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Specialist Occupational Therapist

Central London Community Health Trust
Hemel Hempstead
£37,162 to £44,629 per annum, inclusive of HCAS
Closing date
23 Jul 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
CLCH Hertfordshire Adult Community Services -CLCH NHS Trust provides a range of Community Services, and the Hertfordshire Division is recruiting!

We are seeking an enthusiastic occupational therapist to join our Unplanned Care team delivering care to patients closer to home and preventing unnecessary hospital admission in west Hertfordshire.

The Unplanned Care team comprises five pathways delivered over 7-day working: Discharge to Assess Pathway 1 (DTA) Discharge to Assess Pathway 2, Rapid Response (RR), Frailty Hospital@Home and Early intervention Vehicle (EIV). This role will primarily work under the Discharge to Assess and Rapid Response pathways, but may require the candidate to work across the other pathways when required. All pathways deliver nursing and therapy care in a patient's usual home environment.

RR focuses on preventing avoidable hospital admissions for patients with acute ill-health conditions by providing holistic assessment within 2 hours of referral and treatments over a 5 day pathway.

Main duties of the job

DTA supports the discharge of patients from acute and community hospitals to assess and manage rehabilitation/therapy needs to facilitate a safe discharge from hospital when the patient is medically well enough to go home. The pathway is delivered in conjunction with Adult Social Care to support the patient's reablement.

The EIV service responds to referrals for patients identified as requiring support for low complexity health and functional needs that would otherwise put them at risk of hospital admission through loss of independence and/or falls.

The Unplanned Care team works in an integrated way with the other community providers in west Hertfordshire to ensure holistic support is provided.

The Unplanned care team delivers these pathways across all 4 Herts Valleys localities (Watford and Three Rivers, Dacorum, Hertsmere, St. Albans and Harpenden) and also provides a clinical in-reach function at the acute hospitals to prevent admissions and support timely discharges.

About us

Just as we care about our patients' wellbeing, we care about yours!

We can offer you:
  • A comprehensive induction into the community service followed by a local induction to introduce you to the role
  • Car lease scheme *T& C's apply
  • Flexible working options
  • Annual travel card loan
  • Training, support and development in your career

To have a full look at our benefits and what it's like working for us please go here:

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to job description, personal specification and trust values, for outline of skills, knowledge and experience required.

Person Specification



  • Current AHP with UK HCPC registration
  • Diploma/degree in Occupational Therapy


  • Post graduate degree in relevant area



  • Post registration as an occupational therapist working with older adults, falls prevention
  • Supervising staff/students
  • Working in a multi-disciplinary team
  • In-service teaching


  • Experience working in a wide range of specialist services eg. falls services, wheelchair services, neurology, and orthopedics
  • Leading appraisals
  • Experience working in the community setting
  • Experience of implementing evidence-based care and developing others to do so.

Skills & Knowledge


  • Good communication and report writing skills
  • Ability to manage own workload and plan the workload of others, to work autonomously
  • Ability to make decisions and prioritise actions.
  • Working knowledge of clinical governance and evidence based practice.
  • Able to develop and maintain team working
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Evidence of comprehensive range of clinical skills and expertise relevant to the role, applying core occupational therapy skills across a range of clinical conditions within a client centered, goal setting approach
  • Able to deal with conflict and manage appropriately.
  • Able to identify own and other's learning and development needs and actively seek ways to meeting those needs
  • Basic IT skills including use of Microsoft Office package and email.
  • Clinical knowledge across a range of long term and enduring conditions.
  • Aware of current issues and recent developments in Occupational Therapy/ Care/NHS.
  • Detailed knowledge of Primary Health Care and collaborative working with other care providers, e.g. social care and voluntary services


  • Knowledge of the audit process
  • Knowledge of clinical governance processes, assessing and managing risk.
  • Knowledge of adult protection and safeguarding issues.
  • Knowledge of National Service Frameworks and NICE guidance on areas relevant to the post.
  • Able to lead and motivate a team

Key Attributes


  • Evidence of commitment to continuing professional development maintained in portfolio.
  • Evidence of involvement in service delivery improvement.
  • Hold a full, valid, UK driving licence and have access to a car to use for business purposes (unless you have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010)

Employer details

Employer name

Central London Community Health Trust


Hemel One (HQ)

Hemel Hempstead


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