Occupational Therapist

Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust

The closing date is 07 February 2022

Job summary

Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust are looking for a Registered Occupational Therapist to join the Community Access Team. This team support the admission avoidance pathways in A&E, Older Persons Emergency Department, Clinical Decisions Unit as well as supporting discharge pathways from the NNUH with the D2A1 and D2A2 pathways.

This is an exciting opportunity to join a well establish and successful team of health professionals. This team support the admission avoidance pathways in A&E, Older Persons Emergency Department, Clinical Decisions Unit as well as supporting discharge pathways from the NNUH with the D2A1 and D2A2 pathways.

The service runs seven days a week, 8am to 8pm, and consists of Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Nurses and Therapy Assistants.At the" front door" the team operates against strict A+E waiting targets and the successful candidate must have excellent written and verbal communication, as well as strong clinical reasoning skills. The ability to complete quick and decisive assessments is essential.

We are a small team, who are supportive of one another and there are opportunities for Continuing Professional Development, in the form of study days. We see and assess patients with a wide variety of conditions, including: long term disabilities and Neurological conditions

Main duties of the job

You will be assessing patients within the emergency department, assessing for reablement and admission avoidance care packages, issuing appropriate equipment, delegating tasks to support staff as appropriate and completing referrals for community services.

About us

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

  • Undertake comprehensive therapy assessments of patients including those with a complex presentation, using investigative, analytical and clinical reasoning skills, and formulate a graded treatment plan. Formulate and execute individualised therapy treatment plans of patients including 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 to identify care, equipment, adaptation and therapy needs. Assess & plan treatment including teaching patients to utilise techniques & equipment to maximise their functional ability. Be aware of Assistive Technology and make referrals for this as required. Assess patients holistic needs, communicating complex and sensitive information to patients and carers as to their assessment, diagnosis, prognosis and treatment plan. Communicate effectively with patients and carers to maximise rehabilitation and treatment potential, and to aid motivation and understanding throughout the treatment process. Where there are barriers to understanding, such as hearing impairment, mental capacity impairment and other difficulties in comprehension, explanations require adjustments in order to gain understanding, consent and concordance. Be required to use tact and persuasive skills in order to gain the patients co-operation in their treatment plan. Liaise with GPs, Social Services, inpatient teams, other allied health care professionals and the voluntary sector to ensure identified needs are met and care co-ordinated appropriately Participate in multi-disciplinary/multi-agency meetings as appropriate, e.g. Gold Standard Framework and red to green meetings. Be responsible for ensuring workload for self and others is planned and prioritised according to service targets and needs. Ensure patient held records are completed and that electronic record inputting is completed on a daily basis. 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

Qualifications and Experience


  • Graduate Diploma or 1st Level degree in Occupational Therapy or Physiotherapy, or equivalent oCurrent HCPC registration
  • Current HCPC registration
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Evidence of working at relevant level
  • Experience of working in a community setting within a community Trust
  • Knowledge of additional specialist areas through in-house training and short courses
  • Able to communicate effectively using the English Language in both written and verbal forms
  • Highly motivated
  • Able to provide high standards of care
  • Tact and diplomacy
  • Empathy and sensitivity
  • Ability to use own initiative
  • Good observational and reporting skills
  • Ability to concentrate when undertaking patient care and inputting data/patient records
  • Ability to manage stressful situations
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • A team player
  • Ability to work flexibly to accommodate patient/service needs
  • Able to make own travel arrangements to patients' homes, clinics, base and meetings etc, as required
  • Be able to kneel, bend and stoop, and work in cramped environments
  • Be able to manoeuvre limbs of around 5-6 kg
  • Have basic IT/standard keyboard skills


  • Clinical educators qualification
  • Awareness of Assistive Technology
  • Existing SystmOne user
  • Experience of manual handling with devices
  • Experience working in acute and community settings
  • Awareness of community services



  • Evidence of working in a community setting within a community Trust


  • Experience working in acute and community settings

Knowledge and skills


  • Good observational and reporting skills


  • Existing SystmOne user

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



Colney lane



Employer's website

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

For help with your application, contact:

Sarah Cavell



Date posted

07 January 2022

Pay scheme

Agenda for change


Band 6


£32,306 to £39,027 a year pa



Working pattern


Reference number


Job locations


Colney lane



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