Community Occupational Therapist

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year pro rata
Closing date
29 Jan 2023

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Occupational Therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
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To be responsible for a clinical caseload of complex and non-complex patients including those with palliative care needs, orthopaedic conditions, neurological conditions, COPD and other pulmonary conditions. To be able to predict disease progression and consider this in clinical reasoning some patients may also have dual diagnosis that impacts on their physical conditions, such as dementia.

Main duties of the job

To work with adults in the community, providing OT assessments, intervention /treatment and evaluated input. The focus of the service is to prevent hospital admission and support successful discharge, through assessment of the person and their social and physical environment. Then to provide therapeutic input that maintains functional ability and promotes rehabilitation, using compensatory techniques, adapting the environment and providing recommendation of support needs

About us

EPUT are looking for motivated staff who shares our Trust values of Care, Learn and Empower. In return, EPUT can offer you a range of benefits and development including;

o Season Ticket Loans

o NHS discounts for staff

o Excellent Training facilities and opportunities

o Buying and Selling annual leave scheme

o The opportunity to work bank shifts and expand knowledge and experience in other areas

o Salary Sacrifice schemes including lease cars and Cycle to Work

o Day One Flexible Employer

Join our Staff bank

What is Staff Bank?

Our EPUT NHS staff bank is an entity managed by the trust that hires clinical and non-clinical healthcare professionals to take on shifts at our trust hospitals and community settings. Here at EPUT we maintain our own bank of specialist staff to ensure that we are able offer safe and effective care at all times.

All our permanent staff are automatically enrolled onto the staff bank however this does not mean you have to work any additional shifts, but the option is there for you if you wish.

If you are joining our Trust in a fixed term role, please indicate on your New Starter Paperwork that you wish to join our staff bank.

Job description Job responsibilities

To work within a time frame to ensure that referrals are dealt with promptly, through triage to prioritize cases based on clinical need.

To visit patients and their carers/family in the community to be able to

Carry out assessments using non-standardized and standardized tools and use the information gathered to plan intervention,

Provide specialist intervention that includes teaching adaptive techniques ordering standardized and specialist equipment (incl. Telecare solutions), arranging adaptations, recommendation regarding support needs

Evaluate the effectiveness of this input and take appropriate action

To use clinical reasoning and evidence based practice to underpin the above

To be aware of additional needs that a patient may have in regards to safeguarding e.g. hoarding/ unkempt environments etc. and be able to follow up as required.

To provide advice and information to patients to support them in managing their condition e.g. presenting to Pulmonary Rehab group, MS Group etc

To provide advice, education and support to family and paid carers, in relation to supporting the patient in a safe and enabling way

To take an active role in own clinical supervision and appraisal and be responsible for own CDP.

To be aware of current legislation, guidance and good practice relating to this clinical area.

To provide supervision to junior and unqualified members of the OT team; allocating and overseeing their clinical work/cases. Providing training and guidance to them as required

To take a role in fieldwork education of OT and other health students on placement.

To take an active role in service review and development of the Occupational therapy service in Uttlesford and across West Essex. This includes undertaking surveys/audit related to own clinical area as directed

To maintain accurate and concise clinical records- using a SOAP note keeping structure. To be able to produce a number of short reports and clinical letters as required


To communicate with Patients, their families and paid carers, using clinical judgement to deliver information that is in line with their level of understanding. This can include providing complex and sensitive information, persuasion and managing expectations.

On occasion, there is a need to provide communication that is of an emotional and/or distressing nature and to deal with difficult patients and families

To liaise with AHP and nursing colleagues in the integrated team sharing clinical information.

To liaise with other agencies including health, social care and other agencies to ensure effective outcomes for patients and their families

Person Specification Education/Qualifications Essential
  • BSc OT/ Dip OT
  • HCPC Registration
  • Post registration training
Knowledge Essential
  • To have full understanding of the OT process and how to implement it
  • To have knowledge of a range of physical and medical conditions and their prognosis
Skills/Experience Desirable
  • Community Experience
Additional Requirements Essential
  • Car driver

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