals to community teams

Work in collaboration with other members of the MDT

Work flexibly in response to service need across multiple sites and areas.

Directly working with 111/999 and local community teams and Primary Care Networks.

Opportunity to rotate between services

Support the development of 24-48 follow up

Main duties of the job

You will be a key member of our UCR service working in a holistic multidisciplinary team including, Paramedic Practitioners, Senior Physiotherapists/Occupational Therapists, Paramedics and Assistant Practitioners. The service provides a 2-hour response to patients who are experiencing a health crisis with the aim to support them in their own homes (including care homes) rather than being admitted to hospital.

A high level of skill and autonomous decision making is required when assessing, caring and managing the risk for unwell patients in their homes and supporting families and carers. You will work closely with multi- disciplinary colleagues and provide clinical support and guidance for staff.

The post holder will be required to liaise with their team colleagues in the other localities covered by the service to ensure cross cover can be provided according to demands on the service.

The team works to prevent avoidable hospital admissions, and refers onto local cluster hubs for on-going intervention to support the patient remaining in their own home.

Employment in this post requires an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, which the Trust will cover the cost of. Applicants who subscribe to the DBS update service are able to present a valid DBS certificate instead of requiring a new check.

About us

At Dorset HealthCare we're on a mission to empower people to make the most of their lives through our outstanding, joined-up healthcare services. We're a dynamic, forward-looking Trust, running 12 community hospitals, specialist inpatient facilities and a wide range of integrated community and mental health services for a population of almost 800,000 people.

We do things differently here - it's one of the reasons the CQC rated us 'outstanding' in 2019. It's also why 95% of patients across our services say they have a good or very good experience of our services and 89% of staff feel they can really make a difference. Whether you're looking to work with us in one of our bustling market towns, vibrant urban locations, thriving seaside spots, or among the rolling hills of Dorset, there are lots of ways you can make a difference in our communities.

Our 7,000-strong workforce is at the heart of what we do and our success is a testament to our brilliant people. We're all about building a workplace for the future, we believe in equal opportunities and we celebrate diversity. We're an inclusive workplace, where everyone is welcome, everyone can be authentic, and we are all encouraged to be the best version of ourselves.

Working with us you'll be part of a strong team, challenge yourself, build a career, and teach us what we don't know. And you'll be working towards our vision to be better every day through excellence, compassion and expertise in all we do.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For the main duties and responsibilities for this role please read the attached job description and person specification. When completing your application please ensure your supporting statement reflects the criteria set out in these documents by showing how your experience and skills apply to this post.

As part of our vision to have a skilled, diverse and caring workforce, Dorset HealthCare is working in partnership with The Princes Trust to support people getting into work, as part of this partnership, we are offering an employability service to support individuals between 16-30 years old with application writing, interview skills and other employment support. If you would like or know of anyone who would value this support please do contact

Person Specification

Car owner / driver(subject to provisions of the Equality Act, 2010)


  • Car owner / driver(subject to provisions of the Equality Act, 2010)

Educational Requirements / Qualifications


  • Registered Allied Health Professional(AHP on HCPC register)
  • BSc (Hons)/Diploma in Physiotherapyor Occupational Therapy


  • Non-medical prescribing qualification
  • Additional post-registration qualifications

Skills / experience / knowledge


  • Recent previous experience within a comparable role
  • Experience ofworking autonomously at an experiencedlevel within relevant service (eg. Rapid response/ acute/emergency community or urgent care) delivering effective patient focused care
  • Previous clinical experience in the community and/or acute setting with adults and older people
  • Knowledge of long term conditions such as Orthopaedicconditions, Heart Failure, COPD, falls, trauma and/or neurology experience


  • Experience of supervision of staff
  • Previous experience of working in the community
  • Experience of using the Single Assessment process
  • Experience of operating within a health professional duty service

Personal Qualities / Aptitudes


  • Motivated to update knowledge and skills
  • Ability to prioritise and organise workload effectively
  • Evidence of recent professional development in an up to date portfolio
  • Ability to communicate information clearly
  • Good team working skills
  • Ability to manage time and conflicting demands and to prioritise workload accordingly

Employer details

Employer name

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust


Integrated Urgent Care Hub

Ringwood Road

St Leonards

BH24 2RR

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