Lead Occupational Therapist - Primary Care

Yorkshire Health Network


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Job summary

Fixed term for 18 months, in the first instance. We would also welcome conversations regarding secondment if that suited your circumstances.

Interviews will be week of the 15th November

This is a brand new team created to sit across all of the 17 practices within the YHN umbrella with the focus on the preventative and pro active element of care that currently due to pressures is managed after a crisis has arisen. The team will focus on identifying those patients on lists for all of the practices and as part of a team visit the patient, make assessments, signpost to the appropriate support service, if needed. The team will also undertake Common Geriatric Assessments and Advanced Care planning linking with practice and wider community MDT.

This is a pilot project for 18 months with a set of objectives and targets which will be assessed regularly. The roles may become permanent.

The Lead Occupational Therapist will manage and support the team of OTs and Care Co-ordinators as well as handling a reduced case load.

Main duties of the job

You will be a highly motivated qualified Occupational Therapist with a passion for providing excellent patient care, this is a fantastic opportunity to be part of a pilot programme, alongside a team of colleagues providing pro active care to support patients to have quality of life and appropriate care at the point of need. You will have experience of working in a healthcare environment, able to communicate with patients, carers and families and able to function effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary team. You will be familiar with IT tools and well versed in using Systm1 across all practices and various embedded templates and reporting tools.

As lead Occupational Therapist you will have a reduced case load but will be responsible for supporting and managing the other OTs within the team and the care coordinators You will have some experience as either a team leader or manager and be looking to take the next step and help lead and shape this exciting programme.

About us

This is an exciting developing project with all 4 of the PCNs within the Yorkshire Health Network working together to achieve the aims of the project. The role will be mobile and cover the whole geography drawing patients from our practices who range from Masham, through Ripon, central and outskirts of Harrogate, Knaresbroough, through to Pateley Bridge, Green Hammerton and Boroughbridge.

As PCNs we are jointly committed to creating and maintaining a fair and supportive working environment and culture, where contributions are fully recognised and valued by all and staff feel empowered to carry out their duties to the best of their abilities with excellent patient care being at the heart.

Job description

Job responsibilities

This is a pilot project for the Pro-Active Care Team (PACT) working across 4 Primary Care Networks who all work closely together covering the Harrogate and Rural area. The PACT model helps to achieve the targets of the new PCN enhanced service which includes Tackling neighbourhood inequalities, anticipatory care and offering a personalised care to a vulnerable group in our community.

We expect the majority of these patients to be Housebound and frail who have unmet health and social needs. The PACT team will visit these patients in the community and support to increase Quality life years.

The main aim of the team is to work with housebound and frail elderly patients to pro-actively identify care needs before the patient is in crisis, helping to prevent admissions, improve independence and ensure patients wishes are taken into consideration at all times . The team will focus on identifying those patients on lists for all of the practices within YHN and as part of a team visit the patient, make assessments, signpost to the appropriate support service, if needed.

The Lead Occupational Therapist will focus on leading and managing the team of Occupational Therapists who will assessment, pro-active care management, ensuring that patients are identified and managed within the PACT remit and supporting patients to have the best quality of care through pro-active planning. Supporting patients to

maximise independence and participation in daily life;

minimise the risk of crisis situations, such as unplanned hospital admissions; and

overcome the barriers to engaging with services such as social prescribing

Person Specification



  • BSc in Occupational Therapy under training programme approved by College of OTs
  • Registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC)


  • Non medical prescribing
  • Working towards advanced clinical practitioner status
  • Mentorship and supervisory skills training



  • Sound understanding of the NHS and it principles and values
  • Experience of managing a designated caseload using theoretical and practical experience, completing assessment, evaluating outcomes
  • Experience of line management or team leader
  • Working knowledge of IT Microsoft and Practice based systems SystmOne
  • Able to write comprehensive clinical note, care plans and assessments
  • Experience in assessment with long term conditions
  • Aware of GDPR and information governance


  • Motivational interviewing and cognitive behavourial techniques
  • Able to undertake risk assessment s
  • Experience within primary care

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.

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

Yorkshire Health Network


Windsor House

Cornwall Road


North Yorkshire


Employer's website

http://www.yorkshirehealthnetwork.co.uk/ (Opens in a new tab)

For help with your application, contact:

Liz Pugh



Date posted

12 October 2021

Pay scheme



£44,000 to £47,000 a year


Fixed term


18 months

Working pattern

Full-time, Flexible working

Reference number


Job locations

Windsor House

Cornwall Road


North Yorkshire


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