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CAT Clinical Practitioner (Therapist)

Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
1 Aug 2024

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
This is a great time to join the Community Assessment Team and there are various roles available to suit a range of professionals.

Our mission statement 'We are working collaboratively to help get you home or identify alternatives to an acute admission for the best possible outcome'.

The Community Assessment Team (CAT) is based at the Emergency Departments across Gloucester Royal Hospital and Cheltenham General Hospital. The teams purpose is to provide a rapid assessment of patients to prevent admission to the acute trust. We work between the hours of 8am-6pm with some travel to our key services who we work closely with across Gloucestershire.

The post holder will be responsible for assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating high-quality, holistic patient care, within the Emergency Department.

For new starters, there will be a 6-8 week supernumerary induction period and you will be allocated a mentor to support.

Main duties of the job

  • To assess a cohort of patients within the Emergency Department (ED) from presentation through to discharge.
  • Through training and development educate GHNHSFT and colleagues about available discharge pathways and community services.
  • Working with colleagues, to risk assesses suitability for discharge and ensure that arrangements are appropriate and timely.
  • To communicate information upon discharge to multidisciplinary teams, external agencies, patients and carers.
  • To work with community services, ie CATU, GHC Rapid Response Team (RR).
  • Lead and support the wider team on those patients who require a more in depth Occupational Therapy or Physiotherapy assessment.
  • Line management responsibility as required.

About us

We have in excess of 5000 staff working over 50 sites, providing a diverse range of services. We strive to support an organisational culture that is welcoming, builds and celebrates inclusivity and diversity and provides a sense of belonging and trust.

The annual NHS Staff Surveygives our people the opportunity to tell us about their experience working at the Trust. For the 2023 survey just over 2800 colleagues gave us their views (58.5%). It was great to see from the results that colleagues are saying that:
  • 89.7% believe they are making a positive difference to patients/service users
  • 73.3% would recommend the organisation as a place to work
  • 82.4% agree that care of patients and service users is the organisations priority
  • 76.7% would be happy with the standard of care for a friend or relative

Our results put us as 5th nationally as a Community, Mental Health and Learning Disabilities NHS Employer of Choice and 1st equal amongst all NHS Provider Trusts in the South West. However, we know we have more to do and will continue to drive forward our commitment to making GHC a Great Place to Work.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Gloucestershire Health and Care is committed to embedding and providing personalised care through all of its services as part of our high-quality care strategy. The purpose of personalised care is to empower people to lead the lives they want to live. Personalised care starts with a conversation with people about what matters to them. It builds on what people can do, as well as addressing their health needs. Including new ways of working and delivering care, emphasising that we need to make effective use of the full range of our peoples skills and experience to deliver the best possible patient care. So we want to know What Matters to You and that you will share our values and join us on this very important journey.

The qualification, training & experience requirements for the role are underlined in the Job Description/Person Specification.Please refer to the Additional Information attachment before submitting your application.

Person Specification



  • Degree in a relevant clinical field
  • Registered clinical practitioner with an appropriate professional body such as NMC or HCPC
  • Evidence of continued professional development



  • Practitioner with a solid level of experience in a relevant field
  • Experience of working in community services or the acute environment


  • Teaching and assessment qualification.
  • Experienced in multidisciplinary team and joint agency working
  • Knowledge of community discharge pathways and how to access them
  • Track record in problem solving and ability to resolve issues
  • Working knowledge and understanding of safeguarding in practice and how to work with policy and procedure

Employer details

Employer name

Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust


Gloucester Royal Hospital (Emergency Department)

Great Western Road



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