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Community Occupational Therapist (Band 6)

Band 6

Main area
Occupational Therapist
Band 6
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Whittington Health NHS Trust
Employer type
ICTT Stuart Crescent Health Centre
Wood Green
£32,306 - £39,027 per annum excl HCAS
Salary period
21/10/2021 23:59

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By applying for this role, you accept in the event you are successful that your personal data may be transferred from the Trust to another NHS organisation where your employment transfers within the NHS. This is in accordance with the streamlining programme which is aimed at saving you time and improving efficiencies within the NHS when your employment transfers.



Job overview

Community Occupational Therapist  (Band 6)

Come and join our friendly and supportive community team.

The role of the Occupational Therapist is to contribute to the reablement/rehabilitation of customers completing thorough assessments, appropriate interventions, onward referrals, comprehensive documentation, ordering equipment, completing home access and discharge visits and contributing to discharge reports. The post holder will receive a thorough induction and regular operational supervision.


Main duties of the job

  • The post holder will provide a comprehensive and high quality OT and care management to patients with simple to complex needs within the intermediate care units and community within the borough.
  • The post holder will be actively involved in team and service developments with the support of line manager.
  • To develop strong working relationships within the multidisciplinary team.
  • To provide supervision to junior therapy staff, and OT students whilst on placement in the service.
  • To be actively involved in Continuing Professional Development.
  • To be involved in caseload management with varied patients who have mobility, musculoskeletal, cognitive and neurological problems. 

Working for our organisation

Whittington Health serves a richly diverse population and works hard to ensure that all our services are fair and equally accessible to everyone. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the way we look after our staff.  We aim to employ a workforce which is as representative as possible of this population, so we are open to the value of differences in age, disability, gender, marital status, pregnancy and maternity, race, sexual orientation, and religion or belief.  The Trust believes that as a public sector organisation we have an obligation to have recruitment, training, promotion and other formal employment policies and procedures that are sensitive to these differences. We think that by doing so, we are better able to treat our patients as well as being a better place to work.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities


  1. To be professionally and legally accountable for all work undertaken. To work within the standards and guidelines of the team, the Trust, BAOT, HPC AND COT code of ethics.
  2. To ensure that the client and or their carer has an understanding of treatment protocols and gives informed consent to assessment and treatment.
  3. To undertake specialist occupational therapy assessment of clients with diverse needs through subjective questioning, objective assessment and other written material available.
  4. To prioritise factors involved in the clients presenting condition through clinical reasoning based on knowledge of current professional opinion, clients prognosis and other physical, social emotional and mental health issues.
  5. To set goals for treatment with clients and/or their carer and ensure that care is client centred and agreed by the client and/or their carer.
  6. To set and maintain a high standard of clinical practice which is evidence based where possible, using standardised assessment and outcome measures, where appropriate.
  7. To independently screen and assess complex multi-disciplinary referrals from a variety of sources. This screening requires individual responsible action when at times no other professional is currently involved. This screening will establish priority, determine needs and initiate a plan of intervention.
  8. To manage a caseload of clients with simple to complex needs with supervision and guidance as necessary from senior staff. To successfully monitor, evaluate and review occupational therapy treatment/interventions within a multi-disciplinary framework and to modify as necessary taking a care coordinator role as indicated.
  9. Develop and conduct Occupational Therapy intervention with clients assessing their occupational needs and addressing quality of life, and physical, cognitive, affective, social, and environmental issues utilising appropriate individual or group treatment methods.
  10. To use developed physical skills in client interventions, such as upper limb rehabilitation, activities of daily living, splint fabrication/orthoses (hand splints).
  11. To devise and manage a treatment plan individual to a clients presenting condition through, for example the use of functional rehabilitation, adaptation, equipment provision, education and health promotion.
  12. To work autonomously in isolated community situations which vary in relation to local socio-economic and multi-cultural issues with telephone support available if required.
  13. To use knowledge of other multi-disciplinary roles and external agencies to ensure effective referral management and achieve best client care.
  14. To have the ability, knowledge and skills required for moving and handling people in community environments.
  15. To be physically able to install specialist occupational therapy equipment in client homes applying safe manual handling at all times, especially when doing so in restricted spaces
  16. To ensure client and service records are recorded and maintained on IT databases and that client documentation is according to trust and local policies.
  17. To prescribe, delegate and monitor the work of rehabilitation assistants and counter sign documentation.
  18. To educate and teach the relevant carers/health workers to participate in on-going rehabilitation care programmes for clients, as appropriate.
  19. To actively be involved in the development of new specialist clinical services within the Team, with support and guidance from Senior OT staff.
  20. To manage clinical risk in own caseload and ensure that rehabilitation assistants and students comply e.g. manual handling risk assessment and local policy regarding lone working.
  21. To be responsible for management of clinical risk within own caseload and that of rehabilitation assistance and work delegated to students.
  22. To maintain and update a Continuing Professional Development Portfolio (CPD).

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Degree/Diploma OT
  • postgrad experience in variety of teams
  • HCPC registratoin
Desirable criteria
  • expereince of working in the community


Essential criteria
  • An appropriate level of experience is essential for this post and this should be relevant and supportable.
  • Knowledge &experience working with falls, clients with dementia, and clients with neurological and other frailty related conditions.
  • Advanced knowledge and application of core OT skills in both physical and mental health areas.
  • Knowledge and experience of a range of treatment techniques appropriate to intermediate care/reablement setting.
Desirable criteria
  • Previous Band 6 experience
  • Experience of involvement in clinical governance/service developments initiatives.
  • Experience of supervising junior and non-qualified staff, including participation in personal development reviews.

Skills and Abilities

Essential criteria
  • Able to communicate complex and sensitive information in written, verbal and presentational form to patients, carers and staff within the Trust and across other organisations.
  • Essential IT skills, including Word and PowerPoint.
  • Clinical reasoning with an ability to develop client centred, realistic and achievable goals.
  • Understanding of issues involved in offering a service to a diverse community, and of practical ways to ensure that the service is culturally appropriate and accessible.
  • Able to identify and recognise when to seek advice and support concerning clinical, managerial, professional or organisational issues.
  • High level of organisation skills and ability to prioritise own caseload

Other Qualities

Essential criteria
  • Willingness to work on any site as service requirements dictate, and as appropriate.
Desirable criteria
  • Willingness to work on any site as service requirements dictate, and as appropriate.
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the United Kingdom (UK) are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. Please note that from January 2021, to work in the UK all candidates who are not UK or Republic of Ireland (RoI) nationals require sponsorship unless you have permission to work via another route. Non UK / RoI candidates wishing to apply can self-assess the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship here. It is vital that you provide full and accurate details of your current immigration status on the application form. Overseas applicants applying for entry clearance into the UK must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided in continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Guidance can be found here. Not everyone needs a ‘Skilled Worker’ visa. If you are applying for a vacancy in health or adult social care, check if you’re eligible to apply for the Health and Care Worker visa instead. It’s cheaper to apply for and you do not need to pay the annual immigration health surcharge

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Laxmi Shrestha
Job title
ICTT OT lead and BBIC Manager
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If you would like to discuss the above post further, please contact Laxmi Shrestha via email: laxmi.shrestha1@nhs.net