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Rapid Response Occupational Therapist

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
21 Jul 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Exciting opportunities have arisen for a proactive, dynamic and inspiring band 6 Occupational Therapist to join the Rapid Response team part of the wider intermediate care service in the West primarily covering Taunton and Bridgwater.

Rapid Response has four main work streams leading to a varied and fulfilling day including:

Urgent Community Response, supporting the 9 pillars e.g. non injury fallers/urgent equipment provision/frailty and end of life. As well as supporting the hospital at home team with more complex patients within the community, preventing hospital admission where possible, supporting A+E departments with rapid turnaround patients and assisting Discharge to assess with patients who have short term reablement needs at home.

Successful candidates will be supported by clinical leads/advanced practitioners and clinical specialists within the team.

Main duties of the job

The main aim of the RRS team is to enable patients to stay at home, recover and re-engage with the important aspects of their life and prevent admissions to acute sectors.

The post holder will be required to use enhanced skills to assess and clinically manage patients who have been identified as needing RR intervention to avoid further clinical deterioration or hospital admission. There will be a requirement for post holders to work closely with colleagues in the local neighbourhood teams.

You will be expected to carry out specific therapy assessments to prevent admission to hospital, UCR work (including the above pillars and will also incorporate supporting patients to get off the floor using appropriate lifting equipment), and to speed up discharges from local A& E departments, this will include treatment planning, assessing risk, promoting and enabling independent functioning. You will be committed to a person-centred approach to your work, have an ability to prioritise and work flexibly.

About us

As an organisation, the NHS offers a wide range of benefits including flexible working, fantastic pension contributions, market leading annual leave allowance, career progression and regular conversations, not to mention our Blue Light Card and NHS exclusive discounts.

The benefits of working in Somerset include the idyllic countryside, with our areas of outstanding beauty and stunning coastlines. You will get to enjoy these perks whilst still only being a stone's throw away from bustling city centres like Bristol, Bath and Exeter and only two hours away from London.

There are excellent educational facilities in the area and, when compared to other regions, house prices are reasonable. You will to experience the best of both in Somerset, the countryside and the cosmopolitan -- there is truly something for everyone!

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached full job description.

Maintains good communication, liaison and working arrangements with other Trust teams, Trusts and external agencies

To use communication tools (verbal and non verbal) to gain valid informed consent with patients where there will often be barriers to effective communication e.g. loss of hearing, altered perception, expressive and receptive dysphasia, pain, fear. To have the capacity to work within a legal framework with patients who lack capacity to consent to treatment e.g. those with cognitive or speech difficulties.

Person Specification



  • Diploma or degree in Occupational Therapy.
  • HCPC registrations.
  • Membership of RCOT
  • Evidence of CPD maintained in a portfolio including attendance at a recent post graduate courses
  • Car driver with relevant business insurance
  • Evidence of a wide range of community and clinical rehabilitation areas of practice including elderly patients with multiple complex pathologies/neurological and orthopaedics etc.


  • Post graduate accredited course in the care of the elderly/ECP/PACR
  • Membership of relevant RCOT interest group



  • Specialist knowledge and best practice in current rehabilitation
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Able to demonstrate clinical reasoning and decision making skills
  • Able to reflect and critically appraise own performance
  • Manual handling skills
  • Understanding of the legal responsibilities of the profession at all times
  • Able to develop a therapeutic rapport with patients/families and carers
  • Able to summarise a treatment session, written and orally
  • To have competent IT skills

Additional Criteria


  • Able to work collaboratively within an MDT
  • Committed to personal and team development
  • Ability to cope with distressing situations and imparting unwelcome news
  • Able to adapt to sudden changes in workload with fast turnaround of patients
  • Evidence of a good standard of literacy and good understanding of English
  • Good time management and organisational skills
  • Experience of community working
  • Experience of lone working
  • Willing to travel countywide to meet the needs of the service

Employer details

Employer name

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust


Bridgwater Community Hospital

Bower Lane




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