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Occupational Therapist Community Pathway

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year p.a (pro rata if Part Time)
Closing date
1 Oct 2022

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Occupational Therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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Home First are excited to be able to advertise a Band 6 Occupational Therapy post. Working to support the Occupational Therapy needs of patients and staff on our Community pathway.

Home 1st is a multi-disciplinary integrated service encompassing health and social care the focus of which is to work collaboratively with other local providers for the purpose of admission avoidance and supported discharge pathways for the residents of Milton Keynes.

Providing Occupational Therapy assessment to enable access to inpatient and community rehabilitation services to adults in Milton Keynes, and to community admission avoidance beds as well as supporting the prevention of admission to acute services.

Providing a varied learning experience and the ability to develop your career within a community setting. Working in co-operation with the wider multi-disciplinary team and offering comprehensive assessment, advice, treatment and discharge planning in order to maintain patient flow. Opportunities to work across the acute and community settings and experience a wide variety of clinical conditions are always available.

Main duties of the job

  • To provide Occupational Therapy assessments and deliver person centred rehabilitation and individualised goals.
  • To undertake all aspects of clinical duties as an autonomous practitioner.
  • Working in rotations within the Community, assisting in admission avoidance assessments, the Getting People Home pathway to facilitate early supported discharge from the acute hospital and Inpatient rehabilitation pathways.
  • To communicate effectively and work collaboratively with all members of the multidisciplinary team and other services within Home 1st, as well as outside agencies.
  • Ability to work in capacity as a Trusted Assessor.
  • Participate in development of integrated pathways.

About us

Here at Home First, we pride ourselves in the ongoing development of staff, we have successful applicants on ACP and Apprenticeship courses for both Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy and have regular students on placement with support from our Practice educators.

You will receive a comprehensive induction, followed by a tailored development plan, which includes self-directed learning, completion of competencies, training opportunities and collaborative working within Home1st and its partners.

We also offer coaching and opportunities for daily debriefs, access to remote working, regular 1:1 formal and informal supervision, peer group CPD sessions and in-service training, QI project work and volunteering for champion roles.

Home1st is based in Bletchley and the modern office is a central hub for multi-disciplinary working. You will be provided with ICT laptop, mobile phone, uniform and have mileage expenses paid for.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • To be professional and legally accountable for all aspects of your work including the management of patients in your care.
  • To use specialist professional and clinical knowledge across a range of procedures based on a sound knowledge of evidence based practice and treatment options, using clinical assessment, reasoning skills and knowledge of treatment skills.
  • To undertake assessment of patients, using clinical reasoning skills and manual assessment techniques in order to diagnose clinical need.
  • To assess patient understanding of treatment proposals, gain valid informed consent and have the capacity to work within a legal framework with patients who lack capacity to consent to treatment.
  • Ensure the participation of patients families and carers in decision making and planning mutually agreed objectives.
  • Use a range of verbal or non-verbal communication tools to communicate effectively with patients, relatives carers and other health and social care professionals to progress rehabilitation and treatment This will include patients who may have difficulties in understanding or communicating.
  • To manage clinical risk within the Home 1st therapy caseload.
  • To be responsible for the safe and competent use of all appropriate equipment.
  • Work collaboratively with the MDT with discharge planning.
  • Ensure accurate electronic records are maintained timely and effectively.

  • To comply and uphold standards of the HCPC and the Royal College of Occupational Therapists
  • To be responsible for maintaining own competency to practice through CPD activities and to maintain a portfolio which reflects personal
  • To be responsible for attending and participating in formal supervision, including clinical supervision, in accordance with Trust policies and procedures and the standards of the
  • To participate in the staff appraisal scheme as an appraisee and be responsible for complying with your agreed personal development programmes to meet knowledge and competency requirements.
  • To undertake the measurement and evaluation of your work and current practices through the use of evidence based practice projects, audit and outcome measures in conjunction with the Home 1st Lead Occupational Therapist.
  • To be an active member of the in-service training programme by attendance at, and participation in, in-service training
    programmes, tutorials and individual training sessions.
  • To supervise designated team members and complete appraisals, maintaining accurate documentation.
  • To be responsible for planning own caseload, prioritising workload as situations
  • Acquire an understanding of CNWL-MK clinical and HR policy and


