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3615 - Specialist OT (Acute in-patients including community)

Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year Pro rata
Closing date
17 Jul 2024

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Other allied health
Band 6
Part Time
An exciting opportunity to join the Discharge to Assess (D2A) team at Barnsley NHS Foundation Trust for a 12 month secondment.

The established service provides a clear pathway from the acute hospital by assessing the patients therapy and care needs in their own home. This means that the patients no longer need to wait in hospital for these specific assessments which will reduce delays in discharges, improving patient flow and allow patients to go home earlier.

The team is based at Kendray Hospital therapy hub, involves interdisciplinary working alongside health/social community care and therapy support services. The post holder would be expected to work within 08:00 18:00 service and contribute to a 7 day service. They should have leadership and team working skills, and possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills to work collaboratively with colleagues and patients.

The team fosters a supportive environment that seeks to develop therapists and provide them with the skills to work within the D2A model in the home environment.

We offer clinical supervision, staff support, professional development opportunities and a supportive and friendly working environment.

****Due to the nature of the role the successful candidate would be required to be a car driver with access to a car for work purposes****

For further information regarding this post please contact Jeanette Sanderson (OT Team Lead) on 01226 645425 or via email

Main duties of the job

You will be responsible for undertaking needs-based assessments in the community to identify equipment and care needs at home and amend as necessary. This would include initiating early goals for patients under the D2A pathway, including activities of daily living tasks, falls prevention and progression in mobility.

You will be responsible for the supervision of band 5 rotational staff, band 3 OT assistants and students. Additionally, you would be responsible to co-ordinate the team ensuring patients receive a assessment on the same day as leaving the hospital.

You will work collaboratively with community services including health, social and voluntary sectors to set up packages of care. The postholder will work autonomously within the professional guidelines and the overall framework of the services policies and procedures.

The interview date for this role will be 18th July 2024.

About us

Please note that the Trust reserves the right to close a position early.

Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is a high performing Trust achieving a Good rating in our most recent Care Quality Commission (CQC) assessment and achieving significant progress in the delivery of our strategic objectives. We are proud of the commitment of our staff to ensuring a strong and sustainable future for this organisation which is highly valued by our local communities.

There has never been a better time to join Barnsley Hospital. It is moving at pace and a we can do this attitude is evident right through the organisation, where staff are engaged for change and committed to being part of the journey to sustainability and growth.

Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is committed to promoting equality of opportunity and fair treatment to all applicants regardless of race, nationality, ethnic origin, gender, marital status, mental or physical disability, religion or belief, sexual orientation, age or offending history.

The cost of the DBS (criminal records check) for Band 6 and above roles only will be met by the successful candidate(s) through salary deduction.

Certificates of Sponsorship

For individuals who may require sponsorship under the skilled worker or health & care visa route please use the link below to check your eligibility Check if you need a UK visa - GOV.UK (, band 2 and 3 roles are no longer eligible for sponsorship.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached Job Description and Person Specification for full details of the role and responsibilities.

Person Specification



  • Diploma or Degree in Occupational Therapy
  • Current Health Professions Council registration
  • COT Accredited APPLE Clinical Fieldwork Educator qualification, or working towards
  • Documented evidence of continuing professional development (CPD portfolio), post graduate study


  • Member of British Association of Occupational Therapists
  • Hold European Computer Driving Licence, or other IT intermediate skills



  • Post qualification experience (i.e. Band 5 junior grade rotation/static band 5 post), in a relevant field
  • Broad range of clinical experience in a variety of OT settings, e.g. must include NHS acute hospital setting


  • Experience of clinical audit and research

Skills and Abilities


  • Skilled and effective communicator, both written and orally, with all disciplines, patients and carers
  • Basic computer skills including knowledge of word processing and the internet
  • Able to impart skills and knowledge to others both formally and informally
  • Proven evidence of effective self-management including time, prioritisation, clinical caseload and ability to work to deadlines
  • Ability to guide and direct staff less experienced including therapy assistants and students in clinical practice


  • Evidence of specific responsibilities
  • e.g. committee membership

Knowledge and awareness


  • Sound knowledge and application of current best practice in Occupational Therapy
  • Sound working knowledge of Medical, Orthopaedic and Surgical conditions and the impact on occupational heath and function
  • Demonstrates evidence of understanding and application of CPD requirements outlined by the HPC


  • Understanding of current OT and where AHPs fit into the NHS Plan, or an ability to develop this
  • Understanding of NHS direction
  • Working knowledge of the use of the NHS KSF for performance appraisal

Values based questions


  • In around 100 words please describe what Equality & Diversity means to you and why they are important.
  • In around 100 words please describe a situation where you have demonstrated respect for your colleagues/patients in a difficult or sensitive situation.

Employer details

Employer name

Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Pogmoor Road


South Yorkshire

S75 2EP

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