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CoHo Occupation Therapy Professional Lead

Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
18 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a clinical leadership role in our occupational therapy team across Gloucestershire community hospitals. This is a unique career opportunity to professionally lead the Occupational Teams within the Trusts 6 Community Hospitals. Each hospital is led by a matron working with a highly-skilled and dedicated MDT team. The community hospitals are a 7 day service and the post-holder will be expected to support the 7 day functioning of the sites, within a core hours approach. This role will support the seamless transition of care for patients from hospital to community services and help enable effective discharge pathways and positive risk culture. The post holder will have a countywide remit and will be required to travel to all community hospital sites. They will need to demonstrate: A driven and innovative leadership style. The ability to make confident decisions in clinical rehabilitation and discharge planning. Collaborative working with operational leads and colleagues and the wider patient pathway onward into community services. You will have the opportunity to develop as a clinical leader working closely with Heads of Profession and Hospital Matrons on professional issues and lead on quality, safety, education and innovation through a quality improvement approach. We are seeking a creative, bold leader who can help stretch our thinking, implement evidence to practice and deliver outstanding care.

Main duties of the job

  • To provide clinical, professional leadership and expertise for your profession within the Community Hospitals, providing profession specific advice and support and direct clinical decision making (patient and service specific) on all relevant matters to ensure the quality of services provided.
  • To work in clinical facing practice, role modelling exemplary care and assuring high standards of professional practice are maintained.
  • To work in partnership as part of the Community Hospitals Operational Team to ensure high quality clinical care is delivered operationally.
  • To work effectively across the Community Hospitals with a countywide perspective and ensure all staff adhere to their Professional Code of Conduct as a registered professional.
  • In collaboration with the Matrons and Professional Head of Service to ensure alignment of professional priorities with organisational priorities and core business.
  • To support a positive culture of development, growth and progression within the organisation. To embed values, holism and integrated working. Collaborating with the management team and other Professional Leads to ensure high quality care delivery
  • To be an expert, role model and mentor to colleagues in your profession

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



  • Extensive post registration experience in the requisite discipline
  • Experience/demonstrates understanding of working within hospital inpatients and rehabilitation
  • Breadth of clinical / professional experience which can be demonstrated in practice and support a range of patient / service user care requirements
  • Understanding of the vision, values and strategic direction of Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust and the challenges facing health and social care services in Gloucestershire and nationally
  • Comprehensive understanding of profession specific issues locally and nationally o Experience of achieving positive outcomes for service users and the wider community through multi-disciplinary and partnership working and stakeholder engagement
  • Experience of providing professional and clinical supervision to staff at a variety of levels
  • Experience of supporting staff through change and service development
  • Experience of identifying and managing risk, planning appropriate interventions to mitigate identified risk, and working with escalation processes
  • Experience of undertake policy and service development projects



  • Current registration with HCPC
  • Extended skills qualifications relevant to the discipline
  • A relevant Occupational qualification in Physiotherapy or Occupational therapy
  • Educated to first degree (level 6)
  • Have undertaken Masters, level 7, educational programmes to underpin practice and service delivery, being in possession of OR working towards a Masters level qualification OR able to demonstrate equivalent experience

Other Requirements


  • Ability to travel around the locality as requested, independently and efficiently. (If you have a full driving licence there will be an expectation to drive trust vehicles where required)

Employer details

Employer name

Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust


Cirencester Hospital

Tetbury Road



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