In order to fulfil the job responsibilities and the environment in which these responsibilities are carriedout, the job holder is required to:
  • Exercise good personal time management, punctuality and consistent reliable
  • Take responsibility for personal development through CPD activities and to maintain a portfolio which reflects personal
  • Carry out assessments and manual treatments of patients with moderate physical effort on a daily, prolonged
  • Comply with the Trust Manual Handling Policy and local therapeutic handling guidance at all
  • Be responsible for the health, safety and welfare of patients, staff and visitors, ensuring that work practices conform to the Health & Safety at Work Act. To report without delay, accidents and incidents, both verbally and in writing as per department and Trust
  • Attend mandatory training in accordance with Trust policy and any other relevant training that is required in order to satisfactorily undertake the duties and responsibilities of the job.
  • Respect the individuality, values, cultural and religious diversity of patient and contribute to the provision of a service sensitive to these Ensure that all actions promote equality and diversity in accordance with CNWL policy and the law.
  • Adhere to CNWL clinical governance policies when providing or receiving complex, sensitive and distressing
  • Demonstrate effective use of infection, prevention control procedures due to frequent exposure to unpleasant working conditions on a regular basis g. bodily fluids including sputum, faeces, vomit, urine, blood and contagious conditions with occasional exposure to unsanitary home environments


In order to fulfill the job responsibilities and the environment in which these responsibilities are carried out the job holder is required to:

Maintain the highest standards of care and service, taking responsibility not only for the care you personally provide, but also for your wider contribution to the aims of your team and the NHS as a whole.

Be aware of and follow at all times the relevant National and Local code of practice in relation to their role and function. If you are in a post that requires registration with a professional body you are required to maintain that registration with the appropriate professional body.

Protect the confidentiality of personal information that you hold unless to do so would put any one at risk of significant harm. Keep accurate and professional records and information about staff, patients and clinical care, using the document based and computer based systems in operation in the Trust. Work in accordance with local policies and procedures and the statutory frameworks which govern confidentiality and data protection, information sharing and disclosure.

Take reasonable care of Health and Safety at work for you, your team and others; ensure compliance with health and safety standards and legislation; attend all relevant Health and Safety mandatory training.

Take responsibility for attending and participating in all mandatory and essential training to ensure the safe and efficient functioning of the trust and/or safety and wellbeing of other staff and the patients you provide services for.

Participate in the appraisal process on a minimum of an annual basis in accordance with the Personal Development Review Policy to explore and identify development needs to ensure that you are able to fulfill your job role and meet all objectives set through the process.

Be familiar with and comply with, trust policies for infection control and hand hygiene in order to reduce the spread of healthcare-associated This will include a requirement to attend mandatory training in Infection Control and be compliant with all measures known to be effective in reducing healthcare-associated infections, including correct uniform and dress code policy, the use of personal protective equipment policy, safe procedures for using aseptic techniques, and safe disposal of sharps.

Safeguard and promote the welfare of children and vulnerable adults by being aware of and working in accordance with statutory guidance and local policies and procedures and attending training to a level required to ensure that you are competent to fulfill your responsibilities.

Not discriminate against patients or staff and to adhere to equal opportunities and human rights legislation; acting in ways that support equality, value diversity and respect human rights

Abide by locally agreed policies and procedures and ensure you familiarise themselves with such policies which can be found on the trust intranet our preferred method of Staff who cannot access the intranet should contact their line manager.

Participates in Clinical Supervision.

Person Specification Qualifications & Experience Essential
  • HCPC Registration
  • Degree in Occupational Therapy
  • Evidence of Continuing CPD
  • Post qualifying experience in relevant clinical setting
  • Experience of Community/Rehabilitation/Acute/Stroke/A&E
  • Effective written communication skills
  • Confidence in basic IT skills

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