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Therapist/Allied Health Professional

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 Per Annum/Pro-rata
Closing date
18 Jul 2024

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Mental health
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Therapist/Allied Health Professional

An exciting opportunity has arisen within the Admission Prevention Team based at the Royal Sussex County Hospital for an experienced therapist/Allied Health professional. The aim of the team is to triage and assess patients that come into the emergency department by ambulance, with a view to preventing admission to hospital.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will work within the A& E department based at the Royal Sussex County Hospital. The post holder will act as an ambassador for Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust and play a key role in supporting at the front door of A& E in preventing hospital admissions.

Utilising their knowledge of the community services and clinical skills the post holder will work closely with the A& E staff to ensure seamless, safe and effective discharge plans are in place for the person to return back to their usual place of residence as soon as possible, preventing admission to hospital.

The post holder will play a key role in using data from incidents, feedback and observation to identify potential improvements or changes within the service which will support effective safe discharge.

To treat all patients with respect and courtesy, maintaining dignity and respecting individual needs and differences, both physical and cultural.

About us

We are the main provider of NHS community services across East and West Sussex. Our 6,000 staff serve a population of 1.3 million providing essential medical, nursing, and therapeutic care to adults and children.

Our Trust vision is to provide excellent care at the heart of the community, helping people plan, manage, adapt to changes in their health, supporting avoidable hospital admissions and reducing hospital stay times.

We have opportunities for everyone across our wide variety of services including medical, clinical, support and corporate services.

Why work for us?
  • Positive 2023 NHS Staff Survey results, scoring highly in compassionate culture & leadership, and staff wellbeing support
  • Variety of working environments across the community, in patients' homes, within our community hospitals and bases across the county
  • Supportive flexible working patterns such as: part time, flexi time, annualised hours, and flexi retirement options
  • Excellent training and development opportunities
  • Research opportunities
  • Cost-effective workplace nurseries in Crawley, Hove and Brighton
  • Thriving BAME, Disability and Wellbeing, LGBT+ and Religion and Belief staff networks
  • Level 3 accredited Disability Confident Leader, committed to creating inclusive workplaces
  • Veteran Aware Trust, achieving accreditation from Veterans Covenant Healthcare Alliance (VCHA)
  • Located in stunning Sussex, with easy access to the South Downs and the coast
  • Access to a wide range of benefits and discounts for NHS staff

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will have excellent clinical decision-making skills that will support the A& E staff in the management of discharging patients into the community and community beds.

The post holder will support with the induction of new staff.

The post holder will attend MDT meetings, and support A& E staff with complex discharge functions as required.

To provide training and education to A& E staff around what support community services can provide and support in discharge management & processes.

To ensure records and data are maintained in a timely manner and in line with information governance and data sets required for the service.

To offer advice and support and education on healthcare to both patients and carers. To use clinical expertise to be able to support A& E staff in the patient pathway to facilitate rapid discharge and prevent hospital admission.

Person Specification



  • 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


Royal Sussex County Hospital



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