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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 10/12/2019.

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Senior Occupational Therapist

Job Reference: 078-FC243-7

First Community Health and Care
Caterham Dene Therapies Team
£30,401 to £37,267 pa + 5% HCAS + Welcome Benefit

First Community is rated Outstanding by CQC – making us one of the top 2% of organisations providing NHS care in the country.

Join a staff-owned social enterprise committed to providing first-rate care, through our first-rate people, offering first-rate value to our local community. We provide NHS Community services offering a friendly face with highly-rated, well run services, delivered by our skilled people.

First Community is a great place to work if you want to have a career where you feel supported to develop your potential.

We offer:

- High quality training and development including clinical supervision, mentorship, preceptorship support and career development

- Flexible working enabling you to have a good work life balance

- Inclusive and friendly rated as one of the best places to work in the NHS staff survey by colleagues working for First Community

- Well led our CQC inspection highlighted the quality of our leadership and management

- Flexible Retirement options including NHS Pensions

- Employee benefits including a car salary sacrific and child care vouchers.

Do you enjoy being person centred and holistic in your Occupational Therapy role?

If you like to focus on improving quality of life and assisting people to reach their maximum rehabilitation potential, we could be the team for you. Working closely with our clinical commissioning group, we provide bed based assessment, rehabilitation, care and safe discharge planning.

We are looking for a keen and motivated Occupational Therapist to join our thriving multidisciplinary team with a focus on helping people to ‘live well for longer’.

You will be required to deliver:

  • Expert clinical management for patients with complex health and rehabilitation needs, who are at risk of deteriorating quality of life.
  • Professional and accountable leadership ensuring positive outcomes and quality care for patients and staff.
  • Liaison with other health, social and community services to ensure continuity of care on discharge.

You will be working with the multidisciplinary team in our bed based care settings, which include a community hospital and local private nursing homes. The team is made up of experienced Nurses, Therapists, Associate Practitioners and Rehabilitation and Care Assistants. You will be assisting in preventing unnecessary admissions to hospital and facilitating early discharges through comprehensive, effective and timely intervention.

You will be able to assess for and deliver a range of Occupational Therapy treatment options for a variety of patients who may have complex, long-term conditions. You will be able to use your generic skills to clinically monitor the patient and promote holistic recovery and discharge planning.

You will provide professional leadership for designated junior staff including Rehabilitation Assistants and Associate Practitioners and will have a role in the operational leadership of the wider Therapy / multidisciplinary team.

Regular clinical supervision and learning and development opportunities will be available.

Current HCPC registration and excellent Occupational Therapy and communication skills are essential, for clear communication with patients, relatives and other health and social care professionals.

Please ring us for an informal discussion

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship (formerly a Work Permit)

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test. The UK Border Agency requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit UK Border Agency website. Please note that this may not be applicable for all posts.

Our preferred method of contact is by email. Please check your email regularly following the closing date.

Successful candidates will be contacted within two weeks of the closing date.

Recruitment and Retention Premium

Recruitment and Retention Premium applies to the following posts:

Health Visitors, Paediatric Therapists, Ward based Occupational Therapists, Podiatrists, Audiologists, Continence Nurses, Identified areas for Band 5 & 6 Staff Nurses and District Nurses.

Successful applicants within the staff groups above will receive -

  • £1000 upon commencement (payable in your first months’ salary) then;

  • £1000 after 6 months service subject to satisfactory completion of your probationary period.

    Do note that repayment clauses apply - and will be provided, as required to the relevant post holders.

    Please note, due to high volumes of applicants, certain posts may close early. We recommend candidates apply early to avoid disappointment.

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