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Occupational Therapist

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
14 Jul 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Occupational Therapist - 37.5 hours per week

Calling all registered Occupational Therapist looking to join a forward-thinking team - you could be an essential part of one of our fast-paced Urgent Response team in Sussex!

Main duties of the job

In the Urgent Community Response Community Therapy Team, we work hard to avoid unnecessary hospital admissions, and also support patients through the critical first few days after they leave hospital.

Our Responsive Services are made up of multidisciplinary teams providing a seven day service.

We deliver:
  • A rapid response to people in the community who are experiencing acute episodes of ill-health
  • A supported discharge service to facilitate timely hospital discharges
  • Short term support for people who require assistance with activities of daily living
  • A rehabilitation service including a range of therapies

We have recently received the green light to expand our current urgent care work and are looking for a wide variety of people to join us, including Band 6 Occupational Therapists. There are full time and part time posts available, which allows the post holders to have greater flexibility in working hours.

About us

As a member of the team you will have the opportunity to:
  • Receive support from other therapy colleagues
  • Receive clinical supervision
  • Participate in the in-service learning programme
  • Attend the annual SCFT Leadership Conference
  • Develop specialist areas of practice, relevant to the team
  • Participate and assist in the implementation of the Calderdale Framework
  • Supervise and support development of other staff outside of your professional group
  • Develop leadership skills through formal and supported training
  • Develop skills beyond the usual scope of practice of your profession
  • Assist in shaping future clinical practice of the therapy team

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holders will need to have experience of working within a variety of clinical settings and especially with the community. You must be a Car driver and owner of a car, This is essential as you will be visiting patients in their own homes and the team covers a large geographic area.

The team works closely with other community teams, GPs, other health and social care professionals across different providers. We are also increasingly working collaboratively with voluntary and third sector organisations, and carer support services.

Person Specification

Qualifications and/or Professional Registration


  • Professional qualification such as a degree or equivalent in Physiotherapy or Occupational Therapy
  • Current registration with the Health and Care Professions Council as a Physiotherapist or Occupational Therapist.
  • Evidence of relevant postgraduate courses / CPD and reflective practice relevant to clinical speciality


  • Training in student education



  • Substantial relevant post-qualification experience covering a broad range
  • Experience of working within a relevant specialist area
  • Experience of interdisciplinary working
  • Experience of supervising junior staff, assistants and students
  • Experience of independently managing a clinical caseload
  • Contributions to audit and evaluation within a clinical governance framework
  • Experience of a range of caseload management and prioritisation systems

Skills and Knowledge


  • Experience within specialism underpinned by theory and specific therapeutic knowledge
  • Demonstrates competency in a range of clinical skills
  • Experience of using assessment tools relevant to client group
  • Ability to assess, plan, implement and evaluate care for individuals
  • Able to plan and prioritise own workload efficiently
  • Ability to delegate work to others
  • Demonstrates leadership in practice
  • Good numeracy and literacy skills
  • Promotes choice and independence in undertaking patient care
  • Demonstrates advanced communication and negotiation skills
  • Ability to demonstrate the application of research based practice
  • IT literacy
  • Knowledge of national policies and procedures relevant to the clinical setting
  • Knowledge of clinical governance, clinical audit and risk management
  • Supervision and appraisal of junior staff
  • Knowledge of professional code of conduct
  • Ability to demonstrate knowledge / understanding of boundaries of role
  • Demonstrate ability to reflect and learn from situations
  • Identifies difficulties as challenges and works with others to identify solutions
  • Demonstrates co-operative team working and awareness of the roles of other professionals
  • Demonstrates a commitment to learning and development with documented evidence of CPD

Other requirements


  • Ability to travel

Employer details

Employer name

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust


Bicentennial Building

Terminus Road


PO19 8EZ

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