Occupational Therapist

Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust

The closing date is 24 January 2022

Job summary

The West Norfolk Home First Hub Service based at St James Clinic, Kings Lynn PE30 5NU has an exciting opportunity to recruit a Band 6 Occupational Therapist.

The role will be to serve the Integrated Enhanced Support Service working alongside the West Home First HUB that aims to support optimal discharge from hospital but also avoid admission by providing multi-disciplinary intervention at home with our highly skilled multi-disciplinary team.

If you are an experienced practitioner who is able to support patients and their families in challenging situations, then this role is for you.

You will need to be able to demonstrate effective communication skills, problem solving skills and be resilient and able to cope in changing and challenging situations. Previous experience in discharge planning and development of robust rehab programmes in a rehabilitation setting would be desired. The expectation of the post-holder would be to carry out occupational therapy assessments for patients in the in rehabilitation setting, and if required there may be a need to provide support to the Virtual Ward team with assessing patients in their own homes,. Visits in the community may be planned or unplanned depending on the need.

Clinical supervision will be provided by a band 7 Clinical Lead Physiotherapist. We offer the opportunity to work in an experienced and supportive team with opportunities for ongoing professional development.

Main duties of the job

To assess and prescribe treatment packages for patients with long term conditions, thefrail & elderly, palliative care and rehabilitation needs for example, to achieve quality oflife and independence where possible. Able to triage, review timely responses to referrals on a needs-based basis utilising theskills and expertise of others in the team. To work within the integrated team to prevent unnecessary admission to hospital via anunplanned care triage hub Community Response Team To work within the integrated team to facilitate early discharge from hospital To work within the integrated team to prevent unnecessary admission to hospital To provide in-reach to inpatient units and step up beds where required To work with all health care professionals, and statutory/non statutory agencies toprovide a seamless, integrated service to our service users.

About us

The service works across 7 days a week, on a shift basis between the hours of 08:00-20:00

The Therapy Team delivers quality evidence based care to patients in the Intermediate care Rehabilitation beds and the patients own homes. The Team includes Nurses, Physiotherapist, Social Workers, Assistant Practitioners and Healthcare Assistants

Apply now to join an organisation that has been awarded an Outstanding rating by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the highest possible rating and the first stand-alone NHS community trust in the country to be awarded the title.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Formulate and execute individualised occupational therapy treatment plans of patientsincluding those with complex presentation, in collaboration with the integrated team,other agencies and the patient, utilising a wide range of treatment skills. Provide assessment of functional ability and safety of patients in the community, toidentify care, equipment, adaptation and therapy needs. Assess & plan treatment including teaching patients to utilise techniques & equipment tomaximise their functional ability. Be aware of Assistive Technology and make referrals for this as required. Assess patients holistic needs, communicating complex and sensitive information topatients and carers as to their assessment, diagnosis, prognosis and treatment plan. Communicate effectively with patients and carers to maximise rehabilitation andtreatment potential, and to aid motivation and understanding throughout the treatmentprocess. Where there are barriers to understanding, such as hearing impairment, mental capacityimpairment and other difficulties in comprehension, explanations require adjustments inorder to gain understanding, consent and concordance. Be required to use tact and persuasive skills in order to gain the patients co-operation intheir treatment plan. Liaise with GPs, Social Services, inpatient teams, other allied health care professionalsand the voluntary sector to ensure identified needs are met and care co-ordinatedappropriately Participate in multi-disciplinary/multi-agency meetings as appropriate, e.g. Gold StandardFramework. Be responsible for ensuring workload for self and others is planned and prioritisedaccording to service targets and needs. Ensure patient held records are completed for each visit, and that Systmone inputting iscompleted daily. Plan and organise specialist services within the integrated team. Demonstrate dexterity and co-ordination when using specialist equipment and fine tools,manual and mobilising skills. Order equipment and supplies via electronic ordering systems for use within the team. Be aware of budget and ensure all effort is made to work within this. Ensure informed consent is obtained prior to initiating interventions. Will be exposed to bodily fluids, infected material, blood products on a daily basis,therefore must utilise universal precautions and adhere to infection control policies.

Person Specification



  • Diploma or 1st level Degree in Occupational Therapy
  • Current HPC Registration
  • Clinical Educators Qualification



  • Evidence of Continuing professional development
  • Manoeuvre patients using handling aids
  • Able to provide a high standard of care
  • NHS Experience
  • Acute Trust Experience
  • Good Observational Skills


  • Experience of working as part of MDT team
  • Organisation, concentration, attention to detail



  • Evidence of working at Band 5 level
  • Good Communication Skills
  • Ability to manage stressful situations
  • Knowledge of local services in West Norfolk
  • Physiotherapy & Occupational Therapy knowledge


  • Evidence of previous community - based role

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.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current 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 (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, 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 (Opens in a new tab).

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

Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust


St James Clinic

Extons Road

Kings Lynn

PE30 5NU

Employer's website

https://www.norfolkcommunityhealthandcare.nhs.uk (Opens in a new tab)

For help with your application, contact:

Jinty Harris



Date posted

21 December 2021

Pay scheme

Agenda for change


Band 6


£32,306 to £39,027 a year pro rata pa



Working pattern


Reference number


Job locations

St James Clinic

Extons Road

Kings Lynn

PE30 5NU

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