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Occupational Therapist
Band 6
Full time: 37.5 hours per week (37.5 hours per week (over 7 days))
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Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
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West Mendip Hospital
£31,365 - £37,890 per annu, pro rata
Salary period
26/01/2021 23:59

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Therapist, Band 5/6 - Rapid Response Service

Band 6

Somerset Intermediate Care Service - Rapid Response Team - Therapist Band  6

Experienced Therapists needed to help us transform hospital admission and discharge in Somerset!

Note: this role would be suitable for experienced Band 6's or Band 5's wishing to develop further in their career. We are able to offer a full supportive developmental programme for Band 5’s which will be discussed and decided between yourself and your manager.

West Mendip Location.

Are you an experienced Therapist who has a passion for helping people stay independent? Perhaps you like doing things differently, working in an unplanned way to help people avoid unnecessary hospital admission where possible?

If so, intermediate Care is an exciting and innovative new service we'd like to welcome you to become a part of!

If successful, you‘ll join a supportive team who share a passion for admission prevention, reablement, and increasing independence, and you’ll play an active role in service development and supporting junior staff. You’ll work alongside Band 4 Senior Rehab Assistants to support the daily work of the rapid response team. As a Therapist within the team you'll also be working closely with Clinical Supervisors to proactively establish/identify patients who require early/urgent therapy intervention. 

Responsibilities include

  • Effective management of the clinical caseload ensuring care is prioritised appropriately
  • Quality of patient assessment and care planning
  • Day to day management of therapy appropriate for the clinical area
  • Assist in the leadership and development of staff in the team and to act as a positive role model for more junior members of staff and students
  • Potentially required to deputise for the line manager in their absence
  • There will be an expectation to provide training regarding enablement/rehabilitation approach and support Band 4 and band 3’s in the service to complete and support Supervision as required.

You’ll be working alongside the 4 Neighbourhoods within Somerset (West Mendip, South Petherton, Bridgwater, Dene Barton) Please note: you’ll also need to be flexible with covering all areas when there is sickness / annual leave etc. 

What is the main aim of the service?

  • Prevent unnecessary hospital admission
  • Help people stay independent by supporting their recovery in their own homes
  • Reduce the need for ongoing care and potentially reduce referral on to Discharge to assess service by using the enablement approach.
  • Prevent unnecessarily long hospital stays by providing support to enable quick turnaround of patients

Hours of work for this post are between 8am - 8pm, 7 days a week. Please note: you’ll need to work in shifts during the week to ensure the full day is supported.

This vacancy offers the possibility to be able to work in a rotational way between discharge to assess & rapid response to provide you with strong experience in both. 

For more information please contact either Shaun Carthew (rapid response service manager) or Louise Bird (IRT service development lead).

Looking to move?

Somerset is a fantastic place to live, with 4 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, stunning beaches, green countryside, woodlands, lakes & more. It’s not all rolling fields and cider though, with a thriving arts scene, fantastic food and drink, and a jam-packed calendar of events, Somerset truly offers something for everyone. There has never been a better time to escape to the countryside, and we offer a relocation package to those looking to move to Somerset (details / terms and conditions can be sent directly to you).

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Shaun Carthew
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