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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 21/09/2020.

Occupational Therapy Lead

Job Reference: 844-2606217

Wirral Community Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust
Occupational Therapy Lead B7 - Rapid Response
St Catherine's Health Centre, Birkenhead
£38,890 - £44,503 per annum/pro

The values at our HEART, focus on how we all provide care to patients.

Health and wellbeing at the heart of everything we do

Exceptional person-centred care

Actively supporting each other

Responsive, professional, innovative

Trusted to deliver

Wirral Community Health & Care NHS Foundation Trust provides high quality community health and social services which are responsive to the needs of our local population. Services are delivered by our dedicated and innovative health professionals and supported by equally committed staff behind the scenes. We strive to continue developing and improving our services by working with and listening to our populations, partners, commissioners and staff.

Working for Wirral Community Health & Care NHS Foundation Trust offers you a great opportunity to be a part of a talented, passionate and committed team delivering excellent community based services throughout Wirral and surrounding areas.

An opportunity has arisen for a dynamic and motivated Band 7 Occupational Therapy Lead to join the Leadership team within the service.

We have an opportunity for a permanent, full time, Band 7, Highly Specialised Occupational Therapist team leader within our Rapid Response Service to work alongside the existing leads, providing line management and supervision support to our staff. This would suit someone who is looking at developing their leadership skills and gain more experience in a Band 7 role.

The Rapid Response and Home First Service works as part of a multi-disciplinary team working closely with Transfer to Assess, the Integrated Discharge Team and the Integrated Community Care Teams on the Wirral.

The post holder will lead on complex patient assessments, management tasks and meetings. They will take a lead in clinical development, teaching and appraisal of junior therapists and assistants whom are working with patients with a wide variety of both physical and mental health conditions as well as complex social issues.

This role will involve collaborative working and taking leadership responsibility within our experienced multi-disciplinary teams- MDTs, to ensure best possible outcomes are achieved for patients, their carers and families. You will attend regular meetings and ensure that the team maintain patient centred care, ensure timely flow out of the service and prevent avoidable admissions to hospital and long term care, and be actively involved in the service development.

You will need to have significant relevant post graduate NHS experience, preferably within home based community rehabilitation and have a good understanding of risk management and moving and handling. Excellent communication skills and an ability to prioritise a large caseload of complex patients are essential.

Please see the job description and personal specification for application requirements. Applicants are requested to provide the required information outlined in these documents in their application to demonstrate their suitability for the post. Job description could be subject to change as in review by HR.

Current HCPC registration with the relevant therapy qualification is essential to this post.

Travel is an essential part of this role and therefore access to a car for work purposes is essential.

Appointment to the post will be subject to successful interview, references, DBS clearance and Occupational Health checks.


For further information please contact Jennifer Fell, Service Lead, on 0151 514 2888 ext 1311 or email

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Closing Dates: The Trust reserves the right to close a vacancy prior to the closing date if a high number of applications are received.

Reference Information: Please ensure your application is submitted with referees who can verify your employment/education history over the last three years and include valid business email addresses for them. The Trust will not accept personal references from friends or family.

Salary Expectations: The Trust pays staff in line with national NHS Terms and Conditions. Relevant experience may be considered when salary offers are made.

Further Information: WCHC is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse workforce and we welcome applications from all sections of the community, regardless of disability, age, sex, race, religion, sexual orientation, maternity/pregnancy, marriage/civil partnership or transgender status.

Wirral Community Health & Care NHS Foundation Trust is committed to discharging its statutory duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, young people and adults and will support staff to fulfil this duty.

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 applying from overseas.

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