Occupational Therapist (Band 6)

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum, pro rata
Closing date
26 Mar 2023

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Occupational Therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
This is a really exciting opportunity for you to join a rotation that offers a wide variety of experience and settings in supportive teams with an active peer support forum.

If you're looking for a change or progression in your career as an Occupational Therapist please get in touch! Informal discussions are welcome.

Join our supportive, friendly, close-knit team and make a difference for the people of Somerset

Would you like a rotational post that allows you to gain experience in different settings to broaden and advance your skill set and OT experience?

We are looking for dynamic and inspiring Occupational Therapists to join Somerset NHSFT joint acute and community Band 6 rotation. You will have the opportunity to rotate through a variety of practice settings, developing a huge depth of experience as you progress through your career with us.

Currently the rotational scheme offers the following opportunities:
  • Acute Stroke & Neurology
  • Discharge to Assess
  • Respiratory Medicine
  • Mental Health inpatient service
  • Gastro / endocrine medicine
  • Oncology
  • Surgery
  • Care of Older People

Please give us a call for an informal chat or send us an email.

Main duties of the job

To provide a high standard of Occupational Therapy as part of the rotational scheme as detailed above.

To hold responsibility for own caseload and undertake all aspects of clinical duties as an autonomous practitioner, working without direct supervision but having access to a Senior Occupational Therapist on a daily basis and participating in the Service's formal Professional Supervision & Appraisal Programme.

You will be expected to carry out specific occupational therapy intervention which will include assessment, goal setting and treatment planning, assessing risk, promoting and enabling independent functioning. You will be committed to a person-centered approach to your work, have an ability to prioritise and work flexibly.

About us

As an organisation, the NHS offers a wide range of benefits including flexible working, pension contributions, market leading annual leave allowance, continuing professional development and regular informal conversations around career progression, annual recognition awards to celebrate and recognise our colleagues achievements throughout the year and not to mention our Blue Light Card and NHS exclusive discounts.

We work hard to make sure that inclusion is part of everything we do. We know that true inclusion means we're able to provide the best care for our patients and provide a fulfilling career for all our colleagues.

The benefits of working in Somerset include the idyllic countryside, with our areas of outstanding beauty and stunning coastlines. You will get to enjoy these perks whilst still only being a stone's throw away from bustling city centres like Bristol, Bath and Exeter and only two hours away from London - there is truly something for everyone!

There are excellent educational facilities in the area and, when compared to other regions, house prices are reasonable.

We have six active and impactful colleague networks. These networks provide a safe space for colleagues to share their experiences and learn from one another, but also influence change across our trust:
  • Multicultural Network
  • Women's Network
  • Armed Forces' Network
  • LGBTQ+ Network
  • Lived Experience Network, for colleagues living with disabilities
  • Autistic Colleague Network

Job description Job responsibilities

The post holder will need to:
  • Use a range of verbal and non-verbal communication tools to communicate effectively with patients in order to develop and progress treatment programmes.
  • To be aware of and appropriately manage sensitive and/or complicated information. To deal sensitively with service users, relatives / carers who have high levels of anxiety and aggression caused by emotional distress, pain, dementia and other presentations. This will include patients with challenging behaviour, terminal illness and degenerative disease
  • To represent the Service and/or individual patients at clinical meetings and case conferences to ensure the delivery of a coordinated multidisciplinary service and to ensure that Occupational Therapy is integrated into the overall treatment programme. This will include discussion of patient care, recommendations on best course of action and change to existing plans, patient progress and discharge planning
  • To provide written and verbal reports to members of the multidisciplinary team during treatment and at discharge from the service.

  • Person Specification HCPC registration Essential
    • previous experience in OT
    • nhs experience
    Relevant Skills and experience Essential
    • reablement / rehabilitation
    • older perople
    • inpatient setting
    • discharge planning
    CPD Essential
    • relevant CPD activity
    Developing others Desirable
    • supporting junior staff

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