CIS Home First Occupational Therapist or Physiotherapist

West London NHS Trust

The closing date is 23 September 2021

Job summary

The post holder will hold a relevant degree in occupational therapy or physiotherapy, be currently registered with The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and demonstrate significant experience within a formal health care setting. The post holder will support the transition of patients from hospital services to the community and provide urgent community assessments for people within the Home First pathway to optimise their safety and wellbeing at home.

The post holder will work in partnership with colleagues in the hospital sector, social services, intermediate and primary care services to ensure that appropriate patients from the hospital setting are transferred in a safe, timely and seamless manner into the community.

The post holder will be based within H&F, however may be required to support the tri-borough CIS teams as necessary.

The service is operational seven days per week between the hours of 8am and 8pm, with alternating early and late shift pattern including weekend working. Working within these hours is a requirement of the post holder.

Main duties of the job

Day to day duties of the post holder may include:

  1. Complete holistic multi-disciplinary patient assessments within a community setting.
  2. With relevant training and competency, assess and order equipment including mobility aids, transfer equipment including hoists, rails and other basic home adaptations deemed as essential for patient safety.
  3. Complete risk assessments and moving and handling assessments.
  4. Complete medications reconciliation and identify risks and/or medication errors.
  5. Carry out periods of short term rehab with prescription of appropriate exercise programmes as deemed clinically necessary.
  6. Be expected to support across the service including the rapid response team, case management, rehab and the tri-borough including the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster when deemed necessary to ensure safe service cover.
  7. Complete appropriate clinical goal setting in SMART or GAS goal format.
  8. Complete any required onwards referrals to other services such as rehabilitation, district nursing and careline with appropriate clinical details including goals and referral reasons.

About us

West London NHS Trust is one of the most diverse providers of mental health, community and social care in the UK.

Our 3,982 staff care for people in hospital and in the community, helping them to recover and go on to lead full and productive lives. We aim to be the best organisation of our kind in the country.

We provide care and treatment for more than 800,000 people living in the London boroughs of Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham and Hounslow, delivering services in the community (at home, in GP surgeries and care homes), hospital, specialist clinics and forensic (secure) units.

Wererated good overall by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Together, were committed to promoting hope and wellbeing, working with patients, service users, carers, families and partners across the communities we serve.

We are keen to ensure that our workforce reflects the community it serves, particularly in terms of ethnicity, gender, disability, LGBTQ+ and experience of mental illness.

Job description

Job responsibilities


  • To be professionally and legally accountable for all work undertaken. To work within the standards and guidelines of the team, the Trust, the CSP Code of Professional Values and Behaviour and the HCPC Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics.
  • To prioritise factors involved in the patients presenting condition through clinical reasoning based on knowledge of current professional opinion, patient prognosis and other physical, social emotional and mental health issues.
  • To set goals for treatment with patients and/or their carer and ensure that care is patient centred and agreed by the patients and/or their carer.
  • To set and maintain a high standard of clinical practice which is evidence based, using standardised assessment and outcome measures where appropriate
  • To manage a caseload of patients with a range of needs, utilising supervision and guidance as necessary from senior staff. To successfully monitor, evaluate and review physiotherapy or occupational therapy treatment and interventions within a multi-disciplinary framework and to modify as necessary taking a key worker role as indicated.
  • To use knowledge of other multi-disciplinary roles and external agencies to ensure effective referral management and achieve best patient care.
  • To have the ability, knowledge and skills required for safely moving and handling people in community environments.
  • To actively be involved in service development, with support and guidance from senior therapy staff.
  • To evaluate own practice through audit and outcome measures with support of senior therapists when required.
  • To act as professional practice educator for physiotherapy and/or occupational therapy students.
  • To comply with all mandatory training: fire, conflict resolution, CPR, manual handling, child protection and safeguarding of vulnerable adults.
  • To maintain and update a Continuing Professional Development Portfolio (CPD).

Person Specification

Personal Qualities


  • Able to communicate clearly and accurately, verbally and in writing to a wide range of people including users, colleagues, carers and managers

Knowledge & Skills


  • Evidence of maintenance of a CPD portfolio.
  • Experience of incident reporting and safeguarding


  • Ability to use SystmOne



  • Previous experience of working in the UK or a similar health economy as a Physiotherapist or Occupational Therapist
  • Experience of using ICT systems within a health care service
  • Experience of working within a multidisciplinary team
  • Experience of assessing patients with complex physical and/or social care needs


  • Experience of working as an autonomic practitioner within a community setting
  • Experience of working with older adults and frailty
  • Experience of line management and supervision
  • Experience of completing clinical and non-clinical audits
  • Experience in clinical triage

Qualifications and Training


  • Degree / Diploma Physiotherapist or Occupational Therapist
  • Registration with HCPC as a Physiotherapist or Occupational Therapist


  • Member of CSP or RCOT
  • Post registration courses and/or evidence of further relevant training (eg. student placement educator, neurology, frailty)

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Tier 2/skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.

From 6 April 2017, Tier 2/skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

West London NHS Trust


Home First CIS

Hammersmith and Fulham

W6 9XY

Employer's website

For help with your application, contact:

Justine Willson

Date posted

06 September 2021

Pay scheme

Agenda for change


Band 6


£32,306 to £39,027 a year



Working pattern


Reference number


Job locations

Home First CIS

Hammersmith and Fulham

W6 9XY

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